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Books by Karen Hulene Bartell

Multicultural, offbeat love stories,
steeped in the supernatural,
that lift the spirit!


The Sacred Messenger Series

Angels from Ashes

True love is like a ghost. Many believe in it, but few encounter it. Chloe Clark stumbles on both but, burned by romance and riddled with low self-esteem, she's unable to recognize true love when it finds her.

Christmas in Cahokia

After uncovering a mysterious urn of ashes, then discovering she was adopted, Ceci Lupo sets off on a journey to investigate her ancestry. Along her quest, an undiscovered murder triggers a re-thinking of her life. How much of her past can be trusted? And who is she, really?

Belize Navidad

Follow your star or follow the crowd? Belize Navidad is Christmas magic in a tropical-isle setting. This one warms the heart as it chills the spine, with nods to A Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi.

Christmas in Catalonia

On an obligatory walk along Spain's Camino de Santiago before her marriage day, Gwen Alton's trek becomes a life-changing journey through ghosts, fear, and hope, and the beginning of a life-long pilgrimage.

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The Sacred Journey Series

Sacred Choices

An inspirational love story centered on self-growth, Sacred Choices weaves together the lives of three resilient women.

Sacred Gift

Everyone is gifted, but some never open their package. What do you do when you find out your adopted daughter, Angela, is talking to ghosts . . . and one of them is your mother who died before Angela was born?

Lone Star Christmas

As December 25th nears, San Antonio prepares with twinkling lights, riverboat caroling, and frosty nights. But Maria, seven months pregnant, abandoned, and losing hope, encounters a darker force in the air. Will this Christmas be a celebration of life for Maria—or a deadly failure?

Holy Water

Water and love are the sources of life, but what happens when the wells run dry? Enthralled by a charismatic corporate lawyer, college student Tulah finds herself entangled in a water-rights conspiracy. But soon the water source for her family's winery in Texas is in grave jeopardy.

Sacred Heart: Valentine, Texas

Is it whispering secrets in Angela Brannon's inner ear? Evidence of the past and whiffs of her future? Is it Kokopelli, the trickster god, playing his flute? Or is it just a coyote howling? She listens for the messages.

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Dr. Karen Hulene Bartell, author of Christmas in Cahokia: Song of the Owl, Holy Water: Rule of Capture, Angels from Ashes: Hour of the Wolf, Christmas in Catalonia, Sacred Gift, Belize Navidad, Sacred Choices, and others, is a best-selling author, motivational keynote speaker, IT technical editor, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural, offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit.
      Dr. Bartell lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband Peter and her 'mews'—five rescued cats.

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