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Karen's Wiesner's Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series

Bound Spirits, Book 1
The Bloodmoon Curse, Book 2
Crooked House, Book 3
Return to Bloodmoon Manor, Book 4
Reunited, Book 5
Haunted Legacy, Book 6
Dead Man’s Road and Other Ghostly Tales from Erie County (A Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series Novella Collection)
Hidden, Book 7
Hell Hath No Fury, Book 8
Eldritch Justice, Book 9
Lost and Found, A Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series 2-in-1

Bound Spirits, Book 1 Reviews

5 Stars! “I have been interested to read BOUND SPIRITS because of the story's uniqueness. This book is like an oasis. In this generation where a lot of stories have the same underlying idea, this book stands out. It may be part of a common or popular genre but the story is opposite to that. Also, despite the many back stories that one can read within this book, it's not messy to look at. They were written to fit in seamlessly together. It's not confusing. Rather, it became more interesting. It fires up the imagination. This book has led me to think of different assumptions. With the mix of stories, I'd sometimes end up thinking that there are a lot of possibilities. It made my reading experience more fun. The characters were a great help, too. They fit one another, complementing each other's humanity. I also find the unraveling of the story commendable. Wiesner is gifted as a writer to have crafted the story in such a way where it doesn't seem slow but it's not rushed either. All in all, I strongly believe this is a good read that everybody would enjoy.” ~Readers’ Favorite

5 Stars! “This author has written many stories, in multiple genres, but I feel that THIS type of story fits her best. It has the flavor of an old Gothic Romance (of which the few I still hoard will never be tossed out) yet it can still be classified as a Christian Romance. The characters are well developed. They never felt flat or two dimensional. The female is frightened, naďve, untrusting, and often compared to a fairy or sprite. The male has made mistakes in his past and tries to keep an open mind – be it about the living or the dead. If this is a taste of what the rest of the series will be like, then I refuse to wait a second longer to begin book two.” ~Huntress Reviews

5 Stars! “In BOUND SPIRITS, Karen Wiesner uses the premise of a ghost story to delve deeply into the characters, their motivations, and their relationships with each other. This novel is well-written, and I found myself drawn in as I read it. The beginning scene is of a group of youngsters investigating the tale of a ghost in Bloodmoon Cove. It’s a slow start, but the realistic dialogue between the characters in this setting scene makes it fascinating to read, and what follows is even better! There are different characters, each with their own definitive personalities, and their struggles throughout this novel in their personal lives, as well as the demonic oppressions of Bloodmoon Cove and its haunting make this a book to remember! I highly recommend anyone to check this out. Karen Wiesner is an excellent author and it was a pleasure to read and review this book.” ~Author Jenna Whittaker

4 Stars! “Not to be read on a dark and stormy night, this is a thrilling tale where ghosts do battle with natural elements. A wandering soul looking for revenge wreaks havoc on a frightened town in this story that also charmingly depicts love in first bloom.” ~RT Book Reviews

4 Stars! “'Nestled on Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin is a small, secluded town called Bloodmoon Cove with volatile weather, suspicious folk...and newly awakened ghosts. Don't close your eyes... "Harrity Scaritty, on the mountain-side, in the realm of the dead, how will you escape, how will you be fed? With the living and the undead"' How could you not want to read this book after reading that? I love a good ghost story. This book had everything a good thriller should have. Suspense, romance between two lost souls, healing, and most importantly a ghost. The characters of Park Ranger John Kotter and Esmerlda "Esme" Dumas were so well defined that you felt what they felt. You saw what they saw. Another great thing about this book is not only did it have me on the edge of my seat, it had me holding a tissue in my hand. The minor characters were well written as well. You have to love Troy and his friends. When it comes to teenagers, you always have a leader and those who want to fit in so they become followers. I felt this portion of the story was a coming of age sub-plot. If you like Stephen King, you'll enjoy this story." ~The Romance Reviews

