January 17, 2014

Tour Stop Review + Giveaway: Moonsongs by E.J. Wesley

Excited to host today's stop for E.J. Wesley's 
MOONSONGS Tour. This series came highly recommended by awesome blogger and tour organizer, Candace of Candace Book Blog, so naturally I have to jump in and join the fun. Read up below for my mini review of book 1, BLOOD FUGUE, a short guest post from Mr. Wesley and more details about the series plus a tour giveaway!

Whew! This day is post with goodness, enjoy!

Series: Moonsongs 1
Format: Mobi
Release Date: September 24, 2012
Publisher: Self
Source: Candace 
Recommended By: Candace
Genre: New Adult - Urban Fantasy
“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.

BLOOD FUGUE is the first book of E.J. Wesley's Moonsongs series. It's pretty short at 47 pages but packed with intrigue and designed to keep you reading. I've never read of a 21yo almost 6' heroine with purple hair and a tomahawk for a weapon and that alone got me excited to read Moonsongs 1. Yup, Jenny Schmidt is a spitfire and one can tell she'll be one hell of a heroine to follow. 

BLOOD FUGUE opens with a mystery that led to some astounding family history for Jenny. Her grandmother just past and unbeknownst to Jenny, her grandfather is alive. Long lost Gramps gave Jenny a very condensed version of why he wasn't around and carefully added morsels in his explanation to get Jenny digging deeper. Jenny's family are hunters, supernatural hunters, and as she's the last in line, the burden now falls on her shoulders. And before the book ends, Jenny's made her first kill, a rabid werewolf, and she did it with steady hands and heart, passing her initiation to the hunter world with flying colors.

And that's BLOOD FUGUE. Told ya E.J. Wesley will keep you reading more. There's not much that I can derive from this except good impressions. I can tell Jenny is up for a good adventure, she's snarky which always makes for great dialogue, plus her family history is riddled with delicious stuff. I may be wrong but I also picked up some Native American myth and themes in BLOOD FUGUE and that's always an interesting urban fantasy flavor.

Purchase Blood Fugue
Witch's Nocturne
Moonsongs 2
December 2012
79 pages
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.

Dark Prelude
Moonsongs 3
April 12, 2013
56 pages
Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. Unfortunately, a lot of on-the-job training is required to be a monster hunter, and unlike her computer repair business, this gig could literally kill her.

Dark Prelude finds the feisty protagonist, Jenny, searching for her best friend Marshal's missing father in the midst of a freak, West Texas winter storm. To survive the frigid night, she'll have to deal with a hated town rival, face a monstrous creature no Moonsong hunter has ever encountered before, and undo a mysterious curse. Can she keep everyone alive? If not, who will pay the ultimate price?

Dragon's Game
Moonsongs 4
October 22, 2013
45 pages
Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. She has already faced a werewolf, witches, and a troll. But nothing could prepare her for her latest confrontation...

Dragon's Game, Moonsongs Book 4, finds Jenny out of her rural West Texas element, searching for an evil witch in an urban Houston nightclub. After attempting to help a handsome and mysterious stranger out of a jam, she finds herself on the run from a ruthless gang who are even more dangerous than they initially appear.

Forced into a twisted game of life and death, Jenny must navigate the complexity of a budding relationship, and somehow survive a night filled with unexpected horror and paranormal mystery.

Dragon's Game is approximately 14,000 words or 45 pages of humor, horror and paranormal mystery. It is the fourth volume of the Moonsongs Books, an ongoing series of New Adult, urban fantasy novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.

Vampire's Ball
Moonsongs 5
December 20, 2013
39 pages
Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. Being a girl of action, she has found herself particularly capable when it comes to battling the werewolves, trolls, and other supernatural denizens lurking in the Texas night. Until now.

Vampire's Ball, Moonsongs book 5, finds Jenny and her best friend Marshal in their most harrowing adventure yet. Traveling by boat to an extravagant masquerade party located at a Galveston Island mansion, Jenny must parlay with an ancient vampire in order to secure the release of the dragon princes, Isis. The unexpected return of an old "friend" turns the evening into chaos, and leaves Jenny and company once again fighting for survival amidst a sea of supernatural foes.

