Karen Wiesner

Don’t close your eyes

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. Bloodmoon Cove Park Ranger John Kotter senses immediately that she 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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About Karen Wiesner

Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time...

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 100 books published in the past 15 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 125 awards, and 36 more titles under contract. Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror, chick-lit, and action/adventure. She also writes children’s books, poetry, and writing reference titles such as her bestsellers, First Draft in 30 Days and From First Draft to Finished Novel {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}, available from Writer’s Digest Books. Also available now is Writing the Series, her newest offering from Writer’s Digest Books. Her previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like her own, the award-winning Jewels of the Quill, which she founded in 2003. Jewels of the Quill produced two award-winning group anthologies per year published by Whiskey Creek Press from 2005-2011. All were edited by Karen and others. Along with her writing, Karen enjoys designing Web sites, graphics, and cover art. For more information about Karen and her work, visit her Web sites at http://www.karenwiesner.com, http://www.firstdraftin30days.com, http://www.falconsbend.com and http://www.JewelsoftheQuill.com. If you would like to receive Karen’s free e-mail newsletter, Karen’s Quill, and become eligible to win her monthly book giveaways, send a blank e-mail to KarensQuill-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

 

Also by Karen Wiesner

Woodcutter’s Grim Series -- Classic Tales of Horror Retold (Romantic Horror/Paranormal):
“Papa”, Book 1 
“Blood of Amethyst”, Book 2 
WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES, Volume I with Books 1-3 and The Final Chapter
“Moonlight Becomes You”, Book 4
“Bewitched”, Book 5
“One Night of Eternity”, Book 6
WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES, Volume II with Books 4-7
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction6.html

Cowboy Fever Series (Contemporary Romance):
“Wings of Love”, Book 1
“Losses and Gains”, Book 2
“For Always”, Book 3
“Taming April”, Book 4
COWBOY FEVER SERIES with Books 1-5
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction10.html

Family Heirlooms Series (Inspirational Romance):
BABY, BABY, Book 1 reissue
SHADOW BOXING, Book 2 reissue
FOOLISH GAMES, Book 3 reissue
GLASS ANGELS, Book 4
SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Book 5
WORLDS COLLIDE, Book 6
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction9.html

Friendship Heirlooms Series (Inspirational Romance):
CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1
MICHAEL’S ANGEL, Book 2
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction9a.html

Denim Blues Mysteries:
RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS, Book 1
Inspirational Romantic Mystery (Private investigation)
LOVE IS BLIND...AND IT DON’T PAY THE BILLS EITHER, Book 2 Inspirational Romantic Mystery (Police procedural)
SOULS ON (B)ORING STREET, Book 3
Inspirational Romantic Mystery (Amateur sleuth)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction1a.html

Incognito Series (Romantic Suspense):
NO ORDINARY LOVE, Book 1
UNTIL DEATH DO US PART, Book 2
BOUNTY ON THE REBEL’S HEART, Book 3
DEAD DROP, Book 4
UNDER THE SPELL, Book 5
RENEGADE'S ROSE, Book 6
UNDERCOVER ANGEL, Book
HARD TO HANDLE, Book 8
DANCE IN SHADOWS, Book 9
HYPNOTIZED, Book 10
MIND GAMES, Book 11
DARK APPROACH, Book 12
INCOGNITO SERIES MEGABOOK, Volume 1 Collection
INCOGNITO SERIES MEGABOOK, Volume 2 Collection
INCOGNITO SERIES MEGABOOK, Volume 3 Collection
INCOGNITO SERIES MEGABOOK, Volume 4 Collection
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction7.html

Wounded Warriors Series (Contemporary Women’s Fiction):
RELUCTANT HEARTS, Book 1 reissue
WAITING FOR AN ECLIPSE, Book 2 reissue
MIRROR MIRROR, Book 3 reissue
WAYWARD ANGELS, Book 4 reissue
UNTIL IT'S GONE, Book 5
WHITE RAINBOW, Book 6
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction1.html

Falcon’s Bend Series (Mystery/Police Procedural written with Chris Spindler):
DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Book 1 reissue
TEARS ON STONE, Book 2 reissue
FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume I (The Early Cases) reissue
THE FIFTEENTH LETTER, Book 3 reissue
ROMANTIC NOTIONS, Book 4 reissue
FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume II reissue
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/mystery.html

