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Karen's Wiesner's Woodcutter’s Grim Series

Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I (Books 1-3 and The Final Chapter)
Papa (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 1)
Blood of Amethyst (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 2)
Dancing to the Grave (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 3)
The Amethyst Tower (Woodcutter's Grim Series, The Final Chapter)
Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume II (Books 4-7)
Moonlight Becomes You (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 4)
Bewitched (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 5)
One Night of Eternity (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 6)
Beauty is the Beast (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 7)
The Deep (A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel, Book 8)
Hunter’s Blues (A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel)

Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I Reviews

Dark Angel Reviews Recommended Read Highest Rating! "Welcome to Woodcutter's Grim, where your own horrors come to life and the evil ones follow the classic children’s fairy tales, adding a little blood and death in the mix. The ancient Seven Guardians will do anything in their power to keep everyone in this little town alive, but when evil ups the ante will, it be enough to keep everyone safe? Papa is one wickedly twisted story that runs parallel with Hansel and Gretel, but it's ten times more exciting. I loved this story from beginning to ending. Rand and Amy are having one heck of a time with the death of Rand's kids and Amy is having a much harder time yet because she feels somewhat responsible for their deaths. I was so happy that they were able to work on their love and relationship, even when they were being chased by the evil. I also loved that Rand gets to play the hero. It makes the story that much better. I have to tell you, the horror elements in this story were both bone-chilling and exciting at the same time. I read page for page, as fast as I possibly could. Ms. Wiesner knows how to mix horror and romance together so you are scared and yet happy that the couple is in love. Wow, Blood of Amethyst was a great, blood-curdling story. We get to learn a little more about the wicked ways of the town known as Woodcutter's Grim and also the Guardians sworn to protect this little town. I once again was amaze at the depth of horror I felt when Ms. Wiesner described the wicked evil that lurked out in the woods. Rumpelstiltskin is the classic tale this one is based on and I will never forget the pictures that came to mind while I read this story. I loved how Gabe was so excited about his life with Amethyst and their new baby to be. The contract between the loving, caring man and the sheriff and guardian of the town was a great addition to the story. We get to see two great sides of the sexy man. Dancing to the Grave was a great love story with a twist of evil demise thrown in along the way. In this story, we get to see Diane and Kurt healing and loving each other again after a mistake six months earlier split them apart. With the loss of their baby, Kurt tried to find a way to heal without Diane. Now that they've reunited, they love each other more than before, but the mistake is still hanging about and they both still think about it quite a bit. It gets put on the back burner quickly when the children at Diane school start to get sick and miss class. Then, when they do return, we see some exotic behavior from the children. Poor Diane can't stop sneezing, and to make matters worse, the new band teacher is a little on the 'weird' side and might have it out for Diane. I think the turning point for me was when Kurt was hurt guarding the woods and when he returned home, Diane was able to make him feel better. I was hoping I knew where the story was going and was excited that Ms. Wiesner would throw that little curve ball in to make the story so much more exciting. This story gave me major goose bumps when I realized that this was based on the classic story The Pied Piper of Hamelin. You can't miss the great story. The Amethyst Tower by far was my favorite. I had goose bumps pretty much during the whole story. Prince is expected to find Rapunzel and save her. His dreams are starting to take a toll and time is running out before he dies, only to be born again, and start the search for her over again. Poor Rapunzel she is locked away in her tower with no choices and the nasty father of her gave me the creeps. Once again, I have to give Ms. Wiesner props for such a wonderful and scary story. She has re-written Rupunzel and has done it beautifully. I also loved this story because Prince was the son of Gabe and Amethyst and had such a special yet horrible life. And just wait till you read the last page. It was the best in the whole book. WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, Volume I by Karen Wiesner is a spooky read that will have you re-thinking classic fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and Rapunzel. I was instantly sucked into this book from page one and spent my whole afternoon engrossed in these scary tales. I would like to applaud Mrs. Wiesner for her graphic imagination that had her intertwine romance and horror around every corner. One minute I was smiling because there was a bit of romance, then the next I was scared and had goose bumps! I hope she continues to write these types of stories because I would love to get my hands on another one of these books. I will recommend this book to everyone that I can." ~Dark Angel Reviews https://www.darkangelreviews.com/Woodcutter_s_Grim.html

5 Stars! “The book I read is in actuality the first two books in the series along with some extra stories (which is the first volume of the series collection). I have to say, this scared me. The stories are all entwined, mentioning various characters and events throughout the volume. The horror is well written, where the things that go bump in the night are there and disguised as family, friends and stories you grew up on. The town’s fear feels very real and translates into sensory details. I couldn’t put this down, and I know I’m going to have a hard time getting it out of my head. Highly, highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good scare.” ~BTS eMag http://btsemag.com/

5 Paw Prints! “This is an anthology loosely based on fairy tales, which have a twist of the unexpected. These are definitely not our children’s fairy tales. Papa: Loosely based on Hansel and Gretel, this tale is one of horror, loss, and love. Blood of Amethyst: This is a Rumpelstiltskin that will make your hair curl as the clues work themselves out, and we find out just why Rumpelstiltskin wants a baby! Dancing to the Grave: This is a tale of mayhem and an interesting look at The Pied Piper. The Amethyst Tower: Prince has known there is much expected of him. He has known that since the day that he was born. But his dreams of his love, with Rapunzel-like hair, that is locked in a tower somewhere within the confines of his strange town make him wonder if he will ever be what the world need. WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES by Karen Wiesner is a thrilling collection of tales to read on a dark stormy night. The stories flow into one another so that it seems as though they’re just one story instead of an anthology. If you are looking only for a Happily Ever After, then be forewarned that not all of these tales may qualify, but they all lead the reader through the twisted streets of a town that is steeped not only in superstition but also in fairy tales. Beware the streets of Woodcutter’s Grim on All Hallow’s Eve, lest the creatures that prowl the night come to bear witness to the deals you strike with their devil. This is definitely a book that I will reread! And one I recommend to any parent who enjoyed the original tales before they were remade for children. This loosely based set of stories brings to mind just how creepy the original tales were!”
~Nicole Hicks for Howling Good Books http://howlinggoodbooks.com/index.php?id=209

4 1/2 Stones! “There's a town somewhere in America where evil lurks. Escaping through a portal in time, the darkness torments the town of Woodcutter's Grim by performing acts of mischief and harm by warping those fairy tales most of us grew up reading and enjoying. But, though the townspeople feel this evil in their being, the Protectorate works tirelessly to keep the evil behind the scenes. It is up to them to protect the people from the evil as well as figure out what mischief is being conducted. Getting right to the point: This is a must read! Being one of those people who've grown up on fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and the likes, I found it so very intriguing how the author not only reminds the readers of past tales, but incorporates the same look, feel and even more emotion for a modern-day audience with a very modern approach to each. This is not a story for kids! There is love, romance and steamy scenes that play so well into these stories. I loved the characters and how each played into the overall story, how each story played into the overall book. Karen Wiesner has taken me for a ride into her world and I have to admit, I was saddened to leave Woodcutter's Grim when I finished the book. Karen made my blood boil, my nerves fray and even more importantly, my heart ached for her characters. I would suggest all read this as soon as possible. By all means, sit in your favorite chair on a nice night and let Karen take you for a ride! This is one of those books I would love to have in hard cover, sitting on my bookshelf to pull out at any time to sit and enjoy.” ~Kayden McLeod for Siren Book Reviews http://sirenbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/karen-wiesner-woodcutters-grim-series.html

4 Stars! "In Wiesner's well-written stories, familiar fairy-tale characters come to life as horrific monsters in a fictional town with a terrifying life force of its own. Characters are well drawn, but beware the clever townspeople, because everyone is suspect. Although each delightfully haunting tale can be read as a stand-alone, they are interrelated." ~Donna M. Brown for Romantic Times BOOKreviews

4 Lips! “Karen Wiesner writes four chilling books that are all written around your favorite fairy tales. Papa, Book 1 is based around the characters Hansel and Gretel. Blood of Amethyst, Book 2, is based off of the evil Rumpelstiltskin. Dancing to the Grave, Book 3, is based around The Pied Piper of Hamlin. Last but not least The Amethyst Tower, Book 4, is based around the beautiful Rapunzel. Karen also writes the stories around Halloween and that gives the stories a much scarier feel when you are reading them. Readers, this fantastic book should be read around Halloween. Don't forget, though, when you turn your lights out you may hear things that go bump in the night. Great job, Karen. I love how you combined romance and horror into these wonderful short stories. I really enjoyed your book, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to review it!” ~ParanormalRomance.ca http://paranormalromance.ca/horrorreviews.html

