Thursday, February 9, 2012

Interview with Sydney P. Berns



Syyren Kantrella, captain of the guards, leaves her underwater world to seek the aid of the self-exiled prince. The oracle, the woman who maintains the underwater ecosystem in Ocaria, has disappeared. The prince is the only other person in existence who can take her place, but ... there is a price.
The last thing Marcus Versar Ay Seamius, a real estate mogul, wants to do is to return to Ocaria. Yet, for a chance to be with Syyren, he is willing to make a devil’s bargain, even if it means remembering why he left in the first place. 

Besure to enter below to win a free ebook copy of OCARIA

The Interview

Hi Sydney, and thank you so much for stopping by to answer a few questions on my blog today. I’ve read your novella, OCARIA, and I have to say, it is different from anything I’ve ever read and I absolutely loved it and your love scenes, man they are hot. They have just the right amount of spark in them.
Ocaria is a book involving people who live under the sea. How did you come up with this idea?

I love Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and stories about
Atlantis. These stories influenced my setting for Ocaria.

Ocaria is a fantasy romance. Do you enjoy reading in this genre and do you read any other genre? Which is your favorite?

Actually, I’ve read a handful of fantasy books but most of them were not romance. I like the way fantasy authors created worlds that are similar to ours. I wouldn’t necessarily called Ocaria a fantasy. It has more of a science fiction element.
 Although I don’t read a lot of fantasy novels, I do watch a lot of fantasy movies. Every time Dune airs, I watch it. I’m dating myself when I say I was in elementary when it was first aired on network television (not on cable). The Lord of the Rings trilogy is another set of movies that I love to watch. And I can’t wait for Games of Throne to air in April. For a series, it is better than most movies being screened today and better than any series on TV. In fact, watching the series has given me some great ideas for several plots.

I love the name of your heroine, Syyren. Does it hold any special meaning to you?

No. I tried to think of a name that is exotic but somewhat recognizable. Since she lives deep in the ocean and siren are from the sea… you get the picture.

Do you have any plans for a future novel, involving the characters from Ocaria?

Yes, I plan to continue the characters in Ocaria’s story. Even now, I’m developing ideas for three full length stories.  I’ve been playing around with what should happen to the oracle. Is her future in Ocaria, or will she live on land?
For certain, the next story will be about Lyneal. He is a badass who has fought for everything he wanted except for the only woman he’d ever loved. Will he get her this time? You'll have to read to find out.

Here’s a fun question that really has nothing to do with writing. If you could have lunch with any famous person, who would it be and why?

The Dalai Lama. Maybe he can teach me methods on how to be more relax and how to meditate.

What are your top three favorite authors?

Kresley Cole, JK Beck and Laura Lee Guhrke.

Sydney thank you for joining us here on my blog today and letting us get to know you a bit better.

Check out OCARIA
by Sydney P. Berns
Published by Amber Glow Books 

Places to buy OCARIA 
Barnes and Noble

My review of OCARIA

Syyren is one bad-ass Captain out to save her world and maybe bring home that long lost almost forgotten lover. This is a quick, very enjoyable, sensual read with plenty of sexual tension that is sure to get your blood flowing. Ms. Berns does an excellent job conveying emotions while creating this unique underwater world. Just like she mentioned above in the interview, it brought back visions of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 

made in 1954... for those of you too young to remember that one perhaps you’ll remember this one ...

Disney's 1989 Ariel   

 but for adults. Heehee.

OCARIA might not have any mermaids or killer giant octopus (or maybe it does) but it's sure to make you think next time you're swimming around in the ocean. :) Happy Reading and thanks for stopping by. Don't forget to enter to win OCARIA.

The winners are: 
Stacey Jo

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  1. Hi Sydney! I enjoyed your interview very much! I must say I'm intrigued by reading your book, it sounds fascinating!

    I do remember watching 20,000 leagues Under the Sea. Even though I was pretty young at the time, I thought Kirk Douglas was the shiznit, lol!

    Thank you for the giveaway chance!

    Gena Robertson

  2. never read or saw 20000 leagues sorry but I cant wait to read this book sounds sooo amazing!

  3. Hi Regand and Sydney :) I love the interview but I have to admit I have never read or watched the movie 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. (I know GASP!!) lol However, after this interview, I am REALLY itchin to read it. And of course, Ocaria sounds right up my alley, so I'd love to win :) Even if I don't, thank you so much for letting me stop by. You've reminded me that I need to broaden my horizon's a bit in order to get swept away <3

    stacey jo



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