The Los Angeles music scene has not been kind to Devon Caelin. He struggles to fit in and has a streak of bad luck the length of the Sunset Strip. One rare rainy night, he drowns his sorrows from bar-to-bar, until he stumbles into an alley club called Céilí. He discovers that it’s home to a small community of mystical people making their way in the human world, and that he found it only because he is Fae himself. With mentoring from the pub’s proprietor, Eldan—a powerful Fae Lord protecting his kind in the city—Devon unearths his past and discovers his magical abilities. His life appears to be back on track—until a member of the Faerie Court is murdered and the secret of their world is threatened to be revealed.
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Oh my goodness this story is wonderful. The world building is so effortless. With the lore and rules for magic and the society hierarchy. The language used is perfect to get me to believe all of it could be real and a place as wonderful as Céilí exists. The storyline with the traitor was so well done. I didn’t guess who it was until right at the end. I had some guesses and kept going back and forth between who I thought it was. I desperately want to know how the traitor redeems themselves and if they are found out by the Queens.
Eldan and Devon are beautiful together. They dance around each other as their feelings grow. The tension between them is so thick you can feel it as you read. I loved reading the give and take, the way they’re both unsure of how the other feels and fear their emotions are one sided or they feel far more than the other ever could. Oh my word I got chills during those parts.
There’s a lovely happily ever after for Eldan and Devon. The scene with their commitment was so sensual. I love how connected they are and how deep their feelings are. I would love for there to be more books in this world in the future. I want to see some of the other characters get their happy ending. Plus I want to know how the event right at the end of the story goes, if Eldan is successful in his new endeavor.
Four and a half
Molly: Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Moriah Gemel author of Céilí. Hi Moriah, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.
Moriah: Thank you for having me. I’m an author at night and a stay-at-home mom during the day, and I’ve been writing since the age of seven. My current book is called Céilí and it’s about a man who finds where he belongs after a lifetime of searching, and how he comes to protect that life at all costs.
Molly: What is the nicest thing anyone has ever said about your writing?
Moriah: That it changed their life for the better. That was the nicest thing I’ve ever heard. I’ve heard that about my BDSM writing more than once, actually, you’d be surprised how many people come to know themselves better through experiencing BDSM. It teaches about power dynamics, and how we prefer to deal with the world.
Molly: Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that impact your writing?
Moriah: Part-time. I’m a full-time mother and homemaker, so I can’t write constantly, I have way too much to do. I think it makes my writing a little slower, but that’s about it. I’ve still managed to write an awful lot in my years as a mother, only lately as my son gets older do I get busier and busier with him.
Molly: What interested you about the theme of this book?
Moriah: Well, the theme of the book has to do with finding your place in the world, and that’s always interested me. What cultures we make for ourselves, what groups we join, what we need in terms of socialization and family and friends. What makes us weird, and how we find people who are the same kind of weird. I’ve struggled with that a lot in my own life, so I had to write about it.
Molly: What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Moriah: Getting started. The blinking cursor is my enemy. I struggle to get in the mood to write sometimes, and the first word is always the hardest for me. I struggle with confidence sometimes, and that freezes me every time. It’s a process to get over that.
Molly: Name your four most important food groups.
Moriah: This answer changes all the time, depending on what I’m craving at the moment! Right now I’d say it’s cheese, bread, rice, and meat.
“This is where we’ll do the spell,” Eldan says. “I can open the channel easily enough, but I’d like you to assist in keeping it open. Stand behind me when I tell you to, and put your hands on my shoulders. If we’re compatible, I’ll be able to take some of your energy to bolster mine, just enough to maintain a stronger connection than I would on my own, all right? You might get a little dizzy, but I promise you’ll be okay.”
“I’m not afraid, Eldan.” Devon is excited to see this magic performed, to see the Queens. What will they be like, these women that Eldan is wary to speak of?
“No. You aren’t, are you?” Eldan smiles. “Well. Best get on with it then. Stand nearby, please?”
Devon settles himself just behind Eldan, and Eldan nods. Then, he pulls a little vial from his pocket and shakes it.
“Here we go.”
He uncorks the bottle, and Devon smells something almost metallic. Eldan walks to the first corner of the table, to the right, and pours a drop of whatever’s inside the vial over the little pile of dirt.
“Cré.” His hand hovers over the bowl, and the dirt spreads and forms a flat plane under his palm. Eldan smiles and walks on.
He walks to the back right of the table and pours a drop into the empty bowl. “Aer,” he says and his hand hovers. The bowl trembles, and the dust motes in the air within it coalesce and spin. He walks on.
The third bowl holds sticks, and Eldan pours the liquid on them before hovering his hand, causing them to burst into flames. “Tine.” Devon can’t help but push his breath out and shake his head. This is cool. All this magic, it’s really real. He thought it was a story for children, but magic is real, and he’s a part of it. He never thought much about fairytales but now he wishes he had, because it would make this moment so much better.
Finally, Eldan pours into the fourth bowl, filled with water, and his hand hovering creates little waves that splash on the sides of the bowl gently, as though upset. “Uisce,” he says and then he walks on.
He circles the table counter-clockwise three times and, when he reaches the head of the table once more, he nods to Devon. “Now.”
Devon steps up as Eldan turns away and puts his hands on Eldan’s slim, strong shoulders. Immediately, his palms tingle, as Eldan waves a hand. The mirror in the center of the table stands up, reflecting them. Eldan presses a palm to the center of it.
“Oscailt agus a léiriú,” Eldan says. Devon wishes he knew what the hell he was saying, but it’s pretty, in any case. Celtic? Gaelic? Something. “Na Ríona I Talún Samhraidh.”
The mirror clouds, and Devon licks his lips and stands on his tiptoes to see over Eldan’s shoulder. Nothing happens, though, for long moments, in which Eldan’s breathing comes quick and loud. Devon squeezes his shoulders, and Eldan whimpers faintly. But he slows down, and Devon keeps squeezing, staring at what he can see of Eldan’s face, staring at the delicate line of his jaw, his high cheekbone, the flutter of an eyelash, the jut of his nose, which is freckled and fair.
But then the clouds part, and there they are.
Moriah Gemel has developed a dedicated following for her realistic, sexually-charged stories over twelve years in online fan communities. Moriah is passionate about diversity in fiction, as well as realistic depictions of BDSM and sex education. Her first novel, Load the Dice, was published as a serial in ten parts. Céilí is her second novel. She lives with her husband, young son, and two cats.
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