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Boom Baby Review’s Best of 2014!

2014 was a really busy year for me, and I tried to amp up the reviewing. Although there were some books that weren’t quite my thing, I was really lucky to get some great books. As such, I want to give a shout out to my 4.5 and 5 Fireball reviews of 2014! Each one is linked to the review, so you can check out what I thought about it. And now, in no particularly order, they are…

Fantasy

Wizard of Ends, Book Two: Dark Creature by Vanessa Finaughty & Majra by J. Simon

Monster Lit

Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney

Contemporary Poetry/Prose, Military

Starved for Bullets by Ryan Goodrich

Erotic Romance

The Brethren of the Coast by Barbara Devlin (Reviewed in 2014: My Lady, The Spy; The Most Unlikely Lady; One-Knight Stand)

Steampunk Action/Adventure

The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance by Ichabod Temperance (Reviewed in 2014: For the Love of Temperance; A Study in Temperance)

Superhero, Comedy

Scarlet Winters by J. Kwong

Contemporary Literary Fiction

The First Noble Truth by C. Lynn Murphy

Historical Fiction

Agnes Canon’s War by Deborah Lincoln

…and that was the best of 2014. Thank you to all the authors and readers who made this a great reading year. I’ve got the proverbial stack of books already to get 2015 kicked off with a bang, so watch this space for more books and more reviews and more everything!

Happy 2015!

A Chat with Evie McFagan of “Waking the Merrow”

Waking the Merrow

“Waking the Merrow” by Heather Rigney (Book One: The Merrow Trilogy)

Published on… 22 May 2014
Published as… Contemporary Fantasy/Monster Lit

A Chat with Evie

A Note from Bella: I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Waking the Merrow a couple months ago, and now the author has been kind enough to let her main character stop by for a chat! I hope you enjoy meeting Evie and will get a copy of Waking the Merrow to learn more about her story!

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Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Evie (rhymes with ‘heavy’) McFagan: First of all, Bella, thank you for giving me some attention. That author, Rigney (whatever her name is), is getting all the press. The book is about me. Why does she get all the interviews? You’re classy to ask me. You, I like.

Here we go. The book is called WAKING THE MERROW and I’ve heard it’s described as a dark historical fantasy. It all takes place in sleepy Pawtuxet Village, Rhode Island, where I work with my husband in our funeral home. Let’s get one thing straight—there’s nothing fantastic about the merrow. They are nasty, man-eating, aquatic bitches. All those stories about mermaids being nautical cheerleaders are bullsh*t. I lived it. They are not nice. Oh, by the way, some reviewer mentioned I was ‘unreliable.’ Let me tell you something, I don’t appreciate being called ‘an unreliable narrator.’ That’s bullsh*t, too.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Evie: Well, to be honest, I have a drinking problem with no solution, I’m overweight, unattractive, have very few friends, and I’m a sh*tty mom. How does that sound? You want to read all about me now, don’t you? Well, I don’t really give a crap if you do or not, but, if you believe the rumors, you’d be missing out on some fantastic nautical mayhem if you chose to skip this one. Then again, if you do read it, you may never go for a swim in New England waters ever, ever again. To put it simply, the book is like that ridiculous “Spongebob” show, except people get torn apart. And, there are nasty mermaids who eat people. And then there’s the historic stuff about the Revolutionary War. And, also, there’s a few things about Irish folktales and pre-famine Irish immigration. So I guess it’s not exactly like “Spongebob,” but it does have some ocean scenes in it. So there you have it.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Evie: Oh, her. She’s one of those moms I’ve seen at the playground. Thinks she’s got it all going on, but really she’s a hot mess. If she drank a wee bit more, lightened up a little, she’d be tolerable. But other than that, I can’t stand her.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Evie: It’s hard to read about yourself. Especially when you’ve been through something traumatic—like being terrorized by vicious she-beasts. I once heard that Tina Turner never saw that movie about her life. You know, the one where Angela Bassett (love her, btw!) played Tina? That’s how I feel. I’m never going to read a book about my experiences.

But you should.

That Rigney girl could really use some new clothes. She’s one of those hippies that attend clothes swaps. I mean, come on. Get something new, for Christ’s sake.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Evie: Um, yeah. It’s kind of like my fifteen minutes. Another reviewer said I would make an awesome girlfriend. That would be nice. I’m kind of low on friends.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Evie: I believe I will run into the merrow again. I’m not happy about that option. But it’s a real possibility. Maybe I’ll lose weight, quit smoking, quit drinking. Maybe. Look, I’m not real good with the self-improvement sh*t, so don’t judge me.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Evie: It’s come to my understanding that I’m in a trilogy. Expect two more books with yours truly in it–unless she goes all George R.R. Martin on me and kills me off in the second book. That would really ruin my plans to hit Vegas next fall.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Evie: Julia Roberts. No, wait, Meryl. I love Meryl. :sigh: All right, Natasha Lyonne would rock. That chick is so sassy on “Orange Is the New Black.” I love her trashy mouth and crazy hair. So if Julia and Meryl are both too goddamn busy, I’ll take Natasha.

