Interview: Faith Hunter (Circle of the Moon) ~ #Excerpt #BookTour

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Hello and Welcome All!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Faith Hunter author of Circle of the Moon.

Hi Faith, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 

Tell us about the cover for Circle of The Moon and how it came about?

My cover art starts out about 8 months before release date, with a batch of coverconference emails between my editor and me. She usually hasn’t seen the book by then, so she asks what I think, what color scheme I want, what weapons my character uses, what item or theme the book is about. In the case of Circle of The Moon, I said, the moon, natch. Night sky. Her hair flowing and magic in her hands. My character is less and less human as the series goes on, and I adore the tree-aspect. I’m hoping we see more tree in the Soulwood series!

Was there a scene in Circle of the Moon that was harder to write than others?

Not really. I’ve done the cathartic thing, where I deal with childhood traumas on
the page. Now it’s all about the characters and the scene on the screen. I do have to act out the scenes from time to time, and that can be fun.

Without revealing too much, what is your favorite scene in Circle of the Moon?

I love all the scenes where Nell confers with the earth, and especially with the
vampire tree. That tree is becoming a character all its own! And I am a tree hugger from way back, into my childhood, where I hugged trees when I was sad.

We’d all like to know about your favorite writing environment. Indoors, outdoors, a special room, etc.?

What would be the family room (in a normal home!) is my office, right off the
kitchen, with the TV behind my head. I have a desk with PC, a laptop, and an extra
screen. That makes three screens open at any one time. I also have a very comfy chair
that I replace every couple of years. I spend 8 – 12 hours in it and needs to support me
well! That is my favorite place to write, but I can write in the RV, by hand on a pad. That said, my favorite place to RE-write is on the couch in the RV, parked beside a rushing river. Heaven!

And, when you aren’t writing how do you relax?

Hubs and I whitewater kayak Class II and III rivers. Love it!

Thanks for having me!


[su_note note_color=”#e9d9ea” text_color=”#000000″]Laine said, “Rick’s bag, packed with backup weapon, extra official cell, charger, car fob, shoes, and a change of clothing, as ordered.” She tossed Rick’s gobag at Occam and he caught the bag with catty reflexes, though still not as fast as once before. “Move it, CC.”

CC stood for Crispy Critter, which was the term emergency crews and law enforcement used for burned bodies in a very hot fire. It was not a nice thing to say. It was also the exact thing Occam needed to hear—a reminder that his team knew he was disfigured, ugly, as far as social standards went, but still considered capable. Still part of the team. “Jo and I’ve got comms,” the resident witch added. “I was heading out, but I’ll stay over until we know what’s happened. I’ll update you on the way.”

Occam and I left the gear we didn’t need and headed back down the stairs to his sporty car, putting on comms systems as we went, our own one-day gobags over our shoulders. Occam used only one earbud, because the ear cartilage on the damaged side of his face hadn’t regrown. Yet.

“You copy?” Lainie asked over the earbuds.

“Receiving loud and clear,” Occam said as he started his car.

“Receiving,” I said. “I just plugged in the coordinates and Rick is on the bank of the Tennessee River in the middle of the night?”

“Nothing about the request or the destination makes sense,” T. Laine said. “And the request for backup came in over a nonsecured number, that old flip phone he keeps in a gobag in the glovebox of his car.”

“No other details?” Occam asked. “Grindys?”

“Not a one. No info on the grindys. I’m still trying to get back through. No luck.”

Grindylows were cute, neon green, kitten-sized were-creature killers. They appeared when a were-creature was in danger of transmitting the were-taint and killed the offending were-creature with extreme prejudice, no recourse, no appeal.

As the newest official special agent in PsyLED Unit Eighteen, and the one who had spent six months as part of a forest, on the injured and disabled list, I seldom was allowed to leave the office, my job these days being predominantly database searches and intel correlation. Excitement skittered along my nerve endings like ants in an electric current. [/su_note]


Circle of the Moon
(Soulwood #4)
by Faith Hunter
Publication: February 26th 2019

Nell can draw magic from the land around her, and lately she’s been using it to help the Psi-Law Enforcement division, which solves paranormal crimes. Joining the team at PsyLED has allowed her to learn more about her powers and the world she always shunned—and to find true friends.

Head agent Rick LaFleur shifts into a panther when the moon calls him, but this time, something has gone wrong. Rick calls Nell from a riverbank—he’s naked, with no memory of how he came to be there, and there’s a dead black cat, sacrificed in a witch circle and killed by black magic, lying next to him.

Then more animals turn up dead, and the team rushes to investigate. A blood-witch is out to kill. But when it seems as if their leader is involved in the crime, the bonds that hold the team together could shatter at any moment.

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[su_note note_color=”#d9e6ea” text_color=”#000000″]New York Times and USAToday bestselling fantasy author Faith Hunter was born in Louisiana and raised all over the south. Altogether she has 40+ books in print under the names Gary Hunter, Gwen Hunter, and Faith Hunter. As Faith, she writes two contemporary Urban Fantasy series: the Jane Yellowrock series, featuring a Cherokee skinwalker who hunts rogue vampires, and the Soulwood series, featuring earth magic user Nell Ingram. Her Rogue Mage novels are a dark, post-apocalyptic, fantasy series featuring Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage. The role playing game based on the series, is ROGUE MAGE, RPG.

WebsiteFacebook – Twitter – Yellowrock Securities – Gwen Hunter [/su_note]


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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

12 comments on “Interview: Faith Hunter (Circle of the Moon) ~ #Excerpt #BookTour

  1. These covers are amazing!

  2. These books are so good. Nell is my favorite character in Faith Hunters world.

  3. I really need to try Faith Hunter. She’s been on my radar for a while. Great interview.
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  4. I LOVE the Soulwood Novels! I found them after devouring the Jane Yellowrock novels.
    I adore Occam and his southern gentleman ways. But I also adore Nell’s family and I love that Mud is (hopefully) becoming a bigger character.

  5. What a fascinating book! I enjoy urban fantasy and the cover and blurb for Circle of the Moon definitely caught my interest.

  6. Whitewater Kayaking sounds fun and scary. I am loving the cover for this so it’s interesting to read how it came about.
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  7. I’m new here and this review definitely caught my eye!!!

  8. Whitewater kayaking! Wow, that sounds exhilarating. Thanks so much for the wonderful interview. And your series sounds exciting too. I’d love to read it.
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  9. Awesome interview and excerpt!!! Love the cover too! Shared on my socials!??

  10. I love this series, already wrote my review. I’m up next week. Great Interview. Thanks for sharing.
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  11. “Who’s your favorite SOULWOOD character? Or, if you’re new to the series, what piqued your interest?” I’m new to the series–I like fantasy!

  12. The reviews have definitely grabbed my attention – you must be thrilled!