New Release -- Moira Keith

There's a great woman I've been writing with for several years. This past week, I've had the pleasure of sharing her release day. We've both been working and waiting for this day for a long time. Almost since we met, actually. Before I met Moira Keith, I wasn't much into paranormal or urban fantasy. I read this story in its early day, and I have to admit, I was taken in, not just the story line but, by the prose of Moira's writing. Her words flow across the page, not only to tell the story but to create an atmosphere of beauty within your head. I look forward to watching her succeed with this book and go on to make the next two books even better than the first.

Welcome Moira! Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing Blood and Moonlight with my readers. As you know--because you've been here before, I've got cake and ice cream for any event worth celebrating. The bakery is always open. What will you have?

Moira: Favorite cake would be red velvet (which I'm debating on alcohol to pair with it) and ice cream would likely be vanilla bean. When it comes to my cake and ice cream, I'm not too outrageous in my taste, but I do like to infuse a little something extra into them. Irish Cream?! I should have told you to bring some of yours...

I've been waiting a long to time for the release of your latest book, Blood and Moonlight. I can't tell you how excited I am for Kiara's story to finally be out there!! It's been a long time coming. Tell me, what makes this story so special?

Moira: This story was truly a labor of love for me. It doesn't really fit into the romance, paranormal, or urban fantasy box all nice and neatly. It blurs the lines as I see them. The POV is also something that is a bit different as I mix a first/third storytelling here because that was the way my characters stories unfolded for me. Because of it's differences, this story (as the others to follow in the Moonlight trilogy will surely be) very close to my heart.

One of the things I've always loved about this book is the Point of View. I love how it focuses the story and makes it truly the heroine's.

So, tell me. When you made that first sale, how did you celebrate? 

Moira: I celebrated with a Guinness of course. I did consider trying for the Irish whiskey to make my dad and my heroine, Kiara proud. Alas, I am a beer girl through and through.

What made you choose fairies and wolves? Did you always believe in Magic?

Moira: I've always been fascinated by fairies and the mythology of the Fae. While I'm sure there are books out there that pull wolves and Fae together, I haven't seen any, so it seemed like a unique story element. And yes, I've always believed in magic. Not the pull the rabbit out of your hat kind of magic, but the kind of magic that comes from fairytales and fantasy. Morgan Le Fay surely didn't wave a wand over a hat as a party trick, (though I'm sure she had her own brand of fear inducing party tricks). I find that we often need to believe in the impossible or unimaginable. It's what keeps the world interesting.

If there was one book [story] you could live, which one would it be?

Moira: Wow. Tough question. You really want me to choose just one? Could it be a series? Wait even that one is tough. Damn. Okay well if I was forced to choose just one, I would choose the first Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novel - Guilty Pleasures. Anita Blake was serious kick butt heroine.

I've still never read any of the books by Laurell K. Hamilton. Mostly because I've never been that into vampires, but I do appreciate good writing... might have to do that.

What about your next project? Will there be more madness and mayhem for Kiara and Devlin?

Moira: There is definitely some more mayhem, madness, and magic in store for Kiara and Devlin. Their story isn't nearly over and there are plenty of obstacles they will have to overcome and some pieces that need to be solved. But there are additional projects in the works as well. A witch story and a young adult book are in process as we speak.

Awesome! I can't wait to read your YA. I know anyone who picks up Blood and Moonlight will be watching for new releases in the future. Have a great week, Moira. Thanks for coming by. I'm wishing you great sales all week long.

For all my wonderful followers, especially those who like a good story about shifters and fae, you can find Moira's book for sale...well, just about anywhere. :D follow the links for a great read. One lucky commenter will get a free copy of Blood and Moonlight. What a great way to start the new week.
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Count Down Day 3 with Moira Keith

Welcome Moira! Thanks for coming over and blogging for me. It's Day THREE on my countdown to release!! Whoot!


If you were to ask me how I felt about helping out Bethanne with her release party by doing a guest blog post here on her site and to describe it in one word—I couldn't. Thrilled would be an understatement. Ecstatic? Nah—doesn't work either. Perhaps I should quit while I'm ahead and get down to business? Definitely!

I had no idea what to talk about today. Could talk about how I met Bethanne and we became the closest of friends, but that's a tale to regale you with another time. Like when we're fifty and sitting in rocking chairs at the old folks home and going through our 'remember when' phase. Instead I've decided to dish on something that I've seen is central to a lot of celebrations—especially seeing as how my darling friend has a thing for cakes and has asked each of her guests about the delectable dessert.  The only logical thing to do at that point was talk about cakes!

Of course, there is something I love more than talking about cake, and that's baking them. In small portions of course. You see, I'm a cupcake baking addict. Wait—it gets worse. My favorites include alcohol in them. I've even taken it a step further and started including that obsession passion into my writing. My current work in progress is a prime example of that. The heroine owns a cupcake store and she is a witch. Weaving in that element has been fun. It takes the writing to a different level for me. Allows me to incorporate something I love from my life, into that of my characters. Cupcakes I've shared in and off the page? Classic lime and strawberry margarita cupcakes, Bailey's Irish Crème cupcakes, and even an Irish Boilermaker have made their way into my hero's hearts as well as those of friends and family.

Other things I'm passionate about (or more aptly obsessed with) are things that are Celtic or magical. Those are themes that creep into many of my stories as well. And as we are speaking of passions and the way they weave their way into writing, I know my darling friend here has a passion for faith and family. Those themes work their way into her stories on a fairly consistent basis. So I must ask, what are some of your passions that work themselves into your writing? And if you are a reader, do you have favorite authors who's passions are evident through their works either due to a common theme or element you've noticed that pops up?