New (sort of) Release and Giveaway!!!

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Yesterday, my latest novella collection released. It’s always fun to see a new book launch into the world of readers, but this one took a bit of a crooked path.

First off, I have to say how much I love the lacy cover. It has such a feminine, antique feel. And this is one time where I believe keeping the cover model’s face a mystery is a good thing since there are three different stories with three different heroines in the volume.

Second, I love being in a collection with Jody Hedlund and Elizabeth Camden. Both of these ladies are colleagues and friends. In fact, Jody and I signed with Bethany House at the same time and have been close ever since.

Now for the crooked path part. Each of the three novellas in All My Tomorrows were previously published as e-singles. This is the first time they will be available in a print format.

My story is Worth the Wait, the second installment of the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. That particular series just ended this past January when my final novella in the series released as part of the collection – Hearts Entwined. Most of the time, my novellas come out as part of a print collection first, then break off into e-singles a few months after the print version releases. This time, however, the e-version came first, and more than a year passed between the digital release and the print version.

One of the benefits of this new collection, though, is the chance to bring Tori and Ben’s story to a group of readers who have not read it before. Many readers prefer print to digital books and simply won’t buy digital. Well, now you don’t have to! With the release of All My Tomorrows, every story in the Ladies of Harper’s Station series is now available in print. Yay!

Benjamin Porter has fallen hard for shopkeeper Victoria Adams. A savvy entrepreneur, Tori is the ideal partner for his business and his life. Too bad she’s against courtship. But Ben is patient, believing a life with Tori to be worth the wait.ย  When an accident strikes, however, what once was a chance at love may be lost forever.

And for those who might not have read any of the Harper’s Station books, here’s your chance to start at the beginning. I’ll be giving away two autographed print copies of the first full-length novel in the series – No Other Will Do. To be entered for a chance to win, simply leave a comment.

  • Which do you prefer to read – print or e-book?
  • Would you rather read novellas in collections or as stand alone stories?
  • What do you think of the All My Tomorrows cover?
Karen Witemeyer
For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She is an avid cross-stitcher, and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at:


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  1. The cover is beautiful. Her dress is so 1800’s historically classic. I really like the allure of not showing all of her, especially her face. As a reader, I can put myself there. With three stories, it leaves more to the imagination.
    I prefer novellas combined in collections.
    My preference is to read e-book format. I need to adjust the page to be able to see better. Print books are too small of font and line spacing is too narrow for me. But, those problems are mine.
    Given the chance to have a print book, I hold them as treasures to be kept safe from any damage. I read the e-book version so I can keep my treasures.

    1. Thanks, Jerri. The older I get, the more I appreciate adjustable font sizes. I have to admit that is a great perk for e-books.

  2. Love the cover. I haven’t had the pleasure to read there books yet but look forward to it. I am just now starting to read ebooks but I love holding a book in my hands. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity

    1. You’re so welcome, Carol. I read in both formats. Love having the lit screen when reading in bed so I don’t have to get up to turn the light off when I’m done reading, but I still love the feel of a real book in my hand with the opportunity to see the cover whenever I want and watch my bookmark travel through the pages. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I still prefer print books but I do read digital and they are growing on me. I prefer stand alone books, series actually, because if I’m loving a book I do not want it to end. I want to know more about the characters and if it ends its like they die. Novellas are fun and a great way to get to know authors you’ve never read. They are great books to read if I’ve just read a series and need to decompress from it. I’m hoping I can win your book. I’ve never read your book or any of the authors in your novella. A giveaway is an awesome way to find a new author and hopefully they’ll end up being one of your go to authors. Congratulations on your release!!

    1. Hi, Stephanie. You are so right about novella collections being a great way to find new authors. I remember discovering our own fillies Linda Broday and Phyliss Miranda because they were in a collection with Jodi Thomas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. The cover is beautiful. Some very talented people out there. I do care which type of book I read. I read both. Novellas are fine as stand alone or as part of a series. I just like to read.

    1. I with you, Debra. Not too picky on the format – just give me a good story to enjoy.

  5. I prefer print books, but do read digital. I enjoy stand alone and collection novellas. Love the book cover—so old fashioned looking.