4 Cups! ""Papa": This story, like the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, has a macabre and disturbing undertone. The characters of Rand and Amy become unwitting pawns to his dead wife's deal with evil. This really makes you think twice about reading those innocent little fairy tales to your children. "Blood of Amethyst": Rumpelstiltskin comes to life and wants fresh blood in this story with a vampire flare. Gabe and Amethyst are both completely devoted to their respective lives, and this leads them on a path of pain and despair. I found this to be the saddest story of the series, but very poignant. "Dancing to the Grave": This story gives you one more reason to intensely dislike rodents, and is probably my favorite book in the series. Diana and Kurt are equally strong and interesting characters. Their story is one of love, and a devotion to fight together in order to save their marriage. "The Amethyst Tower": The weight of the world rests on one man's shoulders, and he is slowly crumbling. This tale is the last in a wonderfully spooky series, and it does not disappoint. Prince is pushed to the edge, and not knowing if he will survive keeps you guessing right up until the end. The Woodcutter's Grim Series takes childhood fairy tales to the extreme. They are all somewhat creepy if you really think about them. It is no wonder kids have nightmares after hearing them. I enjoyed them all, but Book 3 is my favorite with its equally strong characters. The ending ties them all together, and leaves just enough to the imagination. You are just waiting for the low eerie music to start playing before the curtains falls. Sleep tight!" ~reviewed by Lototy for Coffee Time Romance http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Woodcuttersgrimseries.html

4 Stars! “These four frighteningly amazing stories put a whole new twist on some old fairy tales. WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, Volume I has four romantic horror stories that are all loosely based on fairytales. The stories were written very well and they captured my imagination with their imagery and the descriptive scenes. Papa was a clever twist on the tale of Hansel and Gretel. In this story, Randall had left his wife for Amy and found out later that his ex-wife and their two kids had died in a tragic accident. Since then Amy has had horrible dreams of the kids coming to take revenge on them for what they had done. I was completely engrossed in this story and the story definitely held some surprises that kept me on my toes. This was a true horror story that will keep you up at night and make sure you never think about the story of Hansel and Gretel the same way again. Blood of Amethyst was a romantic and chilling tale that tested the strength of a man's love for a woman and how far he would go to protect her. In this story Gabe will face one of his greatest challenges yet to save the woman he loves from the evil monster who wants her soul. This was one of my favorites not only because of Gabe (who is amazing by the way), but because it had one of my favorite fairy tale characters, Rumpelstiltskin. I also liked learning more about the creature behind this heinous act and how he fit into everything. Dancing to the Grave was loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin and was a thrilling mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. This was one of the more exciting stories of the four, and I really liked how Diana and Kurt worked together and how the author was able to turn the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin into an adventure filled thriller with a bit of romance as well. The Amethyst Tower is based on Rapunzel and in this version her knight in shining armor happens to be a time traveler. These two were fun to get to know and this was one of my absolute favorite retellings of this story. The characters were well written and the story kept you interested with the different twists and turns. I really liked the fact that the hero was a time-traveler. It was an interesting twist to the story. All of these stories kept me riveted to the pages and anxious to see what would happen next. Fans of wicked romances with mystery and danger lurking in every page will love this series!” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1737

4.25 Stars Overall! “Papa, Book 1: 5 Stars! This story gave me the exact same eerie feeling that I experienced as I watched the movie titled (based on a video game) Silent Hill. This tale is the first of a novella series about the Great Evil that dwells in the town of Woodcutter's Grim and its surrounding woods. The Great Evil likes to manifest itself in dark, twisted versions of fairy tales. My advice is to not read this story at night if you are alone. Blood of Amethyst, Book 2, 4 Stars! Ever wonder why Rumpelstilskin wanted a child of his own? This story gives and answer that will send chills up your spine. Sheriff Gabe Reece had a small role to play in the previous tale, but this time the Guardian takes center stage. Readers learn a little about the town's past, as well as the responsibilities that rest upon the shoulders of Gabe and the Brethren. An intriguing read. Dancing to the Grave, Book 3, 4 Stars! Though this series is basically a blending of romance and horror, the author leaned toward using mystery and suspense in this particular tale. The Brethren have been minus one member since the night of Prince's birth. By the end of this story, the seat will be filled and the Brethren undergo a change or two. Chills never raced down my spine while reading this one, but the suspense kept my eyes glued. The Amethyst Tower, The Final Chapter, 4 Stars! This exciting time-traveling romance ties up all the prophecy's loose strings nicely. After I finished reading this book and its addictive stories, I was left wanting more. Four novellas were just not enough to satisfy my craving for Woodcutter's Grim. To my delight, I have been told that the author has another set of stories set within the Woodcutter's Grim Series. (Volume II contains a four-book [novellas] miniseries dealing with a curse on the Shaussegeny family. These stories are also loosely based on classic fairy tales.) The chills just keep on coming!” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“I don't like short stories. To me, short stories have always seemed like an easy way out. Someone comes up with a good kernel of an idea, and just writes that, without fleshing it out all the way into a story. I'm always left frustrated. Why did they make that decision? How is that they reached this age and didn't know something that was crucial to the story? What happens next? They never have closure; to me, it seems the story usually stops without being finished. That is not what happens here. Karen Wiesner has written four stories that are fully formed short stories on their own. They are linked by the setting, Woodcutter's Grim, and many of the characters carry from one story to the next, but different people get to shine in each story. Karen Wiesner here has called what we normally call fairy tales, “classic tales of horror.” This choice really emphasizes that most people don't realize how scary and frightening children's songs, television shows, and stories really are. For example, did you know that ring around a rosy is a song about dying from the bubonic plague? Do you realize that Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water, and Jack fell down and hit his head so hard that it split his head open? Think about how frightened Jill must have been as she ran to fetch the nanny. The stories in this book: Papa, Blood of Amethyst, Dancing to the Grave, and The Amethyst Tower are all re-tellings of fairy tales. It seems that evil took hold of the town Woodcutter's Grim one day, and the evil likes to possess the town and its inhabitants and force people into reenacting fairy tales. This isn't a happy possession; no Cinderella or Snow White here. The problem is that the evil has begun to seep outside the town limits and the town's protectors aren't able to keep the evil restricted to Woodcutter's Grim anymore. In the first story, Papa, the evil reaches out and grabs someone with a tenuous connection to Woodcutter's Grim, and forces them to re-enact Hansel and Gretel. Rand and his wife Amy are struggling to deal with the death of Rand's first wife and his two children. Amy has fallen into a deep depression, which Rand tries to fix by taking a vacation weekend in Woodcutter's Grim. Needless to say, it does not go well. This story introduces us to the evil of Woodcutter's Grim. Blood of Amethyst, Dancing to the Grave, and The Amethyst Tower are all set in Woodcutter's Grim, explain the hold that evil has on the town, and gives us a look into three other couples. Blood of Amethyst explains what Rumplestiltskin really wanted with the baby he tried to steal from the princess. In Dancing to the Grave, we learn how the Pied Piper enthralled the town's children. The Amethyst Tower is an explanation of why Rapunzel's hair grew that much, how the prince found the tower, and what happened when they climbed down her hair. The overarching story of the evil of Woodcutter's Grim, introduced in Papa, is explained and dealt with in the remaining stories. All four have elements of horror but also a healthy dose of romance between our protagonists. In each, they struggle with the evil that threatens to overtake and destroy their relationships and their lives. These women almost lose their Prince Charmings through depression, infidelity, the death of a parent, etc.—things we can all relate to. In this book, not only does love prevail, but good triumphs over evil and you get two happy endings for the price of one.” ~Happily Ever After Reviews http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-woodcutters-grim-by-karen.html

"WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES is a collection of classic horror stories retold with a modern flair. "Papa" ( Hansel and Gretel), "Blood of Amethyst" (Rumpelstiltskin), "Dancing to the Grave" (The Pied Piper of Hamlin) and "The Amethyst Tower" (Rapunzel) are classic fairy tales with a new twist. The entire anthology is set in present times as well as having elements of history thrown in. Woodcutter’s Grim is a town that has been plagued by evil for ten generations. They have also been protected by the Guardians for just as long. Without the Guardians, the terrors found in the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim would put the town and the world at risk. This anthology was very well put together and each story was like a book all by itself. The storyline was well developed and resolved at the end. The stories are definitely for adults, and were written in a way that made me care for all of the primary characters. The dialogue was realistic and I was entertained by each story. Some elements were a little harsh, but it set the tone of the story." ~reviewed by Breia Brickey for Paranormal Romance Reviews http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29072

"This was a great set of stories all set or based around the town of Woodcutter's Grim--a place that I would not recommend living in or visiting at anytime...especially Halloween. This was a nice scary read with all the stories having a modern fairy tale twist. "Papa" is the opening story in this book about Woodcutter's Grim. This story is based on the classic tale Hansel and Gretel. Instead of a story for children to teach them some morals, this is horror pure with a hint of romance. The suspense builds throughout the whole tale with every twist and is sure to give any reader more and more goosebumps as things unfold. It is already clear from this first story that Woodcutters Grim is not a place where you can spend a nice quiet holiday. The second story the author offers up is called "Blood Amethyst". This story is similar to the tale of Rumplestiltskin with a horrible scary twist. After this second story, it is clear that the author has a knack for writing a good horror story with a pinch of romance that lightens the mood a little. "Dancing to the Grave is the third story in the Woodcutters Grim Series collection. This never before published tale is based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The characters were likable...and the storyline was clever and interesting... The last part in this collection is "The Amethyst Tower" and is based on the story of Rapunzel but it is set in the future...[with] some interesting pieces to add to the story of Woodcutter's Grim... All in all, this collection of stories about Woodcutters Grim is a great set of stories. With every tale connected to each other and all set around Halloween, this was a scary piece of work. Paranormal romance and full of horror, this is a book that shouldn't be read late at night. Things that go bump in the night would be afraid of Woodcutter's Grim. The author can write a good story and, even though these tales are all part of a series, they also stand alone very well. If you like something unusual, love and little mystery, then this is something worth having a taste of." ~reviewed by Anne Marie Chalmers for Front Street Reviews http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/