5 Stars! “BOUND SPIRITS wooed me with well-drawn characters—not only John Kotter and Esmeralda, but also the supporting cast: John’s mother, Troy Mulvaney and his friends, and the others. BOUND SPIRITS reminded me of Stephen’s King’s Misery. In Misery, Annie Wilkes, a nurse also afflicted with a mental illness, locks injured protag Paul in his room, torturing him with starvation alternating with affection and unbridled fury. Now King’s book is psychological horror, which includes a graphic description of the torture. Wiesner takes a subtle approach, allowing my imagination to supply the details, but she turns up the tension by adding a ghost. Not ghost. Ghosts, for Esme had to go up against the spirits of a man and his dog. These ghosts are seeking revenge on the family of the man who killed them and walled them in a cave. On one level, Esme can relate to these spirits, being a bound sprit herself, and Wiesner sells Esme’s reaction in a way that I can believe. King’s story packs a heavy wallop with his protag’s ordeal, but Wiesner tweaks up the tension yet again with portraying Esme after the fact. Esme comes to town afraid to trust, ready to run when anyone questions her. She didn’t count on falling for John Kotter, a man who struggles with demons of his own. What’s more, the people of Bloodmoon Cove have their own ideas on how people should live, something that doesn’t sit well with John. The way he reacts to Esme is quite touching, and a sweet romance starts to blossom between them. The suspense started from page one, with Troy and his friends visiting the cave, and kept me turning the pages. I believe this a great read that everyone would enjoy.” ~Author of STEEL ROSE, Barbara Custer

“BOUND SPIRITS is like an urban legend told sitting around a bonfire with your hairs rising on the back of your neck from this tale. It sucks you right in and you're on the edge of your seat waiting to hear the rest of the story. Bloodmoon Mountain has an eerie secret as well as the woman that John Kotter finds inhabiting his home. After many years away, John returns to take over the family business but finds himself drawn deep into ghost of the past. He must find a way to solve children being murdered on his mountain and find out exactly who the woman is, because falling in love could get you killed.” ~BTS eMag

“The Bloodmoon Cove Spirits urban fantasy BOUND SPIRITS is a fabulous ghost story that grips readers from the moment Troy and his friends enter the forbidden zone. Fast-paced, the romantic subplot is anticipated but kept low-keyed as Karen Wiesner focuses on the hunt for angry avenging spirits.” ~Harriet Klausner for MBR Bookwatch

4 Stars! “These three people create a perfect storm that brings terror and death to the people around the mountain and love to lost souls. A very atmospheric and old-fashioned ghost story, a sweet love story, and redemptive tale of lost souls being found through love.” ~Marilynn Byerly

The Bloodmoon Curse, Book 2 Reviews

5 Stars! “There are so many of us out there that recall those old Gothic Romances with great fondness. Those romances had a bit of the supernatural within them and, in rare cases, not all of them had a perfect ending. But that is what kept me guessing back then. Would there be a perfect and happy ending or would it end with a bit of creepiness? In the not so distant past, Gothic Romances came back but always had a happy ending with all loose ends tied up. Again, so many of us loved them and yet the Gothic Romance would disappear for several years, reappear a bit different, disappear, reappear a bit different, and so on. Well, I am thrilled to say that the Gothic Romance seems to be coming back again, thanks to Karen Wiesner. (Woo-Hoo!) So I bet you are wondering what the “a bit different” is this time. Karen Wiesner includes a bit of the modern time. The story has the same spine chilling creepiness but is set in the present time and includes modern troubles. This tale involves a couple who has undergone a recent, personal tragedy which is compounded by Cain’s parents’ ethics. (They care about Cain being hurt by Amberlyn, just as the two ladies before her did.) The pair have not been married long, a couple of years, and Cain is adrift, unable to realize how much his distraught wife needs him. Karen Wiesner’s writing style is easy to read and understand. She creates well developed characters and gives each their own personality. I have read many of her books in the past--she has written in various genres--but I believe the Gothic Romances are her best ever. Highly recommended to one and all.” ~Huntress Reviews

2015 BTS Red Carpet Award nominee and 4 Stars! "THE BLOODMOON CURSE has everything it needs to be a good story. Once I started reading, I didn’t want to stop because I couldn’t wait to solve the puzzle of what was really going on at Bloodmoon Manor. This really was a good read. There is mystery and suspense that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. A lot of surprises. " ~BTSemag

