The Waterworld Mermaids Proudly Welcome Avery Flynn

 “I do believe I can arrest you for looking at someone like that. You’ve got to be breaking some indecency laws.” 

Taking a deep breath, she recovered her bearings. Mostly. “You’re out of your jurisdiction, sheriff.”

A Dry Creek Bed, Avery Flynn


I read a lot of new authors in 2011 but one of my favorites was our very own Avery Flynn. I was first introduced to the town of Dry Creek, Nebraska in Up a Dry Creek and I’m thrilled to announce the sequel, A Dry Creek Bed is available now! I highly recommend both books and I’m not just saying that because Avery is offering a New Year’s hangover cure gift basket to one lucky commenter (U.S. only) today.  

In the meantime, I had the pleasure of interviewing both Avery and Hank Layton, her main character and, dare I say hunky, sheriff of Dry Creek. Welcome Avery and Hank!


Kerri: Avery, congratulations on A Dry Creek Bed, the second book in your Dry Creek series, being released this week! Where did the inspiration for the Dry Creek series come from?

Avery: Well with a hot couple like Beth and Hank, who wouldn’t be inspired? I think just about everyone grew up with a golden boy like Hank – and in Nebraska you can’t get more blessed than being the quarterback of the Nebraska Cornhuskers when they win a BCS championship. But Hank grew up, graduated and now not everything in his life is as perfect. Not that Beth Martinez would believe that. She’s loved Hank for most of her life but as the geeky best friend of his little sister, he never gave her a second look, except for that one summer … What? Hank why are you giving me a dirty look? Fine, fine I’ll skip that part, folks will just have to read about it in A Dry Creek Bed.

Kerri: Hank, what do you think of Avery’s series so far? Are you okay with her telling your family’s story?

Hank: Everyone in Dry Creek pretty much knows everything about us any way what with small town gossip, so what’s the big deal about a bunch of strangers knowing it? Of course, I had to skip a lot of Up a Dry Creek. No one should have to know exactly what their baby sister is thinking about – and doing with – a man. I just pray mom never read it.

Kerri: Your mother, Glenda Layton, seems thrilled with Avery’s books. She expressed her desire to have a grandbaby soon to show off all over town. Thoughts on marriage and children, Hank?

Hank: God love her, that woman is obsessed with grandkids. I can’t wait to have kids of my own to toss around the football and teach the intricacies of avoiding a blitz when the game is on the line. Course first I have to meet the right woman.

Kerri: So you still believe in marriage even with your previous divorce?

Hank: I thought we agreed not to go there. Wasn’t that in the pre-interview agreement?

Kerri: Okay, okay, stop giving me the evil eye. I was just asking. Speaking of men, Avery… what’s your favorite kind of hero to write about?

Avery: I’m all about the alpha heroes, but let’s be clear alpha does not mean asshole. There is a difference, just like beta does not equal wimp. Think John McClane from Die Hard and you’ve basically got my favorite type of hero.

Kerri: Let’s turn back to family. Hank, your sister Claire went through a really rough time not too long ago. How’s she doing?

Hank: Claire? She’s doing great, thanks for asking. She’s working with an architect drawing up plans to rebuild The Harvest Bistro and is hunting down a big old bar to replace the one lost in the fire. Jake relocated to Dry Creek so that has her happier than a pig in mud. Of course, now mom is watching her like a hawk wanting to know when the wedding will be. Poor girl.

Kerri: Speaking of Claire, her best friend, Beth Martinez, has been seeing her own share of trouble lately out at her grandparents old house. As both the sheriff and a family friend, are you doing anything to help?

Hank: What trouble? Beth hasn’t said anything to me about that, but you can be sure I’m going to find out.

Kerri: (wincing) Well, the gossip down at Margaret’s Bakery is that you and Beth had a little thing back when she was in college. Care to comment?

Hank: What the hell kind of tabloid interview is this? Avery, you vouched for the Waterworld Mermaids? (grumbles incoherently) That all happened a long time ago. Today, I can barely get Beth to say two words to me especially after that kiss at Claire’s party … oh hell, that’s off the record. Got it?

Kerri: (ignoring that last comment) This last question is for both of you. Any New Year’s resolutions for 2012?

Hank: Nah, I’m not a believer in resolutions. Of course, finding the right girl and settling down would be nice.

Avery: My resolution is to finish the Dry Creek novels this year with books three and four in the series. One of my super smart Waterworld Mermaid sisters (Kerri-Mermaid bats eyelashes) recommended I write a novella about how Glenda and Bob Layton fell in love and so I’ve added that to my list of things to get done as well.


Well, no matter what either of you decide to do, I wish you both a happy and prosperous 2012! Thank you so much for joining us!

Remember everyone, check out Avery’s new book here and her awesome website here. And leave a comment below for a chance to win a New Year’s hangover cure gift basket (U.S. Only) from Avery.


