Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Moonstone Books 1& 2 by E.J. Wesley Reviews & Giveaway


Hi everyone!! I am thrilled today to be taking part in the Moonstone Blog Tour hosted by CBB Promotions! I have my review for both Blood Fugue and Witch's Nocturne as well as a giveaway for just this blog and a tour wide giveaway!! Click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page for the full schedule!


  • Publish Date: September 19, 2012
  • Source: ebook provided by CBB Promotions for review
Purchase: Amazon

“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried.

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

My Thoughts

I don't think I have ever read a novella series, and I didn't really know what to expect with this being less than 50 pages, but I was surprised at how much I really got out of such a short story. It had enough characterization and storyline to suck me in, satisfy me, but also leave me needing more.

We first meet Jenny and she is really fun. I loved her personality. She fixes computers, plays video games, and is a bit irresponsible. She lives in her deceased grandmothers house that has been passed onto her friend Marshall, since her gram didn't think she could handle it. She is pretty much a loner with no family, but then discovers her grandfather is in fact alive. Now things get a bit interesting for her as she needs to try to discover her family history.

This was a very fast paced novella that packs quite a punch. I felt like there was so much story in these few pages. I got to know Jenny well enough to want to continue learning about her, I am very interested in Marshall, and the family history is just getting started. I was eager to pick up the next novella to discover what happens next and what she will find out about her family!




  • Publication date: 12/17/2012
  • Source:ebook provided by CBB Promotions for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Smashwords 

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.

Witch's Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of paranormal-horror-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley. These stories contain language and content better suited for mature readers.
 

My Thoughts

After the ending of the first novella I was really happy that I had this one on hand so I could read  it right after. This one gets a lot more interesting and pumps up the action, adventure, and danger. We now add witch's into the mix and Jenny is set out to help as she is now set up with her monster hunter private investigating business now.

Honestly I found Jenny to be a bit naive and too trusting in this one. I know that she has a lot on her mind in this installment and is on her first official job, but she seems to be so easy to convince of things. With everything that has happened you would think she would be a bit more reluctant. I still really liked her, but I think if anything, her character growth went backwards.

I liked that we got more Marshall in this one. He's really a great friend, he's smart, and he has her back. I loved the courage that he showed in this one. I can see why they are friends and why Jenny's grandmother trusted him to inherit the house and keep an eye on Jenny.

The witches are definitely not ones to be messed with, and Jenny needs to try to stop them from the destruction they are about to cause. With very little to go on, she dives right into the danger. Things don't go very well and there are some intense moments. We also get a bit more on her family history in this one. I am enjoying these novellas and I am looking forward to the next one to see where the story will go now.




About the author

Born and raised in Oklahoma, E.J. grew up in a land of good earth and better people. He holds degrees in psychology and counseling, but prefers to spend his time in the heads of imaginary people to real ones. He writes and lives in South Texas, and loves to chat about movies, books, music, food, and family.

Find the Author: GoodReads | Facebook | Twitter | Blog


Giveaway

2 winners will receive an ebook of both Blood Fugue and Witch's Nocturne
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1 Prize Package #1: Signed copy of Soul Screamers Vol. 1 by Rachel Vincent, Signed copy of Capital Hell by Alicia M. Long, signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, and Texas (Little Known Facts about Well Known Places (Package open to US addresses only) by Victor Dorff

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17 comments:

  1. Since I have not read many novellas, these sound like a great place to start. x

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    1. I have read a lot of novellas that go with a series, but never novellas that are a series. These were done well!

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  2. I like novella series when I can read them all together. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, maybe that's why I have never read a novella series. They are so short that I don't want to wait for the next one. If I read them all together it would just be like one normal book.

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  3. I don't really like the covers of these novellas. I've never actually read novellas because most of the time I just find them too short and they leave me wanting for more.
    I'm glad that you enjoyed these 2 books. The characters seem like a fun bunch!
    Great reviews, Amy!

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    1. I think a lot of people are put off by the covers, but I think they fit the story well.

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  4. These covers are pretty cool, the people almost look like wooden statues. I love that you got so much out of so few pages with these ones. Wonderful reviews, you definitely have me curious about these ones!

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    1. I liked that these were quick to read, but still gave enough to keep me interested and wanting more. The story is really interesting.

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  5. these sound awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed them! I hadn't read any novellas that were continuous parts of a series and I really liked it! I can't wait to see where things go in the next one!
    Thanks for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

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    1. Thank you for letting me participate in the tour!!

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  7. Thanks so much for taking part in the tour, Amy. I'm delighted you liked the stories as well!

    Writing short fiction is definitely a challenge, especially in regards to what you said about creating a complete story. As an author, you have to be pretty selective about the details you include and remove--kind of like pruning a delicate flower or bush. (I know, comparing Jenny to anything 'delicate' is a reach.)

    But that was my goal: To provide a reading experience similar to that of a full novel (with character development, climax, resolution, etc.) for each story, in a package that can be enjoyed in one or two reading sessions. So I'm always happy to hear I've managed to do that on some level. :-)

    Definitely more Moonsongs stories on the way, and I hope you'll stick around for more of Jenny and Marshal's adventures.

    ~EJW

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  8. I agree that there's a lot of skill involved in writing short stories and novellas. The fewer words you can use, the more you have to be judicious about which ones you choose. And how great that the author stopped by -- love when that happens!

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  9. I'm currently in the middle of a novella series (erotica!) and am surprised by how much I enjoy looking forward to the next installments. I'm glad you liked the first two parts.
    Nice reviews!

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  10. I think I struggle with novella series. I'm glad you liked it. The covers are quite different.

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  11. Nice review! I won these books myself a while ago :)

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  12. I always get nervous that novellas will leave me unsatisfied, but it sounds like you really enjoyed it for the most part. :) Jenny sounds like a great character!

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