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Monday, April 20, 2015

Children of the Waves by LaVerne Thompson

Before I even start this, I have to give a shout out to one of the best cover designers in the business and the people who made these beautiful covers possible. I gave Fiona Jayde the concept for my creatures, found the models, Jimmy Thomas shot by Bruce Heinsius, Shannon Robinson shot by Rob Bampton, and Adam Fletcher shot by FuriousFotog aka Golden Czermak. Then look what Fiona came up with. She FRIGGING ROCKS! So do the models and photographers! Creating a feast for the eyes combination. Okay on to post. lol

Most authors are asked how do you come up with your ideas? I think the better question is, what gives you inspiration? Most ideas have been done, but these in turn inspire you to push a little more. Stray outside of the lines and change the colors of the palette. Hell, change the style of brush. That’s what I did with this series.

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of mermaids. Seriously, most people with little girls know the story of The Little Mermaid, Ariel. But, stories of mermaids with tails in the sea yet able to walk on land with two legs, predates even that beloved movie. Thus, was my inspiration for Children of the Waves, the idea of people of the sea, but changing the lore to not just those who can walk on land but also in the water. In other words, my sea people don’t have tails, fins, gills, etc. I thought, why should they? Now this concept too has been done, don’t ask me by whom, I can’t remember off the top of my head, but it has.

Anyway, I needed to bring something a little different to my sea people. For one thing I don't refer to them as mermen/mermaids. I call them Sea Children or Children of the Waves. Mine are the sons and daughters of Poseidon, Greek, since he’s in charge of all things in the deep blue seas (as opposed to Neptune, Roman). But I still needed something to make my story stand out. So I created cousins, if you will in my own mind, between mermaid lore with The Wizard of Oz. lol yep. My story won’t have one witch but two. Sisters. The good witch and the bad witch. The Sea Witch and her sister The White Witch. I liked the idea of the white witch being the bad one. *grins* And of course there is always a quest, bad guys, and evil creatures. And in my books a few fight scenes. lol Oh and a little sex. *winks*

From that point I kept the Greek aspects of the story, but tossed in the concept of Hades to the mix. Why not? I added a few more specifics I won’t mention here. You have to read the books. *grins* But to spice things up even more. Well, you know how mermaids/mermen can seem kinda young? I began writing the first book when my kids were about 13 and 14, yes puberty (they're in college now). So I made that part of the story, the angst of being an eternal teen. They were driving me nuts at that time, wanting to be older faster. And me holding them back.

My Sea Children only age until they are thirteen or fourteen, remain in that physical state for years, sometimes over a hundred years. Yikes! The horror. Can you imagine? Yep, I could. I did. My creatures stay that way until they meet their fated brides or mates. At which point, when they touch, even if only by hand, a chemical reaction happens between them. Only then does the aging process kick in again and they begin to age. Thus, they’re referred to as Children because they seem to be forever young. The kicker is they might not always know who triggered the aging process or even exactly when it started. And believe me they want to know. Why? I will leave you on this note. Only their bride or mate can trigger an orgasum. *wicked grin*

Oh and yes. There is a book 4 Sea Child. hehehehehe there is a snippet at the end of Sea Witch.

SEA WITCH- Children of the Waves #3
COMING 06/01/2015

What the hell do you mean I can't claim you?

Aaron is a Child of the Waves and he's searched for his bride for over a hundred years. Always seeking never finding. Then when he finally does, he’s got a choice: claim her and risk the destruction of his people, or let her go and risk the destruction of his soul.

Sienna has always known who her mate was, in fact, she took great pains to never cross his path. Until one day, she could avoid him no longer. As the witch of the sea, she had to warn him of the horror their world would face if she were to become his bride.

They each had a duty to perform, even at the sacrifice of the other. Sienna must pass through the dark depths to enter the very gates of Hades and Aaron must let her go.

                                           SEA BRIDE- Children of the Waves #1

For 200 some years Xavior, a child of the waves, has searched the seven depths for his bride only to find her on land. How could a landwalker be his Queen, the one destined to stop the wars among the sea tribes? But one touch and he knew he'd defy Poseidon himself to make her his.

Cori Daniels hated the water; she'd been on board the luxury ocean liner for 2 days and hadn't left her cabin. But when she finally ventured on deck she met a man who looked like a sea god and tempted her like no other. But he tempted her to follow him into the sea. 

How could she tell him she feared the water? 

SEA STORM- Children of the Waves #2

Bring on the lightning. 

For so long Des’ life was a lie. She had to hide who she really was from the world. Her survival and that of her family depended on her continuing those lies. But it was never harder than when she had to lie to the man she loved.

She was lying to him. Zek knew the woman in his house, in his arms was the bride he’d searched for all of his existence. But as a son of Poseidon nothing and no one would stop him from claiming that which was his.