Legend of the Luna The Moon Cried Blood Book 1 by Sumiko Saulson Genre: YA Dark Fantasy, Horror
Book One of the serialized tale of "The Moon Cried Blood," the Legend of the Luna introduces us to the Lunae, and to the character Leticia Gordon.
Leticia “Tisha” Gordon, a thirteen year old girl living in Los Angeles in 1975. Tisha has been beleaguered by tragedy all of her young life. She has lost her father, her mother is in a mental hospital, and her stepmother has been raising her along with her three year old half sister. At the beginning of the story, a third tragedy strikes as she loses her stepmother and sister in a car accident and is threatened with the possibility of ending up in foster care. Under these devastating circumstances, she learns that she is endowed with powers, to look into the hearts of men and see their underlying motivations, as well as the potential to travel through time in the dreams of her ancestors because she comes from a long line of witches called the Lunae who are imbued with their power by the moon. The Lunae do not begin to exhibit power until they enter puberty and experience the onset of menstruation, known as menarche.
It is said that the Wolf may howl at the Moon, but the Moon never howls at the Wolf. In the gritty urban streets of Los Angeles in 1975, Leticia Gordon is forced to come to terms with many things: the tragic death of her stepmother and baby sister in a car accident, fear she’ll wind up in foster care, and the sudden revelation she belongs to a long line of powerful witches known as Lunae – who exhibit first power at menarche (first menstruation). Running from foes natural and supernatural, will her new found powers be the turning point that elevates her position of honor, or will it destroy her like the dark forces that consumed her father? In a world turned upside down where time itself seems in flux, in whom can she trust?
The Moon Cried Blood Saga continues as young Tisha Gordon travels across country with her great-great-grandmother Letty and learns both her fate and her history. Meanwhile, her estranged mother, Joy, is on a journey of her own. Will mother and daughter be reunited? Are Tisha's tragedies finally at an end, or are they only just beginning. Who is this mysterious Nana Letty, and what is the secret she is hiding from her past?
It is said that the Wolf may howl at the Moon, but the Moon never howls at the Wolf. In the gritty urban streets of Los Angeles in 1975, Leticia Gordon is forced to come to terms with many things: the tragic death of her stepmother and baby sister in a car accident, fear she'll wind up in foster care, and the sudden revelation she belongs to a long line of powerful witches known as Lunae – who exhibit first power at menarche (first menstruation). Running from foes natural and supernatural, will her new found powers be the turning point that elevates her position of honor, or will it destroy her like the dark forces that consumed her father? In a world turned upside down where time itself seems in flux, in whom can she trust?
Dreams of the Departed The Moon Cried Blood Book 3
The Moon Cried Blood chronicle continues with “Dreams of the Departed”.
For Tisha Gordon, it is a family reunion. For her mother Joy, it is a homecoming. Things seem to have calmed down in both of their lives, but things are still not all wine and roses for the Gordon family. Joy has had a disturbing premonition and fears the worse, while Nana Letty is being stalked by a California condor, a death omen, and is anxiously performing rituals in the apartment of the tragically lost Bridget and Kara Gordon in anticipation of some late night visits by family members from the other side of the veil.
The relatives who have left this plane are not the only ones who have to be faced: Joy is reuniting with her estranged adoptive parents, Joseph and Noelle Todd, and is about to be visited by another blast from her past.
Joy's reunion with her birth family is tainted by tragedy and as the story of her family unfolds, it becomes ever the more clear the ways in which her separation from the Lunae of Beyond left her, and by extension, her daughter Tisha, in a vulnerable position, open to exploitation by the forces of darkness and the sometimes malevolent machinations of Tisha's bigamist father, Mark Gordon, whose betrayals are even deeper than they seemed. Letty continues to be stalked by the death omen, and even as Tisha and Joy meet their extended blood family, Letty's mind is seeming to unravel. Who is the tall and mysterious Elle, and who was the troubled Victoria? Why is the condor still following Letty?
In Book Five of the serialized tale of "The Moon Cried Blood, "Shadow and Substance," things really start to heat up when the Lunae witches start to suffer from frightening dreams and visions, and a new threat, the Dark Luna. Who is she and why is she such a danger to all of the Lunae witches? Shocking supernatural/family revelations abound in the wildest episode of the Moon Cried Blood series
Tisha Gordon's mother Joy was adopted. After years of separation, the death of Tisha's biological grandmother Victoria reunites Tisha and Joy with Joy's birth family. During the wake of Victoria's funeral service, Tisha is visited by her ghost, and the strange apparition of a sickly young girl named Lita who says she is from the future. Lita claims to be Tisha's grand daughter.