Oh yeah.

That would be bitchin’.

About the Book

In 1772, angry Rhode Island colonists set fire to a British ship, sparking the American Revolution. Taxation without representation was a motivator. So was the vengeful, man-eating mermaid who had it out for the commanding officer.

That was then. This is now.

Mermaids, or merrow, still hunt in Narragansett Bay, but these days they keep a lower profile.

At night, centuries-old Nomia seduces smutty frat boys, lures them into icy waters, and feeds them to her voracious kin. By day, she and her half-breed daughter attempt to blend in at the coastal Village Playground.

But Nomia slips up. She makes a friend. Then she makes that friend disappear, and someone notices.

Thirty-something Evie McFagan just wants to make it through working motherhood. But she’s a blistering stew of issues—snarky alcoholic and a friendless funeral director who just witnessed Nomia dismembering a guy at the nearby yacht club.

When Evie believes a mermaid stole her baby, who will help? The merrow of Ireland? Or maybe anti-hero Evie will surprise everyone, including herself, and summon the strength to save her own family.

Intertwining the stories of two primordial families with the colonial history of Narragansett Bay, Waking the Merrow is a dark historical fantasy.

Buy the Book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Heather Rigney Author Photo
Writer, artist, and underwater fire-breather, Heather Rigney likes to make stuff. Stuff with words, stuff with paint, stuff that’s pretty, and stuff that’s not. Heather’s stories reflect her dark, gothic childhood spent alone in the woods of northern Rhode Island.

Having discovered the works of both Stephen King and Clive Barker at the age of eleven, she started to wonder if she truly was alone in the woods, or perhaps not. The perhaps was what kept her up at night. Her imagination cranked out stories and dreams that she kept to herself. She was an odd child and didn’t need one more reason for the neighbors to cluck, “That Rigney girl is so odd …” But now that she’s comfortable with her oddness, Heather would love to share her stories with you, dear reader.

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Review: “Waking the Merrow” by Heather Rigney

“Waking The Merrow (The Merrow Trilogy Book 1)” by Heather Rigney

Available from: Amazon
Released on: 22 May 2014

Description: In 1772, angry Rhode Island colonists set fire to a British ship, sparking the American Revolution. Taxation without representation was a motivator. So was the vengeful, man-eating mermaid who had it out for the commanding officer.

That was then. This is now.

Mermaids, or merrow, still hunt in Narragansett Bay, but these days they keep a lower profile.

At night, centuries-old Nomia seduces smutty frat boys, lures them into icy waters, and feeds them to her voracious kin. By day, she and her half-breed daughter attempt to blend in at the coastal Village Playground.

But Nomia slips up. She makes a friend. Then she makes that friend disappear, and someone notices.

Thirty-something Evie McFagan just wants to make it through working motherhood. But she’s a blistering stew of issues—snarky alcoholic and a friendless funeral director who just witnessed Nomia dismembering a guy at the nearby yacht club.

When Evie believes a mermaid stole her baby, who will help? The merrow of Ireland? Or maybe anti-hero Evie will surprise everyone, including herself, and summon the strength to save her own family.

Intertwining the stories of two primordial families with the colonial history of Narragansett Bay, Waking the Merrow is a dark historical fantasy.

Review: This book contains several of my favorite things: monster lit, the ocean, a choice of monster that’s not like every other book or movie out there, mythology, Gaelic/Celtic stuff, and New England.

This book had a lot going for it for me.

Evie is quite the snarktastic narrator. Oftentimes in the beginning, she comes close to overdoing the snark (for my taste) but doesn’t actually cross the line. She’s a very flawed character, but still endearing in her way. She also has a way of “breaking the fourth wall” and talking directly to the reader that greatly amuses me.

I really liked Paddy, and their relationship/marriage. It was messy, and awkward, and genuine. So, it was realistic. They were both flawed and yet loved each other, and that carried it through. I liked that.

I also liked the intertwining of the past/present and families. A very New England feel to that, too.

It was a smooth, fairly easy read and good for it’s genre. I think it’s shy of a 5 rating because of Evie’s drinking problem. Yes, it’s a Thing of mine, but that always makes me struggle a bit with a character so I can’t quite rave about it. Still, it was a lot of fun, and I’m interested to see what happens in the next book, so I’m giving it 4.5 Fireballs.

4.5 Fireballs

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