A Dry Creek Bed, by Avery Flynn (Available Now)

Dry Creek County Sheriff Hank Layton is the stuff of dreams. Nasty, steamy, delicious fantasies that leave Beth Martinez weak-kneed and desperately wanting the man she can never have. 

Hank can’t stop thinking about Beth to the point where he’s afraid of becoming permanently bowlegged. And even though the sexual tension between them is thick enough to trip over, she runs every time he chases. 

But when a mysterious developer forces her neighbors off their land, Beth becomes the one person standing between the scoundrel and millions of dollars. Only Hank can help her uncover the truth. Together they risk their lives exposing decades-old secrets and learn that everything is not as it seems in their rural Nebraska town. 



27 thoughts on “The Waterworld Mermaids Proudly Welcome Avery Flynn

  1. You girls should be ashamed of yourselves! If Hank says he doesn’t want to discuss certain things and wants them off the record, they should be left off the record! 🙂
    Avery, I loved this book! I can’t wait to read books 3 and 4! I have a soft spot for hunky Hank, so you girls take it easy on him!

    1. Hey – Hank and I are like THIS (Kerri crosses fingers bedazzled with sparkly rings). A good interviewer must ask the tough questions. I think Hank is going to have a fabulous 2012! 😉

      1. Hank can’t come by, he’s busy trying to convince Beth to go out with him, but he wanted me to pass along the following message:
        Kerri – You’re always welcome in Dry Creek County just don’t speed, he’d really hate to have to give you a ticket. 🙂

  2. Yay Hank! Thanks for stopping by the mermaid pond. Can’t wait to read about you and Beth!

  3. Love it! Great interview ladies! A-hem, and you too Hank. Avery, I’ll have you know this could not have come at a better time because I just finished “Up a Dry Creek” this morning! That I started it yesterday should tell you how much I enjoyed your snappy dialogue, constant action and memorable characters. Whew, and steamy! Thanks for a great read!!! I guess this means I’m going to have to check out Hank and Beth’s story today. So much for accomplishing anything. 🙂

  4. Awesome! I love the Southern flare. Getty Up Nebraska! 🙂
    Great interview K, Sounds like Avery has a great series and an interesting leading man. Avery, I love spin-offs about characters – good luck on your novella and finishing your 3rd and 4th. Happy New Year Mermaids!

  5. Love your interview ladies and man! Okay, so I read Up a Dry Creek to hubby many a night. I was all nervous about it, you know how us Shirley Temple drinkers are. Anywho, the whole time, hubby was like, “I’m telling you, this guy Jake is totally gonna turn out to be the bad guy (Voice of Doom). I can feel it.” I was like, “Just be quiet and let me read! No. He. Is. Not. You don’t understand anything about romances!!!” Um…not sure where I was going with that. Oh, that’s right. FOOTBALL! Hank–I didn’t realize he was a star player in college. Hubby is totally gonna understand who the hero is in this fabulous new book! I hope. Will let you know. 😉

      1. You know, I can kinda see it. There was a point when I thought that too. But Hello! His name is Jake. Jake in a romance novel is always the hero. Or, he’s the best friend of the hero who gets his own book later. That’s just how it works!

      2. I did when we were first introduced to him, but then you played up the sexual attraction and I figured she would have recognized the voice if it were the VOD, at that point I knew he would be the hero. 🙂

  6. Hey Hank . . . how’s it hanging? Any luck so far with Beth? Keep us posted–will have to read all about it. Great interview Kerri, Avery and Hank! 😉

  7. Avery, Haven’t started the series yet, but it’s on my list! Good luck with finishing the rest of the series this year. So great for a locale that isn’t east or west coast!

  8. I like Hank! Might need to make a t-shirt:)…Seriously, fun interview Kerri, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading Avery’s Dry Creek series.

    And Avery – I like your New Year’s Resolution and have no doubt you’d achieve those goals with or without a resolution.

    Again. Really good interview. Congrats Kerri, Hank and Avery.

  9. Well, that interview was just fantastic…Kerri you are brilliant coming up with that (and I’m not just saying that because I’m your mother!), and Avery and Hank did an awesome job as well! I did enjoy the book except for the ‘wp’ and ‘c’ words…oh and any reference to moisture is a little bothersome, but I loved the story, and can’t wait to read the next one.
    PS Hank would do well to remember that Kerri does not do tabloid type interviews…she was just doing her job. And an excellent one at that!!!

    1. Thanks, Ma!!! Maybe Avery will send you a revised manuscript deleting any “wp” and “c” words. I’ll ask her.

  10. Loved the interview, Kerri, Avery, and Hank. Hank you seem like a very charming man, I hope you find that special lady for you soon. I don’t usually read contemporary romances. But, I’m a Midwestern girl and must say you really intrigued me, Hank. I look forward to reading about you and how you get the girl, uhhrm, you know who she is.

  11. I don’t want to see Hank toss a pigskin, I want to see this guy on a big old tractor, and I want to see him dance with the woman he loves as he realizes he loves her. Guess I will have to get me some Dry Creek novels, hmm? Well done, Avery!

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