Subtitle: A Moon Sisters Novel
Series: Paranorm World Series
paperback ISBN: 978-1-63422-021-7
Ebook: ISBN: 978-1-63422-022-4
Available on Kindle Unlimited
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
A sinister magic is sweeping across Nash City…
To Fiona Moon, it’s just another day at work. And some days, well, they’re a helluva lot worse than others. As a member of the elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona is tasked with hunting down the most-dangerous Paranorm criminals. To find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises.
Master Necromancer Ian Barroes, a rich professor of Necromantic Studies, wants only one thing in this world… Fiona.
They each hold secrets that could destroy them, but could also be the key to destroying the evil Voodoo priest, Bokor. They must learn to trust each other and track down Bokor before more innocent lives are lost. When Fiona becomes a target of the evil madman, she is lured into his trap. Now, she and Ian have to fight for survival… and their very souls.
It would be easier to tell you thinks I don’t do, like clean house, or math. In the past I have been a freelance cover artist, editor, acquisitions editor at a small publisher, and even dabbled in publishing myself for a very short time. Now I confine all of those activities to what is necessary for myself in my indie published works. But since signing the Paranorm World series, I have gladly handed over the reigns and control to focus on writing. When I’m not writing books, I’m writing and designing funny and snarky greeting cards and prints for my new business “Once More With Feelings”. My cards are currently available on Etsy as well as in a few select local stores in Tennessee and Wisconsin. I’m also the co-host of Pop Lit Divas radio show on Blog Talk Radio. My co-host, Sherry Ficklin, and I chat about all things books, publishing, and geek. In my “free” time I make jewelry and paint shabby chic signs with the same sayings as my cards. Though, really, I don’t have much free time.
RH: Do you reflect people you know into your characters or do you prefer making them up on the fly?
I’ve only tried to give a character a similar trait as someone I know once, but I wanted it to be unnoticeable. But, when my mother-in-law read Voodoo Moon and came across Mrs. Gary she knew immediately the grey-haired housekeeper that wore paisley and doted on both Ian and Fiona was based on her. Subtle isn’t my strong suit. So, I don’t do that anymore. However, I can’t deny that certain characteristics and traits may drift into characters, I think it’s the nature of the job. After all, “they” say “Write what you know.” I still don’t know who “they” are.
RH: What kind of research did you do for Voodoo Moon?
Since it has a futuristic setting you would think it didn’t take a lot of research. You would be wrong. I spent hours studying the layout of downtown Nashville via Google maps, researched voodoo, crystals, fighting styles, martial arts weapons, swords and daggers, crystals, the uses for hemp, and the list goes on. I also spent dozens of hours searching every scientific, non-scientific, and conspiracy theorist website I could find on climate change and polar shifts. I combined the information from the scientists and the crackpots to form my own “theory” and create the Cataclysm that “ended” the world and created the Paranorm World.
RH: What makes this book stand above the rest?
To me, I think the thing that makes Voodoo Moon stand out from other paranormal or urban fantasy books is that it doesn’t fit into either of those categories exclusively. There are so many elements in Voodoo Moon that it is really impossible to pin down to any one genre. It’s a paranormal, post-apocalyptic romantic mystery with touches of urban fantasy, science fiction, dystopian and a tiny dash of steam-punk. Actually, I like to call it “magic-punk”. You’ll have to read it to see what I mean.
RH: What is your next project?
I’m a few days away from turning in the second book in the Paranorm World series “Immortal Moon” to the publisher. I also have a contemporary new adult romance, Just As You Are releasing late summer/early fall, but you can read a new chapter every week or two until the release on Wattpad. http://www.wattpad.com/story/40632504-just-as-you-are
I’m also working on my first “clean” new adult fantasy which I will be writing entirely, and interactively on Wattpad. The novel is based on a short story I wrote called The Doors of Destiny, and readers can vote on which “door” the heroine will take, then there will be other places in the story later on where readers can vote and decide on directions the story will take. You can read and vote on Wattpad here: http://www.wattpad.com/story/40639538-the-doors-of-destiny
RH: Where can we find you on the web?
· June Steven’s Website
· June Stevens Amazon Page
· June on Twitter @curvyauthor
· June on TSU
· June’s Tumblr
· DJ Westerfield Writing as June Stevens Facebook Fan Page
· Friend June Stevens on Facebook
· June Stevens on GoodReads
RH: If Voodoo Moon could be a movie, who'd play Fiona Moon, and why?
My opinions of the actress that would be best for Fiona keeps flipping around, there are so many wonderful actresses that “look” the part. But my two top faves are either Jennifer Lawrence or Victoria Justice. Either would be perfect to deliver the odd mixture of spunk, attitude, and compassion that makes up Fiona. Either would be great opposite my dream of Bradley Cooper as Ian.
RH: What is your least favorite thing to write? How do you accomplish it?
Believe it or not, sex scenes are my least favorite thing to write. I almost always leave them until last. When I absolutely have to write them I pour a big cup of coffee, close myself in my office, put on some classical music, and stare at the computer screen until the words pop into my head. If I’m having a particularly hard time I’ll re-watch Love Actually and Pride and Prejudice. No, there aren’t any sex scenes in either, which actually helps me clear my head. I can usually go back to what I’m writing, read the chapter before the scene I need to write, then the words will start to flow.
RH: I see you're the co-owner of the Pop Lit Diva Radio Show. Can you tell us a bit about it?
My bestie, Sherry Ficklin and I have been doing a show on Blog Talk Radio for three years now. We’ve changed the name a couple of times, but never what we do. Basically we have an hour chat every week and let people listen in. We talk about whatever flips our fancy, but mostly books, publishing, and anything geeky that we are into at the moment. We air live on Mondays at noon, but all of our shows are available on demand so you can listen to them whenever you want. You can get more information here: http://junestevens.com/poplitdivas/
RH: What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Jude Devereaux, Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts, Ilona Andrews, Carrie Vaughn, Jeanine Frost, Ann Aguirre
RH: What kind of pets do you have? What are their names?
Two cats, Andromeda and Stormageddon, and four dogs Mal, Fiona, Betsy, and Cece.
RH: What is your favorite geeky movie?
Choosing one favorite is as impossible as choosing a favorite star in the sky. We are a family of geeks. I would say our most watched as a family is The Fifth Element.
RH: What is your favorite book?
Has anyone really ever named just one? How is that possible?
RH: Pen, Pencil, phone, tablet or computer?
RH: How do you overcome the dreaded procrastination demons?
I’ll let you know when I do.
RH: Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
I’d like to thank you for having me on your blog, it’s been so much fun. Also, I’d like to give a special shout out to my street team, especially Amy. Lauren, and Kristy. They really go above and beyond to help me make my books a success. And of course, I’d like to thank everyone who has ever read any of my books. Whether they liked what they read or not, just taking a chance on a new author is a wonderful thing.
RH: Do you have a book trailer?
Wishing you all the best June!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When not working she can be found making jewelry, reading, cooking, or watching geeky movies with her husband and snuggling with her 5...YES 5, furbabies. Notice cleaning wasn't listed...
June Stevens is the pen name for DJ Westerfield.