The Blood Moon of Winter - 2nd Edition

Rated 4.58/5 based on 12 reviews
As the land of Makayra deteriorates, its people seek the help of one that might save them. The only chance of survival is the return of the goddess of the land yet she is nowhere to be found in their world. Through magic and determination, the Prophecy of Resurgence will come to pass. Their search leads them to discover Lilyana, a shy, young woman hiding behind her books... More

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About Courtney Conant

Born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Courtney began writing at a very young age and was very passionate about it. Since moving to Arizona at age 16, she took a long break from it as she seemed to have hit a very long period of writer's block. She began writing again in 2008, due to finding NaNoWriMo which is an amazing contest/challenge for anyone needing that extra motivation. Since then, she has completed her first novel and has started work on the sequel.

She is an avid reader with a deep love of fantasy and horror. Growing up, horror novels were her main selection from the library shelves. She was inspired to write from an early age from reading novels by Stephen King. It wasn't until later in her life that she formed a love of fantasy and has continued down that path. Reading authors such as Jacqueline Carey and George R.R. Martin lead her to expand her views on what to seek out when it came to finding new books.

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Review by: Tracey Spiteri (YA Book Addict) on June 01, 2012 :
Let me start by saying that for me, this book doesn't fit into the normal YA genre, purely because of the ages of the characters involved in the story. They don't fit into the normal age bracket that is generally featured in young adult books. There is also one sex scene, which while it isn't terribly graphic, it is there. So I would probably say that this is suitable for the higher aged teen and upwards!!

But all of that being said, The Blood Moon of Winter is an enjoyable read!! Some of the things I loved about it were...

THE COVER: It couldn't have fitted in better with the whole story. Absolutely perfect!! The Blood Moon, the dress, the hair, the tattoo, the lake!! A perfect representation of the story!!
LILYANA: She is a reader. A lover of books. And one of the quotes I loved most in the book was “I love books because they are easier than people.” There are days when I absolutely feel like that myself!!
JASON: Caring, protective, loving!! And he's an author!! What more could you want!!
THE ENDING: Wow!! What a fantastic lead in to the next book!!

On the downside, I found the speech between the characters to be a bit stilted. I felt it wasn't as free flowing as it should be when you're having a conversation with someone.

The plot and storyline keep you interested and the characters are all well rounded although I would have liked a little more background information for Lily's reluctance to date.

So, will I be reading more of this series? Definitely! The ending alone was enough to have me guessing as to what will happen next!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Maghon Thomas on Feb. 20, 2012 :
First I would like to thank Books4Tomorrow and the author for sending me a copy to review this book. :)

What is you were a typical woman, with a mother and sister who desperately want you to meet a man and get married (LOL I know these people), and one day in the park where you read, you meet the man, who happens to be your favorite author of your favorite books, who is gunna be the one to help you ascend into Goddess-hood? Yep, that sentence is how I can sum up the book without spoilers. Now, this one is a little different with the plot summary. Most of the soon-to-be Goddesses know at least something about their gift. Lilyana, aka Lily, has no conception of this... she kind of freaks out when she starts having these very realistic dreams with a giant white panther, telling her she is gunna save their world and become their goddess. BUT, there's always a but, you know, but she must finish her transition so she can leave earth and ascend in their realm. I felt that this was a nice difference as there is usually a happy ending for these kind of stories... However, there is a nice little cliff hanger at the end, and a maybe not so happy fairy tale ending... personally, I think the ending is perfect for setting up for the next book. :)

The writing style is a little different but in a good way. And the characters are well rounded, but I would have liked a better back ground description. For example, why is Lily the way she is, especially when it comes to guys, and love, and relationships? And the only other flaw (I can't call it that, but I don't have another word to use) is in the beginning parts of the book, the "person" narrating goes from different perspectives. Normally I like that, but I was a little confused in the flipping quickly between Lily & the Oracle (&/or Elders)and some of the explanations were a little unclear... BUT, it then gets clearer as the story goes on, so you figure it all out. Maybe I shouldn't be all lazy and expect explanations right up front... there's no mystery that way right? LOL

