Christine Young

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Christine Presents ~ The Moonlight Market by Aidee Ladnier

Please welcome Aidee Ladnier author of The Moonlight Market.

Aidee Ladnier will be awarding $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



The Moonlight Market

by Aidee Ladnier


GENRE: LGBTTQ, Fantasy & Paranormal, New Adult



  1. What or who inspired you to start writing? I was actually inspired to write from a dream I had when I was twelve. I dreamt one night of a beautiful princess who was kidnapped by an evil villain. After an intergalactic chase, the prince managed to free her and defeat the villain. I wrote the story down longhand and even drew a crayon cover for it. LOL!
  2. How did you come up with ideas for your books? Ideas come from everywhere! For example, the idea for my most recent novel, THE MOONLIGHT MARKET, came after watching one of my favorite “up all night” movies, COLD DOG SOUP. I’m an “up all night” person. I regularly spend long hours up talking with old friends when I see them after long absences. The longer the night grows, the more you find out about the person you’re with. I wanted to write a story about characters that stay up all night, moving from place to place, revealing more and more about themselves.
  3. What would you want your readers to know about you that might not be in your bio? I fold origami cranes just like Gigi of the Flagpole, one of the side characters in my novel, THE MOONLIGHT MARKET. I don’t even remember why I originally began folding them but now I use it as a way to keep my hands busy during business meetings, to relieve stress, to get over my nervousness in new places with a lot of unknown people, and in a wish for world peace. That last one has to do with the story of Sadako Sasaki. If you don’t know the story, please look it up. We definitely need a world where little girls aren’t caught in the crossfire of war.
  4. As far as your writing goes, what are your future plans? To write more books! I don’t have any sequels planned for THE MOONLIGHT MARKET, but I do have several stand-alone books outlined. I just need to find time to write them. To give you a little taste, here’s the brief plots of some of them—I’ve got a story about two girls that see and hear ghosts only when they grasp hands. There’s a down on his luck play producer trying to convince a werewolf to star in his production of Beauty and the Beast. I have a woman researching a murder ballad that seems to be coming true in real life with her in the place of the victim. And I am writing about a man who’s dreams come true and are interfering with his social life.
  5. If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your leading roles? I actually have a Pinterest Board setup for THE MOONLIGHT MARKET, which has pictures of the men I think fit my characters visually. For Cory, I would definitely cast a young Russell Wong. He has such a serious face, like the weight of the world is pulling him down. And for Sanderson, the gymnast Epke Zonderland would fit the bill. He’s athletic and has such an innocent face. Sanderson would need that to pull off some of the questionable things he does in THE MOONLIGHT MARKET.
  6. When did you first decide to submit your work? Please tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step? Although I began writing at twelve, I took a two-decade long hiatus after college. I began writing again when I saw a Call for Submissions at Torquere Press. They were looking for laboratory hijinks for their WEIRD SCIENCE anthology. I had an idea about a roboticist interviewing a time traveler for a research assistant position while a destructive teddy bear robot trashed his lab—and the short story THE APPLICANT was born. I wrote the story but hesitated about submitting it. However, at the time, I was listening to the podcast show RISK! and in it the host, Kevin Allison, tells the listeners each week that “Today’s the day. Take a risk.” I heard that over and over until I finally submitted the story and it was accepted. So Kevin Allison is responsible for my first sale! I sold more short stories and have slowly been increasing my wordcount. THE MOONLIGHT MARKET makes my longest book to date.
