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Book Blitz, Interview, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Falling in Deep Collection

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Falling in Deep Collection

by Various Authors
Release Date: September 21st 2015


A huge collection of fourteen unique mermaid tales with over 900 pages of enchanting stories from award-winning and best-selling authors.

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam, 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. A note to the reader: these are some steamy tales, and there are some steamy encounters in the excerpt below.

Table of Contents

“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

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Author of “Ink: A Mermaid Romance” – Melanie Karsak

1. What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

When I was a teen, I fell in love with the Slavic/Russian novels written by C. J. Cherryh, including her work Rusulka. Rusulka is the story about a drowned girl who becomes a haunted spirit. Rusulka are prevelant in Slavic myth. They are often depicted as spirits, but sometimes they appear as nymphs or water sprites. I was really inspired by Cherryh’s Rusulka character.

2. What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?

I moved to Florida about five years ago, and I was really inspired by all the sights on the coast. We’ve taken trips to Miami on a few occasions. I enjoy the architecture, but dislike the vibe of the city. It’s the same vibe Ink feels when she is there (sorry, Miami). I live on the Space Coast, not far from NASA, and I love this area. We are close to Cocoa Beach which has the feel of a “once-happening” place. There is a quaint charm to its faded, sea-side glory. I adore Cocoa Village, a quaint downtown area. There are lovely little shops and old oak trees with Spanish moss. It was the perfect setting for Ink’s eventual rendezvous with a good friend.

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

Ink is hard to cast, but I would probably choose someone like Megan Fox.

For Hal, I would definitely cast Jason Momoa. Because, well, Jason Momoa.

4. What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

The world building! Oh my gosh, it took me forever to figure out just how “under the sea” functioned in terms of a society. There was nothing to go from so I just made it all up! It took a lot more time and brain-power than I expected.

5. Ursula or Ariel?

Ursula’s attitude with Ariel’s looks. Ariel is too “I need a man” for me. Ursula is too “I need power” for Ink. But they both have good qualities.

I actually really love cecaelia, mer-octopus like Ursula. They play an important role in Ink.

6. What else should we know about your novella?

There are alligator shifters and nyotaimori (Google it). I now know way more about alligator mating calls than a normal person would find useful. Don’t judge me by my Google searches.




from “The Mermaid’s Den” by Ella Malone

I made my choice quickly and left in the middle of the night. I swam south, feeling the water warm slightly as I approached the Massachusetts coast. Familiar with the area from years of fishing there, I knew Southern Point and slid myself onto the rocks. I sat there in the cool, late-summer air, feeling the briskness of the sea breeze and a slight sting of the spray against my newly formed legs.

Developing legs was always a sensuous experience to me. I watched my scales turn from their bright, inky blue to a honey color as they bleached before my eyes. Then they slowly turned smooth moments before my ankles separated and my toes lost their webbing. I felt supple and exotic as a human. I held a mystery that no one else knew or shared.

Legs also reminded me of Diana. We would find a beach free of humans and lie together, kissing and touching in the sand as our bodies transitioned from mer to human. Our tails would slowly change from beautiful fins to strong, elegant legs.

Diana moved slowly with me. None of her rapid, curt movements existed in our meetings. Those motions belonged to her royal self, not the one we shared. With me she lingered in her own skin, her hands in mine, our lips caressing necks, shoulders, and breasts.

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Giveaway: She Walks in Shadows

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She Walks in Shadows is an Anthology of H.P. Lovecraft’s Mythos-inspired short fiction, written entirely by women. The artwork, as far as I can tell, is also by female artists.

This is an excellent book to snag for lovers of Lovecraft’s work, or fans of any strange or “weird” fiction. Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Signal to Noise) and Molly Tanzer (Vermilion) both have works in here, and there are several up-and-coming writers featured. We can’t wait to dig in!

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Excerpt and Gift Card Giveaway: Dark Betrayal by LaTaeya Lane

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I then refocused on my mother and a strange feeling suddenly hit me. “I just felt my mother’s energy, but it was very faint,” I told Angelo. “She was on the borders of the Earthly realm. We must call Michael for help.” Angelo heard my desperation and nodded his head in agreement. Angelo told me that we should wait to summon Michael after the sun went down. I didn’t understand why we had to wait, but I trusted Angelo’s judgment. While we waited I went to change clothes. I tossed my clothes on the chair, and removed the sheath from my ankle. I released the dagger from its sheath and looked at the pure silver blade, and I thought about the creatures that had died by the weapon. I had killed with this weapon. First it was Gilad, then Hera. She led me into a trap—straight into the arms of the Angel of Death. I learned that the Greek Gods and Goddesses were actually fallen angels and were responsible for destroying my family.

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AuthorPhoto_DarkBetrayalYears of exposure within the writing and publishing world have made a lasting impact on author LaTaeya Lane. Writing since she was seven years old, Lane began jotting down phrases and themes later turning them into poems and short stories. Writing became such a passion throughout her youth that she became the Junior and Senior editor of her high school newspaper. She wrote her first novel at age sixteen but was not seeking publication at that time in her life. Always captivated by the supernatural and elements of fantasy, Lane was inspired to write a series of books that focused on going beyond the boundaries of life and imagination. The angel vampire fantasy “Swept into the Darkness” is Lane’s first published book in a series called “Chronicles of the Celestial.” “Dark Betrayal” is the second book in the series. Lane has a degree in Liberal Studies and currently works in Early Childhood Education. Lane resides in New Jersey with her husband Leo and son Lucian and is working on writing and publishing the third book in the series called “Dark Revenge.” Lane also loves to draw and paint. Traveling and experiencing a variety of different foods is also a deep passion of hers. Lane loves watching horror and fantasy movies and is a believer in the Ancient Alien Theory. Some of her favorite authors include, Charlaine Harris, Stephen King and Erick Von Daniken.

