In honor of the cover reveal for RIFTED, book three, I had an opportunity to interview some of my favorite characters. Read the interview and you'll know why I love this series so much. Such great characters and dialogue - there is certainly never a dull moment! So here we go with the RIFTED Cover Reveal & Multi-Character Interview!
A note from Sutton
Wave Three of The Merworld Water Wars series, RIFTED, is just a fin flip away! To welcome the return of Marina, Troy, and the rest of the Mer-Nor gang, I thought it might be fun to crawl out of my shell and share the cover, hook, and summary with some wonderful book bloggers & authors I’ve had the great pleasure of getting to know.
So, here we go! First up, the cover for RIFTED!
Someone wicked walks among them.
Heartbreak usually requires time to heal. For Marina Valentine, however, time has other plans: like sticking her with a shiny, stubborn accessory, sending her on a surprising date with someone other than Troy Tombolo, and introducing her lips to kisses that could save or destroy everything and everyone.
Marina and the rest of the Mer-Nor gang must find a way to push through the grief caused by The Dealer, for their next mission will take them on a dangerous, scandal-filled journey that may very well be the most significant to date: hunt down the evidence they need to prove once and for all that the tyrannical King Zale breached the water pact.
But with the shocking identity of The Dealer and overwhelming guilt weighing heavily on her, Marina struggles with frightening emotional urges and begins to question whether she is truly strong enough to succeed as the all-important Siren Savior.
Marina is in more danger than ever before—even inside the familiar study with her trusted friends—because unbeknownst to her, someone has been lurking about, waiting for the chance to undo everything the Mer-Nor gang has achieved…and with the Siren Savior’s doubt growing, that person’s chance has finally arrived.
I’m very happy to have Marina, Troy, Jex, Polly, and Gully from the Mer-Nor gang here for a quick-fire interview. This could get interesting, folks.
Marina: “Thanks for having us, Amber!”
Troy: “Happy to be here.”
Polly, drumming her fingers on her knee: “I dislike the seating arrangement. Did you have to slap me between the feathered rogue and…and this? (Polly pointed at Gully, who is too busy humming and studying the light fixtures to notice the interview has started)
Jex, folding his arms: “This interview was supposed to be just you and me, love.”
Polly, grinning: “Must be a dreadful shot to that unholy ego of yours that Amber asked us to participate.”
Troy, chuckling: “Bet you lost some feathers when you found out you weren’t the sole star of this interview.”
Jex: “Shove a hook in it, fish prince.”
Honestly, when someone else decided to interview you, Jex, I just thought it might be nice shake things up.
Jex, leaning forward: “Aw, well, if you had told me it was shaking up ya wanted…” (Jex gently flaps his gray wings)
Troy, shaking his head: “Mother of God.”
Marina, rolling her eyes: “Please stop trying to hit on our interviewer.”
Polly, narrowing her eyes on Jex: “Maybe we should just start the quick-fire interview, Amber…emphasis on the ‘quick’.”
Jex: “I don’t do quick…unless asked, that is.”
Marina, glaring at Jex: “Really?”
Right, okay. Polly, does Christmas really taste like candy canes as it comes back up?
Jex, smirking: “You mentioned Christmas and candy canes in the same breath. Now you’ve done it. If an ornament comes up, duck down.”
Polly, suppressing a belch as one eye turns inky-black: “You want to know if the iconic holiday candy canes and merry little ornaments taste like sweet, peppermint-y goodness when my demon bits barf them up? That’s your question? Well, perhaps it would to someone not harboring anti-holiday demon bits, but to me, it all tastes like wads of burning bile.”
Oh. Sorry about that, Polly.
Polly, shrugging: “At least I can fling the ornaments at the heads of deserving people………Jex.”
Jex: “Yeah, I’ve dodged my fair share of Polly’s upchucked ornaments.”
Marina: “Welcome to our family of misfits. We’re an odd group.”
Well, let’s move to Gully. Gully. Gully? Gully?
Marina, Troy, Polly, & Jex: GULLY!!!
Gully, hardly blinking an eye: “Hmm? Oh! Is the interview starting now? Did I miss anything?”
Polly, snorting: “No more than usual.”
Gully, do you think you can ever get a haircut?
Gully: “Oh, not in an actual salon.” (giggles) “Poor hairdresser would think I was two cards shy of a full deck.”
Polly, muttering: “Two? Try five or six.”
Gully: “Anyway, Maile usually trims my hair. She can translate my garble.”
Polly, turning to face Gully: “Wait. You have someone with warped vision cutting your hair? Well, that makes perfect sense.”
Gully: “That’s what I thought!”
Polly: “No, no, I was being sarcastic because…never mind. Really isn’t worth the effort.”
Jex, you’re up. You've spent a lot of time working with them, but what do you really think of the Normals?
Marina, placing her hands on her hips, smirking: “Yeah, what do you think of us?”
Jex, grinning slyly: “Think you’re a bunch of nut jobs—loyal, freakishly talented nut jobs. Just so happens I tend to like wacky.”
Marina: “Good answer. We really are a bit nutty.”
Polly: “Speak for yourself.”
Marina, do you miss your cards?
Marina, throwing her head back: “Oh Dear God, YES! If I had my cards, I’d be able to read at least some of what the future holds. That would be so totally useful right about now, you know, with King Crazy and his crazy-ass-merqueen breathing down our necks.”
I can imagine. So, Troy Tombolo, after all you’ve seen…if you could be a Normal, would you?
Jex: “And abandon his position as the wee 'lil fish prince? Unlikely.”
Troy, running a hand through his hair: “Whoa. You just had to nail me with a question-bomb like that, didn’t you?”
It’s my job as an interviewer, I’m afraid.
Troy, glancing sideways at a very amused Marina: “I’d be a Normal…if I could be exactly like these guys.”
Polly: “That’s not a very politically correct answer for the merps. King Tombolo will be so perturbed with you.”
Jex: “Yeah, but it’s a very girlfriend-correct response. Am I right, mate?”
Troy, a small smile curling one side of his mouth: “Maybe a little, yeah. But it’s also the truth.”
Marina, sighing: “I don’t care what ‘correct’ label the answer falls under. It was a damn good one.”
Polly: “I recognize that look. We’ll have to be going now, Amber. Marina needs some Troy-time.”
Marina: “Polls! Filter! Filter! Seriously, try to find your filter, I beg you.”
Polly: “Are you saying I’m wrong?”
Marina, biting her lip: “Oh, well, no, you’re totally right…but you still need to work on your filter.”
Jex: “I could probably help with that.”
Marina, laughing: “Right on cue.”
(laughs all around…except Gully; she’s counting floor tiles)
Gorgeous cover and awesome characters! What more could you want? Thanks for stopping by Sutton and I am anxiously counting down the days until May 27th!
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May 27th, 2014!
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