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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Terri Kraus  

Pen Name: None


Born: in


Illinois Connection

Kraus is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. She lives in Wheaton.

Biographical and Professional Information

Terri Kraus has co-authored 11 books with her husband, Jim Kraus. She is also an award-winning interior designer and taught interior design at the college level for 10 years. She enjoys music, photography and all things Italian and British. Terri is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild.

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Titles At Your Library

Pirates of the Heart (Treasures of the Caribbean #1)
ISBN: 0842303812

Tyndale House. 1996

William, a privateer wronged by nobility throughout his childhood, sees his chance for revenge on the upper class when he has an opportunity to raid an English ship carrying Kathryne, whom he believes to be a spoiled young noblewoman.

Passages of Gold (Treasures of the Caribbean #2)
ISBN: 0842303820

Tyndale House Publishers. 1997

This historical novel is set on the island of Barbados and features romance, treachery, piracy, and gold. Honor and courage are summoned in the quest to save treasure and reputation.

Journey to the Crimson Sea (Treasures of the Caribbean #3)
ISBN: 0842303839

Tyndale House Publishers. 1997

Authors Jim and Terri Kraus conclude their trilogy of Treasures of the Caribbean in Journey to the Crimson Sea. The 17th-century Caribbean island of Barbados hosts this unique story of love, loyalty, and adventure. The meaning of forgiveness is tested as Vicar Thomas Mayhew falls in love with the reformed prostitute Eileen Palmerston. Their relationship is questioned by many on the island, including Vicar Petley, who seeks to excommunicate Thomas for bringing shame to the church. Thomas faces a difficult choice: Stay with the woman he plans to marry or retain his position as vicar. And no swashbuckling adventure would be complete without a search for buried treasure and a final clash with pirates on the high seas. Journey to the Crimson Sea delivers romance, adventure, and spiritual insights in an exotic setting that all readers can enjoy.

The Price (Circle of Destiny #1)
ISBN: 0842318356

Tyndale House Publishers. 2000

Value priced!

The Price is the first in a historical four-book fiction series about the California Gold Rush by the writing team of Jim and Terri Kraus. When the lure of gold pulls Joshua Quittner away from the small church he is pastoring, he must choose between material wealth and peace with God. Only when he discovers the true meaning of love and sacrifice does Joshua find true fulfillment.

The Treasure (The Circle of Destiny #2)
ISBN: 0842318364

Tyndale House Publishers. 2000

The Treasure is the second book in the four-book Circle of Destiny series set during the 1800s Gold Rush. Four college friends begin a life adventure that will change their thinking and their perspective forever. The Treasure's protagonist, Gage Davis, begins running his father's business after graduation and learns about life the hard way. Gage's greatest pain and deepest joy teach him that money cannot buy life's greatest treasure.

The Promise (Circle of Destiny #3)
ISBN: 0842318372

Tyndale House Publishers. 2001

Hannah Morgan Collins dreams of becoming the first woman doctor in Massachusetts. But must she give up her desires of home and family to do so? Enrolled at Harvard against her parents' wishes, she meets new friends who will impact her life forever. There's the preacher-to-be Joshua Quittner, the cynical journalist Jamison Pike, and the made-of-money Gage Davis. And what of Lucretia Mott, whose passion for women's rights causes Hannah to wonder how she herself could change the world? This beautiful coming-of-age novel takes Hannah on a lifelong search through pain and joy to a place of heartfelt peace.

The Quest (Circle of Destiny #4)
ISBN: 0842318380

Tyndale House Publishers. 2001

The Quest details the journey of young Jamison Pike as he leaves home and travels the world in search of the ultimate truth: the meaning of life. Despite finding fame and fortune through his writing and travels, Jamison finds that without Christ, his life remains empty and filled with longing.

The Unfolding (Stories from McKenzie Street #1)
ISBN: 1586608592

Barbour Publishing, Incorporated. 2003

Annie Hamilton doesn't expect her life to change dramatically when she opens her modest home to a rootless and pregnant neighbor. But when the young woman abandons her newborn son, Annie summons her courage and decides to raise the baby as her own. All is well--until the day the birth mother returns to claim her child. Distraught, Annie searches for answers--and finds them in the most unlikely places. Can this path of darkness be the way that God unfolds His plan for her? This deeply moving story will open readers' eyes to the power of redeeming love--and the power of faith.

The Choosing (Stories from McKenzie Street #2)
ISBN: 159310104X

Barbour Publishing, Incorporated. 2004

The saga of Annie Hamilton, first introduced in the Stories from MacKenzie Street Series book The Unfolding, continues in The Choosing. Single and raising an adopted toddler. Annie feels too old for romance--but her son needs a father. Her situation is the talk of the Chicago community where she works as an artist, owns and operates a laundromat, and attends church. When two interesting men enter her life--one not of her faith and one not of her age--can Annie's life become any more complicated? Will she listen to her heart or follow what others think is best for her?

The Renovation: Carter Mansion (Project Restoration Series, Book 1)
ISBN: 0781448468

David C. Cook. 2008

Ethan Willis has made a career out of restoring old houses like the Carter Mansion so he’s an expert with doors and windows. He knows his way around a toolbox, a construction site, and anything else having to do with rebuilding. If only he could do the same with his own life. Tragically widowed and left with a young son, he’s done the best he could, but now that Chase has become a teenager that best somehow isn’t quite good enough.

For his part, Chase doesn’t know what he’d do without baseball, his best friend Elliott and the secret hideaway even his dad doesn’t know about. What he does know is that the reporter lady who suddenly started chatting with his dad can’t be a good thing.

In a small town where everyone knows everything, does an outsider—a young, cute, ambitious reporter-kind-of-outsider like Cameron Dane—even have a prayer of getting to know the handsome but moody builder? Does it matter that they both hold secrets from their pasts? And can Chase ever be freed from the hidden guilt of his mother’s death? Only time, and a special kind of patience, will tell.

The Renewal: Midlands Building (Project Restoration Series, Book 2)
ISBN: 0781448905

David C. Cook. 2009

Newly divorced Leslie Ruskin moves into her new home with her five-year-old daughter, but the old place needs a lot of work, and her master carpenter battles past failures and a drinking problem.

The Transformation: A Project Restoration Novel (Project Restoration Series)
ISBN: 0781448670

David C. Cook. 2009

Can a good, hard-working Christian man disregard his cultural and religious admonitions—as well as his mother’s plans for his life—for the love of a woman and an historic church building?

Oliver Barnett is a good contractor, a good Christian, and an obedient son, never in trouble, never one to rock the boat … until real estate developer Samantha Cohen enters his life. Samantha, full of life, vitality, and wit, is unlike any woman he has ever known—in more ways than one. Not only is she planning to transform an historic church near downtown Pittsburgh into a restaurant/nightclub, but she is Jewish and has a less-than-innocent past. Oliver finds himself in a most unsettling dilemma. Does he do what’s right by the nice girl his mother has chosen for him, or does he do what his heart is telling him to do?