cwb-bb-coverby B. Brumley


Having grown up in San Francisco, Calder Brumen is drawn to the ocean, and he’s spent his life trying to capture the beauty of the Pacific on canvas. Over time, he has become obsessed with painting the image of a dark-haired mermaid named Gaire, and Calder struggles to explain his devotion to these portraits to his best friend. When Calder finds sandy footprints leading to the edge of his bed, he suspects that the haunting siren is real.

Pursuing the truth, Calder is dragged into a murderous, underwater plot that could destroy them all. And he must choose – is the possibility of a lifetime with Gaire worth risking death for himself and everyone he loves?

“B. Brumley has done an amazing job with Cold Water Bridegroom. Her descriptions are lush, her characters feel as real as you and I, and before you know it, you are caught blissfully in the undertow of this story.”

“A great twist on the standard mermaid trope. Brumley did an excellent job with world building. Her mermaid society is rich and well described.”

“The very definition of a contemporary romance / fantasy mash-up.”


CIR: What inspired this book?
BRUMLEY: Cold Water Bridegroom was inspired by the glass beach in California. I loved that there was a beach covered in multi-colored glass. I needed a contemporary setting so I picked San Francisco.

CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
BRUMLEY: Calder Brumen. I like the UFC. Conor McGregor is at the top of the game right now. He inspired Calder Brumen, but I made him a bearded artist.

CIR: Tell us more about him.
BRUMLEY: Calder is an orphan so he values loyalty and family. He chooses Gaire even when he hasn’t met her face-to-face yet, even when his best friend doesn’t understand his abstinence.

CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
BRUMLEY: I had to find a way to make Calder into a hero worth loving, so he couldn’t be a jerk or a wuss. That was hard. I hope I pulled it off.

CIR: Is there any content that some readers might find questionable despite the overall “clean” feel of the book?
BRUMLEY: I like to say the novella is PG-13. There is some “off-screen” sex before marriage, some sensual scenes, as well as a few fight scenes.

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