★✩★ #GIVEAWAY ★✩★
Here’s another multi-author giveaway for you.
Enter through the link for a chance to win an Amazon gift card worth $1,440.00!
Authors included in this giveaway are:
A.D. Justice, Ahren Sanders, Allison Gatta, Bella Love-Wins,Bev Elle, BJ Harvey, Brooke Page, Calinda B, Carina Wilder, Celia Kyle, Chloe Cole, Christine Bell, E.M. Gayle, Elise Black, Eliza Gayle, Elle Christensen, Elle Thorne, Emerson Shaw, Emily Minton, Emily Walker, Emma Nichols, Erin Hayes, Eve Vaughn, Fan. X, Flora Dare, Harmony Raines, Hazel Hunter, Heather C. Leigh, Heidi Jo B, Hilary Storm, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Isabelle Richards, J.M. Miller, J.M. Walker, JC Andrijeski, Jenni Moen, Jennifer Dawson, Julia Kent, Kate Kent, Katherine Rhodes, Kathryn M. Crane, Kerry Adrienne, L.B. Dunbar, L.V. Lewis, Laura Ward, Lexi Buchanan, Lexxie Couper, Lia Davis, Liliana Rhodes, Lillian Cartier, Lisa Suzanne, M Mabie, M. Stratton, M.C. Cerny, Mandy Rosko, Marie Mason, Mel Balle, Mia Sheridan, Michele Bardsley, Michelle Dare, Nicole Blanchard, Niquel, RE Butler, Sarah O’Rourke, Scarlett Dawn, Shelley Springfield, Stacey Lynn, Suzanne Rock, T.M. Franklin, Tracey H. Kitts, Velvet Reed, and Z.B. Heller
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Attention all awesome people! This month is a cool time to be a reader. 101 of your favorite authors contributed to one massive giveaway! Giveaway rules are listed on the rafflecopter. International peeps can play! Got any questions? Feel free to ask. There are 100 ways to enter for a maximum possible 500+ entries per person. The giveaway lasts the entire month of April, so come back every day and hammer away at a few more entries until you’re all done!
ONE PERSON WILL WIN $3,000 USD! That’s the biggest giveaway I’ve seen recently! Tell your buds! Don’t miss out. You’ll kick yourself if you miss this one.
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Must be 18 years of age or older to win. No cash value. Void where prohibited. Open to international & US residents. *The winner will receive an e-gift card via PayPal in the amount of $3000USD for this prize.* Winner must have: 1. an email account, 2. may be requested to fill out additional paperwork for tax purposes, and 3. must have a PayPal account to accept the prize. We are not responsible for fees taken by PayPal for this transaction, nor are we in any way responsible for VAT and/ or taxes. We are not responsible for items damaged or lost in the e-mail. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. By entering you agree that we are in no way to be held liable for anything pertaining to this giveaway. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 72 hours after the giveaway ends. You must claim your prize within 48 hours or it is forfeited and another winner will be selected. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!
Participating Romance Authors:
101 different authors came together to make this giveaway possible. If you’ve been looking for a new book boyfriend, or you’re literally famished between your fave author’s releases, check out some of my peeps! They write in various hot romance genres including contemporary romance, new adult romance, erotic romance, steamy romance, urban fantasy romance, dystopian romance, historical romance, futuristic/ sci-fi/ fantasy romance, Teen/ YA romance, inspirational romance and time travel romance!
Chris Almeida & Cecilia Aubrey
Stacey Joy Netzel
Sarah M. Cradit
Katherine Lowry Logan
Nikki Lynn Barrett
Bonnie R. Paulson
FREE BOOKS – who doesn’t love them?
As you can see in the pic above, many authors have come together to offer you 48 completely FREE books! All you have to do is enter your email address here http://bit.ly/FreebyFrenzyaweber and you’ll be sent an email with the links to almost 50 books!
This is NOT a giveaway. This is a Freebie Frenzy! What are you waiting for? Go on and get your FREE BOOKS! But be quick, because this event won’t last forever.
My freebie is-
Happy 1st book birthday to SEVER!
★ Sever turns 1 on Jan 25th. To celebrate, it’s on sale!
One simple decision can end a future.
One simple persuasion can sever a life.
