What’s happening at Blue Moon Aurora

If you haven’t visited the main Blue Moon Aurora website in a while, it’s worth a look. On the left, we’ve separated out our K.M. Johnson-Weider novels into two distinct categories to better describe the fictional universes they are set in: West Pacific Supers (the setting for Rising Tide and Victory at Any Cost) and the Ascension Galaxy (represented by Black Throne Conspiracy).

On the right, we’ve introduced two imprints to better represent the growing diversity of our published books. 50 percent Dakini is our line of Buddhist and children’s books, currently represented by In the Garden of our Minds and Other Buddhist Stories. And on November 1, we’re launching Blue Moon Signature with the release of the truth about Hannah Rose by Naomi Kenorak on Amazon.com. We’ll post more about that on Friday, but for now suffice to say that it’s an intense, deeply personal, and ultimately uplifting fictionalized memoir of adoption set during the heyday of American adoptions from Russia.

We’re quite pleased with the positive feedback we’ve gotten on our existing books. In the Garden of our Minds and Other Buddhist Stories was recently awarded a bronze medal in the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in category 27: Religion/Spirituality. According to the Moonbeam website, the awards “are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading.” This year there “are 165 medalists in all, chosen from over 1,200 total entries. The winners represent 35 U.S. States, five Canadian Provinces, and 7 countries overseas.”

The Sacramento Book Review said that Black Throne Conspiracy “delivers a thoroughly enthralling and enjoyable story. Sir Cobrin is an engaging, conflicted, immensely interesting protagonist, and he serves as a marvelous lens through which to learn and explore the vast machinations of the Ascension Galaxy. With elements of thriller, whodunit, and political gamesmanship, this is a rich and immersive storytelling universe, one in which the rules are hard and fast, the narrative confident and free flowing.” Black Throne Conspiracy also recently received a 4-star “approved” rating from IndieReader.

Meanwhile, our two West Pacific Supers novels have 4-star ratings on Amazon.com and sales continue to be the strongest for that line. We’ve committed to writing one more novel in that series, President’s Team, which we currently hope to release next spring. We’re behind in our original projections for that novel due to some personal dramas this year, which has set back our overall writing schedule.

We know we need to kick our creativity back in gear, so we’re both participating in National Novel Writing Month this year. It’s an excellent creative free-for-all that yielded the genesis of Black Throne Conspiracy back in 2011. I’ve got a blog about NaNoWriMo up on my personal blog here and encourage others to join in the craziness and fun.

So there’s a lot going on here at Blue Moon Aurora and I look forward to telling you more about our next release on Friday.

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