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“Once in a Blood Moon,” a Novel by Dorothea Hubble Bonneau Reinterprets America’s Historical Narrative and Explores the Significant Role African-Americans Played


“Once in a Blood Moon,” by award-winning novelist Dorothea Hubble Bonneau, is a multi-racial, action-adventure that reframes the historical narrative as it explores the roles African Americans, Native Americans and indentured servants played to make the American experiment a success.

Heaven Hill Plantation, upriver from Georgetown, South Carolina, 1807: Wealth once ensured high status in the American South. The sheltered, protégé daughter of a wealthy African American plantation owner, who aspires to be a famous musician, is unaware of the danger she faces when whites determined to put people of color in their place take over the town.

What readers are saying:
“The author elegantly articulates her precarious position between white and black society. Overall, this novel explores issues of equality and personal freedom in thought-provoking ways. Sharp writing, an original plot, and a strong female protagonist make for an engrossing read.” Kirkus Review.

“This tale of desperation, injustice and courage is a much-needed addition to our grasp of our nation’s history.”
Laura Taylor, Six-time Romantic Times Award Winner.

“I believe this is one of the most important books of our time. A great book is one that makes us think and want to discuss further. I believe this book should be included as required reading for students of American history and literature.” Giselle Nguyen, education specialist.

About the Author:

Dorothea Hubble Bonneau, of tri-racial ancestry, is an award-winning author, produced playwright, and optioned screenwriter. Inspired by a quest for justice, her work is informed by her love of family, nature, and the dramatic arts.


“Once in a Blood Moon:” 2020 Best Books Award Winner for African American Fiction; 2020 American Fiction Award Winner; New York Book Festival, Honorable Mention for Fiction; 2021 Los Angeles Book Festival, Honorable Mention for Fiction, Five-Star Reader’s Choice selection; 2020 Chanticleer Goethe Award, first place for Historical Fiction after 1740; 2021 Semi-Finalist: Screencraft Book to Screen Contest.

Published June 11, 2020 by Acorn Publishing: ISBN 978-1-947392-85-4. Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ingram Spark. Audiobook accessible from

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 African American
 Young Adult
 Coming- Of- Age

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