Thursday, February 1, 2018

Black Moon Rising

With: Ann Simas

Congratulations to "Bn100", the winner in Ann's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

The initial idea for the opening scene of BLACKMOON RISING came from an experience I had several years ago. As I drove down College Avenue in Fort Collins, Colorado, with my toddler in the back seat. I encountered a young woman sitting on the curb beside her wrecked bicycle. I pulled over and offered to help her, but she said she was okay. Since there really was no parking lane on the thoroughfare, and my son was waiting patiently in his carseat, I decided to take off. Before I got back into my car, a salesman from the car dealership yelled at me that he’d called an ambulance and hollered, “You’d better not leave!”
A few hours later, when I arrived back home, I told my husband about the incident and how the man had basically threatened me, like he thought I’d hit the bicyclist. I decided to phone the police and make sure they didn’t have all of FCPD out looking for me. Much to my chagrin, the officer I spoke to said the car salesman had, indeed, thought I’d hit the girl. Her injuries were not serious and she had immediately set the police straight—she’d caught her tire in the space between the asphalt road and the concrete gutter and gone down.

For years, I’ve kept that incident in my head, knowing that one day, I’d use it in a book. Being a writer, of course, I had to deviate from the satisfactory resolution  I’d experienced to one that would take my character, Sunny Fyfe, on a rollercoaster ride from hell.

I support law enforcement, but even so, I know there are an infrequent few who taint the good efforts of the dedicated men and women who look out for us every day. I decided to use such a person in BLACKMOON RISING, but to give you the details here would be the worst kind of spoiler. Instead, let me tell you how this book got its title. I'd never heard the term “black moon” before I began to research blue moons for this book. As soon as I saw it, I knew it had to be part of the title of my book, hence BLACKMOON RISING. I photographed a blue moon rising in summer 2015 specifically so that I could use it for my cover.

Sunny and Detective Luca Amorosi deal with a serious cult issue, which I named Vale Luna, in keeping with the blue moon event in BLACK MOON RISING. Even though they face life-threatening struggles and challenges, they still manage to find time to laugh and fall in love.
I currently have 20 books in print, among them are several romantic suspense: Heaven Sent, *Blessed Are the Eagles, *Chloe’s Spirit, *First Star, and Loose Ends (*RWA Golden Heart Finalists). My next book, tentatively entitled Here and Gone, will be released this summer.

Ann will be giving away an ebook copy of BLACK MOON RISING to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

Black Moon Rising

From the moment Sunny Fyfe stops to help an injured bicyclist who’s down on the side of the road, her calm, sane life becomes hell on earth. Detective Luca Amorosi doesn’t start out beholden to her for helping his sister. How could he, when he’s been led to believe she’s the hit-and-run driver? Performing that one good dead sends Sunny’s life spiraling into a living nightmare. Cults. Blue moons. Sacrificial lambs. Sunny will do anything to save her children, her family, and the man she’s fallen in love with. Anything.

Author Bio
Ann Simas lives in Oregon, but she is a Colorado girl at heart, having grown up in the Rocky Mountains. An avid word-lover since childhood, she penned her first fiction “book” in high school. She particularly likes to write a mix of mystery-thriller-suspense with a love story and paranormal/supernatural elements. Currently, she has 20 books in print.

An award-winning watercolorist and a budding photographer, Ann also enjoys needlework and gardening in her spare time. She is her family’s “genealogist” and has been blessed with the opportunity to conduct first-hand research in Italy for both her writing and her family tree. The genealogy research from century’s old documents, written in Italian, has been a supreme but gratifying and exciting challenge for her.

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  1. sounds interesting

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. It was interesting to research and a lot of fun to write! Good luck.

      Ann Simas

  2. It is sad that "bad apples" taint the reputations of those who give dedicated service. I have always wondered how you would defend yourself against a charge if you had no proof you were innocent. I know the law says innocent until proven guilty, but circumstantial evidence or false accusations could point to you. Then what do you do. There are too many cases of people being convicted of crimes they didn't commit.

    library pat AT com cast DOT net

    1. Fortunately for me, all ended well and the girl on the bike wasn't seriously injured. This incident turned out to be a starting point for me for this book, and without giving too much away, there is a "bad apple" in the story. Good luck.

      Ann Simas

  3. Congratulations to Ann! Over 20 books in print is proof that dreams really do come true if you grab the brass ring, keep the end in mind, work hard, and go forth and conquer! Love the story behind the title!

  4. Thanks, Just Romantic Suspense, for hosting my guest blog. I just finished another romantic suspense/thriller yesterday, and now it goes on the back burner for two weeks before I start to edit. Meanwhile, I start on book 4 of my Grace Gabbiano mystery series. Happy reading, everyone!


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