5 Flags! "THE BLOODMOON CURSE is a horror story that really gives a new meaning to the word horror. Once you start reading this book, it's impossible to put it beside you. You can't stop yourself from finishing it. At Bloodwood Manor, the dead people are as important, in a terrifying way, as the live ones. The living people take care of the dead ones, but the dead ones are very demanding in an atrocious way. I'm really very excited about this book, and especially about the so-unexpected end. In my opinion, Karen Wiesner has written a page turner, and those of you who like horror will agree with me. Believe me, you don't want to miss out on this story. If possible, I would give this book 6 flags!" ~EuroReviews

5 Stars! "This modern day Gothic thriller grips the audience from the moment that villagers warn Amberlyn not to go to Bloodmoon Manor, where no taken for granted conveniences exists; and the gripping plot never slows down until the expected final confrontation. The contrast between Amberlyn and Katerina adds to the feel of foreboding that grips readers who anticipate bad things happening to the heroine and her three wards. The final twist to this tense tale will stun readers as few suspense thrillers can, as Karen Wiesner provides a frightening paranormal novel starring a woman who risks her life to try to save three small discarded orphans." ~reviewed by Harriet Klausner for Sime~Gen Reviews

5 Stars! "Karen Wiesner delivers one of her best stories with THE BLOODMOON CURSE. I was enticed from the first paragraph and didn't want the story to end. This is an author who has a seemingly unlimited imagination for character and plot, and I plan to read everything she writes. THE BLOODMOON CURSE is a fascinating read, worthy of a reread. This is an author I can consistently recommend, and I rate THE BLOODMOON CURSE one of Ms. Wiesner's exciting best." ~eCataromance

5 Angels and FAR Recommended Read! "THE BLOODMOON CURSE is an intriguing read that sent spine-tingling sensations through this reader. I could feel the helplessness that Amberlyn felt with the loss of her babies, and the way Cain and his mother treated her was very unfair. I wanted to reach through the pages and offer her help. The story was so engaging that I couldn't stop reading. The ambience and mood of the surrounding events, especially at Bloodmoon Manor, was quite exciting. Ms. Wiesner makes the manor, along with the cemetery, so visual that I could almost feel and see the sights and sounds encircling Amberlyn. She allows this reader to sense the emotions and dread that lace the pages. This captivating read kept this reader practically hypnotized with all the actions. Unique and wonderfully written, this is one satisfying tale that this reader highly recommends. The story flows so consistently that the ending was something I never anticipated. Bravo to Ms. Wiesner for one story that I find a recommended read. I absolutely loved the cover, too." ~Fallen Angel Reviews

5 Stars! "Love, romance, faith, Gothic-style suspense, horror, and mystery at its best. What a story! You have everything in this book by author Karen Wiesner, from deep faith in God, mystery, murder, terror, horror, suspense, romance, and evil. It left me gasping for breath. Good heavens, what an attention-grabbing novel. What an imagination Ms. Wiesner possesses. Author Karen Wiesner has included everything needed to hook readers and hold their attention. It held my attention from the first page. I could not get to the last page fast enough. I read this book straight through, long into the night, as I could not stop. I had to know what was going on in this awful place with these awful, evil people. Get ready to be surprised and appalled. Cain's growth was grand to watch as Ms. Wiesner developed his character. Amberlyn's character growth from depressed and despondent to caring and defending the children was masterly done. Ms. Wiesner also skillfully created the mystery and evil surrounding Bloodmoon Manor and its residents. You will never decipher the mystery until the revelations. Ms. Wiesner had many threads to weave in this tale and she did so very well. Ms. Wiesner created characters that were multifaceted and she skillfully developed each character. Her descriptions of Bloodmoon Cove, Bloodmoon Manor and the inhabitants were so vivid I could see them in my mind's eye and I could feel the evil seething in this place. Ms. Wiesner had several plots in this story and each was an eye-opener and surprising. My mouth fell open as the plots and mysteries were revealed. Ms. Wiesner has the ability to pull you into the storyline. This is a fast paced, well-developed, skillfully crafted novel. I loved it. Well done, Ms. Wiesner, well done!" ~The Romance Reviews

