A Taste of Winter
The Lakeside Series, #2
Genre: Romantic Fantasy / Paranormal
Tags: medieval fantasy, forbidden love, shape-shifter, were-wolves, fae, fairies, new adult, adult, mental health, prejudice, privilege
Warnings: Contains language some might find offensive, some violence and situations of a sexual nature.
Length: 80,000 words
Cover: 600×900: http://www.liltliterary.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/ATOW_ebookcover400x600.jpg
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Picking up where BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON left off, A TASTE OF WINTER is the second book in a romantic paranormal fantasy trilogy, set in alternate history medieval times. It follows the life of young Moira, a half fae noblewoman who fell in love with her shape-shifter guard and ran away from her ancestral home.
Traveling the country, searching for a safe place to stay, the two of them soon realize that life is not as kind to them as they might have hoped. They feel the sting of prejudice and bigotry in each town they visit, and the reality of poverty and winter begin to erode Moira and Owain’s blossoming love.
In the castle they left behind, darker plans are afoot. The fae spy Brody is slowly taking over, and he has no love for humans. He needs to be stopped before he can seize power and trigger another war between the races. But Moira and Owain are long gone, and Brody always seems two steps ahead.
Excerpt #1: Chapter One // Maeve visits an old love // 881
The cottage loomed in the distance like a crouching animal, like a tortoise—its shell covered in moss and dirt and snow. The roof had long started to slump under its weight but no one had come to repair it. Nobody ever came here—it was too deep in the forest, too far away from any trodden path.
Maeve stood still after the long walk, watching the quiet place. It looked abandoned, but she still felt the life inside, as she always had. She took a deep breath as though to settle herself in her disguise. The aging skin felt too soft around her tired bones, the white hair was brittle under her gnarly fingers. The mask had aged over the years in a way Maeve never would. (Read more)
Except #2: Chapter Three // Moira and Owain enter a new town // 774 words
It was almost nightfall when they dared to approach the small village at the edge of the forest. It seemed mostly rural much like many in the Rochmond fief but it benefited from the proximity to the excellent hunting grounds the forest offered in the region. Owain had bidden Moira to wrap a scarf around her prominent hair and was gently leading her through the darkening streets towards the small Inn.
He had hoped they would find it all but empty, ready to accept two strangers in the night if they had the coin. When he opened the door however, a flood of chatter came wafting out of the place like a bad smell. (Read more)
Excerpt #3: Chapter Seven // Moira wakes up from a bad dream to find Owain gone // 754 words
Moira woke with a start. Her heart was hammering in her chest and she found herself patting her head and hair trying to extinguish the flames she had dreamed. Still only marginally conscious, she moaned in pain, yowled and curled in on that body that seemed to be pummeled with incorporeal kicks and beatings.
“Owain!” she cried out, as just for a moment, the pain did not seem to hers but his—the flames not on her but on his hair and eye-brows, his face distorted in blind agony. And suddenly, like a veil lifting, the beatings stopped. (Read more)
About the Author
Laila Blake (lailablake.com) is an author, linguist and translator. She writes character-driven love stories, co-hosts the podcast Lilt and blogs about writing, feminism and society. Her work has been featured in numerous anthologies. Keeping a balance between her different interests, Laila Blake’s body of work encompasses literary erotica, romance, and various fields in speculative fiction (dystopian/post-apocalypse, fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy) and she adores finding ways to mix and match. A self-proclaimed nerd, she lives in Cologne/Germany, harbors a deep fondness for obscure folk singers and plays the guitar. She loves photography, science documentaries and classic literature, as well as Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and The Big Bang Theory. You can find her across the web. To stay up to date with her most recent publications, please consider signing up for her spam-free newsletter.