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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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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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

 

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Lifehouse…

Lifehouse...

I’m a huge fan of Lifehouse. I love music in general and I find it hard not to incorporate it into my writing, just like my background in criminal justice. Today I sent a message to a band member of Lifehouse asking for permission to use these lyrics in Winter Solstice (The Harvest Series, #2).

*She raises her glass of wine and says, “Here’s to hoping I not only hear back, but that they’re willing to allow me to share my love for their music, with all of you… through Lexie!”

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

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A New Look for a New Year…

Last year I started two blogs: The Harvest Series blog where I planned to focus on my writing—more specifically my series and Turn The Page Book Blog. TTPBB was born because through the process of getting Harvest Moon ready for release, I learned not only the importance of reviews, but also how difficult it can be to find people who have the time and patience for it—especially if you’re an indie author, like myself.

Looking back, I’m glad I created TTPBB. I have made connections with so many incredible indie authors and read some truly life changing stories. Oh yeah, and how could I forget all the really valuable things I’ve learned along the way.

But in October, I purchased the domain name meganmccooey.com because I really wanted an actual website. I wanted to bring both of my blogs together in one beautiful creation- somewhere for me to highlight my writing and still write reviews for other indie authors. So, shortly after purchasing this domain (with no idea what I would actually do with it), I began to migrate my two blogs into one, in the hopes that it would make moving over to an actual author website a little easier. Iit’s funny how reality is sooo far from what we saw happening in our heads at the time 🙂  While forwarding TTPBB to The Harvest Series blog was simple, this was… well, in a word. Exhausting. I can see now why people pay other people for this sort of thing.

Also in October, as I migrated these two blogs together, I wrote my first THS: issues post. At that time I promised to write these periodically and as you can tell, this hasn’t been the case. Mostly because so much came up in these past few months: some family stuff that had to take front and center, then my own writing—as we get closer to the release of Winter Solstice my stress level rises to a point of no return, and of course there is the pesky problem of my actual full-time day job. Yep, I have one those too. As for the THS: Issues posts; I plan to make it happen. My next THS: issue post (hopefully out later this week) will cover the topic: Keeping Illness a Secret.

 Ugh, so what is it I am getting at with all of this you ask? Well, for the past two days I have been slaving to put my website together… to migrate what was once The Harvest Series Blog and Turn The Page Book Blog into the site you are on now. A site that offers a more streamline way to navigate through my writing projects and the reviews emphasizing my love for reading indie authors.

But the real lesson came from what I thought would be a bit more simplified process that turned into days of researching how to move, well, two sites into one, and then navigating through DNS domain mumbo-jumbo to get everything the way I wanted it. Finally, after much yelling, cursing, hair-pulling, and more agitation than I expected, it was done.

So, without further a due, Welcome to http://www.meganmccooey.com  😉

Please take a few moments and look around. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by some of the new features I have added—The Soundtrack section for one—with, Ahum…actual music you can listen to!! 😉  I hope you will click the follow link on the right, and share my site with others as I look forward to bringing you all some really great things this year: Winter Solstice (Due out this summer), some fantastic THS: Issue posts, and some new book reviews by some incredible up and coming authors!!

Thanks for taking the time to pop over!

-Megan