Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dangerous Depths Release Day!

“I like seeing you like this,” I told Treygan.
“Like what?”
“Proud of who and what you are.”
He stood taller, his shoulders spread wider. “You helped me realize my gorgon side is nothing to be ashamed of.”
“Good.” I threw my arms around his neck. “Now teach me how to turn things to stone.”
He lifted me off my feet. “Later. First, we have a date with Koraline and Pango.”
“I’ve decided I want to swim there.” I bit my lip, fighting back a smile. “So we can race.”
Treygan kissed me while carrying me into the water. Confidently—bordering on cocky—he said, “I apologize in advance for leaving you in a cloud of bubbles.”

Title:  Dangerous Depths
Series: The Sea Monster Memoirs #2
Author: Karen Amanda Hooper
Publish Date: November 20, 2013

Hell hath no fury like a selkie separated from his true love.

The gate to the sea creature realm is finally open. Rownan assumes the worst is behind him when he returns home after years of waiting to be reunited with his wife, Vienna. Only to find out that Vienna didn’t wait for him. She traveled to the evil realm of Harte years ago, hoping the legend of another gateway to Earth’s realm was real, but she was never heard from again. Rownan claimed he’d go through hell to be with Vienna, and now he must prove it.

Yara wanted to bask in the glow of her happily ever after in the magical realm of Rathe. She planned to explore Medusa and Poseidon’s world and dive deeper into her relationship with Treygan, but as the new leader of Rathe, her powers are needed to save more than one member of her own kind. Treygan vowed to always be Yara’s guardian, but long ago he also swore to go any lengths to protect his brother Rownan. Now, he must fulfill his promise to both of them.

Rownan, Yara, and Treygan are about to put their lives and souls at risk by traveling to the most dangerous realm of the worlds. Love should conquer all, but no one has ever conquered Harte. 

Song list in chronological order of when they take place in the story.
WARNING: Some vague spoilers!
1.) Waves of You- Eric Turner (Rownan to Vienna beginning of book)
2.) Sail- AWOLNation  (drunk Rownan in his dark place on the beach)
3.) Drifting- Plumb feat. Dan Haseltine (Yara & Nixie to Rownan--another way)
4.) If I Lose Myself- One Republic (Treygan to Yara the morning of their trip)
5.) The Sea- Morcheeba (Traveling and arriving)
6.) Storm- Lifehouse (Rownan to Vienna when he’s alone in Harte)
7.) I Want You Here- Plumb (Vienna on her beach with the driftwood)
8.) Waves- Blondefire  (Yara and/or Vienna)
9.) Little Talks- Of Monsters and Men (Yara & Treygan in the last half of the book)
10.) Together Again- Evanescence (Yara when she becomes separated from Treygan)
11.) Hazy- Rosi Golan feat. William Fitzsimmons (Vienna & Rownan duet)
12.) Down- Jason Walker feat. Molly Reed  (This one tugs ta my heartstrings. I picture each character: Rownan, Yara, Treygan, and Nixie, on their own singing this song. It flashes between each of them during seemingly hopeless times during their fight to get out.)
13.) My Last Breath- Evanescence (Nixie & Yara)

*BONUS SONG: Hero- David Crosby & Phil Collins (This was a song from my TANGLED TIDES playlist. It’s an oldie, but it was so perfect as a song that Rownan would sing about Treygan. Right down to the “when the hero kills the maiden with his kiss” line. This song still gives me goose bumps when I listen to it.)

Giveaway:   ONE Grand Prize Winner will get:  Sea Monster Memoirs Prize Pack Including Signed Paperback Set of Tangled Tides & Dangerous Depths

About the Author:
Karen was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years, and is currently sunning and splashing around Florida with her two beloved dogs. She's addicted to coffee, chocolate, and complicated happily-ever-afters.

Karen has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. Due to her strong Disney upbringing, she still believes in fairy tales and will forever sprinkle magic throughout all of her novels.

