Guess what? I was sought out by author Jean Moynahan and asked if I would like to review her latest novel and do a giveaway on my site! She said she found my website when she was reading a book review of Jen J. Danna’s mystery, Dead, Without a Stone to Tell It.
I admit I hemmed and hawed a bit, at first. But then I decided to read the first three chapters of it to see if I got “hooked.” I did, so I sent her another email and agreed to do an an exchange of an autographed copy of her book for a book review and blog post, my standard offer to authors whose books I want to read.
I also agreed to run a giveaway!
(See below for more details.)
Who Is Jean Moynahan?
Jean Moynahan is the author of The Illuminated Vineyard and The Black Fountain Goddess. (While I didn’t read her first novel, I’d like to. If you want to know more about The Illuminated Vineyard, you can read the book blurb on Goodreads, you can read a review of it on Mystery Reviews and another at Kirkus Reviews. If you like what you see, you can buy it from Amazon.)
You can read more about Jean in her bio, below.
What The Black Fountain Goddess Is About
Before I tell you what this book is about, I have to point out that the book blurb on the back cover, in my opinion, does not do this book justice. I think more should be said to “hook” the reader or the potential reader. If I picked this book up in a bookstore, I would not buy it. It is too brief, and offers very little to the reader.
Here is the blurb:
In rural Oregon, two ritualistic murders a century apart appear linked to an ancient cult. Jacob Colt’s ancestor hanged for the first crime; now a beautiful professor may be involved in the second. As Jacob finds answers to troubling questions, one continues to haunt him: who, or what, is the Black Fountain Goddess?
What The Black Fountain Goddess Is Really About
The simplest way for me to tell you about The Black Fountain Goddess is to share with you my Goodreads review:
The Black Fountain Goddess is about a research assistant, Jacob Colt, who takes on the role of a detective as he attempts to learn of his family’s past and the murder his great-grandfather was accused of. He returns to his hometown, Howerton, where his father is a literary professor at the university, and from whom he is a bit estranged. While in Howerton, another murder occurs, Felicity Emerson’s.
Jacob learns of the existence of a book written by a member of one of his family’s rivals (Cornell Shire), obtains a copy and reads it, looking for clues to the past. He is befriended by an elderly librarian, Reeve Gillespie, who also reads the book, but before Jacob has a chance to speak to Reeve about his findings, Reeve dies unexpectedly.
In his quest for answers, Jacob encounters four women, who each play a part in helping him uncover new information. As he makes strides in gaining knowledge, more questions arise, about the Black Fountain and cult practices members of Howerton were engaged in.
Fraught with literary references, plays on words, plot surprises, twists and turns, and containing undertones of the supernatural, The Black Fountain Goddess contains a mystery within a mystery.
I personally enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Perhaps it’s because I thought it would be more about rituals and cults, and even Voodoo and Hoodoo, which really isn’t my “thing.” Instead, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to join Jacob on his journey.
I encourage you to join him, too.
Win an Autographed Copy of The Black Fountain Goddess!
Jean Moynahan is going to give a copy of The Black Fountain Goddess to someone who leaves a comment on this post! The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter in two weeks.
The winner will receive a copy of The Black Fountain Goddess in his/her preferred format, too! If the preferred format is a physical copy, it will be signed by the author! That’s right, it will be autographed!
As a bonus, I”ll also give the winner a PDF of my e-book, Risky Issues. 🙂
How Long Will this Giveaway Last?
This giveaway will run from December 12 to 24th, 2014.
How Will You Know if You Have Won?
I will post the winner’s name on this blog on December 26th, 2014.
You will receive instructions on how to claim your prize.
This will involve emailing me, and indicating which book forrmat you prefer. You will have a choice of epub, Kindle, a physical copy, etc.!
Jean will then send you a copy of The Black Fountain Goddess, in your preferred format, and if you opt for the physical copy, she will also autograph it!
How Will the Winner Be Chosen?
The winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter.
How Do You Enter this Giveaway?
Enter the contest using Rafflecopter, at the end of this post.
Where You Can Buy The Black Fountain Goddess
If you are interested in The Black Fountain Goddess, you can read the first three chapters on her publisher’s site.
About the author, Jean Moynahan
Jean Moynahan was born in Oregon but raised in Arizona. Before finishing her university studies, she served two years in Germany with the Army Signal Corps, an experience that years later would provide the basis for her first published book, a romance entitled Captain of Hearts.
Jean completed a master’s degree in English literature at Arizona State University and has been a teacher ever since, specifically an adjunct college instructor in writing and literature at a community college in Oregon for over twenty years.
She has published a second romance, Painted Heart, and a mystery, The Illuminated Vineyard. The Black Fountain Goddess is her second mystery, and it was published in July of 2014 by Twilight Times Books.
Jean lives with her husband in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley.
You can connect with Jean on Goodreads, as she does not have her own website yet!
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