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Hello out there….

So I am finally planning to pencil in some time each week to post some stuff, even if it’s just random updates and news… And I would also like to dabble in some more indie reviews soon as well, but my work/home balance is insane!!

One of the things I wanted to share is actually from a few months ago and I never got around to posting it, but it’s so cool I can’t not share it with you. A really good childhood friend of mine requested my books from her local library a while back and they agreed to purchase them, which in and of itself was incredible. So when the new cover for Harvest Moon came out, I gave her a signed copy for them to replace the original with and recently she sent me this photo!!

Photo courtesy of Rachael Duerr
Harvest Moon (Far Left). Photo courtesy of Rachael Duerr. 

I also wanted to share some up close photos of the awesome wrist bands Judy Davison designed for me to offer up as swag at my signings. I took all these awesome pictures and then never posted anything…are you seeing the same pattern here as I am?? Well, we definitely need to change that, starting…. NOW!!

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HM Bracelet

In other exciting news, Dark Moon (A Harvest Series Novella) and Full Moon, the final installment of The Harvest Series,  are well under way. The time frame I was hoping for will not happen, but I promise it’ll be well worth the wait to see how Lexie and Angela’s store started and ends. As you may or may not have noticed, the title for the novella changed a bit, from Dark Matter to Dark Moon. Thanks to my sweet and darling hubby who suggested that while Dark Matter made sense to him, because he knew the WHOLE story, I should really stay with the moon theme. Sooo, I went back to drawing board and began researching… yes I researched rather than just calling it Dark Moon. As with all my titles, theres meaning behind them and I want the title to fit, which is why when he gave me his opinion I didn’t hesitate. And here is what I found.

A dark moon, otherwise known as a balsamic moon… (yeah, there was no well in hell I was naming my book after a salad dressing…) signifies the bridge between the past and the future! When I read this line I knew I was set out on this path to research a better title for a reason. Dark Moon IS the bridge between the past and the future. It lays the foundation for all of the pain and torment Lexie and Angela endured and also will be what sets them free…. Eek, I can hardly wait to share it with you all.

Stay tuned for an excerpt of Dark Moon, later this week…

In non- Harvest Series related news… I am patiently anticipating the release of Crossroads. (I am sorry to those of you who won copies of this in a giveaway this past fall. I promise to compensate you once Crossroads is officially released!) I am still torn; however, because my lovely editor truly feels this book should not go Indie. I love this story and the format and hopefully I can write similar books after The Harvest Series is completed. Read here for a synopsis of Crossroads.

Not Yet Released...
Not Yet Released…

Stay tuned for a excerpt of Crossroads, coming later this week…

The Harvest Series

The Harvest Series… What’s NEWS!!!

Let me first begin by apologizing (as usual) for not being more active these past few months. With the dual release of Winter Solstice and Angela, plus my first book signing, you’d think I would have been racing back here to shout it out from the roof tops…unfortunately life got in the way as it usually does. The release of Winter Solstice and Angela went wonderfully and the few reviews that have trickled in so far have been wonderful. Keep your eyes posted for a few of them here in the next few days.

Second, I can’t wait to share some photos from the New England Writer’s Signing (NEWS) that was held in Worcester, Ma in October. It was so fulfilling to experience this kind of thing with so many great authors, to meet an abundance of dedicated readers, and make some new friends. I am so grateful I was given the opportunity to be apart of it and I look forward to many more in the future and I hope to see some of you along the way.

As for news for the series, you will be happy to hear I have started working on Full Moon (The Harvest Series, Book 3) as well as Dark Matter (A Harvest Series Novella).  I have decided to finish Dark Matter first only because it sets a much needed foundation for Full Moon. Dark Matter, will be told from Claire Stone’s (aka: Claire McIntire- Lexie’s non-existent mother) perspective during the summer she gets pregnant with Angela!!!  You will finally get to see where her darkness comes from and why she is such a cold, unloving woman… but, be patient… you won’t get this installment UNTIL AFTER Full Moon, otherwise all the secrets would be out in the open with no real suspense left.  I promise you though, the anticipation and secrets you’ve been waiting to uncover since you began reading Harvest Moon, are sure not to disappoint. Some really dark and twisted things are in store for Lexie to uncover as she navigates through the hell she called a life for seventeen years.  She’s already overcome so much…but she has no idea what she’s about to stumble onto or how drastically everything is about to change!!!

