Fans of the paranormal will find Mermen by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff an enticing thrill ride that they'll learn more about as they keep reading. Get a tantalizing glimpse of this first installment in the steamy new Mermen Trilogy through a brief Q&A with Ms. Pamfiloff and then add it to your bookshelf. In celebration of its release make sure to fill out the form for the chance to win a unique assortment of Mermen swag items, print books, and audiobooks too!
GET TO KNOW A BIT ABOUT MS PAMPFILOFF AND HER NEW BOOK.....
-How did you come up with the idea of Mermen?
I love stories where the unlovable or revolting are turned into something we all can’t help but fall in love with. Example: Who didn’t love Warm Bodies? The dude is a zombie and eats brains, but most of us were probably loving him from the first moment.
And when I wrote the ACCIDENTAL SERIES, I was kind of going after the same thing. Mayan gods are NOT sexy. They just aren’t. But creating a world where that just wasn’t true was so much fun. And my gods aren’t just sexy, they make you laugh.
Anyway, when I decided to tackle another similar “taboo,” I wanted something that would really, really push me. So I chose a species I find hard to get turned on by.
Half-fish men can be pretty, but they’re not sexy! (For me, anyway.) But that was part of the fun! Reinventing the entire folklore surrounding mermen and mermaids and turning it into something that would turn the mermen-haters into mermen-lovers.
-What was the hardest part of writing Mermen?
First I had to figure out what turns most Paranormal fans off about the mermen species. “I think they smell like fish.” “Where are their penises?” “How do they have sex?” “Living in the ocean sucks. Who wants a fantasy about that?” “They seem kind of wimpy compared to a vampire.”
Then I had to build a new species around that, while figuring out how to make them mermen, but…NOT mermen. See? Not easy! LOL!
-How is "Mermen" different from your other titles, which are well-loved and very popular?
Mermen may feel different at first with so many evil, evil hot men, but I don’t think it’s different at all. It’s an adventure romance. There’s a bigger underlying moral story. It’s fast paced with a ton of twists. I’d say it’s exactly like everything I write.
-If "Mermen" were made into a movie, who do you see portraying Roen and Liv?
Roen…OH, sigh. I would have to choose Stephen Amell from the show, ARROW. For the Liv, I’d have to say Gemma Arterton.
-Tell us something about you that's not a secret but no one really knows?
In my heart, I still don’t consider myself a writer. I didn’t study English or Literature. I studied International Business and Spanish. So how can I be a writer if I didn’t go to school for that? (Stupid, I know.)
BUT my rational mind knows that anyone can be anything they set their mind to if they work hard enough. In the end, however, my strange hang up keeps me “real” and working so hard. The day I put my feet on the desk and say, “Yep, look at me! New York Times and USA Today bestselling author” is the day I don’t deserve to be where I am.
-Who would you want to be marooned with on a deserted island?
My husband. He’s awesome and can do everything—build stuff, make jewelry, cook, kill critters for food, clean, dance, wash, repair a dishwasher, chop wood, and decorate. He’s like the Swiss Army knife of people. Love him.
They’ve got something he wants.
INFAMOUS BACHELOR and SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE ROEN DORAN IS A BASTARD. Yes, he knows it. And no, he doesn’t care. He’s got money and power, and he depends on no one. But when his estranged father dies, willing him a secret island, Roen will come face to face with an even bigger secret: its occupants. And these savage, sea-obsessed warriors are quick to make their position clear: Leave now or die.
There’s only one problem. Nobody tells Roen what to do. Ever. Oh, and one other thing. He’s just met the island’s other new “guest” and something about her brings out his possessive side.
SOLE SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR LIV STRATTON had been adrift at sea for ten grueling days when salvation miraculously appeared: an uncharted island. Only, the deceivingly beautiful men who live there aren’t interested in saving her. No, not at all. Because they somehow believe she is their property, a gift from the ocean to do with as they please. This is not good.
Her only hope? Billionaire Roen Doran, of all people. A man who’s said to care for nothing and no one. But if he’s so heartless, then why is he about to risk everything to help her?
Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel.
She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.
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