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Author Interview With Tricia Rayburn

04 Aug, 2010 by in siren, tricia rayburn 3 comments

Today’s Author Interview is with Tricia Rayburn as a part of her blog tour for the book SIREN hosted by Hooked on YA books.

Where did the inspiration from Siren come from? Siren was inspired by my recently developed fear of all creatures of the deep. I grew up swimming in the Long Island Sound, but for some reason, I now won’t go deeper than my knees in any natural body of water. I’m too afraid of jellyfish, crabs, sharks, you name it! This made me think about what else might be lurking beneath the surface, and Siren grew from there.

Have you ever been to a place that reminds you of Winter Harbor? Yes! I’ve actually never been to Winter Harbor, which is a real town in Maine, but I imagined much of it to look like various places I’ve visited in New Hampshire. The lake Vanessa’s family has a house on, for example, was based on Lake Kanasatka, where my family and I have spent quite a bit of time.

Any swoon worthy men that inspired the two main men in the book Siren? Simon’s a conglomerate of every smart, sweet, somewhat shy boy I’ve ever known—because those were the ones I was always drawn to, which made Simon that much more fun to write!

What are your favorite treats/ munchies? Writing in the summer months is always easier with iced coffee or some other cold drink nearby. When the weather cools that will probably change to hot tea or, even better, hot chocolate!

Is there a sequel planned and when is its release date? Yes, Siren 2 (official title TBA!) will be released next summer, and Siren 3 will be released the summer after that!

Thanks so much to Tricia for stopping by our site and answering our interview!

To learn more about Tricia, go to her blog at

Read our review of Siren here:

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And be sure to comment on this post and the interview for a chance to win a custom Mermaid lego girl from Etsy seller The Beach Gnome:

Giveaway ends September 4, 2010, Good Luck!

Book Review-Siren by Tricia Rayburn

05 Jun, 2010 by in ARC tour, siren, tricia rayburn 6 comments

published July 13th 2010 by EgmontUSA
details Hardcover, 352 pages
isbn 606840746

Synopsis from Goodreads…”Seventeen-year-old Vanessa Sands is afraid of everything—the dark, heights, the ocean—but her fearless older sister, Justine, has always been there to coach her through every challenge. That is, until Justine goes cliff-diving one night near the family’s vacation house in Maine, and her lifeless body washes up on shore the next day.

Though her parents hope that they’ll be able to find closure back in Boston, Vanessa can’t help feeling that her sister’s death wasn’t an accident. After discovering that Justine was keeping a lot of secrets, Vanessa returns to Winter Harbor, hoping that Justine’s boyfriend might know more. But Caleb has been missing since Justine’s death.

Soon, it’s not just Vanessa who’s afraid. All of Winter Harbor is abuzz with anxiety when another body washes ashore, and panic sets in when the small town becomes host to a string of fatal, water-related accidents in which all the victims are found, horrifically, grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa turns to Caleb’s brother, Simon, for help, and begins to find herself drawn to him. As the pair try to understand the sudden rash of creepy drownings, Vanessa uncovers a secret that threatens her new romance—and will change her life forever.

A seductive paranormal romance full of unexpected twists, Siren is certain to make a big summer splash.”

What a great way to start off my summer reading! Tricia Rayburn sets up the perfect setting in a quaint little fishing and tourist town in Maine with guava smoothies, sun and surf. From the very first chapter you’ll be pulled in to the romance and intrigue as well as the mystery of what is really going on in Winter Falls. Vanessa and her sister Justine spend their summers vacationing there with childhood friends and locals, Simon and Caleb. Who are definitely an attraction if you ask me…but this summer things are different. Justine and Caleb seem closer than ever, risks are being taken. When Justine dies cliff jumping her sister Vanessa is determined to find out the real story.
Justine will be forced to face so many of her deep seated fears as she spends time alone without her family to track down the source of the mayhem in her peaceful resort. She finds out who she is, and who her sister really was…which is as no one suspects. The characters in Siren are mesmerizing and magical. There are so many layers to each one they feel real. Myth meets reality and you will be entranced by this modern day fairy tale thriller with a pinch of romance. There are so many twists and turns in the plot you will never be bored! 4.5 stars to Siren, well done!

