Her heart longed for that last good bye
Witch's Moonstone Locket
A Coon Hollow Coven Tale
by Marsha A. Moore
My rating: 4.5 stars
Series: Coon Hollow Coven Tales - Book 1
Publication Date: March 21, 2015
Publisher: Marsha A. Moore
Genre: YA paranormal
Print Length: 265 pages
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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.
Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A. Moore
Marsha A. Moore takes on a bewitching journey for one young lady who sought peace of mind and closure in the wake of her mother’s death. One decades-old diary from her great-grandmother tells of her own grief and how she dealt with it. Will Jancie find the closure she needs through the words in the diary?
In a world where witchcraft and covens practice their art, legend has it there will always be one witch who had felt deep pain and loss and that witch will carry the Moonstone Locket, said to open only for one truly grieving within their soul. There is a price to pay should it open, but so far, no one has been deeply in need of it, until Jancie comes along and meets Rowe, the handsome witch/widower who now holds the stone. In spite of the legend, a jealous and powerful witch priestess is opposed to Jancie trying to reach her mother, and she will stop at nothing to keep Jancie from Rowe, his talent, his fortune and his heart. But what can be more magical than pure love? Will Jancie find more than closure and a chance to say good bye to her mother? Her path is a dangerous one, as she flirts with evil; will it be worth it all in the end?
Witch’s Moonstone Locket is a dark, yet captivating tale of love, loss and the need to heal. When good must stand against evil, who will remain standing? Marsha A. Moore has cast her own brand of magic on this story by creating a world where magic exists, while its practitioners live a lifestyle reminiscent of days gone by. Imagine living in a small town where part of the population still lives in the 1930’s, in their manner of dress and everything in their lives! Clever casting, uniquely drawn characters, subplots spidering out in all directions, only to be tamed and tied up in a neat bow at the end, Witch’s Moonstone Locket is a fascinating twist on myth and magic. Marsha A. Moore lets her words flow, and each scene comes to life, complete with the breezes, the backgrounds and characters that almost make you feel you have fallen into a fairytale remake come to life. This is a hidden gem in more ways than one.
Tell us 3 things about you that cannot be found online: they can be funny, silly, embarrassing moments, least fav food, most fav food, an experience you have never forgotten...anything!
1. How I ended up writing fiction is an unusual story. It was definitely a circuitous path! I graduated with a degree in Biology, minoring in English. I wanted to pursue Literature and Fine Art, but my parents encouraged me to study Biology, so I might eventually find a reliable job. That was fine, since I liked that subject also. I wrote essays as a fun break from my full load of Science. Yes, weird that I thought writing essays was fun…still do!
Through the years, I picked up a hobby of writing music reviews for record companies. During that time, I was inspired by some of those experiences and tinkered with fiction. Initially, I wrote fiction based on the world of rock music. Through a lucky happenstance, a man who worked for a major book publishing house read my first attempts at fiction, which were posted on a music forum. He repeatedly encouraged me to submit my creative writing to publishers. Over time, I came to believe him and did. After that, a new world opened up and it’s been a wonderful time.
2. How I came to love fantasy fiction is also interesting. As a child, instead of having a bed-time story read to me, my father prompted me to create stories with him. Together over a few years, we conjured a series of verbal fantasy tales called The Land of Wickee Wackee. The characters and sub-plots interwove. I loved creating new stories in that make-believe world!
3.Aside from writing, I'm super busy, but all of those experiences tend to recycle and fuel my writing. I’m a certified yoga teacher, and I teach trauma sensitive yoga for veterans as well as restorative yoga. Also, I have many hobbies and not enough time. I love to be outside cycling, kayaking, hiking, and gardening. I've painted watercolors for decades and have recently been learning to work with soft pastels. I'm a knitter and will never reach the end of my ever-growing yarn stash.
Dianne, thank you so much for interviewing me today! (No, thank YOU, Marsha!)
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