"Instead of spending your Halloween handing out Trick-or-Treat candy or watching reruns of classic horror movies, spend it with a fantastic novel of four romantic horror stories and a glass of mulled cider. Enjoy a spine tingling experience with the awesome genius of Karen Wiesner. She has taken four of the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales and rewritten them in her own unique style turning them into new modern horror tales. Each tale is terrifying and weaves perfectly into the next." ~reviewed by Dawn Myers for Writers Unlimited www.writersunlimited.com

""Papa": A very dark take on Hansel and Gretel, "Papa" will chill the soul. This tale introduces readers to the town of Woodcutter’s Grim and the evil and sets up some of the characters, primarily the Guardians, who will create the thread between the stories. "Blood of Amethyst": Rumpelstiltskin comes to life in "Blood of Amethyst". A bleak and scary tale, "Blood of Amethyst", provides more background information on the town, its history, and its future. "Dancing to the Grave": Denied what it wants, the evil of Woodcutter’s Grim has returned to attack the town’s lifeblood…their children. "Dancing to the Grave" is a modern and definitely darker take on the Pied Piper of Hamlin tale. Diana is a strong woman who has weathered some very hard times. Diana’s relationship to Amethyst ties this tale to the previous one and sets up the final denouement. "The Amethyst Tower": The final chapter of the series, "The Amethyst Tower" brings Rapunzel to life. The innocent fairy princess will either be saved or sacrificed, ultimately restoring or dooming the world. A world-weary knight must find the castle, destroy the beast, and save the princess.A bit grimmer than Grimm's fairy tales, WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light." ~reviewed by Kathy Samuels for Romance Reviews Today http://www.romrevtoday.com/

""Papa": A delightful tale. "Blood of Amethyst": Incredible storytelling. “Dancing To the Grave”: A deliciously spooky tale. “The Amethyst Tower”: A beautiful adult fairy tale. Retelling classic fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Rapunzel) has been done many times over the years. Few authors keep them classic yet scarier like Karen Wiesner has achieved with this collection; the audience will feel they are entering the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim and sense they may not get out. The key that makes this quartet superb is the feeling everything starts of normal like a second chance at love (“Papa” and “Dancing to the Grave”), a concerned lover (“Blood of Amethyst) or a hero rescuing his damsel in distress (“The Amethyst Tower). Then Ms. Wiesner deftly changes the venue in each into frightening fantasy novellas. This is an excellent anthology in which the readers will want more stops in Woodcutter’s Grim, sort of like a Hotel California adult fairy tale location."
~reviewed by Harriet Klausner http://harrietklausner.wwwi.com/review/woodcutters_grim_wiesner

“This collection is made up of four stories that actually link together to create one whole. Each story is loosely based on a fairy tale. (One fairy tale has a mythology twist.) The first story “Papa” reminds me of a blend between the horror movie "Silent Hill" and the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". The second, “Blood of Amethyst”, makes me think of it as a blend between Stephen King's horror movie "Needful Things" and the fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin". The third story, “Dancing to the Grave”, blends the goat-god Pan and the fairy tale "The Pied Piper of Hamelin". The last, “The Amethyst Tower”, is a wild time travel fantasy with the fairy tale of "Rapunzel." All four stories are set at Halloween and EVERYTHING is a circle. I could not begin to guess which story is my favorite, but...the first tale sent icy chills down my spine. All-in-all, horror fans will find this the perfect way to spend a stormy night alone.” ~reviewed by Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

“A bit grimmer than Grimm’s fairy tales, WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light.” ~reviewed by Kathy Samuels for http://romrevtoday.com/Issue%2010-1-08/woodcutter%27s%20grim%20-%2010-1-08.htm

"Karen Wiesner's anthology, WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, presents four tales based loosely on classic tales. Make no mistake however; these are powerful, contemporary tales of the paranormal, with a sprinkle of romance mixed in. In the first, "Papa" guilt and sorrow twist together, to add torment to the moralistic self-judgment of Amy; her feelings threaten to end the couple's heartfelt relationship until moving too close to a certain forest threatens far more. In the next, "Blood of Amethyst," the dedication, and determination of the hero, Gabe (easily the most appealing character in all the tales) are as pivotal as love. "Dancing to the Grave" is a standout strange tale even among these; in this story, community (and the fate of the children) becomes a driving force. Finally, "The Amethyst Tower," features the classic lovelorn heroine/captive in a completely unpredictable plot. Each of these, although presented as a twist on an old tale, features a very original plot and emotional characters in evocative situations. A haunting, dark quality pervades all four, adding to the plausibility of some otherwise bizarre events (not to mention characters). The haunting quality is often derived from recall of the past, or a specific character's reflection on the past. The slower times contrast sharply with the more spine-tingling times. These stories are an enjoyable read, although best perhaps NOT at bedtime!" >~Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.com/category/book-reviews/

“Since I'm a big fan of retold fairy tales, I enjoyed these innovative variations on the theme very much. Although the stories could stand alone, they build upon each other to form a unified although episodic novel. This book contains genuine horror, so don't count on finding unequivocal happy endings. By the conclusion of "The Amethyst Tower," however, peace at last descends on Woodcutter's Grim.” ~reviewed by author Margaret L. Carter http://www.margaretlcarter.com

Papa Reviews
(Book 1: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

5 Angels! "Are you looking for a creepy, hair-raising tale? This book has it! Even though the story happens around Halloween, it doesn't need to be Halloween if you are in the mood for chills! I would like to suggest that you might want to leave an extra light on when you sit down to read this, just in case... Papa is a twisted reversal of the Hansel and Gretel story I grew up with. This story is off the creepiness meter. I had chills down my spine reading this one. Do not read this story at night, alone, and especially not in a cabin in the mountains! If you love the scary ghost stories you probably used to hear around the campfire when you were a kid growing up, then this is the story for you." ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2007/November/StephanieB-ShadowsOfTheHeart.htm

5 Tombstones! "Everything I hoped it would be. A clever, spine-chilling story that made me unable to stop reading. The characters are outstanding and unique. The eerie tale of Hansel and Gretel has just gotten more chilling. The characters were unyielding individuals with strict beliefs. Just when I thought I had figured it out, the book turns and it throws all my first conclusions out the window. It kept me on my toes. This is a truly Halloween inspired revamp to an old fairytale." ~Bitten by Books http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=1434

4 Hearts! "Karen Wiesner gives the reader a spooky grown-up tale reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel in Papa with a trip to a village where time stands still in a truly scary excursion. An enjoyable read." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/shadowheartanthology.htm

4 Wings! “A Halloween romp of fun and shivers. Papa is a story of fear, terror and Christian peace in this story of a newly married couple that is haunted by his dead children. Their second honeymoon takes them to Woodcutter's Grim, a town of magic and terror that leads them to Hansel and Gretel's Gingerbread House deep in the Woods. There the two of them remembered God's love brings peace and forgiveness, not pain and guilt. These tales are wonderfully crafted, and fun-filled with the joys and traditions of the season woven into them. The characters come alive and celebrate this holiday each in their own way in these stories. With the gingerbread house that puts people to sleep, this tale shows people not always at their best but doing the best they can at this time of year in an interesting adventure. I really enjoyed this and look forward to more from this favorite author. If you enjoy this holiday as much as I do, pick up this book to settle back for a good read.” ~Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/component/resource/article/crr-reviews/27-anthology/91-shadowsin-the-heart-jewels-of-the-quill.html

"Papa is haunted by a guilt that even love is powerless to cure. A couple's romantic getaway to Woodcutter's Grim (an effort to discover themselves and subsequently perhaps find freedom) turns into one hell of a nightmare. Anyone keen on a counterbalance of love, horror, murder and apparition will have a feast." ~TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/1736.html

"A wonderful story to be told by moonlight on Halloween! Randall Parker only sees the ghosts of his children after Amy falls ill and refuses to leave the apartment. He takes her to Woodcutter's Grim where time stands still. Karen Wiesner chills Halloween night with the story Papa. Definitely read every Halloween night when ghosts return to haunt." ~Rolling Seas Reviews www.rollingseasreviews.com

4 Stars! "Papa is a chilling interpretation of Hansel and Gretel in the romantic horror novella by Karen Wiesner, where Randall and new bride Amy are haunted by specters of his deceased children." ~RT Book Reviews

"Papa is a creepy tale of a man who hears his children crying after they die in a car wreck. Curl up with a copy on Halloween to have a spooky night. Fairy tales take on a new look in the hands of this talented woman." ~Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com

"In this is a dark and disturbing tale, guilt only serves to feed the terror. The darkness of the theme is enhanced by many images: from tombs, accidental death, endless grief and a place called Grim. Sin and guilt form a backdrop here, as well as the specter of a pact with the devil. It starts dark enough, but the growing awareness of a true horror waiting just around the corner will make even hardcore horror fans cringe." ~The Long And Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/09/review-shadows-in-heart.html

Blood of Amethyst Reviews
(Book 2: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

