Monday, January 21, 2013

Virtual Book Tour - To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke


Welcome to my stop on Adrienne Clarke's Virtual Book Tour for To Dance in Liradon.  Please make sure to leave a comment or question below for Adrienne to let her know you stopped by.  Adrienne will be awarding winner's choice of a Kindle touch, Nook Simple Touch, or a $100 Apple gift card, and one crystal Faerie necklace similar to what Brigid wore to the Faerie ball to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  You can follow her tour stops here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning.  Read my review here.  


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To Dance in Liradon
by Adrienne Clarke

Publisher:  Soul Mate Publishing
Release Date: September 19, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-619351-27-1
ASIN: B009F94I3W

Pages: 220 

Buy Links:

Kindle US      Kindle UK        Nook        Kobo 


Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Brigid O'Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance, Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding, Brigid's hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fianc√©’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Faerie by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears, Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two.

When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell's transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Faerie, where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.


Excerpt:


Brigid allowed herself to be dragged to the edge of the circle before she raised her right foot and kicked backwards as hard as she could. Midir released his hold long enough for her to remove the horseshoe from her bodice. When he tried to seize her again, she shoved him away, the object gripped firmly in her hand.

Midir stumbled backwards, and the smell of burning flesh filled the air. A desperate, keening sound rose up from the circle before it broke apart and every Faerie man and woman rushed towards her. Long slender arms grabbed hold of each of her limbs, and Brigid felt certain they intended to tear her to pieces. A violet-eyed woman sat on top of Brigid’s chest, crushing the air from her lungs. Brigid watched the beauty leak from her face until it was a hollow masque of rage.

“Release her!” the Faerie Queen screamed.

Whining like disappointed children, the Faerie reluctantly retreated, and Brigid rose shakily to her feet.

The Faerie Queen’s eyes flashed cruelly. “If you want him, come and claim him!”



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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 


I think I became a writer because the world inside my head was so real and vivid, sometimes more so than the outside world. In some sense I have lived parallel lives, present in my real and imaginary lives in different ways. Because much of my childhood was spent searching for faeries or reading about them, it is natural that my work encompasses fairy tale themes and other magical elements. In the words of Tennessee Williams, forget reality, give me magic!

Adrienne has previously published short stories in The Storyteller, Beginnings Magazine, New Plains Review, and in the e-zines A Fly in Amber, Grim Graffiti, Les Bonnes Fees, The Altruist, The Devilfish Review, and Rose Red Review. Her short story, Falling was awarded second place in the 2008 Alice Munro short fiction contest. To Dance in Liradon is her first published novel.

An avid reader of fairy tales and other magical stories, a thread of the mysterious or unexpected runs through all of her work. When she’s not writing Adrienne can be found searching for faeries along with her daughters Callista and Juliet.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.adrienneclarkewriter.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ToDanceInLiradon

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436251.Adrienne_Clarke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/clarkeadrienne



Don't forget to leave a comment or question below for Adrienne to let her know you stopped by.  Adrienne will be awarding winner's choice of a Kindle touch, Nook Simple Touch, or a $100 Apple gift card, and one crystal Faerie necklace similar to what Brigid wore to the Faerie ball to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.  You can follow her tour stops here, the more often you comment, the better your odds of winning.

19 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the excerpt very much. What did inspire you to write about faerie(which I think was a great idea) and not vampires and shifters?

    lennascloud at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Lena! I've always been attracted to Irish Faerie mythology, and felt that I wanted to write a story about it. I guess I'm not really that interested in vampires so it wouldn't feel natural to write about them. I think when it comes to writing you have to follow what you're passionate about - the ideas that come to you in dreams.

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  2. The cover is brilliant, the name Brigit reminded me of the goddess of the hunt.


    shadowrunner1987 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Thank you, Ami! Brigid is arguably the most important goddess in Irish Faerie mythology, so it seemed the perfect choice for my heroine.

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  3. Congrats to Adrienne on the new release! Thanks for sharing!

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Any chance that you will continue Brigid & Connell's story?? Best wishes - Jessica
    Jrcarroll314@comcast.net

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  5. Oh, Jessica, never say never, but I have two other novels in the works right now - not Faerie stories - but I think you'll like them. Thanks for your support!

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  6. Thank you for a great excerpt.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. Love, love the excerpt. This story sounds awesome

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. If you enjoyed the excerpt hopefully you'll also enjoy the book!

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  8. 4.5 stars...Great review! I don't know much about Irish mythology or the Faerie. Are they evil? They seem vicious in the excerpt.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Catharine. To answer your question (without giving too much away) faeries are complicated - I don't think they're necessarily evil, but they see the world very differently - which makes them dangerous. I hope you'll read the book to find out more!

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  9. Nice premise for the book.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  10. I'm wondering what came before & after the excerpt. Only one way to find out.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  11. To Dance in Liradon sounds like a fantastic read. It's on my kindle, and I look forward to reading it. Best of luck on your tour.

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  12. Thanks for your review and the excerpt.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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