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Spirits Rising (Spirit Caller Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Krista D. Ball
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Book Description

Rachel has no trouble believing in spirits. It's the living she has a tough time believing in.
~Book 1 of the SPIRIT CALLER series~

The man she's in love with? Taken. The job she loved? Gone. Her neighbours? They're taping religious tracts to her door. Then a rebellious teenage Wiccan accidentally summons the area's ancestral Viking spirits -- who promptly bring their thousand-year war to the remote Newfoundland fishing village. 
If Rachel's going to have any hope of sending the spirits to their peace, she'll have to stop drooling over unattainable men and trust her 93-year-old neighbour to help her stand against the spirits before their supernatural war engulfs them all.

Remember to pick up DARK WHISPERS, Book 2 of the SPIRIT CALLER series!
*Spirits Rising is a novella approximately 75 pages long, or about 25,000 words. 

Editorial Reviews


I cannot tell you how much I adore these books. Rachel speaks to me on a very basic level. It's like Krista was living inside my head. -Amazon Reviewer

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  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006T88RNE
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different paranormal story March 21, 2012
By Christy
Format:Kindle Edition
With paranormal stories flooding the market, especially those involving angsty vampires in romantic relationships with innocent mortal girls, it's a refreshing change to read Krista D. Ball's Spirits Rising.
The protagonist of the story is Rachel. She's a lovely protagonist - not superhuman, beautiful like a model and thin like a rail. She's down-to-earth, has a few kilos she needs to lose, has a crush on a man who's taken, and she can't fight the supernatural side all on her own. Plus, her Christian neighbors in her small town think she's a witch and tape flyers about going to hell on her door and don't want her near their kids.
She's wonderful. I love her. She's a real person, with weaknesses and faults, and she doesn't pretend to be someone - or something - that she's not. She's not above asking for help, cursing or drinking to forget her problems. But she's also human in a very good way - sensitive to kindness, touched by others' problems, funny in her own snarky way and self-critical. Honestly, she's one of the big strengths of this story, which, while not very long (it's a novella, but it's book 1 in a series, so there will be more!), it paints a world so vivid you feel like you've been living there for years.
Exactly this, the vivid world-building, is the story's other big strength. This is achieved not only through the use of colorful, three-dimensional secondary characters, who have their own problems, sense of humor, beliefs and lives, but also through a deep knowledge of the place where the story takes place.
If you're like me, then you enjoy stories which take you places and make you feel like you traveled there. If you've never been to Newfoundland in Canada, then this is your chance to get to know the place.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition

Spirits Rising is a novella, making it a rather short read. But that doesn't mean it isn't something that shouldn't be read. However if you are looking for a supernatural romance story of the type that is incredibly popular at the moment, this one is not for you. While Rachel does have a man she pines over there are no romantic relations between her and the man so if you are after romance then this isn't the book for you.

If however you are after ancient ghosts of Vikings and natives to the land threatening Newfoundland while Rachel does her best to attempt to send them back to their peaceful rest with the help of a feisty old woman then perhaps you'll find something of interest within Spirits Rising's pages. I know I did. With a mixture of faiths, prejudice and danger this book kept me on my toes over the several attempts Rachel made to right the wrong the son of a man who despised her had done. There is enough substance within this book's short amount of pages to make a very enjoyable, albeit quick read, and one that I am looking forward to seeing being made into a series (as I believe the author plans to do). I am sure there are more interesting tales in Rachel's future and I look forward to reading them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this book from member librarything giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about Rachel, someone who can sense and banish the dead. She lives in a small town full of Bible pushers and one day, a teenager decides to raise the dead. Too many dead.

Don't get me wrong, I like Rachel. I think she's sarcastic and funny and Mrs. Saunders, the old lady who has been like a second grandmother to her, steals every scene she's in. But the big problem with this book is that nothing really happens. What we see in the first few pages is what we get for the rest of the book. I got tired of Rachel not being able to banish the dead multiple times, tired of her non-relationship with David, and tired of the father of Manny screaming that Rachel is a witch and demon lover over and over.

