FANGS & FINS
About the Book:
Title: FANGS & FINS A Paranormal Romance (Blood, Bloom, & Water Book 1)
Author: Amy McNulty
Pub. Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Snowy Wings Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Goodreads
A dapper vampire. A sullen merman. Two heirs to a great conflict—and each needs to claim a beloved to become his kindred’s champion.
High school senior Ember Goodwin never had a sister, but after her mom’s remarriage, she now has two. The eldest is no stranger to her—Ivy is a witty girl in her grade who’s almost never spoken to the shy bookworm before—but she’s surprised to find the popular girl quite amiable. Their burgeoning friendship is tested, however, when Dean Horne, a pale, besuited charmer, shows interest in them both and plans to reveal his appetite for blood to the one who’ll stand by his side.
Seventeen-year-old Ivy Sheppard is tired of splitting her time between her dad’s and her mom’s, particularly when her dad uproots their lives to move them in with his new wife and step-daughter. Used to rolling with her parents’ whims, she tries to make the best of it and befriend her nerdy new step-sister. Her hectic life grows more unwieldy when she catches the eye of junior Calder Poole, whom she swears she sees swap well-toned legs for a pair of fins during a dip in a lake. Now she’s fending off suitors left and right, all while trying to get to the bottom of the strange happenings in her town.
The first book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series sets family against family and friend against friend as an epic, ancient war comes to a head in a supposedly sleepy suburb.
Amy McNulty is an editor and author of books that run the gamut from YA speculative fiction to contemporary romance. A lifelong fiction fanatic, she fangirls over books, anime, manga, comics, movies, games, and TV shows from her home state of Wisconsin. When not reviewing anime professionally or editing her clients’ novels, she’s busy fulfilling her dream by crafting fantastical worlds of her own.
- What is on your nightstand?
I’m currently reading both Deception So Dark by Clara Kensie and Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore. I love them both, but I’m so spent from reading all day (I’m an editor for other agented and/or indie authors) that I only sometimes have the energy to read for fun before I fall asleep.
- What author would you totally fan?
So many to choose from! The biggest ones like J.K. Rowling and Suzanne Collins aside, I adore the works of Nancy Werlin and I told her that at a signing! I actually only found out about her books at a previous signing, and I’m so glad I did. The Impossible books really stuck with me.
- What makes you cringe?
Characters acting foolishly… But as an author, I also recognize that characters are only human and sometimes you really need someone to do something dumb so there are consequences for them to face afterward.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’ve done both, but now I prefer to have a vague outline beforehand. I’ll almost always go off-outline as I write, but I like having the skeleton there to get back to when I’m stuck. Probably about 1/3 of FANGS & FINS was off-outline, but I came back to the outline for the climax of the book.
- Is there a word you love to use?
My favorite word is “facetious,” but I don’t use it much. I researched a lot of slang for this book (from the 1940s for my vampires, for modern U.S. teens for most of the rest of the characters, and British slang for one character in particular), and probably my favorite to use was “cooking with gas.” I didn’t wind up using it, but I liked discovering that “motorized freckles” was a 1940s word for “insects.”
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