All in all, I liked this book, and I look forward to see what's going to happen, especially at the end with that nice little cliff hanger :) 3.5 PAWS for me!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: ashley reid on Jan. 08, 2012 :
A fantastic and very unique read!! I had hard time parting ways, even for just a few mintues while reading it!! I cannot wait until the next installment!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Delphinam on Dec. 12, 2011 :
I really, really enjoyed this book. It is probably a 4.5 instead of a 5 because of a few editing issues, but the story was wonderful. It is difficult to review this book without giving too much away, so if I spoil anything, I apologize in advance. Here is what I liked about this book:
The main character is an avid reader!
There is a talking feline.... I so love talking felines!!!!!
Jason is a writer. What is sexier than a writer????
The book was an enjoyable read. There were no parts where I was tempted to skim.
The Tattoo!!!!!!
It is a book I can see myself reading again.
It is unique and does not follow the same story arc I have seen in so many novels lately.
It is beyond a bargain at only $.99.

Ok, there are a ton more, but I really am afraid I am going to ruin too much of the plot if I share them. I am anxiously waiting the next installment of this series. There is so much rich content the author can pull from. The possibilities are endless. Personally, along with the the main storyline, I am looking forward to seeing what part her mom may or may not play as the series progresses.


If I had an older teen daughter interested in reading this, I would think twice about it, but not necessarily dismiss it outright. There is one scene that is definitely adult, but it is not x rated adult. It would definitely not be for a younger teen.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: bexm on Dec. 08, 2011 :
I found this book very easy to read and enjoyable. It was all over far too soon and I cannot wait for the next installment!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: bexm on Dec. 08, 2011 :
I found this book very easy to read and enjoyable. It was all over far too soon and I cannot wait for the next installment!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Cabrera on Feb. 28, 2011 :
I found this book to have a different writing style then I am normally used to and found it to be refreshing. The ideas and elements put into the story line were new and original. This book will definitely have you turning pages to see what is happing next. The stories development through out the whole progression of the story, I found was as smooth as silk. Courtney Conant paints a gorgeous picture of a new land that I definitely would love to visit and a love interest that will have you falling in love with him. I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel. I would suggest you give this new author a try.
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(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: caylinn on Feb. 25, 2011 :
Writing is not my thing but reading is and this was definitely worth reading. A new world offered by a new author that leaves me anxiously awaiting the sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Emily Rae Robles on Feb. 20, 2011 :
(This review was originally posted at http://emlynchand.com/2011/02/20/book-reviewinterview-with-courtney-conant-author-of-the-blood-moon-of-winter/)

magine that you are an avid reader who unexpectedly meets your favorite author. Now imagine that your favorite author unexpectedly begins to fall in love with you. Sound like a story? Well, now imagine that right at the moment you begin to fall in love, you realize that you are meant to exist not in this world but in a world you formerly believed to be only a dream. Congratulations, you have just entered the life of Lilyana Makay, the heroine of Courtney Conant’s novel The Blood Moon Of Winter.

Lilyana is a reader’s sort of protagonist because she herself constantly immerses herself in books. Reading The Blood Moon Of Winter is reminiscent of standing in a hallway of mirrors, watching your image reflect itself back over and over again. The novel is a sort of a meta-story, demonstrating its understanding of its own plot and characters as plot and characters through sly little comments about the path the story is taking.

Reading the novel also gives the reader a glimpse into the invisible character of Conant herself. An avid reader, Conant admits that many of Lilyana’s characteristics ended up being unintentional representations of her own self. Coming from a childhood that voraciously absorbed the imaginary worlds created by literature, Conant aims to bring her readers into a world that will capture their interest in the same way hers was captured as a child. The life of Lilyana, who is torn between newfound love in one world and newfound purpose in another, will resonate with readers who often feel torn between the real world and the world created by literature.

