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Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463707649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463707644
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,636,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

June called down the moon to find her one true love. A motorcycle from Hell dumped Eric on her doorstep.
An accountant for a failing company, June longs for true love. In a Wiccan summoning ceremony, she swallows the moon in an effort to find her soul mate. What she gets is Ohio National Guardsman Eric Macmillan, who owns a cursed Suzuki Hayabusa and two spirits: DEA agent Jake the Snake, and the malevolent stripper Cora Cobra.
Back from Afghanistan, divorced and un-employed, Eric is the third owner of the Hayabusa. The other owners are dead, just not departed. He's looking for the artist who created 'Cora's' snake-inspired paint job. When Eric arrives at the scene of Jake's last sting, on a one-of-a-kind motorcycle, all Hell breaks loose.
Van Man Go is the world's greatest airbrush artist. He will repaint Eric's Hayabusa, for the usual price. Like Cora Cobra and Jake the Snake, Eric must put his soul up for collateral. Cora and Jake failed to pay their debts, now there Hell to pay.
Care to take a ride on the Hayabusa from Hell?

About the Author

K. A. Jordan is a refugee from the Rust Belt of Ohio, who escaped to the Blue Grass of Kentucky in 1992. She writes and blogs from 'Jordan's Croft' a small farm where she lives with her husband, a retired Army Staff Sergeant and three horses. She holds a degree in Applied Science, rides American Quarter horses, gardens and can often be found on the back of her husband's Suzuki M109 motorcycle. She says of her writing: "I write the stories that I want to read, stories written for the head as well as the heart, with complex characters, twisty plots and contemporary settings. There are no 'ripped bodices' in my fiction but you'll find strong women, charming criminals, wounded heroes, mad artists and an occasional haunted motorcycle." 'Swallow the Moon' is the first of a series of modern Gothic novels set in Ashtabula, Ohio.

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This is an excellent book, well written and a unique idea in a genre already overflowing with ideas.
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The characters were great and the suspense with the evil ghosts was great.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Tillotson on March 5, 2012
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I don't particularly believe in ghosts, I'm not into rituals that conjure up our wishes, and urban or dark fantasy has never appealed to me. But I had read another story by the author and enjoyed it, so I decided to give Swallow the Moon a try. And I am very glad I did, because it reminded me we have not done books a favor by over-categorizing them. I enjoyed the story for the good read that it was.

June is a down-to-earth accountant. She also happens to be a Wiccan who is tired of waiting for her soulmate to appear. She decides to cast a spell on the full autumn moon to hurry things along. Eric has recently returned from a stint in Afghanistan, to find divorce papers waiting for him. He has an unfulfilling job as a lab rat and not much else. His thoughts go to a happier time in his life when he raced motocross. He turns on his computer and searches for a Suzuki Hayabusa, his dream bike. His eyes fall upon a tricked-up `Busa which has a bit of damage and he goes looking for the talented artist who originally painted it so beautifully. Neither June nor Eric could have imagined the conflicts they had unleashed from the simple human act of looking to fulfill their dreams.

In the end, I couldn't name a category into which to fit Swallow the Moon. It is a hybrid book, a contemporary romance both character and plot driven, with elements of the supernatural. The characters are believable and well wrought, the settings realistically rendered. The author knows returning vets and their inner demons. Bringing outer demons into the equation seemed a natural thing, and gave us one of the coolest bad dudes ever in Van Man Go. The setup for the meeting between our leads was very well done, and set up the engaging plot equally well. A touch of humor here and there completed the appeal of the book.

As for the rituals, I'm thinking that conjuring up a few dreams for myself might be kind of fun...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denice on February 3, 2013
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I was not sure about this story when I first started it. I really enjoyed how it kept me guessing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J&C vw on July 17, 2011
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I give this 3 stars not because I hated it, but because to me 3 stars means a fairly decent read in a genre I wouldn't normally read.

Ghosts, Wiccans, demonically possessed motorcycle, true love.....

I don't read romance novels. I don't read paranormal romance novels. When the author asked for readers to review her paranormal ghostly romance, I thought what the hell the worst is that I could positively hate it right? Well I was pleasantly surprised. While the romance genre is certainly not something I will actively read, it's not half as bad as I thought it would be.

The story centres around June, a Wiccan accountant at a failing company looking for her soulmate, and Eric, a troubled Vet who saw action in Afghanistan. He returns home after his second tour of duty to find his marriage over and his life in tatters. The lab he works for closes just as he purchases a motorcycle. From Hell. The ghost of the first owner, a woman called Cora Cobra, hovers in and around the motorcycle. Eric is hooked the minute he sees it and buys it from a widow whose husband, an undercover Narc, died when losing control of the motorcycle in a bend in the road. Jake's ghost haunts the motorcycle too but he is trapped, unlike Cora's ghost. She's evil. Eric and June meet one night when he is driven off the road by men in an SUV right outside of June's home. She calls the police and an ambulance after they drive off, unable to find Eric and make sure he is dead. She keeps the motorcycle in her garage for Eric, who is taken off to hospital to patch him up. Over the next few days, he stays with her while looking for Van Man Go, the man who painted Cora's portrait on the motorcycle, and recovering from his injuries. He wants to restore the bodywork.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Good Book Alert on November 18, 2011
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Flawed but realistic characters make Swallow The Moon an enjoyable paranormal romance.

Summary:

When Wiccan June attempts a ritual to summon her one true love, she never expected an unemployed veteran with a possessed bike to show up instead. With two ghosts and other dark forces at work, June may have to worry less about love and more about survival.

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There's something a bit charming and naive about a person using magic in an attempt to summon their true love. There's also something almost obviously pragmatic about it. It is that combination of traits in the female main character, June, that makes her a likable heroine. June possesses a flawed yet realistic humanity about her that grants her character depth. Similarly, the main male lead, Eric, an emotionally scarred vet also comes across well as believable character. Indeed, his psychological struggles form the basis of an interesting character arc that isn't defined by grandiose supernatural show downs despite the threat to his very soul being posed by a possessed bike.

Despite the ever-present threat of the supernatural posed in this story, the strength in the novel actually lies in the somewhat more mundane interface between two slightly damaged human beings interested in finding emotional connection and stability. This, I think, provided for nice reader engagement in their interactions that isn't solely reliant on supernatural shenanigans.

That being said, the supernatural elements were intriguing. I have nothing against a good vampire, werewolf, or faerie story, nor anything against the often complex mythology that accompanies such stories, but the more straight-forward and personal supernatural challenge presented in this book made for a nice change of pace.
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K. A. Jordan is a refugee from the Rust Belt of Ohio, who moved to the Blue Grass of Kentucky in 1992. She writes and blogs from 'Jordan's Croft' a small farm where she lives with her husband, a retired Army Staff Sergeant and three horses.

She holds a degree in Applied Science, rides American Quarter horses, gardens and can often be found on the back of her husband's Suzuki M109 motorcycle.

She says of her writing: "I write the stories that I want to read and can't find - complex characters, twisty plots and contemporary settings. There are no 'ripped bodices' in my fiction, but you might find charming criminals, wounded heroes, mad artists and an occasional haunted motorcycle."

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