Blog Tour Stop: The Syrenka Series by Amber Garr- Interview & Giveaway
Me: How did you come up with the idea of The Syrenka Series?
Amber Garr (AG): The first chapter of Promises originally started as a short story. But after setting it aside for a while, I had to come back and finish the story. That very quickly turned into a trilogy and may even require a collection of short stories or a novella at some point. I’m not tired of these characters yet!
Me: What is the series about?
AG: Well, the series tagline is: Life as a mermaid can be suffocating. And I think that gives a nice description of how Eviana feels about her life. Coming from a prominent clan, she is expected to marry someone of her family’s choosing regardless of her feelings for her selkie boyfriend. After she decides to control her own fate, her world suddenly begins to fall apart. She soon learns more about her heritage and discovers what it means to be a responsible clan leader and friend.
Me: Which of your characters do you feel closer to?
AG: You know, I have to say Eviana. I feel like I can somewhat relate to her struggles to do the right thing and get over her selfish behavior - although I didn’t have to deal with quite the same type of issues. But as a whole, she is a young girl trying to do what’s right for those around her without giving up on herself. And of course there are the guys…what girl hasn’t had to deal with heartbreak at some point in her life?
Me: What is your favorite thing to do and why?
AG: I used to dance and choreograph all of the time…but now my favorite thing to do is write. I LOVE creating stories and seeing them come to life on paper. I wish I had more hours in the day to devote to it!
Me: Do you have a To-Be-Read book pile? What all is on it?
AG: Oh yes! Right now I have Tempest Rising, Beautiful Creatures, Stained, Rise of the Demons, Wicked Fate, The Descent Series, Captivated, Coexist, and Anew on the short list.
Me: Who is your favorite author/book?
AG: I love reading anything by Kelly Armstrong, Richelle Mead, Kim Harrison, and Charlaine Harris. It’s kind of hard to pick one book, but I think I read Blood Promise (VA Series) at least five times!
Me: Is there anything that you would like to specifically tell the readers?
AG: I’d like to thank them for giving The Syrenka Series a chance and for being so great about contacting me. Deciding to release these books was very scary, so every time I hear something great about them from a reader, I’m ecstatic! And if there are any short stories or alternative scenes they’d like to see - please contact me. :)
Me: How can we contact you online?
Author: Amber Garr
Release Date: December 7, 2011
Sometimes following your heart can end up destroying the ones you love.
When seventeen-year-old Eviana Dumahl is faced with the responsibility of an arranged marriage and clan leadership, she is forced to choose between the life required of a mermaid and one of a teenage girl simply infatuated with the wrong guy. Kain, her devoted fiancé, would make a wonderful husband except that she’s been in love with Brendan, a shape-shifting selkie, ever since they were kids. Choosing to abandon her family, her clan, and her life with Kain will have dire consequences far beyond anything she could have imagined.
A war is brewing amongst the clans and Eviana unwittingly becomes a pawn in the intricate schemes of a twisted mastermind. With Brendan’s life on the line, she has no choice but to involve those she once considered friends. Amidst encountering senseless tragedies and immense loss, Eviana discovers that she is more valuable as a clan leader than anyone ever suspected. Her survival is not only dependent upon the loyalty of her friends, but also on her acceptance of a life she so adamantly tried to escape.
Author: Amber Garr
Release Date: February 20, 2012
Life as a mermaid can be suffocating.
Eviana Dumahl has returned home as a clan leader, an orphan, and a heartbroken teenage girl. Her parents are dead and her boyfriend, Brendan, has decided that he needs some time away. While battling her inner turmoil, Eviana is forced into the war that Lucian Sutherland has incited amongst her own kind. With the help of Kain, her friend and formally betrothed, the two work together to prove that they deserve their birthrights as young merfolk leaders.
When The Council requests a demonstration of Eviana’s mermaid powers, she finds herself with an opportunity to win back Brendan’s heart. But her orders to train with a repulsive merman and the presence of an attractive new suitor challenges Eviana to embrace her leadership and resist temptation. Lucian is after her, and no one seems to understand why. Loyalties are tested as the casualties increase, showing Eviana that sometimes it is impossible to delineate between friends and enemies.
Author: Amber Garr
Release Date: July 4, 2012
With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences.
After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage.
Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives them the edge they need to take a stand, although it keeps Eviana’s heart trapped in the past. A new discovery explains some of her previous mistakes, but it may not be enough to stop her father’s plans. Merfolk, selkies, and water sprites work together to save their kind, only in this final battle, not everyone will survive.
In the striking series conclusion, Eviana will learn the true meaning of power, sacrifice, and love.
About the Author:Amber Garr spends her days conducting scientific experiments and wondering if her next door neighbor is secretly a vampire. Born in Pennsylvania, she lives in Florida with her husband and their furry kids. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner and the author of The Syrenka Series and The Leila Marx Novels. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie.