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Monday, October 31, 2016

The Moonlight Market by Aidee Ladnier ♥ Fun Facts, Book Tour & GIVEAWAY ♥ (LGBTQ+ Paranormal Romance)



College senior Cory Long tracked his missing sister to the magical Moonlight Market to bring her home. Instead, he found a disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights and sounds, and one very familiar showman, Sanderson Beets. Like a drowning man, he latched onto Sanderson, trusting him to navigate the twists and turns of the Market as unerringly as he had steered Cory to passion in their furtive trysts on campus.

But Sanderson was tired of being the quickie in the alley.

Sanderson Beets had escaped the Moonlight Market to attend college, hoping to settle into a normal life, maybe meet someone and fall in love. To obtain that new life he made a dangerous bargain. And when the sinister woman known as the Weaver of Dreams is involved, second chances always come with strings attached…and sacrifices. Sanderson’s debt has come due, and the only payment he has to offer is Cory, and their chance at a relationship.



1. THE MOONLIGHT MARKET is my longest book to date. I started out as a short story writer and I’m still feeling my way with longer stories, but I think I’m getting better. Something that THE MOONLIGHT MARKET has that none of my other stories have, is a complete character arc for three characters—my main character Cory, his lover Sanderson, and Cory’s sister Poe. That added up to a much larger word count than some of my original stories. My first story was less than 6500 words. And I have literally won awards for my flash fiction. I placed in a Writer’s Digest Short Short Story contest with a 1,000 word story and came in third in the Queer Sci Fi Flash Fiction Contest with a 300 word story. So I know how to write short. It’s writing longer stories that is still a little bit of a mystery to me.

2. THE MOONLIGHT MARKET originally took place over a single night and the Weaver was barely a cameo. Although the Weaver of Dreams is now the undeniable villain of THE MOONLIGHT MARKET, she wasn’t always. In the original story, Cory came to the market in search of his sister who had been missing for a year! The Weaver’s tent was a much shorter stop on Cory’s way to discovering what happened to his sister Poe. And Sanderson wasn’t in college in that version. He was simply another mysterious denizen of the market. I think Cory’s a lot happier with the new version of Sanderson, even if Sanderson makes some rather dangerous deals to pay for his tuition.

3. The magician Johnny Preston, in THE MOONLIGHT MARKET, was written to honor my Dad. My father was a magician his whole life. When I was eight, he began grooming me to be his assistant, teaching me rope tricks so he could demonstrate them and then hand the rope to me so I could duplicate them. Then he’d hand the rope to his hapless victim and say, “Even a child can tie that knot. Surely you can do it.” When the bystander failed and asked my Dad how he did it, he would calmly take back his rope and wink at me, saying, “a good magician never reveals his secrets.” I’ve written an extra piece of flash fiction about Johnny Preston (as well as a couple of other characters from THE MOONLIGHT MARKET), so check my blog at www.aideeladnier.com during the month of November to read them for free.

4. The Praxinoscope mentioned in THE MOONLIGHT MARKET is a device nearly a hundred and forty years old. It was an early animation device that utilized drawn images. Each image was drawn just a little differently and when they were put in the whirling contraption, the pictures seemed to move. I love antique gadgets, so I knew I had to put one in this story! There are a few other antique objects referred to like the Victorian skyhook. I love the idea of whimsical tin balance toys. So much more interesting than a stationary statue. And a Jacob’s ladder toy—my sister used to have one of these and I loved how it clattered as it fooled me into thinking the wooden blocks were cascading down.
Those are my fun facts. Do you have anything you’d like to know more about from THE MOONLIGHT MARKET? Just ask and I’ll be glad to answer!



“Cory?”

He swiveled to see Sanderson leaning out of the main office of the Center. “Is there something I can help you with?”

Cory felt tongue-tied for a moment. He stepped back, and the pins on the corkboard stabbed into his spine. Sanderson would be here. Of course he would—he was a center volunteer. Here to witness Cory at his most vulnerable. That was pretty much the only time they interacted. Ever since the Meet and Greet and the abortive drink at the bar, Cory had gone out of his way to avoid seeing Sanderson. There was only so much self-loathing and want Cory could stomach in himself. And he didn’t want it on display to someone as nice as Sanderson had been to him.

But he remembered their first time and the flyer Sanderson had ripped to give him his number. Could it be the same one Cory was looking for?

“Hi…um, I was looking for a flyer I thought I saw up here.” He pointed to the bulletin board. “It was yellow?”

Sanderson gave the board a once-over and shook his head. “Looks like someone snatched it. I know the one you’re talking about. I’ve got more.”

Sanderson jogged back to the desk, and Cory trailed after him. He bent down to his backpack, affording Cory another eyeful of muscular ass. The barest strip of pale skin showed between the hem of Sanderson’s T-shirt and the belted waist of his jeans. Below it, his hips rounded into a tempting curve. Cory clenched his fist, pushing back the yearning to crowd close behind Sanderson, push him to his knees, and let his fingers delve under the denim to grasp that curve as he—

Excerpt Three:
He almost ignored it.

Almost.

Tiny bells tinkled nearby.

They sounded closer.

His skin tightened with goose bumps.

Niari glided into the pool of light cast by the lantern hanging on the back of the tent. Her long, inky dress brushed the bells on her ankles and pulled the shadows forward with her.

“Your debt is coming due.” Her trilling, accented voice floated over the noise from the fairway beyond. In front of the tent children giggled and laughed, the calliope blared out its joyous concert, and the lanterns burned away the darkness. But Sanderson stood in the shadows behind…with her.

Sweat coated his palm, and it slipped from the curtain. He swiped at the bead of perspiration on his upper lip, the pit of his stomach icing into a lump.