Okay so now lets share some great photos!!!

The bookshelf in my house dedicated to the Harvest Series!!
The bookshelf in my house dedicated to the Harvest Series!!
My author table at NEWS 10/4/14
My author table at NEWS 10/4/14
Me at my table.
Me at my table.
The hubby (aka Dean Winters) and I
The hubby (aka Dean Winters) and I
The lucky winner of the Harvest Series Giveaway at the event. She won all 3 books and a ton of swag!! Congrats Charlene!!!
The lucky winner of the Harvest Series Giveaway at the event. She won all 3 books and a ton of swag!! Congrats Charlene!!!
Me with a devoted reader, Caitlin (aka Caitlin Preston)
Me with a devoted reader, Caitlin (aka Caitlin Preston)
Me and Caitlin again! Love this girl... true character inspiration is the BEST!
Me and Caitlin again! Love this girl… true character inspiration is the BEST!
The first 3 books in The Harvest Series. Thanks Judy Davison for your incredible cover art, which was the talk at my table... so many compliments and people coming over just to look at them!!
The first 3 books in The Harvest Series. Thanks Judy Davison for your incredible cover art, which was the talk at my table… so many compliments and people coming over just to look at them!!

 

The Harvest Series

Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel)

The time is quickly approaching for the dual release of Winter Solstice (THS, #2) and Angela (THS, prequel). Soon you’ll be seeing links for pre-ordering both books and I can hardly wait to share then with you.  So we all know Winter Solstice picks up where Harvest Moon leaves off—literally… but Angela, is a special little book. She’s only around 70 pages, so a quick read. But she is a very emotional book and won’t be for everyone… and it’s not because it’s not a great story, but more so because it’s hard to read.

We already know so much about Angela through Lexie, but in this short prequel, we get to know her from a more personal side. The story is told from Angela’s POV and brings the reader back to 2006, the year before she dies—and follows her through to the night 2007, when she is murdered. After having several ARC copies go out, I can say there were some very heavy emotions in the responses. Most understood the need for this prequel—it’s integral to the third book, Full Moon. But I can also say that there is nothing easy about writing a murder scene like this one. (Those of you who have already read HM, will understand). I cried a lot. I got sick to my stomach and I was basically a walking heap of torment for days. There are a few people I have asked not to read it, people I know who would have a difficult time with it, but for the rest of you, I hope you will give it a chance. It will be a difficult 70 pages, that hopefully you’ll think was well worth it once you get to the last book.

Angela is to come AFTER Winter Solstice in the order of the books.

Harvest Moon (THS, #1) > Winter Solstice (THS, #2) > Angela (THS, prequel) > Full Moon (THS, #3) >

Dark Matter (THS, a Novella)

 I wanted to share some great teasers for Angela and maybe even one for Winter Solstice too!!

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And a Winter Solstice teaser, just because I can…

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Happy Birthday Melissa

Me and You
Danvers High School Senior Reception, June 2, 1998

Stories manifest themselves in the most incredible ways, and mine are no different. While the majority of The Harvest Series came about in a dream, there are facets, which have touched me personally. What writer doesn’t spill personal experiences onto the pages of their work ?

People who know me, often wonder if the story is my own. Not entirely. I know what it’s like to be afraid like Lexie, to walk on eggshells in your own home, and to be too afraid to tell anyone. However, my story is not Lexie’s story. But it was a story that needed to be told.

And more importantly, as I told Lexie’s story, what made it easier were her friends—cut from the same cloth as several of my dearest friends.  Some of the important relationships in Lexie’s life, are a reflection of the relationships that I know helped me get where I am today.

Graduation
Danvers High School Graduation, June 6, 1998

One of those friendships; relationships, was with my best friend Melissa and her beautiful family. Today Melissa would have been turning 34 years old, but instead she’s not here to celebrate. Therefore, I celebrate, as I always do, a life taken much too soon. And on Wednesday, when I light a candle, it will mark the 13th year she has been gone from my life.  What still remains, after all these years, is the love I felt for her, the friendship we shared, and the utmost admiration for how easily she opened up to me when she found out “my secrets”.

