Coral And Bone (Book 1 in The Siren Chronicles) is now available with Oftomes Publishing!
Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.
Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.
How cool does this book sound you guys? I absolutely adored Daune's books previously so I can only imagine how great they are now! Plus this new cover is to die for! I totally adore Daune's characters and story and I look forward to the series being published through Oftomes Publishing! Daune deserves all the recognition she can get! Her mind is truly something else and she creates the most beautiful characters and worlds. This is a series you guys definitely do not want to miss out on!
In honor of release day, here is a little bit about the author! I've also had the opportunity to include a short interview with her!
Can you tell me a little bit about your series and what inspired it?
-The Coral & Bone series is filled with mermaids, shifters and otherworldly creatures. It's a story of love, loss and hope. My writing is most influenced by the beloved stories I read as a child, such as Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid and C.S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I'm drawn to mystical realms and love it even more when magic collides with our world.
The Etlins in the Coral & Bone series are shifters. If you could be a shifter what animal would you want to be and why?
-Definitely a raven because they are wickedly smart and eerie.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
-Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ Albus Dumbledore
When did you know that you wanted to write professionally and how did you take the leap to get into the business?
-I started writing with the intent of publishing seven years ago. I faced a lot of rejection letters, but I kept submitting and writing, until I received my first contract for Surface and the sequel Landlocked. Unfortunately, my publisher closed, and I had to start over. So, instead of resubmitting Surface, I wrote Coral & Bone which won a watty award in 2016.
What book is currently on your nightstand? And who are some of your favorite authors?
-I have five on my nightstand right now. I'm currently lost in the pages of The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I'm also reading some great works on Wattpad.
-I could never pick just one, but I a few of my faves are Alyson Noel, Tehereh Mafi, Casandra Clare, John Green, Taran Matharu, Jennifer L Armentrout and Kendare Blake.
What is next on your to read list?
-Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.
Can you share a little about the current title you are working on?
-I'm currently editing books two and three of The Siren Chronicles and working on an outline for an exciting new series. Keep an eye on my Instagram account where I'll be posting a sneak peek very soon.
What do you do to recharge your batteries?
-This is a tough one, I'm kind of a workaholic because let's face it I play all day. I kind of know how Victor Frankenstein felt, crazy obsessed and thrilled when the story comes ALIVE. So when I do need to recharge, I unplug. I have to get away from the screen and then spend time with my family. My family boosts me up and I'm good to go back to my lab—I mean laptop.
Can you see your work on the big screen?
-I think most writers would love to see their work on the big screen. I’m a visual person, so when I write I’m already watching the movie play through my head. I’m just recording what I see. Coral and Bone is full of rich imagery. It would be amazing to see the three realms and watch the drama unfold within each.
-You know when someone reads you a story as a child and it sticks with you forever? Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid was that story for me. I love the original and I adore the Disney version. But, it wasn't until I watched Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides did I find my mermaid muse for Coral and Bone.
If you could meet one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?
-Halen. Then I could apologize for all the crap I put her through. I'm not done with her yet, so she may need a big hug.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
What was your favorite childhood book?
-I loved so many books as a child, it’s hard to pick one. My top three would have to be The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Are you there God It’s Me Margaret. As a teen, I devoured anything by Stephen King, John Saul & Anne Rice.
What’s your favorite writing food?
-Popcorn, cucumbers, and chocolate.
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