The Giving Season & Free Christmas Titles!

Happy Thursday, fishy friends!

Today there are two things I want to share with you and I just can’t decide which topic to blog about. After much deliberation, I’m taking the easy route and going with BOTH!

Firstly, it’s the Giving Season, and there’s this very special lady out there who is one of those people. You know, the kind who give and give and give but never want any attention brought to their generosity. And you try your very hardest to respect their wishes but eventually you just can’t take it any longer! This lady this past year for me has been the incomparable Dianna Love. I don’t even know where to start, to be honest. Do I tell you about her fabulous books? They’re out of this world, crazy good and I am salivating to crack open my copy of Demon Storm, Book 5 of the Belador series. So. Good.

Demon Storm


Or how she is hands down one of the most reader friendly authors I’ve ever met? Her thoughtfulness made my cross-country move this summer the bomb-diggity and she’s also one of the most fun people to pose for pictures with.

Dianna and Carlene 2010 Comic Con

Carlene Love’s “Dianna Love squee moment” at San Diego Comic Con ๐Ÿ™‚

There’s all the great stuff she’s constantly doing to help fellow writers too. Her notes on how to write a short story continue to be lifesavers to me. For instance, start with a couple who have history together. Easy but poignant. Seriously, it would take several blog posts to properly gush about Dianna. And here’s the real kicker. I’m but one of thousands of fans she manages to touch like this on a daily basis. I’m going to ask you to trust me on all this because deep down, I really do want to respect her wishes to keep the behind-the-scenes things she does for her fans on the down low. Just know that she’s out there doing it and for that giving spirit of hers, I want to simply say, in a very public way, THANK YOU, DIANNA. You are an amazing human being and I wish all of life’s best blessings on you and yours.

And this brings me to the second and equally awesome part of today’s blog post. I’ve just come across a few brand new, free Christmas romance titles from my publisher! These are short, quick and sexy reads and I’ve already downloaded my copies. Hoping you’ll find something you fall in love with too. If you’d like to download, you can click on the book covers.

christmasfantasy__00248.1417643695.432.648From my dear friend who is equally generous and talented, Sandra Bunino, Christmas Fantasy: Dahlia and Tristan…

Take a sexy trip to your next Christmas fantasyโ€ฆ

A late night train ride kick starts Alexis Wintersโ€™ holiday spirit when she finds a seat next to a sexy stranger. Will she get off at the next stop or stay aboard and fulfill the fantasy of a lifetime?







illicitactivityFrom sexy contemporary author, J.R. Gray, Illicit Activity…

The Christmas season is fast approaching. Jesse and George try to keep their connection alive with stolen late night dinners and secret meetings, which never seem to be enough.
Zac doesnโ€™t take no for an answer, and has set his sights on Georgeโ€™s slave Elliot as his newest conquest. Determined to see Elliot and bring him some holiday spirit, Zac starts a battle of wits with George. But Will George be able to outsmart Zac, and keep him away from Elliot, for long?







anhcAnd from the lovely and talented Angelique Voisen, A New Haven Christmas…

While the rest of his pack mates are celebrating the holiday season with their newfound mates, Peter Sanders is miserably counting off the minutes until he can head home. Pete knows heโ€™s no oneโ€™s ideal mate. Heโ€™s mediocre, sells video games for a living, and still lives with his mother. Pete begins to think itโ€™s going to be another miserable Christmas when his dream hunk strikes up a conversation with him.

Fabio Luigi may be new to the New Haven pack, but he isnโ€™t blind to the glances a certain submissive wolf has been giving him all season long. Pete may believe they come from two different worlds for sparks to fly, but Fabio intends to prove Pete wrong.





And they’re all FREE! Happy Giving Season, fishy friends! So now I’d like to know, is there anyone special out there who goes the extra mile but perhaps doesn’t take the credit they deserve? Tell us about them!

Fishy Kisses,

Carlene Mermaid




45 thoughts on “The Giving Season & Free Christmas Titles!

  1. I love your blog, Carlene!! Thanks so much for sharing my book and all the other wonderful ones here. If you want to pick a name at some point and give away an ebook (so we can include international), I’ll send it to the winner (just need their Amazon or B&N acct email to be gifted). Thanks again!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Dianna! Thank you so much! Yet again, you are there for your fans. And forget short notice, you had no notice as I completely sprung this on you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxoxo

      I would be delighted to pick a name so yes, everyone, please be sure to comment.

      I just wish I had more opportunities to toot your horn. You rock!

    1. Dianna is awesome! I also got to meet her for breakfast with my friend Sher, who was so nice to invite me! Dianna is so sweet and nice! We had a great visit with her! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Hi Cheryl! I can only imagine what a wonderful experience that was for you both. And it does my heart happy to have you here, helping me heap on the affection Dianna so rightly deserves. Thank you so much for stopping by the pond!

  2. Absolutely love her! She so nice, friendly, funny, and warm. Appreciates her fans and makes everyone feel welcomed. Hope she makes it back to K.C. Mo. again.

    1. Welcome to the pond, Debbie! I couldn’t agree more. And don’t you love how Dianna’s always breaking her own rules? She is pretty hilarious about that. I remember one of the first in-person book signings where I got to meet her and you could tell she wanted everyone there to go away with something special so she was really going out of her way to bend the swag giveaway rules. I hope she makes it back to your neck of the woods too! Have a great day!

