Battling a devastating recession and corporate greed, Karen risks her career to save the only family she has left.
Before you launch into the Blues series, how about a small plate sample? For $.99, you can see what everybody loves about Karen Grace. In California Blues, a prequel novella, Karen is working away in her high-rise office overlooking Newport Beach and the harbor when the jerks from corporate arrive from San Francisco and, in a drive to cut costs (“more for us!’), threaten her family. Well, not her real family. But you know how sometimes the people you work with feel like family? That’s who Karen’s trying to save.
Step into the world of Karen Grace before she sets out on her life-changing journey to her North Dakota hometown.
Middle age hits hard for Karen Grace. She’s spent her entire career working for one corporation, an increasingly soul-sucking health insurance company in southern California. Nearing the big five-oh, Karen’s marriage is foundering and her mother’s health is declining. All she has left is her work family, the employees she’s mentored and nurtured over the years. When a young corporate gunslinger arrives, determined to fire them all and shut down the Newport Beach office, Karen goes to war. California Blues is the novella-length prequel to the empowering, uplifting Karen Grace/Blues series.
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When her vindictive boss fires her, Karen takes a hard look at her life. The supposedly safe rut she’s carved for herself in the first fifty years isn’t so safe after all. Her marriage is over, and now her job is gone. Her first impulse is to rush back to California and find another, but 90-year-old Frieda Richter has been lobbying hard for one last road trip in the old but pristine Roadtrek 190. “I just want to see my great-grandbaby in Denver, and after that, I don’t care,” she says.
Reluctant at first, Karen agrees, and the journey begins as one of self-discovery for both women, but on a deserted highway in Wyoming, the trip turns deadly, and Karen is forced to make a lethal and life-changing decision.
Praise for Dakota Blues
Although Dakota Blues will make you smile a bit, it is more likely to make you cry or tear up, reading about the bittersweet moments we all encounter in life, and the choices we make. — San Francisco Review of Books (read the complete review here.)
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Key Largo Blues
“..a compelling novel that explores social issues and follows one woman’s struggle to come to grips with problems in her life…”
“…although it is a sequel, it reads beautifully as a standalone novel, thanks to the author’s storytelling skills…”
“…Karen Grace is a compelling character, well-executed, and one who readers will connect with easily.”
“…Lynne M. Spreen has a great gift for prose, sophisticated plot, and character. The setting is beautifully depicted in the story and it comes out clearly through the colorful prose. The writing features social commentaries, great dialogues, and strong conflict.” — Readers’ Favorite Reviews
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Key Largo Blues is now available as an Audiobook!
Goodbye to the Blues
KAREN GRACE AND THE CRS LADIES ARE AT IT AGAIN! Goodbye to the Blues, a four-part epilogue to the Karen Grace series, is winning praise. People are saying it’s the best yet.
Here’s what readers are saying.
“Lynne Spreen delivers a fast-paced, engaging and entertaining read in Goodbye to the Blues. In this stunning third installment of The Blues series, Karen Grace comes full circle…”
“Karen Grace is every woman who has ever suffered setbacks and comes back stronger…Goodbye to the Blues is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, the value and power of friendships, the risks and joys of love and the beauty of aging gracefully.”
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“Lynne M. Spreen writes my kind of book.”
“… Her characters are familiar to me from my middle-aged view of the world. The situations her characters encounter are believable, engaging, often complex, pivotal, and telling. They are above all entertaining! I slip without a single jolt or sense of friction into the universe Spreen creates, into the minds and experiences of her characters. They are that real to me…I want the stories to go on and on. I feel this way, too, about Ann Patchett’s and Anna Quindlen’s writing. YES: That’s how good I think Spreen’s writing is.” Jan Moorehouse
“Spreen is a very good writer, as anyone who has read her novel, “Dakota Blues” will attest. Some of the stories are sad, some are funny, and some quite evocative of the frustrations that this period of life often entails. There’s really something here for all of us. I recommend the book unequivocally.” – Martin Rice