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Title: Riding the Tide
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: All Romance eBooks
Cover Artist: Erin Dameron-Hill
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: 11/01/2016


Caught between two worlds—what’s a merman to do?

The Deep Blue Sea, #2

Marcus Krill, a creature of the sea, is a perfectly content bachelor. Mating someone? No thank you. Living anywhere but in the ocean? Ha! Not happening. Spending more than the barest necessity of time on land? Nope. Not this merman. And humans? They’re perfectly fine as a diversion, but that’s all. They might be interesting, but complications follow them like a hungry shark during a feeding frenzy. So what if he’s a little lonely, a little tired of one-night stands? That doesn’t mean he’s ready to mate.

Blair Estes, a creature of land, is perfectly happy with his nomadic lifestyle. No strings keep him tied to any one place long. Adventure is his lover and adrenaline his master. He loves to travel, and the things he’s seen defy description. Now his wandering has brought him to the Seychelles and a mysterious merman who’s going to take him on the journey of a lifetime.

Once again merfolk and human culture collide in an explosion of passion and… fear.


We are here today to talk about Riding the Tide.  What can you tell us about it?

Riding the Tide is the second book in the Deep Blue Sea series and is based on mermen. Marcus is a warrior who’s gained permission to reside in Nisha’s — the Alpha merman, if you will — territory. Marcus made a brief appearance in book one, Beneath the Surface. He’s kind of quirky with a slightly sardonic personality. He’s also quite adamant he’s not going to be mated. Ever. He’s not interested in humans or other mers.

His mind quickly gets changed, LOL.

Please tell us more about your main characters.

Marcus is very independent and is quite happy with his life the way it is. He loves the sea and quite frankly can’t ever imagine a reason that would drive him from it. But deep down, he’s lonely.

Blair is a young man who’s inherited a lot of money. He’s traveled the world meeting interesting people, and his travels have brought him into contact with some less-than-human individuals. He’s seen things that simply cannot be rationalized or explained. He knows firsthand there are other beings who walked the face of the earth, others who are not human.

What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series?

Like most of my books, this series also deals with issues that mirror things going on in the world today.

What about Riding the Tide makes you the proudest?

How two totally different individuals can cross the divide between their cultures and find a meeting place in the middle.

What is next for these characters?  Is there more to this series?  If so who will we hear from next?

Honestly, I’m not sure there will be a third book in the series. If so, it might be on the redheaded merman who attacked Kannon in book one.

If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Not to give up. Not everybody is going to like your books, and that’s totally okay because how boring would it be if we all like the same thing, lol? But for every person who doesn’t care for your books, there is another reader out there who does. The main thing is not to get discouraged. There are going to be bumps in the road, some construction delays, and even some hellacious potholes. But the road is there; all we have to do as writers is keep traveling it.

What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

Recently I received an email from a reader. It touched me and reaffirmed my need to write. One part really spoke to me and it was this part: Your words are full of wisdom and truths about the world. You show your readers both the positive and the somewhat negative possibilities of life, all the while giving us a world of fantasy.  A world where the impossible is possible and where real life meets the supernatural. And most of all, you give us characters that we fall in love with. That we can connect with. You inspire us to a better future.

I can tell you that when an author receives an email like that… it’s worth its weight in gold.

What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?

Usually it’s an idea/theme. I’ll see something or hear something and inspiration will strike. Recently I saw a meme on Facebook that’s going to be the idea behind my next book due to Dreamspinner. With the idea I often have a scene that helps me visualize the characters. Those two things normally start the process for me.

Do you ever abandon a draft partly written and just move on? Do you keep a file of plot ideas?

Unfortunately, yes. I have started a story and then for whatever reason I simply cannot make it go anywhere. And I hate when that happens. It drives me crazy. Either I get stuck or the characters are not speaking to me. Sometimes I can’t visualize and ending. I have a file where things like this go, and I revisit it on occasion hoping that something will spark and I can finish the story.

I also have a file of plot ideas. I often see things in social media and a seed for a story gets planted. Sometimes I have deadlines and can’t tend to that seed so I save it, lol.

If you could rewrite your first published novel what would you change?

Everything about it. I was brand-new and didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing. I let the editor change things that, now, I never would have agreed to. One day I’m going to sit down and go through that manuscript and put back my author voice that had been stripped out.

What do you keep in your bedside table?

I have a brass chess next to my side of the bed that has several quilts my mother made.

If you had to be a cat, dog, or a rat, which would you choose and why?

Oh that’s easy, lol. I’d be a cat. I love them. My cat actually is what inspired the Fur, Fangs, and Felines series, and the aliens in The Harvest had feline characteristics.

What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

Actually, right now I’m not reading anything. I just got back from GRL and immediately had a dental emergency. A dental implant that was redone two weeks ago messed up again and had to be removed. I do plan to start That’s What Brothers Do by Derekica Snake.

Rapid Fire Time

  • Batman or Superman? Batman
  • Hawaii or Colorado? Hawaii
  • Top or Bottom? Bottom
  • Paddle or flogger? Paddle
  • Favorite Color? Red
  • Light saber or a Sonic screwdriver? Light saber
  • roller skates or ice skates? Roller skates
  • Spring or Fall? Fall
  • Rock or Country? Rock
  • Country or City? Country

What are you working on?  What is next?

Right now I’m working on a contemporary novella having to do with an AutoCorrect fail lol. Next is another contemporary due to Dreamspinner, and then finally the next book in the Fur, Fangs, and Feline series.


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About the Author

M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!

When not writing, she’s on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children.

She is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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You can also email MA Church at – nomoretears00@hotmail.com


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