Release Day for Queen of Jastain

It’s finally here! Release day for Queen of Jastain!

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The Light brought her to the hero of Jastain, but now, modern-day Texan Abby Randall must fight an epic battle before she can become his queen.

OUT OF DARKNESS
For twenty years, Avant has faithfully awaited the arrival of the Chosen One, a hero who will fight by his side to restore the missing Crown and drive Darkness from his kingdom of Jastain. But when she finally appears, Avant’s attraction to the Light’s champion threatens his long-held beliefs, his plan for revenge against the Dark king, and two decades of fidelity to a stolen bride.

INTO LIGHT
Abby Randall can’t possibly be Sir Hots-A-Lot’s “One.” Sure, she was mysteriously transported to this medieval land, but her only super powers are shopping and party-planning. Yet, destiny will not be denied any more than her desire to see Avant’s skill with his, uh, sword. They embark on a quest to face the very source of evil, where they will learn that only great love—and even greater sacrifice—will make her his Queen of Jastain.

 

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Queen of Jastain Review Excerpts

*****5 out of 5 stars couldn’t put it down….., April 18, 2013

By

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 This review is from: Queen of Jastain (Kindle Edition)

I love a great romantic adventure and this book was that and more. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and this story had a little bit of everything (and everything I wanted!) Of course, the romance was there but also a lot of adventure including time travel. I won’t give it all away but in short, Abby (from Dallas) had a really, really bad day and finds herself traveling to another world -very medieval world. A world that doesn’t include high-end malls and designer shoes and coffee. She immediately runs into Avant – who believes their meeting wasn’t just by chance. Ok… Avant is hot. Really hot. I mean.. he may be one of my favorite heroes ever. He also says “my lady” a lot and likes to go and purchase dresses for Abby. Really! Anyway, their relationship grows over time and she learns to use a “gift” that she didn’t even know she had. I found myself laughing at many of Abby’s comments (she is very funny!) but also feeling sorry for her at times as she dealt with living in their world. Lots of romantic tension, too. Think Sabrina Jeffries. Forgot to mention…there is another character in this story “Petra” who reminds me a lot of Jacob in Twilight. He is just a solid place to land and he falls for Abby. There are surprises in this story but you will feel very satisfied at the end. This isn’t a book where you will be frustrated and need to read another book to see what happens. Also, this is a full book – not a short story. Things end well, too. DEFINITELY worth your time and money!!

 

****4.0 out of 5 stars Time travel, romance and adventure, April 16, 2013

By

Jacque (San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

 Avant has been waiting years to seek his revenge against the dark king. His goal: restore the Crown and to bring peace to the people of Jastain. First, he must find the Seed of Light. In walks Abigail…or shall I say drive. Abby is having the worst day of her life. She finds her ex-boyfriend with her best friend as they go to make an important announcement. As she flees away in her beloved X-terra, she suddenly finds herself in a meadow with a strange man running towards her. Together they embark on their quest to provide peace for the people of Jastain. However, can they do it without sacrificing what matters most – their love?
Abigail is the perfect heroine for this story. She has a sass about her that makes her a completely likeable character. “Sir Hots-A-Lot” Avant is just that…HOT and way too honorable for their raging hormones. The story line is presented from both of their points of view, which allows the reader to experience both their frustrations, passions and emotions. The secondary characters are all wonderful additions and supply interesting surprises to the over-all story.

I like how the story feels medieval without being too historical. With no set time period, I have the freedom to enjoy the story without having to analyze for time period accuracies. There is an underlying, not religious per se, but a spiritual quality that combined with the supernatural, adds a depth to the story. Author Kary Rader did a great job of explain everything but occasionally I found the plot dragging a bit. I personally would have preferred a little more romance and a little less adventure. Overall, Queen of Jastain is a real good book. If you are looking for a great read to while away the afternoon then look no further

I was provided a copy of the book for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review in any way and the opinions of this review are all mine.

