Bound Spirits, Book 1 Reviews
“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 http://www.rtbookreviews.com
“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 http://bloodredshadow.com/about/night-to-dawn-magazine-and-books/barbara-custers-night-gallery/
“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 http://btsemag.com/
“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 http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/sep_13.htm
The Bloodmoon Curse, Book 2 Reviews
"THE BLOODMOON CURSE is a
horror story that really gives a new meaning to the word horror. Once you
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
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,
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!"
"This modern day Gothic
thriller grips the audience from the moment that villagers warn Amberlyn not
go to Bloodmoon Manor, where no taken for granted conveniences exists; and
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
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
~reviewed by Harriet Klausner for Sime~Gen Reviews
"Karen Wiesner delivers
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
reread. This is an author I can consistently recommend, and I rate THE
BLOODMOON CURSE one of Ms. Wiesner's exciting best."
5 Angels and FAR
"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,
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
along with the cemetery, so visual that I could almost feel and see the
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
so consistently that the ending was something I never anticipated. Bravo to
Wiesner for one story that I find a recommended read. I absolutely loved the
~Fallen Angel Reviews
author, Karen Wiesner, writes a suspenseful contemporary mystery with Gothic
overtones in THE BLOODMOON CURSE. The fast-punching conclusion will take
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
in this Gothic-flavored tale of pediatric nurse, Amberlyn Lyons. Her
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
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
a blizzard and unable to contact the outer world, Amberlyn is desperate to
protect the three children and herself against the diabolical forces
Bloodmoon Cove. The entire Bonaiaris family, deformed in body and spirit,
in the past. They worship their ancestors with unusual rituals, and Amber
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."
for Gotta Write Network! http://www.gottawritenetwork.com/thebloodmoon.html
"THE BLOODMOON CURSE is
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
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
towards the end of the book. There is a strong theme of faith and
through out the book. However, it never comes across as too preachy. It's
more that the characters beliefs are strong enough to overcome anything.
liked about this book is it cannot be categorized in one particular genre.
is something for every reader in THE BLOODMOON CURSE. It's a modern day
tale, where the heroine is battling evil and relying on the power of love
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
"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
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,
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
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
"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 http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/02/22/wrdf-review-of-the-bloodmoon-curse-by-karen-wiesner.aspx
"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
stories to life. THE BLOODMOON CURSE is an edge of the seat read!"
Seas Reviews www.rollingseas.com.au
"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 http://www.classicromancerevival.com/blog/?p=1158
“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 http://www.manicreaders.com
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