7/9/2012 Feature Event:
Hello everyone! LITERAL ADDICTION and Book Monster Reviews are very proud to welcome author Virginia Kantra to our sites today.
New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra credits her love for strong heroes and courageous heroines to a childhood spent devouring fairy tales.
Virginia is the author of over twenty books, including the Children of the Sea paranormal romance series for Berkley. Her stories have earned numerous awards including Romance Writers of America’s RITA and two National Readers’ Choice Awards. This July 2012 look for Carolina Home , the first book in her new Dare Island series. Married to her college sweetheart and the mother of three kids, Virginia is a firm believer in the strength of family, the importance of storytelling, and the power of love.
Her favorite thing to make for dinner? Reservations.
She is the proud creator of the CHILDREN OF THE SEA, MACNEILL BROTHERS, and DARE ISLAND series.
CHILDREN OF THE SEA has 5 books - “Sea Witch”, “Sea Fever”, “Sea Lord”, “Immortal Sea” and “Forgotten Sea”.
MACNEILL BROTHERS has 4 installments - “The Passion of Patrick MacNeill”, “The Comeback of Con MacNeill”, “The Temptation of Sean MacNeill”, and “Mad Dog and Annie”
The DARE ISLAND series only has 1 book right now, “Carolina Home”, which was just released on 7/3/12.
For those of you not yet familiar with Virginia’s books, we thought we’d give you at least the blurb for the 1st book in each series to peak your interests a little bit…
Just Released 7/3/12
*You can read the first chapter HERE
Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times—its traditions slipping away like the sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life’s storms by steering a steady emotional course…and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.
Newcomer Allison Carter came to Dare Island to escape the emotional demands of her wealthy family. The young teacher aims to build a life here, to make a lasting place for herself. She doesn’t want to be another in the long line of Women Who Once Dated Matt Fletcher. It’s both tempting and dangerous to believe she can be something more.
Then Matt’s brother Luke makes a sudden return home, with a child of his own—and a request that will change all their lives. With a child’s welfare at stake, Matt must turn to Allison to teach him to let go of the past, open his eyes…and follow his heart.
Children of the Sea series
In the time before time, when the domains of earth, sea, and sky were formed and fire was called into being, the elementals took shape, each with their element: the children of earth, the children of the sea, the children of air, and the children of fire.
After earth had flowered and life crawled from the sea, humankind was born.
The children of fire rebelled against this new creation, declaring war on the children of the air and humankind. Forced to cohabit with the mortals, the other elementals withdrew—the fair folk to the hills and wild places of earth and the merfolk, selkie and finfolk, to the depths of the sea.
Yet the elementals cannot exist in complete isolation from their mortal neighbors. From such encounters, souls are redeemed and lost, wars are waged, great art is created, empires are raised.
Of such meetings, legends - and children - are born.
For centuries, the children of the sea have co-existed in uneasy peace with the children of fire and with mortal kind.
Now all that is about to change…
Margred is a Selkie - a legendary being of the sea, able to shapeshift into seductive human form. And she has found a human she desires…
Burned out from the big city, Caleb Hunter becomes police chief on the peaceful Maine island of World’s End. Then he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever dreamed of.
Their passion is undeniable, irresistible …and it may change the fate of humankind.
“Sea Fever”, Book #2:
When the last available bachelor on Worlds End island marries someone else, working mom Regina Barrone realizes that the love she yearns for isn’t just going to appear by magic… Dylan Hunter has returned to land for his brother’s wedding, but he is troubled. Years ago, he chose his life as a selkie an immortal being of the sea over the fragile and treacherous emotions of humanity… But neither Regina nor Dylan foresee the future, where only love can save them and the world.
He was born of the sea…
Selkie prince Conn ap Llyr denies his deeply sensual nature to rule over the immortal Children of the Sea. But when the Children of Fire threaten the Selkies’ Sanctuary, Conn must obey his haunting visions-and seek a woman thousands of miles away…
She was born on land…
Schoolteacher Lucy Hunter knows nothing about her Selkie heritage or the prophecy that drives Conn to find her. She is content with her life on the quiet Maine island of World’s End. That is, until a proud, compelling stranger appears to challenge her assumptions and awaken her desires…
Their love will tear them between two worlds…
To combat Fire, Conn needs Lucy’s magic-even if this means stealing her away to Sanctuary. As the demon threat grows, so does their passion, overcoming Lucy’s fears and Conn’s guarded heart. But soon they face a devastating choice. Will their love be enough to save them? Or will their destinies tear them apart?
From a chance encounter…
Morgan of the finfolk does not normally waste his attention on humankind, but while in Copenhagen, he meets a young woman who captures his interest-if only for a night. On sojourn in Europe before starting medical school, Elizabeth is intelligent, attractive?and eager for a little adventure…
A memory kept…
Sixteen years later, Dr. Elizabeth Rodriguez is called to the island of World’s End to become its only doctor. There, she hopes to reconnect with her troubled son Zack, who has become withdrawn since her husband’s death. She has no idea that World’s End will also reconnect her with Morgan?
And a future about to be born…
From the moment Morgan lays his eyes on young Zack, he suspects the boy is finfolk-and his own son. As he and Liz clash over Zack’s fate, they discover their desire is as strong as ever. But proud Morgan’s loyalty has always been the sea, while Liz’s responsibilities lie on land. Will their reignited passion be enough to bring them together? Or will their secrets force them apart?
