The Harvest Series

HARVEST MOON!!



A year after Lexie Stone lost her sister Angela to a brutal murder, Lexie’s self-obsessed mother walks out, leaving her with her alcoholic father. When Lexie becomes the target of her father’s physical abuse, she makes a life changing decision…to keep her secret from everyone.
But, on the night marking five years since Angela’s death, the secret Lexie has kept almost kills her, forcing her to face the aftermath of her decisions.
Torn by her love for her sister, her three best friends and the inescapable feeling that unless she can let go of the past she may not survive…


But to do so, may mean leaving behind everything she has ever known.

Author: Megan McCooey
Title: Harvest Moon (Book #1 of The Harvest Series)
Genre: Fiction >Young Adult > Contemporary > Social Issues
Publication Date: March 2013
Links to Purchase: Amazon
Reviewer: Angela 

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars

Through my life I have always wanted to visit the New England states.  The way Megan captivated my attention with the setting of Harvest Moon makes me long to vacation not only to New England, but specifically Maine.  It was as if she tore me from the couch and put me next to Lexi throughout the book.  I felt the river breeze through my hair.  I could smell the Harvest Fest food.  When Lexi’s father was dragging her across the floor, he was dragging me too.  I have more of a tendency to fall in love with books settings rather than the characters, and this books setting had me hooked from page one!  





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HARVEST MOON MAKES THE NEWS!!!

By way of random coincidence, I happened to be in a situation for work that put me in contact with local Chief of Police, Vince D’Egidio. As we got to talking about the town, his work, and my history in the criminal justice field, I mentioned my book to him. He immediately took and interest when I told him that one of the main characters in the story was a Chief of Police. 

He asked a lot of questions about the story and it’s characters and we chatted for over an hour. Then he tells me about the local newspaper, The Springfield Postmark. This local paper reaches more than 3,000 people in an around the Springfield area and every month they have a section called  “Community News” and he said he would love to write a feature article about me and my book for the May edition. Well of course I jumped, no wait, I catapulted onto this bandwagon.  

I sent him all of the information he wanted and waited… or tried to wait, patiently for May to arrive and the article to be published. I gave his department a signed copy of Harvest Moon, which he has put on display with the article in the main lobby of his station and well, his article is simply wonderful. 

Hopefully, this summer, with his continued support and enthusiasm I will be able to do a couple of local book signings and participate in some local artist events. I can hardly wait!!

CONGRATULATIONS HARVEST MOON!!!

For everyone who has read Harvest Moon, you know that it is a Contemporary YA book dealing with Social Issues and there is a crime element, which Chief D’Egidio mentioned comes from my educational and professional background. I will offer up this little tiny tid bit… Book #3 will be packed full of crime and legal drama. This will be the book, in the series, that ties everything together!!  


A BIG, HUGE, GIGANTIC Thank you to Chief D’Egidio and the New Middleton Police Department for recognizing a local author!!!
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A Harvest Moon Giveaway!

Enter to win a signed copy of Harvest Moon (Book #1)
Be one of the first twenty people to enter and win a signed copy of Winter Solstice (Book #2) before it is released in the fall 2013!!

Publication Date: March 2013
Giveaway dates: Monday April 29, 2013-Wednesday May 15, 2013
Prize: 2 signed copies of Harvest Moon (Book #1 of the Harvest Series)




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Harvest Moon Makes it to #1!!

After only two days of free promotion through the Amazon KDP Select program, Harvest Moon has been downloaded by hundreds of people, both domestically and internationally.

Today, I was notified that Harvest Moon was ranked #1 in the Kindle Store for the category of Death & Grief.  Woohoo, way to go Harvest Moon!!

Lets hope we can continue to move up the ranks and make it into the Amazon Kindle Top 100 eBooks!

Thanks for the support and please continue to share as well as post reviews on Amazon if you habe read Harvest Moon!

Thanks everyone,

Megan

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Recent Reviews of Harvest Moon

Amazon Customer Reviews!!


Five out of Five Stars “Captivating!” By Richard 

“This was a great book, best that I have read in a long time!I really connected with some of the characters and felt like I could see myself being a part of their small close circle of friends. The storyline kept me so intrigued that I couldn’t put it down! Can’t wait for the second book!”

Five out of Five Stars “I Loved It!” By Jennifer L. 

“I couldn’t stop reading! The story just pulled me in as it made me think about my own teenage years. The characters were well thought out and relatable and I can’t wait for the next story in the series to be released!”

Five out of Five Stars “A Must Read” By Angeleyes

“This is a must read, great storyline, characters are so real you feel yourself relating to them. I cant wait to read the next book!!”

Five out of Five Stars “Awesome!” By Janette

“I was referred to this book by my sister in law. I have already sent her a thank you for letting me know about it. I could not put my Kindle down until I finished the book. This book was great and left me craving the next book in the series. I grew up in New England so I could picture most of the places in the book with ease, but the description of the area would have done fine if I hadn’t.”

