Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: May 31, 2014
Number of pages: 249 pages
Word Count: 73,300 (approx.)
Cover Artist: Elaina Lee/For the Muse Designs
On the night of the new spring moon, a near-fatal accident propelled Victoria Reeves-Ashton over a century back in time to awaken in the body of Katherine Kamarov.
Now, after three months of pretending to be Katherine and laboring to repair relationships damaged by Katherine's brash and selfish personality, quiet and gentle Victoria finds that her heart is putting down roots in Katherine's world, in her family relationships, and especially in a deepening friendship with Katherine's winsome cousin Michael.
Hidden letters reveal the story of other moonseed-time travelers like herself-and Victoria realizes that she and Katherine will likely be returned to their own times the following spring. Tension mounts when a rich and handsome suitor applies to marry her, and Victoria must choose whether to accept him for Katherine's sake or to follow her own heart.
Ryan Ashton, the husband Victoria left behind, is baffled by the woman his wife has suddenly become. Unwilling to believe her story about an exchange in time, Ryan struggles to understand the stark transformation of his timid, remote wife into a sexually aggressive and captivating siren. Against his better judgment, he falls hard for this new woman who is a perplexing mixture of cruelty, sensuality, and tenderness, a woman who he suspects has the power to either break his heart or heal the aching loneliness he has lived with all his life.
About the Author:
Judith Ingram weaves together her love of romance and her training as a counselor to create stories and characters for her novels. She also writes Christian nonfiction books and enjoys speaking to groups on a variety of inspirational topics. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay and makes frequent trips to California's beautiful Sonoma County, where most of her fiction characters reside. She confesses a love for chocolate, cheesecake, romantic suspense novels, and all things feline.
Website, blog & free weekly devotional: http://JudithIngram.com
Interview:Please welcome Judith Ingram to Diane's Book Blog:
What is your favorite part of the Moonseed trilogy?
I'm going to fudge a little on this question and give you two answers. As a writer, my favorite part is the brief exchange that occurs halfway through the trilogy, in Book 2, Borrowed Promises. Both women temporarily return to their own times, and the event is told from two different perspectives, Ryan's and Victoria's. That was fun to write. However, as a romantic, my favorite scene is where Victoria and Michael picnic in Golden Gate Park in old San Francisco, and their friendship suddenly shifts and deepens. I was so in love with Michael when I wrote this, I was a little jealous of Victoria!
How long did it take you to write Moonseed?
Honestly, it took me ten years to write the story, but I wasn't really writing a novel to begin with. I was just toying with ideas. My older sister was always the writer of the family, so I never believed I could complete a book myself and get it published. It took me a long time to give myself permission to go for it.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which of your characters do you want by your side?
Oh, definitely Michael! He's funny and tender and resourceful. And no Victoria to compete with me!
What inspired you to write your first book?
I was in psychotherapy for nine years dealing with childhood abuse issues. Victoria's character virtually wrote itself out of my reflective journaling. I began to ask myself, What if I could escape all this pain into another woman's life? To make it interesting, what if that woman lived in a more appealing time? And what if she were trying to escape something in her life, some danger into which I would unwittingly step? Victoria's character lived out my own pain on the pages of my novel and in the end triumphed over it. Amazingly, her fictional journey helped my real life recovery. When I finished the book, I realized I had forgiven my own mother in the same way Victoria had forgiven hers. I'm hoping that women who have been hurt as I was will take heart from Victoria's struggle and success.
How do you overcome writer's block?
I put my fingers on the keys and start typing. It really doesn't matter what comes out at first. I never have an absolutely blank mind. Words crowd in, and I start setting them down. Eventually, I get to the right words, and the work progresses. I can always edit later.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
I'm working on a new novel, again set in Sonoma County, California. A young woman who has just lost her mother to cancer and her husband to infidelity learns that she has a birth twin and determines to invite this stranger into her life.
What do you prefer: paperback, hardcover, or e-books?
I like hardcover the best, even though some bigger books get heavy. I like to hold a book in my hands and smell the pages and browse the front and back matter. When I read a book on my Kindle, I tend to forget the title and the author and later cannot recall where I saw a particular passage. That's so annoying when I want to go back and reread something important or to clarify a point.
Do you have anything specific you want to say to your readers?
I am a reader like you who also writes. Sometimes we are fortunate to find a book that moves and even changes us. We might read to enrich our lives or to escape them for a little while. We see ourselves in the characters and learn to understand someone else's viewpoint. We read for entertainment and inspiration. When I write, I am ever mindful of you, the reader, and ever hopeful that my characters will touch your heart and that their story will encourage and satisfy you.