Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Aidee Ladnier and her story The Moonlight Market!
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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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I asked Aidee Ladnier, “What is the best and most rewarding thing you find about being a writer?” and here is the response.
There are so many rewarding things about being a writer. For one, I get to tell stories and share them with readers. This is huge! I can’t tell you what a tremendous honor it is that there are readers who want to get to know my characters and the places where they live, to become invested in their fictional lives. My heart goes pitter-pat every time I receive a review or a message from a fan. Keep those coming!
As a writer, I’m allowed to dream up marvelous places and visit people that are literally out of this world! I write science fiction and fantasy so my book settings are off the beaten path, either in the future or perpendicular to our own regular world. As a little girl I used to dream of going to all the magical places in my favorite books: Tolkien’s Shire, Bujold’s Barrayar, or even Lewis’s Narnia. I spent so many summers wishing as hard as I could, eyes scrunched closed only to open them and find myself still in my own backyard. I realized I had to create my own magical place and my first short story I wrote when I was twelve led me there. It was a wild multi-planet chase for a kidnapped princess and I still have the homemade book, bound with yarn, in a drawer in my house.
I also love opening my imagination and seeing fully fleshed characters emerge. It’s amazing meeting these fictional people with flaws and hopes and dreams and watching their adventures end up on the page faster than my fingers can type. They continually surprise me. I often write about characters on the LGBTQIA spectrum. It’s important that readers see characters like this and become accustomed to viewing them as often as heterosexual characters. I think it’s important that we realize that people of all ethnicities, orientations, and genders are all around us. LGBTQIA fiction was absent or closeted for centuries and it’s time for it to be brought into the light with the rest of literature.
I love begin a writer. It feeds my soul, keeps my creativity flowing, exercises my mind and my heart. I can’t imagine not being a writer. 🙂
Thank you so much for hosting me today, Jacey!
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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 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—
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Aidee Ladnier will be awarding $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. CLICK HERE to enter to Win! Readers, follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates and places can be found here: Tour Schedule
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Aidee Ladnier, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