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Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series, Book 1: Bound Spirits (Paranormal)

Score: 5.00 (votes: 1)

Nestled on Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin is a small, secluded town called Bloodmoon Cove with volatile weather, suspicious folk...and newly awakened ghosts.

Don't close your eyes...

"Harrity Scaritty, on the mountain-side, in the realm of the dead, how will you escape, how will you be fed? With the living and the undead".

Nestled on Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin is a small, secluded town called Bloodmoon Cove with volatile weather, suspicious folk...and newly awakened ghosts bent on revenge. Esmeralda "Esme" Dumas comes to the town looking to find work surrounded by wide-open nature, and most of all looking for a place to hide.

Park Ranger John Kotter has returned to his hometown after a decade away. He left Bloodmoon Cove under the cruel and mistaken accusations of the townspeople that he was to blame for the suicide of his girlfriend, a local daughter. When his father goes missing on the mountain and is presumed dead, his mother asks him to come home and take over the family legacy. Generations of Kotter men, including his great-great grandfather Harrity, have run Bloodmoon Cove Park, and John can't help but remember how much he loved this place as a boy. When he finds the squatter in the campground host house, he can't help wondering if she had anything to do with his father's disappearance. John also senses Esme has ghosts of her own. 

As a child, Esme was kidnapped and locked in a cold, dark basement. Her friends were rodents, insects, and the changeable terror that held her hostage. The only thing that kept her sane those nightmare years were her books. She's been on the run since her escape a few months ago, never expecting to find another bound spirit come back to life.

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 4, 2018, 16:33
    5 star review and Reviewer's Top Pick from Readers Favorite
    5 star review from Huntress Reviews
    5 star review from Harriet Klausner
    5 star review from Linda's Reviews