    1. Yes, old-fashioned. That’s the perfect descriptor, Estella. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love the cover!!!! I have read almost all of your books. They are so amazing, thank you for doing what you do so I can have an escape from the world for a few hours

    1. Thank you for being such a loyal reader, Hannah. You are the reason I continue to put fingers to keyboard every day.

  7. The cover is beautiful. I have read almost all of your books. They are so amazing, so I canโ€™t wait to read this one.

  8. I switch between both print and digital sometimes I just want to feel the print book in my hands but most of the time I read digital books. I love to cover of your book and I can’t wait to read it.

    1. Thanks, Quilt Lady. I switch between print and e-book, too. It’s kind of nice to switch things up, and having the e-book option especially for traveling keep my suitcase from getting too heavy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Karen, I’ve got one of these novella collections coming too, with a book that was ebook first. So many people love ebooks and….so many people don’t. I’ve been asked a lot of times if it will ever be in print, so I’m excited.
    This looks great! I’m looking forward to reading it.
    AND Elizabeth Camden and I signed with Bethany at the same time.

    1. I didn’t realize you and Elizabeth Camden signed at the same time, Mary. That’s awesome! I saw your collection cover, and I love how both of ours have the same feel to them. I love how elegant the heroine on your cover looks with the teacup and pinky out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of course, she looks a little more Kristi Ann Hunter and Jen Turano’s high society heroines than your spunky cowgirls, but it’s too pretty to care. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I like reading novella books. Especially when itโ€™s you, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears! I have all of those novellas and love them. Plus I have read others and have found new authors.
    I really like the cover of this one since it is three different women being portrayed.
    Iโ€™d much rather read print copy of books plus the books look better on my bookshelf than an ebook. Lol! I only read ebooks if an author sends me one to review. Itโ€™s hard to get on teams were the author sends print copies.
    I canโ€™t wait to get my hands on this new novella! I canโ€™t remember if Iโ€™ve read a book by Elisabeth Camden yet.

    1. I agree about the book shelves, Pam. I love using books as home dรฉcor, and you just can’t do that with e-books. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Hope you enjoy this collection!

  11. I fear I will sound wishy-washy, but since I love to read so much if you put a story on the proverbial cereal box I would read it. I prefer print books but the e-reader is so handy and portable I use it all the time, too. As for novellas, sometimes standalone is good for that faster read when you only have a little time and have to read something ;-). Collections are fun too, though, especially for reading one because one of your favorite authors is in it and then discovering new authors for your TBR stack. And that cover is just gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. You know, Sally, I actually used to read cereal boxes when I was a kid. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d fix my bowl and plop that box directly in front of my face and read whatever was on it. Ha! Now, I’m more likely to read an actual book or do a crossword puzzle from the newspaper. But I remember those cereal box reading days with fondness.

  12. The cover is very vintage and pretty looking! I love having the paperback books in my hand. It seems to give me a more calming reading experience. Haha, who knows why!

    1. I enjoy holding the book too, Susan. Except for those times in bed where I’ve dozed off and dropped it on my face. ๐Ÿ™‚ But even then, I give my hubby a reason to chuckle, so it’s still good.

  13. Definitely print! I like the feeling of holding a book in my hand and the ever present danger of dropping the book on my face. I like to live on the edge lol.
    Stand alones I think, I’m usually just after one or two in a collection from the authors I love.
    The cover is breathtaking! I especially like the lace detail.

    1. Leigh – You made me laugh. ๐Ÿ™‚ Living dangerously, indeed. Another peril I’ve found, is reading a print book while on the treadmill. I’ve only fallen off once, but I’ve had several close calls. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Haha! I have a hard time not falling off the treadmill when that’s all I’m doing! Adding a book to the mix would spell imminent disaster for me!

  14. I love print. I also like to read both stand alone books and novellas. The cover looks nice.

  15. I definitely still want print books. I like displaying them on my bookshelves afterwards. I have some novellas, but mostly because there is a story from an author I read in it. I would prefer to have all the author’s works in single books, in print form. As far as the cover, I like it. I think it suits the historical time period well.

    1. I agree, Linda. Where would our lovely bookshelves be without print books to place on them? ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I love the feel and smell of a book but ebooks are so convenient, especially for nighttime reading. I do love novellas in collections. The cover is striking!

