I would like to thank Shira Anthony for taking the time to talk to us about Mermen and Into the Wind. Check out Beverley’s review. There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.
Character Interview with Ian Dunaidh
Shira: Thanks, Brandilyn and crew, for hosting the Into the Wind Blog Tour here on Prism! Today I’m joined by Ian Dunaidh, merman and captain of the Ea ship Phantom. But before we get to my interview with Ian, I wanted to remind readers that I have 2 giveaways going on right now. The first is just for Prism readers: comment on this post to be entered to win a free ebook copy of the first Mermen of Ea Series book, Stealing the Wind. Brandilyn will pick a winner on 16 May 2014 from among those who comment. Also, I’ve got a great Into the Wind Blog Tour giveaway on Rafflecopter with great prizes including a handmade Ea tailflukes pendant that’s suitable for men or woman. Here’s the link to the giveaway widget: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cf0ba93/
So, without further ado, let me introduce Ian Dunaidh, captain of the Phantom.
Ian: *nods* Hello.
Shira: So, Ian, how long have you been captain of the Phantom?
Ian: Thirty years.
Shira: Thirty years? But you don’t look much more than thirty years old. How is that possible?
Ian: Ea live several times longer than humans.
Shira: Ea? You mean merman shifters?
Ian: Aye. Our bodies regenerate when we transform into our merfolk form, so we heal far better than humans do. If I’m injured in my human form and transform into my merman form, my body will heal completely.
Shira: Interesting. Does that work the other way around? I mean, what happens if you’re injured in your merman form?
Ian: It doesn’t work both ways. We would need to go through an entire cycle in order to heal wounds suffered in our Ea form. We are stronger in our Ea form, so we’re less likely to be injured, but nature has balanced that strength with vulnerabilities.
Shira: What other abilities do Ea possess?
Ian: Some of my people are mages. There are some who can see the past. Others who have the gift of empathy. Some of our people have been known to control the elements.
Shira: You mean like Taren, your lover?
Ian: Aye. He’s recently learned that he can control the wind.
Shira: Comes in handy for mermen who sail, I guess.
Ian: *frowns* You could say that.
Shira: You’re not pleased about that, I take it.
Ian: I’m a bit overprotective of Taren at times.
Shira: Understatement of the century.
Ian: What did you say?
Shira: *coughs* Only that I’m sure you worry about Taren sometimes.
Ian: Have you been speaking with Odhrán? *scowls*
Shira: Odhrán, the pirate? The one you and Taren are trying to find in Into the Wind?
Ian: Infuriating man. I’d prefer not to speak about him.
Shira: You’re jealous of him.
Ian: Why would I be jealous him? *laughs* I simply don’t trust him. And if Taren can’t see that Odhrán’s only interest is in himself, then I hardly—
Shira: Sorry. Sore subject, clearly. Why don’t we wrap this up and you can tell the readers where to find your stories, okay?
Ian: Of course. The first book of the Mermen of Ea Series, Stealing the Wind, and the second book, Into the Wind, are available at Dreamspinner Press, Amazon, AllRomanceEbooks, Barnes & Noble, and just about anywhere ebooks are sold. The last book in the trilogy will be published sometime in 2015.
Shira: Thank you, Ian.
Ian: If the stories have been written already, why can’t I read them?
Shira: You’re not allowed to know what happens to you.
Ian: I don’t understand why I can’t—
Shira: Thanks again, Brandilyn, for hosting the tour today. *waves*
Ian: We need to speak about this. I won’t sit by and allow—
Shira: *waves and clamps her hand over Ian’s big mouth* Bye everyone! Hope you enjoy Ian and Taren’s story!
From the Publisher:
Since learning of his merman shifter heritage, Taren has begun building a life with Ian Dunaidh among the mainland Ea. But memories of his past life still haunt him, and as the threat of war with the hostile island merfolk looms ever closer, Taren fears he will lose Ian the same way he lost his beloved centuries before. Together they sail to the Gateway Islands in search of the fabled rune stone—a weapon of great power the Ea believe will protect them—and Odhrán, the pirate rumored to possess it.
After humans attack the Phantom, Taren finds himself washed up on an island, faced with a mysterious boy named Brynn who promises to lead him to Odhrán. But Taren isn’t sure if he can trust Brynn, and Odhrán is rumored to enslave Ea to protect his stronghold. Taren will have to put his life on the line to find his way back to Ian and attempt to recover the stone. Even if he does find it, his troubles are far from over: he and Ian are being stalked by an enemy who wants them dead at all costs.
TAREN CHASED Ian through the surf, the water flying about him as his bare feet slapped the sand. The warm autumn sun on his shoulders and the salty tang of the water made him smile.
“You’re too slow!” Ian called from halfway across the beach.
Taren laughed and dove into a wave, swam in his human form until he came upon Ian, grabbed him around the ankles, then knocked him into the water. Ian spluttered and transformed, planting his powerful tail. He paused for only an instant, then pivoted and swam against a wave that crested and broke near shore.
