Willows Moon Song

Archer Atwood Books

Present the series

Stand on a hillside, bask in the moonlight, and whisper your dreams.

Nestled in a small New England town resembling a mini castle, is the Willow Library. There you will find Miss Moon behind her stacks of old leather bound books and beneath her jungle of hanging plants. Many have sought her wisdom. Many destinies she has steered.

If you like modern day fantasy sprinkled with paranormal themes, tinged with danger and surprise, with sexy heroes, women of substance, and unpredictable plot lines, then this series is for you.

Pay close attention to the “In the year of the comet” date!

Check back often for new books added to the series.

“Sleepy, Scary, Sexy” by Archer Atwood

This book will contain three exciting stories; Sleep Medicine, Harvest Grove and Ceremony of the Rose

Fill your room with moonlight, put a satin pillow behind your back, and prepare for the emergence of feelings and emotions you dare not let escape into the night wind!

Sleepy: “Sleep Medicine”

Jolene felt like she should sue the fertility clinic she used because her daughter did not resemble the donor profile she chose, and from the moment she was born she was different from other children. She knew private things about people and said she could read other people’s dreams. Her disturbing behavior caused them to move often and at her wit’s end, Jolene lands at Miss Moon’s library. Instead of answers, Miss Moon tells her to go work the nightshift at a local rest home and to take her daughter. Against her better judgment Jolene does and ends up pulled into a world of secret surprises. Best you keep your nightlight on!

Scary: “Harvest Grove”

“Save the girl!” Turmoil has swirled around Casey’s head since childhood. It would bubble over in hints from stories written, or from sketches of images dreamed. What was being suppressed so strongly? This last sketch of the little girl in a puritan like outfit haunted Casey day and night. Those dark eyes had to hold the key. But who could help solve this puzzle? Miss Moon of the Willow Library could, but instead, she sends Casey over an old New England covered bridge on All Hallow’s Eve, when the spirits are thought to come out and play. Will this help unlock the mystery for Casey and unleash a power that lays latent, or cause insanity? Keep your flashlight handy, and your Jack-O-Lantern lit as you dive into this fast-paced gender bending paranormal tale. Anything can happen on Halloween!   “Wow, I never expected that twist in the story!” “Great Halloween story.” “Oh, my!”

Sexy: “Ceremony of the Rose”

Determined to ace her “History of Women” college course, Claire finds herself at the Willow Library. There she meets Miss Moon who hands her an old book that leads her to a special elderly woman. This woman hints about a ceremony that fuels Claire’s imagination and creates an obsession. An obsession to find the meaning of the Ceremony of the Rose. Did the ritual really happen? Or was it a folktale passed on by the lonely and frustrated women of Tucker’s Glen? What Claire uncovers is mystery and romance under the spring full moon. Sprinkle your bed with rose petals and expect some blushing and squirming while reading this story!     “I’m swooning! What a beautiful romantic story!” “Just read three chapters of Rose all the way through without taking a breath!” “I must have more!” “Be still, my heart! Oh, Atwood, just when I think it can’t get any better — it always does!”

(Scroll down for more inside info on “Ceremony of the Rose”)

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Atwood..what is with the Comet Years??

Welcome to the Willow’s Moon Song world! All stories in the series are interconnected but at different times in the characters lives. I consider the overall timeline similar to a ribbon that has been tossed to the floor. A ribbon of time that folds and bends and lays over itself. One book your favorite character may be young, the next time ten years older. One book a character may be the star of the story, the next, they may only be walking through it in the background. Pay close attention to the “Comet Years” that are connected to Miss Moon, to clue you in where that book sits on the timeline.

Here is a list of books in the series so far and their Comet Years;

2222 : Jesse Monroe and Company (the book starts out in this year and ends in 2244)

2232 : Ceremony of the Rose,  Oak Ridge Shadows

2234 : Rose House

2243 : Sleep Medicine

2244 : Jesse Monroe and Company

2247 : Breathless Nights

2248 : Moonlit Meadow

2249 : Winter and Spring

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More About: Ceremony of the Rose

Like the moon, women are full of mystery and beauty!

The story Ceremony of the Rose was first hand written many years ago.  It was the first story to introduce Miss Moon’s unique influence, and laid the ground work for the whole Willow’s Moon Song series and its special mythology.

I was inspired to write it by news reports and history recounts of how women and their sexuality were seen as “evil”, and could cause men to do “evil things”.  I suppose early men were rather taken aback by the “magic” of women’s bodies.  And when one does not understand something, the temptation there is to try and control it. Sadly that is what happened to women then, and even sadder, is still happening.

This story is a celebration of women.

In an earlier version, the story was first published on my original website. At that time I felt something was missing. I needed to step up the backstory of one of the main characters. That led me to take Gaelic language classes.  Talk about a hard language to learn!!  Yet it was just what I needed to spice up the story more, along with a few more additions. If you happened to read the earlier version, I hope you will like the new one. All the squirm and blush appeal are still there!

An additional fun tidbit: The illustrations are based on photos I took of my own roses..I have many rose bushes in my yard…that I then sketched out and painted.  An earlier version offered for sale had each chapter showing the rose in slow bloom: First chapter it was a tight rosebud. By the climax of the last chapter, the rose was in full bloom. I will have to include those drawings next time I create a stand alone book or zine of the story.

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Check out the companion article that is also full of womanly magic!  “Moon Bleeds: Celebration or Curse” in Archer Atwood Books Blog.

Moon Bleeds: Celebration or Curse?

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