Published by Month9Books on September 12th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Mermaids, Mythology, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Hardcover, Paperback
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Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.
The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.
Congrats to Tobie Easton on your new release, Submerge (Mer Chronicles #2) that releases today, September 12, 2017! Happy Book Birthday!
To celebrate the new release, on the blog, we’re excited to share a special guest post from author Tobie Easton as she shares her inspiration for her Mer Chronicles series. Enjoy!
The idea for the Mer Chronicles first came to me while I was—wait for it!—swimming laps. I swear. As I swam, I started thinking about how anytime I had gone swimming when I was little, I had pretended to be a mermaid. I wondered why a mermaid might be in this swimming pool now, then kind of dismissed the idea thinking, “A mermaid wouldn’t be in a swimming pool; she’d be in the ocean. Unless something drove her out of the ocean and she had to live on land…” That did it! Once I had the seed of “mermaids living on land,” I was hooked (pun intended!). That day in the pool and many days afterward, lap after lap, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head.
Soon, I pictured an entire community of mermaids living in secret to escape a war in the ocean caused by the Little Mermaid’s curse. I didn’t have all the details of the magic worked out yet—those would come with time and a lot of bathtub brainstorming sessions—but I could vividly picture mermaids living in gorgeous beachfront estates in Malibu, California, frolicking in private pools. Beneath those estates would lie secret grottos, caves, and tunnels, linking together a hidden world. In my head, I could see Lia and her sisters, all with their different jewel-tone tails. I could see her palm tree-lined school up in the Malibu hills overlooking the ocean, and the human boy, Clay, who she couldn’t keep herself from liking no matter how hard she tried. And I could feel her struggle as the sea drew her in, calling her into its forbidden depths.
I’d never written a book before and even trying seemed daunting. I didn’t think I could do it at first. But the idea—that sparkling mermaid world—wouldn’t let go. Now, I’m sitting here writing Book 3 with Books 1 and 2 in front of me (I just received my very first copies of Book 2 this morning from my publisher!), and I still can’t get the story out of my head. The more I write, the more facets of Mer culture open up for me to explore. I hope you love exploring the Mer world as much as I have.
– Tobie Easton
whispered worries have led to this day. This sunset. Now that it’s
almost here, I can’t wait. Not any longer.
But I can’t control the sun either. I may be immortal now, but I
have no true power over time. All I can do is squeeze Clay’s hand and
feel his fingers interlace with mine.
“Almost,” he murmurs in my ear, his breath like the warm
California breeze that sweeps over us, rippling the blue water so it
glints silver-white in the sunlight.
My family’s saltwater swimming pool features a disappearing
edge like a waterfall that looks as if it flows seamlessly into the Pacific
Ocean below. My sisters and cousin all swim in listless circles, their
jewel-toned tails swishing beneath them, their lovely faces creased
with concern they try to hide. But I’m not in the pool. I’m sitting on
a lounger in my bikini, my legs in place and ready to run down to the
beach at a moment’s notice. Next to me sits Clay, fully dressed and
looking strangely out of place in his trademark ripped jeans, band
t-shirt, and Doc Martens.
We both stare at the late-July sun as it starts its slow descent
toward the waves. Up here, in the backyard of my family’s Malibu
estate, we’re safe from prying eyes. The beach below may be private,
but our neighbors can still see it from their windows, and not all of
them are members of our Community of land-dwelling Mer. To stay
hidden from our neighbors’ view, nothing will rise from the waves
until darkness cloaks the sandy shores.
Thank you again to Tobie Easton for sharing your inspiration behind the Mer Chronicles with us, as well as, to Month9Books and Chapter by Chapter for including Read. Eat. Love. in the blog tour for Tobie Easton’s Submerge (Mer Chronicles #2). Before you go, be sure to check out the blog tour’s amazing giveaway, hosted by Chapter by Chapter. Cheers!
One (1) winner will receive a Kindle Fire