LAUNCH!!! Bound by Moonlight


Release the confetti!  Break out the alcohol!  Strike up the band!  Bound by Moonlight is finally available on kindle!

boundbymoonlightstandard[1] This is the story of a heroine who turns invisible in moonlight.  Can’t help it.  It just happens.

 Wait a minute, you say.  That plot sounds familiar – a lot like The Trouble with Moonlight.  And you’re right.  It does because it’s the exact same story :-).  I’d received my rights back on the original version of this story and so am re-releasing it with a different title and a different cover.

 Why would I want to do that?  The answer is two-fold.  First, I don’t think the original story was marketed as a paranormal romance.  The invisiblity component was played down and irritated historical readers who don’t want woo-woo in their romance.  This definitely has woo-woo.  No attempt has been made to hide that fact.  The second reason is that Berkley forbid me to write a sequel to the book – and I had many, many requests for a sequel.  Now that the book has been released as an independent, I’m free to finish the story of the Nividemi, those individuals that walk among us with incredible talents that they must keep hidden. And I promise you – there will be sequels.

The original Trouble with Moonlight won the critic’s award for Historical Love and Laughter at Romantic TimesThe Trouble With Moonlight back in 2008.  This, of course, is still the same fun story.  You might recall the opening of the hero chasing a flying ruby necklace through a house and across London.If you’ve never read The Trouble with Moonlight, I’d encourage you to give Bound by Moonlight a try.

Here’s the NEW blurb:

A woman of extraordinary talents…

Lusinda Havershaw turns invisible in moonlight, just her – not her clothes.  She can’t help it, it just happens. A descendent of a rare race, her ancestors have been burned as witches, persecuted and tormented as the devil’s children. She must be careful to avoid detection. However as her family has no other means of support, she must reluctantly shed her petticoats and corset during a full moon to prowl the gaslit streets of London, stark naked, as a thief. 

A man with a dangerous mission…

The only tools British spy and master safecracker James Locke needs are his hands and his brains.  But when a hand tremor threatens his mission to secure a list of agents for the Crown, the accidental discovery of a lady thief with an extraordinary secret may just be his salvation.  However as James and Lusinda discover, there’s more than one kind of trouble to be found in the moonlight.  The kind that begins with blackmail and ends with a kiss…

Unlike the sweetness suggested by that Trouble with Moonlight cover, this is a sexy novel in the way that only a story can be with a heroine who is naked in public.  I hope you give it a try.

In fact – I’ll give someone leaving a comment a copy of the brand new Bound by Moonlight (or, if you prefer, you can have a paperback copy of The Trouble with Moonlight as I have several).  Just tell me if you like paranormal and why.  Let’s party! 






  • Jane says:

    Yay, on getting your rights back, Donna and congrats on the re-release. I don’t read much paranormal these days. I mostly read Heather Graham’s ghost and psychic stories.

    • Jane – You might like this one. Berkley felt the story was more historical than paranormal – though I’m not exactly sure what that means LOL. After all, there is an invisible heroine. Not someone you’d see every day (pun intended 🙂 )

      There’s nothing paranormal about the rooster! What will you have him do today?

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    How exciting that you got the rights back for this book, Donna, because I haven’t read it before. LOL I’m not a fan of gory paranormals, but your book sounds cute. Like paranormal light. 🙂

    • Exactly! Paranormal light – great term. I’m not fond of gory paranormals myself. I have a hard time finding anything sexy about someone drinking blood. But suddenly finding that they’re fading away like a ghost because the moon is out – I can deal with that 🙂

      Hope you give it a try Marcy!

  • Cathy P says:

    Congratulations on getting the rights back to your book, Donna! It sounds like a must read. I read some paranormal and enjoy it (Charlene Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series and Tawny Weber’s Theres A New Witch in Town). If the story is about winged warriors or zombies, etc., I don’t like it though.

    • Hi Cathy! –

      No winged warriors or zombies here 🙂 . My heroine is very normal – except she has this little problem. If she’s outside when the moon comes out, she’ll fade away to invisibility and if she’s invisible (and naked) and stays inside too long – she becomes visible again in perhaps dire circumstances. 🙂 I hope you’re give it a try. IT’s a fun book.

