Karen Ranney is the daughter of an Air Force officer and lived in places around the world. She began writing when she was five. In first grade, she wrote a short story called "The Maple Leaf," which was chosen to be read over the school intercom.

After writing her first novel, ABOVE ALL OTHERS, Ranney found an agent. While her agent was trying to find a publisher willing to purchase the novel, Ranney continued writing, finishing TAPESTRY and beginning to write a third novel, A PROMISE OF LOVE. Approximately three years after she had begun writing the first novel, Kensington agreed to purchase both of Ranney's completed works as well as the novel in progress.

Most of Ranney's novels are set in Scotland and feature "believable characters, careful plotting, and simmering sexual tension." She has been nominated nine times for a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and won a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in 2002 for British-set Historical Romance. Ranney has also been on the USA Today Bestseller List as well as the New York Times Bestseller List.



Book List:58 titles
  • New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney’s captivating series concludes with a tale of opposites whose attraction scorches a trail from the Highlands to the glittering halls of London -- and courts scandal at every turn . . . Politics has ...


  • Rebellion drove Mercy Rutherford to Scotland to escape the possessive grip of her fiancé. But it’s fate that lands her in the crumbling highlands castle of Ross Caithart. A dreamer with visions of inventing airships, he’s most certainly mad. Han...


  • Torrance Boyd could attest to the fact that the course of true love never runs smooth. She was madly in love with Mark, a Pranic Furry just like her, but he was suddenly involved with a vampire. He was hiding secrets, but so was she: a grandmother wh...


  • From New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney comes the first book in a royally romantic and deeply emotional new series about taking risks and allowing the power to love satisfy the questions of the heart . . . Undercover as a majordomo, sp...


  • From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Ranney - a story of buried secrets, friendship, and murder. When Robert Hanover died at the hands of his mistress people grieved, but they weren't frightened.Jack Mercer, a former Texas Range...


  • When you’re a Furry nothing’s normal, but when the furniture starts communicating, you have definite problems. Torrance Boyd has just learned a dangerous family secret, is trying to deal with vampires, the disappearance of the man she loves, and ...


  • New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney’s third book in her Duke series spins the tale of a reluctant duke who must choose between his life in America -- and the Scottish woman he’s destined to love… As the ward to the late Duke of Lo...


  • In the second in New York Times Bestselling Author Karen Ranney’s scintillating series, society’s most coveted duke finds the one thing wealth and position cannot buy -- the perfect partner… For years, Martha York has been fascinated by a ma...


  • Torrance Boyd was trying to come to grips with her new life. Being the first female member of the Were Council had its own share of problems. Her work at Alamo Veterinary Clinic would have been great had it not been for Alice the witch. Plus, her bro...






  • New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney returns with the first novel in a new series about dashing, charismatic dukes -- and the women who tame them… Though raised as a gentleman’s daughter, Lorna Gordon is obliged to take a position as...


  • Torrance Boyd was a werewolf, or a Furry as she liked to call herself. She thought the rules of her clan were misogynistic and had no place in the 21st century. She handled the situation by living in Austin, but even a Furry gets homesick. Returning ...


  • New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney returns with the third heart-stirring novel in her latest series, a tale of deceit, desperate measures, and delirious desire Rose MacIain is a beautiful woman with a secret. Desperate and at her wits'...


  • In the third book of the Montgomery Chronicles trilogy, the witches have almost gotten to the point of claiming Marcie Montgomery, at least since the Witch Test. If Janet Travis has anything to do with it, however, Marcie would be banished to the nex...


  • In New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's second novel in her breathtaking series, an unconventional woman and a former scoundrel embark on a daring mission of desire Once the ton's most notorious rake, Dalton MacIain has returned from h...


  • Life was getting stranger instead of easier. Not only was Marcie Montgomery still craving tacos - and any kind of cheesecake - now she was lusting after her knight in confusing armor. Plus, she knew her dog wasn’t exactly a dog. Witches and explosi...


  • When Ceana Sinclair Mead married the youngest son of an Irish duke, she never dreamed that seven years later her beloved Peter would die. Her three brothers-in-law think she should be grateful to remain a proper widow. But after three years of this, ...


  • New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's first novel in a brand-new series spins the intriguing story of a beautiful widow and a devilishly handsome shipbuilder Seven years have passed since Glynis MacIain made the foolish mistake of decla...


  • When Ceana Sinclair Mead married the youngest son of an Irish duke, she never dreamed that seven years later her beloved Peter would die. Her three brothers-in-law think she should be grateful to remain a proper widow. But after three years of this, ...


