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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Gibbous Moon

Gibbous Moon

by Katie Groom




GENRE: Paranormal Thriller/Romance




BLURB: Werewolf and professor of literature Hugh spent nearly 200 years to find his soulmate, Zoie, but others betrayed him, working with rivals to take her away in only an instant. Revenge was swift and unsatisfying. More people need to pay for what was stolen from Hugh.


Zoie’s death had been orchestrated by powerful beings in the supernatural world. Exacting revenge will require precision and planning.


Biding his time before acting, Hugh reverts to the patterns that finding true love had disrupted. Walking through life in a fog, he does his best to appear as if he is moving forward, though nothing feels the same.


As Hugh tries to start the next chapter in his life with Rosalie, he is haunted by the memory of Zoie. The literature professor cringes every time he’s reminded that Rosalie doesn’t like to read, but he tells himself that opposites should attract. That Rosalie can patch the hole left in his heart when Zoie died. His revenge will take time, and wallowing in grief won’t help.


Just as Hugh is still focused on revenge, his enemies are still plotting to harm Hugh further. It’s dangerous to oppose a bereaved werewolf, but even werewolves can be hurt.






Zoie quickly flew down closer, taking in everything that was going on around her. Hugh had a death grip on her body, and a terrified crowd of hotel employees had gathered in the lobby. One of them was on the phone—undoubtedly calling for emergency help. Not only was it obvious to Zoie that she was dead, but Hugh had literally crashed through a wall of glass to get to her. One police car was not going to cover this.


Stevie and Hugh’s best friend Cade were trying to convince Hugh to leave. They tried to plea from every angle—any excuse to get him to comply. “No!” Zoie cried. “Don’t leave me.” She couldn’t imagine that Hugh would even consider leaving her there.


“You need to leave her, and you need to go,” Cayden stated as they knelt down in front of Hugh. Their face was so full of genuine concern. It became obvious to Zoie that this was the best choice.


Zoie placed her feet on the pool deck and walked over to Hugh—despite everything going on, she noticed that her shoes didn’t make that strange squelching sound that they should have. So her guess was right, then; she was dead.


Hugh ignored Cade’s pleas, but Zoie inched closer and put her hand on his shoulder. She lied, “It’s okay, Hugh. Go.” It was in his best interest and in the best interest of their world for Hugh to leave.

A Word With the Author

1.Did you always want to be an author? 

Yes! My mom gifted me my first book that I ever wrote — in kindergarten — so I guess that I always did want to be a writer. It really kicked into high gear after reading Little Women and then watching the film (Winona Ryder as Jo). I would write a lot of fanfic, but I honestly never dreamed that I would be published. I still do hope to someday make a career out of this. 


2.Tell us about the publication of your first book. 

I absolutely loved the process of Fixed Moon being published — it was a dream come true! Exceeded all expectations. Fixed Moon was picked up by Cinnabar Moth Publishing because of a short story called Cardinal Moon. Cardinal Moon was the first piece of work that I’ve ever had published. It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s been a fun ride none the less! It’s lead to a full trilogy — and now, two additional novels. Also there have been several short stories to spin off of it. If I’m 100% honest, I could live in this world forever, and I’m totally hoping that they (the publisher) will ask for more. 


3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in? 

I absolutely love that you include “besides yourself”. I’m a firm believer that you have to love yourself (and your work) first before anyone else will. As for favorite authors in the paranormal romance genre, I of course, love the Twilight and Crave sagas, but there’s a duology that I go back to that is so very unique — it’s Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits by Kat Cho. While vampires and werewolves are commonplace in the paranormal romance genre, the gumiho is rarely spoken about. It’s from Korean mythology, and it’s woven so beautifully into the story. 


4.What's the best part of being an author? The worst? 

The best part for me is getting to spend time with my characters. I really enjoy getting to know them and the world that they live in. It is also fantastic to find out that someone read my book or even is considering reading it!  

The worst — writing the blurbs for the back of the book! HAHA! I can write an entire novel, but those 250 words for the back of the book? IMPOSSIBLE. 


5.What are you working on now? 

Right now, I’m finishing up the third book in the Cardinal Moon Saga. I’ve just finished the first draft, so I let it sit for a couple weeks and then go back and begin the editing process.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Katie Groom grew up in rural Pennsylvania, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management from PITT and her master’s in Employment and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2016, she decided to move to Alabama in order to avoid as much snow as possible (and to advance her career in Human Resources).


When she isn’t working, Katie enjoys reading, writing, jokingly critiquing movies and TV, and campaigning that the plural of moose should be meese. She also loves to take in live music (especially Hanson) and traveling, with the goal of reaching each of the continents. Katie’s favorite pastime, however, is spending time with her beloved Shih tzu, Delta.






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