“I found someone.” He blurted out the words. “A lost soul. Someone who’s lost something.”

Panic bloomed in Sanderson’s chest. Was he actually going to offer Cory to the Weaver? Cory who just wanted to find his missing sister. Cory of the soft hair, bitable nipples, and beautiful, slim cock. Who made Sanderson feel normal. Like a regular guy.

“Good.” Her smile widened, filled with too many tiny teeth that gleamed bright in the lantern light. “Are they tasty and ripe?”

“Madame?” Sanderson’s gut twisted at the hard glitter in her eyes. A chill crept down his spine. She looked…hungry.

He blinked. Niari stood before him, still and silent, waiting, just a woman again. The malevolent flash must have been a trick of the dim light. He shrugged off the unease and shook the numbness from his fingers.

   



Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.



        


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95 comments :

  1. Congrats on the tour, the book looks great and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. It's my pleasure, Lisa! I filled the book with lots of different characters of all shapes and sizes. :D

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  2. Thanks for a chance to win! The book sounds interesting.

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    1. You're welcome, Kirsten! I put all my favorite things in the book. I'm trying to get my husband to buy me a praxinoscope like the one I wrote about. They are so cool!

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  3. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway

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    1. It's my pleasure, James! The Moonlight Market is full of shadows and surprises. I hope you'll check it out!

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  4. Congrats on the tour, the book looks great, and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  5. Thank you so much hosting me today! I had so much fun writing up my fun facts - many of them I never thought I'd get a chance to share - like the one about my Dad. My childhood was full of magic thanks to him!

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Thank you, Rita! I was going for the "I wish I was anywhere but here" feeling you get when you're trying to avoid seeing someone the day after. LOL!

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  7. I'm so tired of the Moonlight Meat Market scene. Not.

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    1. LOL! So is my character Sanderson in the novel. ;)

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  8. Congratulations on your tour.Love the cover sounds like a great read.

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    1. I love this cover, too! Natasha Snow makes such wonderful dream-like covers.

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  9. Congratulations on your tour.Love the cover sounds like a great read.

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  10. Thank you for the excerpt & giveaway.

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    1. It is my pleasure! I like this excerpt because it's really on the precipice of the story changing as it enters the magic of the Moonlight Market. Cory begins questioning everything he knows about the real world. :D

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  11. Really great post, I enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thank you, Victoria! As you saw above, this story has been a long time come and been through several changes so I'm really excited that it's now out for everyone to enjoy.

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    2. I'm sure it's as exciting as it is nerve-wrecking :)

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    3. LOL! Definitely frustrating sometimes. A story definitely goes where it wants to wander. And if I try to force it onto one path, it invariably ends up going the opposite way. But, it does keep me entertained. I always want to find out what happens too!

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  12. I'm interested in learning more about the Weaver of Dreams

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    1. LOL! She is mysterious. I actually crafted a fairytale within the novel to explain a little more about her origins. She's a little mythic and really deserved to be treated as something separate from the rest of humanity. ;)

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  13. Having a magician dad must have been very cool!

    --Trix

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    1. Hi Trix! It totally was. Like any performers, I had to practice the magic act with him at night and on weekends when I was assisting, but I treasure all of those memories. Right up until his death last year, he was mentoring new magicians and still performing at the local children's museum. Every single time we went out to eat, he made a special gift for our waitress. He'd take a short string of pearls and loop and twist them into a tiny puppy dog. He was really a magic man. <3

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  14. Sounds like an interesting book from the excerpt. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, Sandra. I filled the book with magic and moonlight, conjurers and sorceresses, toys and tricks. I hope you'll check it out!

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  15. Sounds really good. Ty for the chance :)

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    1. It's my pleasure! I love contests, so it's extra fun when I can host one!

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  16. I really enjoyed reading the Fun facts, thank you!

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    1. You're very welcome, Nikolina! I'm always wondering what people want to know about a story and about me, so I'm happy to write them down. I even use the Fun Facts idea with characters sometimes when I'm getting to know them!

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  17. Hello! Stopping by again to thank you for the chance at winning.

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  18. Happy Thursday! Hope it's a great one for you and thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. Thank you for sharing this interesting excerpt!

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    1. Hi! I'm so glad you liked it. I tried to provide several excerpts for the tour so maybe you won't get too tired of them. LOL! I wish I could have given you an excerpt from nearer the end (but SPOILERS!) because the action really starts to rev up there. ;)

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    1. Hi!!! Sorry my week got away from me. Thank you so much for coming back each day to say hi!!! I hope you had an awesome weekend. :)

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  23. First, I love the cover. And, I enjoy reading about siblings. It always gives the story a little extra twist.

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    1. I like reading about siblings, too!! I find that often characters in stories are both orphaned and alone, despite the fact that a lot of us grow up with either a brother or sister around. I understand from a writing standpoint why authors do that (to give the character independence and the ability to make their own decisions, etc.) but it seems a little lonely. That's why I try to make family an important part of my stories. This book has both Cory and his sister Poe as well as Sanderson's brothers and sister (and even a brother-in-law) but my previous book, Spindrift Gifts, had whole extended families with aunts, uncles, and even cousins all living in close proximity. A little overwhelming but loving. :)

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  24. Thanks for sharing the excerpt and for the giveaway.

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    1. You're very welcome, Chiara! I'm glad you liked the excerpt. I don't know how many times I've seen something everywhere and then when I look for it I can't find it. I just had to write about it.

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  39. Love the cover! Sounds like an interesting romance.

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    1. Thanks Johnny's Girl! The cover was created by Natasha Snow. She is so talented. I love her dreamy style!

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  62. Looking forward to reading Moonlight Market. The cover is stunning!

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