Book Birthday Sale & Freebie

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*

Sever is Amazon exclusive and available in Kindle Unlimited.
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AU – http://bit.ly/1LxSDrX 

 

★ I’ve decided to make my debut novel, Caly’s Piece, free. It is a Young Adult, Coming of Age. There are romantic elements, but it is a clean read, geared more toward young adults with only mild language. Caly knew her mom would punish her; in fact, she’d planned on it. But a late-night ride in the backseat of a cop car wasn’t part of that plan.
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
B&N- http://bit.ly/1njo15p
iBooks- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id737871855
Kobo- https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/caly-s-piece-1

★ 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.

Adorable, right?!
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- 
https://www.facebook.com/MoonStarsandBeyond/posts/1024650300928004

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.

Until then, happy reading!
~J.M. 

Holiday Giveaways and Events

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!

I hope your holidays are full of tasty food, drama-free family time, and of course, great reads.

Best of luck on the giveaways!

~J.M

The Falling In Deep Collection Box Set

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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!

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AU- http://bit.ly/1Pkk88b

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.

Scales
by Pauline Creeden
Ink:
A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak
Of
Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger
Deep
Breath by J. M. Miller
At
the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells
The
Mermaid’s Den by Ella Malone
The
Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant
The
Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
An
Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens
How
to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes
Cold
Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley
Immersed
by Katie Hayoz
Siren’s
Kiss by Margo Bond Collins
To
Each His Own by Anna Albergucci
The Falling in Deep Collection
SCALES BY PAULINE CREEDEN
Verona is a bottom feeder. She is the one mer in her
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.”
The scales will measure her worth to her clan. Will she
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?
INK: A MERMAID ROMANCE BY MELANIE KARSAK
A mermaid princess
destined to wed a handsome king…
It sounds like a fairy
tale, but the reality is far murkier.
Ink, Princess of the
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.
Or so it seems.
Mere hours before she’s
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.
Ink soon learns that her
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.
OF OCEAN AND ASH BY A. R. DRAEGER
Of Ocean…
Cast into the sea at birth, human-born Ia found her
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. 

And Ash…
When a storm lands Ia ashore, she discovers her body
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.
Torn between two very different lives, Ia must choose –
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.
Will Ia’s choice lead to her happiness or her
destruction?
DEEP BREATH BY J. M. MILLER
Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a
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.
It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still
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.

AT THE HEART OF THE DEEP BY CARRIE L. WELLS

Oceanographer Luke McAllister races to figure out why
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?
Anya isn’t allowed to get close to humans. But when a
golden-haired researcher gets too close to her island, she can’t afford to stay
away.
Together, this unlikely pair will seek to discover
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.
Can Anya and Luke discover what lurks at the heart of
the deep before it’s too late? 
THE MERMAID’S DEN BY ELLA MALONE
Laura and Tom Flynn
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.
Now, with Tom missing at
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.
Does she enjoy her future
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. 
HOW TO BE A MERMAID BY ERIN HAYES
All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.
So she takes a year off between high school and college
to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional
mermaid troupe.
Everything’s great until she meets a gorgeous real-life
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.
Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and
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.
THE GLASS MERMAID BY POPPY LAWLESS
Kate
I’m the last mermaid.
I’m back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters
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.
Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what
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.
Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes,
until the day he says hello.
Cooper
I’m dying.
It’s not a question, it’s a fact. The cancer is eating
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.
I’ve never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake
Erie sunset until I see her.
All life is as fragile as glass.
What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?

AN OFFICE AND A MERMAID BY BLAIRE EDENS
When a slave uprising threatens the life of Syreena,
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.
Dylan, a twenty-first century Coast Guard Officer, has
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.
With Syreena and Dylan stranded on a remote cay in the
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. . .
THE WATER IS SWEETER BY ELI CONSTANT
When the land becomes a desert, the water will quench
your soul
Orphan Lena McMillan used to think that what she shared
with Truman Kent was real. Now she sees their relationship for what it really
is- controlling and abusive.
She has to choose to die slowly from ‘love’ or say
goodbye to the family she’s always desired. Leaving scares her though, so much
so that dying seems like her only option.
But fate won’t let her quit life and Truman won’t let
her quit his love. Not without a fight.
Under the layers of a lonely childhood and an adulthood
romance gone wrong, a starfish holds the key to Lena’s parentage and the answer
to the mesmeric ocean dreams that haunt her.
If she can find the strength to leave the only life she
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.
One that will finally lead her home.



