Thursday, September 13, 2012

Guest Post♥Giveaway: Arise by Amber Garr

Promises (Book 1)
"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 who 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 that she had so adamantly tried to escape."
Betrayal (Book 2)
"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."
Arise (Book 3)
"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."

Amber Garr Guest Post - The Mermaid Collection

Since I’m often asked to describe what inspired me to write about mermaids and selkies, I decided to take a closer look at some of the influences surrounding me.  As you probably already know, I am a marine biologist and a SCUBA diver, as well as a former lifeguard and synchronized swimmer.  Therefore, the water has always been an important part of who I am and of course, I always wished that I could be a mermaid!

My husband and I both have similar careers, so our house is filled with fish and other ocean artwork like paintings, photos, sculptures, glasses, place mats, etc.  Putting all of those together would be about a two page collage of pictures!  But today I decided to catalog my mermaid collection, and I was pleasantly surprised to see how many I’ve gathered over the years.

Many of these items were created by local artists and given to me as gifts.  I love the fish-eating-a-cow one, even though I’m not sure if it’s really a mermaid!  Close enough for me.  The clownfish mermaid was one of the first presents I ever gave my husband when we were dating.  He raises clownfish as part of his job, so I thought this was a perfect addition to his room.

So you can see that mermaids and water creatures are an important part of my life and often influence what others give to me.  I am definitely okay with this, and now I can add three books to my collection!

Oh, and one final thought to leave you with…this one is strategically placed in the guest bathroom. J

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  1. Thank you so much for being a part of my tour! :)

  2. Thanks so much for all the support in this tour.>:D


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