Happy Teaser Tuesday everyone! Here is a small bit from Moontide and a beautiful reader pic, along with a new review. If you haven't started the Tides of Atlantis series yet, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of Moontide or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited and ... slip into the Tides.
Captain Ronan Garring stepped out from behind the mists and into the blaring sounds of a modern day tavern. The last time he and his crew had come to the surface, there’d been nothing here but a stretch of beach. That had been nearly a century ago.
His five man crew followed behind him, then spread out into a throng of people and tried to blend in with the mass of revelers. He skirted the crowd and looked for his contact. The place thrummed with unearthly energies, but they weren’t of the heavenly variety so he knew that the Olympian had yet to show. It figured. The entities that resided in Zeus’s realm were generally a careless lot of bastards so it wasn’t surprising that whoever Poseidon had sent him to meet was late.
He studied his surroundings, noting the carefree attitude of the humans. They had no idea that they danced and drank with the dark spirits of the underworld. Ronan could see them though. He’d always been able to see the others.
His vision blurred for an instant as a wave of nausea came over him then passed. It was Thema the Nereid’s curse; a subtle reminder that his time here was finite. The longer he stayed away from his sea realm island, the more pain that would be inflicted on him by the nymph who held his life in her hands. And if he stayed too long…well, he had no hope of escaping back to earth permanently unless he wished for an excruciating death. This was how the Nereid queen fulfilled Poseidon’s demand that he be used as an emissary while she kept him and his men bound to her. Even after she’d been banished from the Isle of Gades, the curse remained effective. Thema had angered Poseidon by interfering with humans when she took Ronan and his crew as her slaves, now they worked for Poseidon though they had never seen the god themselves.
Rolling his shoulders back, he ignored the drain of the curse and waited at the end of the bar so he had a better view of the place the Tides had dropped him and his crew into. Finn, Bas and James had already stationed themselves within the tavern’s perimeter while Will and Cully were still exiting the portal. They’d been eager to travel through the mists and see 21st century Earth, while at the same time, watching their captain’s back. Their loyalty reminded Ronan why he had accepted the evil Thema’s terms for their survival centuries ago.
Ronan searched the crowd until his eyes landed on a young woman sitting all the way across the dance floor. A mix of moon and artificial light reflected off her skin and hair and she appeared to glow. Her luminous quality piqued his sixth sense, but he couldn’t get a read off of her that exposed her as anything other than human. Still, there was something about her that he couldn’t turn away from. She shone like something otherworldly, but not from any kind of demon glamour.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to the series!
This author is new to me and I am so happy that I found her! Elements of Greek Mythology mixed with regular people makes for an interesting paranormal romance read! The subplots are engaging well-crafted. The worldbuilding is a mix of the Ancient and modern world are rich and very well thought out-this alone deserves 5 stars. The dynamic between Ronan and Cindy left me rooting for them early on! Although there are quite a few plot threads to follow Amanda brings it all together while simultaneously setting up for the next installment! I thought this was well executed. This was an easy 5 star for me and I am looking forward to delving into book 2! Well done!
Happy Book Teaser Tuesday! Here is a little bit from one of my favorite scenes in Moontide. Here, Cindy gets the sense that the strange dreams she's been having might be more than just dreams.
She veered left with Iris once they hit the water and picked up speed, splashing through the foamy surf. The mare’s exhilaration was contagious and Cindy reveled in the feel of freedom. She’d never been so at ease riding before, but something had come over her and it was as if she just knew what to do, like she was remembering. Remembering what though? The horse, the ride, the place? She couldn’t piece it all together enough to make sense of what felt like recollections but couldn’t possibly be.
Ronan and his stallion gained on them and she pushed Iris forward, laughing into the wind. Her spirit melded with the horse’s as they pounded across wet sand. Small white flickers sped through her vision like fireflies. She raced through the tiny balls of light as they blurred, fading into the sunlight and the gleam of the water. A sensation of strength came over her, rushing through the blood in her veins as if some fire had been lit within her.
Foreign words like the ones spoken in her dreams filled her head. This time, she had a vague idea of their meaning; moon then goddess. They’d barely flitted into her consciousness when Ronan caught up and headed her off.
Both horses turned their riders in a final circle as they pranced and reared against the rolling water in a climactic end to their game.
Moontide, Tides of Atlantis Book#1
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Tides of Atlantis
Mankind and the gods alike have grown complacent and the restless forces of the underworld that have been simmering beneath the surface are coming out to play. They will not stop until their thirst for vengeance is satisfied and all worlds have returned to yawning pre-time chaos.
Ten lost kings ─ sons of Poseidon─ and rulers of a condemned land are our last hope…if only they can be found. Cursed by the gods after the fall of Atlantis, the kings have passed into anonymity with no memory of who they are. Forces of both good and evil are hunting them. Poseidon needs them to win the war for the universe. Evil is bent on their destruction.
Upon A Moonswept Tide…
Trapped in time…Ronan Garring is a man of action; a ship captain who has sailed the seas from Europe to the Caribbean…in the seventeenth century. When he is tricked by a sea nymph, he is sent to a deserted island in Poseidon’s realm to serve the gods for all time. On a mission to modern day Miami, he finds his earth home crawling with underworld evil and is waylaid by an enchanting human woman who seems to stall his attempts at completing his quest at every turn. He can’t be sure if she is an entirely innocent wrecking ball or the agent of a more sinister force. Against all his good intentions, he finds himself continually, albeit pleasantly, entangled with her both in this world and beyond.
