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Dark Moon is on the horizon…

IMG_4715Remember Claire and Brian Stone from Harvest Moon? Yeah you know the ones…Lexie’s no good abusive parents? Well they are back in a way you never imagined. Dark Moon is on the horizon and will be told from Claire’s point of view. The inspiration for this short little novella was actually all the loyal readers who kept asking how it all began. Why Claire stayed with Brian when she clearly hates him. Why she chose to have two daughter with him. Two daughters she seemed to loath more than she loathed Brian, and that says a lot.

Dark Moon, A Harvest Series Novella

Where does evil come from…Is it born or is it created?

Claire grew up isolated; a secret her parents kept after a desperate attempt to shut out the cruel world that had wronged them. But at fifteen years old, Claire’s desire to step beyond the boundaries of her parent’s seclusion outweighs all consequences she may face if caught. When Claire’s scheme to be set free becomes a reality, it’s Brian who promises to help her, protect her even. Until Brian becomes just another pawn in Claire’s evil charade.

Dark Moon is a short novella that parallels Claire in 1991 at fifteen and Claire in 2007 and will come with a disclaimer similar to Angela. While all of the books in The Harvest Series are targeted toward young adults, some of the content in Dark Moon is rather edgy and intended for an older teen audience.

Now with Dark Moon just about ready to go, Full Moon, The Harvest Series, #3 will be top priority. But one thing you should know…you have to read Dark Moon BEFORE you read Full Moon. It’s imperative. Now, with that said, if there’s anyone who can’t read Dark Moon, this doesn’t mean you will be lost in Full Moon, but Dark Moon paves the way for a lot of the Stone family secrets that will emerge throughout Full Moon. While you’ll still see who, what, when, and where… you won’t necessarily understand the WHY! And that’s all I will say about that.

As of now, Dark Moon will be out sometime this summer. Hopefully by July, maybe sooner if everything falls into place. Please feel free to send me an email me at author@meganmccooey.com if you’d like a signed copy once it’s released and I will get the invoices sent out just as soon as we are ready to publish!

Also, keep your eyes open for a Dark Moon Cover reveal….Coming Soon

And if you haven’t started The Harvest Seriesnow is as good a time as any… so take a look around and feel free to comment, email or reach out to me in any way.

Book Reviews, Harvest Moon, The Harvest Series

LJ’s Secret Addiction, Reviews Harvest Moon

 I definitely should have shared this yummy morsel back in January when she posted her review, but writing and editing has kidnapped me and held me hostage. However, it’s reviews like this that keep me going and that make the long hours of writing and editing so fun (so much fun that I spend every minute of my free time on it). Therefore, I MUST stop and take a moment to enjoy such things.

Lisa’s review made me smile and made me laugh. It elicited the emotions from her that were my intention for HM. I want people to feel empathy for Lexie and Angela, but also be angry and frustrated. Situations like their’s cause those kinds of feelings—they make us feel powerless. And I can tell you from personal experience, people who feel powerless in these situations struggle to understand how anyone can allow these things to continue, but they do. And this is exactly why I created my THS: Issue posts. To shed some light on the real life situations just like Lexie’s.

AND… as I told Lisa J, when we discussed HM shortly after she finished it, there are some unanswered questions, but lets look at them as tiny little cliff hangers for now. 🙂 I promise they will all be answered. Some in Book #2 (Winter Solstice) and some in Book #3 (Full Moon). Then there will be the prequel AND the novella, so hold tight and get ready for a long emotional ride.

Thank you LJ’s Secret Addiction for the review and the beautiful collage of character photos!!

LJ’s Secret Addiction’s Review of Harvest Moon

This is book #1 in the Harvest series
323 pages
Published March 17th 2013 by Megan McCooeyMy Rating: 4 hearts

I received an ARR copy of this book from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.

The cover is nice and straight to the point. It reflects on the book and story line.

The Characters are good and well described. There are quite a few characters in this book yet you don’t feel overwhelmed with them or information. They are introduced at their own pace and you get to know them easily.
Angela is Lexie’s older sister by 3 years. Although they are sisters and they are very alike, they are also very different. They look alike and both have light brown hair with light skin but Lexie had freckles where Angela didn’t and Angela was an outgoing secure girly girl where Lexie was more of an insecure tomboy. It’s amazing what these girls go through.
Maya is Lexie’s best friend from childhood with long blonde hair and big blue eyes. She is dainty and elegant but also a tomboy. In the book she comes across as caring and loving but also at the same time selfish and insensitive to Lexie’s needs.
Caitlin was Lexies friend and the younger sister of Angela’s best friend. She is brilliant and determined, level headed and optimistic. She’s tall, with short dark brown hair and naturally beautiful with olive skin. She is pure and natural in all ways, understanding and sympathetic  and the kind of friend any mother would want for their daughter.
Ben… Finally we meet Ben and what an introduction.. I like Ben but have to keep in mind his age because sometimes he comes across (in my mind) as a little older.

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The story is captivating right from the start. There are times when I almost wanted to skim read because it was dragging a little bit but I didn’t, I was afraid I would miss something important lol. It was an emotional ride and crazy what these 2 girls had to deal with at such a young age. Lexie is so very strong and brave and I get that she feels the need to protect those around her but her strength is also her biggest weakness.
I like the way the story bounces between past ad present and isn’t at all confusing. I never once had to look back and check something. I did find though that going through the story that the more I got involved and pulled in, the more I lost the vision of her friends. I forgot what they looked like and couldn’t picture them in my mind anymore.
The part in the book where she explains everything in front of her friends is amazing. I can feel the emotion and I can actually feel the weight lifted off my shoulders. It’s great how the story can pull you in like that.
The one part of the book I can not grasp is the reason her parents were the way they were. They kept saying they never wanted them but yet it never revealed why. I wish there was more insight into that part of the history. Also I don’t understand how she can simply overlook what her doctor told her, how do you simply ignore that?

The Writing Style was easy to follow and like I said, I love the way it skipped from past to present and back again. Nicely done and and easy read.

 Would I recommend this book or series…I sure would. It’s a great read and brings out so many emotions. I actually found myself at one part almost yelling into the book lol. I didn’t want to read further yet at the same tie I had to because I had to know what happened. 

  This is a great book for anyone over the age of 13. There is some romance and sex in it but nothing descriptive or offensive.

Have you read this book or anything else by this author?

Let me know what you think and I’ll return the visit 🙂

Here is the link to LJ’s Secret Addiction review on her blog. She’s one of the bloggers I follow, so I highly recommend you check her out. I’ve gotten some great recommendations from her- just look at my TBR pile, the truth is in the stack! 😉

http://ljsecretaddiction.blogspot.com/2014/01/harvest-moon-by-megan-mccooey.html#more