4.5 Hearts and Reviewer Top Pick! "Blood of Amethyst takes the stories we all remember from childhood and puts a decidedly different twist to them to come up with a tale that keeps the reader enthralled, no matter how hard her heart is pounding!" ~Night Owl Romance http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=1221

5 Angels! “This is the kind of book you put on your keeper shelf and reread. Have you ever wondered what a fairy tale would be like if it was a horror story? That is what Karen Wiesner does with the Blood of Amethyst. This tale is a horror version of Rumplestilskin in which the “little man” is a demon and a vampire. Don’t expect a happily-ever-after ending with this tale. This is truly a horror story. I was thoroughly creeped-out by this story and loved it. I do not advise you to read this story at home alone, at night, without adequate light.” ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://fallenangelreviews.com/2008/February/StephanieB-TalesFromTheTreasureTroveVolumeIV.htm

4 Cups! "Ms. Karen Wiesner writes a chilling yarn of patient, haunting evil, waiting to pounce. I could not anticipate the exciting ending. The characters were full of angst, quirks and a whole lot of humanity. I would suggest this to any reader of fiction." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

“What would happen if the Big Bad Wolf was real? What if the witch really did lure in Hansel and Gretel? That is the question that made this story so gripping. Blood of Amethyst was a very riveting, chilling tale of a supernatural, paranormal small town that hides a thin veil between the worlds of good and evil. Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, but be prepared, this is not your traditional romance, and doesn’t have your typical happily ever after. Even so, I couldn’t stop turning the pages.” ~The Long and Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com

"Blood of Amethyst is an engaging romantic horror that’s a gruesome retelling of the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin where the evil has long terrorized the people of the small town, Woodcutter’s Grim. With its well written characters and vivid descriptive details, it’s a story will chill the reader’s spine while it’s being read and haunt their mind well after it’s been finished." ~TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/2035.html

Dancing to the Grave Reviews
(Book 3: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

5 Paw Prints! “This is a tale of mayhem and an interesting look at The Pied Piper. A thrilling tale to read on a dark stormy night. If you are looking only for a Happily Ever After, then be forewarned this may not qualify, but instead leads the reader through the twisted streets of a town that is steeped not only in superstition but also in fairytales. Beware the streets of Woodcutter’s Grim on All Hallow’s Eve, lest the creatures that prowl the night come to bear witness to the deals you strike with their devil. This is definitely a book that I will reread! And one I recommend to any parent who enjoyed the original tales before they were remade for children. This loosely based story brings to mind just how creepy the original tale was!” ~Howling Good Books http://howlinggoodbooks.com/index.php?id=209

4 1/2 Stones! “There's a town somewhere in America where evil lurks. Escaping through a portal in time, the darkness torments the town of Woodcutter's Grim by performing acts of mischief and harm by warping those fairy tales most of us grew up reading and enjoying. But, though the townspeople feel this evil in their being, the Protectorate works tirelessly to keep the evil behind the scenes. It is up to them to protect the people from the evil as well as figure out what mischief is being conducted. Getting right to the point: This is a must read! Being one of those people who've grown up on fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and the likes, I found it so very intriguing how the author not only reminds the readers of past tales, but incorporates the same look, feel and even more emotion for a modern-day audience with a very modern approach to each. This is not a story for kids! I loved the characters and how each played into the overall story, how each story played into the overall book. Karen Wiesner has taken me for a ride into her world and I have to admit, I was saddened to leave Woodcutter's Grim when I finished the book. Karen made my blood boil, my nerves fray and even more importantly, my heart ached for her characters. I would suggest all read this as soon as possible. By all means, sit in your favorite chair on a nice night and let Karen take you for a ride! This is one of those books I would love to have in hard cover, sitting on my bookshelf to pull out at any time to sit and enjoy.” ~Siren Book Reviews http://sirenbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/karen-wiesner-woodcutters-grim-series.html

4 Stars! "In Wiesner's well-written story, familiar fairy-tale characters come to life as horrific monsters in a fictional town with a terrifying life force of its own. Characters are well drawn, but beware the clever townspeople, because everyone is suspect." ~RT Book Reviews

4 Lips! “Karen sets this story around Halloween and that gives it a much scarier feel when you are reading. Readers, this fantastic book should be read around Halloween. Don't forget, though, when you turn your lights out you may hear things that go bump in the night. Great job, Karen. I love how you combined romance and. I really enjoyed your book, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to review it!” ~ParanormalRomance.ca http://paranormalromance.ca/horrorreviews.html

4 Cups! "This story gives you one more reason to intensely dislike rodents, and is probably my favorite book in the series. Diana and Kurt are equally strong and interesting characters. Their story is one of love, and a devotion to fight together in order to save their marriage. The Woodcutter's Grim Series takes childhood fairytales to the extreme. They are all somewhat creepy if you really think about them. It is no wonder kids have nightmares after hearing them. I enjoyed them all, but Book 3 is my favorite with its equally strong characters. Sleep tight!” ~Coffee Time Romance http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Woodcuttersgrimseries.html

4 Stars! “This frighteningly amazing story puts a whole new twist on some old fairytales. Written very well, this story captured my imagination with its imagery and the descriptive scenes. Dancing to the Grave was loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin and was a thrilling mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. I really liked how Diana and Kurt worked together and how the author was able to turn the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin into an adventure filled thriller with a bit of romance as well. This story kept me riveted to the pages and anxious to see what would happen next. Fans of wicked romance with mystery and danger lurking in every page will love this series!” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1737

4.25 Stars Overall! “Though this series is basically a blending of romance and horror, the author leaned toward using mystery and suspense in this particular tale. The Brethren have been minus one member since the night of Prince's birth. By the end of this story, the seat will be filled and the Brethren undergo a change or two. Chills never raced down my spine while reading this one, but the suspense kept my eyes glued. After I finished reading this addictive book, I was left wanting more to satisfy my craving for Woodcutter's Grim. To my delight, I have been told that the author has another set of stories set within the Woodcutter's Grim Series. (Volume II contains a four-book [novellas] miniseries dealing with a curse on the Shaussegeny family. These stories are also loosely based on classic fairy tales.) The chills just keep on coming!” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“I don't like short stories. To me, short stories have always seemed like an easy way out. Someone comes up with a good kernel of an idea, and just writes that, without fleshing it out all the way into a story. I'm always left frustrated. Why did they make that decision? How is that they reached this age and didn't know something that was crucial to the story? What happens next? They never have closure; to me, it seems the story usually stops without being finished. That is not what happens here. Karen Wiesner has a story that’s fully formed on its own. Karen Wiesner here has called what we normally call a fairytale, “classic tales of horror.” This choice really emphasizes that most people don't realize how scary and frightening children's songs, television shows, and stories really are. For example, did you know that ring around a rosy is a song about dying from the bubonic plague? Do you realize that Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water, and Jack fell down and hit his head so hard that it split his head open? Think about how frightened Jill must have been as she ran to fetch the nanny. Woodcutter’s Grim Series stories are all re-tellings of fairy tales. It seems that evil took hold of the town Woodcutter's Grim one day, and the evil likes to possess the town and its inhabitants and force people into reenacting fairy tales. This isn't a happy possession; no Cinderella or Snow White here. The problem is that the evil has begun to seep outside the town limits and the town's protectors aren't able to keep the evil restricted to Woodcutter's Grim anymore. In Dancing to the Grave, we learn how the Pied Piper enthralled the town's children. The overarching story of the evil of Woodcutter's Grim, introduced in Papa, is explained and dealt with in the remaining stories. All have elements of horror but also a healthy dose of romance between our protagonists. In each, they struggle with the evil that threatens to overtake and destroy their relationships and their lives. These women almost lose their Prince Charmings through depression, infidelity, the death of a parent, etc.—things we can all relate to. In this book, not only does love prevail, but good triumphs over evil and you get two happy endings for the price of one.” ~Happily Ever After Reviews http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-woodcutters-grim-by-karen.html

"Dancing to the Grave (The Pied Piper of Hamlin) is a classic fairytale with a new twist. Woodcutter’s Grim is a town that has been plagued by evil for ten generations. They have also been protected by the Guardians for just as long. Without the Guardians, the terrors found in the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim would put the town and the world at risk. This book was very well put together. The storyline was well developed and resolved at the end. The story is definitely for adults, and was written in a way that made me care for all of the primary characters. The dialogue was realistic and I was entertained. Some elements were a little harsh, but it set the tone of the story." ~Paranormal Romance Reviews http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29072

"This was a great story set or based around the town of Woodcutter's Grim--a place that I would not recommend living in or visiting at anytime...especially on Halloween. This was a nice, scary read with a modern fairytale twist. Dancing to the Grave is the third story in the Woodcutters Grim Series. This tale is based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The characters were likable and the storyline was clever and interesting. This was a scary piece of work. Paranormal romance and full of horror, this is a book that shouldn't be read late at night. Things that go bump in the night would be afraid of Woodcutter's Grim. The author can write a good story. If you like something unusual, love and little mystery, then this is something worth having a taste of." ~Front Street Reviews http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/

"Instead of spending your Halloween handing out Trick-or-Treat candy or watching reruns of classic horror movies, spend it with a fantastic novel of four romantic horror stories and a glass of mulled cider. Enjoy a spine tingling experience with the awesome genius of Karen Wiesner. She has taken a classic Grimm’s fairytale and rewritten it in her own unique style turning it into a new modern horror tale. Terrifying and weaves perfectly into the next." ~Writers Unlimited www.writersunlimited.com

