I am happy to be hosting Lisa Kessler's Hunter's Moon Blog Tour today!
Read on for everything about rye book, about the author, my book review & an exclusive short interview with Mrs. Kessler!
ABOUT THE BOOK: Sasha’s future was stolen from her the moment she was bitten. Now she's on the run from the Nero Organization that transformed her from a human detective into a shape shifting jaguar assassin. When a rogue bounty hunter threatens her younger sister, she'll be forced to fight, and with nowhere else to turn, Sasha will need to trust the one man who has every reason to want her dead.
Aren is a werewolf with a secret. While protecting his twin brother and Alpha of the Pack, he found his one mate for life. Sadly she's also the jaguar assassin who tried to kill them both. Now Aren is struggling between his animal nature to love and protect her, and his loyalty to the Pack.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Kessler is an award winning author of dark paranormal fiction. Her debut novel, Night Walker, won a San Diego Book Award for Best Published Fantasy-Sci-fi-Horror as well as the Romance Through the Ages Award for Best Paranormal and Best First Book.
Her short stories have been published in print anthologies and magazines, and her vampire story, Immortal Beloved, was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award.
When she's not writing, Lisa is a professional vocalist, performing with the San Diego Opera as well as other musical theater companies in San Diego. You can learn more at http://Lisa-Kessler.com
BOOK REVIEW: Hunter's Moon is the second book in author Lisa Kessler's Moon Series, about a Pack of werewolves living in Reno, trying to avoid an organization called Nero, who want to experinent on them and other shifters, jaguars.
In Moonlight, we learned about Adam Sloan and his finding his mate, Lana, a jaguar. In Hunter's Moon, we read from his twin brother, Aren's, point of view, and his mate: Sasha, a jaguar assassin who had tried to kill him and capture Lana so Nero could experiment on her.
Now Sasha is on the run from Nero, after she realized that there was no cure to make her human again. Nero tries to find her, but their hunters all wind up dead, thanks to Aren's desire to protect his mate. But, as be gets closer to Sasha, what will happen? His twin might've been mated to a kind jaguar, but his was a deadly killer!
And, since a werewolf novel is nothing without a little (actually, make that a lot) of danger, Sasha's human sister is now the target of a crazed bounty hunter sent by Nero, and the only place she'll be safe is with the Pack, none of whom are too fond of Sasha.
In this novel we learn more about the Pack, more about Nero and a lot more about human nature and the meaning of live. As the reader learns about Sasha's past and self-hate, they will feel for her as a friend, and many will swoon over Aren even more than Adam (I can honestky say that I did!).
It is refershing to read a story with frequent plot twists, revelations and romance that doesn't take away from the real story.
Mrs. Kessler's novels keep getting better and gripping the reader into their velvet chains.
If you haven't read Moonlight, do that before you pick up Hunter's Moon! There are a lot of spoilers from the first book, as it is the continuation! And be on the lookout for the next books, focusing on Nadya, Sasha's young sister.
Overall, this is a book that will keep the reader enchanted, make them laugh, cry and cringe. Amazing read for fans of romance, the paranormal and adventure stories!
5 out of 5--epic!
1. I'm sure you'll get this one a lot, but why did you choose to write as Sasha and Aren this time around and what was the biggest difference as opposed to writing as Adam and Lana?
Great question! Each book in the series will be a new main pair, and the plotline of each book really leads us toward the next couple as the larger picture of Nero unfolds during the course of the series. After the big battle at the end of Moonlight, we weren't sure if Aren killed or saved Sasha, so it felt right that their book should be next to finish that story.
There was a huge difference between Aren and Sasha and my previous pair. Unlike Lana from Moonlight, Sasha knew what she was up against. It was so fun to write her, and I actually interviewed my cousin who is a female detective to get all the weapons information and police-sounding phrases. Lots of Sasha's kick-ass-ness is due to my cousin's insider info.
And Aren was very different from his twin in book one, not only because he has a permanent injury to his ankle, but he also felt extremely torn between his mate and the Pack. They had good reason to hate Sasha, and he knew that, so it made for layers of conflict to work my way through. :)
2. Why did you make both brothers fall for jaguars? Was it because they are twins or did it just happen?
It actually just happened. When Sasha head-butted Aren in the fight in Moonlight, it also hit me right then that it would be amazing if that was the moment he realized she was his mate. LOL
It didn't occur to me until much later that both brothers were mates to jaguars.
3. Why did you use Elvis as such a big part in Hunter's Moon?
When I named Adam and Aren I knew Aren's name was spelled uniquely because of his mother's love of Elvis. It was really fun for me to weave Elvis music into the book. I'm a huge fan and even got married by Elvis in Las Vegas! True story!
4. What emotions/lessons do you want readers to take from Aren and Sasha's stories?
I felt like they both learned so much! I think the bottom line of this book is that forgiveness often needs to start with yourself. And I think another point that resonated through the story is that love without trust isn't love at all.
5. The next book in the series is going to be from Nadya's point of view. Can you tell the reader a little more about it, please?
The next book, Blood Moon, will be Nadya and Gareth's story. Poor Gareth! He's lost every member of his family and now he finally finds his mate, but she's dying after being bitten by a werewolf with mutated DNA. Ugh! It's a really powerful story so far though! I really love Gareth. He's very tortured, and Nadya is the opposite. She knows her future looks grim, but she's not hiding from it. She wants to really live with whatever time she has left. It's going to be a really powerful book... (Don't tell Gareth, but I already know how to save Nadya. He'll figure it out.... eventually!)
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