B&B Featured Author – Karen Schutte

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When Karl Kessel decided to immigrate to America, he had one thing on his mind-opportunity! After a grueling and life-changing journey aboard a cramped ship across the Atlantic, Karl prepared a way for his wife and two children to join him in the new country, and soon they were on their way to success. However, as with most immigrant families in the early part of the twentieth century in America, hardships and struggles became the daily toil. The struggle between retaining German traditional values and discovering new ways of living in rural America began to take its toll on the growing Kessel family. Join Karen Schutte as she portrays real family history through the gripping and emotional story of the Kessel family.

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The warm autumn air was thick with acrid smoke and the smell of fresh blood. Heinz Steiner crouched low in the dense thicket. As the crack of gunshots and screams echoed through the dense woods, he stopped and carefully considered his options. The sounds were coming from near the clearing at the north edge of the woods where the widow Rothnig and her five scrawny, starving spawn lived in a makeshift hovel. Unarmed, Heinz was no match for the élite French troops who relentlessly terrorized the lower Rhine and upper Danube River Valleys. They killed whatever and whomever happened to be in their path, and they enjoyed it. When Princess Theraisa Von Steiner discovers she is with child soon after the tragic death of her beloved David Ritter, there is no match for the trepidation that consumes her soul. The smallest level of comfort finds her when her Aunt Louisa offers her only solution: travel to the Volga to have the child in secret. Little did Theraisa and Louisa know that the journey would be so perilous, and the newborn child would be the one responsible for bringing the Sreiner bloodline to America at the turn of the century. Based on the true story of author Karen Schuttes family, Seed of the Volga captures the chilling tale of her ancestors journey to the German settlements along the Volga River in Russia They left their family and the only home they had ever known while realizing they would never see them again.

Karen’s books are available for purchase on Amazon.


Author BIO:

Karen Wamhoff Schutte was born and raised on a German/Lutheran farm/ranch in the Big Horn Basin in Northwest Wyoming. The oldest of four daughters, she attended the first eight grades in a two-room school house; she graduated from Greybull High School. Karen studied at the University of Wyoming, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Design Marketing. As an A.S.I.D. professional interior designer, she owned and operated Interiors by Karen for twenty-five years. Karen and husband Michael have four sons and nine grandchildren.

Upon retirement from her chosen career in design, Karen felt compelled to record her family’s history of German immigration. As the oldest grandchild and great-grandchild on her mother’s side, armed with compelling family stories, she dove into the historical research.  The unexpected result was her first novel, THE TICKET. Because it was well received, she was inspired her to proceed with the second novel, SEED OF THE VOLGA.

She has finished the skeleton manuscript for the third historical novel of the family-saga trilogy, FLESH ON THE BONE, which enfolds the legacy and lives of the children, of the first two books– Jake and Raisa. She hopes for a 2015 publish-release on her third novel.  Karen has plans for three more family-based historical novels. “When I sit down to write, I visualize the characters, the story, the setting, and then, paint a picture for the reader with my carefully chosen words.” Schutte further elaborates, “Writing to me is an unintended, emotional release, a cultural journey, and a cherished gift that I have discovered at this late date in my life.”

Author Website: www.karenschutte.com


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