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About Karen Jones
Karen began her writing career creating poems for handmade birthday cards at work. Later she started a story as part of a 1,000 word homeschool contest. Being rather chatty, she found it difficult to stay anywhere near 1,000 words and gave up. A few years later, she finished that story and it became her first children’s book.
She would love to say that her children’s stories come from a finely-honed understanding of the hearts and minds of children. But in actuality, they bubble up out of a childish imagination she never grew out of. Her short stories and novels also come from that imagination with a little bit of life experience thrown in. Karen often writes about events directly from her life but not before she has pounded and twisted them almost beyond recognition.
Karen lives with her husband, daughter, and a mean Chihuahua named Dixie in sunny California.
Titles By Karen Jones
If you want to rescue a dead girl, you need the help of someone dead. Construction worker by day and street fighter by night, Sam hasn’t made much of his life. But he isn’t going to let that keep him from the girl of his dreams. Even when it means reaching out to an old friend from a fatal car accident.
Faking death takes a great deal of expertise. The forged documents, the photoshopped images, and the hiding in plain sight. It’s never easy. When Matt gets a call from an old friend, he heads down a road that will unleash millions on an unsuspecting world.
"MACHAO" is an acronym for Makueni Christian Home for Assisting Orphans. MACHAO is a faith-based organization formed by seven Christians of the Africa Inland Church (AIC) within Wote Division in Makueni District. MACHAO aims at covering all the seventeen divisions of the Makueni District, with a population of about 900,000 people. It is estimated that over 5% of this population die and leave many children orphaned.
From Author Karen Jones: I met Carolyn while my family was relocating to Los Angeles, California. She and her family embraced me and mine as if we'd known each other our whole lives. I learned of Carolyn's involvement with the Machao Orphanage and was deeply moved. My hope is that this book will change lives - mine, perhaps; Carolyn's, certainly; but most of all the children in need of food, clothing, care and education.
Harambee is the Kenyan tradition of community self-help events, often used to describe fundraising or developmental projects and has become the official motto of Kenya appearing on its coat of arms. Literally, it means "all pull together" in Swahili. I think it is the perfect title for a book meant to encourage those who've been blessed to "pull together" to help those less fortunate.
In Harambee, you and your child will follow Zoe as she and her mother, Carolyn, travel to the continent of Africa on what her mother calls an "educational vacation." Zoe isn't particularly interested in learning anything new over summer break, but what she learns in Wote, Kenya will change her life forever. And, just maybe, the lives of others.
Whimsical artwork and easy language make this picture book fun and enjoyable for all ages.
Based on a true story
Gaddelpo the Christmas Elf
Camel Lot is a fantasy adventure for bedtime or anytime. Written to be read aloud to children of any age or read alone by children ages 8-12. Approximately 3,400 words with full-color images.
Bermuda's Triangle is a musical adventure for bedtime or anytime. Written to be read aloud to children of any age or read alone by children ages 8-12. Approximately 2,200 words with full-color drawings.
"This is the story of how an entirely sane guy applies perfect logic to arrive at a mad conclusion." ~ Taylor Longford, Author of Valor and Dare.
Santa Monica is a fantasy adventure for bedtime or anytime. Written to be read aloud to children of any age or read alone by children ages 8-12. Approximately 9,500 words with full-color images.
Area 50 Juan is a science fiction adventure for bedtime or anytime. Written to be read aloud to children of any age or read alone by children ages 6-12. Approximately 7,400 words with full-color, full-page illustrations.