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Cooper Moon: The Calling [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Shireman
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Disillusioned
Following on the heels of Illusion, indie sensation and New York Times best-selling author J.S. Cooper brings us the second novel in the Swept Away series, a trilogy of dark and sexy romances about a woman marooned on an island with a man who may be her captor.

Book Description

It is often said that the course of true love never runs smooth. This is certainly the case in the love affair of Cooper and Sally Moon. From the moment she fell in love with Cooper Moon, Sally learned that holding onto the most attractive man in town is never easy. Now, despite a long history of infidelity, in a life-altering moment, Cooper suddenly vows to change his ways. His decision will not only change Sally’s life, but will also have wide-ranging consequences for the entire town.

Filled with an unforgettable cast of characters you are sure to love (and maybe a couple to hate), the story of Cooper Moon will capture your heart from the first page. It is a story about undying love, the many faces of faith, and the many consequences of a single decision. You will not only follow the love story of Cooper and Sally, but also the struggles and triumphs of an intriguing cast of characters.

Jake Barnes - the small-town cop caught between a wife who wants a baby and an ailing mother.

TJ Barnes - Jake’s younger misfit brother who has big dreams and an even bigger heart.

Lucy Miller - naive, young, and the object of TJ’s affection.

Libby Cartwright - drop dead gorgeous and determined to leave town with Cooper Moon.

Ivy Miller - a bitter and angry woman who is plotting revenge.

Frank Collette - the former high school football hero who has his own secrets.

Pete the bartender - while he listens to the woes of the town, trouble is about to fall into his lap.

Perry and Beaulah Potts - the local pastor and his wife are struggling with their own issues.

You will love this story, and you will never forget these characters. Read the sample!

The second book of the Cooper Moon series is now available - Cooper Moon: The Temptation.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS

"At its core, this is a story about class, karma and ordinary people trying to accomplish difficult goals that require extraordinary strength of body, mind and spirit... a strong, engaging voice ... A satisfying, feel-good novel about human shortcomings, perseverance and serendipity." Kirkus Reviews

“Readers be warned - this book is addictive. Every now and then I come across a book that refuses to be set aside. A book that has me thinking, ‘I can throw a TV dinner in the microwave for the family.’ A book that I read while everyone else in the room is watching one of my favorite television shows. A book that lingers on the edge of my consciousness until I finish the last sentence. Cooper Moon: The Calling by Cheryl Shireman is just such a book.” Paula K. Parker of H.J. Live.

“Ms. Shireman solidly grounds her characters with sincerity and strong personality. There was not a character described that I didn’t feel I knew personally by the end of the book….I cannot give it enough good press. Love, love, love it!” Charlene Mabie-Gamble of Literary R & R

“Enter a cast of characters that are so interesting, so unique—and yet so like yourself and people you know—you won’t want to stop turning the pages. Author Cheryl Shireman is a master at creating intrigue through her characters.” Carolyn Warren



Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Cheryl Shireman lives in the Midwest on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. She has three adult children and two adorable granddaughters. She writes full-time, often in her pajamas. She is the author of several novels including: Life is But a Dream: On the Lake Life is But a Dream: In the Mountains Broken Resolutions Cooper Moon: The Calling In addition, Cheryl created the Curious Toddler Series of children books and the I Love You When books for children. All of her books are available as ebooks and as paperbacks. Cheryl is also the organizer of the popular Indie Chicks anthologies. http://indiechickscafe.com Her website is http://cherylshireman.com. She can also be found on Twitter and Facebook. The website for her Cooper Moon series of books is http://coopermoon.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 948 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478153652
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Still Waters Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MP38DG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,585 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly Rewarding Book April 30, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As one raised in a Christian religion who is dismayed by the ways in which a faith of love and compassion has been twisted to become a tool for hatred and bigotry, I was dubious about reading a book that, on a superficial reading of its premise, seemed not to be one I would enjoy.

Something, though, made me discard my own prejudices, and after a few pages, I was happily lost in a world with complex and engaging characters and spiritual premises that were revealing and inspiring.

The author handles her large cast deftly and gives each character a strongly individual voice. When I finished the book, I didn't want to say good-bye to them and went on to the next in the series.

