Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Finding the Selkie in Chincoteague Guest blog and Giveaway with Nara Malone

I had the publisher's approval for Make Me Wet, a selkie (a mythical being that shifts shape between seal and human form) tale, before I wrote the first word. I had the research done, the plot down, the characters drawn. I had everything but the words. And I fought to find them for a couple of months before admitting to myself that something was missing. In this story setting was a character and that character was proving particularly hard to connect with.

My dad was a navy man and had lived by the beach most of my life. I hadn't been back to the shore since he died. Returning to the ocean, I believed, would prime the creative well,  get the words flowing again, and help me reconnect with happy memories. I needed to hear surf pounding shore and taste salt on my lips if I was ever going to be able to call up this selkie and get the story done. 

After a long day of driving I arrived on Chincoteague with barely enough time to pitch a tent and set camp as the sun was going down. Yet even with the pressure of night coming on, I had to walk the beach first, watch the sandpipers scurry back and forth at the edge of the surf, watch the sunset turn the water to fire, feel the frothy Atlantic swirl around my ankles. 
The selkie was closer, but still submerged.

Later that night as the campfire burned low and the sleeping bags beckoned I found my tooth brush and headed through the dunes toward the bath house. Halfway there, a stallion's call and the thud of hooves rooted me in place. 

We're talking wild horses here and a real possibility they'd run right over rather than around me, yet I couldn't tear my eyes away. The shapes of the mares were barely discernable in the faint moonlight, but the ghostly white stallion mesmerized me moving back and forth, whinnying as the horses thudded past. My heart was still galloping around in my chest when they were gone.

In that moment I knew wild ponies island ponies would have a place in my selkie’s story..

The trip came with challenges, both physical and emotional. Sometimes you lose your way in a project and allowing intuition to lead me to Chincoteague and the days I spent camping there helped me find my way into my selkie's heart and mind. Sometimes you lose a piece of yourself when you lose someone you love. Make Me wet is the story of how Ronin and Maille find love together, but it's also a story about finding yourself when you get lost.  

~Nara Malone  

Make Me Wet
Passions Portal
Book 2
Nara Malone

Genre: Paranormal

Publisher: Ellora’s Cave

ISBN: 9781419948081

Number of pages: 77
Word Count: 23,500

Cover Artist: Syneca

Ellora’s Cave       ARe     Amazon     BN

Book Description:

Seven tears cast upon the water summon the selkie, summon seal across the ocean, summon man from beast—liquid keys to break the curse. Freed one night every seven years, Ronin is doomed to repeat that cycle into eternity. Unless he can find a woman powerful enough to resist a selkie’s irresistible pheromones and sex magick.

Maille believes she lost reality between Maine and New Mexico. Between where she is now and where she should be. She believes in facts, not magick. But facts can’t explain how she wound up naked on a beach with the sexiest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Or how she knows in her bones that losing herself in the passion Ronin offers is a path to disaster.

It’s going to be a long, hot, wet night. Caught between sex magick and a sexy selkie, disaster is inevitable for Maille. To break the enchantment she has to rely on the oldest magick of all—the power of love-drenched hearts.

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO2moGX-IhU

About the Author:

Whether it's a shapeshifter romance exploring the primal power of the wild feminine, or BDSM romance where love digs into a character's shadows, Nara believes romance should open the door and push lovers into a new dimension: sexually, emotionally, and sometimes physically.

Nara Malone is an award winning novelist and poet. As a freelance journalist and writer, her feature profiles on women entrepreneurs and her romantic short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines, and digital publications.

Twitter @nara_malone 

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author.nara.malone said...

Than for hosting Make Me Wet on your blog today. :-)