  7. What is the best writing advice you ever received? By far, the best advice I have ever received about writing is to get it all down on paper before I start editing. All of it. Not just the first page, not the first chapter, but the complete book. Rough drafts are ugly. The first draft of a book will look horrible. But once the book is complete, I can start editing. Otherwise I end up trying to edit the first sentence of the novel over and over. Get it all down! It’s okay. The first draft will never see the light of day. You’re going to edit it until it shines.
  8. Do you outline your books or just start writing? That’s a tricky question. I kind of do a bit of both. I’ll think about a story and write out character backgrounds, plot out their character arcs, get details about the setting, and then start writing. But I never end up completely sticking to the outline I created. My characters run in sometimes opposite directions from my original plot. Take Sanderson from THE MOONLIGHT MARKET. He was originally the stereotypical knight in shining armor type, out to help Cory find his missing sister, happy to help his friend, and seeking no reward for a good deed. But when I finally finished the story, Sanderson had gone in a very different direction. He now has his own agenda that will allow him to help Cory but also involves eventually betraying Cory to an evil witch that Sanderson made a bargain with. Not so much a white knight anymore, is he?
  9. Do you have any hobbies and does the knowledge you’ve gained from these carry over into your characters or the plot of your books? Oh yes, definitely. For example, in THE MOONLIGHT MARKET you’ll find me everywhere. As mentioned above, I fold paper cranes like the character Gigi of the Flagpole. You’ll find a little of my science background in the description of transformation that Mr. Tuckfield gives to Cory. And you’ll see him with a praxinoscope which is an early animation device. I love early animation and filmmaking. I worked as a palm reader like Madame Irina at a school carnival once. I gave Frieda the food seller all my knowledge of Southern cooking. I make a mean version of chicken and dumplings that will make you move South permanently. Johnny Preston, the magician, is patterned after my father who was a professional magician and I was his assistant. I also have various toys mentioned in the book, like Victorian skyhooks and Jacob’s ladders. I own several of these as I’m fascinated by toys and gadgets from bygone eras.
  10. Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your book? The next book I’ll have out is actually a longer, and much more detailed version of the very first story I published, THE APPLICANT. Dreamspinner Press is publishing the new version early next year. It is over three times longer and gives readers a much more thorough view of not only Forbes’s (the roboticist) house and lab, but also a little bit more about his time traveler and the other applicants that show up to apply for the job of research assistant. And the teddy bear robot still trashes his lab while looking adorable.
  11. Can you tell us a little about the black moment in your book? Well, I don’t want to spoil anything, but by the black moment, Cory has found his sister but feels betrayed by Sanderson. (For a good reason—Sanderson offered him up as payment for a debt to the witch known as the Weaver of Dreams.) When he goes in search of Sanderson to possibly reconcile and find out why he betrayed him, Cory finds him gone. Did Sanderson leave or was there a more sinister payment due for Sanderson’s unpaid debt? You’ll have to read to find out!
  12. What is your favorite reality show? Reality shows aren’t my favorite thing to watch. But, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the reality show adjacent, MYTHBUSTERS. They had a definite scientific bent I loved. And they built robots. 😉 If you want something more traditional, maybe UNDERCOVER BOSS—obviously because I love to cry. Or maybe HOTEL IMPOSSIBLE because I always end up watching it when I’m staying at a hotel. It’s totally fascinating what goes into decorating a hotel in order to make it more inviting to guests.

