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Blood Fugue (Moonsongs, Book 1)

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“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
Kindle Edition, 47 pages
Published September 24th 2012 (first published September 12th 2012)
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Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an entertaining read! The characters have depth and the plot is filled with mystery and suspense. A real page-turner! Can't wait for the next chapter in this original story! ...more
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a very fast read, as it's a novelette of only 47 pages. I don't often read short stories as I feel I don't get the opportunity to know the characters or the world and don't have time to get attached. That's not the case here though. First of all it's a series, so as each one comes out we get to know a bit more about the characters and the world. I also felt like I got a pretty good idea about the characters and the world from this first story. It may not have had time to get real in dept ...more
Robyn Jones
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, paranormal
Blood Fugue
by E.J. Wesley
44 pages
I won this ebook novelette

Jenny does her best to be your typical hostile gaming hermit. Then she opens a seemingly innocuous email. Suddenly she has a living grandfather she believed long dead, commits to doing a favor that involves bullets, and discovers a destiny that will test her tendency to push people away.

I'm so happy I won this novelette! E.J. Wesley created the best protagonist in Jenny. She's rude, she's nearly six feet tall, and she sports a pur
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Do not start this novella...
... if there is any possibility you will have to put it down before you are finished with it.

I started this on a Sunday night and didn't get it finished before I had to go to bed. As a result my sleep was interrupted by thoughts about what I'd read and what I would read the next day.

Jennifer Schmidt has a story to tell and shoves you face first into her story from the very first lines. She doesn't tell her story with the grace and caution of some storytellers becaus
Michael Offutt
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Upon finishing this story by E.J. Wesley, I immediately realized why I love Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter. It's for the same reason why I like Jenny. She's a tough as nails female protagonist with just the right amount of Texas in her to make me think that the southwest is a perfect setting for silver bullets and monsters.

I won't say too much about this story because it's short and would be easy to spoil. But this is a return to the monsters. You won't find any romantic, skinny, sparkling werewolv
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Blood Fugue surprised me. I read the first pages and thought I knew what to expect. Don't get me wrong. The first pages are clever. Wesley delivers witty lines like this: "For me, dwelling on the past was akin to keeping a picture of an ex-boyfriend who had cheated on me with the town whore, stolen my favorite t-shirt, and given me Chlamydia." After the narrative that sets up the story, Wesley reveals his true talent. The characterization and dialogue are really good. I tweeted to Wesley that th ...more
Julie Flanders
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic story and an entertaining and suspenseful read. Jenny is a wonderful character who really draws you into her story. I can't wait for more installments of the Moonsongs series! ...more
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great New Adult novelette! Fast paced, action packed, and fun! Loved Jenny's voice - she's got spunk! My kinda gal! ...more
Laura Thomas
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just knew I was gonna love Jenny. She has serious attitude issues, wears radical clothes, and sports a purple mohawk. She doesn’t give a crap what anyone thinks about her.

Her mother died when she was 10 and her father lived for the bottle. The only good times they shared were when he took her to the gun range, teaching her how to shoot.

She became quite good at it. Never knowing she’d need to be.

Upon his death, she was raised by her grandmother, her last living family, who lived long enough
Jeff Beesler
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Time constraints tend to be a burden in this modern age. To see all the books out there that I would want to read and may never get the chance to do so, well, it's a thought that drives me insane. I just want to fill my cranium and imagination with as many fictional worlds as I possibly can. It would be quite a feat for me to start and finish a book in a single setting.

EJ Wesley's Blood Fugue: Moonsongs, then, is a book that has come as close as any in terms of that single sitting reading. I act
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This was just a fun, quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. E.J Wesley keeps the suspense going throughout the book. I'd never read a novelette before but I have to admit, I'll be reading a lot more now.

The story, set in modern times in a small town in Texas is about a young woman, Jenny who discovers two gifts given to her by her Apache ancestors - one - a non-tangible gift she has no choice but to keep whether she wants it or not. We've all been there, so you know what I mean. Except t
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Can I just say wow? I looked over some reviews and I was a little worried that maybe I was going to expect too much of this. No not at all.

