Dark Moon - Debut Novel by Maggie Tideswell
A spell-binding novel of love, murder and the supernatural.
Chance meetings can have far-reaching effects. Loved ones may not be who they seem. The line between comprehension and confusion is thin – particularly when one’s thoughts are being manipulated by another.
Set in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, Dark Moon is the story of love and betrayal and misplaced loyalty. Storm has a choice to make, but is her information and perceptions reliable? Isn't she being unduly influenced? Trevor is an attractive man, but he is an expert at bending people to his will. Then there is Jarred... In Storm's words, "One knew what to do with her, but he didn't love her. The other loved her, but had no idea how to treat her." One wanted to control her, and only one wanted her as his wife. Storm finds herself, her friends and every one she holds dear in mortal danger. What can she do to neutralize the evil that is following her?
In Dark Moon, the eternal triangle takes an innovative twist into the occult. Riveting plot lines will have you guessing from chapter to chapter - you won't be able to put it down until the dramatic ending. Read it on a stormy night, and you'll find yourself jumping at things that go bump in the night.
Nothing is as it seems… The story Dark Moon is based on one that started about twenty years ago. Every day we meet new people, but who is to say which of those meetings will impact our future and in what way. It is difficult to say how long it actually took me to write Dark Moon. I work in a very haphazard sort of way. I never have less than three stories going at the same time. I get bored easily so I’ll work on story 1 until that happens, then I move on to story 2 until I get fed-up and go back to story 1 and then I’ll skip to story 3 and so I carry on. And then I had a period of 3 years in which I didn’t write a word – didn’t even do editing or plotted new story lines. Nothing. Zip. Nada. But at a guess, I would say if I added the time together, it might have been about 2 years, maybe 2 and a half. And the incubation periods in between seem to do wonders for inspiration. It started out as a straight forward, sickeningly soppy, love tale, but it is amazing how a story tells itself. It soon became clear that this tale needed more oomph, and resist as I might, the witchcraft element would not be excluded. The Trevor character was also a weakling to start with, but the story demanded he become something else completely. This character, more than any other in the book, personifies the notion of ‘nothing is as it seems’. We all wear different faces, pretend to be something other than we are, but in Trevor’s case, his faces were like day and night. I loved writing the Trevor character. I had to be cautious when I incorporated the witchy bits to the story, though. I didn’t want my wondrous tale to turn into something like Harry Potter, with people calling themselves witches and wafting wands about and sparks flying, nor did I want to turn it into a textbook on the craft. People are strange and there will always be somebody out there who will actually try out the rituals and stuff. So, for the sake of safety – and my sanity! – I couldn’t describe anything fully. Less is more in my opinion. I wanted to draw the reader into the rites, without anybody being able to copy anything and causing themselves or anybody/thing around them any harm. A little knowledge is dangerous, you know. Thank you to Mark Knox for the wonderful cover art and splendid video trailer that completed the growth of Dark Moon. And a special thank you to All Things That Matters Press for publishing Dark Moon.
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I was VERY confused when I started this book ~ we have a LOT going on, and many point of views. There were things that took place that I felt I just flat missed ~ and flipped back to make sure I hadn't skipped, as I felt they were of pretty significant importance. There are many characters who are playing important roles, and I really didn't feel it was defined WHO they were initially, which had me scrambling to figure out what the hell was going on.
The story itself is actually pretty interesting, and I loved the concept, but to be totally honest I was lost 1/2 the time...I read pretty fast, so I had to slow myself down, but it was just confusing to me. I really liked Storm & Jarred, and wanted the story to focus more on just THEM...for me this wasn't a win.
But that's the beauty of Fiction, right?
What works for one us might not work for the next,
and what doesn't work for me, you might love?!
It's more than obvious the author put her heart into the book ~ and the occult references & scenes are awesome. So if you like that kind of thing, I'd suggest checking it out!
I was born in South Africa and have lived here all my life. South Africa is a great place to be. I have been married to my husband, Gareth, for more than 30 years. We have three grown-up children and two grandchildren and a a cat called Felix. He doesn't answer to that name though, so he is mostly Cat or Lovy or Sweetie. He knows when he is spoken to and answers back.
I have been writing for many years, but only now started getting my work into print.
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