Saturday, 12 January 2019

Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A Moore + #Giveaway + Q&A

Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A Moore
Self published in America in March 2015.

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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.

Meet The Author

Marsha loves to write fantasy and fantasy romance. 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!

Interview with Marsha A Moore, November, 2018

1. Please introduce yourself

Hi! I’m Marsha A. Moore and I write Fantasy Romance and Urban Fantasy. It seems like much in my life feeds my creativity. I’m a registered yoga teacher, and my practice helps weave the mystical world into my writing. I love being outdoors and am always looking for magic portals.

2. How did you get into writing?

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 had originally 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 okay, 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 and conducting interviews 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.

3. Where do you get the ideas for your books?

Everywhere. Books I read that inspire me, people I meet who would make interesting characters, settings that I linger on and don’t want to leave when we travel.

4. Which of your books is your own favorite?

Personally, Witch’s Mystic Woods was the closest to my heart because it involved a female protagonist witch caring for her mother through the time of her death due to dementia. The emotions of the caregiving experience were directly mine and my mother‘s, and amazingly some of the magical parts, as well, were real-life experiences during her final days.

5. Who reads your manuscripts first?

My critique group partners. They are awesome. Next to my husband, they know me better than anyone else.

6. How long do you revise your manuscript before you say, "Now I can share it with others?"

Before my critique group reads my writing, I do five edits myself. I have two editing stages with critique partners, and between and after I make a couple more passes. That makes a total of nine edits, all before formal editing. A lot!

7. In which genre would you like to write but haven't dared yet? And in which genre would you never write?

I’m in the midst of trying a new genre now with my WIP. I‘m currently sliding from New Adult Fantasy into Older Young Adult Fantasy. That sounds slight, but the writing style and the protagonist’s emotional journey are distinctly different. I’ve been drawn to make this change for several years and am loving it.

I would never write outside of a fantasy genre. I’m hooked on how magic allows us to express and view nuances of the real world more clearly.

8. Are there writers you admire?

Yes, many. Sarah J. Maas, Sabba Tahir, Laini Taylor, Leigh Bardugo, Paula Brackston, Natasha Mostert, Alice Hoffman

9. Which books do you like to read yourself? Which ones would you never read?

I enojy reading fantasy with strong female protagonists. I’d never read cozy mysteries or horror.

Thank you Marsha!

Connect with Marsha online at:

Website ~ Facebook ~ AmazonInstagram ~ Twitter ~ Bookbub ~ Pinterest ~ Newsletter

And now it's time for the Giveaway!

The prize is an ebook edition of Witch's Moonstone Locket by Marsha A Moore, gifted to the winner by Marsha herself.
Open internationally until midnight (UK time) on the 26th January 2019.

Entry is by way of the Gleam widget below.
(GDPR: Gleam will ask for your email address so that I am able to contact the winner. I will then need to tell Marsha that winning email address so she can send out the book.)

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  1. That sounds like a fun read. Now I'm curious if she gets to open it or not and what happens.

  2. I'm in for pretty much anything that has the word witch in it LOL. especially if there talking with the dead involved. Jancie's motivation hit really close home so I'm sure this would be somehow emotional for me as it seems to have been for Marsha

    1. It was interesting for me that Marsha had such an emotional response to this novel

  3. Great interview! I think it is really interesting that she was writing essays for fun in college.

    1. Sounds like nerdy me! I used to enjoy writing a good essay too. In fact, maybe I should consider penning a nonfiction book?

  4. This sounds interesting! That is a very circuitous path but an interesting story of how she got into writing novels. And wow that is a lot of editing! Great interview :-)

    1. It's amazing how much work goes into writing a book - after the actual writing!

  5. I know Marsha from a facebook writers group. It's a small world.
    Happy Trails!

  6. Awesome giveaway and I'm happy to learn about how she started writing.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

    1. I love discovering how authors set themselves onto that path

  7. I am glad that even though she studied something else, her love for writing and literature shone through all the while ^.^