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Blue Moon (Nightcreature, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2006


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312949391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312949396
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,937,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Sassy, wisecracking policewoman Jessie McQuade, the book's first-person narrator, takes readers on a thrilling hunt through the forests of smalltown Miniwa, Wis., in search of a mythical predator in this lively paranormal romance. No-nonsense Jessie has never believed in magic or other supernatural "woo woo," but when she sees schoolteacher Karen Larson turn rabid in the classroom and attempt to bite one of her students shortly after being bitten by a wolf herself, she begins to realize that the world is not just black and white but "a host of annoying shades of gray." Before long, she's tramping through the forest with a self-professed werewolf hunter by her side and lusty thoughts of gorgeous professor Will Cadote, an expert in Native American mythology, racing through her mind. The enigmatic professor may be able to help Jessie figure out why the onyx wolf totem she found on the road near where Karen was bitten is so important, but it's possible he may be a werewolf himself. Handeland (The Husband Quest, etc.) sets a feverish pace, thrusting Jessie into one dangerous situation after another, and she keeps readers in delicious suspense over Will's motives. What makes this book so compulsively readable, however, is Jessie's spunky narration, acerbic wit and combustible chemistry with Will.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

Review

"BLUE MOON is fantastic-one of the best books I've read in a long, long time. Anyone who reads paranormal will love this book and anyone who loves suspense should love it as well. It's an edge-of-the-seat read." -Christine Feehan, author of Dark Melody

"Chilling and sizzling by turns! Lori Handeland has the kind of talent that comes along only once in a blue moon. Her sophisticated, edgy voice sets her apart from the crowd, making her an author to watch, and BLUE MOON a novel not to be missed."-Maggie Shayne, author of Edge of Twilight

"Presenting an interesting and modern twist on the werewolf legend, Lori Handeland's Blue Moon is an intriguing mixture of suspense, clever humor, and sensual tension that never lets up. Vivid secondary characters in a rural, small-town setting create an effective backdrop for paranormal events. Will Cadotte is a tender and sexy hero who might literally be worth dying for. But the real revelation in the book is Handeland's protagonist, police officer Jessie McQuade, a less-than-perfect heroine who is at once self-deprecating, tough, witty, pragmatic and vulnerable. She draws you into the story and holds you there until the very end." Susan Krinard, author of To Catch A Wolf

"Scary sexy fun. A book this clever only comes along once in a Blue Moon" -Rachel Gibson, author of Daisy's Back In Town
--This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Lori Handeland has written over fifty novels, novellas and short stories in several genres--historical, contemporary, series and paranormal romance, as well as urban fantasy.

She is a New York Times, USA Today, Waldenbooks and Bookscan Bestselling Author and the recipient of many industry awards, including two RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal and Best Long Contemporary Romance, a Romantic Times Award for Best Harlequin Superromance, the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, the Write Touch Readers Award, the National Readers Choice Award and the Prism Award.

Published world wide and known for her popular and highly acclaimed Nighcreature paranormal series, as well as her urban fantasy series, The Phoenix Chronicles, Lori is also the author of the Shakespeare Undead historical fantasy series, The Luchetti Brothers contemporary series and The Rock Creek Six historical romance series (with Linda Winstead Jones).

She also writes sexy, adventurous western historical romances under the name Lori Austin. Her series "Once Upon a Time in the West" began with the critically acclaimed Beauty and the Bounty Hunter (http://tinyurl.com/8pz2oma).

Lori lives in Wisconsin with her husband, enjoying occasional visits from her grown sons.
Visit her web site at: www.lorihandeland.com
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Customer Reviews

This book gives so much in the way of plot and character developement.
Stephany Rodriguez
All of her books have the right amount of excitement, romance and adventure all wrapped up in a wonderfully sometimes scary book!!
T. Feliciano
As for the obligatory personal baggage which our hero and heroine must carry, well his I can understand.
IRRS

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 28, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Miniwa, WI cop, Jessie McQuade is a tough pragmatic woman who only believes what she sees. That is, until a schoolteacher who was bitten by a wolf goes rabid in her schoolroom the next day.

Miniwa is under seige. Are these wolves infected by a new strain of rabies, as she is first led to believe, or something even less acceptable? Can Jessie trust the man she's come to love and who appears to be helping her--or, is he part of the plot?

The ending surprised me--and that doesn't often happen!

