The Setting of THE MOONLIGHT MARKET by Aidee Ladnier
When I set out to write THE MOONLIGHT MARKET, I knew I wanted to write an “up all night” story where the characters stayed awake into the wee hours of the morning, tired and unable to censor themselves, vulnerable and honest. So I looked for things that people do in the nighttime. I came across the night markets or night bazaars of Asia while looking on Pinterest. Usually these are places where you can leisurely stroll through an open-air market, eating and shopping under the stars. The pictures I’ve seen have tents all illuminated, making for a carnival-like feel with bright colors and light. They are slowly gaining a foothold in the US as well, and I’ve seen advertisements for them pop up all over the country, some even naming themselves “moonlight markets” instead of night markets.
So I had my place but I wanted to build a little magic into the mix. I decided to populate my place with people that are there one minute and gone the next. I thought of performers on a circuit, of circuses and carnivals, with spangled costumes that dazzle the eyes and leave a retinal burn behind. So I added performances to my market. The Moonlight Market would inhabit the fictional town of Kindle Bay up the coast. But it would only be there for a single weekend, and then all the people in it would leave.
As the Moonlight Market is made up artist’s stalls, performance areas, and food vendors, I thought about the shape of the field it would occupy. Fairgrounds can be asymmetrical but rarely in a regimented way. However, I wanted my market to be special, so all the stalls and tables and tents were laid out in the shape of a crescent moon. This would allow for a long throughway and a big dark field in the center. I needed that dark space in the story to give my two heroes a place to pause. And it was also a convenient way to sneak a shortcut into the field.
I love the setting of my Moonlight Market, where anything is possible. You can find vintage toys from travelers to the Far East. You can buy food that will soothe your soul. You can meet your future while looking for your past. And you can meet strangers that are friends. As the flyer to the Moonlight Market encourages, experience the thrills under the cover of darkness! Have an adventure! But I’ll also leave you with a warning—keep to the lighted path.
The Moonlight Market by Aidee Ladnier
GENRE: LGBTTQ, Fantasy & Paranormal, New Adult
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.
He almost ignored it.
Tiny bells tinkled nearby.
They sounded closer.
His skin tightened with goose bumps.
Niari glided into the pool of light cast by the lantern hanging on the back of the tent. Her long, inky dress brushed the bells on her ankles and pulled the shadows forward with her.
“Your debt is coming due.” Her trilling, accented voice floated over the noise from the fairway beyond. In front of the tent children giggled and laughed, the calliope blared out its joyous concert, and the lanterns burned away the darkness. But Sanderson stood in the shadows behind…with her.
Sweat coated his palm, and it slipped from the curtain. He swiped at the bead of perspiration on his upper lip, the pit of his stomach icing into a lump.
“I found someone.” He blurted out the words. “A lost soul. Someone who’s lost something.”
Panic bloomed in Sanderson’s chest. Was he actually going to offer Cory to the Weaver? Cory who just wanted to find his missing sister. Cory of the soft hair, bitable nipples, and beautiful, slim cock. Who made Sanderson feel normal. Like a regular guy.
“Good.” Her smile widened, filled with too many tiny teeth that gleamed bright in the lantern light. “Are they tasty and ripe?”
“Madame?” Sanderson’s gut twisted at the hard glitter in her eyes. A chill crept down his spine. She looked…hungry.
He blinked. Niari stood before him, still and silent, waiting, just a woman again. The malevolent flash must have been a trick of the dim light. He shrugged off the unease and shook the numbness from his fingers.
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.
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