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Monday, 28 November 2016

NBTM, EXCERPT, GUEST POST, & #GIVEAWAY - The Moonlight Market by Aidee Ladnier


LGBTTQ, Fantasy & Paranormal, New Adult



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.

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He almost ignored it.


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.


Five Favorite Wordsby Aidee Ladnier

Despite my mother assuring me that my first favorite word was "No," I've cultivated a few more over the years and tried to understand what it is about a word that is so attractive. A favorite word of mine has to meet several criteria:
  • It has to accurately capture a thought in my head
  • It has to sound like the thing it means to me
  • It has to feel good in my mouth
Most words are able to capture thoughts. We actually use words to disseminate and share information. Words are vital to how humans have lived and learned for thousands of years. So the first thing on my list—most words are able to do this. One of my favorite examples of this is the word "insouciant." It means "showing a casual lack of concern." In other words, it doesn't mean careless because that would mean the insouciant person was taking chances. It doesn't necessarily indicate malice, just that the person is not concerned. But it does mean that the person has a certain confidence in their lack of concern—like someone who hasn't yet seen enough of the world to be afraid or someone with enough power to know the world cannot hurt them. There is something playful and powerful about being insouciant.

My next standard a favorite word must meet is that it sound like the thing it means to me. Of course all onomatopoetic words fit this bill. Some of my favorite words are imitations of actual sounds around me--like "zoom" or "cuckoo".  But I also like words that don't necessarily seem at first glance to sound like what they represent--like Love.  Saying the word "love" starts out with opening your mouth and ends with your lips and teeth meeting. This sounds to me like the word version of a hug: you open your arms and then close them around the person you love.

And this leads to the last thing a favorite word should do--it should feel good in my mouth. Just as I write words on paper or keyboard, words are also an essential spoken form of communication. I want a favorite word that I speak to be lively and pop out of my mouth excited--like the word "apple pie". There's something fun in the repetition of the "p" and the strange "le" construction or maybe in the sighing finish of the "ie." I love saying "apple pie" just as much as I love eating it.

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

    1. Thanks Lisa! So, do you have any favorite words?

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me today! I loooove this topic.

  3. Words are just the best! (I've never seen mine spelled, but it translates as "music played on a one-string guitar"...)


    1. Cool!!! Is it a similar to pizzicato used for violins? That is a great word!

  4. Enjoyed the excerpt and the guest post, sounds like a great read, Have a wonderful holiday season!

    1. Thank you, Eva. I love words and sometimes just say them over and over until they lose their meaning and just feel good in my mouth.

  5. great post! I enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing:)

    1. Thanks Victoria! It was such a treat to talk about my favorite words. My DH and I regularly play the favorite word game and make each other explain why we love a word.

  6. I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

    1. Yay! I'm glad you're enjoying it Nikolina! Do you have any favorite words?

    2. Never thought about it really... Since english is not my native language, many words baffle me... :)

    3. Oooo! Then what is your favorite word in your native language? I'd love to learn some new words!

  7. Sounds like a great read, hope I'll have a chance to read it soon!

  8. Interesting list/discussion of words. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Jen! As a writer, words are my favorite playthings. Do you have any favorite words?

  9. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  10. Excellent guest post! Looking forward to checking out this book!