Review: Siren’s Secret by Debbie Herbert

Siren’s Secret (Harlequin Nocturne)

May Contain Spoilers


I love mermaid stories, so when I saw Debbie Herbert’s debut, I had to read it.  I really enjoyed Siren’s Secret.  It’s told through protagonist Shelly’s POV, as well as that of her love interest, Tillman, and the serial killer, Melkie.  I didn’t find Melkie a compelling character, and wish his POV hadn’t been as prominent.  While I found Shelly and Tillman engaging, Melkie was too one dimensional for me to find him interesting. 

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Meet Hattie Blackhouse from Anne Cleeland’s Daughter of the God-King and Giveaway!

[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Hattie! Can you please describe yourself in five words or less.

[Hattie Blackhouse]  Well, I wish I were taller, so I supposed you would say I am petite. I am also determined, resilient, a bit naïve, perhaps, but practical, too.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share a typical day in the life of Hattie Blackhouse?

[Hattie Blackhouse]  Before I set sail for Egypt, my days in Cornwall were completely tedious; aside from the Tremaine family on the neighboring estate, I hardly knew anyone and I never went anywhere.

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Interview with Kimberly Van Meter, Author of That Reckless Night

Please give a warm welcome to special guest Kimberly Van Meter, author of That Reckless Night.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Kimberly Van Meter] On a good day, driven, focused and creative; on all other days, forgetful, easily distracted, and wishing I was curled up with a good book.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about That Reckless Night?

[Kimberly Van Meter] That Reckless Night is the first in my new Alaska series featuring the Sinclair family. Eight years ago, the Sinclair family was fractured when the youngest, Simone, was abducted after work, sexually assaulted and left to die in the harsh Alaskan mountains. The killer was never found and the tragedy tore apart the family in different ways as they individually tried to cope with their grief. The first story is about Miranda, the big sister, who blames herself for Simone being in the parking lot that night. Miranda was supposed to pick her up from work but after a spat, told her to find her own way home. Except Simone never made it home. Miranda punishes herself with bad choices in her personal life but she values her professional life as a Fish and Game tracker. Unfortunately, she inadvertently sleeps with her new boss, Jeremiah Burke, before realizing who the handsome stranger is and thus, sets her life on a whole new track of discovery about who she is and why she does the things she does. Jeremiah knows a thing or two about grief and guilt, having arrived in Alaska after escaping the pain of losing his only son to an ATV accident back in Wyoming. The two clash and spark but together they find how to let go of the grief that is strangling them both.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Kimberly Van Meter] My characters always come to me by stumbling into my brain and kicking around until I figure out their story. I take the core of who they are as people and then ask, "Who would really mess up their life if they were attracted to them?" and go from there. I am character-driven in my writing so once I have the characters figured out, I shape the concept around them. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Miranda?

[Kimberly Van Meter] Brash, ballsy, tough-as-nails. (Okay, that was more than three words. Sorry.)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Jeremiah had a theme song, what would it be?

[Kimberly Van Meter] Oh, that’s a hard one. Hmm…well, even though it’s a female singer, Rhiannon’s "Stay" would be a good one. He’s damaged and Miranda is also damaged…who’s to say who needs emotional protection more?

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Miranda is never without.

[Kimberly Van Meter] Metaphorically, I’d say the ghost of her little sister, Simone. Literally, I’d say her gun and credentials. 🙂

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Jeremiah’s bedroom?

[Kimberly Van Meter] 1. Clutter

2. Any music by a boy band

3. Dirty sheets

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Miranda’s greatest regret?

[Kimberly Van Meter] Her biggest regret is fighting with her younger sister, Simone, over a blouse. If they hadn’t fought, Simone would still be alive.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Kimberly Van Meter] Gone With The Wind changed my life. I read it eight times before graduating high school. Margaret Mitchell ignited that passion to create. Since then, my greatest influences have been my desire to write bigger and better stories. I am driven by an intense hunger to reach greater heights within my professional life and it is this hunger that propels me. But, as always, I am inspired by good writing and my greatest love is to curl up with a fabulous book and lose myself in the pages.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Kimberly Van Meter] 1. The right music (or quiet, depending on my mood).

2. The characters’ voices in my head.

3. A deadline

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on That Reckless Night?

[Kimberly Van Meter] My personal life. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Kimberly Van Meter] Kresley Cole’s Lothaire. Love her style.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Kimberly Van Meter] James and the Giant Peach.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Kimberly Van Meter] Read, create book covers, watch my favorite DVRed shows, watch my kids in their various sporting events, spend time with my husband.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Kimberly Van Meter] I am soooo available to my fans! I’m on Twitter, Facebook, personal blog, and I’m thinking of assembling a street team! I love chatting with fans about stuff that supercede writing and what’s on my agenda. I enjoy connecting on a deep, personal level because unlike most writers, I’m an EXTROVERT. LOL! I love meeting new people, chatting, and being social. So, yeah…there are a million different ways to connect with me. 🙂

Thank you for the opportunity to share about my newest Superromance and I loved being a guest!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

He’s just a warm body on a cold Alaskan night…

Miranda Sinclair, reeling on the anniversary of her sister’s death, indulges in a passionate night with a stranger. The next day she’s shocked to discover he’s her new boss, Jeremiah Burke! And he got the job she thought was hers.

Still, she’s nothing if not practical. She wants to forget about their night together and focus on tracking the poachers killing black bears on her mountain. Besides, she’s not looking for a relationship, and her instincts tell her Jeremiah is hiding something. Too bad the attraction between them won’t go away, and Miranda starts to wonder if one night will ever be enough….

Tangled Hearts & Crimson Hearts Cover Reveal and #HighlandLove Giveaway!

Entangled has a fun cover reveal and giveaway for Heather McCollum’s latest releases in her Highland Hearts series.  Read on for all the details!

Series Overview

In the time of Tudor rule, when the land grew untamed and the men fought fiercely, the HIGHLAND HEARTS trilogy follows Scottish warriors of the Macbain and Munro clans on their quests for justice and survival. This historical, paranormal romance series sweeps from the raw grandeur of the Highlands to the opulence of King Henry’s court, where bold strategies, royal intrigue, and murder twist together with white magic as these warriors become entangled with three English lasses from very different lives. With secrets exposed and distrust shadowing their happiness, can they conquer the darkness to win the purest form of magic that exists – love?

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