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Moon Over Alcatraz is a women’s fiction novel that examines love, betrayal, and healing after tragedy.

Brandy Chambers was looking forward to the birth of her first child.  She and Weston move from San Francisco to the small town of Alameda to start a family, she’s writing her second book, and Weston has a fantastic job working on the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge project.  Having this baby would make her already-wonderful life perfect.

But when the baby dies after a difficult birth, Brandy’s perfect life blows up in her face.  Stricken with grief, she and Weston pull apart.  This new distance leads them both to disaster.  Not until a chance encounter with her high school friend, Edward Barnes, does Brandy pull herself together.  Brandy and Weston agree to recommit to each other, striving to forgive infidelity and recreate their previous existence.

Everything is once again going according to plan–until Brandy discovers she’s pregnant.  While she struggles to cope with this new obstacle, Edward Barnes returns to town and discovers she’s having a baby, while Weston is torn between his love for his wife and his anger at her betrayal.  Can Brandy manage to keep her marriage to Weston together?  Will Edward be a part of Brandy’s life if she and Weston separate?

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Moon Over Alcatraz was published by Musa Publishing on January 6, 2012, and can be purchased at:

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“Congrats to Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delagrange (Musa Publishing) for being voted Best First Chapter and Best Cover of January 2012.”  D. Renee Bagby Presents First Chapters at:



Three days later we were standing at the edge of a hole in the ground at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Hayward, the silence so thick, the insides of my ears buzzed like a distant swarm of angry bees.  Mr. Peralta and another gentleman stood off to the side while Weston and I held hands next to the tiny casket.

Weston had chosen a simple mahogany box with gold handles, a bouquet of white lilies graced the top of the small box.  I knelt down and laid a kiss on the smooth wood then wiped off the tears that had fallen on the wood.  Weston joined me and placed a single red rose in the middle of the lilies.

He helped me up and we stood side-by-side in silence, my guilt over her death like a stone in my empty belly.  I missed everything I’d dreamed would be happening right now, yearned for all that could have been.

Weston nodded at the man standing next to Mr. Peralta and our baby was slowly lowered into the gaping maw.  She reached the bottom, and a bird landed on the rich brown dirt piled next to the grave.  It pecked around, chirping a little song then flew off – as if saying goodbye.  My heart squeezed inside my chest.

I picked up a small handful of soft dirt.  “Goodbye, Christine,” I whispered, throwing it on top of her casket.

Weston wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me in close to his side.  Why her?  Why my baby?  Was this supposed to make sense?  And, if so, to whom?

We drove home in silence.  No words existed to express my grief.

Here are 4 Amazon reviews.  All rated this novel 5 out of 5 stars!

5.0 out of 5 stars Painful story about loss and love!, March 5, 2012

This review is from: Moon Over Alcatraz (Kindle Edition)

Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delagrange was an emotional story to read.

It’s heartbreaking story about a couple who lose their baby. The emotions and pain what the main characters go through is well written and captivating. It’s a sad story where both have difficulties with dealing with loss and pain and how their journey takes them to third parts with the search for understanding, love and closure.

Moon Over Alcatraz was well written, easy to read and painful. I cried and laughed when reading it. Patricia has created a very real situation where the characters seemed like real people and I loved that about the book. It could happen to anybody.

Moon Over Alcatraz is a story about loss, pain, love and hope. Loved it!********************

5.0 out of 5 stars

Lovely!, January 12, 2012


Sue PalmerSee all my reviews

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This review is from: Moon Over Alcatraz (Kindle Edition)

I couldn’t stop reading this emotional book. The characters will tug at your heart, especially Brandy. She experiences love and grief and betrayal, yet finds a great guy to love.


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5.0 out of 5 stars

A great read, January 7, 2012


Ann MontclairSee all my reviews

This review is from: Moon Over Alcatraz (Kindle Edition)

I read this book in one sitting because it grabbed me up and took me on an emotional journey that was wholly satisfying and gratifying–worth every minute. Patricia Yager Delagrange is an author to watch for; her work is gritty,realistic,and reveals all the best of humanity without being sentimental. Buy this book!


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5.0 out of 5 stars

An Emotional Roller Coaster, but worth the ride!, January 7, 2012


ForeverwriterSee all my reviews

This review is from: Moon Over Alcatraz (Kindle Edition)

Emotional from page one, this book takes you on a ride that will tug at your heart. I absolutely loved the hero and was so happy to see the heroine finally get her Happily Ever After. This book proves there is light when all seems dark, and there is hope when everything appears hopeless!



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