Stars – 4 Flames – 3

 

 

*****5 out of 5 stars Time travel romance with a strong heroine that kept me smiling, April 16, 2013

 

Katie O’SullivanSee all my reviews

 With beautiful descriptions, sparkling dialogue, action-packed pages, and a strong heroine who grows into her power as the story progresses, QUEEN OF JASTAIN has everything a reader could ask for from a time travel romance. This well-written tale kept me reading well into the night, cheering for Abby and rooting for her happily-ever-after.
The novel starts with a bang in present-day Texas, where we meet spoiled little rich girl, Abby Randall, moments before her former best friend delivers a gut-wrenching blow with her engagement to Abby’s ex-fiance. In the ensuing maelstrom of emotions, Abby is somehow transported through time to a medieval kingdom, where her cute little car is sorely out of place and her designer mini skirt and high-heeled Dolce Gabanas are even more of a problem.

Enter the handsome knight, whom she rescues from pursuers on horseback. Avant has waited for so long to avenge his kingdom, but didn’t expect the champion of prophesy whom he was waiting for to be… a woman. Especially not a beautiful woman with whom he is so completely and utterly captivated.

The tension between Avant and Abby practically sizzles on the page, especially since Abby’s a thoroughly modern woman, and Avant a chivalrous medieval prince. Ms. Rader alternates the point of view between Abby and Avant, so the reader is privy to the sexual tensions mounting on both sides of the equation, and to the frustrating situational misunderstandings that arise and come between them.

When I was younger, I had a real thing for King Arthur and medieval-type stories. One of my all-time favorites is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, by Mark Twain. Not that it’s a great Arthurian tale, but I love the time traveler aspects to it, and the juxtaposition of the modern guy thrust back in time to the Middle Ages. The narrator’s quirky humor provided a fresh perspective on all things medieval.

In QUEEN OF JASTAIN, Abby’s dry wit and self-deprecating humor reminded me of Twain’s narrator, and had me smiling along with her as she navigated the strange landscapes of Jastain.

Bottom line? I loved this book and totally look forward to reading more from this author.

 

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Release Day for Kissing Mr. Scrooge

What do you get when you cross a head-strong assistant with a workaholic CEO over the Holidays? You get stuck in an ice storm miles from your mother’s turkey and pumpkin pie. You can stress about the crisis or you can make the best of a bad situation by puckering up and Kissing Mr. Scrooge!

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Maddie Timms’s and her workaholic, type-A boss are heading on a business trip where she’ll miss Christmas at home, but it might just be worth disappointing her family if she can convince the tall, dark, and sexy humbug to embrace the season…and her.

 

Excerpt:

The elevator doors close, and I can’t help the giggles that erupt from my chest. That was the most insane, fun thing I’ve ever done in my life. Even if it was a little harrowing at times.

Mr. Scorge, his face once again shuttered, looks at me speculatively. I laugh out loud, hoping to entice him into some elusive, emotion-laden expression—something that reveals he can grasp the humor of the situation—but his serious, no-nonsense glare stops me mid-cackle. He doesn’t look happy—he looks…something else. My heart trips over itself, trying to beat faster but falls to its knees instead. Heated desire rolls off Scorge in masculine waves.

Like a hungry predator, he prowls closer, turning to face me directly. My breath tries to help my heart off the ground but it fails.

He takes one more step and is rising over me. So close I can see grey-green flecks in his hard blue irises and feel the even brush of his breath against my temple. I gulp loudly, not sure if I’m excited or scared. Do I have to choose? He’s leaning closer still. Our noses are about to touch. A hint of a smile plays at the corner of his lips right before…

 

I hope you check out this story. It’ll make you smile and feel good, I promise. **fingers crossed behind my back**

 

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Prospective Princess Blog Tour

New Adult Fantasy Romance
Date Published: September 23, 2014
   

Giving up the beautiful Lady Brislyn is only the first step toward Commander Marchant saving her from Darkness—and then winning her heart.