5 Stars! "Multi-published award winning author, Karen Wiesner, writes a suspenseful contemporary mystery with Gothic overtones in THE BLOODMOON CURSE. The fast-punching conclusion will take your breath away, as God's direction vs. the ancient evil found at the blizzard snowbound Manor at Bloodmoon Cove. There is plenty of heart-wrenching pathos in this Gothic-flavored tale of pediatric nurse, Amberlyn Lyons. Her husband, Cain Lyons, hasn't even realized that his wife is missing. He thinks she has gone back to work to salve her grief after losing her pregnancy. Only her good friend, Daniel Reynolds, intuits that she is in trouble. Not having confided her intent to anyone, no one knows where to start looking for her. After answering a desperate advertisement for a nanny, Amberlyn finds herself a virtual prisoner at the lonely, snow-bound, ancestral holdings of Bloodmoon Manor, where she has been hired to care for newly orphaned children. Caught in a blizzard and unable to contact the outer world, Amberlyn is desperate to protect the three children and herself against the diabolical forces haunting Bloodmoon Cove. The entire Bonaiaris family, deformed in body and spirit, live in the past. They worship their ancestors with unusual rituals, and Amber finds herself struggling to defend herself and the three children against the evil that pervades the entire ice-cold four story stronghold. This book will definitely keep you turning pages well past your bedtime." ~JoEllen Conger for Gotta Write Network!

4 1/2 Hearts! "THE BLOODMOON CURSE is an eerie, suspense-filled tale of murder and insanity by Karen Wiesner. This emotionally stirring suspense will keep the reader anxiously waiting the answers at the end of the book. Be prepared to not put this one down once you start reading. Amberlyn is a woman like many that tried to balance a marriage and career. She marries a man whose parents believe women should stay at home. When she suffers another miscarriage she feels responsible and she feels that her husband holds her at fault. This is heartbreaking as the two each deal with their pain alone and find themselves not sharing their true feelings. The story is fascinating as well as highly suspenseful. Something walks the halls of Bloodmoon Mansion and it is coming for Amberlyn at the time of the full moon. This is what she is told and later comes to believe when she comes to work at the mansion. Even as the reader believes they have it all figured out there is still surprises left to experiences throughout the story. The fear builds as the reader worries about the safety of three small children and a woman that comes to love them. Amberlyn prays for help and struggles to figure out a plan of escape. The anxiety is almost overwhelming when escape seems impossible. Love and God will be called upon to save them from the danger that stalks Amberlyn. The storyline is highly imaginative and the descriptive skills of Karen Wiesner make the scenes come to life for the reader. THE BLOODMOON CURSE is a frightening gothic tale filled with anxiety building suspense and inspirational romance." ~The Romance Studio

4.5 Stars! "THE BLOODMOON CURSE is a freaky tale. As I read I kept thinking these characters are like out of an X-Files episode. I enjoyed the suspense as it slowly wound through the book building up the tension.Amberlyn, though seemingly a quiet character initially, has a gentle strength and resolve not to be a victim. And, although the character of Katerina is a nasty piece of work, I felt strangely sorry for her towards the end of the book. There is a strong theme of faith and spirituality throughout the book. However, it never comes across as too preachy. It's more that the characters beliefs are strong enough to overcome anything. What I liked about this book is it cannot be categorized in one particular genre. There is something for every reader in THE BLOODMOON CURSE. It's a modern day gothic tale, where the heroine is battling evil and relying on the power of love and faith to get her through. It's an excellent read. After reading this book, all I can say is be careful of any answering any 'nanny' advertisements. You may get more than you bargained for." ~reviewed by Janet for Once Upon A Romance Review

4 Stars! "One cannot help but become emotionally invested in Wiesner's broken characters. This gripping romantic drama, with paranormal elements, also has a surprising amount of inspirational content. This novel will pull at your heartstrings while scaring you to pieces." ~Lisa Kelly for Romantic Times BOOKreviews

"Ghosties and ghoulies abound in this book of the paranormal bent. Combining the seemingly difficult genres of gothic romance, inspirational views, and a paranormal twist provide the reader with a different type of book. One that shows that faith in God is always rewarded and that the power of the heart heals all wounds." ~reviewed by Brandy Jones for The Long and the Short of It Reviews

