Thursday, August 27, 2015

Falling in Deep release: Siren's Kiss by Margo Bond Collins

Margo Bond Collins released Siren's Kiss this week!  Margo is just plain awesome and I can't wait to read this story, the next in the Falling in Deep Collection:


Her kiss might save the world . . .

 

Unless his kiss kills her first.
 

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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.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Get ready for a Romp: Immersed is out TODAY!

Immersed is released on Amazon today! I am soooo freaking excited about this novella.  I struggled like hell to write it, and struggled even more to describe it.  But, in the end, I think Melusine and Levi were fun to bring to life.
 
Immersed is filled with things I love: Chicago, strange creatures, a kickass heroine, seriously silly innuendo, tongue-in-cheek scenarios and characters drawn from medieval myth.

And get this: you can read it for less than anything you can get at the dollar store!  99 cents, people.  So while it may not be for every reader (you kind of have to like weirdness), it is for every budget. ;)  BUY IT HERE



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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 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.







From Chapter One
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. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Dive into Cold Water Bridegroom by Bokerah Brumley!

It's Tuesday and time to dive into Cold Water Bridegroom by Bokerah Brumley, the next Falling in Deep novella!  
 
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?
 
 
“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.
 
 
 
Questions for Bokerah:
 
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.
2.      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.
3.      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.
4.      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.
5.      Ursula or Ariel? Ummm.... May I pick King Triton? ;)
6.      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. (:
 
 
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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