Allie Burton’s YA Paranormal Debut!

SONY DSCOne of the perks in being a Romance Bandit is getting to introduce our readers to new authors and their stories. If that author happens to be one of the nicest people you will ever meet and a dear friend…well that’s just bonus points for all of us. So today, dear readers and fellow Bandits, I’m bringing some fresh talent to visit, my good friend and debut YA paranormal author, Allie Burton!

Suz: Welcome, Allie! Pull up a bar stool. Since it’s early in the day, I’ve asked Sven to have your favorite caffeine beverage Diet Pepsi on board for our visit. If we’re lucky he’ll serve us up some lovely blueberry scones to go with it. Congratulations on the debut of your YA series LOST DAUGHTERS OF ATLANTIS. Please tell our readers the premise behind the series.

Allie: Thank you so much for having me here and thanks for the Diet Pepsi. You wrote such a sweet introduction. I have to say without Suzanne Ferrell’s encouragement and advice I wouldn’t be here today.

Believe it or not, the first line in ATLANTIS RIPTIDE was the original premise. I remembered the old line about people running away to the circus and I thought why would someone do the exact opposite? The first line is: I ran away from the circus.

Suz: I loved that opening! How did you come up with this concept?

Allie: I came up with the concept by building on that first line and asking a lot of questions. What did they do in the circus? Why did they want to run away? What are they looking for?

Suz: In ATLANTIS RIPTIDE we meet Pearl. For a Princess with remarkable powers she hasn’t lived an easy life.Atlantis Riptide

Allie: Pearl’s powers were taken advantage of by the circus owners—that’s why she ran away. She wanted to find herself  and discover why she has these abilities. By the end of the book she’s found so much more.

Suz: When we meet Pearl, she immediately performs a heroic act. Why did you choose to start the book here?

Allie: A couple of reasons: I wanted the beginning to be a cliffhanger and I wanted to showcase Pearl’s powers to let the readers know this is no average girl. The situation also posed a conundrum to Pearl because her goal was to stay anonymous and not show people her skills, but if she didn’t act the toddler could drown.

Suz: Her life becomes very complicated when she meets Chase Thomas.

Allie: Chase is curious about and attracted to Pearl instantaneously. He wants to get to know her, to break down the walls she’s built up, and her resistance makes him even more determined.

Suz: Men and boys, always intrigued by puzzles. 🙂 Then things really become complex when she meets a young man with powers like hers.

Allie: One of Pearl’s story goals is to discover why she has these strange abilities. When she meets Finn, she immediately lets down her walls and trusts him. But there’s a war brewing under the ocean and he might be on the wrong side.

Atlantis Red Tide for Barnes and NobleSuz: I love the story of how you found your YA voice. Can you share it with our readers?

Allie: I started writing romantic suspense and the kids would always be trying to look over my shoulder. I’d have to cover the screen because I didn’t want them to read about sex and murders. One day one of them asked, “when are you going to write something we can read?” So, I whipped up a middle grade book about a brother and sister and ended up loving the genre. Now, I write both middle grade and young adult.

Suz: The second book in the series ATLANTIS RED TIDE is also out. Which sister is this story about?

Allie: This is Coral and Finn’s story and its available now. Coral has been brought up in Atlantis as one of the three princesses, but she doubts her legitimacy. She believes she must find her sisters to prove her worth. And Finn, who we meet in the first book, is a spy for the opposing side in the war.

Suz: When will the final book, ATLANTIS RISING TIDE, be available for readers?Atlantis Rising Tide for Barnes and Noble

Allie: ATLANTIS RISING TIDE releases at the end of this month. The heroine Maris thinks she’s a normal teen until she discovers her powers and learns of this other world under the ocean—a world that could be torn apart.


You can find Allie Burton at and on Facebook at and Twitter at

 So, dear readers, The Lost Daughters of Atlantis series are great summer reads. What’s on your summer reading list? Allie will be giving away a signed copy of ATLANTIS RIPTIDE to one commentor!



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  • Hiya Allie and Suz!

    I’m reading Riptide and enjoying it. Great story concept. Can’t wait to read the next books.
    So your books are on my summer reading list. Yay!
    Have a great summer!

    • Cassondra says:

      Kathleen, welcome to babysitt…er…having the Golden Rooster as your guest!

      I wonder if you know what you’ve gotten into?….

    • Hey Kat!

