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.
I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Series: Coon Hollow Coven Tales - Book 1
Publication Date: March 21, 2015
Publisher: Marsha A. Moore
Genre: paranormal romance
Author Guest Post
Five wicked facts about the antagonist of Witch’s Moonstone Locket—High Priestess Adara Tabard
by Marsha A. Moore
She’s the high priestess of Coon Hollow Coven in Witch's Moonstone Locket, the first in my series of Coon Hollow Coven Tales. Besides that, she’s a wonderful character for lots of reasons. Here are just a few:
Adara jumped out at me with her own set of unique problems that drive her peculiar ways of dealing with people. Following in her father’s and then her mother’s footsteps, Adara serves Coon Hollow’s coven as High Priestess. I have no doubt, she’d prefer me to say that she rules the coven rather than serving it. Her family has maintained a ruthless hold on the position for decades. Adara loves power. She craves it. Being named as high priestess fulfills her dreams…almost.
The one thing more important to Adara than power is love, which is something that evades her. Her mother, Grizela Tabard, was a hard-hearted woman who chided Adara for not performing better, not measuring up to her two sisters. After those sisters died young, before Grizela herself passed, the woman still failed to recognize Adara. After Grizela's death, she often haunted Adara in spirit form. All this makes Adara a complex character who has a lot on her plate.
Adara yearns not only for maternal love but romantic love. At the age of eighteen, she fell in love with a townie. Certainly this horrified her mother, but Adara was blind with love. The romance was short-lived, ending in a tragic car accident that cost lives and whatever shred of maternal love Grizela had for her daughter. Fearing Grizela’s wrath, Adara’s boyfriend broke her heart and left her with a deep void she struggles to fill today.
Adara has a passion for fashion. Coon Hollow Coven strictly adheres to the lifestyle of the 1930s when it was formed, and Adara enjoys being a glamour girl in the slinky period styles. Her closet is filled with bias-cut satin dresses that hug her womanly curves. Her jet black hair hangs over half of her face in a cascade of smooth waves from a dramatic side part. Stylish? Definitely, but it also hides a gash of a scar cutting across her cheek from a car accident that changed her life forever.
Adara has a witch’s familiar, a talking crow named Dearg. Although fairly reliable as her accomplish in evil deeds, he torments her with mean-spirited quips in clever vernacular from the 1930s. No one else would dare to be that brave, fearing retaliation by the high priestess. But only he knows what his mistress truly desires, and knowledge is power...especially in Coon Hollow!
Find out more about Adara's evil ways in Witch's Moonstone Locket!
I’m an author of adult and new adult fantasy and fantasy romance. Much of my life feeds the creative flow I use to weave highly imaginative tales.
The magic of art and nature often spark life into my writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. I've been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and am a registered yoga teacher. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, I’ve happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. I'm crazy about cycling. We live on a large saltwater lagoon, and taking my kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. I never have enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!
I'm a member of: Infinite Worlds of Fantasy; Independent Authors Network; Florida Writers Association.
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