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Stalking the Moon

"Wyrdwood Welcome" Book 1

by Angel Leigh McCoy

Stalking the Moon - Angel Leigh McCoy - Wyrdwood
Part of the Wyrdwood Welcome series:
  • Stalking the Moon
Pages: 448

What’s real? What’s imagined?

Viviane is schizophrenic. It’s genetic—from her mother’s side of the family. She can usually handle her hallucinations, but when one of them starts killing people, Viviane discovers that nothing in her world is as mundane as she thought it was. Especially not her fiancé who brings his own special magic to their relationship. It’s a long fall from the moon, and Reality will never be the same.

Escape with Viviane into the dark of night where romance is thwarted by the sinister machinations of family politics and the clash between two very different worlds.

Tropes: Band of Misfits, Conspiracy, Dark Enemy, Farmer to Hero, Fated Mates, Found Family, Quest
Setting: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Tropes: Band of Misfits, Conspiracy, Dark Enemy, Farmer to Hero, Fated Mates, Found Family, Quest
Setting: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Continuous / Same Characters
Reviews:Kerry on Goodreads wrote:

In Angel Leigh McCoy’s “Stalking the Moon,” magical realism crashes into the all-too-real world of mental illness, and the author handles it with a sympathetic and supportive voice. In it, the lead character, Viviane, finds her complicated connections with reality slipping when a mystery evolves. With some vivid settings and creepy overtones, complicated characters and memorable action, this book sprints to a conclusion too soon. Luckily, this is the first in a series.

Lee the Writer on wrote:

Sexy, mysterious, and atmospheric. I adored the setting, and the love interest and relationship were so compelling! I’m excited to read the next two and see how the series ends!

Joan Kern on wrote:

This book is a departure from anything else I have ever read. It is part psychology and part psychiatry which I am accustomed to reading as case studies. Never have I ever read a book for pleasure that contains both subjects as a form of entertainment. Little did I expect such a journey to be so enjoyable. I found the closer I came to finishing it the more I wanted it to continue. Please do read this book and soon.

D and J on wrote:

This book has engaging characters, believable settings, and the plot has enough twists and turns to keep you hooked until you reach the magical ending. The writing is so vivid with sensory detail and images that I feel as though I have met the characters and visited the settings.

I am also impressed with the way the author dealt with the topic of mental illness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wholeheartedly recommend it.

"Wyrdwood" is an umbrella world that contains multiple series. The series follows the same characters. STALKING THE  MOON is the first book in the "Wyrdwood Welcome" trilogy that also includes JUMPING THE MOON and HEXING THE MOON. If you're discovering Wyrdwood for the first time, this trilogy will give you the perfect introduction to it. Please visit for more information. Best wishes from the author Angel Leigh McCoy.

About the Author

Angel Leigh McCoy wears the mantles of author, storyteller, game designer, and audiobook narrator.

She is the creative force behind the Wyrdwood series of novels and the Dire Multiverse audio drama.

She wrote for the PC games CONTROL and GUILD WARS 2, and she edited print anthologies such as ANOTHER DIMENSION and DEEP CUTS.

Ellen Datlow awarded her short story “Crack O’Doom” (printed in the anthology Fear of the Dark) an honorable mention in the Best Horror of the Year, volume 4, 2012.

Neil Gaiman handed her an award and shook her hand for her short story “Coquettrice” at the World Horror Convention 1999 (one of the magical moments of her early career!).

Angel believes strongly in doing her part to advance the careers of other writers. She not only publishes them at and in her anthologies, but she also mentors them and teaches the occasional workshop.

She got her first taste of online and multiplayer storytelling in the late 80s when she discovered MUSHes and learned MUSH code to guide stories for dozens of players.

Later, in the 90s, she became the first East Central Regional Storyteller for the CAMARILLA, guiding stories across thousands of players in five states, as well as supporting the national and international stories in the game.

Throughout the 90s, she did freelance game design for companies such as White Wolf, FASA, and West End Games.

In the early 00s, she was hired as the first female game designer on the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS team at Wizards of the Coast.

Over the course of five years at Microsoft Game Studios, she worked on the web team and shipped such titles as Zoo Tycoon 2, Rise of Nations, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Shadowrun, Crimson Skies, Conker, Blinx, Viva Pinata, Perfect Dark Zero, and many others.

At, she was the game correspondent Wireless Angel.