#5: Bless the Moon  -     By: Sharon McAnear
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Three brand spanking new residents arrive in Connelly, Texas, during the frigid winter of 1973. But those aren't the only happenings whipping around in the Panhandle wind. The society page editor of the Chillaton Star makes a whopper of a typo that has the whole town gossiping. Lester's once-dead wife reappears, and the outspoken postmistress inherits a gun-totin' mother-in-law. Jemma's grandmother, Lizbeth, might just get more than her college degree, and Aunt Do Dah runs smack dab into Cupid and the law.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 324
Vendor: Oaktara Publishers
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1602902178
ISBN-13: 9781602902176
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Series: Jemma

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SHARON MCANEAR grew up in the Texas Panhandle, where cotton reigned as king and small-town drama was his queen.

“The Jemma series is more than a love story,” Sharon says. “It rekindles a sweeter time when family and friends were everywhere, and you were frequently glad of it. When needed, the good citizens of Connelly County stood ready to help out with chores, form a prayer circle, or stretch the truth about your situation. Take your pick.”

Bless the Moon is the fifth novel in the Jemma series, following Corner of Blue (Book One), In My Bones (Book Two), Taste of Gold (Book Three), and Dust of Orion (Book Four).

Sharon and her family live in Colorado.

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Author: Sharon McAnear
Located in: Colorado
Submitted: August 15, 2009

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I was almost an only child since my brothers came along ten and twelve years after me. By then, I had created so many imaginary friends that it was often difficult to fit me and my menagerie into bed at night. When I became a mother, I often deferred to that little girl again, assigning personalities to stuffed animals and creating their conversations to entertain my wide-eyed sons. Writing is an extension of that tendency, and I'm still making room for all the characters, but in chapters now.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Becoming a mother has its instinctive side and a steep/sweet learning curve as well. Advice doesn't provide much comfort at 3 a.m., but Bless the Moon tells it like it is for Jemmabeth - new mom.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Every reader should get several good laughs and, if you are a fan of the series, perhaps a couple of teary moments, too.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  The cover photo is of my firstborn. As I looked through baby books of my four sons, I was struck by how fast time moves when you are so caught up raising children. Some of the tenderest moments are lost among everyday stress. Often, it's not until we have slowed down in life that we realize what we had.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I am a product of small Texas towns in the early fifties when it was perfectly acceptable to be disciplined by your neighbor, the grocer, or the postmistress, and your parents would know about it by suppertime. My favorite authors/artists run from Mark Twain to Gary Larson. I read works by David McCullough, Anne Lamott, Alice Munro, and Elizabeth Strout. I get a kick out of the Harmony series and Jan Karon's books, too.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I depend heavily upon the generous grace and mercy of God.

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