  • Marcie was an insurance adjuster who dated the wrong guy. The next morning she woke up in the Vampire Resuscitation Center unprepared for a new life, in a manner of speaking. Nor was this whole transformation thing going the way it was supposed to. S...


  • Flash Fables is a collection of fables told from a dog’s point of view. In other words, a Sheltie’s opinions on life, love, and squirrels. Stories include: Half a Bone is Better Than None, Comparisons Are Odious, One Man's Pleasure is Another Man...


  • Ellice Traylor has a secret. Beneath her innocent exterior beats an incredibly passionate and imaginative heart. She has been pouring all of her frustrated virginal fantasies into a scandalous manuscript. But when her plans for her future are about t...


  • The next sizzling romance in New York Times bestselling author Karen Ranney's Clan Sinclair series Logan Harrison is looking for a wife. As the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, he needs a conventional and diplomatic woman who will stand by his side and ...


  • To Dance with the Devil... For Virginia Traylor, Countess of Barrett, marriage was merely the vehicle to buy her father a title. Widowhood, however, brings a host of problems. For her husband deliberately spent the money intended for Virginia and ...


  • Catriona Cameron was once famed for her seductive beauty and charm. Now she saw no one, hiding from the world . . . and no one dared break through her self-imposed exile. No one, that is, until Mark Thorburn burst into her home, and Catriona's dar...


  • One scandal was never enough . . . After four long years, Morgan MacCraig has finally returned to the Highlands of his birth . . . with his honor in shreds. After a scandal, all he wants now is solace-yet peace is impossible to find with the castl...


  • Shona Imrie should have agreed to Gordon MacDermond's proposal of marriage seven years ago -- before he went off to war and returned a national hero -- but the proud Scottish lass would accept no man's charity. The dashing soldier would never truly s...


  • New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Ranney's short story about a vampire given a choice. When Marcie Montgomery allows lust to overwhelm her common sense, she's faced with a disaster - and the fact that she's become a vampire. She's...


  • The Unmentionables is a collection of short stories told by Victorian undergarments, from the underappreciated pair of drawers belonging to a countess, to the corset owned by a young miss, to a pair of enthusiastic stockings, and finally to a maid's ...


  • New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Ranney tells the story of an unlikely and passionate love.Richard, Duke of Lancaster, was hounded by the paparazzi on the anniversary of his wife's death. With his children, Richard escaped to an ...






  • When Robert Hanover died at the hands of his mistress people grieved, but they weren’t afraid. Jack Mercer, a former Texas Ranger turned private investigator, wasn't satisfied that they’d caught the murderer. Someone else had homicidal tendencie...


  • WHO IS MONTGOMERY FAIRFAX? Though she possesses remarkable talent and astonishing insight, Veronica MacLeod knows nothing about the man who appears from nowhere to prevent her from committing the most foolish and desperate act of her life. Recently...


  • What would you do if your best friend was murdered? What would you do if no one believed it was murder?Jennifer Roberts was determined to get to the bottom of the mystery despite the fact that Talbot, the cop who was her nemesis, thought it was all h...


  • The beautiful but haughty Duchess of Herridge is known to all the "ton" as the "Ice Queen." But to Ian McNair, the exquisite Emma is nothing like the rumors. Sensual and passionate, she moves him as no other woman has before. If only she were his wif...


  • An Indecent Proposal . . . When Douglas Eston arrives at the home of the Duke of Herridge, he expects to leave with an investment--not a wife With his brilliant ideas attracting attention all over London, Douglas does not need to rely on the duke....


  • Running from their pasts Margaret Dalrousie was once willing to sacrifice all for her calling. The talented artist would let no man interfere with her gift. But now, living in a small Scottish cottage on the estate of Glengarrow, she has not pain...


  • A MAN IN THE SHADOWS Some say he is dangerous. Others say he is mad. None of them knows the truth about Marshall Ross, the Devil of Ambrose. He shuns proper society, sworn to let no one discover his terrible secret. Including the beautiful woman he ...


  • Forbidden Love Haunted by the mysterious deaths of his two brothers, Grant Roberson, 10th Earl of Straithern, fears for his life. Determined to produce an heir before it's too late, Grant has promised to wed a woman he has never met. But instead o...


  • Abandoned by a rogue Betrothed to an earl she had never met, Charlotte Haversham arrived at Balfurin, hoping to find love at the legendary Scottish castle. Instead she found decaying towers and no husband among the ruins. So Charlotte worked a mira...