COLD WATER BRIDEGROOM BY B. BRUMLEY

Having grown up in San Francisco, Calder Brumen is
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.
Pursuing the truth, Calder is dragged into a murderous,
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?
IMMERSED BY KATIE HAYOZ
Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine
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.
Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago,
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
About our Authors
Pauline Creeden, author of SCALES, is an award-winning author,
horse trainer, & overall book ninja.
Melanie Karsak, author of INK, is a steampunk connoisseur,
white elephant collector, & zombie whisperer.
A. R. Draeger, author of OF OCEAN AND ASH, resides in rural
Texas with her husband, Josh, & son, Logan.
J. M. Miller, author DEEP BREATH, writes Young Adult
& New Adult romance novels.
Carrie Wells, author of AT THE HEART OF THE DEEP, crosses
genres, writing everything from newspaper editorials & textbooks to
paranormal romance novellas.
Ella Malone, author of THE MERMAID’S DEN, is a lover of all
wonderful things: cherry blossoms, red lipstick, city skylines, the finest
chocolate, a man’s hands, a woman’s back, vodka, & high heels.
Eli Constant, author of THE WATER IS SWEETER, writes
characters that are real–light and dark and everything in between, and makes
her readers truly think.
Poppy Lawless, author of THE GLASS MERMAID, is a counselor in
the field of mental health & is a trained herbalist. This is her debut
work.
Blaire Edens, author of AN OFFICE & A MERMAID, loves iced
tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, & yarn stores
Erin Hayes, author of HOW TO BE A MERMAID, is a sci-fi
junkie, video game nerd, & wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes who writes a lot
of things.
B. Brumley, author of COLD WATER BRIDEGROOM, is an award-winning
freelance writer. She lives with her husband, five kids, & three dogs in
West Texas.
Katie Hayoz, author of IMMERSED, lives in Geneva,
Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, & two fuzzy cats.
Margo Bond Collins, author of SIREN’S KISS spends most of her free
time daydreaming about heroes, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, & the women
who love (and sometimes fight) them.
Anna Albergucci, author of TO EACH HIS OWN, puts inspiration to
paper, weaving her stories into deeply passionate characters that live lives
the rest of us only dream about.
 Stay in touch with us! This October, we have a new collection for you…can you say witches??
 
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The Line That Binds : Series Box Set – Release Day!

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*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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Falling In Deep Collection – To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

The final individual release for the Falling in Deep Collection is To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci!

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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.

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Excerpt:

Scottish Highlands, 1829

Douglass McGrail

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.

Interview Questions:

  1.    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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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;)
  1. 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.

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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.

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Falling In Deep Collection – Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

The next release in the Falling in Deep Collection is Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Falling In Deep Collection – Immersed by Katie Hayoz

The next release in the Falling in Deep Collection is Immersed by Katie Hayoz!

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What if love turned you into a monster?

Forget petticoats and demure female behavior. Melusine 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.

 Set in the muddy streets of 1850s steampunk Chicago, Immersed by Katie Hayoz is a dark yet romantic fantastical romp.  It is a stand-alone novella, but 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.

Link

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Excerpt:

LEVI CANNON BACK IN CHICAGO. NO NEED TO FEAR THE BOGEYMAN shouted the headline of the newspaper spread out on Melusine’s dresser.  A skilled drawing of Mr. Levi Cannon stepping on a monster with one giant eye was directly underneath the headline.  Below that was a quote that made Melusine fume:  “Miss Melusine Doré is now free to learn flower arrangement and make social calls.  There is a man in town to do a man’s job.  I promise you all that the beast found hunting here will be gone in a matter of days.  Unlike Miss Doré, I do not take precious time to see if a monster has a heart of gold or not.  It’s a monster, after all, and if its heart happens to be gold, well then, I shall rip it out and sell it for a fortune.”

