Karen Hulene Bartell

Belize Navidad

Christmas in Catalonia

 A simple trek through Spain becomes a life-changing journey through fear and hope.
   A daddy's girl born on Father's Day, Gwen Alton lost faith in men when her father emotionally abandoned her. Despite her impending marriage, she has doubts.

  A spiritual orphan with trust issues, Gwen lets no one crack her shell of self-reliance. When the young photojournalist sets out on her family's pipedream of walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage through Spain, she has no real faith in the divine or supernatural. But along the Way, her deceased father haunts her and she meets a mysterious man with violet-blue eyes who bewilders her.
   Can she resolve issues with her father-figure fiancĂ©? Will she choose the familiar, well-worn path of emotional rejection or blaze a new and exciting trail? Through a series of divine signs along the Way, Gwen takes the first steps on a life-long pilgrimage.


Christmas in Catalonia

Stand-Alone Novels

Belize Navidad

Follow your star or follow the crowd?

      Sheer Christmas magic, Belize Navidad is a fusion of Dickens's A Christmas Carol and O. Henry's Gift of the Magi. Set in tropical Belize during the Christmas season, Belize Navidad warms the heart as it chills the spine.
      Enter into the soul-searching journey of a young career woman as she leaves behind all that's familiar in Manhattan, follows her star to her destiny, and finds romance. A heartwarming story that encapsulates the Christmas spirit, Belize Navidad is as saturated with the supernatural as it is blessed with the divine. Feliz Navidad!
      On a mission, Carole Kennedy flies from the icicle constructs of her Manhattan PR world to the sun-kissed beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize. For two years, she and Nick had maintained a long-distance relationship. Now, as Christmas approaches, Carole decides to settle the issue once and for all. Marry, or move on.
      Carole soon learns moonlit beaches with starry nights on the Mexican Riviera don't compensate for the days' challenges. Video shoots at Mayan ruins mixed with corporate intrigue, a stalker, and a paranormal revelation keep Carole's Christmas suspenseful.