Cover Reveal for the ICE CRYPT by YA Author Tiana Warner

Meela has just returned from the Massacre—the annual attempt to wipe out the mermaids threatening her people’s survival. After forming an unlikely connection with Lysi, a mermaid she was trained to kill, Meela is determined to stop the war between humans and merpeople for good. She knows of a legendary weapon that could bring peace if she uses it against King Adaro, ruler of the Pacific Ocean. But her people have plans for future Massacres and refuse to help her uncover it.

While Meela works in secret to unearth the Host of Eriana, Lysi is held captive under Adaro’s tyranny. Sent to the battlefront, Lysi joins forces with a band of rebels that could either bring her freedom—or have her executed for treason.

Separated by the vast Pacific Ocean, Meela and Lysi must find a way to defeat King Adaro and end the war that has been keeping them apart.

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Ice Crypt, the sequel to Ice Massacre, will be released in paperback and Kindle on July 25th, 2016.
– Check back on release day because the virtual launch party will kick off with chances to win huge prizes.
– Preorder on Amazon: http://amzn.to/28YbmBO
– Add to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29751984-ice-crypt
– Enter the giveaway to be among the first to receive a signed paperback copy.
– Interested in reading and reviewing Ice Massacre, Book One in the series? Receive a free Ice Massacre ebook in exchange for an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads, or another favourite book review site. Just contact Tiana Warner and tell her you’re interested in reviewing Ice Massacre.

Praise for Ice Massacre, Book One in the Mermaids of Eriana Kwai trilogy:

★ “… thought provoking and intelligent … fresh and thoroughly entertaining … Warner does a fantastic job creating a tight plot and masterfully creates a sense of atmosphere through subtle yet potent descriptions … Ice Massacre is a truly exceptional book.”
– Foreword Clarion Reviews, 5-star review Ice Massacre Cover

★ “Fascinating, unique, scary and written with a beautiful economy of words…”
– 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

#1 Amazon Kindle Best Seller
First Place Winner: Dante Rossetti Awards 2014
Foreword 10 Best Indie YA novels of 2014
Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist

I have read both of these books and am a huge fan! Tiana has masterfully crafted an underwater world like no other you have experienced with fully realized characters that you want to root for. Intense, chilling and action packed, The Eriana Kwai books will keep you reading all night long.

Thanks for allowing me to host your cover reveal Tiana!

Interview with Contemporary Romance Author Laurel Greer

 

Laurel Greer
Laurel Greer

Desperate for a hockey-player fix during an NHL lockout, Laurel picked up her laptop. She couldn’t watch hot hockey players on TV, so she started writing about them. From blending a decades-long love of hockey with a few of her other interests—traveling in the BC Gulf Islands, romance novels, and gorgeous Scottish actors—the Vancouver Renegades and the Fraser family came to life. Laurel lives outside of Vancouver with her law-talking husband and two energetic daughters. She is currently seeking representation.

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? How did you start?

Grade eight. I started writing fan fiction, though I had no idea what fan fiction was at the time. I just wanted to write extra epilogues for Julie Garwood novels and imagine myself falling in love with Pavel Bure. I wrote my first novel during an NHL strike. I was bored without hockey, so I wrote a book about a hockey player. It wasn’t publishable, but it hooked me in to figuring out how to make the next one better.

What genre(s) do you write in? What is it that you love about them?

I write contemporary romance, both single-title and category length. I love experiencing the rise and fall of emotion while knowing a happily-ever-after ending is in store. And I’m a sucker for some of the classic romance tropes: friends-to-lovers, falling for a sibling’s best friend, return-to-hometown.

What are some of your other favorite avenues for storytelling besides books?

I watch a fair amount of television, moreso than movies, though I’ve seen my fair share of Disney princess movies with my kids in the past few years. I also love live theatre, particularly musicals.

What path are you going to pursue for publication?

I’m aiming for the agent-publishing house route at the moment (either print or digital-first).

All writers are readers so who are some of your favorite authors and why?

I have a terrible habit of staying up until three in the morning reading New Adult sports romances. Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy, and Kristen Callihan are my favourites. And I haven’t met a Jill Shalvis hero who I didn’t love, nor a Kristan Higgins book that didn’t make me laugh.

What inspires your ideas? How do you come up with them?

I usually have plot bunnies hop out of one of my own interests or experiences. After getting entertained or fascinated by something, I start asking what-if questions.

What are you working on now? Do you outline or write by the seat of your pants?

I’ve wanted to write about a Gulf Island summer camp for years, but it’s taken until now to discover the right plot for it. I’m currently making Camp Eaglecroft (and the families that run it) come to life, starring a handful of characters from a Vancouver NHL team. Outlining is a necessary evil, otherwise my characters have no goals and the plot doesn’t go anywhere.

What does a typical writing day look like for you/what is your process?

I have a day job so I do most of my writing at night—I try to squeeze in a few hours after the kids have gone to bed. And I steal as much time as I can on weekends. I try to start from page one and complete a first draft before going back and fixing anything, but sometimes I jump ahead, or I end up having to fix parts of the beginning in order to get to the end. Using Scrivener has saved me a tremendous about of time and has really helped with organizing my first and second drafts.

If one of your novels was made into a movie, which would you choose and what actors would you cast to play the three main roles?

Oooh, tough question. All of them. But I’m going to go with the first in my Refuge Cove series so that I can cast Tom Hiddleston as Keir and make him speak with a Scottish accent. Anna Kendrick is close to how I think of Natalie. And for Natalie’s brother, Gage, I picture NHL player Patrick Sharp. Not an actor, but he’s pretty enough to be on-screen.

What have been some of the biggest lessons you’ve learned on your writing journey so far?

That writing takes a lot of work. Some people are successful early on, some take years or decades. But it’ll never happen if you stop, so keep going. Even if the words coming out are vomit-worthy. They’re always fixable.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers about writing?

Find a good critique group/partner. Two parts making each other’s books better, one part pouring wine when the rejections arrive, and one part throwing confetti for good news.

(This is brilliant and so true).

Anything else you would like to add or talk about?

I’d love to connect on Twitter! As soon as I have book news, I’ll post it there and on my website.

Thank you so much! Where can people find out more about you and your books?

Website:      www.laurelgreer.com

Twitter:       @_laurelgreer