  • Donna, huge congratulations on your new/old release! Whatever, it means another great book out on the shelves for people to buy. So great that you’re able to proceed with this series that’s so close to your heart.

    • Anna –

      Not quite on the shelves yet in that we haven’t done the CreateSpace copy yet. (We, in this case, is my agent and I.) But we will soon.

      Yes – I’m so excited to be able to continue the story. I’d received so many requests for a sequel to this one. Can’t wait to bring Bound by Touch to the fore.

  • Ki Pha says:

    Woohoo! Congrats on relaunch day!!!
    I don’t read much paranormal but when they’re historical? Heck yeah I’ll pick it up! I like them filled with mystery and a bit dark as of these moments.

    • Ki Pha says:

      Whoops, accidentally pressed submit before finishing my comment. LOL

      But I really am enjoying the new look, title, and that blurb of yours Donna. Plus, having a magical skill or telent is super fascinating. I really want to see how the hero will react to seeing her in her full nakedness! LOL

      • When I wrote Bound by Moonlight, I wanted my heroine to have a special “power,” but I didn’t want her to be in control of it. No “flame on” and instant flames. I wanted her to be at the mercy of her power, and then learn how to use it to her advantage.

        The hero actually “sees” the heroine in the very first scene of the book, he just doesn’t know what he’s seeing. It’s a memorable opening LOL.

        • Cassondra says:

          Oh yes it IS a memorable opening.

          But that’s pretty much par for the course for your books, Missy.

    • Hi Ki Pha !

      While there is a mystery in Bound by Moonlight, I wouldn’t call the story really dark. Well – except for the hero’s backstory. That wasn’t pretty. But it’s a fun read. I hope you’ll give it a try. 🙂

  • Mary Preston says:

    There is paranormal & then there is paranormal.

    I definitely like woo-woo, my new favourite term now mind you.

    I like my woo-woo, told you I love it, to be suspenseful with a dash of thrilling, but not cross into darkness & despair.

    • Hi Mary –

      You know, a writer’s dream is to someday see a complete stranger in an airport or on the beach reading your book. But with kindles – that’s sort of hard 🙂

      Once while in Mexico on vacation, I saw a lady in a resteraunt reading on her device. I asked her if it was a kindle or nook and we got into a conversation. When she learned I wrote romance, she checked her kindle and she had every one of my stories – and had read them all!
      However, she pointed to The Trouble with Moonlight and said “There’s something different about this one.” I said “Yes – that’s the book with the invisible heroine.” She shook her head – “That’s it. I don’t like woo-woo in my historicals.” And honestly, many people don’t. Which is okay, too.

      Bound by Moonlight is a fun, light read with woo-woo. 🙂 I hope you’ll give it a try.

  • Annie West says:

    Donna – what a terrific premise! I love the new blurb too.

    What do I like about paranormal? The fact that anything can happen. yay!

    Good luck with this rerelease.

    • Hi Annie!

      Isn’t that blurb great! I have a friend, Kat Sheridan, who has a remarkable talent for expressing the conflict in a fascinating way. I wrote a decent blurb, but Kat added the polish. She’s really talented.

      I think paranormal books are so creative. They take our current world and add new dimensions – or maybe start with a whole different world. I love them. Glad that you do too. 🙂

  • Anna Sugden says:

    YAY!! As you know i’ve always loved this book and am thrilled you are releasing it yourself! I’m also thrilled i will finally get to read the rest of the stories!

    I don’t tend to read much paranormal, rarely read vampires and shapeshifters and demons – espeically if it’s dark. but I do love light woo-woo in stories. Ghosts and magic and mystical talents. That said, I have read darker paranormal stories by dear friends and loved them. I just wouldn’t choose them specifically.

    • Hi Anna!

      Yes, I remember you loved this book and wish I could express how much your support meant when Berkley said no to the series. Their decision about killed me as I already had plans for new books. THank you so much for your reassurance that the idea really did have legs. Group HUG!!!

