Monday, August 22, 2016

Interview With Aidee Ladnier and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Aidee Ladnier!  

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

I’m so excited to be hosting a table at the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon this year! When I was approached to answer a few interview questions, I couldn’t wait to reply to mine and hopefully find some readers who share my interests.

So, on to the questions:

Who are your top five authors to read? 
This is a really hard question to answer. The easiest answer is whoever I’m reading at the time. LOL!  Seriously, the authors I go back to again and again are:

Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow. These two writers collaborate on one of my favorite series, LAYING A GHOST. I love a good ghost story and their books are full of ghosts and romance. I love the thrill of the chase in a new romance, but this series follows just one couple as they ride out the highs and lows of a relationship—all while helping ghosts with their own set of problems move on to a better place. The relationship is real in their books.

 Jordan Castillo Price. I love her books! She’s so talented and writes paranormal police procedurals, my favorite of which is the PSYCOP series. Her characters are so flawed but still manage to have relationships, deal with ghosts, and solve murders. 

Amy Lane. With lush descriptions of landscapes, men, and knitting, Amy is my go to “feel good” read. My favorite series by her are the GRANBY KNITTING books. Big burly men with clicking knitting needles pushes all my buttons. LOL!

Lois McMaster Bujold. In addition to romance, I read a fair number of other genres. Lois has been a favorite of mine since high school. With sweeping space opera, political intrigue, a dash of mystery, and heartbreaking romance, she made science fiction the genre I gravitate to whenever I’m in the mood for adventure. Her VORKOSIGAN SAGA is a must read for any lover of science fiction and romance.

What is your go-to book to read over and over again? 
Do not laugh! Ever since I was a teenager, I pull out Jennifer Blake’s SOUTHERN RAPTURE when I want to have my historical itch scratched. I own a hardback, a paperback, and now even an ebook of it. It combines all my favorite things—a masked crusader for justice, a woman in love with two men who are secretly the same man, a deep enthralling view of the South and Southern history, a
heroine that knows her own mind and has opinions. It’s the perfect beach read, frothy and delicious.

Describe where you are the most productive when you write. 
I write best at my little gray desk. It has all my reference books close at hand. It has an ergonomic chair to help my back and also a ball if I want to bounce while I write. There’s origami paper to fold and a handy poster of the hero’s journey in case I get stuck on a plot.

Tell us a little about your current book? 
My current book is THE MOONLIGHT MARKET published in August by Loose Id. This story has a contemporary setting but contains elements of magical realism, dark fantasy and a little horror. In it, college senior Cory Long tracks his missing sister to the magical Moonlight Market to bring her home. But instead, he finds a disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights and sounds, and one very familiar showman, Sanderson Beets. Like a drowning man, he latches onto Sanderson, trusting him to navigate the twists and turns of the Market as unerringly as he steered Cory to passion in their furtive trysts on campus. But Sanderson is tired of being the quickie in the alley. Sanderson Beets 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 comes due, and the only payment he has to offer is Cory, and their chance at a relationship.

Show us one of your favorite scenes from that book. 
 Sanderson halted in front of a plain white tent. A thin, gray-bearded man in a light-colored suit with a wand tucked under his arm was instructing a small boy on how to use a Jacob’s ladder. The ladder
clapped and clattered as its ribbon hinges let the wooden blocks cascade down its length.

“And wooden toys to tease your toddler.”

The old man handed the noisemaker to the boy and bowed to the effusive thanks of the parents. He spun around to greet Sanderson with a twinkle in his bright eyes.

“Sanderson Beets, my goodness, boy, you’ve grown a foot since last I saw you.”

“I have, Mr. Tuckfield.” Sanderson bowed bending low at his waist. “I haven’t seen you at the Market for at least five years.”

“Oh, I’ve been to the Far East, my boy. I have seen wonders—a man who can create fire from his fingertips and water from his eyes.” The old toymaker stroked his pointed beard, taking the wand from under his arm and placing it on the table beside him. “He was crying from the smoke, you see.”
The gentleman chuckled at his own joke. “Come, come.” He waved them closer. “Come see a treasure I found on my journey.”

