Shadows of the Moon

Rebecca knew the moon had stolen her daughter.

Two days before Christmas Eve. Rebecca picked up Molli from her dorm room for the holiday break. The roads were snow-covered and slippery, and oncoming headlights combined with strong winds made the long journey down the highway difficult. Molli sat in the front seat, seemingly oblivious to the road conditions, happily chatting about her classes and friends. Rebecca rolled down her window a crack to see if the windows would defog.

“Oh! You’ve got to see this!” Molli unbuckled her seatbelt and turned her entire body toward the back seat, trying to reach her duffle bag.

“Molli, please, can’t it wait?” Rebecca struggled to keep the car on the road.

A strong gust of wind blew the moonlight into the car. Rebecca swerved to avoid another vehicle that was drifting into her lane. She lost control of the car. The crunch of glass and metal filled the icy air. Rebecca saw the moonlight envelop her daughter.

There was no doubt – the moon had stolen Molli.

*

Molli’s funeral was two days after Christmas. As Rebecca watched the casket being lowered into the frozen ground, Molli’s life flashed through her mind. The two of them baking cookies on cold winter afternoons when Molli was a toddler, flour covering her face and hands, licking a chocolate-frosted spoon with the biggest grin. Molli running into the house, crying, after her first day of kindergarten because she missed her mommy. John squeezed her hand and the memories vanished.

“I can’t do this.” Rebecca whispered to John as her eyes darted around the cemetery, searching for a way out.

John didn’t reply.

Unable to find an escape route, Rebecca’s eyes focused on Molli’s casket, the top now disappearing below ground. I’m not ready. She’s not ready. Rebecca’s thoughts screamed.

She felt unable to breathe. Her daughter wasn’t dead, and she wouldn’t be able to breathe underground.

“Stop this!” Rebecca hissed to John as the gravedigger began shoveling dirt into the grave.

John remained motionless.

“Didn’t you hear me?” Tears of desperation blurred Rebecca’s vision and she shook John’s hand as if to wake him.

“I heard you.” John finally said.

“Why aren’t you doing anything?” Rebecca’s desperation was quickly giving way to hysteria. “She’s not dead!” She screamed aloud.

The ritual stopped, everyone attending stared.

“I’m so sorry.” John addressed the crowd as he stood, attempting to make Rebecca stand with him.

She did stand and allowed herself to be ushered away from the ceremony, but not before she cried, “The moon has her! She’s not dead!”

*

The looks of concern and pity after her outburst at the funeral were not as painful as being alone in bed, the moon staring at her through the window. Rebecca stared back at it while she listened to John explain to someone that she was okay, just having a hard time accepting that Molli’s gone.

John entered the room and found Rebecca lying on her side, staring through the un-curtained window. “It’s stuffy in here.” He said as he crossed the room and opened the window a crack.

A soft breeze blew the moonlight into the room and Rebecca could feel it wrapping itself around her. She shivered.

“Dinner’s ready.” John offered.

No reply.

John sighed and left the room.

Rebecca lay stiffly on the bed, the moonlight making her eyes water. She couldn’t watch it anymore. Rebecca rolled onto her back and stared at the ceiling.

Shadows began to creep along the wood floor and up the wall to the ceiling. Rebecca watched, unmoving, as the shadows entered her field of vision and began to take shape in front of her eyes. The shapes molded themselves into the events of the accident. Shadows, blacker than black, played the scene on the ceiling like a silent film. The object that stood out the most – the moon.

The scene depicted the car crash, not what actually happened, what Rebecca was sure of in her heart. The shadows the moon cast failed to depict the moon’s role. It was trying to convince her otherwise.

Tears in her eyes, Rebecca angrily flipped onto her side and stared at the moon again. “Give her back.” She repeated over and over like a mantra until her eyes finally closed.

*

“Mom?”

Rebecca opened her eyes.