The first paragraph had me hooked. I loved the humor that's sort of thrown into the book. The book starts off with Jenny talking about how she looks at the past compared to how others looked at it. Two of my favorite lines in the whole book are in that one paragraph. I might have talked about this in another review, but, the first person point of view is some
Eve Gaal
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm Convinced E.J. Stands for Exciting and Jaw-Dropping
My blogger friend E.J. Wesley sent me an advanced copy of his amazing novelette called Blood Fugue and I have to say the imagery, the descriptions and the suspense are still reverberating from my head to my heart. Once I started this story about a girl with a purple Mohawk, I couldn't stop. Great dialogue pulled me in and pretty soon, I was following her memories right out into the West Texan countryside. Obviously, I wanted to know what wou
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this novelette for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

In BLOOD FUGUE, we're introduced to Jenny and her best friend, Marshal. Life has dealt Jenny some low blows. The fact that she hasn't buckled under the crap she's dealt with is not only amazing (I totally would not been sane or comprehensible) but shows her strength. She's snarky, fun to hang around with, and I would love to be her bestie! Plus with her purple fauxhawk and my pink hair, we'd make quite the pai
Joleene Naylor
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blood Fugue introduces readers to Jenny, a young woman who, after the deaths of her parents and grandparents, believes she is alone in the world. Then, she gets an email from her supposedly dead grandfather. She's smart enough to know that there's no net service to the cemetery which means one of two things, either someone is pulling her leg, or else he isn't dead.

With the help of her best friend, she goes to the address and finds an old, wheel chair bound man. Is it really her grandfather? If s
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quick witted Jenny and just as sharp best friend Marshal make this novel such an enjoyable read that I couldn't believe it was over so soon. I have made no secret of the fact that I love serials. It's great to get a complete story in 65 pages or so and get another one that builds on what you know, a month or so later.
Jenny, featured on the cover, has a purple mohawk, sharp tongue, and a Texas sized chip on her shoulder when it comes to family. So when her grandfather, who she was told was dead a
Shelly Arkon
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this. A little bit of humor sandwiched between blood and gore. One twisted plot to the next made this a smooth, fast paced read.

Snarky, foul mouthed MC who sports a purple mo-hawk gets a strange call from someone. Later on she discovers its her grandfather who she thought was dead. Her grandma said so way before she died. MC drags her sidekick to his house to find her grandfather in a wheelchair and a half eaten horse. The mystery thickens when MC tries to imagine what could h
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to everyone
Recommended to Stinkerjo by: Robyn Jones
I loved this book. E.J. gives readers a clear idea who Jenny Schmidt is and what her life has been like. I particularly love her 1st foray into the world of hunting. Just because her daddy taught her how to shoot a gun doesn't make her any more related to the folks of Duck Dynasty. Having said that, falling out of the hidey hole and losing her gun before that made me laugh so hard. Can't wait to read the next installment. ...more
Alex Cavanaugh
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
EJ has created a tense story with some unique elements. The main character is a little rough, but she grew on me. The descriptions are very vivid and I could picture everything happening with great clarity. A very good read!
Jan 08, 2013 rated it liked it
(This review can also be found on my blog at The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

Jenny is an orphan. Her parents are dead and her only known living relative has just passed away...or so she thinks. Jenny receives a letter claiming to be from her grandfather that she thought was dead. He asks her to come visit him. Little does Jenny know that meeting her "dead" grandfather will definitely change her life.