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Mermaid Postcards by Sandra Vargas

04 Jun, 2010 by in mermaids, siren 24 comments

Today’s SIREN giveaway is a six pack of dreamy mermaid postcards donated by SandraGrafik

♥ ♥ ♥ W E L C O M E ♥ T O ♥ M Y ♥ S H O P ♥ ♥ ♥
Sandra Vargas is the person behind the nickname Sandygrafik, a Peruvian born graphic designer and illustrator currently living in Denver, CO. She’s passionate about digital illustration using different textures and patterns that makes her art so unique, though she also loves experimenting with traditional media as inks and watercolors. Sandra enjoys recreating female beauties from classic fairytales and giving birth to new fantasy creatures, crossing an imaginary gate to a whimsical dimension.

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+2 become a fan of her and us on Facebook:
+1 visit and comment on her blog:
+1 visit her other shops featuring original illustrations printed on T-shirts, calendars and hundreds of cute accessories:
+1 for each retweet @FireIcePhotos on twitter

+5 for posting this giveaway or our button on your blog

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Contest ends July 4, 2010 and is open internationally

Custom Mermaid Lego

02 Jun, 2010 by in mermaid, siren 11 comments

Searching for SIREN items I stumbled upon TheBeachGnome. First of all those really are two of my favorite things…beaches and gnomes. Second of all our names are the same and she is a SAHM as well. We’ve had fun shooting emails back and forth. She’s generously donated a custom mermaid lego girl…”My name is Heather and I am a stay at home mom to 3 boys. I love to create and I have a list a mile long of things I want to make. So many things in nature are magical and inspire me. I am an eclectic “artist”. I guess I’d consider myself an ADHD crafter. I want to try it all!

A beautiful mermaid with some bling. Her shiny silver tail reflects the sunlight as she swims through the water. She is a woman of many moods, her head can be turned to reveal a pleasant smile or an anguished grimace. She is approximately 2 ¼ inches tall.

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additional entries
+1 for each retweet @fireicephotos
+1 pick your favorite
literary mermaid reference and comment
+5 post this contest on your blog or facebook, leave the link
+3 visit Tricia’s blog and comment
Contest ends September 4, 2010 and is open internationally. GOOD LUCK

Teaser Tuesday- Siren by Tricia Rayburn

01 Jun, 2010 by in siren, tricia rayburn 2 comments

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly book meme
hosted by Miz B. of Should Be Reading.

Here’s how it works:
Grab a book that you are currently reading
Turn to any page and grab two teaser sentences from that page
Make sure it’s not a spoiler in case anyone wants to read the book
Include the author and name of the book

“She was outside my head, calling to me from the crystal chandeliers above, the pictures lining the walls, the rug beneath my feet. You’ve come so far…Please don’t go…”

p 110 Siren by Tricia Rayburn

Email us at if you are interested in reading Siren and reviewing it as a part of the ARC tour kicking off this week.

Marina Necklace Giveaway

01 Jun, 2010 by in mermaids, siren, tricia rayburn 37 comments

I am a huge fan of mermaids and myths of the sea, so this week is Siren week on the blog. Today’s giveaway comes from Irish Etsy seller PatriciaPio…”i make all my jewellery and crafts sitting in my home on the north coast of ireland, taking inspiration from the natural world around me and vintage fashions. i hope you like what you see!

Description: This little necklace features a tiny bottle filled with hand picked sea shells from the NI coast near my home.

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additional entries

+1 become a fan of us (see our right sidebar) and her on facebook!/pages/Portstewart-United-Kingdom/Patricia-Pio/109419322435453
+1 heart her shop on etsy
+1 visit her blog and comment
+1 Follow us on twitter @fireicephotos and @PPcrafts

+1 tell us your favorite mermaid book

+1 for each retweet @fireicephotos
+5 post this giveaway on your blog, leave the link
I also have a Folksy account (mainly for the convenience of UK buyers) at

Contest ends July 1, 2010 and is open internationally