4/08/2013

Book Tour & Guest Post Of Midnight Moon By Marilee Brothers



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Synopsis:                              

The Trimarks are planning an invasion. And the only thing standing in their way is Allie and the moonstone . All Allie wants is a normal life - friends, boys, school dances. Right. Like that's going to happen.

In two weeks, during the summer solstice, Allie's going to face the biggest challenge of her life, fighting against time to save the world from a Trimark invasion. You'd think the world of weird might leave her alone to plan how she's going to survive. But nothing in Allie's world is simple or easy, especially when she's attacked by Trimarks trying to steal the moonstone. Then Sammie disappears into the faery world of Boundless, and Allie must follow and bring her home, only to find the fairy queen, Luminata, isn't about to let

Allie leave. So, what's a girl with magical powers supposed to do?

Fortunately, she has a team to help her, a team with special talents of their own.







EXCERPT AND GUEST POST:



By the time I finished my noodles, all traces of the setting sun had disappeared. Darkness pressed against the windows, reminding me that, in our brightly lit trailer, I was a moving target. I moved from window to window, lowering the blinds against the silent, oppressive darkness. Clouds covered the moon and stars. No crickets chirping. Even the sound of traffic on Peacock Flats road seemed muffled and far away. After my dad’s visit, I saw Chris Revelle lurking in every shadow. I double-checked the lock on the door, listening for theof footsteps.

Stop it, Allie. You’re freaking yourself out.

I turned on the TV for company. Why was my hand shaking? Feeling a bit obsessive, I checked to make sure the moonstone was lying next to the silver cross. In that position, anyone trying to touch it would get zapped big time. Except for Sammie. She wore a locket the exact same shape as the moonstone. We hadn’t figured out the why of it, but somehow the locket and moonstone were meant to be together. A sudden breeze swept down from the Cascades and rattled the awning. Dried weeds behind the trailer thrashed in the wind and scratched against its aluminum siding like witch’s fingernails seeking a weak spot. The sound made me
shiver. Okay, now I was well and truly spooked. Sammie. I’d call Sammie and see if wanted to come over and spend the night. As I reached for the phone, it rang shrilly. My heart leaped into my throat.
No response when I answered. Not at first.
Then, I heard ragged breathing punctuated with low-pitched moans. Oh my God! Was this my very first obscene phone call? I blew out my breath in disgust. Before I could slam down the phone, I heard another sound that turned my blood to ice. A hoarse scream of agony followed by a male voice gasping, “Allie. Please. Don’t hang up.” Junior? I couldn’t tell. My fingers tightened around the phone. “Who . . . who . . . ?” The sound of a blow, another grunt of pain, and the phone went dead. I stared at it in disbelief as if my gaze could bring it back to life. Eventually, the thinking part of my brain kicked in and I hit the off button.


Guest Post By Marilee







Coming Full Circle: 


For me, writing has always been circular. I start with a premise, an idea, a myth, or in the case of the Unbidden Magic series, a piece of charmed jewelry. I’m not happy unless I cross all the t’s and dot the i’s. Imagine the challenge I had when I began writing book 5, Midnight Moon. Each book was a springboard for the one to follow. Here’s how it went:

Moonstone: Allie falls face first into a cow pie and discovers she has telekinetic power. Shortly after, she receives a moonstone pendant imbued with magic. What magic? She hasn’t a clue, but she knows it has something to do with the star on her palm that marks her as a Star Seeker. Before long, she finds there are evil people (Trimarks) who have an inverted triangle on their palms. They also want the moonstone and are willing to torture and kill to get it. And then there’s the prophecy, the one that says she is the keeper of the light. In other words, she’s in for the duration. Throw in a sexy, reformed gang banger, Junior Martinez, and we’re off to the races.

Moon Rise: Oh, no! Allie loses her mojo due to psychic injury from guilt over killing a Trimark in book 1. What’s a girl to do? Enter half lust demon, Beck Bradford and his twin sister, Nicole. Beck, a natural healer, senses Allie’s torment but must win her trust in order to heal her. Since Junior’s in Mexico with no forwarding address, Allie and Beck’s friendship evolves into something more. Beck, a brainiac, figures out how Allie is able to read minds. Trimarks, disguised as regular folks enter Allie’s world. The book ends with a dramatic showdown between Allie, Beck, Nicole and the Trimarks. Our girl prevails.

Moon Spun: Third book blues. Surely there had to a better explanation for Allie’s unique powers other than magic jewelry. My solution? Boundless, aka faeryland. This bit of fantasy was not to everyone’s liking, but it made sense to me. How else could I explain Allie’s ability to do telekinesis, read minds, stop the world from turning, etc.? She’s part faery, of course. I developed a faery lineage for both of Allie’s parents and introduced my readers to shape shifting hawk/boy Ryker Matheson. Beck goes away to college and breaks Allie’s heart. Junior returns, determined to win her back.

Shadow Moon: With the help of Junior, Allie searches for a long-lost family member. A new character, Sammie Sullivan, is introduced. Is she the girl everyone says Allie needs to find in order to save the world from evil on the night of the summer solstice? More Trimarks emerge to threaten Allie and friends.

Midnight Moon: Now, how to tie all the bits and pieces into a grand finale. Feeling overwhelmed, I made a list of everything, big and small, that needed closure. Would Allie keep the moonstone? Sell it at a yard sale? Give it away? Without it, could she still do magic?

What about the major players in Allie’s life? Junior. Beck. Sammie Sullivan. Ryker Matheson. Allie’s mother, Faye. Her father, Mike Purdy. Faeries.

The whole faery business required serious thought. Allie owed faery queen Luminata her life and, in return, promised to return to Boundless. Once there, she’d have to stay forever. I had to figure out a way to extricate her from that situation.
With the above items and many more on my list, my challenge was to weave it all into a believable plot. It wasn’t easy, but I am satisfied with the result. Allie Emerson and the Unbidden Magic series have been an important part of my life. Completing the last book was a bit like sending my youngest child off to college. Gone but certainly not forgotten. Time to see what’s around the next bend of the road.






Author Bio:



A former teacher, coach and school counselor, Marilee lives in Washington State and writes full time. Her books include Castle Ladyslipper, a medieval romance, The Rock and Roll Queen of Bedlam, winner of the 2010 Booksellers Best award for romantic suspense, Moonstone, Moon Rise, Moon Spun, Shadow Moon, and Midnight Moon. Marilee is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Links For Marilee:

Website  ~  www.marileebrothers.com,
Blog  ~  http://bookblatherblog.blogspot.com
Facebook  ~  www.facebook.com/marilee.author
Twitter  ~ @marileeb
Goodreads  ~  http://www.goodreads.com/MarileeB


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