Taren looked around, trying to sense Ian. During the time they’d spent together at Callaecia, the powerful sensations he shared with Ian had only grown in their intensity. Even though he couldn’t see him, Taren felt Ian’s heart race as he swam, felt his pleasure, heard his lungs fill with water, and knew he was nearby. He didn’t see Ian until he surfaced in a spray of foam, took Taren’s hands, and dragged him down, forcing him to transform as well.
You cheated! Taren wriggled away from Ian and took off for one of the underwater caves near the cliffs. He flicked his tail harder when he sensed the movement of water behind him. Ian was the stronger swimmer, although in the months Taren had lived amongst the Ea at Callaecia, he’d learned to use his Ea body to its greatest advantage.
Ian caught up with Taren a moment later, swimming beneath Taren before encircling his waist with his powerful arms, capturing him in his embrace.
I yield! Taren laughed and allowed Ian to pull him closer. Besides, you’ve long ago captured my heart. He nipped at Ian’s neck, eliciting a low rumble he could feel in his belly more than hear with his ears. Taren still marveled that in his Ea form he could hear so much under the water. He’d asked Ian once why the Ea didn’t choose to spend their lives in this form, so taken was he with the joys of his Ea body and the beauty of the sea. Ian had just shrugged and told him that the Ea viewed their transformation as a gift from the goddess that set them apart from humans, but that they believed they were meant to live on land.
They swam out from land as they held each other, tails beating the water in tandem as they spiraled in a dizzying dance. More than anything, Taren found the Ea mating ritual a beautiful thing. Ian’s Ea body was also beautiful. In this form, Ian’s chest was broad and the muscles of his belly and arms more powerful. As a human, Ian was strong. As an Ea, he possessed strength and surprising grace few others did. Taren loved to watch Ian swim, watch the sinews of his body ripple as he moved his tail, watch his hair twist in the current. More thrilling, perhaps, was the knowledge that Ian was his, that Ian desired him above all others, that Taren held Ian’s heart.
Ian released Taren as they glided over the sand at the bottom. Large schools of silver fish followed the contours of their bodies, calling to mind the shimmer of moon across the waves. Here, many feet below the surface, the pressure of the water created a warm cocoon around Taren and drove the warmth in his chest to his extremities, making his fingers more sensitive.
Taren flicked his tail to propel him around so that he and Ian swam toward each other, arms extended, then moved upward as they laced their fingers together and floated perpendicular to the sea floor. They kissed and their tongues entwined. Ian tasted of the ocean and of the promise of Taren’s new life. Their former incarnations, Treande and Owyn, had been equals in everything. Partners, friends, lovers. Taren both relished and feared the power of his connection to Ian and the unexpected turn of fate that had brought them together, as well as the revelations of their past.
With a grin, Taren spun around so that he faced Ian’s tail. He rotated his arm so that the sharp tines that ran from his fingers to his wrist grazed the slick surface. He’d learned how to retract the barbs so they would not injure; he’d also learned that if used properly, the gentle scrape of the barbs was a sensual treat Ian could not resist.
“Goddess!” Ian shouted in his mind. “Is it your wish to render me completely helpless with lust?”
Taren repressed a chuckle as he continued to stroke Ian’s body. He might not be able to best Ian with his physical prowess, but he knew he held a stronger power over Ian. He relished the thought that he possessed Ian’s heart and soul, for it made his own uncontrollable hunger to be near Ian bearable.
About the Author
Shira Anthony was a professional opera singer in her last incarnation, performing roles in such operas as Tosca, Pagliacci, and La Traviata, among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.
Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs, and when she’s not writing, she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 35’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel.
Shira’s Blue Notes Series of classical music themed gay romances was named one of Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Word’s “Best Series of 2012,” and The Melody Thief was named one of the “Best Novels in a Series of 2012.” The Melody Thief also received an honorable mention, “One Perfect Score” at the 2012 Rainbow Awards.
Shira can be found on:
5/5 Release Day – Smoocher’s Voice (Interview with Shira)
5/6 Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words (Inspiration for the Mermen of Ea Series)
5/8 Mrs. Condits and Friends (Merman Sex 101)
5/9 Tali Spencer’s Brilliant Disguise (Series and Worldbuilding: Recreating the Merman Myth)
5/10 Prism Book Alliance (Character Interview with Ian Dunaidh)
5/13 Joyfully Jay (Character Interview with Taren Laxley)
5/15 Book Suburbia (TBA)
5/16 Jase’s Atenaeum (TBA)
First! Shira has offered a eCopy of Stealing the Wind (Mermen of Ea #1) to one lucky commenter on this post. That contest ends at 11:59pm CDT on 16 May 2014.
Contest ends at midnight on 5/31. Prizes include:
Grand Prize: Handmade Merman Tail Fluke Pendant
1st Prize: Mermen of Ea Goodie Basket (includes autographed copy of “Stealing the Wind” paperback, t-shirt, and lots of other fun stuff)
2nd Prize: $10.00 Dreamspinner Press Gift Certificate
3rd Prize: Paperback copy of “Stealing the Wind” (Mermen of Ea #1) – or for non-US winners, a $10 Dreamspinner Press Gift Certificate
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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