Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Siren’s Secret by Deb Herbert


Shelly Connors's worlds—on land and in the sea—are turned upside down when an evening swim turns into a nightmare. On a sweltering night deep in the bayou, the mystical mermaid witnesses a horrifying act. With a monstrous killer now hot on her trail, her life and the lives of her kin are in jeopardy.

Terrified of becoming the next victim, Shelly has no choice but to turn to Sheriff Tillman Angier. Tillman has had his intense gray eyes on the sultry honey-haired beauty for a while. The feelings are mutual…and impossible to ignore. But he's determined to solve the murders, and he knows Shelly's hiding something. Can she trust him with her deepest secret?


Siren’s Secret was a pretty good page turner with a plot twist that even surprised me. However, it was full of head-hops, and I would expect better from a Harlequin book that supposedly was edited by a professional who, I imagine, gets paid a lot more than I do for editing. It truly is a shame when a writer’s work suffers from inadequate editing. If your editor doesn’t point out what’s wrong, how can you learn? When I attended Columbia College in Chicago, we discussed Point of View, but no one ever told me I needed to stay in one person’s POV in each scene until I had a good editor—not even my rather snobbish, “we’re all writing Great American Novels on our Arts Grants and Fellowships” professors.

Yes, you can feel the bayou steam. You can smell the “pluff mud” (a South Carolina term for the muddy bottom of salt marshes), you can hear the gators sliding into the water, and sense the sharks and barracudas in the sea when the mermaids are swimming, and you can see the slight sheen of their scales just beneath the surface of their skin. You can wonder how they’re going to escape the clutches of the madman as your’re reading this book, and whether it’s safe for Shelley to tell Tillman her secret. It really is a good read if the head-hopping doesn’t make you dizzy.

Length:  300 Pages
Print:  $5.75
Digital:  $4.99

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory. You can download your books onto your computer using “Save As” to a “Books” file you create and sort them into sub-folders by genre, author, or however you wish before transferring them to your Kindle. That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting. Rose & Rochelle

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