Blog Tour ~ Riding The Tide by M.A. Church ~ (Review, Author Guest Post, Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway)
TITLE: Riding The Tide
SERIES: The Deep Blue Sea
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
PUBLISHER: OmniLit/All Romance eBooks, LLC
COVER ARTIST: Erin Dameron-Hill
LENGTH: 45000 words
RELEASE DATE: November 1, 2016
BLURB: Caught between two worlds—what’s a merman to do?
The Deep Blue Sea, #2
Marcus Krill, a creature of the sea, is a perfectly content bachelor. Mating someone? No thank you. Living anywhere but in the ocean? Ha! Not happening. Spending more than the barest necessity of time on land? Nope. Not this merman. And humans? They’re perfectly fine as a diversion, but that’s all. They might be interesting, but complications follow them like a hungry shark during a feeding frenzy. So what if he’s a little lonely, a little tired of one-night stands? That doesn’t mean he’s ready to mate.
Blair Estes, a creature of land, is perfectly happy with his nomadic lifestyle. No strings keep him tied to any one place long. Adventure is his lover and adrenaline his master. He loves to travel, and the things he’s seen defy description. Now his wandering has brought him to the Seychelles and a mysterious merman who’s going to take him on the journey of a lifetime.
Once again merfolk and human culture collide in an explosion of passion and… fear.
Brett sighed, taking a sip of his water. “I did warn Nisha. Granted, it was after the fact, but still. Even went on to tell him how badly I reacted when Brooke did the same thing to me.”
Brooke patted Brett’s hand. “Nisha should’ve told him before now.”
Marcus picked up one of the chilled shrimp appetizers and bit into it. Personally he thought they were better uncooked, but that was just him. “Why? He didn’t harm him.”
Brett sighed even louder. He pulled his cell phone out of his pocket and typed something into it. A few seconds later he turned the screen around so Marcus could see it.
“Oh, funny,” Marcus snapped as he stared at the definition of “consent” on the cell phone’s screen.
“Here’s a thought. Try reading the damn definition.” Brett glanced back over his shoulder at Nisha and Kannon.
Marcus shrugged his shoulder as he watched Nisha grabbed Kannon and try to kiss him senseless. Well, that was one way of ending an argument.
“You know, maybe if you guys would, a bunch of shit could be avoided later,” Brett said.
“Hmm? Would what?” Marcus asked, distracted by Kannon and Nisha. Kannon struggled for a minute then gave in, but Marcus wasn’t fooled. He’d gotten to know Kannon well enough to know Kannon didn’t give up easily when he wanted something—which was probably an apology and an acknowledgment that Nisha was wrong.
“Good grief, what’s up with you lately?” Brett asked. “I said if you guys tried reading the definition of consent then a bunch of shit could be avoided later.”
“Oh.” Marcus nodded. “I suppose so, but I’m not planning on mating a human—or anyone else—so it’s irrelevant.”
“Famous last words.” Brooke snickered.
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Hey everyone! My name is M.A. Church, and I’ve dropped by Bayou Book Junkie to talk about my release, Riding the Tide. This is book two in the Deep Blue Sea series. Marcus Krill, a creature of the sea, is a perfectly content bachelor. Mating someone? No thank you. Living anywhere but in the ocean? Ha! Not happening. Spend more time than necessary on land? Nope. Not this merman. And humans?
They’re perfectly fine as a diversion, but that’s all. They might be interesting, but complications follow them like a hungry shark during a feeding frenzy. So what if he is a little lonely? A little tired of one-night stands? That didn’t mean he was ready to mate. Not him.
Blair Estes, a creature of land, is perfectly happy with his nomadic lifestyle. No strings keep him tied to any one place long. Adventure is his lover and adrenaline his master. He loves to travel, and the things he’s seen—things that defy description. Now his wandering brings him to the Seychelle islands and a mysterious merman who intrigues him.
“Well, hello.” A dolphin bobbed in the water. It made an odd clicking sound and then disappeared. “Aw, don’t leave.” He leaned against the railing. Hopefully his new friend would come back. The dolphin popped up again, and this time there were a couple of friends with him.
“I see you have a couple of buddies with you.”
The dolphin made a half-patch squealing noise, his head nodding in a “yes” motion.
“What are you guys up to on a nice night like this? Looking for a bunch of female dolphins?” Blair swore some of the sounds they made were negative. “No? So, if you’re not looking for females, what are you guys up to? Nothing good, I’d bet.”
More squeals and clicks greeted him. The noise they made was entertaining, and he enjoyed watching them play in the water. Who knew their antics could be so relaxing?
He leaned out farther. “You know, maybe I phrased my question all wrong. Maybe I should ask if you are looking for other male dolphins.”
One dolphin waved his tail in the air. Blair snorted, delighted at the dolphin’s antics. There was no way the dolphin could have understood him, no possible way, but it was still funny.
“Sounds like a yes to me. We seem to be in the same boat.” Blair snickered. “So to speak.” Then he sighed. “I hope you guys are having better luck than me.”
Let me start by saying I loved book 1 in this series and while technically Riding The Tide could be read as a standalone, I really recommend reading them in order. You'll definitely be missing out if you don't!
Marcus is the ultimate bachelor merman, perfectly happy with his one-night stands and even happier when being closer to the sea, opposed to his friends Nisha and Brooke, who live part of the time on the ocean and another part on the land with their mates. Fate has other plans for him, though.
Blair has had the luxury of having enough money to travel the world and has seen things that most humans wouldn't even begin to imagine exist. So, when he meets Marcus after an accident and realizes he's a merman, he's not too freaked out over it. However, when confronted with the possibility of being Marcus' mate he enters in panic and leaves, only to realize his mistake afterward. But, will it be too late for them?
I loved Marcus, he was a sweetheart and my heart broke along with his when Blair stood him up. And while I understood Blair's reasons for doing it, I have to admit, I wished there'd been more grovelling on his part. I liked Blair, though, even if I wanted to slap him a couple of times. It wasn't entirely his fault, though, so I could get past that easily enough. They were sweet together and it was nice to see how seamlessly they fit with each other.
It was lovely to catch up with Nisha and Kannon and Brent, even if I wanted to slap Brent or muzzle him, hahahahaha. Still, they really added up to the story and it was nice to see that Nisha and Kannon were doing so well together.
All in all, while not my favorite, this was a great addition to the series and a fantastic read!
Rating: 4 Stars!!!
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children.
She is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
You can also email M.A. Church at - firstname.lastname@example.org
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