    2. I’d love to get back to KC, Debbie. That was a fun trip. Maybe this year. Have to talk to hubby to see which direction we’re pointing out bikes. ;0

    1. Hi there, Yamimiko! Hands down, yes she is! What is your favorite Dianna Love book? I got started reading her when she was writing with Sherrilyn Kenyon. I love the Bad Agency novels and my fave solo book of Dianna’s is Last Chance to Run. Although I think Demon Storm is probably going to be my new favorite. Thanks so much for swimming by!

      1. Wow, you’re just making my day, Carlene. Last Chance To Run will always be dear to me, but I have to admit that Demon Storm is very special. I’m busy in the cave today, but I’ll jump back out later. Thanks again!

  3. I volunteer for several organizations and work with many dedicated and selfless people everyday. It is harder than ever to get people to volunteer because everyone is so busy. Groups like the Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity, animal shelters, Catholic Charities, the Veterans Hospitals, and Honor Flight all rely heavily on volunteers to make their programs a success. I do volunteer for them and have met many people who spend many hours and their own money to make sure the programs they support are a success. It is these everyday people that make things work in our society.

    1. Hi there, LibraryPat. You are absolutely right and it’s a very nice and gentle reminder for us all to do what we can, whenever we can do it. That’s why it’s so wonderful seeing people like Dianna who you know are busy times a billion, still taking the time to do nice things for others. The same way all the wonderful volunteers at these organizations do. Truly touched that you stopped by and shared with us today.

    2. Hi LibraryPat – You are so wonderful to volunteer. I’m always saying that every little bit helps because too often people think they have to do something huge. But a lot of small wonders add up to a giant blessing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all you do. Like Carlene, you have good heart!

  4. Wow, Dianna, welcome to the mermaid pond! It is such an honor to have you here, and I love that picture of you and Carlene. I will take Carlene’s word (I always do!) and thank you for your generosity to your fans. And holy wow, that is a fantastic cover for Demon Storm. Looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the other recs, as well, Carlene!

    1. Thank you, Pintip Mermaid! You are so good about taking my word for things. Hahaha. Oh yes, Storm is a character I fell in love with way back at the beginning of this series and just the title of the book alone has me going crazy with excitement!

    2. Hi Pintip and thanks so much for the warm welcome!! I’m honored to be here and for Carlene to give Demon Storm such a glowing write up. And thanks on the cover. Kim Killion does all my covers and she’s is amazing. She appreciates all the kind comments as much as I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thanks for a great interview Mermaid Carlene, and for bringing Dianna Love to the pond! And Dianna thank you for hanging out! So cool! Definitely will be checking out your books. Which I can’t believe I’ve missed, but no more! Happy Holidays!

    1. Hi Denny Mermaid! Oh, you would love Dianna’s books because like you, she does amazing things with urban fantasy, mystery and suspense. And romance of course! I can’t wait for you to discover her stuff!! Happy Holidays, fishy sister!

    2. Hey I know how hard it is to grab reading time when you write, Denny, and this introduces me to you too since Carlene said you write UF and suspense. Go you! I just love this blog, so very cool to be with all you Mermaids. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. That picture was from 2010, Masha Mermaid, and I think I was like, “Hi Dianna, let’s pose like this so I can get my cool Dexter cheek tattoo in the pic,” Like I said, she’s an awesome sport. This Demon Storm cover is gorgeous. Thanks for stopping by, fishy sister!

    2. HI Masha and thanks for the compliment on my Demon Storm cover. Kim Killion never disappoints me and, in fact, always surprises me in nice way. It’s like she climbs inside my head (a scary place – lol) and see exactly what I want. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Well friends, I’m being whisked off to Beverly Hills by the fabulous Mr. Flores for a play. I will check back in with you probably in the wee hours and I’ll be sure and post a winner of Demon Storm in the morning. Thank you so much to everyone stopping by and sharing and especially to Dianna. xoxo

    1. Have fun at your play, Carlene, and thanks again for this nice surprise. Just touch base with me when you pick a winner, which probably won’t be until tomorrow mermaids since she’s out with her merman. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Hello! Welcome to the lagoon! Last mermaid sister coming out of her writing cave (can you say, “deadline”?). Dianna Love, what an awesome Holiday Kick Off to have you here with us! Carlene– so lucky!! Love the pic. Hope you all have a great Christmas. Loni hugs and fishy kisses! :*

  8. Oh, man, Loni, you’re so sweet to jump out of your cave right now (I feel for you at this point of finishing the book). I”m really flattered to be featured with such a wonderful line up and to have a day with the mermaids. You all have a wonderful Christmas, too, and thanks again. I’m signing off since I have to crash soon (I roll around 4-5 every day… I know, crazy). Good luck on your deadline!!

    1. I know…I’m crazy too. I’m usually up around 0500…housework, family, marketing, promotion before getting into the books. Have a cup of coffee with me in the morning! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hugs and thanks so much, Dianna!

  9. Gigantic thanks to everyone who swam with us to celebrate giving! The play last night was worth the 2.5 hour drive! We saw Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, written by Stephen King. Gothic, supernatural, not exactly Christmasy but still perfect! And now I can happily say that we have a winner! Debbie G, you were the lucky name my kiddo just pulled out of the hat so Congrats! I’ll pass it along to Dianna. Fishy kisses to everyone, xoxoxoxox.

  10. i volunteered for years and your the first to know, but i haven’t met anyone who hadn’t tried to do good or put in that extra mile where i volunteered. love your blog and thank you.

    1. Hi Kerry, I consider ourselves very lucky to have you here as our guest and also know that there are good people out there quietly doing what they can for others. Big fishy kiss for that!

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