The best books transport the reader to another time and place. To make the settings in The Beltane Escape and its upcoming sequel, The Viking Mist, as magical as possible, I traveled to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. The Internet is a terrific research resource, but there is no substitute for actually being in the same landscape as your characters.
No online article or photograph could have prepared me for how my skin would prickle while I walked through a damp fairy forest, or the awe I would feel standing at the foot of a 16th century stone castle. Hiking up Glastonbury Tor taught me that paranormal winds try to knock you off the path. And climbing a spiral stone staircase in a crumbling Scottish stronghold gave me a sense of how tight these stairwells were.
So I save up for research trips. As an author and shaman, I experience the past, present, and paranormal during my journeys. Ghosts fly past me, and fairies dart in front of me. I take note of the wondrous, the history, the smells, the ruins, and the magic. Then I return home and pour these sensations and memories into my novels. I want you to be as enchanted as I was. After all, we are on this journey together.
Lady Fenella, Thaness of Thorburn, has no idea her fate is shackled to a powerful sorceress. She believes Merlin and the Lady of the Lake are myths, Gran’s warnings about Fairy are superstition, and Fairy was invented to make children behave. But a spell cast forward to sixteenth century Scotland finds Fenella and leads to her being branded, stolen, and betrothed. Traumatized and separated from her clan, the Highland heiress finds an unexpected ally in her kidnapper’s son. But their fragile romance is tested when the Lady of the Lake lures Fenella’s cousin into Fairy. Fenella has seconds to decide. Should she remain with Edward, or should she dive into Fairy to rescue her beloved cousin, endangering her clan, and abandoning Edward to his ruthless father?
Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.
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