A quick note: only one stop on the PIRATE’S ALLEY tour today to enter for the tour prizes–a spotlight stop at Books N Pearls. Fun stuff coming tomorrow and Friday, though!
Please join me in extending a warm welcome to author Marsha A. Moore today. Marsha is stopping by as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Witch’s Moonstone Locket. Witch’s Moonstone Locket was published on March 24 and is the first book in her A Coon Hollow Coven Tale series.
Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and paranormal romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales. The magic of art and nature often spark life into her writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical! You can learn more about Marsha by visiting her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT WITCH’S MOONSTONE LOCKET: Twenty-three-year-old Jancie Sadler was out of the room when her mother died, and her heart still longs for their lost goodbye. Aching to ease her sorrow, Aunt Starla gives Jancie a diary that changes her entire life. In entries from the 1930s, her great grandmother revealed how she coped with her own painful loss by seeking out a witch from nearby Coon Hollow Coven. The witch wore the griever’s moonstone locket, which allowed whoever could unlock its enchantment to talk with the dead. Determined to find that locket, Jancie goes to the coven’s annual carnival held in her small southern Indiana town of Bentbone. This opposes her father’s strict rule: stay away from witches. But she’s an adult now and can make her own decisions. She meets Rowe McCoy, the kind and handsome witch who wears the moonstone. He agrees to let her try to open the locket, but they’re opposed by High Priestess Adara and her jealous desire to possess him. Desperate for closure with her mother, Jancie persists and cannot turn away from a perilous path filled with magic, romance, and danger.
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And now, let’s hear from Marsha…
Five fun facts about the hero of Witch’s Moonstone Locket—Rowe McCoy
by Marsha A. Moore
He’s the 27-year-old hero of Witch’s Moonstone Locket, the first book in my series of Coon Hollow Coven Tales. Besides that, he’s an amazing character for lots of reasons. Here are just a few:
He’s a handsome witch from Coon Hollow Coven. After losing his young wife during childbirth, he was appointed to wear the griever’s moonstone locket and tell its tale to all grievers who approach. He must serve in this role until one person who possesses the proper magic opens the locket’s enchantment. That will free them both from their grief. He considers his appointment a burden and difficult reminder of his loss. When Jancie Sadler, a young woman from a local town, unlocks the moonstone’s magic, Rowe’s life and heart open to possibilities he never expected.
Rowe comes from a long line of animators. After his parents and wife passed, he lives alone in the large family mansion. Well, sort of alone, since his relatives left their spirits behind to live on by animating their favorite household objects. Deceased Aunt Wona embodies her silver letter opener. Obese Aunt Tilly watches over Rowe in the form of her much-loved upholstered wingback chair. Uncle Betrand, an old soldier, ferociously guards the front door as a massive oak hall tree.
Rowe likes to share his witchcraft skills of animation by teaching at the Coon Hollow Coven school. At the coven’s annual carnival, which is open to the public, both he and his students of all ages delight in displaying their animation projects. Some wonderful ones include: a girl’s doll that talks using the owner’s voice; a girl’s party dress that changes color with magic borrowed from the Tooth Fairy; a toad a boy caused to bark with the spirit of his neighbor’s dog.
Following in his parents’ footsteps, Rowe takes their place in the coven council. Along with High Priestess Adara, the council governs the coven. Rowe takes up his parents’ goals of permitting modernization. Coon Hollow Coven was founded on strict rules of adherence to lifestyle and customs that existed at the time of the coven’s conception, in the mid-1930s. The rationale: to keep the transmission of witchcraft from one generation to the next as pure as possible. Rowe lobbies for change that will allow coven businesses to grow. This opposes the wishes of Adara, who will do anything to maintain traditions, which also means keeping her family in the coven’s leadership.
As the story of Witch’s Moonstone Locket unfolds, new people bring new ideas into the coven, and these differences widen into a chasm that Rowe or anyone in Coon Hollow cannot ignore.
Thanks, Marsha and congrats on the release of Witch’s Moonstone Locket.
In association with Marsha’s virtual book tour, there is a tourwide giveaway consisting of five copies of Witch’s Moonstone Locket and one $10 Amazon Gift Card. In order to be entered to win, you must leave a comment and then enter using the link below. Good luck!