    5 Stars! “I have been interested to read BOUND SPIRITS because of the story's uniqueness. This book is like an oasis. In this generation where a lot of stories have the same underlying idea, this book stands out. It may be part of a common or popular genre but the story is opposite to that. Also, despite the many back stories that one can read within this book, it's not messy to look at. They were written to fit in seamlessly together. It's not confusing. Rather, it became more interesting. It fires up the imagination. This book has led me to think of different assumptions. With the mix of stories, I'd sometimes end up thinking that there are a lot of possibilities. It made my reading experience more fun. The characters were a great help, too. They fit one another, complementing each other's humanity. I also find the unraveling of the story commendable. Wiesner is gifted as a writer to have crafted the story in such a way where it doesn't seem slow but it's not rushed either. All in all, I strongly believe this is a good read that everybody would enjoy.” ~Readers’ Favorite
    5 Stars! “This author has written many stories, in multiple genres, but I feel that THIS type of story fits her best. It has the flavor of an old Gothic Romance (of which the few I still hoard will never be tossed out) yet it can still be classified as a Christian Romance. The characters are well developed. They never felt flat or two dimensional. The female is frightened, naïve, untrusting, and often compared to a fairy or sprite. The male has made mistakes in his past and tries to keep an open mind – be it about the living or the dead. If this is a taste of what the rest of the series will be like, then I refuse to wait a second longer to begin book two.” ~Huntress Reviews
    5 Stars! “In BOUND SPIRITS, Karen Wiesner uses the premise of a ghost story to delve deeply into the characters, their motivations, and their relationships with each other. This novel is well-written, and I found myself drawn in as I read it. The beginning scene is of a group of youngsters investigating the tale of a ghost in Bloodmoon Cove. It’s a slow start, but the realistic dialogue between the characters in this setting scene makes it fascinating to read, and what follows is even better! There are different characters, each with their own definitive personalities, and their struggles throughout this novel in their personal lives, as well as the demonic oppressions of Bloodmoon Cove and its haunting make this a book to remember! I highly recommend anyone to check this out. Karen Wiesner is an excellent author and it was a pleasure to read and review this book.” ~Author Jenna Whittaker
    5 Stars! "WOW! Don't close your eyes or venture into an evil that lurks in the mountains of Bloodmoon Cove in upper northern Wisconsin! Something is howling and it wants revenge after waiting one hundred years for justice. I liked that John Kotter returned home to take his place after his dad went missing and never returned. After the sheriff and townspeople searched for days, they could find a body. The park was his legacy and John's mom could never manage it on her own, so he did what had to be done and moved back home where some folks hated him because they believed he was to blame for his girlfriend's suicide. I loved Esme Dumas for her bravery and determination to be free even if she had to survive on Bloodmoon Cove's mountain. This story had me rapidly reading even though I knew that this is just the first of many books in this series. I can't wait to read the next one!!" ~Linda's Reviews
    4 Stars! “Not to be read on a dark and stormy night, this is a thrilling tale where ghosts do battle with natural elements. A wandering soul looking for revenge wreaks havoc on a frightened town in this story that also charmingly depicts love in first bloom.” ~RT Book Reviews
    4 Stars! “'Nestled on Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin is a small, secluded town called Bloodmoon Cove with volatile weather, suspicious folk...and newly awakened ghosts. Don't close your eyes... "Harrity Scaritty, on the mountain-side, in the realm of the dead, how will you escape, how will you be fed? With the living and the undead"' How could you not want to read this book after reading that? I love a good ghost story. This book had everything a good thriller should have. Suspense, romance between two lost souls, healing, and most importantly a ghost. The characters of Park Ranger John Kotter and Esmerlda "Esme" Dumas were so well defined that you felt what they felt. You saw what they saw. Another great thing about this book is not only did it have me on the edge of my seat, it had me holding a tissue in my hand. The minor characters were well written as well. You have to love Troy and his friends. When it comes to teenagers, you always have a leader and those who want to fit in so they become followers. I felt this portion of the story was a coming of age sub-plot. If you like Stephen King, you'll enjoy this story." ~The Romance Reviews
    5 Stars! “BOUND SPIRITS wooed me with well-drawn characters—not only John Kotter and Esmeralda, but also the supporting cast: John’s mother, Troy Mulvaney and his friends, and the others. BOUND SPIRITS reminded me of Stephen’s King’s Misery. In Misery, Annie Wilkes, a nurse also afflicted with a mental illness, locks injured protag Paul in his room, torturing him with starvation alternating with affection and unbridled fury. Now King’s book is psychological horror, which includes a graphic description of the torture. Wiesner takes a subtle approach, allowing my imagination to supply the details, but she turns up the tension by adding a ghost. Not ghost. Ghosts, for Esme had to go up against the spirits of a man and his dog. These ghosts are seeking revenge on the family of the man who killed them and walled them in a cave. On one level, Esme can relate to these spirits, being a bound sprit herself, and Wiesner sells Esme’s reaction in a way that I can believe. King’s story packs a heavy wallop with his protag’s ordeal, but Wiesner tweaks up the tension yet again with portraying Esme after the fact. Esme comes to town afraid to trust, ready to run when anyone questions her. She didn’t count on falling for John Kotter, a man who struggles with demons of his own. What’s more, the people of Bloodmoon Cove have their own ideas on how people should live, something that doesn’t sit well with John. The way he reacts to Esme is quite touching, and a sweet romance starts to blossom between them. The suspense started from page one, with Troy and his friends visiting the cave, and kept me turning the pages. I believe this a great read that everyone would enjoy.” ~Author of STEEL ROSE, Barbara Custer
    “BOUND SPIRITS is like an urban legend told sitting around a bonfire with your hairs rising on the back of your neck from this tale. It sucks you right in and you're on the edge of your seat waiting to hear the rest of the story. Bloodmoon Mountain has an eerie secret as well as the woman that John Kotter finds inhabiting his home. After many years away, John returns to take over the family business but finds himself drawn deep into ghost of the past. He must find a way to solve children being murdered on his mountain and find out exactly who the woman is, because falling in love could get you killed.” ~BTS eMag
    “The Bloodmoon Cove Spirits urban fantasy BOUND SPIRITS is a fabulous ghost story that grips readers from the moment Troy and his friends enter the forbidden zone. Fast-paced, the romantic subplot is anticipated but kept low-keyed as Karen Wiesner focuses on the hunt for angry avenging spirits.” ~Midwest Book Reviews
    4 Stars! “These three people create a perfect storm that brings terror and death to the people around the mountain and love to lost souls. A very atmospheric and old-fashioned ghost story, a sweet love story, and redemptive tale of lost souls being found through love.” ~author Marilynn Byerly

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