Saturday, May 23, 2015

Blog Tour {Review & Giveaway}: Mermen by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

They’ve got something he wants.

INFAMOUS BACHELOR and SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE ROEN DORAN IS A  BASTARD. Yes, he knows it. And no, he doesn’t care. He’s got money and power, and he depends on no one. But when his estranged father dies, willing him a secret island, Roen will come face to face with an even bigger secret: its occupants. And these savage, sea-obsessed warriors are quick to make their position clear: Leave now or die.

There’s only one problem. Nobody tells Roen what to do. Ever. Oh, and one other thing. He’s just met the island’s other new “guest” and something about her brings out his possessive side.

SOLE SHIPWRECK SURVIVOR LIV STRATTON had been adrift at sea for ten grueling days when salvation miraculously appeared: an uncharted island. Only, the deceivingly beautiful men who live there aren’t interested in saving her. No, not at all. Because they somehow believe she is their property, a gift from the ocean to do with as they please. This is not good.

Her only hope? Billionaire Roen Doran, of all people. A man who’s said to care for nothing and no one. But if he’s so heartless, then why is he about to risk everything to help her?

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Olivia Stratton is stranded at sea when the boat she was on sinks. Drifting through endless days on a lifeboat, Olivia is finally found but instead of being thankful of the rescue, she is wary and scared when she realizes she is being held captive. 

Roen Doran is a billionaire businessman who grew up not having a thing to do with his father. When his father passes and Roen inherits a map of a mysterious island, he finds himself with a lot of unanswered questions and intends to find himself the answers. Finding Olivia Stratton on the island is just a bonus.

While Oliva and Roen wade through the waters of their attraction to one another, Roen also tries to put the pieces of the mystery together and find out just what it means to be a merman.

Merman is unlike any other tale you have ever heard about the merfolk. Although beautiful and gorgeous, these mermen are deceiving and can be down right scary. They are also pretty caveman-ish when it comes to women and believe that the ocean itself has gifted Olivia unto them to do with as they like. 

I haven't read a good paranormal book in a long time but boy, Mermen blew my expectations out of the water! The synopsis sounded fantastic, but once I opened the book itself I found out that this book completely holds your attention. Very well written, full of beautiful characters, intrigue, and mystery of the paranormal kind, Mermen is a superb reinvention of the merfolk. I loved everything about Mermen from beginning to end and want more!

Five 'this book blew me out of the water' stars!

P.S. I totally agree with Pamfiloff's about Stephen Amell being Roen if Mermen was a movie. I could totally picture him the entire time I was reading.


Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel. 

She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.

Q & A 

How did you come up with the idea of Mermen?

I love stories where the unlovable or revolting are turned into something we all can’t help but fall in love with. Example: Who didn’t love Warm Bodies? The dude is a zombie and eats brains, but most of us were probably loving him from the first moment.

And when I wrote the ACCIDENTAL SERIES, I was kind of going after the same thing. Mayan gods are NOT sexy. They just aren’t. But creating a world where that just wasn’t true was so much fun. And my gods aren’t just sexy, they make you laugh.

Anyway, when I decided to tackle another similar “taboo,” I wanted something that would really, really push me. So I chose a species I find hard to get turned on by.

Half-fish men can be pretty, but they’re not sexy! (For me, anyway.) But that was part of the fun!  Reinventing the entire folklore surrounding mermen and mermaids and turning it into something that would turn the mermen-haters into mermen-lovers.  

Who was the inspiration for ROEN?

My inspiration for ROEN was more of a what rather than a who. Everything I’ve learned over 15 years in the corporate world, where leadership skills are shoved down your throat, has taught me that certain leadership traits can be learned.
However, a true leader has charisma and a certain selflessness that doesn’t make them look weak, but gracious and strong. Even when admitting their own shortcomings.

That’s really what the book is about. True leadership versus the fakes. The island is the boss we all hate who takes advantage and uses fear and threats to get what he/she wants.

ROEN is a true leader.  He knows he can only succeed if his people do.

If "Mermen" were made into a movie, who do you see portraying Roen and Liv?
Roen…OH, sigh.  I would have to choose Stephen Amell from the show, ARROW. For the Liv, I’d have to say Gemma Arterton. 

Where do you come up with some of your funny one liners (like from Happy Pants Cafe)? In the shower? Making dinner?

No one thinks in a linear fashion, one thought at a time. We have tons of stuff pouring out of our heads at any given moment. I think the humor comes out of capturing those random, inappropriate, WTH thoughts we all have.

Here’s an example:

Imagine you’re at a beach resort on vacation. You’re wearing a bathing suit, and you’ve just gone swimming in the ocean and realized you didn’t wear enough sunscreen.

You open the door to your room and see a dead body on the floor.

This is where you need to be honest with yourself. How would you react?

Here’s me:

Shock. OMG, there’s a dead person on the floor. Did I walk into the right room because there’s no reason for that body to be here. Scream! OMG, there’s a dead body on the floor. Will they think I did it? Oh shit. Should I run? Call the police? What do I do? There’s sand in my hooha and my skin hurts! I can’t run like this. I don’t have clothes on or money and…crap, that poor person. Who killed them? Swivel, swivel. Is the killer still here? Dammit, this sand is not feeling good.

So that’s the sort of mental diarrhea that might come out of my head when faced with a horrible situation. Obviously, seeing a dead person isn’t funny, but the fact that 90% of us would be thinking about the sand in our hooha is.

For a person who's never read your books, how would you describe them?
Adventure Romances for those who love to be surprised. Because you never know where my stories will go.


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