    1. Books with a built-in nightlight are a great invention, aren’t they, MJSH? ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Print books for me. I enjoy books in a series and also single read ones.

    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Vera.

  18. Love the cover, but then you always have a great cover. I prefer to read print, love holding the book and cuddling up to a good read. Doesn’t make any difference to me if it’s a single or a collection, they are all good. Always look forward to the next book to come out.

    1. Thanks, Maggie. I have been very fortunate with my covers. I love both iterations of covers for the Worth the Wait story.

  19. I prefer print books, although I have read a couple of books on my PC. I will say this about paper books: You’re more likely to strike up a conversation with another book reader, say in a waiting room, than with someone with a device.

    As for novellas, I like ’em both ways at different times–sometimes by themselves when I’m on a tear to read a particular author, and sometimes in combination when I’m looking for a surprise from a new-to-me author.

    I think your “All My Tomorrows” cover is especially lovely–the lace, the light bodice against a rich background, and special type on some letters. I also love covers without models’ faces so that the author’s descriptions and my own imagination can work together as I’m reading. Your covers have always been great, many with partial or no faces, and always with lovely colors for the period clothing that make the books just stand out!

    1. You make an excellent point about striking up conversations, Eliza. Having no visible cover showing outward from an e-reader really cuts down on the questions.

  20. Iโ€™m old fashioned and love to have a real book in my hands. If it is a favorite author, it moves to the collection on my bookshelves. ?

    1. Ah, the keeper shelf. Every author’s dream residence. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I prefer print over digital any day. There’s nothing like holding the real book in your hands. I don’t have a preference to novellas as a single book or collection. As long as it’s a good story, I’m for either one.
    I love the cover! The lace and style of font give it an air of elegance. And I can’t wait to get my hands on it to read!

    1. Thanks, Kimberly. I love the lace elements, too. The touch at her neck and the title effects. So lovely!

  22. I love the printed word, there is nothing like getting comfy and starting a new book. I like both single and collection (although collections tend to take awhile to get all the books).
    But a book is a book is a book as they say. But its how an author writes the book thats important. I love all your book covers.

    1. You’re so right, Kathleen. Story trumps format every time.

  23. I think your new cover is lovely, but the thing that excites me most are the three names on the front…Love each author’s works and can’t wait to fill in the missing links since I always buy print instead of ebooks…And now I am doubly excited to see that Mary Connealy will be having a simlar novella set coming out as well…but she didn’t say its name or when it is releasing…maybe if I go to her page, I can find out…Can’t wait to get this newest one of yours…:)

    1. Hi, Patricia. I believe Mary’s releases in May. It’s called All for Love.

  24. I really like the over, I always like when there’s no oh a partial or no face shown, so my imagination can work, lol. I enjoy print books only, I haven’t gotten on the e book trai and don’t intend too. I also love collections too! I’m looking forward to reading this!

    1. I have a lot of readers who agree with you, Rebecca. Print only. Classic and classy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. 1. Print 2. Both 3. Great cover.

    1. Short and sweet. I like your style, Kim. ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. I truly prefer a paper copy of a book. I find it much easier to review a paper copy.

    I like my novellas as a collection so that it is the size of a normal book. I read these in between a more suspenseful or emotional reads. I find they are a bit lighter in tone and good to have on hand for a relaxing kind of read. Also if they are written by different authors then you often get to sample the writing of an author you havenโ€™t read. I thoroughly enjoyed Hearts Entwined and am working on a review (something I struggle with). And the Hearts Entwined cover is so pretty. You definitely have some wonderful cover designers over at Bethany House!

    As for your All My Tommorows cover – itโ€™s beautiful and I love the strategy of not showing her face since it is a collection. Iโ€™d love to read it because Iโ€™m familier with yourself and Jody Hedlund but no Elizabeth Camden. Bonus, I get to enjoy a new author!

    1. Thank you for your upcoming review for Hearts Entwined, Perrianne. I know it is a sacrifice of time and effort to write and post reviews, but it is a such a gift to authors. We appreciate you!