Five out of Five Stars “Harvest Moon Volume 1” By A Kids Review

“Fantastic writing! This is definitely an exciting new series by a talented new author. A definite must read! Cant wait for more!”


Four out of Five Stars “A Good Read” By BookLOADS Reviews
“I started this book not knowing much about it or what to expect, and ended up reading it all in one sitting, finishing at midnight! I cringed as the gruesome details of Angela’s death were described and how it influenced the rest of Lexi’s teenage life; an event that catapulted an already tormenting living situation. As the reader, I truly felt agony for the main character and grasped the severity of emotions her friends’ felt. The story was well written, as well were the intimate scenes”


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Happy 1 Month Anniversary Harvest Moon!!

So today Harvest Moon has officially been on sale for one month! Sales are still doing well and I have all of you to thank! I cannot say enough how much I appreciate all of the support I have received. Keep spreading the word and be sure to send them here… and become a Harvest Series follower!  
There has also been a lot of interest in the second book in the series. I am happy to tell you that Book #2, Winter Solstice is well under way and hopefully will be released by sometime in the fall. How exciting! 

In honor of celebrating Harvest Moon’s one month anniversary, I will be running a promotion for 3 days from April 22-24, 2013 where you can download the 
If you have enjoyed reading Harvest Moon (Book #1 of The Harvest Series) please feel free to write a review on Amazon.com and help me continue spreading the word!

Also, be sure to check out my sister site, www.Turnthepagebookblog.blogspot.com

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Harvest Moon’s First OFFICIAL Review Is In!!

Bookishtrish rated a book 4 of 5 stars

Harvest Moon by Megan McCooey

Harvest Moon
by Megan McCooey (Goodreads Author)

read in April, 2013

Are you the strong, silent type? If so, I guarantee that you will identify with Lexie. She has to cope with some major tragedies in her life and her way of dealing with issues is to pretend they don’t exist. 


Initially I wasn’t sure if I would like this book as it took a while to warm up. The first few chapters felt heavy on melodrama and low on engaging me as I felt inundated with facts and back-story. And there were a few typos that I found distracting and always take a bit from the book for me. 

But then slowly and very surely, I started to feel for Lexie. What she has to cope with is far beyond what any teenager should ever have to deal with and her denial and secrecy started to ring bells with me.

I always think you bring your own personal life and your own experiences in to a book with you. And I have to admit, I’m very like Lexie. No matter how close friends are, I find it difficult/impossible to really share hard, emotional times while I’m going through them. So what could frustrate other people about Lexie, I get. I have been there not letting people in and I’m an ostrich too with my head and neck well and truly buried in the sand when I feel unable to cope with something. Thankfully I have never had to deal with any of the issues Lexie is going through but I know how I would react so I can believe her actions or lack of them.

Lexie has 3 best friends and again I believed in all of them. In fact, it was when I saw Lexie around her friends and Ben that I really warmed to the book. And once, I warmed up, I really enjoyed it and it was quickly bumped up to a 4 star rating for me. I loved her relationship with Ben and their first kiss was hotter than hot. There were two suspenseful scenes near the end of the book, that had me chewing my nails, sitting on the edge of my seat, half afraid to read on as I was so scared of what might happen.

And the end of the book was really well done, not a cliffhanger but it leaves you wanting more. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series to see what happens next.

Highly recommended if you are looking for a contemporary YA/NA book with authentic characters in very challenging circumstances.

Thanks to the author for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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The Date Has Been Set….


Harvest Moon is set to be released on March 17, 2013

I am so excited that a date has officially been set and as I head into these last two weeks before publishing, I am furiously trying to finalize the last of the changes and edits I have received from my very diligent and VERY appreciated team!  Everyone has been working so hard to help make this book what it is and I cannot thank you all enough. 
Some more exciting news… Harvest Moon will not only be available to you in E-book format through Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle, but you will also be able to purchase it in Paperback or Hardcover through Amazon.com 
In anticipation of the release date, I thought I would share part of another chapter… this is not the chapter in its entirety.  I DO NOT want to have to include any spoiler alters or ruin any of the major drama for anyone. So instead, I am providing just a partial chapter for your curious minds…. Let me know what you think and please don’t forget to join my blog to stay up to date on everything to come.