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 Vienna and I had sat on this beach, and so many others in Rathe, more times than I could count. I turned my head and the glittering sand turned into a mirage of a young Vienna. I wasn’t delusional, I knew it was just me reminiscing, but there she was, skipping down the beach several yards away. She saw me, waved, and ran over to me.
She looked so real. My mind retained every detail, right down to the sand in her black, windblown hair. “Have you seen all the shells that washed ashore?”
Of all the conversations we ever had, this one was my favorite. One of the first times we discussed being more than friends. “Yeah.” I smiled. “How many have you collected?”
She bent down and picked up a piece of sea glass, holding it up and admiring it in the moonlight. “Only one. The rest belong here, on the beach—or in the ocean, if the tide chooses to carry them away.” She tossed the sea glass back into the sand and sat down beside me. “I don’t keep them. I just like admiring them, holding them between my fingers and feeling how different each one is. Except for this one.” She removed a shell from her armband. At first it looked all white, but then I noticed the hints of green and silver. “Feel it. It’s hard and soft at the same time. The edges are ragged, but run your fingers along the silver veins—they’re soft as silk.”
I rubbed it, noting all the different textures. “You’re right.”
“It reminds me of you.” Her ivory cheeks blushed and she looked down, studying the shell in my fingers. “Something so unique should be treasured. Forever.”
“The shell?”
She leaned toward me—barely an inch—but it was enough to feel the energy building between us. “You, Rownan. I would treasure you forever.”
It was the first time I kissed her. The first time I had kissed anyone. We were barely teenagers, but I remembered it like it happened yesterday.
I pulled away and smiled at her.
She groaned, frustrated. “I was afraid that would happen.”
“What’s wrong?” Panic flooded me. Had I turned some part of her to stone like Treygan had done when he kissed Kimber?
“I knew if you kissed me, I’d be forever ruined for anyone else. No other selkie, or any creature for that matter, will ever top that.”
Sweet relief. “Good. Because I hope you never kiss anyone else.” I handed her shell back to her. “I want to keep you—I mean, treasure you. Forever.”

Monday, November 18, 2013

Dangerous Depths!

Hello Everyone – I am back in business of doing one of the things I love in life – Reading!  It sure takes a bit longer to read when you have a 10 month old baby boy to care for who has nonstop energy and hates to nap but I did it! 

The first book I have been able to finish is the sequel to Tangled Tides called Dangerous Depths by the lovely Karen Amanda Hooper!  This book was an advanced copy read so if any of you are reading my blog and would love to read this book you will have to wait until November 20, 2013 to get your own copy, which luckily is only a two day wait from today!

Now if any one of you needs a refresher the review for Tangled Tides is around the bottom of my blog (posted date December 21, 2011).

Dangerous Depths leaves off perhaps a day or two from where Tangled Tides ended wherein Yara, who is trying to get used to her multi sea monster abilities/traits, and Treygan are in in blissful happiness after surviving the Triple Eighteen and are now able to travel to and from Rathe and see family and friends that have been trapped there for years.  Rownan however since the Triple Eighteen has discovered horrible news about his wife and only true love Vienna, that during all those years of being trapped in Rathe, she tried to find a new way to get to Rownan; a dangerous and horrible path that no one has ever been able to survive or find a way out of.  Rownan is determined to find her, dead or alive, and Yara and Treygan come to Rownan’s aid, against his wishes and take a journey that can leave their souls forever tormented, in pain and forever trapped in hell itself.

Most books I read have a tiny recap here and there in the first few chapters but this book I found lacked that and that is either a good thing, if you have just read the book before it, or a bad thing, if you have not read the book in a few years and have what I call these days “Mom Brain” wherein you have trouble remembering everything that occurred in the last book.  It is not the author’s fault, I know she really wanted to get the ball rolling and get us, the reader, fully engaged in the book, which I feel she truly managed to do.
There were a lot of moments I love, specifically between Yara and Treygan.  I loved the moment where he took her to a place in Rathe that he has been unable to take and share with anyone until Yara.  The surroundings proved to be a very romantic setting and it is too bad that a place like that doesn’t truly exist (or does it?).  However, I loved a part more than I think I should have which happen to take place in the depths of Harte between Yara and the Kraken.  I would love to go into detail about that however, as I like to give reviews that are mostly spoiler free, this one would be filled with spoilers.  If the author is reading this though, I sure hope this Kraken makes an appearance again in the future!

Now I cannot think of another book that I could recommend to read that would be similar to this one, as I have been unable to read as many books as I used to these days (all for a good cause though).  I am sure though that once I find something along the same lines as this book I will let you all know.

Dangerous Depths is a must read, filled with many magical adventures and gives the message that Love is Worth Everything and if you are child free I am sure you will find that you will not be able to put this book down and finish it much faster than I was able to!