Anything else you might want to add? Yes! Thank you so much for hosting me and thank you to your readers for reading the interview. It was tons of fun!






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.







Cory dropped into one of the orange plastic chairs lined up to face the scratched podium and its gooseneck mic. He cradled the lukewarm cup of coffee, hunching out of the way as another attendee climbed over the row in front of him to sit beside him. The guy’s lips curved up in an easy smile that sparkled in his eyes. Tiny silver earrings dangled from his lobes, catching the light.


Cory took a swallow of his bitter drink.


“The coffee never gets any better. You’d think we’d have at least one barista in the group.” The guy’s soft comment and raised eyebrow felt like a caress.


Cory almost snorted his sip of burned coffee through his nose. His seatmate was one of the new campus admin volunteers, or so his cheap clip-on button proclaimed. Earlier, the director had rattled off a list of a half-dozen unfamiliar names in a staccato monotone, but Cory’d been pouring his crappy coffee when each volunteer had raised an identifying hand.


The guy frowned at his paper cup and took a cautious sip. Cory assumed he was gay. Or bi. Or a straight ally. With his blond god looks, Mr. Volunteer Admin probably had all the girls and guys panting after him.


The guy set his cup down with a thunk that sloshed a splatter of coffee between their feet. It melted into the dingy faux granite of the linoleum.


“Where I grew up, there’s this woman who makes the world’s best coffee. I don’t know what she does, but I swear it’s made from orange blossoms.”


Cory resettled against the hard plastic seat, moving his leg where the edge of the chair dug into the muscle. “Sounds different.”


“It is. But I like it.” The blond guy gave Cory the once-over and smiled again. Definitely gay or bi.






AUTHOR Bio and Links:


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.


You can find her on her blog at or on her favorite social media sites:




















Aidee Ladnier will be awarding $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


27 comments on “Christine Presents ~ The Moonlight Market by Aidee Ladnier

  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. donamaekutska7
    January 2, 2017

    Thank you for the chance!

    • Aidee Ladnier
      January 2, 2017

      You’re very welcome @donamaekutska7 !!!

    • Aidee
      January 2, 2017

      You’re very welcome, @donamaekutska7 !!

  3. Lisa Brown
    January 2, 2017

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    • Aidee
      January 2, 2017

      You’re welcome, Lisa!

  4. achristay
    January 2, 2017

    Welcome to my blog. I hope you have a great tour.

    • Aidee
      January 2, 2017

      Thank you so much!!! I really appreciating you hosting me today. 🙂

  5. jenf27
    January 2, 2017

    Thanks for the interview! Your ideas for upcoming books sound really interesting.

    • Aidee
      January 4, 2017

      Thank you, Jen! I’m often told my ideas are a little off the wall, but they are so much fun to write!

  6. Trix
    January 2, 2017

    Kevin Allison’s actually coming to San Francisco Sketchfest this year (he usually does, I think)…pretty sure he’s doing a live Risk! podcast there.

    • Aidee
      January 4, 2017

      I love RISK! I actually took a class with Kevin Allison. He was really knowledgable and nice.

      • Trix
        January 4, 2017

        I think he’s doing a workshop in SF, too–good to know it’s worthwhile!

  7. Rita Wray
    January 2, 2017

    I enjoyed the interview, thank you.

    • Aidee
      January 4, 2017

      Thanks, Rita! Do you have any favorite reality shows?

  8. Victoria
    January 2, 2017

    Thanks for sharing the interview, I enjoyed reading it!

    • Aidee
      January 4, 2017

      You’re welcome, Victoria. Do you have any interesting hobbies?

  9. bernie wallace
    January 2, 2017

    What books are you looking forward to in the new year? Thanks for the giveaway. I hope that I win.

    • Aidee
      January 4, 2017

      Hi Bernie! I’m hoping to get back to some of my favorite paranormal detective stories. I love the Dresden Files and Mike Carey’s Felix Castor series. And some weird western steampunk!

  10. Susan Smith
    January 2, 2017

    Sounds like an interesting book. I love the cover.

    • Aidee
      January 4, 2017

      I love the cover too, Susan. Natasha Snow did the cover and I love the dreamy and slightly sinister feel of it.

  11. Nikolina84
    January 3, 2017

    What an amazing interview, thank you so much, was a pleasure to read it!!!

    • Aidee
      January 4, 2017

      Thanks, Nikolina! I’m always afraid my writing process is boring. It’s mostly just sitting down to write.

  12. Cee Mac
    January 5, 2017

    Sounds interesting

  13. H.B.
    January 8, 2017

    Thank you for the interview. It’s interesting learning where you find inspiration.

    • Aidee Ladnier
      January 10, 2017

      Thank you, H.B.! Inspiration really is everywhere. Just recently I misheard something someone said about visiting their “nocturnal” grandmother and my imagination kicked into overdrive. Now I’ve got visions of vampire Nanas everywhere. LOL!

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