The room was flooded with blinding silver light. Rebecca felt like a block of ice. She knew it was the moon.

“Mom?”

Rebecca forced her eyes to adjust to the intense light and saw a slim silhouette standing in front of the window. She instinctively knew it was Molli.
“Baby? You’re back!”

Molli shook her head. “I have to go. Just wanted to say hi.”

“No.” Rebecca was firm, getting out of bed to move closer to her daughter, but making no progress.

Molli turned toward the window.

“Don’t move!” Desperation crept into Rebecca’s voice.

Molli put her hand on the window sill as if preparing to climb out.

The desperation that had been building in Rebecca took over. “Me!” She screamed, pounding on her chest. “Let me go instead.”

Molli glanced over her shoulder at her mother but didn’t move.

“Please!” Rebecca fell to her knees, clutching her chest.

Wind from the open window whipped into the room. The intense silver light seemed to grow brighter until Rebecca couldn’t see anything at all.

*

The next morning, John woke to find Rebecca wasn’t breathing. The ambulance arrived in minutes. Apparent heart attack. Rebecca died in her sleep.

The first thing John did was pick up the phone and dial Molli’s dorm room to tell her the news.

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Without Merit – Review

Hello there everybody! I am back with a book review! This novel was one I really liked and was right in the genre I usually go for, which was a nice surprise. So, enough about that, I’ll just get right down to it.

Without Merit by P.S. Meraux (with John Green)

This novel was hard to put down, let me just say that right now…

The novel begins with a girl named Merit. Merit had an accident that is rumored to be foul play and no longer knows who she is or remembers anything about her life. Thus begins a pretty ordinary thriller (victim runs from those chasing her, trying to piece together her past at the same time), until you find out that Merit has a special gift (I won’t say any more on that due to spoilers). This is when the narrative becomes original and incredibly engaging.

The aspect of this novel I liked the most were the characters. Every character had an important role to play in Merit’s journey, whether it be having information Merit needed to piece together her identity or physically helping her get to where she needed to be. No character was wasted, which it feels like so often happens in novels.

For the technical stuff – The novel was well paced (maybe a little slow at points, but it picks up with something completely unexpected and that makes up for any issue in pacing). The narrative is in the first person, which allows the narrative to flow more coherently than other perspectives (in my opinion).

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author(s).

Update

Okay so I’ve been super busy…but some exciting things are happening (at least I think so 😋)

First, an update on You’re Next (http://www.amazon.com/dp/b079vnj145)I’ve gotten some great feedback on both Goodreads and Amazon…thank you to those who left comments. I’m working on getting more reviews in order to boost sales and it’s going well.

Second, I’ve been missing from the blog because I’ve been focusing on my reading. Another reason is because I’m now working on two new books. The first, Madichon, I’ve mentioned here in other posts, but there’s also a paranormal thriller I’m working on that’s currently untitled. I hope to have both finished and available by mid 2019. After this, I have plans to start a cozy mystery series and that will be my main focus for a while. I love to read cozy mysteries and thought this would be a fun project.

I do plan to update my blog more. My apologies to all who follow me and to those who look forward to my posts for being absent for so long.

See you guys soon!

Here I am

I just realized today that it has been 21 days since my last post. But here I am, ready to put some more random shit into your world 🧞‍♂️ (And i shall give you all a genie because i am feeling in a genie mood [and the iPad just changed the emoji from a cool genie coming out of a bottle to the one you see before you 😑]).

Anyway…i just got back from vaca and didn’t have a chance to post until now. I regret this, but I’m going to get back to it momentarily – probably starting with a short story just for the hells of it.

And now that i have bored you enough….get back to work!!!!!

Book Review – Love Me Once

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Love Me Once is a well-crafted Romance novel; I really enjoyed this book.