 

A MAN AMONG PRINCES

Five years ago Lady Brislyn of Komissa fell in love. Five years ago her heart was broken, never to be mended. But when one careless act finds her abducted by marauders and forcibly betrothed to a seductive enemy prince, there’s only one man she can count on to free her: Her father’s brilliant—and devastatingly handsome—military commander. The very man who rejected her.

 

Five years ago, Commander Marchant rebuffed the fifteen-year-old daughter of his duke. Now she is a woman grown, a Gifted musician whose song captured his heart. Yet Brislyn is not so easily reclaimed. To save her from one royal suitor, he must make a show of engaging her to another. Then March will rescue the kidnapped lady or die in the perilous journey to reach her. If he can survive the storms, the pirates, and the princes, he will win back Brislyn’s heart.

REVIEW Tour – November 11 – November 25
November 11 – Reading Addiction Blog Tours – Kick Off
November 12 – Kawehis Book Blog
November 13 – Words I Write Crazy
November 14 – Imagine a World with Interview
November 15 – History From a Woman’s Prospective with Guest Post
November 17 – A Life Through Books
November 18 – I Read it and Wept with Interview
November 21 – Desert Rose Reviews
November 21 – Obsessed By Books
November 22 – Readsalot
November 23 – Oh My Growing TBR
November 23 – Illuminate Caliginosus
November 24 – What’s Beyond Forks? with Interview
November 25 -RABT Reviews – Wrap Up

Kary Rader

 

Kary Rader is an award-winning author, stay-at-home mom, and part-time Twitter sage, because one shouldn’t have to use more than 140 characters to impart wisdom.

She lives with her husband, three kids, and one low-maintenance kitty cat in Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex.

 

Whether contemporary or fantasy, spicy or sweet, her stories always have true love, romance, and lots of humor.

 

Cover Reveal: January Black

Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn is the son of The Hill’s commandant. As such, he’s expected to conform to a strict, unspoken code of conduct. Small acts of defiance over years—such as walking on the grass—have earned him a reputation for being unruly. When sarcastic test answers finally get Matty expelled from school, King Hadrian offers him a diploma if he can answer a deceptively simple question, and then dismisses the only answer.To prove his worth to society, Matty wrestles with the king’s word games, the kingdom’s historical record, and laws that don’t make sense. He meets Iris Locke, a street smart gardener, along the way. After enchanting him at a glance, Iris helps his research, keeps him out of trouble, and finally breaks his heart.Alone again, Matty finds himself on collision course with a deadly law, one he will have to break to answer the king’s question. Was Hadrian challenging him, or teaching him a lesson? Without Iris, it won’t matter, because Matty won’t stand down for anyone else.January Black is the 2013 Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal winner for YA-Coming of Age.

January Black will be available for pre-order on Amazon 11/28/2014.

About the Illustrator

Liliana Sanches started studying Visual Arts at the age of 16 and soon felt attracted to the Romantic artwork from the 19th century. The Pre-Raphaelites and Friedrich were her biggest inspirations at the time, and she felt compelled to explore this graphic language of desolated landscapes that were the reflection of the painter’s emotions.

After graduating college, specializing Graphic Design, she created her own business under the name of “Princess of Shadows.” Her style had now evolved and had technical knowledge to support it. Intricate concepts with a much better grasp of image composition and visual balance, and also used color and shape psychology to imprint her work on the viewer.

Along the years she has been working with musicians, authors and even other designers who have allowed her to express her creativity, develop visual communication skills and explore different graphic styles to better suit each project.

Nowadays, here personal work has been exploring the human psyche, imbuing it with a dark surreal feeling. Her biggest inspirations are J-Horror movies, dreams/ nightmares and mental health pathologies.

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About the Author

Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.

