Today’s Indie Spotlight feature is an exclusive look at KaSonndra’s new series Hacienda Moon: A Pathseekers Novel. Thanks to the wonderful Ms. Leigh, I am able to share with you guys the overview, which isn’t out yet on Goodreads! Hacienda Moon is a captivating Gothic novel that guarantee’s you will be swept off your feet and swooning after its characters. And for those of you who want to see more of her dark urban fantasy, Copper Suns, I have a new excerpt that I promise will leave you wanting more! But don’t take my word for it, scroll down and read all of the goodies for yourself…
Today’s Clue: Chela read my letter to Faris in chapter 20
Hacienda Moon: A Pathseekers Novel
Expected Publication Date: June 2012
Add it to Your Shelf: Goodreads
Love, obsession, and betrayal, the most powerful human emotions, are spun together in this gothic novel. Tandie Harrison is a police medium who has just suffered a divorce after losing both her psychic visions and her daughter in a car accident. When she leaves New York City to start a new life near her hometown, she moves into the alluring plantation house, Chelby Rose, and falls for its enigmatic caretaker, Eric Fontalvo. Their burgeoning affair ignites a century old curse, ensnaring them in a web of danger, deceit, and intrigue. Soon Tandie learns that in placid Bolivia, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected.
Hacienda Moon is a seductive tale of one woman’s journey to confront the demons of her past and find the courage to face her future. It is a mesmerizing novel that explores the deepest depths of human nature, and the characters will hold and haunt you long after you have read the final chapter.
Excerpt from When Copper Suns Fall
by KaSonndra Leigh
“Is this what I think it is?” I said to Faris, hugging my shoulders, as the waves sloshed toward me.
“If you’re thinking it’s an ocean, then yes. Take my hand, Chela.” Faris removed his shoes and held out a hand for me to follow him into the water. Correction. He wanted to lead me into the ocean, something I’d never seen outside of pictures.
“Okay. I’m scared, now,” I whispered.
“It’s easy.” He eased over to where I stood in the sand. My lips trembled, and my eyes were wide. I wanted to see everything at once. Faris helped me remove my shoes as if I were a child. I took his hand. “Put one foot in at a time. The rest comes easy,” he said. So I did, and gasped when the water’s iciness washed over my skin.
“I was told the oceans were all black seas now. They said places like this don’t exist anymore.”
“It’s all lies. What better way for the Tribunal to maintain control than through fear of what you can’t see?” Faris said. I followed him all the way into the water. Watching him smile eased the anguish I felt about doing this without Micah.
Did he hear my thoughts earlier? The same way we talked in the dream and the evaluation? And just what else did he see in my mind after he took the memory of his true identity from me that night?
We wandered around the borderlands for the rest of the day. Intrigued by the world hidden behind my house, I made him promise to bring me back. And he did many times over the next five days. Time was different in there, faster. It allowed us to get back to the other side before nightfall. Sometimes only an hour or so had passed. Nobody noticed I was gone. Bess and Audrina would only question me about my huge grin.
Spending time with Faris was a welcome distraction. We swam in the ocean until our skin wrinkled. I told him stories about my life with my twin brother, Micah, and about our nicknames. Mine was beans and his carrots—nicknames that emphasized our physical differences everybody always said.
We watched the coppery sun lower.
Its joyous colors fell across the waves like a painting brought to life with fiery strokes from a magical brush. It was a gift that was hidden from those of us living inside the wall.
Wanting our stolen moment to last, I rested on Faris’s chest. It was so easy to be around him, and he was a gentleman, too. He never once tried to take advantage of me.
Water washed over our bodies as we lay on the sand. At some point, the fantasy would end, though. I’d return to Minders. Faris would go back to wherever he disappeared to after he left me each night.
But until that time came, I planned to enjoy every stolen second.
About the Author
KaSonndra Leigh lives in the City of Alchemy, North Carolina. She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and is now looking forward to playing CLUE more often. She lives in an L-shaped house where she has created a secret library complete with fairies, Venetian plastered walls, and a desk made out of clear blue glass.
In Case You Missed It:
- Book Boyfriends, Copper Suns Playlist, & This or That with KaSonndra Leigh
- M/G/W Feature: The Indie Spotlight with KaSonndra Leigh
- Indie Survival Guide: Tips &Tricks for the Wannabe Indie Author by KaSonndra Leigh
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