Welcome, Book Lovers! Alice Renaud is onboard to tell us a little about her fantasy romance novel, Music for a Merman. If you love shape-shifter stories this 40,000-word page-turner is a must-read!
How did you get the inspiration for the story?
I grew up in Brittany, Western France, in a village by the sea. As in other seaside towns, the CRS, the local riot police, double up as lifeguards. That has always tickled me. I wanted to write a story about a lifeguard who is also a policeman… so my hero, Rob Regor, was born. He’s a shape shifting merman and also a cop.
What are the themes in the story?
Love, obviously, and magic (it is a paranormal romance after all!) Family, and the clash between family obligations/expectations, and the hero and heroine’s own desires and needs. Rob’s father hates humans. Charlie’s father is disappointed by his rebel daughter. Rob and Charlie have a lot of obstacles in their way to achieving their happily ever after. Nature and legends are also key themes. My books are inspired by the Celtic myths and landscapes of Brittany and Wales.
Is the book part of a series?
Music for a Merman is the second book in the Sea of Love series. Each book is a standalone story featuring a different couple. The first book, A Merman’s Choice, was published in January 2019. The third book, Mermaids Marry in Green, will be out later this year. I have also written a short story, The Holiday Mermaid, which is really the fourth story in the series. It will be published this fall in the anthology “Desire Me Again,” a collection of “second chance at love” stories by my publisher, Black Velvet Seductions (title to be confirmed).
Romance tropes: yikes or likes?
I love a good trope. My favourites are forbidden love, fated mates, first love, and hero/heroine in jeopardy. All feature in my book.
What are you working on now?
I am writing another short story for a BVS Cowboy Romance anthology that is planned for next year. It’s my first sci-fi story, and features a cowboy, a beautiful alien, and blue space unicorns!
Dreams will come true
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?
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 and the third, “Mermaids Marry in Green” will be released later this year. Alice has also written a short story, “The Sweetest Magic of All,” included in the BVS “Mystic Desire” anthology, out now. Alice loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!
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