I understand that there will be two more books in the series, and I look forward to reading them.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky but fun March 24, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't normally read anything that refers to religion, but this one was not your typical rhetoric about turning your life around. I loved the characters and the story.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, Love, Love It! January 18, 2013
Format:Paperback
Charlene's Review:

Cooper Moon has a history of infidelity. A night out at the bar turns into a spiritual awakening for Cooper, but no one, least of all his wife and mistresses, believe him. He remains determined to change his ways and build a church. The biggest problem? Cooper knows nothing about the Bible, and has no money. Add to that the women chasing him and a disgruntled husband wanting revenge, and Cooper has his hands full.

From the very first paragraph I knew I would enjoy Ms. Shireman's writing style. She starts out on a rather sarcastic, humorous note, and before long I was a true fan. Cooper is the most absurd religious convert you could imagine, but as he held his ground, I came to admire his backwards, oft sabotaged attempts at redemption. Ms. Shireman solidly grounds her characters with sincerity and strong personality. There was not a character described that I didn't feel I knew personally by the end of the book.

If the basis of this particular first book about Cooper's religious transition, and his building of a church, offset you, I promise, while staying true to the Bible and quoting verses, the "preachy" aspects are subtle. I see it as an "Inspirational Fiction" (my favorite genre) and yet, with all the other things going on, it is so much more. I cannot give it enough good press. Love, love, love it!

The way the subplots and stories running amidst the "main" storyline never once detracted and made me wonder how these stories will emerge in future books. This being the first in a series, I am determined to find out. I was sorry to turn to the last page, and Ms. Shireman did a good job of making me want for more. I liken it to a television finale right before commercial, and "tune in next season ..." I don't want to wait to see what happens next in Cooper Moon's life, or the lives of his townspeople in Timber Lake. I will be reading more from this author.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing & a Page Turner April 8, 2013
By Faith
Format:Kindle Edition
Cooper Moon is the first novel of Cheryl Shireman that I've read & apart from reading the intro I had no idea of what to expect. Life in a small town means nothing is secret, and once the occupants form an opinion, nothing changes.
Ms Shireman introduces a full cast of players - and the reader is advised to keep track of who's who as there are quite a few...I nearly lost track! However, each character is rounded and complete and what you'd expect to find in this 'hick' town.(Forgive me I'm a Brit and I may have the term wrong, but that's how I understand it!)

Saying all that, readers familiar with the small town atmosphere will recognize every character although perhaps by other names. Cooper Moon is the main protagonist. He is a womaniser, drinker and a 'read cad', until he 'sees' the light and decided he has to build his own church although he is penniless.

The plot is pretty straightforward and moves along at a good pace. The language is speech as you would expect in a small town. The novel is an easy read and I believe the majority of readers will want to go on to book 2 about Timberlake. Recommended read
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars shallow and unsatisfying January 6, 2013
By Eye Doc
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I kept waiting for something interesting or unexpected to happen in this novel. I kept hoping that the minor characters would show character instead of continual folly. But instead, the novel simply ends in the middle of events without a satisfying ending, leaving me uninterested in the next phase of a "to be continued..." novel
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Premise, Fascinating Characters January 21, 2013
Format:Paperback
Cooper Moon: The Calling opens with an unusual premise. Tall, handsome Cooper, known for womanizing and avoiding full-time work, finds God while hanging out with his buddies in a tavern. To his astonishment after he prays "the magic prayer," he feels the unmistakable presence of the Lord. Even still, Cooper is so drunk that after he gets home, he has no idea how the black lace panties got in his truck. The next morning, he proceeds to tell his wife he now knows God is real and that he's going to be the husband she's always wanted. No more adulterous affairs, no more alcohol. Yeah right, is Sally's response. But there's more to his transformation.

Cooper believes God wants him to build a church. He has no idea how he'll accomplish this task with no money in savings or what he'll do when it's built--he only knows it's a mission he is supposed to fulfill. And so he begins construction on the wooded acreage next to his single-wide mobile home.