While it's clearly written and has a couple of promising characters, overall, to me, the book lacks punch and staying power.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and fun February 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A quick, fun, and quirky read. The characters are great and interact well together. Think "The Ghost Whisperer" on steroids. Being able to communicate with spirits is not always a good thing, as Rachel finds out.
There is an elderly neighbor named Mrs. Saunders, you will love her! She's a hoot. I would love a neighbor like her.
I felt this book is a great beginning to a series. I look forward to more stories by Krista Ball. I enjoyed this book, I found it to be unique in many ways.
Ms. Ball's writing style encourages you to read through the book without stopping, in other words, it is a quick, fun read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By MelHay
Format:Kindle Edition
3.5 Stars as great start to a Paranormal Novella series.

Returning from her Mexico trip and catching up with her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Sauders, Rachel receives a phone call from a young man for help. Thinking he needs a ride home, as she offers to do to all young adults if drinking, but learns the boy of a local Deacon who doesn't much like Rachel has a party in his basement that he didn't throw. Vikings drinking, who are the flesh.

We start with Rachel returning home to Newfoundland after her getaway trip to Mexico, getting away from an unavailable boy she has feelings for, and meet her witty elder neighbor Mrs. Saunders. In the beginning of eleven pages we meet Rachel and Mrs. Saunders and learn much about them and the small town they live in.

The quiet town of Wisemen's Cove has quite a history and people who believe the lore and history. This little town seems to have ghosts every where with the history of this land. We have flesh ghosts making an appearance, and the people seeing these flesh ghosts react as normal and pitch in to fight then mention the ghost they once saw. All going back to the history of the land you learn about, it's old and has been through a lot.

Rachel is talented in that she senses and sees the dead. She escaped to this small town in Newfoundland to, in hopes, escape from the dead she sees, only to find herself even deeper in paranormal than she expected. She just wants to be accepted and normal. Rachel doesn't think she's found that here, since she gets lots of hate mail in the religious front. She is "sensitive in the paranormal" and people think her a witch or devil worshiper and such. But, just maybe, Rachel will find a home and friends when she least expects it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book was a little short which didn't allow the character...
The power of the spirit world and the power of faith all come together in this short novel based in NFLD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wayne Elsner
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Not very long and the story seems to start in the middle, but an interesting twist on spirits. Needs some work, but worth reading.
Published 7 months ago by Gail Hodges
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book was very interesting. It had a good story plot held my interest. If you like ghost shows, you will enjoy this book as I did.
Published 8 months ago by Donna Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
While it seems well-written, I was not in the mood for this kind of fantasy. I couldn't get into it, so I will read it again later.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I thought
I want what to expect when I started reading the book yet it was really cool when the Vikings and In f Ian's came into the story. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost, but not quite
I'm not exactly sure of how I feel about this book. It's not bad at all, but also lacked to be as captivating as it intended to be. The characters are very... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Melanie Young Yee
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal paranormal story.
When a teenager uses a spell he finds on the internet to try and get Viking spirits to give him strength, he gets more than he bargained for. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Guy with Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Books about me!
I cannot tell you how much I adore these books. Rachel speaks to me on a very basic level. It's like Krista was living inside my head. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tanya M. Beaver
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect pre-Halloween Read
It's October, just two weeks from Halloween, and there is nothing like a good haunting to nudge me off balance. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Heather Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Ghostly Doings
This is a great story filled with wonderful ghostly doings, great characters, and beautiful world building. I must say for such a short novella it is packed with excitement. Read more
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More About the Author

Krista D. Ball is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. She was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada where she learned how to use a chainsaw, chop wood,and make raspberry jam. After obtaining a B.A. in British History from Mount Allison University, Krista moved to Alberta, Canada where she currently lives.

Like any good writer, Krista has had an eclectic array of jobs throughout her life, including strawberry picker, pub bathroom cleaner, oil spill cleaner upper, and soup kitchen coordinator. These days, when Krista isn't software testing, she writes in her messy office.

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