And for her family, who are still a part of my life, my gratitude for their willingness to open their home to me, as they had done, so many times before, without ever knowing its significance.

As I write the final scenes to Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel) today, I will think of you and the friend you were to me Melissa. When I kiss my husband, play with my dogs, and carry on with my day…I will think of you and I will ponder, once more, about the person you might have become.

I dedicate Angela to you.

My Caitlin and my Angela…”Life has not been the same without you, and even though you are not here to share in this with me, the friendship we shared could never fade. Your love has always been my North Star. No matter how far I wander, or what obstacles have been placed at my feet, I know that you are always there, guiding my way.” excerpt from Harvest Moon Acknowledgments.

Melissa, the loss of someone like you is never easy. The weight of your absence never dissipates, I’ve simply learned to move forward… Because, you are and always will be, my best friend… and you are surely missed.

Melissa S. Barrowclough

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Senior Prom 1998 From Left: Me, Krista, Rachael, Melissa

 

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Author Spotlight, Indie Author, The Harvest Series

Let The Signing Begin…

After months of trying to get back on track, I FINALLY have some exciting news to share with all of you… I am registered to attend three (3) book signings (so far) over the next year and a half and I couldn’t be more excited. I will provide all the information I have as of now. Once I know tickets have gone on sale to attend the events, I will be sure to let you all know… and I hope to see you all there!!

Signing #1:  Worcester, Mass. Saturday, October 4, 2014  “New England Writers Event”

Where: DCU Arena  

Time: 12pm-4pm

The first one, which will be in Boston, not only brings me back to New England where The Harvest Series begins, but as many of you know, is also where I grew up. So this means, not only do I get to attend a fantastic event with some truly terrific authors, but I also get to visit with my friends and family.  I am hoping for a big turnout at this event, especially since I will be working my tail off the next few months to be able to bring all of my readers Harvest Moon (The Harvest Series #1), Winter Solstice (The Harvest Series #2) AND…. Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel).   This means, between now and the beginning of September, my editor and I will be working extra hard to make sure everything is ready so that I have copies of the books to sell on site, enough swag to go around, and some fun stuff to share with you.

Signing #2: Austin Texas.  Saturday February 7, 2015   “Deep in the Heart Author Event”

Where: The Madison on 6th Street 

Time: 10am

Have you ever been to Austin? It’s one of the coolest cities I have ever visited. There is so much culture, tons of awesome people, great food, music… and now the writers will take over!    Now I’d like to say I will have the final book in the series, Full Moon (The Harvest Series #3) with me, but I’m not sure I will be able to.  This final book is so important to me because of all that will happen so I don’t want to rush it.   BUT… What I can promise all of you who come out to the event, is a sample of what will be coming hopefully in the spring/summer of 2015.

 

Signing #3: Wilmington, N.C., Saturday October 24, 2015  “Life’s A Beach Author Event” 

Where: Wilmington Convention Center

Time: NA 

What’s better than the beach in the fall? This venue will be another nice one for me… After all, The Harvest Series is centered around a girl from a small coastal town who loves the beach and the ocean. NOT TO MENTION, by this event, THE ENTIRE SERIES will be available for signing and this alone makes me giddy. Plus, I’ve always wanted to see North Carolina… especially Wilmington (for all of you who loved Dawson’s Creek, you will probably share in my sentiment…Lol) and by this time I won’t feel like a newbie to the author event signing world, so I should hopefully be able to pick my jaw up off the ground… because, yes, us authors still get star struck by other authors too and I know from seeing the list that the line up for this event is a GREAT one!!

So with all that said, I am extremely excited to get back to my writing and get things started for these events. I plan to have more buttons, bookmarks, stickers, key chains and even t-shirts made up. If there is any swag you’d like to see at the events, please let me know, and again, I hope to see you all there!

Coming In September, 2014…

Winter Solstice (The Harvest Series #2) AND Angela (A Harvest Series Prequel) 

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When Life Gets in the Way!!

Hey everyone!

