Friday, July 19, 2013

Review and GIVEAWAY!!! of Ocean's Gift

Title: Ocean's Gift

Author: Demelza Carlton

Series: Ocean's Gift #1

Genre: Fantasy, paranormal, romance

Publish Date: November 28, 2012

Publisher: Lost Plot Press

Length: 56,890 words, Approx. 253 pages 

Version/Format: ebook (Kindle, iBookstore, Barnes and Noble, and Sony) and paperback


Brief Summary: Mermaids Sirena, known as Vanessa on land, and her adult daughters travel ashore to gather information on what we humans know about the changing of the oceans. Vanessa captures the attention of a deckhand named Joe who is similarly affected. Vanessa must figure out a way to continue on with the purpose of her mission while battling her attraction to Joe...and keep it from her daughters, Maria and Belinda.

Review: When I began Ocean's Gift I didn't know what to expect. I haven't really read anything about mermaids before, but I was blown away by Vanessa, Maria, and Belinda. Majority of the novel is narrated in alternating first person POV of Belinda and Joe. As a love interest for Vanessa I think that Joe is great. He listens to her and respects her enough to keep his naughty thoughts to himself, although he does use his electrician knowledge to his advantage. And I loved the way Vanessa reciprocates as an independent and head-strong woman. I became fascinated with the mermaids and their culture. Belinda and Maria do not understand why Vanessa would willingly give her body to Joe when mermaids only consider it their duty to mate with humans.
       The daughters wish to go back home quickly although they do enjoy some of the human food and alcohol. Joe is amusing and his altercations with the mermaids are great. I think the purpose of the mermaids mission to land is a great one. They come to see about the harm and changes that are happening to the oceans that will one day affect us all tremendously. This is a very real message for today's world. The story of Ocean's Gift is amazing and the romantic scenes are sweet while being steamy at the same time. I wanted to cry at the end and am so happy that there is a continuation because I would have been devastated if it ended there. I loved Ocean's Gift and I think a lot of other people will too.  

Overall: Ocean's Gift is a great novel because of its characters, plot, and message. The necessity of preserving oceans is an important message that needs to be heard so that there is a brighter future for everyone – humans and mermaids. Ocean's Gift is getting a well deserved 5 stakes from me and I can't wait to read Ocean's Infiltrator. 

About Author (from Amazon): Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkeling trip she found that she was afraid of fish. She has since sum with sea lions, sharks, and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven meter cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below. Sensationalist spin?-No Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks, and all. Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. The Ocean's Gift Series is her first foray into fiction. She'll follow this up with the first book of her suspense thriller Nightmares series, Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer, to be released in July 2013. Author's website

                     Also get the continuation: Ocean's Infiltrator

And to celebrate Demelza Carlton's novels and the the release of her novel Water and Fire on Aug. 1, alongside with this being my 50th blog post, I am giving away three (3) free copies of Ocean's Gift on Smashwords. The winners will be emailed a code to receive their copy for free.

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