Vampire's Ball is approximately 12,500 words of humor, horror and paranormal mystery. It is the fifth volume of the Moonsongs Books, an ongoing series of New Adult, urban fantasy novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.

Moonsongs Anthology

The Moonsongs Anthology 1 collects the first three Moonsongs books--a series of New Adult paranormal-horror-action novelettes--in one exciting volume. Follow Jenny and her best friend Marshal on their dangerous quest to unlock the secrets of her past.

Moonsongs Anthology 1 collects the three previously published Moonsongs adventures: Blood Fugue (Book 1), Witch's Nocturne (Book 2), and Dark Prelude (Book 3).

Available in print & eBook 

Friendship, Monster Huntress Style

If you’ve lived long enough, chances are you’ve had a best friend. Now, depending upon the type of person you (and they) were, that friend might’ve offered more hugs than kicks in the pants. But maybe they had a knack for putting you exactly in your place—with a touch of love.

Marshal, the best friend of Jenny (Moonsongs series heroine), was inspired by all the little things that good friends are. He’s the yen to Jenny’s yang, the gentle pull to her (oftentimes) hard push, and her guiding light when the monster-filled world around her threatens to send her plummeting into unknown darkness. He’s the culture to her crass, and she’s the cutting edge that protects his vulnerabilities.

Their friendship was born out of circumstance, as both were outcasts in their small Texas town in high school. There was simply no one else to hang out with. But because of their shared experiences and an unwavering loyalty, their relationship has grown roots that run as deep as any old Texas oak tree. 

So much so that Jenny, a young woman who is quite comfortable carving her own path, gets a little lost without him. And to be completely honest, as the author I have a hard time separating the two!

They’re puzzle pieces in my mind. Each of them is irregular in their own way. Marshal is a touch vain and probably too preoccupied with what others think. Jenny on the other hand is a touch (or more) self-centered who needs to be reminded that her choices impact others. Combine the two, and you get a pretty good character—and a damn good monster-fighting duo.

So, even when they’re getting ready to confront vampires and dragons as they’re doing in the excerpt provided here, there’s an honesty, humor, and love shared between them. And more importantly, there’s a belief that they can do anything so long as they face it together.

Growing up in small-town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California—where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs.

My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter, and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, speculative-rural fantasy novelettes.

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This tour was organized and put together by CBB Book Promotions.


  1. I'm glad you gave it a try! I hope that you might consider reading more, I think they get better and better. :)

    And I love the friendship between Jenny and Marshal and how they are so different, but yet are just perfect as a team.

    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop!

    1. Thanks for recommending this, Candace! I'm always up to reading new stuff :)

  2. Jenny sounds like a unique character and I am glad you enjoyed it. This series has been everywhere and while I am not a fan of the covers I am curious.

    1. I agree, the cover arts are in need of makeovers

  3. I'm gonna have to give these a try, Braine. They sound fun. The guest post was great, too. Marshall sounds like a fine BFF. I like how the author described them as puzzle pieces that fit together.

    Thanks, girl! Happy Friday! :)

  4. I remember Candace posting about this series. I'm glad you gave it a try and liked it. Thanks for the review, Braine!

    1. Candace has a way of recommending books to you.

  5. Been seeing these everywhere lately

    1. Yup it's the tour. Pretty successful if you're seeing it everywhere. Candace did a great job organizing this.

  6. hehe, liked the guest post, but to be honest, I think I will skip this series. Just doesn't seem awesome enough for me.

    1. Hahahaha! Thanks for your honesty lady. Different strokes for different folks!

  7. Not so sure this series is for me, but your review is awesome, Braine!

    Happy reading :)

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    1. That's ok, at least I was able to help you with that. Thanks for stopping by lady!

  8. I didn't realize it was a lot of short stories but now I understand better. thank you for your review, it's the first one I read eve if i saw the covers a lot everywhere.


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