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If you like Tom Clancy, James Patterson and Lee Child, then you’ll love fast-paced, action-packed thrillers from international selling author KJ Kalis. Check back on this page often for new releases!

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Sauk Valley Killer

Chelsea Atkinson and Daniel Arthur are gone.

Two high school seniors have disappeared without a trace.

The Sauk Valley community is on edge, frightened for themselves and their children.

But Chelsea and Daniel aren’t the only ones missing…

Kat Beckman, an investigative journalist, starts the hunt for a serial killer that’s in her own backyard. Can she find him before he kills again?

The trail to find him takes Kat back through her own dark past, a past she would have rather never visited again.

If you like Tom Clancy, James Patterson and Lee Child, then you’ll love this fast-paced, action-packed psychological thriller – book six of the Kat Beckman series.

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The Bloody Canvas

The only thing left of art student Hailey Park is the blood she dripped onto the bricks of Calhoun Square.

Journalist-turned-sleuth, Kat Beckman, hears about Hailey’s murder while at a conference hundreds of miles away in New York City. Her husband, editor of the online paper, “The Hot Sheet” asks her to investigate. He’s insistent she go. A ten-year-old boy, the same age as Kat’s son, Jack, has been accused of stabbing the young girl.

But why?

As Kat joins the hunt for the motive behind the killing, she uncovers a complex tale of pride, deceit, murder and forgery that leads to a family that takes their revenge out on each other and those around them.

“The Bloody Canvas” is the fifth book in the Kat Beckman amateur sleuth mystery book series. If you like Tom Clancy, James Patterson and Lee Child, then you’ll love this fast-paced, action-packed thriller series.

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Conspiracy. Vengeance. Disaster.

Kat Beckman is finally coming to terms with her life when her family unexpectedly moves to California, a place she’s never wanted to live.

As she adjusts to living in strange city, she notices that a new friend, the normally composed Theresa Walsh, seems rattled. A tense conversation reveals that Theresa is suspicious there’s a conspiracy involving Palm Coast Electric & Power, the company Theresa’s husband runs as the CEO. She doesn’t know what it is, but Theresa is terrified and needs Kat’s help.

The next day, Theresa goes missing, leaving her sick son in the hospital alone. Kat doesn’t know if her friend is alive or dead.

All around the San Jose area, mysterious wildfires are popping up, destroying homes and killing people in the very area that Palm Coast Electric & Power services. Is there a connection between Theresa’s disappearance and the conspiracy she was so afraid of?

As Kat gets closer to the truth, she discovers a massive plot that threatens not only the community, but her own family. Will she be in time to save the people she loves before it’s too late?

“The Blackout” is the fourth book in the Kat Beckman amateur sleuth thriller series. If you like Tom Clancy, James Patterson and Lee Child, then you’ll love this fast-paced, action-packed technothriller series.

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The mistakes of Kat’s past have come calling…

A raging fire has destroyed a historic cathedral in England. What the British don’t know is that American intelligence officials have been using the site as a hidden communications hub. The U. S. government needs someone to check the covert foreign station without drawing unnecessary attention to what they’ve done.

The people asking saved her. She can’t very well say no, can she?

Her decision to help pulls her into a web of lethal terrorist threats. She’s on the clock to find a missing SEAL and uncover a larger plot that has put a murderous target on her own back and on the backs of people from her past.

Can she figure out the endgame before she gets burned?

Moving from continent to continent, Kat finds allies and enemies around every corner as she works to eliminate the threat that could expose her, her family and all the work she’s done.

But will Kat have the strength to face her past, get her friends out of danger and get back to her family?

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What would you do to save a child… even it if wasn’t your own?

Eleven-year-old Carlye Morgan is nowhere to be found. She’s disappeared from summer camp. The police have no leads and the family has just about lost hope…

A family trip to the park pulls journalist Kat Beckman into the hunt, forcing her to make a decision about saving a life and finding a story.

With pressure from Carlye’s desperate family, Kat must decide if she is willing to face her past to help find Carlye.

On the trail, Kat is quickly pulled into a web of murder, violence and violation. The closer they get, Kat finds herself more desperate to find Carlye, fueling her own obsession about saving the family. The people that have taken Carlye aren’t about to give up without a fight, even if it means going after Kat… and her family.

Will Kat fight back?

No matter how determined Kat is, or what she decides, the clock is ticking. Will Kat be too late to save Carlye?


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Would you commit treason to save a loved one?

A former embedded journalist posted in Afghanistan, Kat Beckman came back with stories and scars she carries every day of her life.

After a routine checkup, her mother-in-law is diagnosed with cancer. Months of appointments and treatments are brutalizing Kat’s family and her son, Jack. One day at the hospital, Kat is told that there is a cure for the devastating disease that is killing her mother-in-law, but it will cost.

Is Kat willing to pay the price?

Kat’s decision drags her into a dark maze of blackmail, murder and violence that forces her to choose between her family and her country.

As the missing pieces snap into place, Kat becomes more and more terrified by what she sees—and by what she must do to save her family and herself from the past.

Kat must make a dangerous decision and face her past to fight for a larger cause and go after the most perilous story she has ever pursued.

But what is she willing to risk, and how much closer must she get, to stop them and to save her family and her own life?

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Is it possible to live the abundant life Jesus promised?

You've done all the things that you are supposed to do as a Christian, but you are still miserable... Do you know what is making you feel that way? More importantly, do you know how to fix it?

In Miserable Christians, author Karen Kalis talks about the things that make Christians feel discontent and the steps it takes to live abundantly.

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About Karen...

Karen Kalis writes books. (You've probably figured that out already.) She has lived in the Midwest her whole life and has traveled throughout the US and abroad.

Her work experience includes both non-profit and for-profit marketing. She also has an MA in Creative Writing and Literature.