"Dancing to the Grave is a modern and definitely darker take on the Pied Piper of Hamlin tale. Diana is a strong woman who has weathered some very hard times. Diana’s relationship to Amethyst ties this tale to the previous one and sets up the final denouement. A bit grimmer than Grimm's fairy tales, the Woodcutter’s Grim Series will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light." ~Romance Reviews Today http://www.romrevtoday.com/

"Dancing To the Grave: A deliciously spooky tale. Retelling classic fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Rapunzel) has been done many times over the years. Few authors keep them classic yet scarier like Karen Wiesner has achieved with this series; the audience will feel they are entering the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim and sense they may not get out. The key that makes this series superb is the feeling everything starts out normal. Then Ms. Wiesner deftly changes the venue in each into frightening fantasy novella. This is an excellent book in which the readers will want more stops in Woodcutter’s Grim, sort of like a Hotel California adult fairytale location." ~Harriet Klausner http://harrietklausner.wwwi.com/review/woodcutters_grim_wiesner

“All-in-all, horror fans will find this the perfect way to spend a stormy night alone.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

"Karen Wiesner's WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, presents tales based loosely on classic tales. Make no mistake however; these are powerful, contemporary tales of the paranormal, with a sprinkle of romance mixed in. Dancing to the Grave, Book 3, is a standout strange tale; in this story, community (and the fate of the children) becomes a driving force. Although presented as a twist on an old tale, this story features a very original plot and emotional characters in evocative situations. A haunting, dark quality pervades, adding to the plausibility of some otherwise bizarre events (not to mention characters). The haunting quality is often derived from recall of the past, or a specific character's reflection on the past. The slower times contrast sharply with the more spine-tingling times. An enjoyable read, although best perhaps NOT at bedtimes!" ~LASR http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/02/woodcutters-grim-by-karen-wiesner.html

“Since I'm a big fan of retold fairytales, I enjoyed this innovative variation on the theme very much. This book contains genuine horror, so don't count on finding unequivocal happy endings.” ~author Margaret L. Carter http://www.margaretlcarter.com

The Amethyst Tower Reviews
(The Final Chapter: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

5 Paw Prints! “Prince has known there is much expected of him. He has known that since the day that he was born. But his dreams of his love, with Rapunzel-like hair, that is locked in a tower somewhere within the confines of his strange town make him wonder if he will ever be what the world need. A thrilling tale to read on a dark stormy night. If you are looking only for a Happily Ever After, then be forewarned this may not qualify, but instead leads the reader through the twisted streets of a town that is steeped not only in superstition but also in fairytales. Beware the streets of Woodcutter’s Grim on All Hallow’s Eve, lest the creatures that prowl the night come to bear witness to the deals you strike with their devil. This is definitely a book that I will reread! And one I recommend to any parent who enjoyed the original tales before they were remade for children. This loosely based story brings to mind just how creepy the original tale was!” ~Howling Good Books http://howlinggoodbooks.com/index.php?id=209

4 1/2 Stones! “There's a town somewhere in America where evil lurks. Escaping through a portal in time, the darkness torments the town of Woodcutter's Grim by performing acts of mischief and harm by warping those fairy tales most of us grew up reading and enjoying. But, though the townspeople feel this evil in their being, the Protectorate works tirelessly to keep the evil behind the scenes. It is up to them to protect the people from the evil as well as figure out what mischief is being conducted. Getting right to the point: This is a must read! Being one of those people who've grown up on fairytales such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and the likes, I found it so very intriguing how the author not only reminds the readers of past tales, but incorporates the same look, feel and even more emotion for a modern-day audience with a very modern approach to each. This is not a story for kids! I loved the characters and how each played into the overall story, how each story played into the overall book. Karen Wiesner has taken me for a ride into her world and I have to admit, I was saddened to leave Woodcutter's Grim when I finished the book. Karen made my blood boil, my nerves fray and even more importantly, my heart ached for her characters. I would suggest all read this as soon as possible. By all means, sit in your favorite chair on a nice night and let Karen take you for a ride! This is one of those books I would love to have in hard cover, sitting on my bookshelf to pull out at any time to sit and enjoy.” ~Siren Book Reviews http://sirenbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/karen-wiesner-woodcutters-grim-series.html

4 Stars! "In Wiesner's well-written story, familiar fairy-tale characters come to life as horrific monsters in a fictional town with a terrifying life force of its own. Characters are well drawn, but beware the clever townspeople, because everyone is suspect." ~ RT Book Reviews

4 Lips! “Karen sets this story around Halloween and that gives it a much scarier feel when you are reading. Readers, this fantastic book should be read around Halloween. Don't forget, though, when you turn your lights out you may hear things that go bump in the night. Great job, Karen. I love how you combined romance and. I really enjoyed your book, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to review it!” ~ParanormalRomance.ca http://paranormalromance.ca/horrorreviews.html

4 Cups! "The weight of the world rests on one man's shoulders, and he is slowly crumbling. This tale is the last in a wonderfully spooky series, and it does not disappoint. Prince is pushed to the edge, and not knowing if he will survive keeps you guessing right up until the end. The Woodcutter's Grim Series takes childhood fairytales to the extreme. They are all somewhat creepy if you really think about them. It is no wonder kids have nightmares after hearing them. I enjoyed them all, but Book 3 is my favorite with its equally strong characters. Sleep tight!” ~Coffee Time Romance http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Woodcuttersgrimseries.html

4 Stars! “This frighteningly amazing story puts a whole new twist on some old fairytales. Written very well, this story captured my imagination with its imagery and the descriptive scenes. The Amethyst Tower is based on Rapunzel and in this version her knight in shining armor happens to be a time traveler. These two were fun to get to know and this was one of my absolute favorite retellings of this story. The characters were well written and the story kept you interested with the different twists and turns. I really liked the fact that the hero was a time-traveler. It was an interesting twist to the story. This story kept me riveted to the pages and anxious to see what would happen next. Fans of wicked romance with mystery and danger lurking in every page will love this series!” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1737

4.25 Stars Overall! “This exciting time-traveling romance ties up all the prophecy's loose strings nicely. After I finished reading this addictive book, I was left wanting more to satisfy my craving for Woodcutter's Grim. To my delight, I have been told that the author has another set of stories set within the Woodcutter's Grim Series. (Volume II contains a four-book [novellas] miniseries dealing with a curse on the Shaussegeny family. These stories are also loosely based on classic fairy tales.) The chills just keep on coming!” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“I don't like short stories. To me, short stories have always seemed like an easy way out. Someone comes up with a good kernel of an idea, and just writes that, without fleshing it out all the way into a story. I'm always left frustrated. Why did they make that decision? How is that they reached this age and didn't know something that was crucial to the story? What happens next? They never have closure; to me, it seems the story usually stops without being finished. That is not what happens here. Karen Wiesner has a story that’s fully formed on its own. Karen Wiesner here has called what we normally call a fairytale, “classic tales of horror.” This choice really emphasizes that most people don't realize how scary and frightening children's songs, television shows, and stories really are. For example, did you know that ring around a rosy is a song about dying from the bubonic plague? Do you realize that Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water, and Jack fell down and hit his head so hard that it split his head open? Think about how frightened Jill must have been as she ran to fetch the nanny. Woodcutter’s Grim Series stories are all re-tellings of fairy tales. It seems that evil took hold of the town Woodcutter's Grim one day, and the evil likes to possess the town and its inhabitants and force people into reenacting fairy tales. This isn't a happy possession; no Cinderella or Snow White here. The problem is that the evil has begun to seep outside the town limits and the town's protectors aren't able to keep the evil restricted to Woodcutter's Grim anymore. The Amethyst Tower is an explanation of why Rapunzel's hair grew that much, how the prince found the tower, and what happened when they climbed down her hair.The overarching story of the evil of Woodcutter's Grim, introduced in Papa, is explained and dealt with in the remaining stories. All have elements of horror but also a healthy dose of romance between our protagonists. In each, they struggle with the evil that threatens to overtake and destroy their relationships and their lives. These women almost lose their Prince Charmings through depression, infidelity, the death of a parent, etc.—things we can all relate to. In this book, not only does love prevail, but good triumphs over evil and you get two happy endings for the price of one.” ~Happily Ever After Reviews http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-woodcutters-grim-by-karen.html

"A classic fairytale with a new twist. Woodcutter’s Grim is a town that has been plagued by evil for ten generations. They have also been protected by the Guardians for just as long. Without the Guardians, the terrors found in the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim would put the town and the world at risk. This book was very well put together. The storyline was well developed and resolved at the end. The story is definitely for adults, and was written in a way that made me care for all of the primary characters. The dialogue was realistic and I was entertained. Some elements were a little harsh, but it set the tone of the story." ~Paranormal Romance Reviews http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29072

"This was a great story set or based around the town of Woodcutter's Grim--a place that I would not recommend living in or visiting at anytime...especially on Halloween. This was a nice, scary read with a modern fairytale twist. The Amethyst Tower is based on the story of Rapunzel but it is set in the future with some interesting pieces to add to the story of Woodcutter's Grim. Paranormal romance and full of horror, this is a book that shouldn't be read late at night. Things that go bump in the night would be afraid of Woodcutter's Grim. The author can write a good story. If you like something unusual, love and little mystery, then this is something worth having a taste of." ~Front Street Reviews http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/