So it’s been a while since I posted anything and I apologize for that. As some of you may know, I have been going through some medical stuff once again and we are in the process of trying to get it under control. However, it’s affecting my ability to type, which means my posts, emails, AND writing are all suffering greatly.  You’d think I would use this time to be reading  so that I could eventually post reviews, but the truth is, I’ve been a bit down due to the medical stuff, and reading…well, every time I try, I’m reminded of writing and I can’t stay focused. I’m working on this though and I will have some reviews up soon.  As for the writing, I was working on Angela: A Harvest Series Prequel before all this medical stuff started. I’ve purchased a dictation program, but haven’t been able to get comfortable with it. I have a digital recorder and I’m trying transcription as well. I refuse to give up on my dream; therefore, I WILL find a way to write through the pain. I’m strong and this is far from the worst I’ve been through. Just be patient and don’t give up on The Harvest Series, it will release as promised. 😉

Winter Solstice is set to be released sometime in July! I know this is later than originally intended, but I promise it will be worth the wait. WS turned out to be twice the length of Harvest Moon, so we are taking our time to make sure everything is perfect!

I’m still looking for a few more ARC sign-ups as well as bloggers looking to do a release blitz or giveaways.

Thanks for your patience and your continued support, it means the world to me.

The Harvest Series, Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice, The Harvest Series, # 2

Is Coming Soon…

The release of Winter Solstice is on the horizon now (hopefully first week of July) and I plan to start releasing some fun stuff to get things started. I’m also hoping to find some bloggers to do pre-release reviews, maybe get a blog tour set up and start taking orders for pre-release signed copies.

So if you’re a blogger and you’re interested, please by all means, let me know!! If you’re not a blogger, but you’d like to review WS, contact me.  If you are interested in a signed copy before it goes live to the world, there is an order form under merchandise, please fill it out and I will be sure to add you to the list. *(All pre-orders will come with two bookmarks and two postcards for the series).  And remember, there is other swag available for purchase too.

Contact info: author@meganmccooey.com

Okay, so here are a couple of new teasers for Winter Solstice… Stay tuned for more!!!

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Three Days of Rain

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Author: Christine Hughes 
Title: Three Days of Rain
Genre: Contemporary>Romance>
My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!

I should have posted a review on here back when I read this book.

What a great story of love and loss. Truly captivated me and drew me in. I was saddened by all that Jake had to endure and was hopeful when he was able to find what he needed. The ending tore me apart… Didn’t see that coming, but the author turned a tragic ending into something beautiful, something that makes you think… Something you can’t easily forget. You’re forced to look around and see the beauty in everything. More than that though, Jake and Lily’s story really puts into perspective the idea that we can’t take anything in life for granted, because it could all be gone in an instant.

I love the cover for this book and if you follow the author, you will fall in love with all the creative things she posts for Three Days of Rain. Even now, months after finishing, I still can’t get this story out of my head. As I did my read through of Winter Solstice, I realized why this book touched me so much and why it took me so long to write this review… Lexie’s feelings of being broken, while not the same as Jake’s reasons for feeling this way, were still eerily similar. Their internal struggle to open up because they want this love that’s staring them in the face, but aren’t sure how to break down the walls they’ve built to protect themselves was also similar and it provoked me in a way I wasn’t prepared for. I found myself flipping back through pages of Three Days of Rain to re-read something after I’d read a scene with Lexie…and I loved it. I loved that these similarities existed because it made me hopeful for my own characters… Lol.

Three Days of Rain was fantastic and if you aren’t reading it, you should be…I look forward to reading more from this author!!! What a beautiful tragic love story!

The Harvest Series, THS: Social Issues

ReMoved: The Life of an Abused Child.

As part of my Issues Posts, I wanted to share this moving story about child abuse. You can see through Zoe’s eyes, the torment and anguish a child goes through when they live in a home where they are abused. They carry this pain around with them for years, and many children like Zoe and Lexie are more afraid to lose the things that are important to them, than they are of the abuse itself. Like Zoe, my character Lexie learned to put up walls to keep the rug from slipping out from under her.  But what she learned is that secrets are destructive and carrying your past around—letting it define you, letting it shape your future… That’s even more destructive than the secrets we keep to protect ourselves.

http://www.upworthy.com/heres-a-story-about-what-foster-care-is-like-for-an-abused-child-removed-from-her-home-2?g=2&c=upw1