“Why is it that the Apaches wait to die -- That they carry their lives on their fingernails? They roam over the hills and plains and want the heavens to fall on them. The Apaches were once a great nation; they are now but few, and because of this they want to die and so carry their lives on their fingernails.” ~ Cochise, Chiricahua Apache Chief
One question I’m frequently asked about the Moonsongs stories is, “Why the Native American twist?” Jenny, the Moonsongs heroine, is descended from a fictitious Apache tribe called the Navezgane. That connection serves as the basis for her adventures, as she learns (in Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1) she has become the latest in a long line of tribal “monster hunters.”
When I came up with the concept for the stories, the first thing I decided on was the West Texas setting. When you travel to the more rural areas of Texas, you can’t ignore a sense that time has somehow leapt over some of the little towns you encounter. On the surface, the dusty streets, waving strangers, and vast stretches of undeveloped land seem to indicate that the rules of progress and change do not apply.
I believe a large part of that feeling of timelessness is due to the Native cultures that once solely inhabited the land. Though they are now largely lumped into somewhat minimalizing terms like “heritage” and “history”, the spirit of those First People is still very much alive in the untouched areas.
Standing in a field of golden wild grass as it dances around your knees, you can almost hear the whispering footsteps of the buffalo stalking hunters around you. As the sun rises behind a distant mesa, it’s easy to imagine the sight of a lone warrior or scout on horseback, scaling slowly to the top for an unfettered view of the sprawling prairie below.
Now take all of that deep connection to the very roots of humanity in the Western Hemisphere, the innate spirituality of the land, and juxtapose it with a modern twenty-two year old girl, who loves video games, has a purple mohawk, and would generally like to give the world a giant middle-finger. That’s Jenny, and that’s the basic framework for the Moonsongs stories.
Yes, there are monsters, big pickup trucks (hey, it’s Texas!), sinister witches, and tons of smartass interactions via Jenny and her best friend, Marshal. But Moonsongs is really about this jaded young woman, who hasn’t felt very connected to anything, discovering the power of having a purpose in life. Even if it is a very dangerous and scary-as-hell purpose.
I believe Jenny’s journey, her struggle for identity, is one many people in this age of Internet relativity can relate to.
~ E.J. Wesley ~
“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.
Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…
“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 it 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 can be found at:
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 paranormal-horror-action novelettes by author E.J. Wesley. These stories contain language and content better suited for mature readers.
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