Wednesday 15 July 2020

Poison and Honey #Bookbirthday

Poison and Honey

(Dark and Otherwordly #1)


Book Description

Leigh Morgan has known that magic existed ever since an unearthly monster abducted her sister. It’s why she’s in Otherworld now, posing as a servant in its dark, decadent palace. She’s gathering intelligence and working with a small band of allies to bring down the Others and free their human captives. Her mission depends on blending in, so the last thing she wants is to attract the attention of a cunning prince.

Dredarion Rath wants one thing: to disgrace his older brother and prove himself the worthier heir to the throne. And out of all the servants in the palace, he chooses Leigh to help him. Just her luck.

Now Leigh has to keep her work a secret from a bewitching man who sees right through her--and who's not nearly as cold and inhuman as he seems. She can't screw this up, or the humans forced into servitude will never go home. But juggling two conspiracies at once, it's only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down, and the man she's falling for has her executed for her betrayal...

4 Favorite Faerie Myths

Poison and Honey is set in Otherworld, which isn’t exactly the Faerie Realm but was definitely inspired by bits and pieces of faerie myth and folklore. Here are a few of my favorites.


Mysterious floating balls of light seen in swamps and woodlands, will-o'-the-wisp have been sighted all over the world. They could be faeries tricking unwary travelers into following them, or they might be ghosts. The rational explanation is that they’re caused by swamp gas or bioluminescent algae, but that’s boring.
Whatever they are, will-o'-the-wisp create a magical, mysterious atmosphere, and I have them inhabiting every forest in Otherworld.


“Widdershins” is a neat-sounding word that means counterclockwise. When it comes to folklore, walking widdershins around special places like a church or fairy ring is a surefire way to enter the Faerie Realm or get the attention of its inhabitants. (I do not recommend trying it.)
While widdershins doesn’t feature in Poison and Honey, I do borrow the idea of there being secret entrances to Otherworld that anyone can access if they know how.

Fairy Kidnapping

Whether its stealing infants and leaving a changeling in their place or spiriting away people to dance to the point of exhaustion in revels, faeries are known for kidnapping humans. The plot of Poison and Honey is based on this, with the heroine trying to free all the people who have been taken.


An even darker twist on the idea of fairy kidnapping is the idea that fairies take humans to sacrifice as part of a tithe they pay to hell. While that’s not exactly what’s happening in Poison and Honey, there’s definitely a secret, sinister reason behind why humans are being taken to Otherworld. I hope you’ll consider reading to find out.

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