Saturday, November 2, 2019

#BookSpotlight - "Music for a Merman" by Alice Renaud

Music for a Merman
Book 2 in the Sea of Love series


Rob Regor knew that humans were trouble. All the shape shifting mermen of the Morvann Islands knew it. And human women were double trouble... especially when they were lying on the road in front of a digger.

Rob has a mission. Go to the mainland. Work as a policeman. Spy on humans. Report back to his father, the head of the Regor Merman Clan. It should be easy. Until he has to arrest Charlie. Rob can’t fight his attraction to the sexy eco-warrior, and it puts him on one hell of a collision course with his family and his Clan. Will he break the rules – or break her heart, and his?

Love ‘em and leave ‘em, that was Charlie’s motto. It had served her well until now. But Rob is different… Can she open up her heart to Rob - when a secret buried in her past surfaces and changes her completely?

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“We have to stop the E-SCOR development. The coast here is beautiful and unspoilt, a haven for wildlife.” Charlie’s voice was rising. “It’s supposed to be protected. But the local council have sold the land along St-Sulien’s Bay to E-SCOR!” Her eyes gleamed, golden and passionate under the electric light. “They’re going to ruin it. Destroy it forever.”

Rob shifted on his chair, as if moving around could remove the discomfort her words had created. She was right. St-Sulien Bay wasn’t a patch on his native Morvann Islands, but it was lovely, a perfect sandy cove nestled between granite cliffs.

But he couldn’t approve of her actions. At least, not whilst they were speaking on tape.

She leant forward. “You should see the horrors these E-SCOR developers have built elsewhere on this coast. Big ugly mansions that no one here can afford, second homes for rich people.” Her energy was hard to resist. He was trapped between his duties as a cop, and his desire to agree with her.

The effect she had on him made him uneasy. He needed to create some distance between them, to remind her of where she was and who she was talking to.

“Even rich people have to live somewhere.”

She shook her head so hard that her ebony locks swished like a flock of blackbirds. “They don’t have to live here. Not if they’re going to ruin it for everyone else.” She sniggered. “E-SCOR, my foot. I call it Eye-Sore.”

Rob had to stop a smile from hijacking his mouth. Not because of the feeble quip, but because of the impish look on her face, like a naughty schoolgirl caught kissing boys behind the bike shed. Her scent was sneaking into his nose—a tang of road dust and female sweat, with something spicier underneath. As if she’d rolled in cinnamon and baked herself in the sun. An intangible net tightened around him.

“There are dolphins and porpoises in St-Sulien bay. The noise from the development messes up their sonar, and because of that several porpoises beached two weeks ago. Did you know that?”

Yes. He’d read it in the local papers. He hadn’t known those animals personally, but the news had made him gag on his breakfast, just the same. The last beaching on the Morvanns had happened five years ago, and he remembered it as if it were yesterday. Seven bodies on the sand, including a mother and her calf. The memory churned his stomach.

Charlie’s voice, low and persuasive, pulled him out of his thoughts. “You know what the development means; I can see it in your face. You don’t like it any more than I do. You’re like me, really.”

He wanted to say, no, I have nothing to do with you or your cause, I’m on the side of the law here. But the words wouldn’t leave his mouth.

Charlie pursed her lips. “OK, officer, don’t say it.” She nodded at the tape recorder. “You’ve got a job to do, I get that.”

She gave him a proper, full-on smile. It was as if the moon had risen behind her face, making her glow from within.

“But I’ll do anything in my power to stop that development. And I know you understand.”

She radiated passion for her cause, and he couldn’t help himself. Something stirred, deep inside his being, and rose towards that light. 

Author Bio

Alice lives in London, UK, with her husband and son. By day she's a compliance manager for a pharmaceutical company. By night she writes fantasy romance about shape shifting mermen, water monsters and time-travelling witches. Her first book, “A Merman’s Choice,” was published in January 2019 by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. The second book, “Music for a Merman,” is out now. Alice has also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” included in the BVS “Mystic Desire” anthology, also out now.

Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!

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  1. Thank you so much Amber for spotlighting my merman!!

  2. Loved this book! So glad it's finally out--congrats, Alice!

  3. Amber, This is a lovely looking blog. It is pleasing to the eye.
    I love this scene because I believe this is where he falls for her on an intellectual way not just in the physical way that he already noticed.

  4. Thank you very much Dee and Callie!

  5. What a great excerpt! Love Charlie’s passion and dedication to her cause. No wonder Rob falls in love with her.

  6. I loved the excerpt. This sounds like an amazing story. :D

  7. Great excerpt. I enjoyed the book.

  8. Thank you so much Suzanne, Patricia, and Gibby!

  9. Hi Alice, fabulous excerpt. I was lucky enough to read an ARC copy of your story and loved it. the first book is great too. I can't wait to read your next story.


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