  • She had no recourse but to accept the position... Impoverished and untitled, with no marital prospects or so much as a single suitor, Beatrice Sinclair is forced to accept employment as governess to a frightened, lonely child from a noble family--...


  • WORDS OF LOVE Catherine Dunnan is devastated when her beloved goes off to war -- and only his promise to write often can sustain her in her loneliness. And what letters they are, filled with heartfelt emotions that move her to respond in kind. But...


  • WAS EVER A BETRAYAL SO CRUEL? Jeanne du Marchand adored her dashing young Scotsman, Douglas MacRae, and every moment in his arms was pure rapture. But when her father, the Comte du Marchand, learned she was carrying Douglas's child, Jeanne was torn ...


  • A LORD NOT MEANT TO MARRY Hamish MacRae, a changed man, returned to his beloved Scotland intending to turn his back on the world. The proud, brooding lord wants nothing more than to be left alone, but an unwanted visitor to his lonely castle has def...


  • To avoid a scandal that would devastate her family, Riona McKinsey has agreed to marry the wrong man -- though the one she yearns for is James MacRae. Had she not been maneuvered into a compromising position by a man of Edinburgh -- who covets her fa...


  • A stranger to his ancestral Scottish lands, the dashing nobleman came to the Highlands to reclaim his birthright -- only to find something more wondrous and unexpected awaiting him -- his bride! A MARRIAGE HE NEVER WANTED Though a descendant of p...


  • She Swore to Hate Him... He was her enemy, a British colonel in war tom Scotland. But as a youth, Alec Landers, Earl of Sherbourne, had spent his summers known only as Ian, running free on the Scottish Highlands--and falling in love with the temp...


  • THE PROMISE OF A SINGLE KISS... Margaret Esterly is desperate - and desperation can lead to shocking behavior! Beautiful and gently-bred, she was the essence of prim, proper English womanhood - until fate widowed her and thrust her into the povert...


  • Her quest can end in longing ... or in fulfilled ecstasy. Anne Sinclair has been haunted by visions of a handsome black-haired warrior all her life. His face invades her dreams and fills her nights with passionate longing. So the beautiful laird's...


  • A Knight in Peril When Sebastian, Earl of Langlinais, became ensnared in his villainous brother's plots, he had no choice but to turn to his virgin bride for help--a wife he had not seen since the day they had wed as children. He had planned for her ...


  • in Scottish Brides

    BOUND FOR THE ALTAR IN A LAND OF STRONG PASSIONS AND WILD BEAUTY Another strikingly dramatic and deeply compelling tale by KAREN RANNEY. A legend decrees that the sexy Laird of Sinclair must marry a woman he has never met. But only sweet, passion-...






  • It was a marriage of convenience -- except the innocent bride was determined to transform it into one of love. Young Tessa Astley fell in love with the rakish Duke of Kittridge after one stolen kiss on a perfect spring day. Now, years later, her f...


  • in After Midnight

    Karen Ranney shows how "A Dance In The Dark" with a charming vampire transforms a Regency lady, whose face is NOT her fortune, into a raving beauty....


  • A WOMAN'S DESTINY For young widow Kathryn Siddons, the end of a loveless marriage meant that she was at the mercy of her clan, which sent her off to the Highlands as a companion to her newly-married niece...and straight into the arms of a man who aw...


  • An Explosive Encounter Mary Kate Bennett was married too early, widowed too young, and left to fend for herself without a penny. Her path was never meant to cross with Archer St. John's, except for a terrible carriage accident with the wickedly h...


  • Twice widowed Judith Cuthbertson is nothing but another unwanted mouth to feed in her miserly father's home -- until he sells her off to a visiting Scotsman. Now, en route to the Highlands, Judith is forced to bury her fears and ponder her fate in an...


  • The daughter of an impecunious baron --- and a woman with few llusions and even fewer assets --- Katherine Sanderson has just accepted the position of governess to the infant daughter of the Earl of Moncrief. The notorious, sinfully handsome nobleman...


  • in Angel Love

    Love is always a miracle, but sometimes it needs a little help from above. Now, seven authors of historical romance bring us stories sure to make us true believers in the divine intervention that unites hearts, souls...and bodies! And in Karen Ra...


  • THEIR DESTINIES WERE BOUND BY A SHIMMERING THREAD OF DESIRE... For Lady Laura Blake, there is only one man in the world: Alex, the Earl of Cardiff. Yet ever since he was wounded in battle, Alex has locked himself away in his great stone castle at ...


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    From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Ranney - the story of a woman recuperating from tragedy only to be visited by murder. Jennifer Roberts is a survivor, not only from the car accident that changed her life, but from murder in ...