This is the seventh book in The Moon Cried Blood series about a young witch named Tisha Gordon who lives in Los Angeles in the 1970s.
In a dream, Tisha’s father, Mark Gordon, comes back from the dead, and boy does he have some explaining to do. Not only are his exwife Joy and daughter Tisha annoyed with him, but his evil daughter Alita wants to have words with him. Meanwhile, Bobby Guerrero, the boy Tisha has a crush on, turns out to be one of Lucia's relatives. He shows up at the house and makes life a little more interesting for Leticia Gordon.
In the eight and final book of The Moon Cried Series, there is a showdown between the forces of good and evil. The corrupt Alita faces off with Joy and Tisha Gordon, aiming to prevent the birth of Tisha's powerful granddaughter Lita forty years in the future. It is said the moon never howls at the wolf, but in this strange, new, unpredictable time, things that were never seen before are seen. Those who fought on the side of the wolf, after generations spent in the moon's bloodline, change their allegiance. Is there now hope even for those like Mark Gordon, who were taken over by dark forces long ago?
Sumiko Saulson is an award-winning author of Afrosurrealist and multicultural sci-fi and horror. Ze is the editor of the anthologies and collections Black Magic Women, Scry of Lust, Black Celebration, and Wickedly Abled. Ze is the winner of the 2016 HWA StokerCon "Scholarship from Hell", 2017 BCC Voice "Reframing the Other" contest, 2017 Mixy Award, 2018 AWW "Afrosurrealist Writer Award," 2020 HWA Diversity Grant recipient.
Ze has an AA in English from Berkeley City College, and writes a column called "Writing While Black" for a national Black Newspaper, the San Francisco BayView. Ze is the host of the SOMA Leather and LGBT Cultural District's "Erotic Storytelling Hour."
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
I was born in Los Angeles, and lived there until I was almost twelve, at which point I moved to Hawaii with my father, where I lived until I was nineteen. The Moon Cried Blood series takes place in the Greater Los Angeles Area in the seventies. I used a lot of locations from my childhood and memories of what they looked like back then to craft the story.
How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?
When I was a kid in Los Angeles in the seventies, there were many nights when air pollution would make the full moon appear very large, and bright red. This isn’t the same thing as an actual blood moon, which is a seasonal moon that appears in the fall harvest season. It’s something huge and eerie and supernatural looking. Like a lot of latchkey kids in the seventies, I had to walk home alone from school. There were times when I found myself walking home alone after dark as well. The Hillside Strangler was actively murdering women at the time, and so I was given lots of exhortations to avoid and not talk to strangers. The fear of serial killers and the fear of the eerie pollution moon blended together in my young mind. It didn’t help that the moon seemed to follow people as an illusion of refracted light. These fears blending together in childhood created the world of this story.
How did you come up with the title of the book?
The series title The Moon Cried Blood came from the way that the red pollution moon in Los Angeles looked like the large, bloodshot eye of someone who had been crying. Later I created a whole mythology around the title. Luna, the Moon lost her daughter Leticia, and cried blood red tears of acid rain that poured down on the Earth, killing all of the crops. The humans were worried they’d die and begged her to stop and bargained with her. The myth I created was also inspired by the Grimm’s Fairytale Little Red Riding Hood and the Greek myth of Persephone and Demeter.
What kind of research do you do before you begin writing a book?
I honestly do my research while I am in the process of writing, so I will stop and start to do research. Most of my research is done online, but I use standards for vetting credible sources that I learned in community college. For The Moon CriedBlood series, I consulted old Farmer’s Almanacs and use the online Moon Phases Calculator a bunch (https://www.yourmoonphase.com/). I did researches on popular baby names from different eras. I picked Leticia because it is an older name with Latin roots. It comes from Laetitia, meaning Joy.
Do you have any public events coming up where we can hear you read?
October is a big month for horror authors, so I have a ton of them. Tales of Horror is an all-ages friendly reading with other authors of scary books on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:30 pm to 8 pm PDT, San Mateo Public Library, 55 W. Third Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94402.
I am participating LitQuare with the Hydra Reading Group which contains a lot of fellow Afrosurrealist authors in it. That is on Saturday, October 16 from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm PDT at Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade, 750 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Finally, on Saturday, October 23 I will be participating in the LitCrawl Event 5 pm to 6 pm PDT
Martuni’s 4 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103 – this event is 21+.
If you happen to be in Washington, DC, I am going out there to participate in WorldCon. 79th World Science Fiction Convention will begin on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 and ends on
Sunday, December 19 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Get more information here: https://discon3.org/
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