I found this title to be quite an interesting one. I had to look up the
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"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. For me, dwelling on the past was akin to keeping a picture of an ex-boyfriend who had cheated on me with the town whore, stolen my favourite t-shirt,and given me Chlamydia. There'd be no
Wendy C
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Blood Fugue (Moonsongs, Book 1) by E.J. Wesley tells us about Jenny who thinks she has no other living relatives. She finds out that is not the case. Jenny receives an email from her Grandfather, Billy Moonsong and he asks to see her the next day. Jenny and her friend Marshal go to see her Grandfather. Her Grandfather tells her that there is something killing his animals and he takes her and Marshal out in the back field to show them the rotting corpse of his horse. Jenny’s Grandfather asks her ...more
Talk Supe
Jan 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Talk by: Candace Book Reviews
Shelves: 2014
Talk Supe review

BLOOD FUGUE is the first book of E.J. Wesley's Moonsongs series. It's pretty short at 47 pages but packed with intrigue and designed to keep you reading. I've never read of a 21yo almost 6' heroine with purple hair and a tomahawk for a weapon and that alone got me excited to read Moonsongs 1. Yup, Jenny Schmidt is a spitfire and one can tell she'll be one hell of a heroine to follow.

BLOOD FUGUE opens with a mystery that led to some astounding family history for Jenny. Her grandm
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very quick read taking me no more than an hour so I will keep the review short as well.

The Good

I really enjoyed Wesley's writing. Jenny was a fun character to get to know and her personality was flushed out pretty quickly. She's sarcastic, likes to be alone, and is pretty negative...but I like her. With her purple fohawk and camo tank top, she's different. She's had a pretty tough life so far, but I like the fact that she takes responsibility for what she perceives she has done wrong
Christine Rains
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Jenny likes to be left alone with her games. Even though she lives in her grandmother's house, she would prefer to keep her traumatic past buried, but a strange email from her supposedly dead grandfather forces her to confront it. Along with her friend, she visits her grandfather. Perhaps he's a little crazy, but he needs her help. Jenny isn't comfortable embracing her heritage, but she doesn't have much choice. She must be a hunter or become the prey.

What a fun and fast read! There's a bit of W
Cindy Borgne
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a great start to a series.

When I first started reading Blood Fugue what stood out was the voice. Here are just a couple of examples. As you will see, Jenny can come across rather rough at times.

“In reality, if there had been happiness in my life, people hadn’t had much to do with it.”

Here are a few sentences where you see a different side of Jenny.

“The cry ripped open the night’s dark blanket like a freight train of doom. The rifle slipped from my grasp as I pressed my han
Jaime Arkin
Are you looking for a quick, fun read? This might just fit the bill for you.

Jenny lives in a small Texas town where she's been alone for most of her life... or so she thinks! She finds her lone living relative, her grandfather, in a wheelchair and living alone. With only a tomahawk, her rifle and a journal filled with family secrets Jenny has to save her Grandfather from something, only she isn't sure what.

E.J. Wesley shoves you into a world where things aren't as they might seem and he does i
Ryan Snyder
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I will admit I was a little reluctant to start this book since it is on the shorter side, but I am glad I relented and decided to give it a try. This was a really fast read at around 47 pages. Like.. really fast. But it kept me engaged all the way through and I am looking forward to starting the second installment. (:

Jenny is rather entertaining with her sarcasm and general sour disposition. I loved reading about her interactions with her best friend, Marshall. Her grandpa was even pretty cool
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: february-2013
Blood Fugue is not your ordinary read. First it is a short Novella which I love because you get a burst of a world that is full of suspense and intrigue. I have to thank Candace for allowing me to be a part of this tour and allowing me to read such a great story.

Jenny Schmidt is a girl with a lot of heartache. She has lost everyone she knows except her grandparents who are her caretaker. She is an old soul in a young body and soon she will find out that everything she thought she knew may not b
Medeia Sharif
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jenny is the only person left in her family. Everyone else has passed, or so she thinks. Her grandfather, who was presumed dead, reaches out to her. He informs her that she’s a born huntress and she must go after a dangerous beast. She doesn’t believe her eyes when she sees this beast. It’s unlike anything she’s seen before, but she must stop it before it goes on a path of destruction.

This is a suspenseful tale with a strong female lead. I liked the Native American flavor to it, the mystery surr
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