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New Release: Christmas Star by Christine Ashworth

Christmas Star

 

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After a whirlwind courtship and surprise proposal, makeup artist Elle Houston is in a fairytale setting, awaiting her Christmas Eve wedding to a movie star. But when the resort’s chef starts cooking, Elle finds that more than her appetite is being tempted, and she realizes just how wrong fairytales can be…

 

 

Bio

Christine Ashworth grew up listening to the sound of her father’s manual typewriter as he wrote and sold over 300 novels. Now, to her delight, she’s the one writing novels. But as her dad is still writing away, she’s got some major catching up to do.

 

Christine is a romantic from way back, having first picked up Harlequin romances at the age of twelve, then falling in love with bigger books when she swiped her mother’s copy of Rosemary Rogers’ Sweet Savage Love. She’s happily married to an actor/dancer/guitarist/hippy, has two sons, and tends to her garden and her family in southern California. You can read about her cooking, gardening, and wine picks at her website at http://christine-ashworth.com.

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The Prospective Princess – Release Day

Yay!

It’s release day for my swashbuckling fantasy romance,

The Prospective Princess!

The third book in The Reign of Light Series.

 

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Giving up the beautiful Lady Brislyn is only the first step toward Commander Marchant saving her from Darkness—and then winning her heart.

A MAN AMONG PRINCES

Five years ago Lady Brislyn of Komissa fell in love. Five years ago her heart was broken, never to be mended. But when one careless act finds her abducted by marauders and forcibly betrothed to an enemy prince whose Gifting is seduction, there’s only one man she can count on to free her: Her father’s brilliant—and devastatingly handsome—military commander. The very man who rejected her.

Five years ago, Commander Marchant rebuffed the fifteen-year-old daughter of his duke. Now she is a woman grown, a Gifted musician whose song captured his heart. Yet Brislyn is not so easily reclaimed. To save her from one royal suitor, he must make a show of engaging her to another. Then March will rescue the kidnapped lady or die in the perilous journey to reach her. If he can survive the storms, the pirates, and the princes, he will win back Brislyn’s heart.

You can currently purchase The Prospective Princess at the following locations:

All Romance eBooks

 

The Pirate Princess is also available and is a companion book.

 

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To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the Prince Petra. To save the pirate, the prince must win her heart.

You can purchase The Pirate Princess at the following locations:

All Romance ebooks

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

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Don’t forget to pick up a copy of my swashbuckling fantasy romance,

The Pirate Princess, the second book in The Reign of Light Series!

 

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To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

   

BY HONOR ALONE

A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he’s saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke’s daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.

But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.

 

Excerpt:

 “Your room is here.” She stopped abruptly, and Petra turned to face her. Close enough to touch him, she placed a hot hand on his chests, searing his flesh. “These are fine accommodations.” She gazed into his eyes and traced her bottom lip with her tongue. “But how would you like to spend the night in my cabin, Prince?”

The challenge of their earlier conversation hung in the air, and he was not about to prove himself the sum total of his desire—regardless of how much he longed to. Petra had learned enough of strategy to know this was her power move. He could perhaps make a few bold moves of his own. “Captain, my body wishes for nothing more, but I must decline, for I’m not a man given idly to passion.”

She narrowed her eyes. “Is that right?”

Maintaining her gaze, he nodded. “I have requirements before I could allow myself to…delight in an offer such as yours.”

“I don’t barter for pleasure, Prince. I don’t need to.”

“Nor was I suggesting you should.”

“What are you suggesting then?”

“I suggest nothing. I’m merely stating that if I were to make love to you—or any woman—I would require one thing.”

A smile grazed her lips as if she’d already won a hard-fought battle. “What, then, is your requirement?”

Petra softly captured her face with his hands and peered down into it, unblinking. “Your heart. Your whole heart.”

Her eyes widened; she trembled beneath his fingers even as her face paled. The loud clack of the sword falling to the floor couldn’t distract him. She pulled from his grasp. Turning her back, her voice faltered. “Why would you want that?”

