Once in a Blue Moon    -     By: Leanna Ellis
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Once in a Blue Moon

B&H Books / 2010 / Paperback

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Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Forty years later-divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical-she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise. Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride. But upon meeting Howard's son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can't decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.The gravity of life has pulled Bryn down for decades. But a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. It only happens once in a blue moon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.78 (inches)
ISBN: 0805449884
ISBN-13: 9780805449884
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Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Forty years later—divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical—she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise. Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride. But upon meeting Howard’s son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can’t decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.

The gravity of life has pulled Bryn down for decades. But a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. It only happens once in a blue moon.

Author Bio

Leanna Ellis, formerly known to readers as Leanna Wilson, sold more than one million romance books and won numerous awards before taking a new creative direction with her much-acclaimed 2007 novel, Elvis Takes a Back Seat. She lives with her family in Keller, Texas.

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Readers may be confused about whether Ellis, who has sold more than a million romance novels under the name Leanna Wilson, is creating a sci-fi thriller, a mother-daughter drama, or a love story. Ellis weaves an engaging tale that finally settles down into a love story with a bit of conspiracy theory thrown in. Bryn Seymour was nine when her mother died on the same day Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Forty years later, she stumbles across new information and heads to Texas to track down a man who knew her mom. Was she involved in NASA spying? Are Howard Walters’s suspicions about NASA coverups true? What does he know about her mom’s death? And what about sparks that fly between Bryn and Howard’s son, Sam? Readers will appreciate Ellis’s humor and witty dialogue, and some will relish remembering the Apollo years as she slowly reveals the details of Jennifer Seymour’s death and Bryn’s healing from it. Ellis bounces through this novel with periods of levity and seriousness, fluency and stuttering. (Mar.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2010
    Christy Lockstein
    Once in a Blue Moon by Leann Ellis isn't quite sure if it's a conspiracy thriller, contemporary romance, or family drama. Brynda Seymour's mother died forty years ago as Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. She was raised by her Nana, but has spent the time since living life on the edge, engaging in risky behavior and always falling for the wrong guy. When she's contacted by Howard Walters who claims that her mother's death is part of a conspiracy from NASA, she's pulled into his paranoid world where she meets his son Sam, a former preacher. Sam and Brynda have immediate chemistry, but can she fall for a guy who believes in the Lord who allowed her mother to leave her orphaned at nine years old? Ellis is very skilled at creating fully fleshed characters and writes with a terrific sense of humor. Her books always have a light touch, guaranteed to make readers smile. While the books struggles to settle into a genre, it's still an enjoyable story. The truth about Brynda's mother is rather shocking, but Ellis handles it with grace and there's an excellent message of acceptance and learning to let go.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 8, 2010
    Sharon A Lavy
    ONCE IN A BLUE MOON is the first of Leanna Ellis's novels I have read. It took me a few pages to understand where the book was headed. But I read it in parts of two days and am really glad I read it. I like Sam, and his pure but relaxed view of God. And how he draws out Brynda Seymour's long held secret, and helps her heal.It was a nice paced novel to read after finishing THE OTHER SIDE OF DARKNESS which I recently reviewed.Leanna is a master storyteller and I am eager to read her next book.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 26, 2010
    Diane A. Brown - The Reader's Cove
    A quest for truth.Beware of what you seek!Leanna presents a story filled with quirky characters, imaginative situations, and a mysterious past. The descriptive wordage is bold and easy to visualize. I was a bit Lost in Space in the beginning but after the third chapter the story becomes smoother with a comfortable flow.The reader will encounter precarious situations, potential danger and lots of laughs. There is ample opportunity for sleuthing alongside Bryn, searching for the truth about her mothers death. Along the way her heart faces new challenges. Emotions, once easily suppressed, surface and raise havoc with her sensible way of life, or is it?If you are up for high flying adventure then Once in a Blue Moon will launch you into space.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 17, 2010
    Liz Tolsma
    Bryn Seymour, a reporter on assignment to write about the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, meets Howard, an older man with some pretty far out ideas. He believes the government is hiding some information about what they found on the moon and are conspiring against him because of his knowledge. Bryn discovers he knew her mother who died under mysterious circumstances on the day of the moon landing. When Bryn goes to speak to Howard, she meets his son, Sam. He's handsome and charming and seems pretty normal, except for his strong faith. But might Howard's theories hold some water when strange and frightening things start happening to Bryn?I'm not going to give away any more of the book, but I ended up enjoying it very much. The plot was wonderful, with all kinds of twists and turns. It was funny, scary, sad and romantic all at the same time. Leanna Ellis' characters are vibrant and quirky and her descriptions so detailed. Sometimes almost too much so. In a few places, I felt it slowed the pace of the book. But that's a minor complaint. Put "Once in a Blue Moon" on your reading list. It's a enjoyable story that will keep you on your toes.**A complimentary copy of the book was provided to me for the review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 11, 2010
    Edwina Cowgill
    Once in a Blue MoonIntrigue, laughter, family, love, mixed in with characters you immediately like makes Once in a Blue Moon a fun book to read! Here is the back cover summary:She was only nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. In the decades since, thrill-seeking journalist Bryn Seymour has defied gravity, pushing each moment to count. Inwardly, though, shes resisted any close encounters. Skydiving is easy. Staying in a relationship? Not so much.On assignment to write about the fortieth anniversary of the first moon-walk, Bryn meets Howard, a loopy old gent full of conspiracy theories who drops a bomb on her world: he knew her mother. Could a small Texas town hold the secret to her mothers demise? Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride .But upon meeting Howards attractive son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she cant decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.The gravity of life has always pulled Bryn back down to earth, but a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. The kind of love that only happens once in a blue moon.This is a great book to help you relax after a crazy day and would be fun to take on spring break or add it to your summer reading list.
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Author: Leanna Ellis
Located in: United States
Submitted: July 31, 2010

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a wife, mom and writer. And that means--BUSY. Like most moms. I also have a wacky imagination. And so I write. And I love it.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Like many folks, I remember the first landing on the moon and watched it with awe while lying on my parents gold shag carpet. I wondered what it would be like if someone didn't have fond memories of that event. And my character Bryn was born.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  First I hope readers will be entertained by the story and characters. And I hope they will be prodded to think about their own life and if something in their past is holding them back. If so, I hope they can let it go.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  I was writing this book during the late winter and early spring that my father passed away. It was a difficult time for me and my family, things I had to let go of in order to move on, and this book helped me to do that.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  God is my main source of inspiration. I pray over every project many, many times. God often reveals to me what I need to know at a certain time during the writing process. And somehow the book gets finished. My husband and kids are also a great source of strength and encouragement to me.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  God is good. Always.

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