Published: March 24yh, 2015
Twenty-three-year-old Jancie Sadler was out of the room when her mother died, and her heart still longs for their lost goodbye. Aching to ease her sorrow, Aunt Starla gives Jancie a diary that changes her entire life. In entries from the 1930s, her great grandmother revealed how she coped with her own painful loss by seeking out a witch from nearby Coon Hollow Coven. The witch wore the griever’s moonstone locket, which allowed whoever could unlock its enchantment to talk with the dead.
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.
The strange things that go on in Coon Hollow Coven
Coon Hollow is the setting for Witch’s Moonstone Locket, the first of the series, Coon Hollow Coven Tales, but there are a lot of odd happenings going on in the Hollow.
The Hollow is a fictitious small valley in southern Indiana, south of Bloomington. Somewhere in Brown County near Nashville and Bean Blossom, if you’re from around those parts. It’s Hoosier hill-country at its finest.
The coven was founded on strict rules of adherence to lifestyle and customs that existed at the time of the coven’s conception, in the mid-1930s. The rationale: to keep the transmission of witchcraft from one generation to the next as pure as possible. Members dress in styles of that period and drive long sleek Packards, Studebakers, and Nashes.
Several times during the year, the coven puts on magical events open to the public as fundraisers for their schools and eldercare. Witch’s Moonstone Locket opens with the coven preparing for their annual Labor Day carnival. Magical fair foods change flavors in your mouth. Rides like you’ve never seen include the Racing Serpent, where two giant golden snakes with passenger seats fixed to their backs race along a double-tracked wooden coaster. People come from all over to see these attractions!
Like most places, Coon Hollow Coven has its share of political struggle. The coven is governed by a council, along with High Priestess Adara. The degree of adherence the1930s lifestyle that existed at the coven’s founding is always a topic of great debate. Some council members lobby for change that will allow coven businesses to grow. This opposes the wishes of Adara, who will do anything to maintain traditions, which also means keeping her family in the coven’s leadership. In Witch’s Moonstone Locket, new people bring new ideas into the coven, and this difference widens into a chasm that cannot be ignored as the book's story unfolds.
Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and paranormal romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.
The magic of art and nature often spark life into her writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand.
Every day at the beach is magical!