"Instead of spending your Halloween handing out Trick-or-Treat candy or watching reruns of classic horror movies, spend it with a fantastic novel of four romantic horror stories and a glass of mulled cider. Enjoy a spine tingling experience with the awesome genius of Karen Wiesner. She has taken a classic Grimm’s fairytale and rewritten it in her own unique style turning it into a new modern horror tale. Terrifying and weaves perfectly into the next." ~Writers Unlimited www.writersunlimited.com

"The final chapter of the series, The Amethyst Tower brings Rapunzel to life. The innocent fairy princess will either be saved or sacrificed, ultimately restoring or dooming the world. A world-weary knight must find the castle, destroy the beast, and save the princess. A bit grimmer than Grimm's fairy tales, the Woodcutter’s Grim Series will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light." ~Romance Reviews Today http://www.romrevtoday.com/

"A beautiful adult fairy tale. Retelling classic fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Rapunzel) has been done many times over the years. Few authors keep them classic yet scarier like Karen Wiesner has achieved with this series; the audience will feel they are entering the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim and sense they may not get out. The key that makes this series superb is the feeling everything starts out normal. Then Ms. Wiesner deftly changes the venue in each into frightening fantasy novella. This is an excellent book in which the readers will want more stops in Woodcutter’s Grim, sort of like a Hotel California adult fairytale location." ~Harriet Klausner http://harrietklausner.wwwi.com/review/woodcutters_grim_wiesner

“All-in-all, horror fans will find this the perfect way to spend a stormy night alone.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

"Karen Wiesner's WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, presents tales based loosely on classic tales. Make no mistake however; these are powerful, contemporary tales of the paranormal, with a sprinkle of romance mixed in. The Amethyst Tower, features the classic lovelorn heroine/captive in a completely unpredictable plot. Although presented as a twist on an old tale, this story features a very original plot and emotional characters in evocative situations. A haunting, dark quality pervades, adding to the plausibility of some otherwise bizarre events (not to mention characters). The haunting quality is often derived from recall of the past, or a specific character's reflection on the past. The slower times contrast sharply with the more spine-tingling times. An enjoyable read, although best perhaps NOT at bedtimes!" ~LASR http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/02/woodcutters-grim-by-karen-wiesner.html

“Since I'm a big fan of retold fairytales, I enjoyed this innovative variation on the theme very much. This book contains genuine horror, so don't count on finding unequivocal happy endings.” ~author Margaret L. Carter http://www.margaretlcarter.com

Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume II Reviews

5 Stars! “WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES is collection of short stories about the inhabitants of Woodcutter’s Grim who are anything but ordinary. These hauntingly romantic tales will give you the chills and have you swooning within the same sentence. In Volume II, the author focuses on the Shaussegeny family, who has a terrible curse placed upon them. Moonlight Becomes You, Book 4 is about Heather Rowe discovers she’s pregnant with Lance Shaussegeny’s child—who displays some curious symptoms. Her son is sick, and Lance may be the only one who knows how to cure him. Many relive past wrongs over in their mind, but nothing could be worse than reliving them in the flesh. Bewitched, Book 5, is not your ordinary fairytale. This story is an amazingly dark fairy tale laced with some romance, making for a very intriguing story. The descriptive imagery helped me to imagine just what this world must be like for these characters and grow to love them for it. The characters are very well written, easily luring readers into this fantastic new world full of secrets, curses, and love. Glynnis is part of a family that is plagued with a curse and because of this, she has to go through plenty of problems in order to make things right. Aric was a mysterious character who I enjoyed figuring out along with Glynnis. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good dark fairytale. One Night of Eternity, Book 6, was by far one of the most emotion-packed stories in this series yet. Much of it is bittersweet and the mixed emotions and fears of the characters practically ooze off the page. It was very easy to become engrossed in Gavin and Marnie's story, and I couldn't help but feel empathy and even joy at times. Marnie and Gavin both have scars because of their actions, but throughout the book they get a chance to finally accept them and possibly have a happy ending of their own. The scenery and descriptive language in the story helps set the mood for this haunting tale. The imagery used was beautiful and creative. I enjoyed every minute of this story and couldn't put it down. I recommend this story to those who love a romance with some relatable characters and tons of emotion-packed scenes. Beauty is the Beast comes with a new twist. I love fairy tales and I am always happy to check out new retellings. This one is definitely one of the best. I love the dark romance and the twists and turns that are added into this story. Ransom brings some real depth to the beast character which I love because not all retellings of this story have very much depth to the beast's character. This story is so much more than a retelling, though as it brings in a magic of its own and drew me in, keeping me glued to the pages for hours. I highly recommend Beauty is the Beast not only to fans of fairytales, but anyone who loves a good paranormal romance.” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=5933

“Moonlight Becomes You: Enthralling. Bewitched: Exciting. One Night of Eternity: Creative and poignant. Beauty is the Beast: Heartwarming. The second Woodcutter’s Grim anthology contains four excellent paranormal romances in which members of the cursed Shaussegeny family meet their beloved mates. Each tale is loosely based on a fairy tale as Karen Wiesner provides fresh, adult renditions in a fabulous collection.” ~Harriet Klausner for Alternative Worlds http://www.alternative-worlds.com/2012/08/11/woodcutters-grim-series-volume-ii-karen-wiesner/

“Bewitched: The premise underlying the series, of a town haunted by evil, the Guardians set to protect the town, and a curse placed upon a family that made them werewolves proves very intriguing. This story begins with a lyrical fairy tale/folklore narrative which engages the reader immediately. The two likeable leads in the tale ensure that readers wish to discover how their situation gets resolved and will leave them curious about other members of the family explored in subsequent stories. One Night of Eternity: The author earns extra points for an inventive punishment visited upon one of the two characters. Beauty is the Beast: Each story in Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Volume II contains some aspect that adds to the enjoyment. In the case of Beauty Is the Beast, an interesting and unexpected twist supplies that extra appeal. This last installment of the miniseries does provide a resolution for some of the ongoing storylines, though a door opens for further possibilities within the world of Woodcutter’s Grim in THE DEEP, expected in October 2013.” ~Bitten By Books http://bittenbybooks.com

Moonlight Becomes You Reviews
(Book 4: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

5 Stars! “This first story takes place thirty years after the curse was cast. For those with a soft heart, rest assured that the infant, Gavin, never comes to harm. So there is no need to fear or avoid this awesome tale. I could not stop reading until the very end and am about to submerge myself into the next Shaussegeny story.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

“An imaginative, fairytale fantasies where characters face down the forces of the fantastic, the whimsical and the terrifying in order to be with their true love. The premise of this story is very original and I am interested to see how each member of the family will eventually find their chosen mate.” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=835

“A wonderful story. A very imaginative, refreshing romantic fantasy. Well written and entertaining.” ~Harriet Klausner for The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews http://harstan.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/tales-from-the-treasure-trove-volume-vii-carrie-s-masek-jane-toombs-janet-lane-walters-karen-wiesner/

4 Stars! “I admire Heather so much. Not only is she a woman struggling to understand the changes that came over her after making love to Lance, but she's also a new mother with a very sick child. My heart ached as she held her son and tried to understand what was wrong with him. She's terrified of going to Woodcutter’s Grim, but Heather is willing to face her own fears if it means saving her son. I became so wrapped up in Heather and her son’s struggle that I turned each page hoping they would find some peace. I do have to say that I found Lance and his family a little creepy. It's clear the love Lance and his family show Heather and her son is genuine and unconditional. I enjoyed reading Moonlight Becomes You. Woodcutter’s Grim is certainly scary, but also is an intriguing place filled with interesting characters. I recommend it to anyone looking for a frightening fairytale.” ~Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/moonlight-becomes-you-by-karen-wiesner.html

4 Stars! “Well-paced and entertaining.” ~RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreview.com

4 ½ Stars! “As a story, this forms a part of her long-running Woodcutter’s Grim Series of novels appearing in a compilation of stories. Since the evil had laid its grip on Woodcutter’s Grim the Defenders have had to make sure their children can grow up in a safer place that it would have been, or the horrors that lurked around there could have picked them off one by one. This story, like her other novels is loosely based on the fairy tale of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. Heather Rowe is at a loss as to what is happening to her child, and when she can’t get any answers from the doctors who look at the child, she has to return to Woodcutters Grim, where her man, Lance lives to find out what is going on. From the first three pages Karen has the reader find out more about the characters than if she had waited. She wants the reader to know of the characters first before she sets the action off in this story. Heather wants to know what is going on with the child, and only he has the answers, but she has only heard a little about Woodcutters Grim and the rumours of the curse, and nothing more. Heather can’t understand why he knows so much about her and her him, but when he answers all her questions, she finally comes to terms with what she has to do to save herself and her child.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-tales-from-the-treasure-trove-vol-vii/