Grabbing her fountain pen, Melusine inked warts onto Levi’s nose and cheeks, and filled in the area between his eyebrows.  She gazed down at his lifeless face and grunted.  Warts and all, Levi Cannon still looked good.  Too good.

Once a year or so Levi would come into town, challenging Melusine, leaving a trail of dead monsters and smitten women in his wake.  But she never rose to his dares and instead stayed out of sight until he left.

He was too dangerous, for so many reasons.

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Katie Hayoz was born in Racine, WI, the youngest of six kids. Originally, she wanted to become pope (for the awesome hat and fancy robes), but quickly realized reading – then writing­­­­ — was her true religion. She devours speculative fiction like she does popcorn and black licorice: quickly and in large quantities.

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Falling in Deep Collection – Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley

Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley is the next release in the Falling in Deep Collection!

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Blurb:

Having grown up in San Francisco, Calder Brumen is 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.

Pursuing the truth, Calder is dragged into a murderous, 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?

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Excerpt:

“Hush, Calder,” she whispered.

Pulling the sheet from the floor, she slipped into the bed, covering them both. The feel of her against his side brought on another struggle to touch her, another groan of her name.

“You’re dreaming. Go back to sleep.”

The edges of the room twisted inward when Gaire’s fingers fluttered up his thigh. The scent of saltwater, coconuts and jasmine grew stronger, lulling him and clouding his mind. He struggled to reach out to her, but his limbs did not respond and then even his thoughts fell silent, swallowed by the warmth of her gentle lips on his.

She murmured something against his mouth, but he could no longer understand her words. He drifted in the confusion her nearness wrought.

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He glanced around the room through squinted eyes. Always wake up alone. The glaring sun streamed through the open sliding door. The white chiffon curtains fluttered in the wind, but there was no other movement in the room. When he propped himself up on his elbows, bits of sand jumped along the edge of the king-sized bed.

Real… Mary mother of god, she’s real, she’s always been real. 

He scrubbed his hand over his face. Does she come every night?

Small, sandy footprints led toward the bed from the balcony, but none led away. Flashes of softness, warmth, bright red lips calling his name, feathery kisses across his chest and down…

He felt a flush creep across his hardened body.

Oh, good god… I think I’ve finally gone insane.

Mini-Interview

  1. What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?  I included the Blue Men of Minch and 1830 Mermaid of Benbecula. Both are briefly mentioned in history, but they were great for my novella.
  1. What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella? Anna Albergucci, A.R. Draeger, and I were brainstorming during a Write Day at the Albergucci estate. I joked that I might do something completely ridiculous this time.  That + My husband and I really like UFC champ Coner McGregor + I like beards = Calder was born. To be different, I decided that Cold Water Bridegroom should mostly be written from Calder Brumen’s point of view.
  1. Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters? Calder Brumen: Gerard Butler (think: redheaded Leonidas that paints), Gaire: Ayelet Zurer or Alexis Knapp (but, man, Jenn Proske has the hair), Mike Love: Scott Evans (Captain America’s younger brother) or Brett Tucker, though they are both a bit tall for the role. Venora: To be honest, she’d be much harder to cast, but I bet Uma Thurman could pull it off. If Uma was busy that year, I’d choose Cate Blanchett. I still haven’t figured out the twins.
  1. What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids? I think the hardest part was making the characters believable, while crossing from water to land, or even into the mer-city – just how to make it all work, think of and answer all the questions.
  1. Ursula or Ariel? Ummm…. May I pick King Triton? ;)
  1. What else should we know about your novella? Set in San Francisco, Calder is a moody artist looking for his forever, and like in all good stories, somebody dies. (:

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About the Author:

Bokerah Brumley is an award-winning freelance writer. In her spare time, Bokerah enjoys climbing trees, photographing peacocks, and writing flash fiction. Two novellas and one novel are planned for 2015. She lives with her husband, five kids, and three dogs in West Texas where she serves as the blue-haired publicity officer for the Cisco Writers Club.

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Falling in Deep Collecton – The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant

The next release in the Falling in Deep Collection is The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant!

The Water is Sweeter

 

Blurb:

When the land becomes a desert, the water will quench your soul.

Orphan Lena McMillan used to think that what she shared with Truman Kent was real. Now she sees their relationship for what it really is- controlling and abusive.

