Legends of Madeira

Joan Hall is with us today to tell us about her new book. It’s the first in the Legends of Madeira Series. There is also a sidecar/prequel called House of Sorrow, that I highly recommend.

Joan is a big supporter of the independent author community, one of my partners over at Story Empire, and just and all around good person. Let’s give her a big welcome, and make sure to use those sharing buttons to help her launch this project. Take it away, Joan:


Cold Dark Night: A Lunar Trifecta

Thank you for your generosity in hosting me today, Craig. I’m delighted to be back with you to kick off this tour for my latest release, Cold Dark Night, the first novel in the Legends of Madeira series.

As you know, I’ve long been fascinated by the full moon. Several years ago, I discovered Native Americans had names for each of them. Up until that time, I’d only heard of the Harvest Moon or a Blue Moon (when there are two full moons in a calendar month).

In 2018, a rare event occurred. January had two full (or blue) moons, as did March, meaning there was no full moon in February. This is sometimes referred to as a Black Moon.

This rarity occurs every nineteen years or so and is dependent upon time zones and leap years. But January 31, 2018, there was an even more uncommon occurrence, the trifecta of a blue moon, a supermoon (close proximity to earth), and a blood moon or eclipse.

I had an early meeting that day, and as I arrived at work, the eclipse had just begun. The event fueled my imagination. I had to write a story around this unique event. The idea for Cold Dark Night began to take shape.


He looked toward the western sky. The earth began to pass between the moon and the sun, casting a shadow on the lunar surface. Before long, it would appear blood-red, the brightness completely obliterated.

The darkest hour is just before dawn.

How many times had he heard his grandmother say those words? It was years before he knew where the quote originated, or that it was metaphorical, not literal.

He’d come to a remote area of the Vaughn ranch to view this rare celestial event. Stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts gathered in various places outside Madeira to watch, but he didn’t want to be around others. He wanted to be alone, and the chances of the ranch’s owners spotting him were next to nothing.

A twinge of excitement ran through him as the lunar surface turned a coppery hue. Astronomers called it the Super Blue Blood Moon—a rare trifecta of the second full moon of the month, its nearness to earth, and a total eclipse.

An eerie stillness surrounded him. His pulse quickened—not from fear, but in anticipation of what was to come. Part of him wanted to go ahead with his plans. Too bad he hadn’t thought of it before now. A killing taking place during the blood moon would have been perfect.

But no, he had to bide his time. Wait for the natural course of events. He’d waited thirty-eight years. Another couple of weeks wouldn’t matter.

The darkest hour is just before dawn.

He would see the morning. But for some, darkness would soon last forever.


Thanks again for hosting me today. Cold Dark Night is available on Amazon for the introductory price of .99 through the end of June. The price increases to $3.99 on June 15th, so now is a good time for readers to grab a copy.


New husband, new house, new town… and a new mystery to solve.

Tami Montgomery thought her police chief husband was going to be the only investigator in the family when she gave up her journalism career and moved with him to Madeira, New Mexico.

But after the historical society asks her to write stories for a book celebrating the town’s history, she becomes embroiled in a new mystery. If she can’t solve this one, she could lose everything. Her research uncovers a spate of untimely deaths of local law enforcement officials. Further digging reveals a common link—they all lived in the house she and Jason now share.

Tami isn’t a superstitious person, but the circumstances are too similar for coincidence. Then she unearths an even more disturbing pattern. And if history repeats itself, her husband will be the next to die.

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0968CXZQ9

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41 responses to “Legends of Madeira

  1. D.L. Finn, Author

    I love you incorporated that full, super, and eclipse moon into a story, Joan! I can’t wait to read it!
    Thanks for hosting, Craig:)

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  2. I just bought my copy of Cold Dark Night and can’t wait to read it. Wishing you much success, Joan 🙂

    Craig, thanks for hosting Joan with her latest book 🙂

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  3. I think it’s awesome how you incorporated your love for moon facts and folklore into your new book, Joan. I’m several chapters into Cold Dark Night and loving it. Congratulations on the book launch, and thanks to Craig for hosting.

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  4. Thanks again for hosting me today, Craig. It’s always fun to visit here.

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  6. Sounds like an intriguing set-up for a mystery.

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  7. Congratulations, Joan. Looking forward to your visit later in the month. Thanks, Craig for having Joan on your blog today.

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  8. I’m fascinated by the moon, too, Joan, especially a super moon and blood moon. Loved the excerpt. Best of luck with your new book baby!

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  9. Wooohoooo! First, I love your explanations of the moon phases/cycles, Joan. I’ve only been vaguely familiar with a few of them (blue moon, gibbous moon, etc) but we’ve recently had a blood moon here and another I can’t remember, so now I’m very curious. You’ve sparked that even more, and I’m foresee some research ahead for me.

    But even better than that is this excerpt! It’s perfect, and creepy as heck, because I was thinking this was a good guy, until I got to the last bit. I’m hoping to start Madeira tomorrow, if I finish the book I’m currently reading, and I can’t wait!

    Best wishes for a great blog tour and HUGE sales on this one! 🤗💗

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  10. What an enticing excerpt, Joan! I too LOVE to observe the moon cycles as I believe we are greatly affected by them. After all, if the moon can control the ocean tides, why couldn’t it also affect us? Our bodies are 60% water. 🙂 Great post! I can’t wait to crack this one open!

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  11. I love learning how books came to be. And you know I share your fascination with lunar lore. Great stuff, Joan. Best wishes with your release.

    Thanks for hosting, Craig.

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  12. Joan is as prolific as you, Craig. Wow. Congratulations on this newest release, Joan! 🎉

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  13. Great excerpt, Joan! The moon trifecta sets the stage. Perfect. Good luck with your book.

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  14. Congratulations Joan and will email you..it looks great and thanks Craig for sharing.. xx

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  15. Write what you know and love, eh? Congratulations, Joan! I loved the excerpt!

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  16. That’s fascinating about the different types of moons. I’d never heard of a black moon at all. Congrats on your new release, Joan!

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    • There are different definitions for a black moon. Some say it’s the second new moon of the month (much like a blue moon is the second full moon). Anyway, I’ve found some fascinating things in my research of the moons.

      Thanks for stopping by and the warm wishes, Teri.

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  17. Congratulations to Joan on launching the first book in this trilogy, Craig. I posted my review for House of Sorrow just yesterday.

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  18. Joan, congratulations, and wishing you the very best. I’m anxious to read your book which sounds quite intriguing. Thank you for hosting, Craig.

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  19. Gwen M. Plano

    Congratulations, Joan. I’m so looking forward to reading your book. It’s waiting for me on my Kindle. BTW, I’ve learned so much about the Moon through you, and love what I’ve learned! Thank you, Craig, for hosting. 💗

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