Angelfire Trilogy (Contemporary Romance):
FALLING STAR, Book 1 reissue
FIRST LOVE, Book 2 reissue
FOREVER MAN, Book 3 reissue
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction2.html

Gypsy Road Series (Contemporary Romance):
LEATHER & LACE, Book 1 reissue
FLESH & BLOOD, Book 2 reissue
FIRE & ICE, Book 3 reissue
VOWS & THE VAGABOND, Book 4 reissue
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction3.html

Kaleidoscope Series (Contemporary Romance Novellas):
“Perfect Cadence”, Book 1 
“In Cahoots With Cupid”, Book 2 
“Behind Amethyst Eyes”, Book 3 
“Jordana’s Chair”, Book 4 
“Paper Tiger”, Book 5 
KALEIDOSCOPE SERIES Collection with Books 1-7
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction8.html

Adventures in Amethyst Series (Contemporary Romance/Suspense Novellas):
“A Rose for Romeo”, Book 1
“Revenge in Amethyst”, Book 2
ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES Collection with Books 1-4
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction4a.html

“The Amethyst Angel” (Traditional Romance Novella)
“A Home for Christmas” (Inspirational Romance Novella)
“The Amethyst Star” (Futuristic Romance Novella)
“Creatures of the Night” (Paranormal Romance Novella)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction5.html
Writing Reference:
FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS
FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}
THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS
WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas
http://www.firstdraftin30days.com

Miscellaneous:
HOME (Inspirational Romantic Fiction)
THE BLOODMOON CURSE (Contemporary Gothic Romantic Suspense with an Inspirational Slant)
SWEET DREAMS reissue (Paranormal Romance)
RESTLESS AS RAIN reissue (Contemporary Romance)
“Silver Bells, Wedding Bells” (Romantic Comedy Novella) in the MISTLETOE MARRIAGES ANTHOLOGY
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction4.html
SOUL BLEEDS The Dark Poetry and Other Wanderings of K.S. Wiesner reissue (Poetry Collection)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/poetry.html
CODY KNOWS reissue with Linda Derkez (Children's Picture Book)
“Taking Responsibility Builds Trust”, Making Good Choices Series, Book 1 reissue (Children’s Nonfiction Interactive Picture Book)
“Taking Care of Your Things”, Making Good Choices Series, Book 2 reissue (Children’s Nonfiction Interactive Picture Book)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/childrensbooks.html

 

An Interview with Karen Wiesner
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Karen, thank you for talking with us at TRS Please tell us about your featured release, Bound Spirits, Book 1 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series. Where did you get the idea for this amazing series? Where did you get the idea for this first installment in the series?

KW: I’d been wanting to write a ghost story for a long time -- inspired after reading THE WOMAN IN BLACK and THE MAN IN THE PICTURE by Susan Hill. I love that atmospheric kind of story with almost a gothic horror edge. After brainstorming over the course of many months, I came up with the idea of having the ghost story in a very unlikely place -- a park. I also thought, In fiction, what is a ghost but a bound spirit? Well, that gave me a great idea about having a heroine who’d been kidnapped as a child and held captive for most of her life until her escape. So…another bound spirit. The rest of the idea came to me then and I ran with it, but I knew I wasn’t going to be happy just writing one ghost story. I wanted to do a series.

While writing up the proposal for this story, I was also considering pulling my book THE BLOODMOON CURSE from Samhain Publishing, where it’d been lagging for quite some time. This story is very mildly a ghost story, so it certainly fit the theme. But I don’t get my rights back to that book until late 2013, so, though that book was finished, I couldn’t make it the first in the series. But I knew the town mentioned in that story, Bloodmoon Cove, would be the perfect setting for the series. I decided to make THE BLOODMOON CURSE the 2nd book in the series, and I revised it, making changes to fit the series. For a detailed list of the changes I had to make, visit

http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/TBCRevisionSummary.pdf. Book 3 in this series came quickly after that, then, after revising THE BLOODMOON COVE, I realized I wanted to write the story of the secondary characters, Hannah and Daniel, so Book 4 was born. I’ve also sold Book 5 in the series, and plan to write ghost stories indefinitely as ideas come to me.

HH: What do you like best about Esme, the heroine, and why do you think readers will relate to her?  

KW: As I said, Esme is a bound spirit like the ghost in BOUND SPIRITS, and she can emphasize with his plight. I just love how innocent, curious, and open she is to life and love. She’s really an anomaly in this day and age, which makes her a very refreshing, intriguing character.

