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.
Hey everyone! My name is M.A. Church, and I’ve dropped by Diverse Reader 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. Or so he tells himself. Blair Estes, a creature of land, is perfectly happy with his nomadic lifestyle. Now his wandering brings him to the Seychelle islands and a mysterious merman who intrigues him. Fascinated and attractive, Blair accepts a date with Marcus, only to panic later and question the circumstances of how they met. He runs all the way back to the States.
Only then does he examine his actions. Not to mention he simply cannot forget the merman he met. In the harsh light of day, he comes to the conclusion that standing Marcus up for their date was a monumental mistake. Knowing his pride is going to take a hit, he returns to the Seychelle islands and contacts Brett, the owner of the resort where he stayed, and who set up the date for him and Marcus.
Determined to beg if needed, he asks Brett to help him set up another meeting with Marcus, only to be told no one has seen Marcus since Blair fled. In desperation Blair rents a small yacht and sets sail in the vain hope he might run across Marcus. Disheartened and disillusioned, he waits and hopes.
Then fate steps in and grants his wish.
Heartsick and more than a little disgusted with himself, he grabbed his fins and his snorkeling mask. So back into the water he would go in the vain hope that somehow, someway, Marcus would know he was looking for him. He strapped the dive knife to his thigh, put on his mask, and slipped on his fins.
He slipped into the water enjoying the weightlessness. The feeling of helpless excitement as he floated got his heart to thumping. Sunlight filtered through the water, and fish swam around him. He loved this, loved the world underneath the waves, but could he live here? Considering Marcus was the creature of the water, it stood to reason their majority of the time would be spent there. Could he do that? Give up the land?
Trying to live without Marcus left him unhappy. So much so that he not only returned to the islands, but he rented a damn boat and took to the waves in a futile search for his merman. The fish darted playfully around him, then fled.
Their retreat was sharp and abrupt and left him wondering what exactly he did to scare them. From the murky depths something swam toward him, coming fast. Blair’s blood ran cold when he saw what it was. Oh shit! Shit! Tiger shark. He tried not to flail around in the water.
Movement caught their attention, he knew that. As calmly as he could, he tried to surface, even as he kept an eye on the fast-moving object heading his way. Had it seen him? Or had he just happened to be in the way it was swimming? He needed out of the damn water before the shark focused on him.
Just as he thought he had a chance, the shark suddenly jerked his head toward him.
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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