Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1 [NOOK Book]

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“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried.

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She ...
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Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1

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Overview

“Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried.

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

Blood Fugue is the first of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult paranormal-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.

Moonsongs Series List
Blood Fugue, Book 1
Witch's Nocturne, Book 2
Dark Prelude, Book 3
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Editorial Reviews

Missy's Reads & Reviews Blog - Missy B.
"The writing is amazing - even in just a few short pages, you can see that right off the bat. It really engages you in the story and keeps you reading along until the end. Jenny, the protagonist, is written amazingly well. She's a tough chick, very passionate and also surprisingly very funny. I loved her attitude and the way that she presented herself."
Goodreads - Alex Cavanaugh, Bestselling Author of CassaFire
"...a tense story with some unique elements--A very good read!"
Candace's Book Blog - Candace R.
"The characters are fantastic. I love characters with a bit of OOMPH and Jenny was definitely a character with OOMPH. She has a purple mohawk (AWESOME!) and is a big gamer ... she's also totally kick ass--"
Books and Things Blog - Aimee K.
"While the stories are short they don’t lack in substance and I hope the next book will be out soon, maybe even a full length novel???(hint! hint!)"
Fic Fare Blog - Jaime A.
"E.J. Wesley shoves you into a world where things aren't as they might seem and he does it with a wonderful protagonist named Jenny. She's tough and filled with passion and doesn't apologize for anything."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015696059
  • Publisher: EJW
  • Publication date: 9/19/2012
  • Series: Moonsongs , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 772,532
  • File size: 578 KB

Meet the Author

E.J. Wesley holds degrees in psychology and counseling, but he'd rather write about make-believe people than study the real ones. He is passionate about family, video games, music, movies, art, and--of course--books. The author currently resides in Texas, and maintains a very neighborly attitude. You can find E.J., and say howdy, on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2012

    This story had me at the edge of my seat! Interesting character

    This story had me at the edge of my seat! Interesting characters and nail-biting suspense. Anxiously awaiting the next chapter for Jenny Moonsong!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Thankful to find a compelling story with strong characters. Can'

    Thankful to find a compelling story with strong characters. Can't wait for future installments.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

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    In BLOOD FUGUE, we're introduced to Jenny and her best friend, M

    In BLOOD FUGUE, we're introduced to Jenny and her best friend, Marshal. Life has dealt Jenny some low blows. The fact that she hasn't buckled under the crap she's dealt with is not only amazing (I totally would not been sane or comprehensible) but shows her strength. She's snarky, fun to hang around with, and I would love to be her bestie! Plus with her purple fauxhawk and my pink hair, we'd make quite the pair!

    And can I just say how much I love Marshal? The fact that he and Jenny stand out from everyone else in their tiny town with such confidence and flair makes me adore them even more. Marshal is such a cool guy, and it's obvious how much Jenny cares about him. It's also refreshing they're best friends without a romantic element to their relationship, proving a girl and a guy can be just friends. (You'll find out why they won't ever be more than just friends.) 

    BLOOD FUGUE is full of surprises with twists and turns. There's a huge revelation that I'll admit I never saw coming and was happy with the outcome. I think it adds to Jenny's badassery. This novelette is a quick and super fun read with the promise of more awesomeness ahead.

    I received a copy of this novelette in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    I am one of those people who LOVE a good scare and something tha

    I am one of those people who LOVE a good scare and something that knocks you out of your chair. EJ Wesley did NOT let me down when it came to this :) The Blood Fugue was awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Not your run of the mill monster story though. The protagonist being a strong-willed and able woman made it that much more interesting to read, and I could really feel the love she had for her grandparents and parents in the book. It was heart-wrenching in the beginning but then became heart-pounding as it continued! I am already onto the Witches Nocturne working on reading that one, which I am sure already will be awesome as well :) I highly recommend this series for anyone who loves a good read and a good scare but it's not SO scary that it would turn people off. It is definitely an edge-of-your-seat ride all the way to the end! And finally finding out what "Moonsong" is at the end of Book 1 is great as well because I didn't understand how the name went along with the books at first. EJ Wesley did a superb job and I can't wait to read the rest of them!

    I received copies of all 5 books in exchange for honest reviews.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    Couldn't ask for a better beginning to this series! I just knew

    Couldn't ask for a better beginning to this series!
    I just knew I was gonna love Jenny. She has serious attitude issues, wears radical clothes, and sports a purple mohawk. She doesn’t give a crap what anyone thinks about her.

    Her mother died when she was 10 and her father lived for the bottle. The only good times they shared were when he took her to the gun range, teaching her how to shoot.

    She became quite good at it. Never knowing she’d need to be.

    Upon his death, she was raised by her grandmother, her last living family, who lived long enough to see Jenny become a grown woman.

    Out of the blue she gets an email from her grandfather, Billy Moonsong, the one she’s been led to believe died many years ago. It was a short email.

    “I would never contact you unless it was extremely important. It is. Please meet me tomorrow.”

    Of course she goes to see him, but not alone. She takes her best friend Marshal.

    Short stories and novellas have to grab me quickly. This one did. There’s the mysterious grandfather, a legacy, Native American (Apache) elements and flesh and blood characters.

    Did I forget to mention the monster. Oh yeah, one very powerful, murderous creature.

    Poor Jenny and poor Marshal. The handbook given to her by Billy Moonsong is supposed to help her understand her place in the family legacy. She’s a monster hunter and she better get with it quick.

    What felt so authentic to me was how Jenny, and then Marshal. thought on their feet. They had no time to do research and no idea what creature was coming, so they were going to be very lucky to survive.

    What comes is straight out of a horror movie.” Looks like Jenny’s going on the war path.”

    I received this book for my honest and unbiased review.

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

    This was a very quick read taking me no more than an hour so I w

    This was a very quick read taking me no more than an hour so I will keep the review short as well.

    The Good

    I really enjoyed Wesley's writing. Jenny was a fun character to get to know and her personality was flushed out pretty quickly. She's sarcastic, likes to be alone, and is pretty negative...but I like her. With her purple fohawk and camo tank top, she's different. She's had a pretty tough life so far, but I like the fact that she takes responsibility for what she perceives she has done wrong in her past.

    Speaking of the past, I love this quote about her thoughts on it: "When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted. For me, dwelling on the past was akin to keeping a picture of an ex-boyfriend who had cheated on me with the town whore, stolen my favorite t-shirt, and given me Chlamydia. There'd be no value in holding onto that kind of torment."

    There was just enough air of mystery to keep me interested until the paranormal aspect kicked in. I am really looking forward to jumping in to Witch's Nocturne to learn more about where this story goes. This is one Texan with Apache Indian roots that I want to know more about.

    The Bad

    There isn't anything bad about it really, it's just shorter than I am used to.

    Conclusion

    This is a great book. If you are looking for a quick and entertaining read, this one is for you! I'm really looking forward to the second one.

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    Posted October 10, 2012

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