Upcoming Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series releases:

THE BLOODMOON CURSE, Book 2 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Newly revised and reissued!
Inspirational Gothic Romance
Trade paperback and electronic formats coming from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
Coming January 2014
Don’t close your eyes
An unsuspecting nurse is lured to an ancient family mansion said to hold both ghosts and horrifying secrets in order to care for three orphaned children.
Amberlyn Lyons has recently suffered a devastating miscarriage that has torn her marriage apart and shaken her faith. She quietly takes a nanny position at an isolated mansion in Bloodmoon Cove without electricity, telephone, or ease of passage. The moment she walks into Bloodmoon Manor, Amberlyn deduces that all things aren’t as they seem. The eerily similar owners distrust doctors who, in thirty years, have been unable to cure their severely deformed daughter Katerina. Katerina both idolizes and despises Amberlyn for her beauty. Childishly cruel, Katerina enjoys tormenting the orphans by telling them tales of the malicious ghost that haunts the decaying mansion. 
Amberlyn discounts the paranormal legends as made-up stories until she hears the shuffling of footsteps in the cold, dark halls and feels that she’s being watched at every turn.  She knows the ghost is real and she must protect the children.  But when she discovers a graveyard behind the mansion filled with babies who died at birth or shortly thereafter, she realizes the ghost of Bloodmoon Manor is really a family curse and she was brought there to uphold the family legacy of that curse.  Either she finds a way to escape with the children…or she becomes the next bloodmoon bride. 

CROOKED HOUSE, Book 3 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Gothic Inspirational Romance
Trade paperback and electronic formats coming from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
Coming December 2015
Don’t close your eyes
An orphan for as long as she can remember, Corinne Zellman is stunned when she receives a letter from a lawyer, telling her she’s the long-lost niece of Maxwell Zellman, the eighth. Stuck in a dead end job and a relationship with a man who has no interest in marriage or anything like it, she willingly pulls up stakes and abandons everything she knows to live out her life in Bloodmoon Cove with her persistent, elderly relatives. But Crooked House quickly lives up to its disturbing name, and she begins to suspect that her new family had ulterior motives for demanding that she come to live with them. The only reason she can find worth staying is neighbor Rafe Yager, a hardened soldier with plenty of scars but no illusions and certainly no faith.
Rafe intended to return to his family home and live out a quiet, secluded existence. He didn’t plan on meeting a wide-eyed, wholesome dreamer like Cori. But Crooked House is falling, and the family needs the blood of someone young to carry on its sinister legacy. Can Rafe save Cori from a sacrifice she never meant to make when she unknowingly accepted an invitation from evil itself?

RETURN TO BLOODMOON MANOR, Book 4 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Gothic Inspirational Romance
Trade paperback and electronic formats coming from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
Coming June 2016
Don’t close your eyes
Daniel and Hannah Reynolds are newly married with their first child on the way when a notice comes from a lawyer saying that the remaining member of the Bonavaris clan has returned to her ancestral home in Syria and willed Bloodmoon Manor and all its possession to Hannah, her former maid. While Hannah can’t fathom the reason for the bequeath, the notion of selling the house and the valuable items inside it begins to grow inside her like an obsession. She and Daniel have begun their married life with little more than outstanding debts from his medical education -- debts that come due around the same time as the birth of their baby. After a lifetime of poverty, Hannah refuses to allow her children to face the kind of scavenging, hand-to-mouth existence that had led to her employment at the horrible Bloodmoon Manor in the first place.
Unable to convince his beloved wife to forget about returning to Bloodmoon Cove to secure the future for their family, Daniel has no choice but to follow her into what he aptly recalls as “the mouth of hell” -- a place Hannah just barely escaped with her life last time.
Daniel’s worst fears are justified when the doors of Bloodmoon Manor slam shut behind them. They’ve been lured here deliberately, and the ghosts that haunt the dark, evil castle aren’t willing to let them leave ever again…

REUNITED, Book 5 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Inspirational Paranormal Romance
Trade paperback and electronic formats coming from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
Coming February 2017
Don’t close your eyes
Twyla Kotter has spent the last ten years of her life suffering under the insanely jealous, cruel hands of her husband. His death gives her a new lease on life: Freedom from her husband, the blessing of sharing her Christian faith with other believers, and the chance to fall in love with someone who truly cares about her -- her old friend Graham “Gray” Mecham, now the Erie County sheriff. But her happiness is not to be when she realizes her husband never truly let her go, even in death. His spirit has followed her to Bloodmoon Cove, back to the family he took her away from, and now her hell has only just begun. Her husband’s vengeful ghost is determined to reunite them in death and the afterlife, and he plans to make sure she never forgets who she belongs to again…

