Welcome To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke! (Goddess Fish Tours:Review Stop)


Hello Everyone:) Today I am participating as a host for the Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke, so please check out this books great deets and my review!

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AUTHOR Bio

I think I became a writer because the world inside my head was so real and vivid, sometimes more so than the outside world. In some sense I have lived parallel lives, present in my real and imaginary lives in different ways. Because much of my childhood was spent searching for faeries or reading about them, it is natural that my work encompasses fairy tale themes and other magical elements. In the words of Tennessee Williams, forget reality, give me magic!

Adrienne has previously published short stories in The Storyteller, Beginnings Magazine, New Plains Review, and in the e-zines A Fly in Amber, Grim Graffiti, Les Bonnes Fees, The Altruist, The Devilfish Review, and Rose Red Review. Her short story, Falling was awarded second place in the 2008 Alice Munro short fiction contest. To Dance in Liradon is her first published novel.

An avid reader of fairy tales and other magical stories, a thread of the mysterious or unexpected runs through all of her work. When she’s not writing Adrienne can be found searching for faeries along with her daughters Callista and Juliet.

Author Links:

Website: http://www.adrienneclarkewriter.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/ToDanceInLiradon

Goodreads:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6436251.Adrienne_Clarke

Twitter: https://twitter.com/clarkeadrienne

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BLURB:

Seventeen-year-old Brigid O’Flynn is an outcast. A chance encounter with the Faerie Queen left her tainted in the eyes of the villagers, who blame the Faerie for the village’s missing women and children. Desperate to win the village’s acceptance, Brigid agrees to marry her childhood friend: Serious, hardworking, Connell Mackenna. But when Connell disappears before their wedding, Brigid’s hopes are shattered. Blamed for her fiancé’s death, Brigid fears she will suffer the same fate as the other village outcasts, the mysterious Willow Women. Lured into Faerie by their inhuman lovers, and cast out weak and broken, the Willow Women spend their lives searching for the way back into Faerie. When Connell suddenly reappears, Brigid is overjoyed, but everything is not as it seems. Consumed by his desire for beauty and celebration, Connell abandons his responsibilities, and Brigid soon finds herself drawn into a passionate, dangerous world of two.

When Brigid discovers the truth behind Connell’s transformation she’s forced to choose between two men and two worlds. Brigid’s struggle leads her into glittering, ruthless Faerie, where she must rescue her true love from a terrible sacrifice or lose him forever.

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GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!

THE AUTHOR WILL BE GIVING AWAY:

Adrienne will be awarding winner’s choice of a Kindle touch, Nook Simple Touch, or a $100 Apple gift card, and one crystal Faerie necklace similar to what Brigid wore to the Faerie ball to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Please comment, the more you comment, the better chances of winning! The tour dates can be found here:

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Excerpt from To Dance in Liradon

Excerpt One:

The Faerie Queen raised one eyebrow so that it disappeared behind the gold circlet she wore around her head. “Another favour? I’m afraid this one shall cost you.”

Brigid nodded. What good was the flower if she couldn’t find her way back again?

“Close your eyes,” the Faerie Queen commanded. “What do you hear?”

“Nothing.”

“Still your breath, and let the pictures in your head slide away. Listen to what’s underneath the silence.”

She tried, but it was hard to do. And then she heard it, the gentle trickle of running water.

“Follow the sound. It will bring you back to the path and your father. But hurry, the forest is no place for a child.” And then she began to laugh, the sound surprisingly harsh and deep.

Brigid ran towards the sound until she saw the sky peeking through the trees, and felt the path beneath her feet. When she saw her father, she ran into his open arms, the Faerie Queen’s laughter still ringing in her ears.

“We thought we’d lost you forever,” her father whispered into her hair.

“But I’ve only been gone a short time,” she said.

“Nay, my sweet. The sun has risen and set twice since we came into the forest. Your mother and I have been searching everywhere.”

She showed her father the flower. “The Faerie Queen gave it to me so I could give it to Mother.”

Her father smiled, but fear spread across his face like a stain. Three days later he was dead.

MY REVIEW

To Dance In Liradon, tells the tale of Brigid, a young woman who lives in a small village with her mother. The two are desperately poor due to the fact Brigid’s father died when she was a very young child. Rumors in the village circulate stating that Brigid is to blame, due to once when she was a little girl, she happened to see the Fairy Queen, the young Brigid had picked a flower which the Queen had considered hers and said that Brigid owed her, and then when the Queen helped Brigid to make it back to her village, (after being in the forest alone) the Queen stated a price must be paid, then Brigid’s father died.
So after that Brigid was treated as tainted by those in the village, as she grew, it became increasingly dangerous for Brigid to remain unmatched; due to the unwanted attentions of the “Lord” of the village, sinking further into poverty, with her mother being ill and finally, due to the villagers believing she brings bad luck, all who had desires to rid their community of Brigid…
Soon Connell a childhood peer of Brigid’s, who is also the Miller, a well-respected young man, proposes to her, and after many doubts she agrees. Connell wanting to get quality cloth for her dress, leaves on a journey, which is to bring him back quickly. But it does not and months go by. One day after being left in the forest by the villagers who thought she brought evil. Connell appears and locates Brigid, and they return the village. All is well until Brigid begins to notice a difference in Connell. Soon Brigid must face a truth that has lives and her love depending on her.
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I have always held stories about the beautiful, capricious Fae folk as one of my favorites. To Dance In Liradon, grabbed my attention from the first chapter;  The story was extremely well written, it flowed, taken the reader right along with Brigid on her adventures. I enjoyed watching Brigid awaken from her girlhood dream, for  the perfect prince charming, as she realized, (almost too late) that the one for her was there all along! Brigid
was a strong, resourceful character that as a reader I rooted for, with her quiet strength, and her fierce loyalty to those she loved, Brigid is a great role model as well…
To Dance in Liradon is recommended for those who love a good Fae story…and for those adventurous enough to give it a try:)
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30 thoughts on “Welcome To Dance in Liradon by Adrienne Clarke! (Goddess Fish Tours:Review Stop)

  1. I have really enjoyed following this tour. I keep following because I am really hooked on this story, and I love the cover.

  2. Your daughters are named Callista and Juliet? What lovely names–almost etheral. With names like that, I can see little princesses (in the good sense!) chasing fairies and fireflies.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

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