A lost soul…
Fallen angel Lara Rho is eager to prove herself as a Seeker—one called to rescue other children of air before they are hunted down by the children of fire. Drawn to rootless, restless sailor Justin Miller, she is determined to save him. But Justin is no angel…
A lost life…
Charming drifter Justin is reluctant to get tangled up in port with conscientious Lara. A child of the sea, Justin remembers nothing of his life before the day he was plucked from a shipwreck seven years ago. But one impulsive act lands him literally on the side of the angels and on the run for his life. Lara and Justin must work together to uncover his identity—before what they don’t know kills them both.
A passionate journey of discovery…
Pursued by Lara’s colleagues and hunted by demons, the two set out on a journey into their darkest fears and deepest desires. Together they have powers neither imagined. But when Justin discovers his merfolk past, will he turn his back on his true nature…or his newfound love?
We know… too much and not nearly enough all at the same time, right!? We highly suggest you check out more when you have a moment, but for now, let’s see what Virginia had to say when we let her take over our sites for the day
CONTEST: Virginia is offering up a copy of “Forgotten Sea” to a winner from LITERAL ADDICTION and a copy of “Carolina Home” to a winner from Book Monster Reviews.
To enter, find the Rafflecopter widget for Virginia’s Event on our Author’s Corner page 7/9 - 7/13, follow the directions, take action, and mark as ‘Done’.
For another chance to win, go to Book Monster Reviews and enter the contest over there as well.
Different Strokes: From Sea Lords and Selkies to Small Town Romance by Virginia Kantra
I have a new series. It’s an island-set romance about three siblings, two brothers and a sister. Something happens (no spoilers!) to their mother. Each of the three siblings finds love in an unexpected way, deepens connections to the family, becomes part of the community, and grows into the person he or she was meant to be.
I could be describing the first three books of my paranormal romance series, the Children of the Sea: Sea Witch, Sea Fever, and Sea Lord.
But I’m not. I’m talking about the Dare Island novels, and my new release, Carolina Home.
When I first pitched my idea for a new series to my editor, I told her I wanted to write a book without a demon in it. Of course, there was more to it than that. But it’s true that for personal reasons, Forgotten Sea (book 5 in Children of the Sea) was a very difficult book for me to write. Frankly, these are tough times for people all over. I wanted to focus on the ways we help each other through, neighbor to neighbor and families pulling together.
The themes of family and community aren’t new for me. Particularly in the last two books, the Children of the Sea novels have dealt with family interactions, the creation of a human-merfolk community on World’s End, and the rebuilding of the selkies’ Sanctuary. My primary focus has always been the romance. The plot, whether it involves magic or not, has always been a way to test the characters and their relationship. My shift to contemporary romance in Carolina Home let me develop those relationships even more.
And to invite readers to a place I love, a place I hope they’ll want to linger in and return to.
Dare Island is a fictional island set in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, an area steeped in tradition and swept by change. The inhabitants of Dare Island, like their Yankee counterparts in World’s End, Maine, are a tough breed, weathered by the ocean, buffeted by the tides and times.
The island is home to three generations of the Fletcher family: retired Marine sergeant Tom and his wife, Tess, who run the Pirates’ Rest Inn; the three Fletcher siblings, including Matt, the hero of Carolina Home; Matt’s teenage son, Josh, and his ten-year-old niece, Taylor.
Charter boat captain Matt Fletcher is a stand up guy, a single dad—quiet, steady, tough, and sexy as hell. He’s the one who stayed behind, the man who’s put his own dreams on hold in support of his family. He keeps his love life uncomplicated and his heart intact by following two rules: No dating island women. And no serious relationships.
Of course, all that changes when pretty young schoolteacher Allison Carter comes to the island and challenges both his son’s school performance and Matt’s notions of what his own life can be.
Like other characters in earlier books (selkie Margred, half human Lucy, wanderer Iestyn), Allison is searching for her place in the world. She’s immediately attracted to the island…and to Matt. But having escaped the well-meaning interference of her wealthy parents, she isn’t planning on compromising her independence or her reputation by getting involved with the hunky dad of one of her students. Matt, on the other hand, knows exactly who he is. He’s comfortable with where he came from. But until Allison, he doesn’t realize how he’s limited his horizons.
Artist Tony Mauro (, who did the fabulous covers for Children of the Sea, also created the stunning landscape on Carolina Home. Tony told me he actually tried really hard to keep the merfolk covers out of his mind because the books are very different. But I think that Tony’s richly saturated colors, the evocative feel, the sense of another world, work very well for both series.
Part of the appeal of the small town island setting, I think, is our longing for a place to belong. For roots. For family. John Donne wrote, “No man is an island,” and as a military family the Fletchers have learned to stand “back to back to back.” We are all shaped by where we come from, our families of origin, our families of choice, and our environment. The Outer Banks are constantly being shaped and changed by the sea, pounded by storms and rebuilt by the tides. Change is coming for the Fletchers, too, but they stand together. They endure. They love.
I hope readers will enjoy their stories!
So, tell me, do you have a favorite subgenre in romance? Paranormal, historical, or contemporary? Have your reading tastes changed? What do you like to read to “get away from it all”?
*PLEASE ENTER THE CONTEST BELOW BY ANSWERING VIRGINIA’S QUESTION.
If you would like to keep up with Virginia, you can find her online at the following places:
Blog/ “extras” Page: http://virginiakantra.blogspot.com/
Amazon Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.com/Virginia-Kantra/e/B001HCX0YI/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1