Searching…for a friend whose gone missing, Cindy Pierce left the Rocky Mountains for the beaches of Miami to try to make sense of, what looks to be, a hopeless case. As the trail grows cold, she stumbles into an intriguing dark stranger and is literally knocked flat. Fierce and intense as he is, towering over her and exuding old world masculinity, she can’t help her body’s immediate response to him. When she finds herself being chased across the southern tip of Miami and into the Florida Keys by the handsome foreigner however, she’s convinced he’s not only psychotic but intent on doing her harm. Once she finds herself in his arms again though, her attraction to him can’t be denied and neither can the fact that he may be the only one who can save her from the dark forces at work on the beach.
Join the race to find the kings in Amanda V. Shane’s new Tides of Atlantis series and help them to discover their soul mates, the women who will win their lost hearts and help them fulfill their destiny!
It's been a while since I put out a book teaser but I want to post some more scenes from the Tides series before book three comes out later this year.
Here, in Crystal Tide, Kay discovers an upsetting entry in one of her dad's old notebooks. It seems the stalwart scientist, Dr. Laurens, may have believed in paranormal beings.
This comes as a complete surprise to Kay but serves to send her down to the Bermuda Triangle where she runs afoul of an ancient cult, meets a sinfully hot stranger and learns that trouble is brewing in the mystic Tides of Poseidon.
Cracking open the notebook, she leafed through a few pages trying to find something that made sense. At the back, her dad had written a passage letter style, which was unlike the normal notes and sketches he usually filled his books with. It was like a diary entry.
“They are among us…” It started out.
“…creatures, beings from other dimensions, not only outer space as I had once imagined. Some of them can not even be classified as alien because they have walked the earth far longer than humans.
I have made encounters while out in the field, unexplainable happenings, disturbing sightings and sometimes just hair raising feelings of an unknown presence. Supernatural, paranormal, extra-terrestrial ─ are these the correct terms to define what I have seen? All I can say for certain is that these beings are powerful. They have been around for a very long time, probably since the beginning. Once, they lived in concert with mankind but something happened long ago and they now have an acute contempt for modern humans.
Through my research, I found that many of earth’s geological and atmospheric disturbances may find their root not in seismic, climatic, or weather related occurrences but, actually, are being set into motion by these supernatural beings. For what reason I cannot conjecture, but judging by the increasing frequency and intensity, it can be assumed that their intent is not of a benign nature.
I’ve made plans to study the geological link. Many of the paranormal hotspots are located at earth’s vortexes. What was once a guilty fascination, a diversion from my actual work, has become a matter of dire importance as all evidence points to a rising insurrection coming from these powerful beings. Their presence has steadily increased over the past two or three decades, as I have noted on my charts. All my research suggests that there is a sea floor link to nearly every troubling account of man meeting with these destructive otherworld forces.
I fear for my wife and daughter. I have to gather more information but am assailed by the feeling that time may be running short before something truly harrowing occurs that will affect the entire world.
I leave for Miami tomorrow for a close study of the Bermuda Triangle ─ one of the world’s most hostile vortices…”
And there the entry ended though it was obvious that her dad had written more. Kay flipped the page but it was the last one in the notebook. Paper had been ripped out. He never did that, his notes could be chaotic and disjointed but he never mangled his pages. She had to know what else he’d written! She searched the bookshelf but that notebook was the highest numbered in its group. That meant that if Esmé had a journal in Miami, it was probably the next one.
Just as all her thoughts came crashing together, bright lights blazed into the windows then a car door slammed shut. Someone was coming.
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Devastated by the loss of both parents and running scared after a break-in at her home, Kay Laurens jumps on the first plane out of Denver heading south to Miami. There she meets up with, of all people, a love psychic for answers. On the tip of the Bermuda Triangle, she is swept up into the dark world of an ancient cult and sent on the ride of her life. Then her incense induced visions come to life in the form of an inter-world travelling, suspicious and sinfully hot immortal agent for Mt. Olympus.
Xieran has no memory of who he was before being stolen by Hermes. The Greek god uses him to enter Earth’s sphere under the guise of an affluent art dealer in search of an elusive artifact which, if he can find, will win him his freedom. When his latest mission is brought up short by a female grad student breaking into his complex travel system, he can’t help but be suspicious. It makes no difference that he finds her more and more irresistible with each encounter. With demon outbreaks, nefarious characters working in the Underworld and a power struggle of epic proportions going on, no one can be trusted.
As they are thrown into the Tides together, Kay and Xieran set out on a whirlwind adventure, racing through the streets of Rome, Miami and even Western Australia to chase down the answers that will win them their freedom from the overbearing gods. Will they come to terms with destiny and conquer the evil taking over the Tides, or will they succumb to the passion growing between them?
Join the forming crew of Poseidon’s defenders against the Underworld in book two of Amanda V. Shane’s Tides of Atlantis series!
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New review from my book reviews page for Crystal Tide, Tides of Atlantis book #2. With Book three in the Tides of Atlantis series coming out later this year, be sure to get all caught up in the Tides world with Moontide and Crystal Tide - both available on Amazon or read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!
5 Stars - Perfectly balanced between mythical suspense and steamy romance
This second installment in the Tides of Atlantis series runs parallel to the first,filling in a whole other side of the story, giving us new characters and more excitement to fall in love with.
And speaking of love, the story revolves around Kay as she reluctantly pursues information about her parent's disappearance a year prior, only to find Xieran... a forbidding and gorgeous man who may or may not be her destiny.
While fate brings them together to unravel the mysterious happenings threatening the worlds of man and Olympian Gods alike, Kay's logical, scientific mind struggles against it all - the insane notion that otherworldly creatures and Gods exist or that she could be developing feelings for Xieran, who she perceives as her captor.
Better even than the first, both epic struggles between Kay and Xieran as they attempt to resist each other completely drags you in. I absolutely tore through this book, desperate for more as it all unfolded, all the way to its awesome conclusion. But oh, the story is just beginning. And I can't wait to see what happens next.
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About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.