"A story about a spooky old house and its strange inhabitants, THE BLOODMOON CURSE is a frightening tale and more of a horror story than a paranormal romance. The members of the household talk of the dead as though they live among them. Is that why the doors are locked and the windows sealed? Katerina claims that an evil ghost walks the halls. Amber knows she made a mistake when she didn't let anyone know where she was going, and prays that God will come to her aid. A fate worse than death awaits Amber and the children if she is unable to find a way out. It is very scary as she roams through the house and the mausoleum looking for a way to leave the house of horrors. The secondary characters add to the story, particularly Katerina, who delights in the anguish of Amber and the children, but who is obviously miserable herself. Daniel and Cain are good guys who only want to find Amber. If you are in the mood for a well written, frightening story, THE BLOODMOON CURSE is sure to fill the bill." ~Marilyn Heyman for Romance Reviews Today

"THE BLOODMOON CURSE starts by sending the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions. I felt sadness for Amberlyn's loss of a child, fear for the children of the manor. Trying to feel like she had a place after four miscarriages, Amberlyn who feels responsible, runs from her husband who she believes blames her and his parents who she knows do. She finds herself working at Bloodmoon Manor among a frightened maid, the deformed Katerina, orphaned children and a ghost she realizes is a family curse. This story has many Gothic overtones that make you feel like you are watching midnight horror film. I found myself praying with Amberlyn for strength and aid. This frightening, thrill ride was just what I was looking for and the amazing writing skills of Karen Wiesner pull the reader in this suspenseful story and never let go." ~Tabatha Franc for WRDF

"Karen Wiesner's romance novel THE BLOODMOON CURSE chills to the bone! THE BLOODMOON CURSE is filled with unfolding mystery from beginning to end! As always, author Karen Wiesner creates fabulous characters to bring her stories to life. THE BLOODMOON CURSE is an edge of the seat read!" ~Rolling Seas Reviews

"This story kept me riveted and turning the pages... The development of the older children was great; I watched them go from totally terrified of anyone and anything in the house to accepting, trusting, and even loving Amberlyn. I felt for the protagonist... I understood her evil, her family intermarriage mental and physical problems... I would give this book a three and half wings for the plot, supporting characters and the fact that [Wiesner] fit a gothic tale in a contemporary setting very well." ~reviewed by Melissa for Classic Romance Revival

“THE BLOODMOON CURSE is an emotional rollercoaster, full of anger, despair and fear with the Amberlyn’s love of the children and her husband holding it all together.” ~Stacy for Manic Readers

Crooked House, Book 3 Reviews

4 Stars! “CROOKED HOUSE (Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series, Book 3) by Karen Wiesner is a thrilling supernatural novel. It is a spooky tale about a creepy house in an unusual town. The story is spine-chilling from start to finish. [A]nyone who enjoys stories with an occult twist will love this book.” ~Readers Favorite

4 Stars! “Author Karen Wiesner brings back a taste of Gothic Romance to her readers in this spooky series. Each spine-tingling story within this series stands alone; there is no need to worry if you have not read the previous two titles. (Trust me when I say that they are worth your attention though.) I found myself going back and rereading sections just to enjoy the chill again. Unlike many novels these days, this one does not contain a lot of “filler” or “fluff” to add pages. Everything written is vital to the plot or a character’s development. The two main characters are fully developed and are the focus of the story. The secondary characters are well-developed. After the story is finished, readers will find a large section telling the author’s other series. As I glanced through this section, I realized that there are summaries of upcoming titles in this same series. Be sure to check them out to get a glimpse of what happens next. I am eager to get my hands on them!” ~Huntress Reviews

Return to Bloodmoon Manor, Book 4 Reviews

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Reunited, Book 5 Reviews

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Haunted Legacy, Book 6 Reviews

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Dead Man’s Road and Other Ghostly Tales from Erie County
(A Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series Novella Collection) Reviews

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Hidden, Book 7 Reviews

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Hell Hath No Fury, Book 8 Reviews

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Eldritch Justice, Book 9 Reviews

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Lost and Found, A Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series 2-in-1 Reviews

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