CWA Reviews

Halfa Moon


Joan Bannan/ Halfa Moon

ISBN: 978-1-4582-1185-9 | List Price: $17.99 | Format: Softcover | Page Count: 243

ISBN: 978-1-4582-1184-2| List Price: $35.99 | Format: Hardcover | Page Count: 243

ISBN: 978-1-4582-1183-5 | List Price: $3.99 | Format: eBook
| Page Count: 243

Halfa Moon is a story about a young girl’s journey from innocence to experience.

If affluence, brains, and beauty were all that mattered, Meg Randallman had it made. But Meg’s life began with two tragedies that haunt her gifted life with guilt and confusion.

After graduating from Stanford with honors, Meg seems destined to take a job in cyber security at “the Lab,” where she finds friendship and romance. She also finds herself in the cross-hairs of corporate espionage when she fills a position formerly held by a woman who was murdered.


Author BIO:
Joan Bannan is a native Californian, who still lives in Northern California. She was born Joan Freiburghouse in Modesto. Then when she turned eighteen, she became Joan Mangini for the next twenty-four years. When she wrote her first book she changed her last name to Bannan — her grandmother’s maiden name. She thought her mother’s maiden name was too boring and that Freiburghouse would not fit on book covers.Joan is a Christian. Her faith influences her writing, but she does not consider herself an evangelist nor does she feel called to explain her faith to her readers. However, her faith greatly influences her characters and the theme of each novel. She says, “I can’t help it. I believe the world that is not seen is the real world. I allow my characters to be aided by divine intervention that is considered coincidence in the visible world. Christian friends call this type of coincidence, “a God thing.'”

There are two frequently asked questions that Joan is asked: “Are your novels based on true stories?” and “How do you write?”

Her stories are based on true stories and true characters, but they are greatly embellished by her imagination. Many of her characters are inspired by combining the personalities of more than one person.

Joan’s novel writing is “whenever I have a moment,” and “primarily a Pantser,” though she has been whipped into shape by instructors to create basic novel structure before she ventures too far into each story. A Panster is a title used by writing instructors to describe an author who writes, “by the seat of her pants,” rather than by a detailed outline. Joan finds she needs to enter a scene before she can imagine what needs to be there, what her characters will say to each other, and discover who else will show up.

Connect with Joan:

Visit her website at

Follow her on Facebook at

You can contact Joan on Twitter: @justjoanbannan

You can purchase your copy of Halfa Moon at:

Abbott Press Hardcover, and Softcover, and eBook Hardcover, softcover, and Kindle

Barnes and Noble Hardcover, paperback, and Nook Book

My Review

This book takes you on a journey through murder, romance, and mystery! Family intrigue is on the menu with a pinch of high tech espionage. Joan Bannan splashes this fictional story with friendships, mourning losses, and questionable relationships to make it a very interesting story…

It is a brightly colored book of 243 pages. Since it is a mixture of murder, romance plus family intrigue I would suggest parents read it first. Some of the relationships and their outcome could possibly be a life lesson for older teens.

I would recommend it for readers who like mystery or crime novels,


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