20-FINAL STRAW
I drove by my fathers house several times; looking for his truck, before deciding it was safe to go inside. I pulled into the long driveway, cutting the engine. I was already nervous about going in alone. I knew nothing would ever change that now.
I got out of my car, creeping slowly toward the back door. The house was dark. My father was most likely still at work.
I stepped into the open kitchen. It looked no different than it had a few weeks ago, but the stench of rotting garbage was gone. My stomach knotted at the thought of him here, in this house, since that night.  Did he think about it the way I did? Was he sorry at all, I wondered? I remembered the smug look on his face in the courtroom last week, how celebratory he had looked as the judge imposed sentencing. Was he ever going to feel remorse the way I desperately wanted him too? I would forgive him, without hesitation, if he were sorry if he promised it would never happen again.  I rolled my eyes, feeling stupid for even having such a ridiculous thought. When would I learn he would never change? What would it take for me to finally get it?
I ran up the steps, two at a time. When I got to my room, I grabbed a bag from my closet, haphazardly throwing more clothes into it. I walked to the bed, knelt down and reached my hand between the mattress and box spring. I felt the file touch the tips of my fingers, pulling it out from under the mattress. I held it in my hands, staring at it like it was buried treasure, before shoving it into the bag, making sure to hide it between layers of clothes. I tossed the bag over my shoulder and made my way toward the door.
I took one final look back at the room. I scanned it into memory, praying it would never fade, knowing somehow this was the last time Id see it.  I closed the door to Angelas room. My heart felt heavier. I sensed the hole growing wider. What filled the empty space now? How could it feel both heavy and hollow at the same time? When would I be able to heal? This room had been my closest source of a connection to Angela and now I was being forced to walk away. I hated him for taking her from me, then and now.
I turned away from the emotions I was feeling, heading back down the stairs, intending to leave the same way I came. As I rounded the railing toward the hallway, the door to the basement opened, freezing me where I stood.
My mouth fell open, as my father stepped around the doorway, instantly making eye contact with me. I gasped, my eyelids fluttered. What was I feeling; surprise? Fear? Or both? Images of that night in October, only a couple of months ago, crept sinisterly into my unwilling mind and I flinched away from the memories. I closed my eyes tight, hoping when I opened them, he would be gone – just a figment of my overactive imagination. But he was still there; eyes wide with an expression I could not read.
He stood motionless without speaking, waiting- for what, me to say something?
I took a deep breath, trying to let my heart slow before I spoke. OhahhIumI didnt see your truck. I forced myself to say. Every time I was around him, I fell apart. Words become tongue twisters, my thoughts jumbling together.
He frowned. Its in the shop. He said calmly. Someone trashed it the other night.
Im sorry. I told him. Had it been trashed because of me – because of what I had said in court, or was it some random act of vandalism. I didnt believe it was vandalism, not in York. It was too coincidental. Someone had maliciously sought him out and tried to punish him. A vigilantly?
What are you doing here Lexie? He said, his voice growing stern. He was sober, but I still saw the hatred in his eyes.
My knees trembled. I needed a few things. I admitted. I held my distance, not moving from where I stood. My flight reflex told me to keep me eyes on the exit. Be ready to flee if the need arises, I thought to myself.
You shouldnt be here. He said, his voice growing sterner as he met my eyes once again. I searched fervently, hoping to see an ounce of remorse, compassionsomething to let me know there was a decent man deep inside. There had to be a part of him that felt sorry for the choices he had made, especially with how hes treated meI needed there to be. But the more I searched, the darker his eyes seemed to become, until all I saw was blackness. I remembered all the hurtful things hed said to me, reminding me how that night in October, I knew without a doubt he hated me. I was simply searching for something I would never find.
I looked away from his gaze and started to make my way past him. I imagined how I must look to him, desperately trying to stay in control while inside I was shaking with fear. From my peripheral vision, I saw his hand stretch outward toward me. He grabbed my arm jolting me to a stop.
You ruined my life. He said angrily.
I said nothing. I was frozen. No thoughts came to the surface of my comprehension. My mind as well as my body, was stunned and useless. I felt a wave of nausea wash over me and I wondered if I had it in me to fight. I wasnt sure my mind or body had anything left. I certainly didnt want to give up cower like the coward I feared I might be. I needed to find the strength within myself to stand up to him to make him see he could no longer bully me. 
He squeezed tighter. His free hand balled into a fist at his side.
I lost everything because of you. Now I have nothing, not even my job. Twenty years flushed down the drain and this time, it is your fault.
I met his eyes now, fearing what was coming. Maybe he didnt care about going to prison. He believed his life was ruined, because of me, what was stopping him from finishing what he started weeks ago?  I cringed at the thought of his hands his fists, violently against my face, my arms, and my body. I remembered the ringing in my ears as he kicked me over and over.  My stomach turned as the memory of blood my blood, thick and metallic, flooded my mind.
He could kill me.
This was his chance for revenge. No one knew I had come here. But he didnt know that. Or maybe he did. Was he smart enough to know no one would allow me to come here alone? Of course he was. He would have known immediately that I was alone, that no one knew I had come here. I tried not to think of how easily he could kill me and get rid of the evidence before anyone knew I was missing.
He would kill me.
If there was one thing I was sure of, this was it. If I couldnt find the strength inside of me to stand up to him he could and he would kill me – If not today, then eventually. I could see it in his eyes and suddenly a memory from my dream washed over me. The darkness of the tunnel all around me as my father encroached upon me. How he constantly lurked, so close, but still just out of his reach

Read the rest of this chapter and the whole story of Lexie in Harvest Moon. 
Available March 17, 2013 in e-book format through Barnes & Noble Nook and Amazon Kindle.
Available in Paperback or Hardcover through Amazon.com