Lydia leaves her life in New York as a writer at a popular magazine to travel back to Pier Point in Oregon for her pseudo-grandmother’s funeral. Once back in Pier Point, Lydia is confronted with all she left behind, including Ethan. I won’t go into more for fear of spoilers, but it was an easy, enjoyable read. So I’ll just get right into it.

First, this was a well-crafted novel. It is written in third person, but from Lydia’s point of view. I liked how the romance aspect of the story was weaved into the plot of losing a loved one; it was subtle. In the same turn, however, this subtlety made me think this story was more of a family drama than a romance tale.

Second, I loved the setting. I especially loved the juxtaposition between upscale and bustling New York City and the quaint coastal life of Pier Point.

The novel could have done with a round of editing/proofreading and I wanted to know a bit more about the characters (especially Olivia), but this is minor.

Overall, I found the novel charming and engaging. Most importantly, I am looking forward to the next installment!

A Pocket Full of Announcements

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while, this I know, but I’ve been working on my reading (I’m doing a Goodreads challenge to read 100 books this year and, according to the site’s progress bar thingy, I am woefully behind). But I have a few announcements that I would like to share with you; some things I’m super excited about.

Announcement #1:

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I am starting a new novel (Another thriller, this one set in rural Louisiana), entitled Madichon, scheduled to be released later this year. Yes, I’ve already released a book this year (You’re Next – check it out if you haven’t already – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B079VNJ145) but this one simply needs to be written now (If you’re a writer, you get what I mean). So keep an eye out for updates about that in the coming months.

Announcement #2:

I’ve already announced this, but the book review portion of this blog will begin to play a bigger role. If any authors have books that they want/need reviewed I would love to be a part of that – let me know in the comments below or send me an email through the contact tab.  I enjoy reading everything, but I really love mystery, thriller, suspense, and horror. There will be more details about this aspect in a different section of this blog soon.

Also, to this end I have begun a review on Love Me Once by Annora Moss, so stay tuned (stay tuned? UGH. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Sorry).

Announcement #3:

I am going to change the layout and content of this blog just a bit (adding and deleting content and menus mostly). I’m just trying to make this a little more interesting (for me and for you) and make it easier to navigate.

Announcement #4:

For those of you who have read (or are planning to read) You’re Next: A Short Novel Inspired By True Events, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t forget to either give a star rating or a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, any place really! It helps others find my work and really helps me out! I couldn’t be more grateful!

Thanks to everyone for reading!

Book Review – Magnetic Reverie

Hey guys!!!

I’m back and I’m starting a new project…Book Reviews!!!!

The first book I’ve read for this new offshoot of my blog is…Magnetic Reverie by Nico J. Genes.

So, without further ado…

 

I’m not a particular fan of the Romance genre, but I really enjoyed this book.
Lana is a young newlywed living in Washington, D.C. with her husband Greg. Recently, she has begun to have vivid dreams about a woman named Claire who she is romantically involved with in Slovenia. The catch is…Lana has never met this Claire before. Lana is living in two separate realities, one while she is awake and one while she is asleep. This book is about growing, finding yourself, and following your heart.
The structure of the novel alternates between Lana’s waking reality (her life with Greg) and her dream reality (her life with Claire). Although this is a bit jarring at first, it keeps the story moving quickly.
The point of view is first person, which makes for a refreshingly conversational piece, and also adds a bit of mystery. At first, Lana is confused by her dreams, and the reader only knows as much as Lana does. This allows the reader to experience any answers that may come along with Lana, making for non-stop suspense.
I do wish there were more details regarding setting. For example, this description of the rivers Lana sees with Greg – “It’s not quite Niagra Falls, but it has its own charm due to varied landscapes.” pg 105 – left me feeling like I wanted to know what those landscapes looked like. A few more descriptive words would have been great.
Overall, Magnetic Reverie was an enjoyable and thoughtful read and I would recommend it.

(PS. I would like these reviews to be a regular part of my repertoire so if any authors out there need honest reviews of their work, leave a comment below! 😝)