Bewitched Reviews
(Book 5: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

4 ½ Stars! “Has Glynnis betrayed her chosen mate before she’s even met him? Glynnis is a werewolf who has made a huge mistake. She was sure that she’d already met the man destined for her. When that man walks away from her, she is devastated. Even worse, this means that she has been unfaithful to her true mate. I could practically feel her pain and loneliness as she howled her anguish at the moon. It isn’t long before Glynnis becomes aware that she’s not alone. Aric Sayer has been watching her. From the moment they meet, Glynnis and Aric are drawn to each other, but Aric isn’t an ordinary man, and his past is a mystery, even to himself. Is Aric her true mate, or is Glynnis making another mistake? I’m glad I got to know a bit more about Glynnis. In the first story [in this “miniseries” within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Moonlight Becomes You, she seemed carefree and at peace with the family curse. However, this tale showed Glynnis in a much different light. She is a woman with a broken heart who longs for the peace she can only attain when she unites with her true mate. To make matters worse, her brother Lance has recently connected with his mate and they have a beautiful baby. While Glynnis is happy for her brother, she can’t help but feel a bit jealous. I think her mixed emotions add a very human element to this supernatural tale. Glynnis is also very honest and straightforward, traits which made her even more endearing. When she and Aric meet, the connection between them is powerful, but Glynnis holds back. I was very pleased that she resisted rushing into a serious relationship until he knew about her curse as well as her previous relationship. She is never cryptic with him, but she also never bombards him with too much information. Her patience allows him to freely choose whether to join her or not. I admire her courage at telling the truth even though it might mean she loses Aric forever. Aric’s history is definitely interesting. I can’t say much about his true nature without spoiling the story, but I will say that he isn’t a werewolf. He’s a unique supernatural creature that adds an interesting dimension to the magic surrounding Glynnis and her family. Ms. Wiesner has packed a lot of information about Aric and his history into this short story, but it all fit together well and never felt rushed or overwhelming. I really enjoyed watching Glynnis and Aric discover the truth of his origins. This buildup of information also led to a very exciting climax that had me speeding through the pages. I’m glad I had the opportunity to read Bewitched. Readers wanting to enjoy this great addition to the Woodcutter’s Grim Series should definitely read the first four stories in the series in order to better understand the Shaussegeny family. Once readers visit Woodcutter’s Grim, I have no doubt they’ll want to come back. I will certainly be reading the other stories in this series soon.” ~Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/bewitched-by-karen-wiesner.html

4 Stars! “Not your ordinary fairytale. Loosely based on The Little Mermaid, Bewitched is about Glynnis, who is instantly drawn to the mysterious man that appears out of nowhere across the lake from her family's home. She knows about curses all too well since her own family is plagued by one, but she may find out that Aric has an even darker secret. This story is an amazingly dark fairy tale laced with some romance, making for a very intriguing story. The descriptive imagery helped me to imagine just what this world must be like for these characters and grow to love them for it. The characters are very well written, easily luring readers into this fantastic new world full of secrets, curses, and love. Glynnis is part of a family that is plagued with a curse and because of this, she has to go through plenty of problems in order to make things right. Aric was a mysterious character I enjoyed figuring out along with Glynnis. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good dark fairytale.” ~The Romance Review http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=4900

4 Stars! “This is the second in a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter's Grim Series involving the curse of the Shaussegeny family. The story is loosely based on the tale of "The Little Mermaid". I have come to realize that this author, Karen Wiesner, has a manipulative side. She takes an innocent fairy tale, rips apart all but the main meat of it, and then inserts her own darker magic while captivating the reader with her awesome storytelling skills. As with the previous novellas, the main characters have well developed backgrounds and the curse causes the Shaussegeny family a plethora of problems in which they must deal with in a timely manner. It all adds up to give the reader one heck of a wild ride.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

4 Stars! “Readers will like what Karen Wiesner has made Glynnis into, as it fits into the whole fantasy/fairy tale story idea nicely. It is the story of two people who have been apart all their lives but who need to be together, and Aric doesn’t know who that one woman is until he meets her purely by chance one day. It is then he feels that she has been the one who can fill his heart with love-she is the one part of him that can make him whole again. So far he has been living alone and has felt so empty.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-bewitched-woodcutters-grim-series-book-5-by-karen-wiesner/

One Night of Eternity Reviews
(Book 6: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

4 Stars! “This is the third in a four-book novella miniseries within the Woodcutter's Grim series. Each story can stand alone, but by reading them in order you will get the full gut-punch. In the first story, Lance returned to Woodcutter's Grim because his father, Gav, had disappeared in the woods. In the second story, Gav's disappearance is remarked on also. The family has figured out that Gav must have cheated on Marnie again and that the covenant part of the curse is at work, and they suspect (correctly) that Marnie knows exactly where Gav is and what is happening to him, but Marnie will not speak about her husband. The character of Marnie is very strong. Family means everything to her. I was impressed by her character during the first two stories. After this tale, I like her even more.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

4 Stars! “Can Marnie let go of her hate before it kills her? Marnie thought she’d put Gavin’s unfaithfulness behind her. After they were cursed into becoming werewolves, Marnie thought the new mate bond would allow her to forget all about Gavin’s previous indiscretions. She was dreadfully mistaken. Since Marnie and Gavin never truly dealt with the pain his affairs caused, the injury festered and rotted their marriage from the inside out. Each exchange between them was laced with bitterness and pulled me further and further into the dark mood of the story. As Marnie and Gavin reach the breaking point, they have to ask themselves one question. Is their marriage worth saving? Marnie’s pain practically drips from each page. My heart ached as she fought to control equal parts love and hate for Gavin. I couldn’t believe she’d lived with the pain year after year rather than having an open honest discussion with Gavin. Instead, in her stubbornness, she hurls insults at him. Even though Gavin deserves every harsh word, the arguing only serves to make the situation worse. I cringed each time Gavin and Marnie inflicted new and deeper wounds on each other and I honestly began to doubt they were ever going to reconcile. Gavin is a man who just doesn’t get it... I couldn’t tell if he genuinely didn’t know that Marnie needed him to apologize for the past, or if his misunderstanding was deliberate…when it was obvious she needed something much more meaningful. I found Gavin’s punishment for infidelity to be truly terrifying, and yet it seemed to be the only thing that was going to get through to him. Not only did he relive the absolute worst moment of his life over and over, but Marnie experienced the betrayal as well. Marnie and Gavin are literally dying without each other. The tension mounted as the story reached its climax. I held my breath and crossed my fingers hoping for a happy ending. One Night of Eternity may be a short story, but the emotions contained within its pages are powerful, and I couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished reading it. Anyone looking for a tale filled with real and raw emotions and an ultimately happy ending should consider reading One Night of Eternity.” ~Poinsetta for Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/one-night-of-eternity-by-karen-wiesner.html

“Karen Wiesner has been very busy of late with her new and intriguing novels which are based on certain old fairy tales and nursery rhymes. She has of course, rewritten them for a more modern audience. Karen has the reader really getting into the minds of the characters, and finding out what makes them tick, but also what can make them tolerant of others. She normally likes putting tragic characters together where the both of them can find peace of mind with each other and sort out their life problems, but in this one in the series, it is less about self-harm or self-punishment, and more of what others have done to them, for example, the curse on their family. It is interesting to see how these two characters will work out their differences and become one.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-one-night-of-eternity-woodcutter%e2%80%99s-grim-series-book-6-by-karen-wiesner/

Beauty is the Beast Reviews
(Book 7: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

5 Stars! “I admit that Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale and Wiesner's story is loosely based on it; however, that is not why I am giving this story such a high rating. This story deserves every star. Instead of accepting his fate and grieving, this hero is trying hard to lift the curse or find a cure. As for the heroine, she is not perfect. Her secret is worse than his. I find that fact to be a refreshing change. It is a gentle twist to make the tale even more interesting. Karen Wiesner knows what readers want in their stories and she delivers.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

4.5 Stars! “Will Ransom be set free by science or magic? I’m glad Ransom finally got his own story. In the previous three stories in the anthology, he remained a bit of a mystery. I only knew that he was a scientist desperate to create a potion that would cure his family of the werewolf curse, and that he’s never left his family’s property for fear of contaminating anyone else, especially his chosen mate, with his curse. As I read, I discovered that Ransom is much more than a scientist. He’s a caring, sensitive man with amazing willpower. While the rest of his family embraces the curse of the werewolf, Ransom has been fighting it for over twenty years. It would have been so much easier for Ransom to embrace the curse, but he took the more difficult path. I admire his perseverance and dedication to his principles.
“When a strange man stumbles onto the Shaussegeny property, his situation bears an eerie resemblance to the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Since Ransom is such a scientific and logical person, I did find it a bit odd that he would suddenly decide to go where the magic was leading him. After all, he’d spent his whole life resisting the magic and evil that surrounded Woodcutter’s Grim. However, this led Ransom into the interesting predicament of having to acknowledge that science might not hold the key to everything after all. Tess brings out the best in Ransom. Though they met under less than ideal circumstances, they quickly begin to fall in love and have great chemistry. Like Ransom was at the beginning, Tess is very mysterious. The truth of her past isn’t revealed in full until the end of the story. I can’t give away any details without spoiling the ending. However, I will say that Tess’s history is a truly interesting twist that I didn’t expect.
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Beauty is the Beast. Ransom’s happy ending with Tess is sweet and well deserved. Ms. Wiesner’s take on the classic fairytale was the perfect ending to this miniseries within the overall Woodcutter’s Grim Series. Anyone who enjoys fairy tales that are a little different should certainly read Beauty is the Beast as well as the other stories in the anthology.” ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/beauty-is-beast-by-karen-wiesner.html