  27. I love novellas. Sometimes I just want a sweet, simple, quick story. I donโ€™t mind if a novella is by itself or set in a collection. But if itโ€™s part of a series I want to know ahead of time. I love the cover of this collection and enjoy reading works from each of these authors. Iโ€™ll read any way I can do ebook and print are both preferred. ?

    1. I like novellas, too, Terressa, for just those reasons. Time is harder and harder to come by these days, but I can always squeeze in a novella. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. What a beautiful book! I still love to hold a book so print books are my favorite. And I love novellas!

  29. I love to read print books. There are many times I go and reread a book again. I like any kind of novella. As a working mom it gives me that finished a story feeling without feeling too bad about reading and not getting a form of house work done. Of course that doesn’t keep me from reading novels in between novellas.
    The cover is very pretty.

    1. Yes! I love that feeling of accomplished and story satisfaction that comes from a quick novella read. As a fellow working mom, I understand the challenges of carving out time for reading.

  30. Love your books! Keep ’em coming!

  31. Congrats on this new release,Karen! Love the cover! Not only for the antique look,but also for the fact that it allows the reader to use their own imagination regarding the look of the heroine. Have to say I have a foot in each camp as far as ebook vs print goes ,love both! ๐Ÿ™‚ Each seem to have something good going for it. And as long as it’s good like novellas in any form. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks again Karen,really enjoy your stories!

  32. Hi Karen, I love the cover for All My Tomorrows. I still prefer print books but this comes from the little girl who thought that books were the best gift that Santa could bring! And I have no preference concerning novellas in collections or as stand alone stories. I am thrilled with either!
    Thanks for the chance to win your book.

    1. Connie – Books still find their way under our Christmas tree every year. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I love reading books in paper form when possible. It’s the whole experience. Flipping it open, spying my page, enjoying the tale.

    1. I agree, Naomi. I like the convenience of my Kindle, but I really enjoy seeing the progress of my bookmark moving through the pages of a “real” book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Thanks for using your gifts to write! I so enjoy reading your books!! I like the cover-the lace is interesting and sets it apart. Iโ€™ll read in any format, but my strong preference is print. Novellas are fun and like a different kind of dessert:). I prefer really them together and not as a stand alone.

    1. Novellas as dessert. I love that image, Maggie! Something sweet and delicious and consumed far too fast. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. It goes without saying how much I love you and your books. The characters become so familiar, the gift you have for writing and the grace and eloquence with which you choose your words never lets your reader down. Love our “Posse” and grateful for your outreach – a writer with humility and kindness – what a great author is all about.

    1. Aww, Blair. What a dear you are. You make my heart happy. Thank you for your kind words. You encourage my spirit.

  36. I have read your books and love them. I prefer to read books in print and all in a collection instead of just short novellas.
    I love the cover of your book. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway?

    1. Thanks, Faith. As a reader, I must admit that I enjoy novellas that tie together also. They draw me in a tad bit more than ones that don’t.

  37. I prefer print books, but have a kindle and a nook. There is no choice since so many books are only coming out as e-books only. I love anthologies with novellas. I am busy and often have little time to read. The novellas are the perfect length. I love the longer books because there is more time to develop the characters and the plot. I started a full length book today and really shouldn’t have. There is so much to do and I know I will end up sitting on the sofa reading instead of getting other stuff done.
    Nice cover for ALL MY TOMORROWS. It is understated with nice details. Not showing the eyes or head works nicely. The eyes tell you so much about the person. I like to read the story and decide for myself what they are like. That being said, you have some of the most beautiful covers for your books. Full faces or not they work well and have always reflected the story.
    Love your books.

    1. Thank you, Patricia. I have been so blessed with my covers. The Art Department at Bethany House does outstanding work!

  38. I love to hold the books in my hand and use fun and different bookmarks to mark my page, but Iโ€™m starting to read ebooks. It helps a lot with storage. I like collections of novellas because it allows me to read stories from new authors. And I love your new cover! So excited to read all three of the novellas.

    1. I hope you get a chance to enjoy the collection, Donalyn.

  39. I definitely prefer print, myself. Reading a book is an experience- right down to the physical book itself! I’m a regular, old-fasioned bookworm. I love the new-book smell and being able to hold the book in my hands and hear the crinkle of the pages as I turn them. Some books are bound so beautifully too- like the Christian romance collections that sell (ex. The Brides of Chance, A Sentimental Journey). I’d be missing out for sure if I bought e-books of those! I’ve found that e-books are a way for me to still read old stories that have gone out of print, though. I’m glad I can have them in that way, at least.