She has to choose to die slowly from ‘love’ or say goodbye to the family she’s always desired. Leaving scares her though, so much so that dying seems like her only option.

But fate won’t let her quit life and Truman won’t let her quit his love. Not without a fight.

Under the layers of a lonely childhood and an adulthood romance gone wrong, a starfish holds the key to Lena’s parentage and the answer to the mesmeric ocean dreams that haunt her.

If she can find the strength to leave the only life she 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.

One that will finally lead her home.

Puchase Link- 

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Interview Questions-

  1. What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

It’s funny; I mean, I grew up with the traditional Hans Christian Anderson version of the Little Mermaid and it always made me sad. Each sister before the littlest mermaid waited patiently until she was old enough to experience the world above the water. They each came back with beautiful stories, but they always came back. They returned to their home after witnessing wonderful things. The littlest mermaid was impatient, as we all are- wanting to grow up and then once we have grown up, wanting to return to the novelty of youth- and when her time comes, she’s built this amazing vision in her head of what the dry world is like.

And then she saves a prince. And she is willing to give up everything to be with him, because if he loves her enough, more than anything else in the world, she gains a soul. So she abandons her mermaid’s tail and her long life span, even though she is warned that it will bring her nothing but sadness.

But I always thought that the sea was the little mermaid’s soul. And she gave that up, devoted every ounce of her being to winning the Prince’s hand, who would never love her.

And then she’s faced with killing her Prince or dying.

She chooses death, but finds life again in the sky.

How f***ing depressing is that?

So, I hate the traditional Little Mermaid. But, wait, I was supposed to say what was my favorite mermaid story or myth?

Well, I sort of liked J.K. Rowling’s interpretation of mermaids… Yeah, they were cool. Of course, I did ascribe to the happier version of a mermaid in The Water is Sweeter to balance out Lena’s suicidal mindset.

  1. What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?

Freedom.

I’ve been a certified diver since the age of 14 (thanks, Dad!) and I always found that being in the water diving helped me separate myself from things that were going wrong in my life. I took that concept and I expanded on it, which makes The Water is Sweeter a deeply personal piece. At its core, it’s about an orphaned woman who realizes her fiancé is abusive, but she desperately clings to the idea of family. When she tries to kill herself, she finds that she’s plunged into an alter-reality beneath the waves.

  1. Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

An actress playing Lena would 1) have to look great with maroon hair and 2) be adept at playing ‘beautifully broken’. I think my top pick would be Rose Leslie. She has a fierce strength, but is wonderful at deep emotion. For Truman, I’d want someone who could play the pretentious, entitled asshole, but also being devilishly sexy. Maybe Tom Hiddleston. For Vera, I’d definitely want Alfre Woodard; she’s amazing.

  1. What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

I wanted the details to feel real, to force my readers to plunge into the water and experience what Lena was experiencing. I didn’t want to be too over-the-top with shimmering green tails and other Disney-esque details. I wanted balance. That was difficult as I’ve been so inundated with the happier version of mermaids. The hardest thing though was getting into the mind of a woman who truly feels that suicide might be preferable to living. It’s a dark place. I’ve been there and it jolts the psyche.

  1. Ursula or Ariel?

Ursula, hands down. I loved the most recent season of Once Upon a Time. Villains need to win every now and then. And Ursula was so wonderfully conniving in the Disney movie (she was less so in the original HCA story, actually warning the littlest mermaid of what trading in her tail would bring).

  1. What else should we know about your novella?

It has a lot of ugliness in it- flashbacks to an abusive foster home, the reality of psychological/verbal abuse in a relationship. If you’re going to read it, be ready to read all of it, not just the happy bits under the sea.

About the Author-

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Eli attended USC-L, Columbia College, Texas A&M, & George Mason University. She studied everything from Mariculture to Differential Equations. Settling on Biology, Eli participated in research fellowships in Texas and at NIH, worked a few random jobs, and finally settled into a Virginia lab where she focused on mastering diagnosis procedures and implementations of histology and pathology.

Choosing to be a dedicated homemaker after the birth of her first child, Eli rediscovered her passion for writing. She’s never regretted the decision. Not only are her kids the most amazing creatures, but writing fulfills her soul the way science never did.

