They’ve got something he wants.
INFAMOUS BACHELOR and SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE ROEN DORAN IS A BASTARD. Yes, he knows it. And no, he doesn’t care. He’s got money and power, and he depends on no one. But when his estranged father dies, willing him a secret island, Roen will come face to face with an even bigger secret: its occupants. And these savage, sea-obsessed warriors are quick to make their position clear: Leave now or die.
There’s only one problem. Nobody tells Roen what to do. Ever. Oh, and one other thing. He’s just met the island’s other new “guest” and something about her brings out his possessive side.
SOLE SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR LIV STRATTON had been adrift at sea for ten grueling days when salvation miraculously appeared: an uncharted island. Only, the deceivingly beautiful men who live there aren’t interested in saving her. No, not at all. Because they somehow believe she is their property, a gift from the ocean to do with as they please. This is not good.
Her only hope? Billionaire Roen Doran, of all people. A man who’s said to care for nothing and no one. But if he’s so heartless, then why is he about to risk everything to help her?
Please tell us about your novel.
I’m releasing BOOK ONE (MERMEN) and BOOK TWO (MERMADMEN) together, but I’ll focus on MERMEN to kick us off!
FIRST, let me say that this story is NOT about warm, sweet, singing mer-people. The men are MEAN, RUTHLESS, and DEADLY. They do NOT have tails, gills, or fins, (Why? That’s part of the mystery.) and you would certainly never want to run into one. Uh-uh. No way!
Which is exactly why Liv Stratton, a twenty-nine year old PhD student from Alaska, is panicking. She’s just been shipwrecked on the island these dangerous, beautiful men call home, and from the first moment she meets one, she knows she’s in trouble.
Then there’s Roen Doran, cold-hearted billionaire and owner of one of the world’s largest shipping companies. He’s wondering why one of his ships just disappeared suspiciously close to an island his father just left him.
When Roen finds the island and meets Liv, she’s in the processes of being drowned by one of these mean, nasty men for disobeying and trying to run away. Roen, while not the nicest person himself, isn’t a fan of bullies. He steps in and tries to help, but doing so will cost him.
Now, he’s going to have to decide how much Liv’s life is worth, because he might have to give his to save her.
How did you research your novel, if applicable?
Ummm… Well, besides searching for the perfect home for the island and Liv’s hometown, I think most of my research went into finding out what most Paranormal Romance fans don’t like about mermen. (Fishy smells, slimy scales, no visible junk, they live in water… Not hot for most women.)
Where can readers find you online?
When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?
Generally, I stop and go work on something else. Sometimes I just need to get out of the house. If those don’t work, my back ups are my hot tub for deep relaxation, a glass of GOOD wine, phoning an author-friend, or asking my street team for ideas!
Do you have a real life hero? If so, can you tell us who and why?
I think MOMs are the heroes in my world. Not that dads don’t rock, too, but moms tend to do everything, be everything, and give until it hurts. I see so many readers, friends, colleagues (including myself) who work so hard and ask for so little in return. Mother’s Day should be every day.
How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?
I definitely love it. I can’t imagine the days before the Internet and social media for writers. You had to physically go on book tours to meet people or correspond in letters. That’s not very efficient, and given my schedule, it would never happen. I genuinely like that I can connect with my readers from all around the world at any time. How cool is that?
What are the first five titles on your kindle?
OMG. I have no idea. I haven’t been able to find it for weeks! That said, I’ve been head down for about 16 months with little time to read. I think my TBR pile has got to be over 300 by now.
Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?
Oh. This is like a job interview. Okay…well, think I’ll be dead. It can’t be healthy to live on so little sleep! LOL. But I hope before I go, I’ll have a solid portfolio of about 50 Paranormal and Contemporary books that readers will enjoy for many years to come!
How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?
I’m not sure how many, maybe 50? But I don’t like keeping stuff. Clutter is the devil. So I only keep things that are truly special to me. With books, I tend to enjoy them once or twice and then give them to a friend and spread the love! I do have a few history books, DIY books, health books, and spiritual stuff, too.
If you are published traditionally and independently, which do you prefer and why?
I think both have their pros and cons. Being Indie, I can take risks and do thing my way. Being traditional, I have access to more brains, and it’s more of a team effort. There’s something to be said about flying by the seat of your pants and collaboration.
What advice do you have for people that are trying indie publishing right out of the gate?
Find a way to pay for a good (key word “good”) editor—both for developmental and proofing. It’s expensive, but you just can’t go out with a product that isn’t finished. Being a writer isn’t just about writing a book. You are running a business and like in any business, you need to be ready to invest. You have to put out a good product too. If you cannot afford a developmental editor, at least go for the proofing. There are many affordable people out there. Just be sure to really, really check their references.
What do you find inspiring?
My readers. They never cease to amaze me with their generosity and kindness. I’m not joking. I used to think people seriously sucked until I became a writer and saw how total strangers would reach out to help me, cheer me on, and do nice things just because. They’re what’s kept me going on this path.
Do you have a favorite charity?
No, there are too many good ones out there. But I’m a big giver. Generally, my local schools and the Breast Cancer Foundation get money from me first. Then I do a thing with my readers at the end of every year where they plug their favorite charities and share their stories. I pick one or two and donate to those.
Your family is safe and sound. You have 24 hours to live and have been given the ability to do anything in the world, what do you do?
Yikes! What a sad question. I’d be horrified, of course. I guess I’d spend it with my family, crying.
Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel.
She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.