The moment Annisyn Kane slips her rake pick into the lock of a stranger’s door, the straight life she’s led the last few years is scratched out. In the past, the goal was never theft. It was to escape. From life. From death. To quiet the dreams that replayed an affliction she longed to forget. This night, though, was different. She was out of options.
The isolated house was supposed to be an easy target. In and out. No problems. But the simple job takes a twisted turn when Annisyn comes face to face with the only real love she ever had.
Five years ago, she could have persuaded Damian Mead to stay. She wasn’t willing to be the end of his future, so she let him go. Before the emotions from their tangled past have a chance to spin between them, Annisyn discovers that their startling encounter is the least of the night’s problems. There’s someone else in the house, and the only thing on his mind is revenge.
*recommended ages 17+ for mature content*
Seventeen-year-old Caly Monroe has one passion: graffiti. Her mom hates it. And that’s precisely why Caly decides to spray paint a barely dressed portrait of her mom in the middle of town, hoping to change her perspective―or maybe it was just to piss her off.After Caly’s mom picks her up from the police station, she banishes Caly to Gemstone Beach, the run-down bay beach where they used to live each summer. The last time Caly stepped a bare foot onto that beach’s crusty sand was five years ago, before her mom opened a bakery and permanently ended their vacations. When Caly returns, she is tasked with manual labor at the boardwalk as punishment; though, she soon discovers the real punishment is facing the people she once cared most about, including her first love, Aden.While Caly continues to contemplate her artistic future, she has to let her heart choose what, and who, is worth fighting for.
**Mature warning for use of mild language**
Caly’s Piece is available on multiple platforms in ebook only.
Amazon US- http://amzn.com/B00AMWF24A
★ I know this isn’t book related, but I just wanted to give a quick shout out to my friend at Moon, Stars, and Beyond Creations. She hand paints ornaments, specializing in pet portraits.
I know the holidays are over, but it’s never too early to consider gifts for friends and family.
She’s currently having a giveaway to win one custom, hand-painted ornament, ending Jan. 31st. And I believe it’s only open to U.S. shipping. If you are located overseas and wanted to purchase one, though, you could probably message her page for more info.
Here’s the direct link to her Facebook page and giveaway-
I hope that your holidays were great and that your year has kicked off brilliantly! I may not have any updates for a while, as I am uncertain when I’ll publish anything new. Whenever I have more info, I’ll surely let you know.
It’s all about the giveaways!
★ Black Friday Giveaway Hop (Facebook)
With over one hundred participating authors and bloggers and tons of prizes, including Amazon gift cards that can help with your holiday shopping, this hop is a great way to spend the day after Thanksgiving.
Look for the pinned post on the 27th and jump in the fun!
Enter on FACEBOOK.
★ It’s My Birthday Giveaway (Instagram)
When: Two days post turkey consumption.
After I kill a bottle of wine and hunt for gray hairs, I’m having some special giveaways to celebrate another year! Four gift packs that match the themes or items within my books will be up for grabs. Oh yes, there will be paperbacks too. Check the sneak peek picture below.
Follow me on INSTAGRAM (@authorjmmiller) and buy me some cake! Mmm. 😉
★ Mystery In Your Mailbox Paperback Giveaway (Facebook)
Want a chance to win a signed and wrapped paperback mailed to you? This giveaway is already underway and runs until December 7th.
How it works:
All participating authors sign and wrap a book. You enter by following the instructions on their Facebook pages. Enter on as many pages as you want for more chances to win!
If you’re one of our lucky winners, you’ll receive a book, but you won’t know what you’ve won until you unwrap it.
Enter through this Facebook post.
★ 12 Days Of Booksmas (Facebook Event)
The 2nd annual 12 Days of Booksmas starts soon! Come hang out with authors, bloggers, and readers. Win prizes, play games, chat about books. Postings will be from 5-9 pm (Eastern) everyday. Some additional times may be added.
Join the event — 12 Days of Booksmas
★ New Year’s Paperback Giveaway Hop (Instagram)
And last but not least, an Instagram hop is in the works. This New Year’s hop will feature paperbacks as the main prizes (with international shipping!), but authors may choose to offer additional goodies on their respective profiles.
Be on the look out for this one!
Best of luck on the giveaways!