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Eli is the author of Dead Trees, Dead Trees 2, Mastic, DRAG.N & Z Children: Awakening. She is a contributing author to Let’s Scare Cancer to Death, State of Horror: New Jersey, State of Horror: Illinois, & Fading Hope. Her books are available in eBook, paperback, & audio formats.

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Falling in Deep Collection : An Officer and a Mermaid by Blaire Edens

Next up in the Falling in Deep Collection is An Officer and a Mermaid by Blaire Edens!

An Officer and a Mermaid

When a slave uprising threatens the life of Syreena, 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.

Dylan, a twenty-first century Coast Guard Officer, has 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.

With Syreena and Dylan stranded on a remote cay, 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. . .

Amazon link- http://amzn.to/1MDepc4

EXCERPT

It was a small amulet, about the size of a small Manonsillo fruit, painted with the image of Mami Wata, a mermaid-like deity venerated by the slaves. She was carefully painted, from the curls in her ebony hair to the scales of the snake wrapped around her neck.

            Guilliame said, “Mami will show you the way.” He held up a leather pouch and threaded onto the thin leather strap that held the amulet. “Do not lose be without these until you are sure you don’t need them.”

            “How will I know?”

            “There will be no question. You will be safe.” The lyrical sounds of West Africa were heavy in his voice. “Do not be afraid, mademoiselle. Your papa and I are doing this because it is all we can do. When it is time,” Guilliame said, “you must return here, to this very spot. Do you understand?” His eyes were serious. “You must complete the circle.”

            “I understand,” she replied in a whisper.

            Guilliame stood behind her. He placed the necklace over her head. The leather pouch hung right above her breasts. She touched it with her finger. It felt warm, alive.

            “Keep your fingers on it,” Guilliame said. He touched her shoulders, a familiarity unimagined only minutes ago.  “Good luck.”

            His bass voice was hypnotic, drifting between the patois of the island and the stranger, foreign sounds of West Africa. Her eyelids became heavy; she was falling into a deep sleep.

            The sounds of the beach became louder and Guilliame’s voice became more distant.

            The last thing she heard was, “She will swim alone until the man who is her true equal comes to her.”

            She whirled into a vortex of color, sound and wind. Her body felt lighter and lighter, weightless.

Then there was nothing but blue.

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  1. What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

I love the Afro-Caribbean myth of Mami Wata. Until I started researching this book, I had no idea there were so many different myths from around the world that featured mermaids. I had a mental image that all mermaids were blond and fair. I loved the idea that there were mermaids of all sizes and colors and both male and female. Since I’m neither blonde, nor fair-skinnned, Mami Wata was a mermaid I could identify with more easily.

  1. What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?

This novella really came to me in one big chunk. I’d been watching Deadliest Catch on Hulu and I thought if anyone comes into contact with mermaids, it would probably be the Coast Guard. What happens if a logical Coast Guard Officer has to accept that there really are mermaids? How does he square that with everything he’s learned in the military? I also liked the idea of an eighteenth century mermaid dealing with a modern man. It’s sort of Outlander meets Splash.

  1. Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

For Syrenna, I think I’d pick Melissa Benoist from Glee. I think she’d make a beautiful mermaid. I also liked her work on Homeland. For Dylan, I’d chose Gerard Butler. Mainly because he’s way hot.

  1. What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

Figuring out how Syrenna could operate outside the water. Also, physical affection. How does that work?

  1. Ursula or Ariel?

Ariel

  1. What else should we know about your novella?

An Officer and a Mermaid had all the elements I love in a mermaid stories:  beaches and sailors and age-old legends. It also, hopefully, explores the truth that just because two people are very different, they can make it work and find love along the way.

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BIOGRAPHY  

Blaire Edens lives in mountains of North Carolina on a farm that’s been in her family since 1790. When she’s not plotting, she’s busy knitting, running, or listening to the Blues. Blaire loves iced tea with mint, hand-stitched quilts, and yarn stores. She refuses to eat anything that mixes chocolate and peanut butter or apple and cinnamon. She’s generally nice to her mother, tries to remember not to smack her bubble gum, and only speeds when no one’s looking.

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