      Congrats on nabbing the Golden Rooster this morning. Put him to work helping with some work, okay? No summer lulling around for him!

      I’m a book ahead of you! ATLANTIS RED TIDE is sitting on my Kindle waiting for me to start reading it. Alas, some summer commitments have me traveling a bit, so I don’t think I’m going to get to indulge in RED TIDE until after that. 🙁

    • Allie Burton says:


      Congrats on winning the Golden Rooster! I’m usually an early riser but with summer and the fact on in the Mountain Time Zone you beat me to it! Allie

  • Brenda Rumsey says:

    Interesting how you moved from romance to YA. Your a new author to me and love the tie in with Atlantis. I read from several genres so my summer reading list is mixed. Susan Mallery’s 3 summer releases in the Fool’s Gold series is always on my list. This year it’s Just One Kiss, Two of a Kind, and Three Little Words….love them. Also, Duffy Brown’s cozy mystery Iced Chiffon, Insurgent by Roth, and so many more. Congrats on your books…they have just been added to my TBR file…smile.

    • Hey Brenda!

      Wow, you’ve got a lot on your summer reading list! My mom reads a book a day and I can guarantee Susan Mallery’s books are on her reading list this summer, too!

    • Allie Burton says:


      What a great list! I’ll have to add some of those to mine. I’m with Suz that between traveling and kids activities and actually writing, I don’t read as much as I’d like to.

  • fedora says:

    How very cool! Pleased to meet you, Allie! And I love adding to my TBR! On top of my summer reading TBR is a bunch of backlist from the Banditas, actually 🙂 I just finished a chilling read from Jo Robertson and had to jump to something lighter by Susan Sey before picking up another thriller 😉

  • Hi Suz! Hi Allie! Allie, congratulations on your success! The books look great. I love the run AWAY from the circus line! That hooked me in immediately.

    I had to laugh. Down here in Australia, it’s winter and time to snuggle down with something warm to keep the blood pumping in the cold. I’m really enjoying Bandita Christina Brookes’s LONDON’S LAST TRUE SCOUNDREL. Jonathan Westruther is hot enough to warm up any chilly night! 😉

    • Hey Anna C!

      Stay nice and warm down there, okay? We’re just getting into the 100’s here in Texas.

      I love the run AWAY from the circus line!
      I know, isn’t that a great “what if”?

    • Allie Burton says:


      Thanks for the comment about the line. It’s interesting because like I said that was the original concept and it was the first line in the book. Then, a critique group wanted something else up front and I changed it around. Then, another critique partner read the line and she told me this is where you should start. Had to laugh. I need to trust my own instincts! Allie

  • Helen says:

    Hi Allie and Suz

    I do like the sound of this series I need to get them 🙂

    As Anna has said it is winter here in Oz and a good book to curl up with is just the thing.

    I am reading Christina Brooke’s newest as well and this one will warm me up and then I have Anna’s new one to follow up with I don’t think I am going to feel the cold for a while 🙂

    Congrats on the series Allie and thanks Suz for inviting Allie along to meet us

    Have Fun

    • Hey, Helen!

      Wow, you’re definitely going to be warming up with both Christina and Anna’s books on your list.

      Maybe you guys should order Allie’s books and you’ll have them to read when it’s your summer? Hmmm…I don’t know if I could wait that long.

    • Allie Burton says:


      I was in Australia a couple of years ago during your summer and it was one of the coldest summer. On Christmas Day is hailed/snowed/rained. Not the down under Summer we were expecting. And my son is actually applying to go to school in Sydney so I might get to meet all of you Aussies in person! Allie

      • Helen says:


        That would be awesome sorry you got such bad weather at Christmas normally it is really hot but we do have a few wet ones/

        Have Fun

  • Laurie G says:

    I’m reading The Luxe series By Ana Godbersen. Luxe, Rumor, Envy and Splendor. It was recommended to me by my daughter who taught middle school English.

    I’m intrigued by your heroine’s special powers!

  • Tracy Garrett says:

    Hi Allie! Hi Suz and Bandits!

    I love Riptide! You’ve created a wonderful world. Books two and three are on my summer list. 😀

    • Allie Burton says:


      Thank you so much! Tracy was one of the people who helped brainstorm books 2 and 3 so she sort of knows where they are going. Of course, I’m a pantser so things changed constantly. Allie

    • Hey Tracy!!!

