Love blooms between werewolf, manananggal in 'Moonlight Eclipse'
"Their connection was a dance between worlds, a promise of something yet unspoken," writes Maita Rue in her latest novella, "Moonlight Eclipse."
Rue was referring to the overwhelming emotions felt by the book's lead characters — Interpol agent Anthony and social media manager Beldine — during their first meeting in a bar called The Dungeon. Indeed, they belong to different worlds, as Anthony is a werewolf, and Beldine is a manananggal.
A widespread concept in European folklore, a werewolf refers to an individual who can shape-shift into a wolf purposely or due to affliction, with the transformations occurring on the night of a full moon.
On the other hand, a manananggal is a mythical creature in the Philippines. It can separate its upper torso from the lower part of its body and sprout bat-like wings to fly into the night in search of its victims.
Although "Moonlight Eclipse" is primarily a romance novella revolving around charismatic characters from different worlds, it also addresses serious issues such as human trafficking and corruption.
In the book, Anthony poses as a boyband leader to uncover the people behind a trafficking ring in Manila. Beldine joins him on a thrilling journey to dismantle the criminal syndicate and rescue the innocent.
Rue takes inspiration from her experiences as a volunteer at a center that assists victims of human trafficking.
"I have chosen to address these issues in the narrative because I want to highlight that they are still occurring in 2023," she tells Metro News Central. "I hope people will become more aware of these problems and help the victims, too, possibly by donating to the centers."
She has published four other paranormal novellas — "Resto Rescue," "My Vampire Heart for Your Human Soul," "Care Package Mate," and "The Bride and Her Letters."
Rue has also written steampunk, contemporary romance, historical romance, young adult, children's books, and anthologies, all of which are available on Amazon.
Her latest work, "Moonlight Eclipse," is part of "Manananggal in the City," a nine-piece book collection that offers a fresh perspective on Filipino folklore. All these books were self-published with the support of Pinoy Indie Authors, a community of independent writers established earlier this year.
Other titles include "The Tie That Binds" by Mayumi Cruz, "Naima’s War" by Jean Karl Gaverza, "One by One" by Yeyet Soriano, "Maya, At Your Service" by Marigold Andres Uy, "Expansion" by Mia Daquial, "My Girlfriend is a Manananggal" by Keira Viresse, "My Manananggal Dream" by Paola Aliedo, and "The Groovy Manananggal" by Fred Figueroa.
To learn more about Rue's work, visit her Amazon store at Amazon.com/author/maitarue or contact Pinoy Indie Authors on Facebook.
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