Unlike most fictional worlds that take ages to invent, Conant’s flowed out of her like a story that needed to be told. A writer since the prodigious age of four, Conant’s writing came to an abrupt halt at 16 when her entire body of works was burned up in a fire. From that time until she began work on The Blood Moon Of Winter, Conant suffered severe writer’s block. It wasn’t until she discovered NaNoWriMo (an annual contest where writers attempt to write a full 50,000 word novel over the course of the month of November) that her creative juices began to flow freely again.

With a newfound motivation to write, Conant began with one sentence and watched, shocked, as that sentence transformed not into just any book, but a book that contained worlds within it. As the plot progressed, she thought she was writing chick lit, but suddenly a fantasy plot appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. This unexpected shift of genre left Conant astonished at the power of unknown creativity and leaves readers astonished at the power of integrated genres. By crossing the gap between two genres, the story of Lilyana becomes even more compelling, speaking to an even wider audience.

As a versatile musician whose day job has very little to do with art, Conant knows from personal experience the power of crossing boundaries and integrating genres or disciplines, both in literature and in life. She proposes that few people are merely one type of artist—whether through the way they approach life or the actual artistic activities in which they participate, artists maintain a passion that influences the way they think, act, and create.

Conant’s passion is obvious in how she handles her characters, themes, and plot. The book as it stands has been edited very little since its NaNoWriMo inception, so the creative passion that inspired it is obvious in every progressing sentence. The romance aspect of the novel flowers as naturally as the writing style of the author. The characters become so real to the reader that the transition into a fantasy style becomes all the more jarring, yet somehow natural.

Throughout the novel, Lilyana’s two separate worlds serve as a reminder to the reader of the duality in all of us. Reading The Blood Moon Of Winter not only draws readers into fantastic new worlds but also grounds them in the reality that is imagination. Conant’s creative abilities and passion for her work bring out the artist in all her readers. The Blood Moon Of Winter is truly an inspiration for writers, readers, and artists of all sorts.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: XchylerConn on Feb. 20, 2011 :
I will keep this short and sweet so I do not give anything away.
I thought The Blood Moon of Winter was a fast paced easy read. I did not want to put my nook down; there was always something that had my attention. I never hit a dull or slow moment. Just as one intriguing moment ended another took its place.
Before you know it you are near the end, you have so many questions in mind, and you are dying to turn the page. Then there are no more pages to turn, the book has ended leaving you looking for Beyond the Known Horizon.
I would recommend The Blood Moon of Winter by Courtney Conant to everyone. With all that is going on in Lily’s life there is sure to be something to catch your attention.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Melanie Addy on Jan. 30, 2011 :
Lilyana's everyday life unfolds like a good friend, filling you in after a month's separation. Her alter life welcomes you in with words that lull and swoop your breath away. Your heart will slow pace as you enter the enchanting world of Makayra. No wonder she is torn between the surreal and the ordinary; both are shared with the reader like an amazing, savory, secret family recipe. You will want to eat this book up!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: D ODell on Jan. 26, 2011 :
The Blood Moon of Winter is an engaging story of a seemingly normal woman who wants nothing more in life than some quiet and a good book. Lilyana Makay soon discovers that she is destined for so much more and has little to no control over changes in her life that are coming, indefinitely. Simply put… a great story set in two different worlds, about a woman whose life is turned upside down and learns to deal with the changes that are thrust upon her.

On a much deeper side, being set in your ways, stagnant with your life is not always a great thing. Sometimes you need to embrace the changes in life that come your way and see the good in the changes. That's kind of what I feel with this story. It’s a scary thing to have your life turned upside down and have zero control in it, but sometimes it's a good thing. It makes you feel alive!

I’ve read books before that made me feel like I’ve read the same story over and over…only the names were changed. The Blood Moon of Winter is exceptional in that I once I was finished reading it I didn’t feel like I had read this story before. I truly enjoyed reading this beautiful story and can’t wait to see what adventures are coming to Lilyana Makay, Goddess of Makayra!

My suggestion: get this book, grab a glass of wine, kick back and enjoy the ride!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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