Welcome M.A Church – Beneath The Surface and Book Review

I’m interviewing M.A. Church today on my LJ as part of her blog tour with Creative Minds Promotions for Beneath The Surface. There’s also a rafflecopter giveaway, and my book review is below:


TITLE: Beneath The Surface
AUTHOR: M.A. Church
PUBLISHER: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC
COVER ARTIST: Erin Dameron-Hill
LENGTH: 37,000 words
RELEASE DATE: April 01, 2016

BLURB: A whole different world exists beneath the surface.

The last thing Nisha expects while patrolling his territory is to find his mate, but his instincts tell him the handsome human diving into the surf is the one meant for him. Two bites and Kannon will be joined to him forever. But when Kannon’s father disrupts the mating process, Nisha releases his claim, hoping beyond hope his mate will one day return.

While free diving with his father, Kannon is bitten by a seductive merman. Although he swore to never go near the ocean again, the pull to return to the water and his mystery man remains strong. Finally, after fifteen years away, an impromptu wedding brings Kannon back to the Seychelles, and his destiny.

Kannon only plans to stay on the island for a week, but this time Nisha won’t let his mate go without a fight. Merfolk and human culture collide as the embers of Nisha and Kannon’s mate bond ignite, and Nisha must complete the mating before it’s too late.

Buy Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-beneaththesurface-1995078-143.html

Review
I haven’t read anything by this author before although she’s been on my TBR list for a while so when I was offered a review copy by Creative Minds Promotions I said yes please. That and it was about mermen….

Although this isn’t a long story and I read it in one sitting, the author does a great job in writing three dimensional interesting characters and world building within the constraints of a novella length.

One of the big things that stood out for me with this story was the way in which the author set up the mer culture. These are not just men and women with tails who can take human form, but who come from a society with a very different way of thinking about courtship and relationships. One of these differences was dealt with very well in the story, and when Nisha acted in a way that as a reader made me twitch, he is pulled up on by one of the human characters and told it’s not acceptable.

I also liked the fact that their transformation from mer to human form isn’t instant or painless. The politics of the mer world play a part too with not everyone in their society agreeing with Nisha’s choices and it that added to the realism of the world building.

Nisha and Kannon are both interesting characters with their own histories to work through, and I liked reading about characters who are a bit older. Nisha is much older—by human standards—and Kannon is 33, although we do get a glimpse of him at the beginning of the story fifteen years before that.

Although this is Kannon and Nisha’s story their friends and family also play a good sized role. I liked Brett and Brooke and the glimpse at their relationship and story. I really hope Beneath The Surfaceis not the only glimpse we have into this world as I want to see more of Marcus in particular—he was fun, and I’d love to read his story one day.

I’d recommend Beneath The Surface for readers who like to read about relationships between people from different worlds, interesting characters and world building, and mermen. 4.5 stars out of 5.

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher and a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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