All summer long the authors of the falling in deep collection have been launching unique mermaid tales for you to enjoy. Maybe you grabbed one by your favorite author, or tried a couple, or maybe you were hoping we’d do something like this…for a LIMITED time, ALL the Falling in Deep novellas will be available in one massive, 900 page, anthology! That’s a lot of seashells! And to thank you for loving our mermaids so much, we’ve set our Pre-Order and Release Week Price at 99 cents!
We aren’t going to off this collection for long, it’s a LIMITED release, so do grab it before Ink, Kate, Skyla, Tara, Gaire, Anya, and all the other mermaids swim away!
From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to
contemporary stories with steam to folktales, the fourteen award-winning and
best-selling authors of the FALLING IN DEEP COLLECTION are bringing you mermaid tales like you’ve never seen before.
by Pauline Creeden
A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak
Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger
Breath by J. M. Miller
the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells
Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone
Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant
Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens
to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes
Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley
by Katie Hayoz
Kiss by Margo Bond Collins
Each His Own by Anna Albergucci
clan who is considered the ugliest and least intelligent. Growing up with the
constant bullying and abuse wasn’t the worst of what her kind had in store for
her. At seventeen years old, she must now endure “The Reckoning.”
endure thirty days as a land-walker to gather information and knowledge to
appease her clan and return a valued member? Will she wait three years, until
she is twenty, and find a mer of her kind to accept her and marry her? Or will
she suffer exile for the rest of her life?
destined to wed a handsome king…
tale, but the reality is far murkier.
Florida Atlantic mers, is slated to wed the ancient enemy of her tribe, the
King of the Gulfs. After years of war that led to countless mer deaths, as well
as the genocide of aquatic shapeshifters and the freshwater mers of Florida,
Ink’s marriage will bring lasting peace.
supposed to leave the ocean for her customary year as a drywalker, Ink meets
Hal, an alligator shifter who warns her that a storm is brewing. There is
malicious intent behind Ink’s marriage—and worse, meeting Hal has also caused a
storm to rage in Ink’s heart. Nevertheless, loyal to her tribe, Ink will put
aside her feelings and journey to Miami to marry the decadent King Manx.
only hope of surviving the crashing force swelling around her is to tap into a
power deep inside—a forbidden power that might destroy them all.
adoptive family among the merfolk. While her underwater upbringing was
peaceful, Ia’s blood-heritage and the strict societal rules of the merpeople
lead her to wonder of the world above the waves.
has transformed into the human she would have been. Taken in as property by a
callous plantation owner, Ia works alongside the slaves until she can make her
way back to the water. There is nothing Ia wants more than to go home, that is,
until she meets a handsome, troubled man named Matthias, who has a touch that
can be as kind as his tongue is harsh.
stay in his world and risk her life for a love untested, or return to the
familiar arms of the underwater world that raised her and risk losing what may
be the greatest love she will ever know.
once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have
seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his
life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.
tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates
and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his
old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find
closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching
for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s
a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet
and salt water in her lungs.
the ocean depth is changing off Florida’s Treasure Coast. But before he and his
crew discover what’s transforming the deep, he stumbles upon an even greater
mystery. Leagues below the waves, he swear he sees…a mermaid?
golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay
what’s causing shifts in ocean floor. While their new alliance is forbidden,
Anya will risk everything to save her beloved ocean. The only problem is, she’s
not sure what’s really luring her in, her love of the sea or the tempest Luke
has stirred in her heart. Either way, Anya knows that the dangers facing the
sea are nothing compared to what will happen to her when her father learns
she’s broken the merfolks’ most sacred law.
the deep before it’s too late?
married after she fell for him hook, line, and sinker — literally. Finding
Laura in his fishing net had been a shock for Tom, but one he came to embrace
as they quickly fell in love. For fifteen years, they have lived and worked by
the sea, and Laura hasn’t thought once of what she left behind when she chose
to marry Tom. She doesn’t regret giving up her mermaid form. It wasn’t a
sacrifice. It was a good decision, and one she made to survive.
sea, Laura faces a decision she swore she’d never consider. In order to search
for Tom and his crew, she must become a mermaid again and face the demons of
the deep that she eagerly dodged when trading in her tail. Or she can stay on
land and continue her life, but without Tom.
alone, without the man she loves, or face her fears and her past in the ocean?