“Because it’s what I would offer in return.” He spun Charlee to face him and pinned her against a cabin door, hands on either side of the wood as he leaned in toward her. The closeness of her presence filled him as if she were a fine, spiced wine. In this moment, he could overpower her, but some heightened sense held him back. He searched the depths of those sparkling emerald eyes for answers that she defied him to find.

Her chest heaved, and her sweet breath touched his face. “That, my sweet prince, is something you will never get.

 

 

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Here’s a glimpse at my swashbuckling fantasy romance,

The Pirate Princess, the second book in The Reign of Light Series!

Read on for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

 

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To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

   

BY HONOR ALONE

A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he’s saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke’s daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.

But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.

 

Excerpt:

 “Your room is here.” She stopped abruptly, and Petra turned to face her. Close enough to touch him, she placed a hot hand on his chests, searing his flesh. “These are fine accommodations.” She gazed into his eyes and traced her bottom lip with her tongue. “But how would you like to spend the night in my cabin, Prince?”

The challenge of their earlier conversation hung in the air, and he was not about to prove himself the sum total of his desire—regardless of how much he longed to. Petra had learned enough of strategy to know this was her power move. He could perhaps make a few bold moves of his own. “Captain, my body wishes for nothing more, but I must decline, for I’m not a man given idly to passion.”

She narrowed her eyes. “Is that right?”

Maintaining her gaze, he nodded. “I have requirements before I could allow myself to…delight in an offer such as yours.”

“I don’t barter for pleasure, Prince. I don’t need to.”

“Nor was I suggesting you should.”

“What are you suggesting then?”

“I suggest nothing. I’m merely stating that if I were to make love to you—or any woman—I would require one thing.”

A smile grazed her lips as if she’d already won a hard-fought battle. “What, then, is your requirement?”

Petra softly captured her face with his hands and peered down into it, unblinking. “Your heart. Your whole heart.”

Her eyes widened; she trembled beneath his fingers even as her face paled. The loud clack of the sword falling to the floor couldn’t distract him. She pulled from his grasp. Turning her back, her voice faltered. “Why would you want that?”

“Because it’s what I would offer in return.” He spun Charlee to face him and pinned her against a cabin door, hands on either side of the wood as he leaned in toward her. The closeness of her presence filled him as if she were a fine, spiced wine. In this moment, he could overpower her, but some heightened sense held him back. He searched the depths of those sparkling emerald eyes for answers that she defied him to find.

Her chest heaved, and her sweet breath touched his face. “That, my sweet prince, is something you will never get.

 

 

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QUESTION: Based on the excerpt above, what does Petra require from Charlee to make love to her?

Character Interview with Zan from Blood of a Mermaid

Today we have with us an interesting and dark character from Katie O’Sullivan’s new release, Blood of a Mermaid. Please welcome Zan.

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Who are you? Give your full name and title/race. Do you have special abilities?

My full name is Alexander, but most know me as Zan, of the Adluo clan. Some call me an evil sorcerer, a wielder of dark magick, but I disagree. I mean, I learned how to harness my powers at the University of Atlantis, so it’s not the magick that’s dark. Magick is pure power, to be harnessed and used like any other tool. Some of us just have better access to their inner magick.

 

What are your goals?

Originally, I was excited to help Prince Demyan overthrow the royal family in the Atlantic. Why should they enjoy all the bounties of that larger ocean while our people starve? Demyan always said the strong should take what they deserve. But after the debacle at the Summer Solstice, my new goal became staying alive and out of prison.

Then I met Kae.

I know I was only supposed to kidnap her, but then I got to know her. She’s like all sweetness and light and whatnot, and you’d think it would be too much but no. She’s, like, perfect. Yeah, I know she’s someone else’s girlfriend. But things change all the time, right? My only goal now is to make sure nothing bad happens to her. My life isn’t worth living if she’s not going to be around, so I’m not going to let anyone hurt her.

