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Between the Sea and Stars by Chantal Gadoury - Audio Book Tour + Giveaway

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Author: Chantal Gadoury

Narrator: Dollcie Webb

Length: 6 hours 53 minutes

Series: The Lena Series, Book 1

Publisher: The Parliament House

Released: Dec. 20, 2018

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

A legend

A magical shell

A girl who dreamed of something more...

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin, who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea.

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land.

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner.

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?

Amazon Bestselling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published The Songs in Our Hearts, and The Songs We Remember, with 48Fourteen Publishing. Allerleirauh, Between the Sea and Stars, Blinding Night and WinterDream with the Parliament House Press. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. For Chantal, writing novels has become a lifelong dream come true! When she’s not typing away at her next project, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of Iced Coffee, and watching Disney Classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, sister and furry-‘brother’ Taran.
Narrator Bio

"Daydreams and whimsy with with a touch of pixie charm."

A long-time daydreamer, Dollcie Webb has always carried a special fondness for Young Adult Fantasy literature. The poetic imagery and enticing otherworldliness call to her sense of curiosity, satisfying a deep desire to explore the world around her. A graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor's in Theatre and Electronic Media Performance, she's taken her experience in audio and theatrical performance and has melded the two into a career as an audiobook producer and narrator.
Over the summer, the first book in the Lena series, BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS was released. 
And on Christmas Day, a new way to experience the novel was released - via audiobook! 
If you’re still unsure if you’d like to read BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS, I’m here to give you eight 
reasons why you should give it a try!

  1. Disney Movies: The story was heavily inspired by the Disney movies: The Little Mermaid, 
    Treasure Planet, and Aladdin. The Little Mermaid in the obvious - mermaids 
    (and of course, the main lead, Ariel!) Treasure Planet with the character - 
    Jim Hawkins and his desire to escape the Inn that his mother runs. 
    And with Aladdin, the pure evilness of the villain Jafar.

2) Romance: If you enjoy slow-burning romances, you’ll enjoy the interactions that
Lena experiences with . . . well, I’ll leave that to the reader to find out.

3) Poldark: At the time of writing BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS, I had just finished the first 
and second season of “Poldark” and really enjoyed the score and the scenery. 
If you’re familiar with the show, you’ll find yourself imagining the sandy shores while hearing
 the beautiful melody echoing between the rocky valleys. The show played a key role in 
inspiring the setting and the time period.  

4) Mermaids: Given the right timing, everyone can be a sucker for a good mermaid tale! 
And even more, when they’re not the sweet and kind creatures that remind of us of Princess 
Ariel. The mermaids (or merrows) in BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS can be vicious 
creatures, keeping their kind safe from the barbaric humans of the shore. 
(They even have a clan that purposefully drowns sailors to avoid losing any more of their 

5) Tarot Readings: Edwin Wyatt, the grandfather of Jace Wyatt might be blind, but he’s a
mystifying being with his own set of unknown magical abilities. While he’s an advanced man - 
reading books by braille, he also can read tarot cards. And he just knows what each card is - 
by the aura of the card. The light only he can see in his own darkness.

6) Books: Soren Emil is a close friend of Edwin, who supplies Edwin his books; 
Soren is, after all - a bookkeeper. For many, he instantly becomes a character we all love to
love for this fact alone. It’s easy to want to just get lost between the many shelves of his shop - 
and then some!

7) Exploring the Human World: Lena’s fresh take on the human world is a bit refreshing when 
it comes to a mermaid story. She has an understanding of a few objects that she and her 
brother, Javelin, have seen on the sandy sea-floor, but taking a bath? 
Sleeping on a soft blanket? All strange and wondrous things to Lena. 
Even down to eating the strange food of the Inn are a feat for her.

8) Villains: Villains are sometimes the characters that we all love to hate - 
and we love them even more because of just how downright evil and mean they are. 
Lord Jarl is surely one villain you’ll have a hard time forgetting. There is mystery shrouded 
over him right from the beginning, and only as we begin to see other characters begin to 
change, do we start to resent him and question his motives. As a word of warning - 
nothing is exactly as it seems, and Lord Jarl always has something up his sleeve.    

Now that you have eight reasons to go read BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS, I urge you to 
go check it out! Grab an ebook or an audiobook (or both!) and dive under the sea with Lena 
for a mermaid story unlike you’ve ever experienced before!

Dream Cast
By Author Chantal Gadoury
  • Lena - Gemma Arterton
    • When I first saw Gemma in Tess of D’Urbervilles, she was everything I imagined my character, Lena, a merrow turned human, to be.
  • Soren Emil - Matt Smith
    • Soren holds a special place in my heart from a time before I started officially writing “Between the Sea and Stars.” I’ve always associated his character looking like Matt Smith, which is why I’d cast him as such.
  • Jace Wyatt - Aaron Taylor-Johnson
    • I’ve been inspired by Aaron Taylor-Johnson since the first time I saw him in “Anna Karenina.” When I started to look for someone who reminded me of Jim Hawkins (the real inspiration behind Jace Wyatt) I saw Aaron played a role in a movie called Albert Nobbs. At that moment, I knew I had found the right choice of a “face character” and movie cast for Jace.
  • Edwin Wyatt - Max Von Sydow
    • Edwin was a character I had planned to have in the story of “Between the Sea and Stars,” but suddenly he appeared, and became a character that I fell in love instantly. He is the sweetest of men, and so wise. When I started to look for a face that could envelope everything about Edwin, it was hard. I had been torn between Richard Harris, and Sir Ian McKellen, but when I saw Max Von Sydow, in this photo - I really felt like I had found the face of Edwin perfectly.
  • Asger - Rohit Khandelwal
    • I knew as I was writing Asger, I was trying to bring in more diverse of characters - different skin colors, tail colors, - just different from Lena and the characters that I was already planning on land. And I really loved just how different Asger became. I found the photo of Rohit as I was trying to figure out Asger, and what he’d look like - he was an inspiration right from the beginning.
  • Lord Jarl - Jeremy Irons
    • I went through a huge phase of watching “The Borgias” right before I had written “Between the Sea and Stars,” and kinda just loved Jeremy Irons as an actor. I know he could play evil - and well. And I know he’d adapt the character Lord Jarl perfectly. 
Prize: Real Conch Shell Necklace

Giveaway organized and sponsored by the narrator, Dollcie Webb

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