      Glad to see you this morning. I loved not only the underwater world Allie created, but the on shore one, too. I’m looking forward to indulging in the next two books as well!!

  • CrystalGB says:

    Allie’s series sounds great. I am reading Lori Austin’s Beauty and the Bounty Hunter now and plan to read Heather Snow’s Sweet Madness next. 🙂

  • Pamela Stone says:

    Hi Allie,

    Major congrats on finding your genre. Sounds like a wonderful series. Wishing you the best of luck with it.


  • May says:

    Anna Campbell’s latest of course… And I am looking forward to Julie Anne Long’s book too.!

  • Sandyg265 says:

    I’ve been picking up cozy mysteries from the new book shelf at my local library.

  • Allie Burton says:

    Cozy mysteries are always a fun read. I usually read those in the winter–something about the word cozy makes me think about curling up by the fire. Allie

  • Hi Allie – Welcome to the lair!

    Your series sounds like great fun. I don’t read a lot of YA, but my daughter does. I’ll have her check out the blog to add your books to her TBR pile.

    I’ve got a summer full of bandita books to catch up on. It’s hard to find the time while writing, though. I think I need a vacation 🙂

    Suz – thanks for bringing Allie here today.

    • LOL, Donna. I was trying to read our Caren Crane’s KICK START on my phone on the plane, but couldn’t…because the little man next to me was very nervous about flying and talked the entire 2 and 1/2 hours home!

      I had to wait until the next day to devour Caren’s book. I’m glad I did. I enjoyed it so much better.

  • Allie Burton says:

    Thanks for asking your daughter to check out my series. I understand about the writing and reading at the same time. I usually give myself a page count goal and then when I hit that I reward myself with reading. And in a way, reading is helping our writing so its work for us too! Allie

  • catslady says:

    I enjoy debut authors – something about firsts !! As to summer reading, it doesn’t change for me – a good book is a good book anytime lol.

    • Hey Catslady!

      I’m like that too. When I was a teen, I read voraciously all summer, then got in trouble for reading late into the night during the school year, too! hehehe

  • Allie Burton says:


    Maybe because I’m still on a school year schedule, but for me summer usually means time at the pool or beach to read. No making sure homework is done and not as many kid activities. Allie

  • Okay, so what’s on my reading list this summer?

    1. JR Ward’s Lover At Last
    2. Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman
    3. A new novel by my critique partner Sandy Blair, so she can get it ready to be published.
    4. The Barbaian’s Soul by Joan Kayse
    5. RED TIDE
    6. The Iron Duke by Maljean Brooke

    Yeah…I dream big. Somewhere in that mess I have two more trips and an entire RS book to write this summer.

    • Oops and I forgot

      The Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle


      Days Of Rakes And Rose by Anna Campbell

      • Allie Burton says:

        My list includes:
        1. After Daybreak by J.A. London
        2. Divergetn by Veronica Roth
        3. The Patrician by Joan Kayse
        4. Game of Thrones by R.R. Martin (which will probably take most of the summer!)
        5. The Paris Assignment by Addison Fox
        6. Seized by Suzanne Ferrell

  • These sound really cool, Allie. I love the combination of YA and paranormal elements. Congrats on the releases.

    • Allie Burton says:

      Thanks Trish! I think one of the most fun things is to create all the paranormal elements. You can just let your imagination go wild. Allie

  • Lorraine Heath says:

    What a great interview! I can’t wait to read the books as they are on my summer reading list.

  • Atlantis–oooh! Welcome, Allie, and what a great idea. I’ve always had a weakness for the Atlantis legend.

    My summer reading list is way too long and gets longer every week. In the near future will be, I hope, not only bandita books but Ilona Andrews’ Magic Rises, Karin Slaughter’s Unseen, and Grace Burrowes’ Beckman.

  • Addison Fox says:

    Congrats on the release of all three titles!!! I’m SO excited readers can get their hands on this series – it’s fun and flirty yet you deal with some really great themes about self-acceptance and family and falling in love (of course!)


  • Chelsea B. says:

    Whoo! This series sounds awesome!
    I’ve got the Stephanie Plum series on my summer reading list! And trust me I will be doing a lot of reading– too hot to go outside!

  • LilMissMolly says:

    Congrats on your new series! It sounds wonderful. I’ve always been fascinated with Atlantis and mermaids. I’d love to read your series and share it with my teen daughters. If I didn’t read similar books as they do, I’d have little to talk with them about!