 

What were your conflicts and the obstacles in your story?

Can my obstacle be a who? Because the biggest “obstacle” in my life is Prince Demyan, the Adluo usurper. I know he saved me when I was young, but he keeps collecting on that same debt. It’s like I have no free will at all. He controls me – and in turn controls the magick.

At first, I was grateful he saw potential in me and my abilities, taking me under his fin. I don’t think I ever made the mistake of thinking he was truly my friend. Come to think of it, I’d never actually had a friend, until I met Kae.

Umm, and did I mention that she already has a boyfriend? He’s an obstacle for sure, that stupid half-drylander kid, Shea MacNamara. You know, the heir apparent to the King of the Atlantic. Son of the mermaid princess. Saved the King from the death Demyan and I had planned for him. That guy. How do I compete with that?

 

What did you think of Shea when you first met him?

Everyone knew the rumors. The stories of the drylander boy who would save the oceans? I never dreamed they were actually true, let alone that Shea would be the boy from the prophesy.

I never even met Shea the first time I was at the Atlantic King’s palace. But after everything started going to hell and I swam out of Nantucket Sound, I started hearing tales. How he stood up to Demyan, how he cured the king from certain death…. Yada yada yada. To hear Kae tell it, he was like a god reborn. When I finally met him, I wasn’t impressed. He didn’t live up to the hype. He’s just a guy, not a god.

 

What is your greatest strength? Greatest weakness? How have they influenced you?

My greatest strength is my magick, but it’s also my greatest weakness. Sometimes the magick has a mind of its own. The professors in Atlantis told me I was the strongest magick user in a thousand years. They taught me how to focus my abilities, so I control the magick and not the other way around. But it’s tricky. The magick seems tied to my emotions, and when I get angry I sometimes lose control. So I stay focused. I don’t get emotionally involved in much of anything or anyone. Well, until I met Kae. Maybe she’s my greatest weakness.

 

In your story, what moment was the most memorable, the most meaningful to you? Why?

Demyan has always used me and used my magick to gain power and defeat his enemies. There’s a point in this story where I discover that my magick can also be used for good – to heal instead of harm. It was a revelation for me. Life changing. Everything could’ve been so different, given different guidance from the beginning.

But maybe that’s true for everyone. It’s the choices we make, and the voices we listen to that shape us into who we are.

 

And finally, is there anything you would like to share?

Do I have regrets? Of course – who can live seventeen years and have no regrets, right? Especially when you work for a merman like Prince Demyan. There are definitely going to be regrets, and they’re going to be bloody ones at that.

But maybe I didn’t realize just what I was missing, you know? Meeting Kae changed me somehow. In her eyes, I can almost see the merman I could’ve been. Should be. Do I want to be that guy? I guess I haven’t decided yet.

 

Well, Alexander, it’s never too late to change and you are only seventeen. It sounds like you have been given a great gift and I for one can’t wait to see what you will ultimately do with it.

 

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When Shea MacNamara fell into the ocean for the first time, he found he could breathe underwater. The son of a mermaid, the sea is in his blood. Literally. The best part of Shea’s new life? His girlfriend Kae, who also happens to be a beautiful mermaid.

But darkness lurks under the sea. When evil mermen kidnap Kae, the king reminds Shea that having royal blood means making tough choices.

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About the Author:

 

Katie_OSullivan

Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs next to the ocean on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and writes romance for young adults and the young at heart. Her editing column, “The Write Way,” appears in the Literary Women section of CapeWomenOnline magazine.

 

Living next to the Atlantic influences everything she writes. Her YA mermaid series begins in Nantucket Sound with SON OF A MERMAID, and continues the undersea adventures with BLOOD OF A MERMAID, coming from Crescent Moon Press in May 2014. Her latest contemporary romance from The Wild Rose Press is MY KIND OF CRAZY, a Cape Cod story of second chances and starting over.

 

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