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: The Foxglove Killings

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The Foxglove

by Tara
Release Date: 09/01/15
Entangled Teen
Summary from Goodreads:

Gramps always said that when the crickets were quiet,
something bad was coming. And the
crickets have been as silent as the dead. It started
with the murdered deer in the playground with
the unmistakable purple of a foxglove in its mouth. But in
the dying boondock town of Emerald
Cove, life goes on.

I work at Gramps’s diner, and the cakes―the entitled rich
kids who vacation here―make our
lives hell. My best friend, Alex Pace, is the one person
who gets me. Only Alex has changed.
He’s almost like a stranger now. I can’t figure it out.
..or why I’m having distinctly more-than-
friend feelings for him. Ones I shouldn’t be having.

Then one of the cakes disappears.

When she turns up murdered, a foxglove in her mouth, a
rumor goes around that Alex was
the last person seen with her—and everyone but me believes
it. Well, everyone except my worst
enemy, Jenika Shaw. When Alex goes missing, it’s up to us to
prove his innocence and uncover
the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything
I’ve ever known about myself—and

About the Author
Tara Kelly adores variety in her life. She’s an author,
one-girl-band, graphic designer, editor, and
photographer. She lives in Sin City with her beloved guitars,
sound design master husband, and a
fluffy cat named Maestro.
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Review and Giveaway: The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic

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First thing: that’s a hell of a cover.

Second thing: stick around through the completion of the review because Angry Robot has supplied us with 5 COPIES of The Dragon Engine to give away. According to Angry Robot, the books can be shipped internationally. One winner per household. 5 total winners.


I don’t typically read Grimdark. I have seen George R. R. Martin listed as a Grimdark author, and I’ve read him. Some others, too. However, after reading Remic’s The Dragon Engine, I’m starting to wonder if Martin’s monochrome rainbow of humiliation and violence isn’t nearly grim or dark enough for the classification. Martin’s characters–well, some of them–have redeemable qualities. There isn’t much to redeem many of the characters of The Dragon Engine. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, necessarily.

The first chapter doesn’t really prepare the reader for what eventually comes in this novel. It started out feeling  a little bit like a Dragonlance book: adventurers meet together in a tavern to reminisce about the good old days in the military. They plan an epic adventure together, to journey to the supposedly abandoned Dwarven kingdom to retrieve some priceless artifacts that just might provide immortality.

We have the bombastic, axe-wielding warrior, Beetrax the Axeman. The best of all archers, Talon.  The swift ninja assassin, Sakora. The lordling swordsman and former Champion of the Guard, Dake, and his not-good-enough-for-daddy wife, Jonti Tal, a former soldier as well. And finally, the magical healer, Lillith, whose gentle femininity is a foil to Beetrax’s masculine bravado. This first chapter reminds me an awful lot of some well-written Pathfinder campaigns I have witnessed. It isn’t particularly dark or grim. The book can go anywhere from here. And it goes dark.

From this point forward, though, we’ve got some really heavy stuff happening. Rape, abuses of power, torture porn, psychopaths coming out the wazoo, and hyper-violence: brains and blood and guts galore. Warriors reciting cheesy poetry, a Church of Hate and a Church of Purity, assassins and slavery and plentiful use of the sort of language my mom used when I was growing up. The sort that got Zest bar soap, or maybe Irish Spring, rubbed into my teeth if I repeated it. You know the sort.

The abandoned places are not abandoned. The Dwarves have been driven by an intense form of isolationism, germinated by their former status as the slaves to men. The Dwarves, though, have in turn ensaved the Dragons. And the dragons are not pleased.

Everything here is amplified: the hate is the deepest hate, the pain is the most excruciating pain, the love is the loveist doveyiest love, the death is the bloodiest death.

Ultimately, I need to say that this wasn’t my sort of book. I read a lot of epic fantasy, military fantasy, modern and urban fantasy. I wasn’t sure what to expect here, but this wasn’t it. I think there are some people who will love this book, and I hope they read it. There’s a lot here to like, and I know several people who would hack off their left arm for a copy of this book.

The Dragon Engine is written by Andy Remic. It is published by Angry Robots Books. Release date: September 1, 2015.

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9/1-9/10: The Dragon Engine by Andy Remic. 5 copies of this book will be available to win and will be mailed by the publisher. You can win only one. This is in celebration of our blog’s grand opening. These books are offered by the book’s publisher, Angry Robot.


9/10-9/20: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher. Signed! 2 copies of this book will be available. You’ll win only one. The book will be picked up at a bookstore event and mailed on 10/5. We will attempt to get this book personalized for you. No guarantees! This book is offered up by the Galleywampus team.

9/27-10/3: His Dark Materials Omnibus by Philip Pullman. We will have 1 copy of these three-book omnibus up for grabs as part of Banned Book Week. This is also part of the Banned Book Week blog hop offered by I Am a Reader. The book is specifically offered up by the Galleywampus team.

10/3-10/17: A bundle giveaway of Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire and Empire Ascendant. You will win both of these books. This giveaway is part of a blog hop we’ll be participating in. These will be sent by the publisher, Angry Robot.

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