Friday, March 18, 2016

New Release: Ceílí by Moriah Gemel #MMromance #AuthorInterview @PridePromo

Ceílí by Moriah Gemel

Release Date: March 17, 2016
The Los Angeles music scene has not been kind to Devon Caelin. He struggles to fit in and has a streak of bad luck the length of the Sunset Strip. One rare rainy night, he drowns his sorrows from bar-to-bar, until he stumbles into an alley club called Céilí. He discovers that it’s home to a small community of mystical people making their way in the human world, and that he found it only because he is Fae himself. With mentoring from the pub’s proprietor, Eldan—a powerful Fae Lord protecting his kind in the city—Devon unearths his past and discovers his magical abilities. His life appears to be back on track—until a member of the Faerie Court is murdered and the secret of their world is threatened to be revealed.

Pages - 200 pages

Categories: Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance, Urban Fantasy

Story Excerpt:
“This is where we’ll do the spell,” Eldan says. “I can open the channel easily enough, but I’d like you to assist in keeping it open. Stand behind me when I tell you to, and put your hands on my shoulders. If we’re compatible, I’ll be able to take some of your energy to bolster mine, just enough to maintain a stronger connection than I would on my own, all right? You might get a little dizzy, but I promise you’ll be okay.”
“I’m not afraid, Eldan.” Devon is excited to see this magic performed, to see the Queens. What will they be like, these women that Eldan is wary to speak of?
“No. You aren’t, are you?” Eldan smiles. “Well. Best get on with it then. Stand nearby, please?”
Devon settles himself just behind Eldan, and Eldan nods. Then, he pulls a little vial from his pocket and shakes it.
“Here we go.”
He uncorks the bottle, and Devon smells something almost metallic. Eldan walks to the first corner of the table, to the right, and pours a drop of whatever’s inside the vial over the little pile of dirt.
Cré.” His hand hovers over the bowl, and the dirt spreads and forms a flat plane under his palm. Eldan smiles and walks on.
He walks to the back right of the table and pours a drop into the empty bowl. “Aer,” he says and his hand hovers. The bowl trembles, and the dust motes in the air within it coalesce and spin. He walks on.
The third bowl holds sticks, and Eldan pours the liquid on them before hovering his hand, causing them to burst into flames. “Tine.” Devon can’t help but push his breath out and shake his head. This is cool. All this magic, it’s really real. He thought it was a story for children, but magic is real, and he’s a part of it. He never thought much about fairytales but now he wishes he had, because it would make this moment so much better.
Finally, Eldan pours into the fourth bowl, filled with water, and his hand hovering creates little waves that splash on the sides of the bowl gently, as though upset. “Uisce,” he says and then he walks on.
He circles the table counter-clockwise three times and, when he reaches the head of the table once more, he nods to Devon. “Now.”
Devon steps up as Eldan turns away and puts his hands on Eldan’s slim, strong shoulders. Immediately, his palms tingle, as Eldan waves a hand. The mirror in the center of the table stands up, reflecting them. Eldan presses a palm to the center of it.
Oscailt agus a léiriú,” Eldan says. Devon wishes he knew what the hell he was saying, but it’s pretty, in any case. Celtic? Gaelic? Something. “Na Ríona I Talún Samhraidh.”
The mirror clouds, and Devon licks his lips and stands on his tiptoes to see over Eldan’s shoulder. Nothing happens, though, for long moments, in which Eldan’s breathing comes quick and loud. Devon squeezes his shoulders, and Eldan whimpers faintly. But he slows down, and Devon keeps squeezing, staring at what he can see of Eldan’s face, staring at the delicate line of his jaw, his high cheekbone, the flutter of an eyelash, the jut of his nose, which is freckled and fair.
But then the clouds part, and there they are.

Meet the author:

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Moriah Gemel author of Céilí
Hi Moriah, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

I'm Moriah. I'm an author and a stay-at-home mom and wife, and I've been writing for almost twenty years now. I've written everything from fanfiction to roleplays to fiction to articles, and I've never gotten bored of it. My current book, Céilí, is about finding your tribe, the people you belong to, and learning to love and protect what you find there.

 Tell us something no one else knows about your characters.
My main character Devon is a skilled musician, that we know, but when he was younger he was quite good at playing soccer and was on a team for all of high school. He gave it up when he moved to LA. Eldan, on the other hand, is abysmal at physical fitness, and avoids sports at all costs. One time he tried, and he threw a football right into his teammate's privates.

  Have you ever written something that made you cry?
I have! But only because it was ending. I wrote a story that was an alternate version of Beauty and the Beast, and it was a huge story, novel-length. I grew attached to it and as I was writing the final scenes, I teared up a little, I'll admit.

  Have you ever co-written with someone before?
Yes, indeed. I wrote a fanfiction with a friend once, and it was one of the most fun experiences I've ever had. We worked well together, which is essential, and could copy each other's writing styles pretty easily. That's important too. It was tough, sometimes, especially because our schedules didn't always align, but it was worth it.

What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Getting started. I hem and haw when I'm getting ready to write, no matter if it's the first page or the hundredth. I just have to feel it in my fingertips, if I'm ready, and I'm not always ready when I set aside time to write. I have to sit there and reread what I've written and go over my outline and twiddle my thumbs and play around on the internet until I feel ready, and only then can I get myself going.

 Name your four most important food groups.
Cheese, meat, tea, and rice. I love cheese, I don't get to have it often enough. My husband isn't a big fan and my son prefers American cheese, so we don't get to experiment too often. Meat, because I'm an omnivore with a rabid carnivore side—I love steak, and bacon, and chicken, and all kinds of meat. Tea, because I'm a dirty hippie who had tons of tea at any point in time, and I like to have it to relax. And rice, because I'm a big fan and it goes with so many different meals. I love all kinds of rice, though I mostly use brown rice because it's fast and easy.

Moriah Gemel has developed a dedicated following for her realistic, sexually-charged stories over twelve years in online fan communities. Moriah is passionate about diversity in fiction, as well as realistic depictions of BDSM and sex education. Her first novel, Load the Dice, was published as a serial in ten parts. Céilí is her second novel. She lives with her husband, young son, and two cats.

Where to find the author:
Twitter: @moriahgemel

Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: Design – CB Messer, Cover art by Ari McFarland

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Thank you for hosting me today!