Merman Birthday Wishes!
Happy birthday, Amber! Thanks for inviting me to share in the fun this year. I’ve got one of my favorite characters here with me. Taren Laxley is a merman shifter, an Ea, although he grew up as an indentured servant, believing he was human. He is the focal character of the Mermen of Ea Trilogy and the reincarnation of the ancient Ea priest, Treande. Together with his mate, Ian Dunaidh, Taren and Ian race to save their people from a bloody and protracted civil war and from the humans who threaten their very existence.
Shira: Welcome, Taren! Thanks for joining me today.
Taren: Happy birthday, Amber! I heard you like dragons. I have a friend who’s—
Shira: No spoilers, Taren.
Taren: All right. *frowns*
Shira: So, Taren, can you share for us a birthday memory of your own?
Taren: I never knew people celebrated birthdays until I joined the crew of the Sea Witch. Bastian, the Witch’s quartermaster, and I shopped for gifts for Captain Rider. It was the first I’d heard of celebrating the day of someone’s birth.
Shira: Why are you blushing, Taren?
Taren: Well… er… the gift we purchased for Rider was of a…ah… romantic nature.
Taren: Can we please move on?
Shira: Sure. How do Ea celebrate birthdays?
Taren: The Ea traditionally give offerings to the goddess in honor of birthdays. Since there are no more priests, Ea will light the branches of fragrant trees and toss the burning limbs into the water.
Shira: Are there any other Ea traditions for birthdays?
Taren: *blushes again* I… I’d rather not say here. Some of the traditions are very… ah… private.
Shira: All right then! I’ll leave you all to imagine what sorts of *coughs* “traditions” Taren is referring to. And if you’re interested, you can read a bit about how those “traditions” might happen between mermen in their shifted forms on my blog as well as an NSFW excerpt here: http://www.shiraanthony.com/?p=3812
Happy birthday, Amber!!
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Xavier is a former FBI agent turned deputy sheriff who is hot on the trail of a South American child prostitution ring. Evan is fighting to put an end to rampant cocaine trafficking and chafing under the thumb of an election-hungry boss. When someone tries to kill the eleven-year-old witness who holds the key to both their investigations, they’re forced to work together as they put their lives on the line to protect him. As Chance and Xav collide in the heat of a sweltering North Carolina summer, dodging bullets and chasing bad guys isn’t the only action going on.
About Shira: In her last incarnation, Shira was a professional opera singer, performing roles in such operas as “Tosca,” “i Pagliacci,” and “La Traviata,” among others. She’s given up TV for evenings spent with her laptop, and she never goes anywhere without a pile of unread M/M romance on her Kindle.
Shira is married with two children and two insane dogs, and when she’s not writing she is usually in a courtroom trying to make the world safer for children. When she’s not working, she can be found aboard a 36’ catamaran at the Carolina coast with her favorite sexy captain at the wheel.
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