    After reading a couple of the themed Christian romance collections around, I’m finding that I like collections now. It almost feels like you’re holding a book of parables- each story always has a great lesson or two that I can take away and apply to my own life.

    Finally- the All My Tomorrows cover! I really like it! The way contrast is used makes it really striking, and I like the fact that you can’t see all of the woman’s face. I like visualizing the character’s faces as I read, but it’s harder to do that when there are complete faces on the cover. In terms of style, this cover reminds me of the covers of the romance collections I’ve mentioned. I’m looking forward to reading this one! I’ve never read a collection where I already know all the authors and love the work I’ve read by every single one of them. This one’s going to be great! Thank you for all of your stories, Karen! I truly enjoy reading them.

    1. Thanks, Trisha. I hope you enjoy the collection. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Karen, the cover is STUNNING! I prefer reading a paperback. I enjoy reading collections.

    1. Thanks, Caryl. I think they did a great job with it, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Love Christian fiction, especially historical and comedy combined. Would love either of these books!

    1. Joan – You sound like my ideal reader. I bet you would also love Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano. All historical authors with touches of humor in their stories. Margaret Brownley is another.

  42. The cover is so beautiful it makes me feel like I’ve gone back in time.I have read books by all of these authors and loved them and would really enjoy reading this novella set. Novellas are so much fun to read.Stand alones or novellas, I enjoy reading both! I used to think would only enjoy reading books I could hold but I’ve taken to reading on my phone as well but I still prefer to reading and holding a “real” book.

    1. That’s what a good cover (and story) is supposed to do – transport you back in time. I love that it had that effect on you, Deanne.

  43. I usually like to read paperbacks, but I love my kindle and take it with me whenever I leave the house in case I have a few minutes to read.
    I love novella collections, but I don’t mind reading them as stand alone stories.
    I think the cover for All My Tomorrows is beautiful.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

    1. Thanks for stopping by today, Susan!

  44. I prefer print when I can get it. But e-books are great for traveling. I’m traveling right now, so it’s all ebooks, and I must stay I’m missing my print books at home…

    Novella collection or stand alone? Hard question! I think I like a collection. But stand along novellas are good too…

    I like the cover for All My Tomorrows. The lace is really pretty and vintage. And it definitely makes sense to hide the models face when there are multiple stories inside. I’m a graphic designer (so I judge books by their cover…) and I would pick this one up and want it in my library at home!

    1. I love getting cover feedback from experienced artists like yourself, Erin. So glad you liked it!

  45. I enjoy print books as e-book and readers hurt my eyes. Tried all kinds, but; nothing works.
    Novella or stand alone, I don’t really care as I love reading any & all kinds of books.
    The cover, All My Tomorrows is Awesome. Enjoy reading your books.

  46. I prefer print as e-books & readers hurt my eyes.
    Novella or stand alone, I don’t care as I love to read all kinds of books.
    Your cover for All My Tomorrows, is Awesome. Enjoy reading all of your books.

  47. I have a Kindle, but prefer to do most of my reading in paperback form. The exception to that would be novellas. Must be something to do with the length… I love that I can read one in a sitting.

  48. There are pros and cons for both print and e-books. Depending on the circumstances, I switch between them. I love the smell and feel of print books, and the convenience of e-books. I could read novellas as either stand alone stories or as a collection. I just love to read. The cover is both elegant and vintage with a hint of mystery. I think that it is very lovely.

  49. I like print because I can share the books with people who don’t have an ereader. I love kindle books because I can enlarge the print and store more books.

  50. I prefer paperback, and I enjoy collections in paperback, but if a novella is alone, I don’t mind it in kindle format. So a bit confusing I guess…maybe the best answer is I just like to read! ? I think the cover is beautiful, with a bit of mystery to it. I enjoy all 3 of you as authors, so this sounds like a fun collection to have. Thanks for the chance to win No Other Will Do, I started that series out of order, so I have yet to read that particular one.

  51. I prefer paperback but Iโ€™m getting used to my kindle.

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