Enter a cast of characters that are so interesting, so unique--and yet so like yourself and people you know--you won't want to stop turning the pages. Author Cheryl Shireman is a master at creating intrigue through her characters. As the story progresses, people who appeared to be weak show their inner strength. People who appeared to be antagonistic show their softer sides and become sympathetic. And people who appeared to have it all together show their vulnerabilities. As if the story itself is not entertaining enough--and it most certainly is--reading this novel as a character study alone is worth the time.

Friends:

Cooper's buddy, TJ Barnes, wants nothing more than to compete in the reality television competition, World Wide Warrior. He's secretly smitten with Lucy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't say enough good things about this book
I can't say enough good things about this book. Truelly inspirational reading about people that most would think of as loosers acheive their goals. Loved it
Published 1 month ago by Martha
4.0 out of 5 stars The Deep South comes to Michigan
Cooper Moon drinks too much, has trouble holding down a job, and is irresistible to virtually any women in the small town in Michigan he lives in. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glynn Young
2.0 out of 5 stars No indication that this book is only the first in ...
No indication that this book is only the first in the series but don't know that till you get to the end of the book.
Published 3 months ago by P. Allikian
5.0 out of 5 stars oh yea cooper moon is good you got to read it to love
oh yea cooper moon is good you got to read it to love it
Published 3 months ago by Jeannine Lavigne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
This is a great book. Christians, especially new Christians, will be able to relate to Cooper Moon's struggles and questions. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Randy Drake
4.0 out of 5 stars Very fun book to read
Very fun book to read! As I read through I started liking it more and more, and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I can't wait to read the next one!
Published 3 months ago by lonnanaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooper Moon:The Calling
This was a fascinating and enjoyable book. When I started reading about a man, who while in a drunken stupor, I was hooked. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jo Gibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed reading the book
As most books go you can guess what is coming next but Cooper Moon has had some surprises. I have enjoyed reading the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Hard to keep interest....
Published 3 months ago by citylady46
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooper Moon. Where to Begin...?
This review is to serve Cooper Moon: The Calling, and Cooper Moon: The Temptation, and as such I'll be posting it for each book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Literary Goddess
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More About the Author

Cheryl Shireman lives in the Midwest on a beautiful lake with her husband, Bruce. She has three adult children and one adorable granddaughter. She writes full-time, often in her pajamas.

She is the author of several novels including:
Life is But a Dream: On the Lake
Life is But a Dream: In the Mountains
Broken Resolutions
Cooper Moon: The Calling
Cooper Moon: The Temptation

She is also the author of the much-loved non-fiction book, You Don't Need a Prince: A Letter to My Daughter

In addition, Cheryl created the Curious Toddler Series of children books after finding it difficult to find books to engage her then 3 year old granddaughter. The first book of the series, Let's Learn About...Dogs! was such a hit with her granddaughter that Cheryl went on to create several books in the series. Like all of her other books, the books in the Curious Toddler series are available as ebooks and as paperbacks.

In 2011, Cheryl gathered a group of women writers together to create the first Indie Chick Anthology. Since then, more bestselling women writers have joined the group and together they continue to create anthologies based on various themes. Cheryl and the other "Indie Chicks" can be found blogging about topics they are passionate about at http://www.indiechickscafe.com

Cheryl's website is http://www.cherylshireman.com

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A NOTE FROM CHERYL: Thank you so much to all of my readers. YOU have made a life-long dream come true. I spend my days (and nights!) writing because of your continued support. And I would like to offer special thanks to those of you who have taken the time to leave reviews, send emails, and visit my website. Your kind words mean more to me than you will ever imagine.

One of my readers (Kristyn) quoted J.D. Salinger on her Facebook page - "What really knocks me out is a book that when you are all done reading it, you wish the author who wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much though." She then added..."I had this happen so I found her on Facebook. Thank you for being you Cheryl Shireman!" How can I ever top that?

I have felt that way, too. I have read books by certain authors and felt that I knew them better - almost as if we were friends and they just shared a very precious secret - let me see a small piece of their heart. I love that about writing - how it can connect total strangers together in a way that feels intimate and profound. So - again - thank you for reading my books and making that connection with me. I am so very grateful.

Cheryl

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