This book is a fast-paced first-person narrative that actually works comfortably. I like Handeland's 'voice' for Jessie. What's more---this is not one of those romance novels where the heroine starts strong and loses all sense when she falls in love. Jessie stays Jessie throughout. I like that. I'll be looking for more of Handeland's books!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Hartsell VINE VOICE on August 31, 2005
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Wow! This story packs a punch! If readers want an incredible werewolf story with a twist, then this book is one that must be read.

Officer Jessie McQuade has seen much in her job as a policewoman, but strange things have been happening in Miniwa, Wisconsin lately. The normally subdued wolves in the area are striking out, attacking humans for no apparent reason. As she investigates deeper, more and more leads don't tie up, and many doubts surface. Everything comes back to the huge, lone black wolf she keeps seeing everywhere. So her practical nature causes her to turn to a professor for help.

Will Cadotte is an expert in Native American mythology and the logical person for Officer McQuade to turn to when an animal totem charm is found. He has a lot of answers, but even more questions are raised as he helps in her investigation. The things he talks about are unbelievable to Jessie, things that just cannot be. And what's the matter with her? She's inexplicably drawn to this enigmatic man, and he makes her toes curl in the most delightful of ways.

As things grow stranger and the time for the full moon, a rare Blue Moon, draws near, danger is more imminent and Jessie doesn't know what to believe. All of the evidence is pointing to something she can't even begin to comprehend or accept. Is it really something supernatural and therefore beyond her control? And what about Will, is he friend or foe, incredible lover or deadly enemy, man or man-wolf? Want to know the answers, then drop everything and read this book!

Welcome back to the paranormal genre, Ms. Handeland! This story is one of the best this reviewer has read in quite a while.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By bhr on July 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of my favorite authors is Nora Roberts. She wrote a series called the Three Sisters trilogy. The main heroine in the second book is a character named Ripley, and she could be the identical twin of the heroine of this book. In this case, imitation is flattery, and though I think the similarities are not coincidental, I enjoyed this book just as though I was meeting Ripley all over again.

Jessie is a cop, from a small town in Wisconsin. She's a loner who swims to keep in shape. She hates the preternatural, calls it "woo woo", and yet is surrounded by it.

Will is an indian (Native Americcan) and a professor of Woo Woo. He's also really hot - strong, intelligent, and handsome.

The book has a good mystery going with no obvious clue missed by the main characters. Indeed, these characters are quite tuned to what's going on around them.

There is also a good amount of Woo Woo going on. Werewolves have infiltrated Miniwa Wisconsin, and Jessie eventually gets over her aversion to help solve the mystery.

Also, the supporting cast in the story - the sherrif, the dispatcher, the VanHelsing dude - they all have enough depth and definition to really matter to the story line and carry the story.

The romance is rather sudden, but that's the way it is sometimes in books like these. It is incredibly steamy, if unbelievable.

The book is obviously an opener for a series. But it was a good standalone, and was a great diversion on the flight from Seattle to Cincinnati!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Stevenson VINE VOICE on January 18, 2005
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It really was a fluke ordering "Blue Moon" by Lori Handeland. I don't usually read "paranormal suspense/romances;" don't read "horror" stories or books; Stephen King movies (on the rare occasions that I have watched one) scare me to death and generally I have found the realism sorely wanting in these subjects.

That said, I absolutely loved this book. I urge readers who don't normally read this type of book to give this one a try.

"Blue Moon" introduces Miniwa, Wisconsin cop, Jessie McQuade, who thrives at her job in this small town that is overrun with tourists each summer. A rather plain loner, Jessie is smart, witty, and great at her job, and...lonely. Life is going along at its same somewhat boring pace when a teacher hits a wolf and is attacked. Suddenly the town seems to have a vicious pack of wolves within their midst.

Jessie discovers a wolf totem at the scene of the accident and wears it for safekeeping when she realizes that she can no longer trust those around her. Mandenauer,an old German Jager-Sucher is brought in to kill the wolves and a mutual respect develops between them. Accompanying him, Jessie becomes a hunter of these wolves as she tries to protect the town and prevent the impending ritual set to occur during the next blue moon.

Jessie encounters Prof. Will Cadotte - a Native American activist while tracking the first wolf from the car accident and later discovers that he is an authority on the subject. Their romance not only brings passion, but lends itself to realism when the issues of prejudice from both of their ethnic groups are confronted.

Credibility; realism - that is what worked for me with this book with both the supernatural and the romance.
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