Please welcome Amanda Meuwissen with
Coming Up For Air
It’s not easy being someone’s fairy tale.
Leigh Hurley is making a name for himself among thieves and criminals, even if it isn’t the life he would’ve chosen. He shouldn’t have screwed over the Moretti brothers, though. It landed him in the river with weights on his feet. But somehow he’s escaped certain death. The last thing he remembers before waking on the riverbank is a beautiful face and a soft kiss.
Then, Tolomeo turns up naked at Leigh’s apartment.
Tolly comes from a race of killers—merfolk who drown humans for fun. But Tolly is different, and when he sees a human in trouble, he offers a kiss, granting the man the ability to breathe underwater… and himself the ability to walk on land, at least until the next full moon. The ancient laws state that if he is given a vow of love by the one he kissed, he will be able to keep his legs. If not, he will be put to death when he returns to the water.
But love is not something Leigh offers easily… and Tolly has a secret of his own.
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Writing often is (and I think should be) a community effort. My new release, Coming Up for Air, is dedicated to Regan Moore, an online friend of mine who is a master at coming up with prompts and matching imagery to inspire others.
In this case, she had the idea of a criminal being dropped in the river and then being saved by a merman who steps on land afterward to seek him out and find love, a sort of modern take on The Little Mermaid. I took that prompt, that starting idea, and ran with it, making it my own, but all because of the community of sharing and discourse that I’ve had the pleasure of participating in online.
I love when fellow writers want to take prompts I’ve come up with that I know I’m not going to write myself, and I have had so many inspirational ideas come from others, even if I end up changing a lot from starting idea to finished novel.I often tell people that my favorite part about being an author is that we don’t compete with each other—or at least we shouldn’t. We compete with ourselves, to better ourselves with each new story, but we’re not fighting for the same readers. Readers want more to read all the time, so when we help each other, encourage each other, read and review for each other, we circulate a better community and make each other (and ourselves) more successful.
That’s why I never hesitate to offer to beta read for friends (when I have time, and sometimes even when I don’t) because I love seeing someone else succeed with their stories just as much as I enjoy success with my own.
Coming Up for Air allowed me to create not only a unique love story but some of my favorite side characters too, all my creation, but they never would have existed without Regan’s prompt. Copyright and being careful with our intellectual property are important, but so is coming together and remembering why we write to begin with—because we have stories to share.I have more ideas in my back pocket for future books than I’ll likely ever be able to write, largely because of my online community of writers and readers. Thank you to everyone who has ever given me a prompt, whether I wrote a drabble from it or a novel, but a big thank you to Regan for giving me the inspiration for Coming Up for Air.
About the author:
Amanda Meuwissen is a primarily gay romance writer, as well as Marketing Operations Manager for the software company Outsell. She has a Bachelor of Arts in a personally designed major from St. Olaf College in Creative Writing, and is an avid consumer of fiction through film, prose, and video games.
As author of the paranormal romance trilogy The Incubus Saga, young adult novel Life as a Teenage Vampire, the novelette The Collector, and superhero duology Lovesick Gods and Lovesick Titans, Amanda regularly attends local comic conventions for fun and to meet with fans, where she will often be seen in costume as one of her favorite fictional characters.
She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, John, and their cat, Helga.
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