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Escape From the Ordinary

Now you can enjoy the European travel experience year-round, without scheduling, financial, pandemic, or seasonal constraints.  We provide ‘cultural fiction’ at its finest!


Read the new cultural short stories:

Armchair Travel: Cultural Fiction for the Restless Wanderer, by V M Karren

Relieve cabin fever with this collection of cultural fiction inspired by three European countries.  Experience romance and near-tragedy in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood in ‘Fate and Longing in Lisbon,’ then help solve a local mystery on the windy Dutch seacoast with ‘The Witch of Drontenburg.’ After that, you can savor the creations of an eccentric French chef in ‘The Plucked Hen’ before the critics bury him!

Click on book image above to read a sample of this 3-in-one compilation of the ‘Armchair Travel’ stories–the easiest way to travel Europe. Or, enjoy the individual stories as ebooks by clicking on the book images below:

The Armchair Travel Series:

Fate and Longing in Lisbon, a Kindle short romantic comedy, set in the ancient neighborhood of Lisbon known as the birthplace of Portugal’s soulful ‘Fado’ music.

The Witch of Drontenburg, a Kindle Short work of cultural fiction set in a small fishing town in the Netherlands, where a group of young boys face off with the fabled village witch.

The Plucked Hen, a Kindle Short work of cultural fiction set in a provincial restaurant in France, where an eccentric chef uses some unusual ingredients to create his masterpieces.

“As always with this author’s stories, my eyes are opened to new places and cultures…and who wouldn’t love to learn about such things along with a fun story?!” –Jillayne N.


Read award-winning historical fiction:

The Deceit of Riches and From the Rooftops are the first two historical thriller novels in The Deceit of Riches Series.

The Deceit of Riches

Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for 2019, and Finalist in the 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, The Deceit of Riches weaves a web of deceit and looming danger as the young, over-curious exchange student Peter Turner is suspected of stealing lucrative military secrets buried in the vaults of the Russian mafia. He must get out of Russia before both the mafia and KGB find him to take back what he doesn’t have.

“From the moment I opened this books pages I was sucked into the story line. As I got into the novel, I felt like I was there, in Russia seeing everything through Peter’s eyes. Feeling and experiencing the excitement of a fresh start in a new place with an old friend, the fits and starts of new relationships, some adversarial, while others have the innate feeling of dejavu. And just when you feel like you’ve got the story line down pat, the author weaves the tale in a direction you never would have thought of. It quickly became apparent that the author knows a lot about what goes on behind the scenes of day to day life in Russia. I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait for a sequel.”

–Amazon reader


From the Rooftops

From the Rooftops is the much-anticipated sequel to The Deceit of Riches, wherein Peter Turner carries on his research and cooperation with western intelligence forces. Teaming up with a smart young Romanian banker whose fiancé has been murdered, he uncovers the details of an international crime ring, with roots in the most unlikely of places.

“Author V Karren writes a well constructed, well executed spy-thriller. And although the story is a fun read, there’s so much more to it. The setting is also a major character. All cultures are shaped by history and geography and Karren takes great care to be sure the reader understands what shaped the lives of the characters from the political upheavals of the past, the economic fallout from those revolutions, and how the average citizens were forced to adapt. A reader comes away feeling a bit more knowledgeable, not just entertained.”

–Amazon Reader

The third and final book of The Deceit of Riches Series is currently being written.


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Read the award-winning books and blog articles of V M Karren to explore and deeply understand the lives of people in European lands.  From his suspenseful and insightful historical fiction to his cultural short stories and crazy-but-true travel stories, Karren brings you great European-based literary entertainment.

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