  • Helen says:


    Woohoo I loved this story when I first read it I need to get it on my kindle now as I have it as a paper book and it is on my keeper shelf, I really enjoy paranormal stories I think it is all the magic and worlds that are in them and of course the heroes and heroines.

    Congrats on the release and I am very excited to hear that there will be sequels 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Hi Helen!

      I’m so honored to have a place on your keeper shelf. It’s really important to me. Smooches!

      Yes – now I have a greenlight for more books with the Nividimi, my race of people with surprising talents. Hopefully, I’ll be releasing the next one soon enough – as soon as I finish the current WIP.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Donna, I have never heard of this book but it sounds wonderful! I was rolling just reading the blurb. It reminds me of an old Veronica Lake movie, who’s title eescapes me right now.

    Depending on the type of paranormal I am eithef completely in or completely out. Witches, ghosts, and time-travel are my go tos. Give me a Lynn Kurland book anyday. Although I will admit, I got a copy of Debrorah Harkness’ s first witch book and got hooked. It is a bit heavier than I usually read, and it also has the vampire part I usually avoid, I did enough vampire books years ago to last me forever, but this series is totally different, it really makes you think.

    I WILL be reading your book though, how could I not? You got me laughing and intrigued already.

    • Hi Amy!

      Sounds like we have similar tastes when it comes to paranormal. Diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER was the book that turned me on to romance in the first place. 🙂 Magical talents, witches, and time travels truly “seal the deal” for me as well. I’m not fond of vampires or zombies. Heck, even shape shifters make me a tad uncomfortable – but to each their own.

      I hope you give Bound by Moonlight a try – and if you do, please consider writing a short review. Good or bad, it’s amazing how important those reviews are. Thank you, Amy.

  • Heathercm2001 says:

    Good morning! I’m so happy and excited for you Donna! That’s so great that you have control of your book again, and now we can get sequels!!!

    Bound by Moonlight was absolutely wonderful! The characters are fun, as well as the story!

    I really like reading paranormal. I like being able to jump into a completely different world and see all the different things an author can put in that world. However, it is also nice to read books with just a bit of paranormal in them. It’s nice to get a little bit of woo-woo without having to learn a ton of new stuff about a new world and creatures that are in it. Bound by Moonlight is perfect for that. The woo-woo is very interesting, but it doesn’t take a lot to understand the concept, so I was really able to focus on the fantastic story!!!

    Congratulations on the release! I’m really looking forward to more! 🙂

    • Thanks Heather! (Smooches)

      I really enjoyed writing Bound by Moonlight. The paranormal added a fun element. It was my fastest book written ever. I’m excited now to write the sequels. I think the paranormal element widens the opportunity to be creative. I love writing straight historical, but this adds a fun touch. So glad you enjoyed the original.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Congrats, Donna! I’m happy this book is back out there for new readers to discover. I reviewed The Trouble With Moonlight when it was published back in 2008 and was so disappointed to learn there would be no sequels. Your news today has made me a very happy reader! 🙂

    I do read paranormal romance though it’s not my first choice of sub-genre.

    • Hey PJ –

      If I’ve made you a happy reader then I’ve done my job. 🙂 That’s the wonderful thing about self-publishing – there’s no one to say what you can and can’t write. Hope to have a sequel out soon.

  • Barb H says:

    Hi Donna, just here to show you support. I already have both the paperback of the old book and the e-book. I love your writing and am waiting for a another in the series.

  • sandyg265 says:

    I like paranormal books because there are so many possibilities.

    • Hi Sandy!

      Yes. Endless possibilities – that’s what I enjoy as well. Of course, it is fun to be a god and make up the rules. LOL But there’s a certain freshness to paranormals that I really enjoy.

  • flchen1 says:

    That is awesome, Donna–I’m glad you’re able to give this a second lease on life 😉 I do enjoy paranormals, but I agree that they work best when it’s clear what the author’s written and what the reader can expect!