4 Stars! “Beauty and the Beast with a new twist. I love fairy tales and I am always happy to check out new retellings and this one is definitely one of the best. I love the dark romance, and the twists and turns that are added into this story. Ransom brings some real depth to the beast character which I love because not all retellings of this story have very much depth to the beast's character. This story is so much more than a retelling though as it brings in a magic of its own and drew me in, keeping me glued to the pages for hours. I highly recommend Beauty is the Beast not only to fans of fairytales, but anyone who loves a good paranormal romance.” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=4903

4 Stars! “I am generally not a fan of the destined to be together storyline. That said, it works in this story. There is a reason for it. And I love the twist that comes from it. This twist is one of those I fear saying too much about, it is so good, so unexpected, that I in no way saw it coming or even came close to guessing what it might be. Overall, I recommend this book. It is a wonderful re-imagining to Beauty and the Beast and well worth adding to any collection.” ~You Gotta Read Reviews

4 Stars! “This is a novel where the characters have their problems. Everything can be worked out for the better. It ends up being an interesting and compelling retelling of a popular fairy tale.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-beauty-is-the-beast-woodcutters-grim-series-book-7-by-karen-wiesner/

The Deep Reviews
(Book 8: A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel)

Editor’s Top Pick! “To say that author Karen Wiesner has been busy writing would be a gross understatement. According to both her website, www.karenwiesner.com, and that of her publisher, Whiskey Creek Press, Wiesner has over one hundred book credits (and counting) under her name with a number of literary awards to match. Whether she is busy forging the fires of romance or guiding her readers on a twisting path of horror (or, in the case of her latest Woodcutter’s Grim Series installment, THE DEEP, mixing a story of both), Karen Wiesner seems at home hanging her creative hat in a variety of genres. In THE DEEP, Cheyenne Welsh has quietly returned to Woodcutter’s Grim, her hometown and a whispered place of dread where evil things have been rumored to gather for several hundred years. Despite having been away from home for a long time, Cheyenne’s homecoming is far from joyful--ever since her younger sister vanished under suspicious circumstances, her mother went mad, and her father became increasingly reclusive with his obsession around his academic work and studies, Cheyenne has attempted to forget the horrors associated with her childhood even as she has followed her despised father’s career path and endured a series of abusive and traumatic situations along the way. With her father, a retired professor, violently and mysteriously murdered in the basement of her childhood home, and her high school sweetheart and neighbor, Dr. James Beck, once again at her side, Cheyenne must gather her courage and unravel a lifetime of pain and horror as she seeks to stand against the darkness of THE DEEP. The novel is listed as Book 8 of the Woodcutter’s Grim Series. In the series, Karen Wiesner has crafted a well-researched and creative world in which evil forces plague the small northern Wisconsin town of Woodcutter’s Grim, commonly taking the guises, appearances, and traits of fairytale monsters and folklore characters. As Wiesner spins THE DEEP, she draws on previously explored mythologies and tales without shutting readers new to Woodcutter’s Grim out—THE DEEP was the first book in the series I have read and I was able to connect to passing references with relative ease. Wiesner builds a sense of dread and foreboding in THE DEEP, particularly in such moments when Cheyenne finds herself alone in her father’s isolated house at the edge of Woodcutter’s Grim and on the brink of sanity. While there are elements of horror imbued throughout, particularly in context to the author’s emphasized Christian references, the story works effectively as a Gothic romance--a young woman trapped in her inherited residence and haunted by some unknown evil is assisted by the man she loves in order to break free of the chains and torments of her past. Overall, THE DEEP is smart and fast paced--I look forward to traveling to Woodcutter’s Grim once again--I’ll try to avoid the evil on the way.” ~Justin D. Davis, BellaOnline's Horror Literature Editor http://horrorliterature.bellaonline.com/editorspicks.asp

5 Stars! “If you have not read the previous stories in this series, do not worry. You will still fully understand what is happening. Each title is a stand-alone story. However, those who have read at least a couple of them will be able to envision these events in a broader scope. Each story is a different, dark piece of the evil puzzle that is known as Woodcutter’s Grim. If you enjoy authors who write “old school style”, then this entire series should be to your taste. All the titles, especially this one, has the spicy flavor of the old Gothic Romances that I used to greedily consume. This story has romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, and horror all blended together. Something for everyone. As usual, Karen Wiesner gives readers what they crave—and more.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

5 Stars! “THE DEEP is a bone-chilling horror novel loosely based on Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue by Ovid. Karen Wiesner entices the reader into the creatively built world, Woodcutter’s Grim, where evil likes to reside. The author’s vivid descriptions of a creepy [fetish] doll, an unknown creature in the basement, and the cold that permeates the house combine into a thoroughly spooky page-turning read. Even with the evil creature as a large part of this story, Wiesner skillfully rebuilds Cheyenne Welsh and James Beck’s relationship as well. Their heartfelt conversations, confessions, and forgiveness make them couple to cheer for. This entertaining, hair-raising novel with an action-packed climax, where—in true fairy-tale fashion—good triumphs over evil and the couple lives happily ever after, stands alone so reading the earlier tales isn’t necessary to enjoy this story.” ~BTSemag http://www.btsemag

5 Stars! “In THE DEEP, Book 8, A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel by Karen Wiesner, we meet Cheyenne (Chey) Welsh. She planned to take her five-year-old sister and leave Woodcutter’s Grim as soon as possible, but she waited too long; her sister disappeared and only Chey knew her father was responsible. Chey loved James dearly, but he refused to leave Woodcutter’s Grim and she knew she couldn’t stay. For years James waited for her to return. After her father’s death, she did return with plans to dispose of everything. However the evil that dwelt in her family home was still there waiting for her. Award-winning author Karen Wiesner returns fans to a place of evil in her 8th book in THE DEEP, Book 8, A Woodcutter's Grim Series. While the series is made to be read in order, this book stands well alone. Karen Wiesner is a prolific writer, having created 105 books in 16 years. The Woodcutter’s Grim Series will have readers looking over their shoulders, watching for creepy monsters to sneak up on them. This series will remind the reader of classic fairy tales with an evil twist. The Deep is a piercing tale, one sure to evoke feelings of fear and terror. Karen Wiesner is a talented author with a gift for combining terror with romance. Her descriptions are so vivid that I could see the scenes playing out on the stage in my mind’s eye. This book in the series is loosely based on Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue by Ovid. This series is addictive; once you read one book you will want to read the rest.” ~Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/19667

“While the title may bring to mind a submarine or subterranean setting, actually this novel is the latest in Wiesner’s “Woodcutter’s Grim” series, in which each installment (connected but readable on their own) takes its inspiration from myth, legend, or fairy tale. THE DEEP echoes the myth of Pygmalion’s beautiful statue brought to life by Aphrodite, but in a much darker guise. Woodcutter’s Grim is a Town with a Dark Secret, haunted by evil forces against which certain leading families have pledged to guard the innocent residents. Heroine Cheyenne returns to town after her father’s death, planning to sell his house and break all ties to Woodcutter’s Grim, site of her mother’s death and a more terrible loss: When Cheyenne was fifteen, her little sister Dulcie vanished. To add to the trauma of the memory, Cheyenne was supposed to be watching Dulcie at the time. Their father, an archeologist obsessed with the dark, occult side of certain African cultures, had been reclusive all along and became even more so in his final years. His basement sanctuary, which nobody else was allowed to enter, symbolized his eccentricity and secretiveness. Even when she can’t avoid returning to the house after his death, Cheyenne stays away from the basement. Meanwhile, her teenage sweetheart, James, now a doctor, has never stopped yearning for her. When they meet again after years of separation, she can’t deny her feelings for him. However, she hates the idea of staying in Woodcutter’s Grim, while he has an obligation to spend his life there as one of the town’s guardians. The Deep—“Die Diep”—is an ominous figurine her father brought home from an African dig. Eerie phenomena plague Cheyenne when she temporarily moves into the old house. Could the Deep still be lurking in the locked basement, now animated and malevolent? And could her father have sacrificed Dulcie to the entity incarnated in the statue? This novel merges horror and romance in a perfectly balanced combination. The conflict between Cheyenne’s loathing of her former home and James’s duty to remain in the town is believable, and their emotional clashes are rendered with wrenching intensity. Vividly portrayed sensory details enhance the horror, especially the icy cold of the house and the odor of mushrooms that intermittently permeates the atmosphere. James’s Christian faith, which plays a vital role in his decisions and actions, is not obtrusive or preachy but woven naturally into his character. While secondary characters enrich the background and allude to other books in the series, no prior knowledge of them is necessary to appreciate this story. Wiesner employs African myth and legend to create a plotline intriguingly different from the European-based hauntings of much horror fiction.” ~Author Margaret L. Carter http://www.margaretlcarter.com

“The eighth Woodcutter's Grim Series thriller is a chilling horror tale. The second chance relationship between James and Chey enhances the strong main storyline of a good earth mother fighting the ancient evil her Daddy wrought upon his offspring. Readers will relish the latest work by this wonderfully talented writing wizard.” ~MBR Bookwatch http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/dec_13.htm#klausner

Hunter’s Blues Reviews
(A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel)

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