Either way, nothing will be the same for her again.
to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional
merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a
nightmare — she’s turning into a mermaid herself. For real.
reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war
between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it’s
sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.
are silent. There is nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that
litters the rocky shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole
survivor, and at long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me.
happened to my people. The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give
me simple pleasure. They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion
them into trinkets: necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things.
The humans seem love them.
until the day he says hello.
me alive. They told me I have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back
to Chancellor on Lake Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will
relish every one.
Erie sunset until I see her.
the daughter of an eighteenth century plantation owner, a servant uses voodoo
to transform her into a mermaid. The spell will be only broken when she returns
to the beach where it was cast. After three hundred years of swimming, she’s
ready to trade fins for legs. The only problem is she can’t find her way home.
sworn off love for the sea. When a wave throws him overboard, Syreena uses her
amulet to ward off the sharks and save his life.
Caribbean, Dylan has the know-how to build a raft and navigate but his
near-drowning has made him terrified of the water. Syrenna will use every charm
she has to convince Dylan to take her home.
Even if it means falling in love. . .
with Truman Kent was real. Now she sees their relationship for what it really
is- controlling and abusive.
goodbye to the family she’s always desired. Leaving scares her though, so much
so that dying seems like her only option.
her quit his love. Not without a fight.
romance gone wrong, a starfish holds the key to Lena’s parentage and the answer
to the mesmeric ocean dreams that haunt her.
knows, Lena will discover the truth. And she will find a new world, one that
will cleanse her of the memories of false love and abuse.
drawn to the ocean, and he’s spent his life trying to capture the beauty of the
Pacific on canvas. Over time, he has become obsessed with painting the image of
a dark haired mermaid named Gaire, and Calder struggles to explain his devotion
to these portraits to his best friend. When Calder finds sandy footprints
leading to the edge of his bed, he suspects that the haunting siren is real.
underwater plot that could destroy them all. And he must choose – is the
possibility of a lifetime with Gaire worth risking death for himself and
everyone he loves?
Doré prefers armored corsets and knives and slays evil creatures for a living.
The grim and gruesome don’t frighten her; she’ll take on a cyclops or a dragon
and not even break a sweat. But when her rival, the charismatic Levi Cannon,
comes to town, all her buried fears begin to surface. Melusine realizes she is
in danger of something much more horrifying than facing blood-thirsty beasts –
she’s in danger of falling in love. Because love alone has the power to reveal
a secret terrible enough to completely shatter her world.
Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp. It is a
stand-alone novella, the first in a series of adventures that follow Melusine
on her quest to rid the world of monsters…and her struggle to come to terms
with every monstrous facet of herself.
mer-shifter Skyla walked the streets of Athens—not since her heart was broken
by a human man and she exchanged the land and sky for the ocean depths. Ever
since, she has lived in the underwater ruins of Atlantis, studying with the priestesses
of the goddess Amphitrite, refining her mermaid powers and ignoring her human
by the god Poseidon himself to investigate rumors that the world above is being
polluted by the magic of creatures from another realm—and worse, that the ocean
kingdom of the mer-people might be next.
American detective asking similar questions, Skyla realizes that the magical
problem she’s been sent to research is bigger than she anticipated—and that one
human’s kisses might be more dangerous to her, and her world, than she ever
could have imagined.
deadliest in the British Isle. When the shifter chooses to save—rather than
eat—a young lassie, he never expects her innocent face to mark his memory so
progress and plays the hero once more. He’s shocked to find the victim is the
same lass who haunts his dreams.
Highlands to live with her last remaining family. She is pursued by her
handsome older cousin, Lachlan Brockhouse, but he has a dark side that lands
her in the path of the mighty Douglass McGrail.
connected to the attacker she denies knowing. He’s determined to find the
loves Douglass, even with his dark secret. Her heart is torn, but one thing is
certain—no matter which of these men she chooses, she will be choosing a
horse trainer, & overall book ninja.
white elephant collector, & zombie whisperer.
Texas with her husband, Josh, & son, Logan.
