{Blog Tour | Review} Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla

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{Blog Tour | Review} Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla

{Blog Tour | Review} Luna Rising by Selene CastrovillaLuna Rising by Selene Castrovilla
on April 25, 2017
Format: eARC
AmazonBarnes and Noble four-stars
Life begins at thirty-eight for Long Island mom and writer Luna Lampanelli, when she kicks her secretly gay husband to the curb. She's got her freedom, but what she wants is love.

Luna knows she doesn’t need a man to exist, but try telling that to her heart. Against the advice of Sunny, her snarky best friend, and Jiminy, the cautioning voice in Luna’s head that just won’t shut up, Luna sets course to find a mate.

Luna speed and on-line dates her way into several short-lived, surreal relationships. There’s Ari, the humorless Israeli who refuses to assimilate – to America, and to humanity. There’s Alex, the young and handsome ex-crackhead who informs Luna he doesn’t want to be monogamous while they’re in bed. There’s Memphis, the wild-eyed sadomasochist. There’s Red, angry and crippled, who becomes the catalyst for Luna to join Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous.

But before Luna can proceed to recovery, she meets the elusive but oh so appealing Trip. He’s emotionally unavailable and has the Madonna-Whore Complex, but how can Luna (aka “whore”) let him go when she enjoys his dry wit so much, and his naked body even more?

Humorously haunting and packed with unspeakable truths, Luna Rising follows a woman's funny and heart-breaking struggle to relate with un-relatable men and an un-relatable world, and to figure out something even more un-relatable: herself.

Not every life is centered around a big home, white fence, large porch, 2 parents, kids and healthy relationships.  Instead it could be clouded with confusion and uncertainties.  Such was the case for Luna.  A middle aged woman seeking to find her way.  Seeking to find love and that perfect relationship.  She wanted it.  Felt she deserved it.  However, just wasn’t sure how to capture it.  Her “Jiminy” was always there twenty-four seven, sitting on her shoulder, waiting on the horizon to provide guidance, support, feedback and cautions.  Her “Jiminy” or inner voice spoke to her throughout Luna Rising.  This different perspective was a nice addition to the voice of this story centered around Luna’s desire to be happy.  She tried to rise above it all and get what she really wanted in a relationship.  But will she rise high enough?  Selene Castrovilla has created an adult novel packed with lots of angst and humor centered around Luna’s journey towards trial, after trial in her search for love and happiness.      




About Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats. Visit her website: www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.

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6 Responses to “{Blog Tour | Review} Luna Rising by Selene Castrovilla”

  1. Kim Holliday

    Selene is a new author to me and I’m looking forward to reading Luna Rising.

  2. Ann

    Is this book out yet? …Okay, how about now? …Um, now?

    I feel like it’s all right for me to say this, to fangirl a bit, because this giveaway is all decided by the flip of a Rafflecopter coin: I AM SO JAZZED ABOUT THIS BOOK! I have noooo idea how many new titles I come across every day, but it’s pretty rare for me to get all edge-of-my-seat excited about a new release. (Full disclosure: I’m moderately-to-highly caffeinated and it’s nearing 1am, my prime time.)

    “…Sunny, her snarky best friend…” You’ve sold me, and won my not-for-sale little heart.

    I’m doing a lot of quoting and no, I’m not really a fan of “that.” I have less than seven minutes to hit “Submit Comment,” and copy ‘n paste is quick ‘n easy.

    “…a woman’s funny and heart-breaking struggle to relate with un-relatable men and an un-relatable world, and to figure out something even more un-relatable: herself.”
    I can relate. Yeah, hell yeah. I can relate. And perhaps, just maybe, this is the driving force behind my wide-eyed attraction to “Luna Rising.”

    Hurry up, April 25!