The Beltane Escape (The Two Realms Trilogy, #1)
by Ariella Moon
Publisher: Star Tribe Publishing
Publication Date: February 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Lady Fenella, ever surrounded by guards, knows only responsibility and duty. 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 then Gran brands her, Lord Argonshire kidnaps her, and the Lady of the Lake makes her a pawn. The Highland heiress must betray her newly betrothed and fend for herself when she dives into a wormhole to save her cousin. She lands in a part of Fairy even fairies avoid, and joins forces with Talfryn, a half-Viking/half-Fairy.
Fenella must use her wits to find her cousin, free the Lady of the Lake, and reach the wormhole in Glastonbury by Beltane. Nine days to unshackle herself from a sorceress, prevent a war between rival clans, and decide in which realm—and with which lad—she truly belongs. Oh, and The Most Powerful Wizard stands in her way.
Guest Post by Ariella Moon: How I came up with the idea for my novel.
My love of magic, Arthurian lore, and Scottish clan histories, inspired me to write The Beltane Escape. The women of the Arthurian legends fascinate me. Their stories, like the Scottish clan tales, are filled with magic, drama, and strife. I, like Fenella in The Beltane Escape, thought of Merlin and the Lady of the Lake as myths, and I wasn’t sure about fairies. But then my research took me to the United Kingdom where I experienced first hand the magic of Merlin’s Cave (rocks appeared unbidden in my hand), the wild fairy energy at the White Spring at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, and I spotted my first fairy in a Cornish forest. I was hooked.
What if the Lady of the Lake was only eighteen and new on the job?
What if Merlin was twenty, and quirky like Sherlock Holmes?
What if a kidnaped thaness tumbled, like Alice in Wonderland, into Fairy? What if she had been lured there by a spell cast forward in time?
Fenella, the dutiful traumatized heroine came to me first. Her reckless cousin romped next into my head. It took a while to discover his magical secret.
Fenella’s two love interests developed separately. A crazy incident sparked Talfryn’s character. I was driving my daughter to her piano lesson (she is now an electrical engineer, so that tells you how long this story has been germinating). When I stopped at a traffic light, several teens crossed the street in front of me. One boy yelled back at another boy, calling him a derogatory name that implied the boy was gay. The slur angered me. Other gay-oriented slurs stomped into my head, including, “fairy.” Talfryn, an outcast half-Viking/half-Fairy took shape.
Fenella’s other love interest, Edward, her kidnapper’s son, changed radically during the revision process when he insisted on a different back story. My poor editor! But character and plot drive my novels, and who am I to ignore the son of Lord Argonshire? Sometimes characters and novel ideas change. I just wish Edward had spoken up sooner!
About the Author
Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her Two Realms Trilogy is a medieval fantasy adventure series with romantic elements. The Teen Wytche Saga is a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances.
Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety and taller students who mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. Ariella lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and an enormous dragon.