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The Star and the Strange Moon

We are thrilled to share The Star and the Strange Moon by Constance Sayers this week. Read on for more details!

About The Star and the Strange Moon

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Title: The Star and the Strange Moon

Author: Constance Sayers

Publication Date: November, 2023

Genre: Historical Fantasy

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From the author of A Witch in Time comes a haunting tale of ambition, obsession, and the eternal mystery and magic of film.  

A vanished star. A haunted film. A mystery only love can unravel…

1968: Gemma Turner once dreamed of stardom. Now the actress is on the cusp of obscurity. When offered the lead in a radical new horror film, Gemma believes her luck changed. But her dream is about to turn into a nightmare. One night, between the shadows of an alleyway, Gemma disappears on set and never seen again. Yet, Gemma is alive. She’s been pulled into the film. And the script—and the monsters within it—are coming to life. Gemma must play her role perfectly if she hopes to survive.

2007: Gemma Turner’s disappearance is one of Hollywood’s greatest mysteries—one that’s captivated film student Christopher Kent ever since he saw L’Étrange Lune for the first time. The screenings only happen once a decade and each time there is new, impossible footage of Gemma that shouldn’t exist. Curiosity drives Christopher to unravel the truth. But answers to the film’s mystery may leave him trapped by it forever.

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Review for The Star and the Strange Moon

This one has it all!! From Horror to Historical Fiction, Paranormal to Time Travel, and Mystery to Romance… the author brought the goods right to my fingertips. While the romance aspect was a bit forced and didn’t really fit in, the rest lived up to my expectations.

With a dual timeline, my curiosity peaked enough to read “just one more chapter” too many times. The writing flowed liked a friend telling a story and taking me on the ride right beside her. I’m not sure how to put into words the mysterious edge – hmmm… Most authors “hook” you in the first chapter, this one “hooks” you constantly. The ending seemed rushed or rather an attempt to tie up all the loose ends. Nonetheless, I can’t wait to read more by this author. Being the cover judger I am, I didn’t even mention it until the last sentence (and I loved it too).

About the Author

Constance Sayers is the author of two best-selling novels: A Witch in Time (Hachette, 2020) and The Ladies of the Secret Circus (Hachette, 2021), the latter receiving both a Publishers Weekly and Library Journal starred reviews. Her work has been translated into six languages and her third novel, The Star and the Strange Moon will be published by Hachette on 11.14.23. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, and her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.

Constance received an MA in English from George Mason University and a B.A. in Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She lives outside of Washington D.C.

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