Love is out there everyday of the year, in its many different forms and shades of dark and light. With it being February, a notoriously romantic month, I have searched my private library, and found something old, favorited, and exemplary to share with you, fishy friends. It comes to you from the singular Gaston Leroux and a certain masked man named Erik who has never received kindness except from one young woman who has allowed him to kiss her forehead, and not run away. Hush now while I extinguish all lights and blow out all candles, save one, for you to read by. Of course, you may know him simply as, The Phantom…
And Erik fell into a chair, choking for breath:
“Ah, I am not going to die yet… presently I shall… but let me cry! … Listen, daroga… listen to this. While I was at her feet… I heard her say, ‘Poor, unhappy Erik!’ … And she took… Read the Rest…
I just had to start out that way because back in July three Mermaids were in a bar. Alethea, Denny, and I were at a bar in San Antonio for a publisher’s party during the RWA Annual Conference®. When the party started dying down, we decided to walk back to our hotel. Because walking in the late-July Texas heat was our best idea? Turns out, we didn’t even notice the heat.
As we made our way along the festive, color-bursting River Walk, a young man dressed in military uniform rushed by us. He was on a mission. And if the big bouquet of beautiful flowers said anything, it was that this mission was of the romantic persuasion.
So Alethea, Denny, and I did what any normal person who writes romance novels would do. We hiked up our fancy dresses and started following him. It didn’t take long for us to realize we weren’t the only people who took… Read the Rest…
(Sparkle Plan Update: Yes, I am still on my Sparkle Plan. But I thought I would take a month off from talking about it. All is still well – I’m starting to do run/walk intervals and getting back into lifting weights. Stay tuned for a bigger update in September.)
Spoilers ahead – you’ve been warned.
I consider myself a romantic.
I write romance novels. I love happy endings and riding off into the sunset and candlelit dinners and long walks on the beach, and flowers, and getting dressed up to go out on a date. Which reminds me, I have these new, totally cute pants that would be great for a date. But I digress.
You know what else I like? Movies.
But recently, I realized that none of my favorite movies are romantic movies. My two favorite movies oscillate between The Empire Strikes Back and Office Space. Both have some hints of romance, but neither can be considered A romance. Furthermore, the usual “romcom” staples don’t tend to make… Read the Rest…
We know how to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Waterworld Mermaid lagoon. It’s not a one-day thing. We started on Tuesday by telling why we write romance, and we asked you to tell us why you write or read romance. Yesterday we asked some industry professionals to tell us their favorite heroes/heroines. We had a lively debate in the comment section, and several of us have since added recommended books to our TBR pile. If you missed either of these days, it’s not too late to add your comment.
Today we’re talking about romance again. Whether it’s a favorite book or a movie that moved you to laughter and tears, we know you have a favorite.
Just like yesterday, it’s hard to limit yourself to one book or movie that pulled at your heartstrings. Where the characters remained with you like a sneaky shadow for days afterwards. Where you relived a favorite scene over and over again because it was too… Read the Rest…
Happy Valentine’s Day from the Waterworld Mermaids!!!
We love Valentine’s Day so much that we are celebrating all week long. Ever curious about why the Mermaids write romance novels? Today we decided to share our answers to the question: What made you start writing romance?
Come back tomorrow when we turn the tables on industry professionals with their very own question. Our celebration will wrap on Thursday with a gift card giveaway. Leave a comment today and tomorrow for extra chances to be entered in the giveaway on Thursday.
Enjoy and smoochies!
What made you start writing romance?
This should come as no surprise to anyone: Fairy Tales are the reason I started writing romance. Fairy tales are full of fantasy, adventure, magic, mystery, blood, and death…but the tales I always found most interesting were the ones that involved true love. This love might end tragically (The Little Mermaid) or wonderfully (Rapunzel) or coincidentally (Briar Rose) or with a heaping… Read the Rest…
Last month, my brother got married in a beautiful ceremony in New York. I gave a toast at the rehearsal dinner and in true Kerri-fashion, I stuck to what I know best – TV, movies and Pearl Jam (well, that was more for my brother). The toast is below and you’re all going to think I’m nuts. But my brother got all the references!
Welcome to the family, Danielle!!!
Among many things, my brother and I share a very strange unique sense of humor. Possibly because we spent a lot of time together watching movies, TV shows and listening to, of course, Pearl Jam.
A lot of Pearl Jam.
When I thought about what I should say tonight, it seemed pretty clear I needed to talk about his journey. And where better to start than…
Psst, yes you fishy friend. Lean in a little closer because I have a secret to share. I recently overheard something extraordinary being discussed by King Neptune and his court. It turns out every mermaid has one magical scale located somewhere on her tail giving her the ability to walk on land and live in water. Sadly, for her own protection, this wondrous scale’s location remains secret because of the time when mer-people were hunted for their magic.
I, however, had the worst itch my first winter living on the east coast and couldn’t stop scratching at this one particular fold on the underside of my fin. I nagged at it so much that I loosened a scale. Not knowing what else to do with it, I tucked it under my pillow that night as if it were a tooth. Naturally.
Talk about vivid dreams! There were heroes and heroines, and all kinds of drama and tragedy.
What can I say about Cathy Maxwell? Funny, of course. Intelligent, without a doubt. A bestselling author whose work is the kind you just cannot put down — oh yes!
But more than that is Cathy as a mentor and friend to so many young authors everywhere. So much in fact that at her local writer’s chapter retreat a segment called Maxwell’s Maxims is a cherished way to wrap up a weekend. Even more inspiring, Cathy’s been named the keynote speaker for the 2013 RWA’s meeting in Atlanta, the largest writer’s meeting in the U.S.
In other words, Cathy Maxwell is one of a kind.
She sat down to do this hysterical, lovely interview, and to remind everyone about the signs of ovarian cancer. She’ll also be giving away copies of her book, The Scottish Witch, to FIVE lucky commentators (if comments don’t… Read the Rest…
It’s my pleasure to interview Diane Farr, four time Rita Award Nominee, YA and Regency Romance Author of eleven books! She’s not only a fantastic author, but she is also a proponent of the arts and works for the California Arts Council. Her Wicked Cool/Scary Cool paranormal YA series is among my favorites, following the adventures of a seventeen-year-old spell spinner named Zara and of course, with so many awards, I need not tell anyone how wonderful her Regencies are.
Anyway, without further ado, here is my video interview with Diane Farr!
Thanks so much for coming today Diane!
In honor of Diane’s newest release, Scary Cool, We’d love to know what makes you love a romance hero? Is your ideal the good guy who always has your back? Or is the edgy, dangerous kind of guy, like Lance in Scary Cool, more your type? Let us know! One lucky commenter will win an e-copy of the first book in the Spell Spinner’s series, Wicked… Read the Rest…
Candice Gilmer leads a dangerous double life as a mommy and a writer. In between diaper changes and boo-boo healing, she writes stories — usually to the tune of children’s television shows.
Living in the Midwest, Candice stays close to her family, especially the ones with basements when the tornadoes come around. The author of seven romance novels, she’s worked as a hairdresser for over fifteen years, and brings her laptop to work so she can write between clients.
All in all, she stays very busy, but really, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Well,” she says, “maybe a little less children’s television.”