Monday, January 2, 2017

A Thousand Salt Kisses Later by Josie Demuth (Book spotlight, Author interview & Giveaway!)

Today I'm kicking off the blog tour for the first two books in the Salt Kisses series. If you like mermaid stories, then you will want to check out these books. I've also had the pleasure of interviewing the author and chatting with her about the series. Be sure to enter the giveaway too for a  chance to win a copy of A Thousand Salt Kisses Later (Book #2) and or a $10 Amazon gift card.

Book Details for A Thousand Salt Kisses (Book #1):

Category: YA Fiction, 354 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Publishing
Release date: May 2016
Tour dates: Jan 2 to 31, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some f-words, and other swear words here and there. Non-explicit sexual content.)

Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.

During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown; Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.

Over a sizzling rollercoaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family and herself.

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Book Details for A Thousand Salt Kisses Later (Book #2):

Category: YA/NA Fiction, estimated 400-450 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Wise Ink Publishing
Release date: November 2016
Tour dates: Jan 2 to 31, 2016
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Some f-words, and other swear words here and there. Non-explicit sexual content.)

Book Description:

The spellbinding sequel to A Thousand Salt Kisses.

Four years ago, Crystal White fell in love with Llyr, a prince of the magical mer colony living off the coast of Starfish Island. For one summer, he enchanted her with stories of jeweled palaces and underwater gardens, but then he left, returning beneath the waves with her heart in tow.

Now, graduated and with no job in sight, Crystal is forced to go back to the island she thought she had left in the past. By the sea again, she realizes she is far from over her first love, and when an opportunity arises to contact the merfolk, Crystal can’t resist.

Once more with the mer, Crystal is forced to come to terms with the fact that Llyr has moved on, and also with her own magical secret that has endangered her life, his throne, and every mer kingdom. Working against all odds, she has to try to save the people she has come to love and—if she can—rekindle the romance of her first summer on Starfish Island.

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble

Interview with Josie Demuth

LCR: Welcome to Library of Clean Reads and congratulations on your recent release of Book 2 is your Salt Kisses series. Can you describe your series in 20 words or less?

JD: A fast-paced ‘mermance’ about a sweet sensitive girl and a hot mysterious man who seems to spend a lot of time in the sea… Oops think that was 23!

LCR: Why mermaids? What was your inspiration for featuring this folklore?

JD: I just always had a thing about mers. I was obsessed with the Hans Christian Anderson tale ‘The Little Mermaid’ when I was young and I still think they are under-explored creatures, despite being so popular. I wanted to give them a really interesting ancient, mythological background, but put them in a modern context.

LCR: Is the series going to continue?

JD: Yes, seven books – one for each sea! I’m writing the draft for Book 5 now! Book Three ‘A Thousand Salt Kisses Forever’ will be out in the summer. ‘A Thousand More Salt Kisses’ to follow.

LCR: I remember my first mermaid movie was Splash with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah, which I loved as a teenager. What mermaid movies have you watched and loved?

JD: Haha, yes that was a classic but I’m not sure there are that many others. But I hear Hollywood is heading under the sea big time, so maybe that will change!

LCR: I live near a lake with a great biking trail and walking path, which I have loved exploring. Are you a beach, ocean or lake person?

JD: I love lakes but I love beaches that little bit more. I’m never happier then when by the sea. I’m crazy about the Westcountry coast where the Salt Kisses books are set and the light there is so beautiful. In the evenings the seas are mercury and the skies pastel pink, and then on a sunny day the sea is just like one big everlasting sapphire on a sunny day!

LCR: If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Who would you meet?

I always love this question! So many places, but if I had to pick somewhere I’d go back to the Robin Hood days. I always wanted to meet that guy!

LCR: Last great book you read?

JD: I liked ‘The Mists of Avalon’, which is kind of fantasy but also very well researched and is about the women in the Arthurian days.

LCR: Thank you Josie for chatting with me!

About the author:

Josie Demuth is an author based in London. First published on Wattpad, her Salt Kisses series has garnered nearly four million reads and are now serialised on Radish Fiction. The second of this series, A Thousand Salt Kisses Later is her fourth novel.

Connect with the Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ Goodreads

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  1. I like books about mermaids because it's so magical and every girls' dream!

    1. You're right that mermaids have this magical element to them. :-)

  2. Mermaid books are intriguing, captivating and unique. A different world.

  3. The mermaid mythology does fascinate.

  4. I used to play mermaids with my friend who had a pool in her backyard :) I think they are imaginative stories!

  5. This sounds like a nice pair. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love books about mermaids, and I would love to read this book.


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