Friday, December 7, 2012

Dark Moon: Review and Author Interview

Author: Maggie Tideswell
Published: All Things That Matter Press
Release Date: September 2011
Source: Provided to me
“A spell-binding novel of love, murder and the supernatural.”
To start off, I have to rave about the cover a bit. I LOVE the satin black fabric background. It seems to give the book a boost that just says “Read Me”. It was definitely what caught my eye to begin with when I came across this book by Maggie Tideswell.
My Thoughts: Many characters played into this spell-binding novel. The major premise was based around Storm and her decisions that she had to face involving her friendships, family members and her love life. She had the burden of having to decide between opportunities that would ultimately change the fate of her future – especially when it came to the men in her life. Both Trever and Jarred are set on Storm spending her life with them, but with the men being so completely different from each other her choice between them was very torn around whether to be loyal or follow her heart and feelings – and is love what they really both have in mind for Storm’s future?
Possibly my favorite character in the story was Donna – Storm’s roommate and best friend. She didn’t play as big of a role as some of the other main characters, but I loved how Donna had backbone and was not afraid to stand against evil and hold her ground. She was able to help her friend through some tough decisions that had been clouded by Storm’s personal feelings. Having someone to stand for what they believe is always a great character to relate to.
Maggie has spent her life growing up in South Africa, so her inspiration for characters and settings has a fresh approach to it that I liked. Dark Moon is packed full of twists and turns that had me second guessing what the characters would do next.
To learn more about who she is, check out my Author Interview with Maggie Tideswell:

Hi Maggie, I just wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to read Dark Moon! The story was so different from anything I’ve read lately. I’d like to start by learning a little more about what encouraged you to be an author?
Thank you so much for your time reviewing Dark Moon, Kaitlin. I have always wanted to be a writer. As a child, it was the story-telling that drew me, the living in somebody else’s world, the make-believe. I have always made up stories, though it was only relatively recently that I started writing them down. And even then it was mostly for my own amusement, never believing that anything I wrote would ever be published. Love is very important to me, so at first, I told very simple love stories. But there is more to life, isn’t there. Over time, they became more complex. The crafts is also very important to me and this too had to be reflected in my novels
Dark Moon is described as a “spell-binding novel of love, murder and the supernatural”, what do you feel was your biggest inspiration for this story?
The influence people have on each other. Some people go out of their way to manipulate others for their own ends, others influence the people around them without even trying to. Nobody lives in a cocoon. Everybody exerts and influence on the people they come into contact with. The question is whether that influence is for the higher good or selfishness.
A lot of times, a writer’s setting can help clear their mind for writing. Do you have a favorite spot to sit down and write?
Not really, though I mostly write in my dining room. I don’t like clutter around me and I prefer not to have noise from the TV or radio, though I retreat into my own private world to such an extent that I filter most disturbances out.
What can we look forward to from you next?
My second novel, Moragh, Holly’s Ghost will be released in 2013. It is also a paranormal romance set in the Cape region. Holly has a problem with her ex-husband over her visitation rights and her roommates advertise for a husband for her. From the moment Holly agrees to marry Joshua, a man she has never met, Moragh enters her life with the demand that her story be told. After the wedding, Holly meets the people from Joshua’s world, his mother and ex-fiancĂ©e, neither of whom are kindly disposed towards the bride. The ghost also follows Holly to her new home and Holly’s life is threatened by somebody who wants to keep the past a secret. There are strong craft elements in Moragh, Holly’s Ghost.
Having lived in South Africa your whole life, do you have any fun facts for those of us who have never been there?
South Africa is a vast, beautiful country with a diverse and interesting population. We have eleven official languages, including Afrikaans and English. We have come a long way since the apartheid era and there is no discrimination on the basis of skin color alone anymore. South Africa boasts the wide open spaces of the many game reserves to the vibrant vibes of the cities, gorgeous beeches and majestic mountains. South Africa is a relatively young country, its history spanning the last 500 odd years. We have the world’s first heart transplant to our credit.
With Dark Moon, the story takes wild turns from beginning to end and had me on my toes more often than not. I struggled a bit in the beginning to wrap my head around each character with the quick jumps between whose point of view we were following, but once I started to get a better idea of who was who with the characters it helped the story to run a little more smoothly. ★★★
I’m glad I got the opportunity to check out Maggie’s book for myself, you can find Dark Moon on Amazon and will be able to check out her new novel Moragh, Holly’s Ghost in 2013!

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