Monday, December 16, 2013

Author Spotlight: Amber Garr's Bookshelf & Holiday Fun

And now some holiday fun from Author Amber Garr:

Favorite Christmas tradition? 

I kind of have two favorite Christmas traditions - neither of which I do anymore. The first was waiting until Christmas Eve to decorate the tree. My family did this every year when I was a kid, and it was a really big deal. At the end of the night, we’d each get a brand new ornament to hang and Christmas pajamas to have for the big morning. Now that we all live in separate states, that tradition doesn’t happen. But mostly because I decorate the tree (with all of my childhood ornaments, most of which are mermaids or fish) a couple of weeks before Christmas so that I can enjoy it longer!

And the second tradition that I loved as a kid but don’t get to do anymore is caroling in the old school house. Every year, usually on Christmas Eve, one of the small towns near us would open up the school-turned-town hall, pass out white candles and a cheat sheet, and we’d all sing carols in the candle light. I imagined there were at least 100 people participating each year and it always signified the start of the season for me. I’m not even sure if they still do that, but the tradition certainly became a part of our family’s ritual for many years.

Note from me: Who loved Amber's traditions as much as I did?! <3   I can relate to getting a new ornament every year and brand new PJ's for the big day. And, oh, how do I wish I had a memory like caroling in the old school house!!! P.S. Um, I'm kinda really in love with the seahorse ornament hanging on that gorgeous Christmas tree! <3

Touching Evil, Leila Marx, #1:

Blurb for Touching Evil, Leila Marx #1: With one touch, Leila can see it all. Leila Marx is trying to put her life back together after her fiancé is murdered. When Detective Garrick Pearson enlists her help with a difficult case, she is thankful for the distraction and the opportunity to use her talents as a touch clairvoyant. Leila and Garrick delve into the mystery behind a series of missing teenage girls and mummified corpses while discovering their own growing attraction to each other. Conner Hoffman is an intriguing lawyer and striking half-demon who enters Leila’s life unexpectedly. Although her visions are terrifying, she is fascinated by his charm and his legacy. When it becomes evident that the murders are linked to a paranormal event, Conner introduces Leila to a world unbeknownst to ordinary society. She suddenly finds herself immersed in supernatural politics, sorcery, and danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. Staying alive will mean relying on friends, accepting the unbelievable, and trusting in her heart again.

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Promises, Book One of The Syrenka Series

Blurb for Promises: Book One of The Syrenka Series. Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love. When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé, would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined. A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life she so adamantly tried to escape. Promises is the first book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends through the perils of growing up in a discrete world that inherently threatens human society.

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Betrayal, Book Two of The Syrenka Series

Blurb for Betrayal: Book Two of The Syrenka Series. Life as a mermaid can be suffocating. Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders. When the Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies. Betrayal is the second book of The Syrenka Series trilogy following Eviana and her friends as they navigate through the challenges of existing in a secret world.

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Arise, Book Three of The Syrenka Series

Blurb for Arise: Book Three of The Syrenka Series. With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences. After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage. Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past. A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans. Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive. In the striking series conclusion, Eviana will learn the true meaning of power, sacrifice, and love.

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Blurb for Waterproof:  Dying of thirst is the new reality.

Five years after the last drop of clean water disappeared, global societies collapsed and nuclear war shattered all hope of recovery. In a place now only a skeleton of its former self, survivors fight to avoid capture by the government. Forced to work in factories that produce the only drinking water available, those who go in, never come out.

Zach and Vivienne have lived as deserters since they were teenagers. Fighting amongst their own and scrounging for the necessities of life, they’ve learned to rely on each other in every way. Yet when tragedy strikes and the true objectives of the government facility are revealed, their world is ripped apart. A fate once thought to hold their demise may be the sole answer to their survival. Who can they trust? Who can they believe?

In this life, it pays to be waterproof. 

*Disclaimer: May contain language, sex, and violence not suitable for a younger audience

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The Syrenka Series box set with bonus short stories: 

NOTE: You can also purchase The Syrenka Series box set (Kindle Edition) PLUS THREE bonus short stories!!! How awesome is that?! 
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