The toymaker pulled aside the clean white curtain to reveal the cluttered interior of the tent piled high with crates and boxes and colorful painted shapes. In one corner, on a table holding an army of tin soldiers was a round lazy Susan with a squat metal cylinder atop it. Inside the cylinder, a smaller column covered in mirrors sat with a thin candle rising above it.

“It’s a praxinoscope.” Sanderson breathed the words against Cory’s ear, sending the secret shivering down his skin.

“Quite so, my boy. I bought it from a man who said he charmed the glow out of a lightning bug but had to return it during the next thunderstorm. Couldn’t keep it dry enough to light a candle.”
Mr. Tuckfield picked up the strange contraption and placed it on the table outside the tent flap. Then the toymaker set his index finger next to his mouth and blew on it.

Cory’s eyes widened as a flame sparked from the old man’s bony fingertip. The toymaker grinned, his face eerily illuminated by the small fire’s glimmer. It danced over his features like bright paint. He touched his finger to the candle above the mirrors. The wick caught with a sputter, intensifying to a warm yellow glow. The toymaker gave his finger a quick shake, and the flame disappeared. Cory wondered if he had seen the fire at all.

Over the candle, the old man positioned a paper shade and then, with a quick flick of his fingers, set the lazy Susan in motion. The flame cast its light into the well between the cylinders. Reflected on the mirrors, the drawings within the outer ring moved. Faster the table turned, and as it rotated, a reflected image of a small bird flew from the ground, flapping its wings. With each beat the bird morphed into a dragon before disappearing and reappearing again as a bird to begin its change anew.

 “Do you know the difference between a transformation and a metamorphosis, my boy?” The toymaker pinned Cory with his glittering eyes.

Cory stepped back from the whirling toy, and the old man halted its rotation. The candle went out as if snuffed.

“They’re the same thing, aren’t they?”

Cory glanced at Sanderson for confirmation, but he was watching the toymaker. The old man stroked his coarse gray beard again and then picked up the praxinoscope.

“A metamorphosis is the complete remaking of a being—think of the caterpillar. It in no way resembles the butterfly and therefore, must remake itself, cracking open skin and exposing brain to somehow become less and more than it once was.”

Mr. Tuckfield opened the tent flap with a flick and placed the device on the soldier-covered table. He clapped the dust off his hands and turned back to regard Cory and Sanderson.

“A transformation, that’s different. Transformation is the same animal with a few variables changed. A turn here, a flip there, a slide, and a little bird spouts fire and is a dragon.” The toymaker tilted his head to the side as he regarded Cory. “Mind you don’t miss your chance at transformation, my boy.”

What do you believe makes a man sexy?
 Like all romance writers, I think the perfect man is one that’s willing to change and grow. In a fantasy, I like a guy with abs that go on forever, strong arms to hold me, and maybe a tentacle or two to tease me. But in reality, the sexiest man is the one that supports me when I’m at my lowest. He’s the one that thinks I’m beautiful even when I disagree. He’s the one that makes me laugh and takes me to dinner when I’m willing to cook. Sexy is the guy who’s wants to stick around for the long haul, through thick and thin, the one that agrees to accompany me on my wacky adventures and when we fall to the ground, breathless and laughing, the one that kisses me and says he’s never wanted to be anywhere else.

Author Bio:
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.

Look for Aidee at the following places.
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Today's giveaway is a $10 Amazon gift card!

Question: What are YOUR five favorite books to re-read?

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Saturday in the comment section.


Suz and Allan said...

I'm not sure I've ever read the same book twice. I've got so many on my shelves that I haven't read yet. My mom, however, has read some of her books 5-6 times. I can't even imagine!

Aidee Ladnier said...

@SuzAndAllan - I think it's a little like comfort food. You go back to a book because you know exactly how it's going to end, exactly how the characters will get out of their predicaments, and exactly how sexy the hero is! ;)

booksandmore said...

There are several of them I read from time to time. One of my favourite ones is Muscling Through by JL Merrow. It always makes me feel right, a comfort read for me. Also, Axel's Pup by Kim Dare, ad the Widdershins series by Jordan L. Hawk. But there are many more. I actually enjoy a lot re-reading some of my most loved books, even though my TBR pile never ceases to grow...

Aidee Ladnier said...

@booksandmore - I love Jordan L. Hawk! And I totally understand about the growing TBR pile. But those favorites keep pulling us back. :)

Jen CW said...

Rereads are so good sometimes. I've read several of the Home series books by Cardeno C numerous times, Home Again, He Completes Me, and Where He Ends & I Begin. Other rereads include the Assassin/shifter series by Sandrine Gasq-Dion, especially Russian Prey and Into the Lyons Den. I have lots of books I reread, but these are the first five that come to mind. :-)

Aidee Ladnier said...

@JenCW - those are sooooo good.

Anonymous said...

I reread favorites all the time. Jordan L Hawk's Whyborne & Girffin series, KJ Charles's Magpies series and her Society of Gentlemen series, JL Langley's Sci-Regency series...I have tons of favorites I pick up depending on my mood!
Toni, violet817(at)aol(dot)com

Aidee Ladnier said...

@Anonymous - I'm also a huge fan of Jordan L. Hawk and KJ Charles's series. I will have to check out the JL Langley stories! **off to add to my TBR pile**

Jen said...

My favorite rereads are Widdershins by Jordan L Hawk, Social Skills by Sara Alva, and Keeping Promise Rock by Amy Lane. I also like to listen to my favs as audiobooks. Oh, and the ultimate re-read & re-watch for me is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

P.S. I just started The Moonlight Market last night and am enjoying it.

Aidee Ladnier said...

@Jen - Amy Lane is one of my definite rereads, as is Jordan L. Hawk. I will add Sara Alva to my list! I'm so glad you're enjoying The Moonlight Market!!

Aidee Ladnier said...

And I forgot! I was listening to a podcast about Pride and Prejudice just this morning. I've loved all the versions so far including PP&Zombies. Mr. Darcy is simply scrumptious!

Chele m said...

Let me say That I have read Moonlight Market and I loved it!
My Favorite re reads are Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson and
Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia The Bride and Ransom and Saving grace by Julie Garwood.

Aidee Ladnier said...

@Chele_m - you totally cannot go wrong with Debra Anastasia and Julie Garwood! I am so glad you liked The Moonlight Market!!!! It totally made my day to read your review. :)

Di said...

I rarely re-read a book, mostly because there are so many books to read the first time. I am planning on re-reading JD Robb's In Death series sometime.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

bn100 said...

don't re-read many; pride and prejudice

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Aidee Ladnier said...

I love those!!!

Aidee Ladnier said...

P&P is a great one.

Mary Preston said...

LONESOME DOVE by Larry McMurtry
EMMA by Jane Austen
OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon
WYRD SISTERS by Terry Pratchett

....and many more. I love a re-read of favorites.


Aidee Ladnier said...

@MaryPreston - Me, too. Rereading a good book is like sinking into a warm bath.

miki said...

bilbo the hobbit, royal street by suzanne johnson, magic burns by ilona andrews, moon call bypatricia briggs

Jess1 said...

There are so many books on my Kindle that I haven't re-read any books in a long time.
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Ashfa said...

Pride and Prejudice
Anne of Green Gables
Harry Potter (all seven books)
Sense and Sensibility

Bube said...

Dream a little Dream by SEP
The Bride by Julie Garwood
Reapers MC Series by Joanna Wylde


ShirleyAnn said...

My five favourite Re-reads are:

"Do-Over" by Amy Lane
"If I Must" by Amy Lane
"BOATK" by TJ Klune
"Wes and Toren" by J M Colail
"Hellgate Book One: The Rabelais Alliance"

Carla Swafford said...

Chele M, you have won the $10 Amazon gift card! Please email and she'll forward your info to Aidee1

Thanks for commenting!