Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Harvest Moon Rising Blog Tour with L.M. Pruitt

I LOVE this author so much. She's one of the auto buys - the moment I hear she has a new books out, I'm heading to Amazon to CLICK, CLICK, CLICK. She writes stoies filled with emotions - the swoony, and also the gritty. There's an amazing edge to her writing, and it keeps me glued to the page. So it was a no brainer for me to share her new book with everyone!!

L.M. has TWO series, Jude Magdalyn, and the Moon Rising. Harvest Moon Rising is the second novel in the latter series, and who better to share insight into the book than the author herself ...

Welcome to Selene
Constructing a Town From the Ground Up
For those people just tuning in to the Moon Rising series, the town of Selene is completely a figment of my imagination. This was something new for me: the Jude Magdalyn series is based in New Orleans, a city I’m intimately familiar with. I swear, I’ve actually given directions around the city when I was in a dead sleep, and they were accurate. But I digress.
When I first started writing Moon Rising, I had no real idea or plot or anything in mind. The first chapter was written entirely as a writing exercise to get over a bout of writer’s block. When I realized I had something much more than a writing exercise on my hands, I had to sit down and map out the town, so to speak. Having lived in a large city all my life, my knowledge of small towns comes from reading about small towns and the occasional foray onto sites such as Podunk.com and City-data.com.
So it may come as no surprise that when I started constructing Selene, I pretty much just went with the type of town I’d move to if I ever got tired of city living.
There’s a town square, complete with the center statue and fountain deal. Think of it like a small park, with benches and spots to picnic and plenty of shade. The buildings and businesses fronting the square are probably as old as the town itself. There’s no need to register with the Historical Landmark Association to keep things the same—the owners do that because there’s just not a lot of change in Selene.
The main street is appropriately named Main Street. It runs through town, with everything branching off the single road. The blocks surrounding the center of town and the square are commercial, gradually shifting to residential. There aren’t big apartment complexes, just apartments above businesses for rent. There’s a single boarding house, a hold-over from days when boarding houses were common, but it doesn’t see a lot of guests.
There’s no homeowner’s association in Selene. The houses aren’t cookie-cutter. The yards aren’t maintained within an inch of their lives and no one gives a damn if there’s plastic toys dotting the front lawn. If a neighbor has a problem, they come knock on your door and let you know. The sheriff rarely gets called for a neighborhood disturbance, unless it’s a block party that got a little too loud.
There are still actual sidewalks in the town, going clear out to the edges, where both homes and yards get bigger and more spacious. It’s not uncommon to see folks driving a tractor down the road—this is a farming community, after all. The countryside is decorated with farms, with harvests from sweet corn to strawberries to blackberries.
The people are hard-working, simple and honest. Most of them go to church on Sunday. They grow up, live and die in the same town. Houses get passed down from parents to children. All in all, Selene is what small towns used to be like when there were still small towns.
Except for one tiny difference….


Cari Gravier might have learned Selene's big secret, but some things remain constant: the Old Town Cafe, blackberry harvesting, and the shaky relationship with her ex-husband, Mike Sullivan.

But there's more change in the wind, the kind even half blind Old Willis can see. The seeds of the past--betrayal, violence, and heartbreak--are ready for harvest.

And some sleeping dogs just won't stay down....

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About the Author

L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant. She is the author of the Jude Magdalyn Series as well as New Moon Rising, featuring Cari Gravier, and Taken, featuring Frankie Post. She is currently at work on the next book in the Jude Magdalyn series, Shades of Blood, due out June 2012. Ms. Pruitt makes her home in Florida with two cats--one smart, the other not so much.

1 comment:

Ashley Robertson said...

Very interested to check this out! Great article :-)