    • Hi Fichen –

      It’s fun to create a world, but you are right. The author has to be clear on what can be expected in that world. That’s why I chose to stick with a paranormal set on Earth. We know what is possible. I just added one small well-hidden and little known possiblitilty….

  • Joan Kayse says:

    Well Donna….how did I miss this news? I LOVE this story and my only disappointment is that…it’s not the next book in the series!!!!

    That better be coming out soon!

    • Joan –

      I was telling another writer friend that I’d gotten the rights back on The Trouble with Moonlight and that we (my agent and I) were going to release it under Bound by Moonlight. And my friend said – It’s not the sequel? You’re telling me that I have to wait another year for the book I’ve been waiting on for five years? LOL.

      This is the first step. Next up is the sequel. IT’s good to know that there’s a public receptive to one.

  • Debbie says:

    Congrats on getting your rights back. I like some paranormals, it just depends on the type. I like that it opens up so many more possibilities. Disappearing in the moonlight sounds like a very interesting concept. Thanks for the chance to win.

    • Hi Debbie –

      You’ll have to give Bound by Moonlight a try. It’s a lot of fun and not overly paranormal. It certainly opens up many more possibilities. It’s certainly fun to twist reality ever so slightly.

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on getting your rights back. Did you enjoyeverything that self-publishing entails

    I’m not a huge fan of paranormals in general, but I have enjoyed individual stories. Nora Roberts has released a few paranormals that I’ve enjoyed. So like everything else, the story and characters matter no matter what the genre.

    • Kim –

      You’re so right. I hope you give Bound by Moonlight a try. It won RT’s love and laughter award in its Trouble with Moonlight wrapper. There’s no vampires, no zombies, no alien creatures. Just a woman you can’t see standing right in front of you. 🙂

  • Shannon says:

    I dabble in paranormal–ghosts, time travel, time slip are my catnip. And I’m okay with mages. I’ll do vampires sometimes,. But when you go to were-rabbits, were-hedgehogs, a succubus, and all of the other paranormal species, I just glaze over and tune out.

    This one, I’ll add to my TBR. And I’m always glad to see a writer get her rights back. It makes it so much easier to get someone’s backlist.

    • Hi Shannon –

      I’m with you on the ghosts, time-travels, and mages. I never could get into the whole were-craze. I believe I read a blurb about about were-snakes once. No – not going there!. Hope you give Bound by Moonlight a try. I think you’ll like it. 🙂

  • Diana Huffer says:

    I’ve been fascinated by the paranormal since I held my first seance when I was 10. Yep — I did conjure up a spirit, one who visited me again when I was about 12 — that time with a Ouija board and my dad. Reading paranormal stories have a special place in my heart because of my experiences (yes, there are many more!). I believe much of my “powers” come from my maternal grandmother who was a healer… Oh, the stories I could tell! 😉

    • Diana –

      We have to talk! I’ve always wanted to experience something from the other side – a ghost siting or something. My ouija board never produced anything and my seances generally produced giggles, nothing more.

      Actually, there is a seance in Bound by Moonlight. The Victorian period brought exploration into the occults. Hope you give it a try.

  • bn100 says:

    yes, for the different creatures

    • bn100 –

      You must be referring to the shape-shifters or maybe other-worldly creatures. The whole concept of paranormal only stops at the imagination, doesn’t it?

  • catslady says:

    I love the new cover – it’s ethereal. I do like paranormal – it’s exciting and for me, always a possibility. It’s always very original too and I love to be kept guessing. Why would they forbid you to write a sequel?

    • Catslady –

      Before I answer that question you have to understand that the cover that they put on The Trouble with Moonlight – while pretty – did not suggest paranormal or even sexy. My guess is that people never took it off the shelf to read the back cover blurb which really avoided using the word “invisible.” Needless to say, the immediate sales were not good and Berkley rushed to pull the plug. The book came out in June and they told me in July that there would be no more in this series.

      But my agent and I believe that given a chance readers will love this book. Especially as more books in the series come out.

  • Yea! Donna!!

    So glad you gave this story a cover that properly advertizes what’s inside! This book has so much extra to it and was fun to boot!!

    Can’t wait for the next book in the series!!

