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about the author

Karen Thornell grew up reading when she should have been sleeping, but it wasn't until 2019 that she started writing. Tired of ending books and saying 'goodbye' to beloved characters, she wondered what it would be like to have her own characters that lived in her head always. It was probably a mark of sleep deprivation that she wanted people living in her head, but the idea was planted regardless. 


Karen lives in Utah with her husband and kids. When not writing contemporary or regency romance, she spends her free time doing endless loads of laundry, playing board games, and, yes, talking to those characters in her head.

coming soon!


She's a driven lawyer with no time for fun... and he's the new neighbor about to change her mind.

recent releases

Pretending at Love

A stalker, a Hawaiian wedding, and attraction that should NOT exist between friends.

Friends who are pretending to date.

Edward & Amelia

This marriage of convenience is anything but convenient. Especially when they start to fall in love.

more books by karen

Christmas in Love

They'll need all the Christmas magic they can get to fix their past.

To Marry an Earl

A story of love and trust. And the dangerous threats that could ruin everything.

Pursuing Miss Hall

A house party for Miss Hall to find a husband. And her window-climbing best friend who's already in love with her.


what readers are saying

"I enjoyed it from first page to last and as soon as I finished, I immediately picked it back up to re-read my favorite parts. So much humor, fun, and swoony romance packed into this novella that gave me all the feels!"

-Marilee, Goodreads review

Pursuing Miss Hall

"I was gripped from the beginning and through to the end. Surprises abounded. I'm a big fan! A very thought out plot line."

-Kiersti, Goodreads review

To Marry an Earl

"I am completely obsessed with this book!!! Absolutely entertaining, witty, and SO ROMANTIC!!!
Loved this story and it's characters fully with my whole heart!!!"

-Saidy, Amazon review

Pursuing Miss Hall

"I absolutely adored this book! It was rom-com perfection! The banter, the humor, the romance, the chemistry all came together with perfect balance! I am so picky about rom-comes, but this book was absolutely everything I enjoy in a romance! The flirty banter was witty and timely and the characters had sparks flying from their first meeting!"

-Ashley, Goodreads review

Pretending at Love

"A perfect Christmas read 🤍
This book is so sweet and funny. I was immediately pulled into the story and invested in the characters. I highly recommend this book and author!"

-Storm, Goodreads review

Christmas in Love


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