Three Easy Steps to Harnessing Your Inner Monster-Hunting Badass

Hey everyone! Many thanks to Misha for sharing her blog with me today. Misha is a longtime blog-friend, and someone I’ve admired for her determination and dedication to the writing craft. So it’s a real honor to be here.

I recently released the second of my Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes (less than 17 k words each). Consequently, I’m slowly marching around the Web to share the news. 

You can learn all about the books below, but first, I thought I’d let Jenny (the heroine of Moonsongs) give you a few, quick pointers on how to cultivate your inner monster-hunting badass.

And as someone who recently learned she’s the latest in a long line of Apache monster hunting warriors, Jenny is becoming something of an expert in that area.

Three Easy Steps to Harnessing Your Inner Monster-Hunting Badass

By Jenny Schmidt-Moonsong

1) Quit Caring – Okay, my best friend Marshal would probably tell you I never started caring, but he’s a jerk, and that isn’t true. Mostly… 

I do care, but only about important stuff, like video games, Marshal on occasion, and staying alive. Thing is, I just can’t get bogged down with worrying about other people’s expectations. Sure, having lost everyone in my life who I might’ve been interested in appeasing by the age of twenty-one probably made it a little easier for me to say, “to hell with it.” But it also taught me that you only get one life to live, and  it might not be a very long one–especially in my family. So screw what others think you are or aren’t, and just be.

2) Play Hard – I’m a girl who likes her hobbies. I mentioned my video game habit, but that isn’t all I get up to when I’m not squaring off against some gnarly monster or other. No, you’ll just as likely find me at the gun range (or out in the country shooting cans here in West Texas), or running down a dirt road to stay in shape.

I do them for fun, but my passion for running and shooting has kept me alive lately. The moral of the story? Play hard, play for keeps, but definitely play.

3) Embrace the Past, Especially the Crappy Parts – Okay, we’ve all had to deal with good and bad things in life, and usually it balances out. But sometimes the Universe screws you without a kiss goodbye or even a few bucks to cover the cab ride home. That’s when you have to make things personal.

I tried to bury my past, and it damn near ate me alive (literally). Instead, I recommend harnessing the grief, annoyances, and pain, then take it out on the nearest supernatural thing trying to end your life. You’ll sleep better at night, and probably live a little longer.

Description: After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family’s monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas. 

Witch’s Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes–with a Texas twist–by author E.J. Wesley. 

Witch’s Nocturne is available now:


Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1, is also available:

Amazon (Free to borrow for Amazon Prime members.)

(Note: These stories contain some language and content better suited for mature readers.)

~About the Author~

E.J. lives in South Texas. He likes his words and food spicy, and tries to give a little extra ‘kick’ to the stories he writes. He enjoys reading horror, sci-fi, YA, MG, New Adult–basically anything with words. In true Texas fashion, E.J. is very neighborly, and welcomes you to say ‘howdy’ at:

Blood Fugue by E.J. Wesley

Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1 by E.J. Wesley Cover Reveal Party
Author E.J. Wesley is throwing a blog party to celebrate the release of his new book cover and wants you to join in the fun. Jump over to his blog to learn about how you can win some awesome prizes, including $50 toward a cover of your own and advance reader copies of Blood Fugue.

Cover work by Sketcher Girl, LLC –
What’s the Story About? 

Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried. She wears loneliness like a comfy sweatshirt. By the age of twenty-one, she was the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thought…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying her history with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.
BLOOD FUGUE by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the MOONSONGS books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes. At fewer than 13k words, BLOOD FUGUE is the perfect snack for adventurous readers who aren’t afraid of stories with bite. Available wherever fine eBooks are sold September 2012. 
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