Jadie Jones: Moonlit is a Must-Read. Here’s Why.
1. Tanzy Hightower – she’s a smart, strong, savvy girl who won’t wait for someone to swoop in and save her.
2. The mystery element – Moonlit is written in first person present. The reader experiences all of Tanzy’s emotions as she discovers her identity and path.
3. Instincts – instincts fascinate me. What would humans be capable of if we didn’t train out so many of our instincts early on? What would happen if those instincts made an unexpected return appearance?
4. Imagery – this book started as snapshots of scenes that were very visual in my head. I did my best to paint the picture exactly as I saw it.
5. Horses – there’s something about horses, a natural magic, that brings a little fairy dust to any story. Tanzy is a true equestrian, so experiencing horses through her eyes is a unique perspective.
6. Lucas – Tall, dark, and totally smitten with Tanzy. I am not going to lie – I have a total character crush on Lucas.
7. The moment in the alley – I can’t say much about this part without spoiling it, but it was my favorite scene to write. It’s dark, twisted, shocking, violent, and when I wrote it I got goosebumps.
8. Layers – I like to explore the gray area, the good in evil and the evil in good. In Tanzy’s world, nothing is black and white.
9. Time travel – Tanzy visits her first life, which happened a thousand years ago. The one-sided relationship she has with her first self is complex, to put it mildly.
10. The story continues – Moonlit is the first book in a trilogy. Tanzy’s journey from here experiences tremendous highs and devastating lows. I can’t wait to share them with you.
Eighteen-year-old Tanzy Hightower knows horses, has grown up with them on Wildwood Farm. She also knows not to venture beyond the trees that line the pasture. Things happen out there that can’t be explained. Or undone. Worse, no one but she and the horses can see what lurks in the shadows of the woods.
When a moonlit ride turns into a terrifying chase, Tanzy is left to question everything, from the freak accident that killed her father to the very blood in her veins. Broken and confused, she turns to Lucas, a scarred, beautiful stranger, and to Vanessa, a charming new friend who has everything Tanzy doesn’t.
But why do they seem to know more about her than she knows herself?
“Virginia’s trees look like they’re burning. Most of them blaze crimson or gold, but some still have a chokehold on their green. I wish they’d give it up already. Leaves are more beautiful when they’re dying.”
And so Moonlit begins. From here the story rolls from one twist to another with many vivid characters whose motives are hard to predict. I found myself being suspicious of everyone, wanting to tell Tanzy to be very careful. The deeper I fell into the plot, the more questions kept rising to the surface. But not to worry, all of my questions were answered. Appropriate for all ages, if you love paranormal fantasy mixed with suspense, mystery and other-worldly romance, you’ll love this novel!
~Author Julie Ford
The first anniversary of my father’s death was even harder on my mother. Back then, I thought she was haunted most by what she didn’t know. I refused to blame her when she raged above me on our staircase that night, drunk and sad and angry. When she made me promise I’d never ride again. When she hurled a half-full bottle of vodka at my face and it exploded on the wooden stairs at my feet. I hadn’t tried to get out of the way. She had just missed.
I wanted to tell her that knowledge was no solace, that what you know can burn inside you until there’s nothing left but guilt and ash. I also wanted to protect her from losing the only piece of him she had left. So I didn’t say a word.
Author Jadie Jones
Georgia native Jadie Jones first began working for a horse farm at twelve years old, her love of horses matched only by her love of books. She went on to acquire a B.A. in equine business management, and worked for competitive horse farms along the east coast. The need to write followed wherever she went.
She currently coaches a hunt seat equitation team that competes in the Interscholastic Equestrian Association, and lives with her family in the foothills of north Georgia. When she’s not working on the next installment of the Moonlit series, she is either in the saddle or exploring the great outdoors with her daughter. Moonlit is her first book.
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