Karen Hawkins

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Karen Hawkins (born Tennessee) is a best-selling American author of sixteen historical romance novels. Her novels are known for their humor.


Hawkins was raised in Tennessee, where she lived with her parents, biological brother and sister, an adopted sister, numerous foster siblings and a number of foreign exchange students. It was not uncommon for 12-15 children to be living in the house at any one time.

Hawkins has a Ph.D. in political science, and spent time teaching political science at a small college in Georgia. She studied writing by joining the Romance Writers of America and attending their workshops and conferences. Before she was published, she won RWA chapter and national contests for her work, allowing her to gain feedback and critiques from actual editors. With this feedback, she refined her craft, and sold her first book in 1998. She now publishes two books a year. Hawkins was also the driving force behind the two Lady Whistledown anthologies, developing the idea, gaining a publisher, and organizing the intertwined parts of the books. She also has a beautiful son and daughter who inspire her to write and for whom she enjoys making sandwiches.


  • 2003 - Romance Writers of America Favorite Book of the Year, Confessions of a Scoundrel
  • 2003 - The Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist for Confessions of a Scoundrel
  • The Romance Writers of America RITA Award finalist for her novella from the first Lady Whistledown
  • New York Times Bestseller's List, various books
  • USA Today Bestseller's List, various books


Abduction & Seduction Series[edit]

  • The Abduction of Julia (2000)
  • A Belated Bride (2001)
  • The Seduction of Sara (2001)

Talisman Ring Series[edit]

  • An Affair to Remember (2002)
  • Confessions of a Scoundrel (2003)
  • How to Treat a Lady (2003)
  • And the Bride Wore Plaid (2004)
  • Lady in Red (2005)

Ask Reeves Series[edit]

  • Her Master and Commander (2006)
  • Her Officer and Gentleman (2006)

MacLean Curse Series[edit]

  • How to Abduct a Highland Lord (2007)
  • To Scotland, With Love (2007)
  • To Catch a Highlander (2008)
  • Sleepless In Scotland (2009)
  • The Laird Who Loved Me (2009)

Prequel to the MacLean Curse series and The Hurst Amulet series[edit]

  • Much Ado About Marriage (August, 2010)

Hurst Amulet Series[edit]

  • One Night in Scotland (Nov, 2010)
  • Scandal in Scotland (May, 2011)
  • A Most Dangerous Profession (October, 2011)
  • The Taming of a Scottish Princess (May, 2012)

Duchess Diaries Series[edit]

  • How to Capture a Countess (September, 2012)
  • How to Pursue a Princess (May, 2013)
  • How to Entice an Enchantress (September, 2013)
  • Princess in Disguise (e-novella) (February, 2013)

The Wicked Widows Short Stories (E-book only)[edit]

  • The Lady in the Tower (December, 2013)
  • The Lucky One (December, 2013)

The Princes of Oxenburg[edit]

  • The Prince Who Loved Me (September, 2014)


  • Talk of the Town (2008)
  • Lois Lane Tells All (2010)

Single Novels[edit]

  • Catherine and the Pirate (2002)


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