HAUNTED LEGACY, Book 6 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Gothic Inspirational Romance
Trade paperback and electronic formats coming from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
Coming April 2017
Don’t close your eyes.
After a teenage pregnancy and a shotgun marriage, Danielle Knight and Andy Bennett tried to balance school, their relationship and being young parents…unsuccessfully. Divorce was inevitable, and the two moved in different directions. Andy started a successful graphic design business while Dani’s art career took off with the help of her agent, Douglas Marx, a man whose reputation for turning unknown female artists into international celebrities was spoken of in art circles in hushed tones as if he’d used black magic. Dani has dismissed the rumors, but she knows Douglas’s intentions aren’t entirely business ones when he invites her and her young son David to join him at his family cabin in the small, picturesque town of Bloodmoon Cove. Andy has been coming around again, and Dani finds it harder and harder to resist the love of her life that she’s never gotten over and can’t imagine ever forgetting -- even if she knows it might be the best thing for her. Upon arriving at the cabin to give herself time to consider what to do about her ex-husband’s desire to get back together, Dani notices a striking painting of a woman. In the days that follow, she finds herself obsessively drawn to the painting. It’s haunting her and, more than that, it’s changing, becoming the face of someone familiar. Even as Douglas encourages her to become inspired by the painting, she knows something is wrong and she fears what’s happening to her. She’s no longer sure she can save herself from the face in the painting that’s becoming more and more like her own. Can Andy arrive in time to prevent her from falling victim to this haunted legacy?

DEAD MAN’S ROAD AND OTHER GHOSTLY TALES FROM ERIE COUNTY (A Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series Novella Collection) by Karen Wiesner
Ghost Story Collection
Trade paperback and electronic formats coming from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html 
Coming June 2017
Don’t close your eyes
Short, haunted stories set in Bloodmoon Cove and Grimoire, Erie County, Wisconsin including:
“Dead Man’s Road”: On the worst day of her life, Aubrey Paddock’s car breaks down in the middle of nowhere on a deserted road. Is Lance Fuller her knight in shining armor... or the devil in disguise?
“The Haunting of Desolation Cottage”: Two ghosts wreak havoc in Desolation Cottage on the Odwulf Estate, making the place inhabitable. When teenage daredevil Holly Odwulf and her friends try to befriend the possessive ghosts, they succeed…until one of them accidentally offends their hosts.
“Bad Blood”: The Mino-Miskwi Native Americans find the entrance to the realm of the dead on Bloodmoon Mountain. Even as they sense bad blood, they can’t stay away...
“Keeper of Grimoire”: Sheriff Graham “Gray” Mecham of Grimoire has seen his share of weirdness in Erie County, Wisconsin, but nothing like the seemingly blank, identical tomes that keep appearing at the scenes of some highly unnatural crimes.
“Cappy’s Cupid”: Cappy’s Cove is one of the few social places in miniscule Bloodmoon Cove. Everyone frequents Liam “Cappy” Caplan’s tavern…including the newest resident: a ghostly version of Casanova.
“The Ancient One”: George Maulson and Chenoa Eponi are some of the last descendants of the Mino-Miskwi Native American tribe whose elders disappeared during a ritual at their sacred place. The history and culture of the tribe was lost in a single day. When a spirit who claims to be an ancestor contacts both George and his secret admirer Chenoa, they don’t know whether to listen and heed…or run for their lives.

HH: What do you have coming up for lucky readers?

KW: My other upcoming 2013 releases include:

“Beauty is the Beast” {Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Book 7} 
Romantic Paranormal Novella
Mass market paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming September 2013

THE DEEP, Book 8, A Woodcutter’s Grim Series Novel 
Inspirational Romantic Paranormal Horror
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
978-1-61160-277-7 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming October 2013

“The Only One” {Cowboy Fever Series, Book 5} 
Contemporary Romance Novella
Mass market paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming November 2013

DRIFTER’S HEART, Book 6, A Cowboy Fever Series Novel
Contemporary Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner

978-1-61160-285-2 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming December 2013

HH: Thank you!

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