Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.
When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.
But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?
“Virginia’s trees look like they’re burning. Most of them blaze crimson or gold, but some still have a chokehold on their green. I wish they’d give it up already. Leaves are more beautiful when they’re dying.”
And so Moonlit begins. From here the story rolls from one twist to another with many vivid characters whose motives are hard to predict. I found myself being suspicious of everyone, wanting to tell Tanzy to be very careful. The deeper I fell into the plot, the more questions kept rising to the surface. But not to worry, all of my questions were answered. Appropriate for all ages, if you love paranormal fantasy mixed with suspense, mystery and other-worldly romance, you’ll love this novel!
~Author Julie Ford
The first anniversary of my father’s death was even harder on my mother. Back then, I thought she was haunted most by what she didn’t know. I refused to blame her when she raged above me on our staircase that night, drunk and sad and angry. When she made me promise I’d never ride again. When she hurled a half-full bottle of vodka at my face and it exploded on the wooden stairs at my feet. I hadn’t tried to get out of the way. She had just missed.
I wanted to tell her that knowledge was no solace, that what you know can burn inside you until there’s nothing left but guilt and ash. I also wanted to protect her from losing the only piece of him she had left. So I didn’t say a word.
Author Jadie Jones
Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went.
She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she’s not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit is her first book.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. I stopped by a friend’s workplace to sign books and talk to people who’d read (or wanted to read) Moonlit. On my way out, I heard them talking about how down to earth I am. Part of me wanted to tell them: I’m not anybody special. Then I realized that people still think that people who write are special, no matter how many books they have to their name or how big their publisher is. I hope that never changes.
What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year? I am really looking forward to Hunger Games Catching Fire. I have a total personality crush on Jennifer Lawrence, and my cousin, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, will play Cashmere. I’m really looking forward to seeing her on the silver screen playing in the movie version of one of my favorite book series. J
How do you react to a bad review? If I’m in an objective frame of mind, then I actually really appreciate a critical review – so long as it’s not just a nastygram. The reviewer has the right to not like my book, and I can learn something from their feedback if I can set aside how I feel about it. If I’m feeling blue about a bad review, I check out a few of the great classics and read some of the critical reviews they received. It’s impossible to make everyone happy, and readers are passionate about what they like and don’t like. I remind myself that I’d rather be in the position to get a bad review than never have been published.
What is your guilty pleasure? Reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While eating sugar cookie dough. And maybe with a cup of hot chocolate..
Favorite quote from a movie? “You build bridges, John. You have to go where the rivers are.” (The Ghost and the Darkness)
Happiest moment in your life so far: the birth of my daughter. Hands down. Although receiving the acceptance letter from my publisher is definitely in the top 3.
Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1? I had the first book all planned out. And then, once my main character developed, she laughed hysterically and tossed my plans into the air. Moonlit was so much better for it. With the sequel, I have a few goals I know I want to accomplish with the story, but I’m letting my characters find their way around. Both Moonlit and the sequel ended completely differently than I first had in mind.
If you could leave this world for your “book world,” would you? This idea is really intriguing. I would definitely want to visit. I feel like there’s so much more than meets the eye in this world. And at least that way I’d know what those Unseen things were.
Describe your book in 5 words: Blood magic, soul mates, reincarnation
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process? Working with my publisher’s editor. She is amazing. She taught me how to step my writing up a notch, and now I have a better eye for finding my own holes, weak spots, and redundancies. So much of writing happens alone, which made me truly grateful to work with someone who was just as obsessed with my story as me.
This or That
Night owl, or early bird? By nature, a morning person. But I am only free to write at night so I’m adapting.
Print or Ebook? PRINT
Sweet or Salty? Mm depends on the day. Preferably salty followed by sweet.
Summer or Winter? Summer. I can’t stand being cold and there’s no such thing as too hot to me.
City or Country? Country all the way
PC or Mac? PC
Beach or Pool? Beach!
Shoes or Sandals? Neither. But if they’re required, flip flops. Or boots. Hmm I think I failed here.
Text or Talk? Text. But never while driving J
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