  • Donna, woo-hoo! At last! Congrats on getting your rights back and re-releasing this fabulous book! As one of those clamoring for the sequel, I’m delighted that things are moving that way.

    There’s another sequel I’m also waiting for, you know. Just as a reminder.

    You know I love paranormal, especially when it involves magic or special powers. I’m not as keen on vamps and shifters, though I do read those, too. I can go anywhere on the spectrum from light worldbuilding to a full-blown fantasy world.

    • Hi Nancy –

      I haven’t forgotten. (sigh) So many books to write and so little time. I need to learn to be a faster writer. Anyone out there have a clue how to do that?

      I’m with you on the questionable sexiness of vampires and various were-animals. But I love books with magical powers, ghosts, psychic powers and time travel…the “clean” paranormals LOL. But I love the inventiveness and pure creativity of the paranormal genre.

  • Becke says:

    Congratulations on regaining control. It sounds like a fun story and much more fun when you make the decisions.

    I enjoy paranormal on multiple levels. To some extent, I believe it exists. I like the freedom of the mind it allows in addition to the fun twists it adds to stories. To me, the occasional paranormal adds a little spice to one’s reading life!


    • Hi Becke!

      I hope you try Bound by Moonlight. I think you’d really like it as it’s fun and sexy and you start to wonder if people really do exist with that ability. I know we sort of looked at the moon differently when writing the story. Besides 2.99 is such a better price than anything offered by Berkley 🙂

  • deb meredith says:

    Donna, big congrats on your release! This is an awesome book and I am so happy to see it out again for more people to enjoy. I need to dig out my copy and read it again!

    • Deb –

      Have I told you how much I enjoy your avatar? Very cool.

      Thanks for the story love. This is one of my favorites and I’ve mourned not being able to continue the series since the dark day they told me.

      But it’s a new day! A new time! 🙂 I hope a lot more people will discover it as it’s definitely worth the read, I think…but then I’m prejudiced 🙂

  • Cassondra says:


    DONNA MACMEANS IS COMIN’ OOOOUUUUTTT as the funny, sexy author of this funny, sexy book.

    Honestly, Donna, I don’t think you could write a book that wasn’t uber sexy and funny to boot. It’s one of the things that makes you YOU! I’m so excited to see this story get shown off for what it really is. I just love this whole series.

  • I SO loved this book when it first came out and I an beyond excited there can now be sequels !! Historical paranormal romances combine my two favorite kinds of romance novels! This was such a fun book! Now I have to go and pull it off my shelf to read it again!

  • Kat Sheridan says:

    Donna, many, many congrats on this gorgeous revival of your book! I’m wishing you all kinds of success with your new publishing adventure and looking forward to more in the series!

  • Pissenlit says:

    Woo! Congrats on getting the rights back and the re-release! Here’s to sequels!

    Yeppers, I like paranormals. Characters can get into so much more interesting trouble in paranormals. 😀

    • Hi Pissenlit!

      Well, I hope you give Bound by Moonlight a try. Have you ever noticed the moon out during daytime? My invisible heroine fades like a ghost if she’s in that situation. And if she’s inside too long – naked and invisible – she’ll start coming back to visiblity. Naturally, both of those things happen. It’s a lot of fun. 🙂

  • Caren Crane says:

    So excited to see this book out, Donna! I loved it in its original form and hope to see more of this series SOON! 🙂

    I love paranormal and Victorian England. The British were so fascinated by the paranormal and trying to find explanations for mysteries. It would have been a frightening, entrancing time to be in the ton! Imagining a family with real powers just adds to the woo-woo! 😀

    • It was an interesting time in Victorian London. Mesmerists (hypnotists) were in vogue and seances as well. So I guess for many in that time their ordinary lives had woo-woo. 🙂

  • Woo hoo, Donna! Loved it then, love it now, and am looking forward to more! Oh, and love the woo-woo too!!!

    • Hi MJ!

      Thanks for visiting the lair! Thanks for the book love. I’m really anxious to work on those sequels. Moonlight was such a fun book to be stopped the way it was.