& New Adult romance novels.
genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials & textbooks to
paranormal romance novellas.
wonderful things: cherry blossoms, red lipstick, city skylines, the finest
chocolate, a man’s hands, a woman’s back, vodka, & high heels.
characters that are real–light and dark and everything in between, and makes
her readers truly think.
the field of mental health & is a trained herbalist. This is her debut
tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, & yarn stores
junkie, video game nerd, & wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes who writes a lot
freelance writer. She lives with her husband, five kids, & three dogs in
Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, & two fuzzy cats.
time daydreaming about heroes, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, & the women
who love (and sometimes fight) them.
paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives
the rest of us only dream about.
*Series Box Set includes The Line That Binds & The Line That Breaks*
Wishes don’t come true.
I should know. If they did, my addict mom wouldn’t have left, and my dad wouldn’t have lost his job. I wouldn’t have moved cross-country to a creepy old house on an estate willed to me by some crazy great-aunt I never knew. It’s not exactly the best way to start senior year, but life in Las Vegas is over, and change is exactly what I need.
When I meet the groundskeeper’s smart-mouthed grandson, I can tell by his gritty style that he’s the kind of change I probably should avoid. And when I ask him about my family’s past, his dark, mischievous eyes tell me more than his words. But it’s not until I find the well and the headaches begin that I realize how much he’s really hiding.
Maybe wishes do come true. With a price.
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The final individual release for the Falling in Deep Collection is To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci!
Douglass McGrail is a Scottish water horse—his clan the deadliest in the British Isle. When the shifter chooses to save—rather than eat—a young lassie, he never expects her innocent face to mark his memory so strongly.
Months later, he stumbles onto a perceived attack in progress and plays the hero once more. He’s shocked to find the victim is the same lass who haunts his dreams.
Jinny Fairchild is an English miss who’s come to the Highlands to live with her last remaining family. She is pursued by her handsome older cousin, Lachlan Brockhouse, but he has a dark side that lands her in the path of the mighty Douglass McGrail.
Douglass wants Jinny for himself, yet discovers she is connected to the attacker she denies knowing. He’s determined to find the truth.
Jinny loves Lachlan, even with his dark side. And she loves Douglass, even with his dark secret. Her heart is torn, but one thing is certain—no matter which of these men she chooses, she will be choosing a monster.
Scottish Highlands, 1829
The lass sat shaking in the sand and tall grass wi’ her knees to her chest and hugging her skirt to her face, as if to hide from all she’d just seen and been put through.
I felt a bit guilty as I didnae have to be so vicious wi’ her attacker, but something had come over me and I wanted to teach the depraved bastard a lesson. Here I was considering war for a mere chance to get my hands on a female to cherish, and that damn fool was treating this one so brutal.
Hoping to comfort the victim, I tucked my kilt so as no’ to shock her even more and squatted down before her. She dug her hands into the sand and scooted away from me. The skirt fell, showing me her face.
“Ye again—” The words stuck in my throat and all I could do was stare. Seeing her face again was that staggering. She was as appealing to me as I’d remembered.
“Again?” she said, her voice no more than a whisper. “When have we met, sir?”
“That day those months ago, on the road—” I closed my mouth when she looked at me like I’d grown another nose, and I realized my blunder.
I’d tried to forget that encounter but could no’. ’Twas that chance meeting that got me keen on finding a mate. I’d been intrigued by the bonnie lass on the cliff road above, and was so angry when that careless driver nearly killed her. I’d wanted to bite his bloody head clean off his body, but found there was no time for anger, and realized I would have done anything to save the lass—a human lassie I didnae even know.
- What is your favorite mermaid story or myth? – Honestly, my favorite mermaid story is one I had the privilege to beta read for a fellow author for this box set. I will not reveal which one, as my opinion might change after I read all of them, but that would be hard to accomplish.
- What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella? – Since the novellas could be based on any mythical water creature, not only mermaids, I chose a character from my Phoenix Decree Series, a Scottish water horse known as the each-uisge, pronounced ech-ooshkya. While Douglass McGrail, a gorgeous but deadly shifter, is the protagonist in To Each His Own, he is a gorgeous but deadly antagonist in the Phoenix Decree books. In that series he is a character who has a back history, but one I only give the reader a taste of; the rest only existed in my mind—I hadn’t planned to write it. But when this project presented itself, it gave me that opportunity. But then I had to create an even darker antagonist to oppose Douglass, which wasn’t easy and required a lot of research. That was interesting.
- Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters? – These are for looks only, since one of my choices is a model and not an actor. The curvy and innocent-faced Kate Upton as Jinny Fairchild. The wild and disheveled Marlon Teixeira (taller and on steroidsJ) as Douglass McGrail. And the dark but beautiful Ian Somerhalder (with slightly auburn hair) as Lachlan Brockhouse.
- What was the most challenging thing in writing about mermaids? – Though this wasn’t the hardest thing in writing To Each His Own, it was the hardest in writing about a water creature—the water scenes. Jinny is human and susceptible to the elements. Set along the northern British Isle around the Highlands, Jinny couldn’t breathe under water, and would die of hypothermia if exposed too long. So, how could I give her and Douglass a water scene that didn’t seem contrived and made sense with the story? I had to be a bit more creative with that, and I have to say I really like the outcome.
- Ursula or Ariel? – If you are asking which I prefer, then very hard to choose there. What is one without the other, right? A dull story. But if you are asking which is closer to the personality of my lead character, then I’ll let the reader be the judge;)
- What else should we know about your novella? – You should know it is written in two parts, both novellas to be released in the Falling in Deep Collection on the same day.
About the Author:
Anna Albergucci has always had a vivid imagination. When she was a child, she entertained her mother and anyone who would listen with the telling of her intricate dreams. Now she puts that inspiration to paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives the rest of us only dream about.
Married to her high school sweetheart, Anna lives in Texas surrounded by her ever-growing family and her fur babies. She serves as president of Cisco Writers Club, and is the founder of a yearly writers’ retreat she hosts at her estate each fall.
She loves mornings, coffee, and sitting on the porch appreciating her life. She’s a sucker for hosting parties, especially historical costume parties. And in her spare time you can find her touring old mansions, shopping for antiques, or curled up reading a romance, paranormal, or thriller, whether historical or contemporary.
The next release in the Falling in Deep Collection is Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins!
Her kiss might save the world . . .
Unless his kiss kills her first.
It’s been almost two thousand years since the mer-shifter Skyla walked the streets of Athens—not since her heart was broken by a human man and she exchanged the land and sky for the ocean depths. Ever since, she has lived in the underwater ruins of Atlantis, studying with the priestesses of the goddess Amphitrite, refining her mermaid powers and ignoring her human half.
But her studies are interrupted when she is called upon by Poseidon himself to investigate rumors that the world above is being polluted by the magic of creatures from another realm—and worse, that the ocean kingdom of the mer-people might be next.
When her inquiries in modern-day Greece lead her to an American detective asking similar questions, Skyla realizes that the magical problem she’s been sent to research is bigger than she anticipated—and that one human’s kisses might be more dangerous to her, and her world, than she ever could have imagined.
This is not a love story.
It’s been over two thousand years since I walked these shores, and even then, the man who broke my heart was centuries gone, sailed away into death—the last journey into yet another land where I will not follow.
Truth be told, though, he left me long before he died, gone away to rejoin a wife he hadn’t seen in twenty years, to reclaim a rocky, wind-swept island for a son he barely knew.
Gone home, to spin stories about his absence like his wife spun his death-shroud—picking out the stitches at night and reweaving them anew to postpone the inevitable moment when the stories wear thin and you find the monsters have been in your home all along, posing as suitors who would win your heart.
The poets lie, you know. They say our songs seduce the sailors, draw them into the ocean to drown.
But if the ocean sings to them, it is not our doing—no more than the earth’s call to us is theirs.
And Odysseus never tried to resist.
On the cliff above the Theatre of Dionysus, the Parthenon loomed, its marble columns partially obscured in scaffolding. The last time Skyla had been here, when the marble seats of the open-air amphitheater were new, she watched the Oresteia trilogy—tragedies to the Athenians surrounding her, but too far from reality to be anything but comic to Skyla. Agamemnon had been a monster, a tyrant of a man who murdered his daughter for the joy of killing, a sacrifice to the gods of power and control. When his wife Clytemnestra killed him in return, other women did not blame her. Their house fell, but it was not of her doing.
But the memories of men are short, and the stories they share shift and change, like the ocean’s surface.
Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.
Connect with Margo
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/margobondcollins
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MargoBondCollin @MargoBondCollin
Goodreads Author Page: http://www.goodreads.com/vampirarchy
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins