Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Laila Blake

By the Light of the Moon – Laila Blake
Blurb: Withdrawn and with a reputation for her strange, eccentric ways, young Lady Moira Rochmond is old to be unwed. Rumors say she has been seen barefoot in the orchard, is awake all night in moon-struck rambles, and sleeps all day. Some even claim her ghostly pallor and aloof manner are signs of illness, a curse, or insanity. 
The hopes of the peaceful succession to her father’s fief lie in an advantageous marriage. Moira, however, has a hard time attracting suitors. When one does show interest, her family pushes for a decision. 
Almost resigned to the fact that she has no choice but to play the part she has been given in life, Moira is faced with Owain, a member of the mysterious Blaidyn creatures and a new guard in her father’s castle, specifically tasked to keep her safe. He is different from other people she knows and when one night under the full moon she makes the acquaintance of the wolf who shares Owain’s soul, she starts to trust him and seek his presence. As he becomes one of the few individuals who doesn’t make her want to hide and retreat, she wants to learn more about him and they grow closer until they share a kiss one night under the moon. 
Faced with feelings and desires that overthrow everything she thought she knew about herself, Moira knows non-the-less that they have to be kept utterly secret. However much they try, they continue to be drawn to each other until one night, Owain discovers something about Moira that shakes him to his core.

LT's REVIEW: Fae are forbidden from having children with humans. Maeve, a fae, has two children but they are many years apart in age, so to be free of the rules of the Fae, she is forced to hide her youngest child. Tests were performed on both of her children to determine how much magic they do or do not have. Sadly it ruined her oldest child Iris. Maoira, her youngest was hidden with a rich family and they implanted a story into the Lord's head, making him believe that Moira was his child and he raised her as such. But Moira is very strange, she doesn’t like people. Crowds send her into panic attacks. This makes it very hard to get her married. Worrying her father so much that he hires Owain, a blaidyn (wolf), to watch over her because she likes to sneak out into the forest alone for long periods of time. Lord Rochmond wanted her to be followed and found fast. Moira soon learns that Owain is the only person she can bear to be around and they fall for each other quickly knowing they would never be able to have a future. Soon Fae learn of Moira when her magic shines through her skin after her loved filled night with Owain. Now they have to fight and hide to keep her safe. 

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Laila Blake, born in 1985 in Cologne/Germany, is a bi-lingual author and translator. She has an MA in Specialized Translating and has worked with several research projects in Applied Linguistics and language acquisition. Teaching English to adults is still paying most of her bills.  Growing up with a love of stories, she started her first epic fantasy story at the age of 13. It didn’t grow past a few chapters and since then, she has gone through a myriad of ideas and beginnings, both in English and German, has learned a lot and lived a lot and dreamed of being a writer.  In 2013, Crimson Romance picked her debut novel for publication and she has been working on its sequel ever since. In the meantime, she has also gotten short-stories into several erotic anthologies to be published later this year, and has been working on other projects and ideas. “By the Light of the Moon” will be released on the 8th of April and constitutes her very first novel. The second book in the Lakeside Series, tentatively titled “A Taste of Winter” will follow later the same year.

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