As an adult, I got into the mermaids because of an ancient Selkie legend that Aidan, a Hero of mine, told. Been a fan since then!
The book is Immerse (Mer Chronicles #3) by Tobie Easton, will be out tomorrow in the Young Adults Paranormal Romance Genre.
Lia can’t wait for her parents’ coronation. Now living in the sparkling palace beneath the waves, she sneaks off to Malibu whenever possible to see Clay. Tucked away in an abandoned seaside mansion, Lia and Clay devise a plan to ensure they can stay together forever. But when an old enemy resurfaces, and Lia is restricted to the palace for the safety of all Merkind, she and Clay are ripped apart once more. She fears not only for Clay, but for her best friend Caspian, who seems to be swimming down a dangerous path. He has invited the conniving Melusine to the coronation ball, convinced she’s capable of change. And no matter how hard Lia fights it, showing up on Caspian’s arm is just the start of Melusine’s insidious return to her life. With threats Below growing more ominous by the day and a powerful ancient ritual looming, soon the two girls can’t escape each other. As their fates grow increasingly intertwined, Melusine might be the only one who can help Lia find the answers she desperately needs to save everyone she loves and to achieve her happily ever after. But can Lia trust her?
Immerse is the spellbinding and breathless final installment of the Mer Chronicles series where descendants of the Little Mermaid must face deadly magic, shifting alliances, and the dangers of forbidden love.
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Chatting with the Author
Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her debut novel, Emerge, is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult – Sci-Fi/Fantasy) of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and is Book 1 in the acclaimed Mer Chronicles series. The trilogy follows the descendants of the Little Mermaid and offers fans a peek into a world where Mermaids aren’t just real, but live secretly among us on land.
She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Tobie loves chocolate chip cookies and Oxford commas. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie splits her time between Los Angeles and Boston. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on http://www.TobieEaston.com.
Tobie came by to introduce the Mer Chronicle Series.
The Mer Chronicles series offers a peek into a world where Mermaids aren’t just real but live secretly among us on land. The idea for the series first came to me while I was swimming laps (seriously!). As a kid, every time I went swimming, I would pretend to be a mermaid. I was remembering that as I was working out in the pool, and I started imagining a mermaid swimming in that same pool, which of course made me question why she would be there instead of in the ocean. My answer was that she must live on land, and I began to wonder what life would be like for mermaids who lived on land. That’s when my brain started spinning the story for what would become Emerge, and eventually, the rest of the Mer Chronicles series.
For me, world-building starts with asking a series of questions and using logic to flesh out the world. The specific question that sparked this book for me was “What if Mermaids lived on land?” That led to, “Where would they live?” Well, in Malibu beach houses with secret, underground grottos where they could use their tails. “How would they keep their secret?”, “How would they get legs?”, “What would the rules of their Community be?”, “What would human school be like for them?”, “What language would they speak and what expressions would they use?”, “What would their culture be like, from its history, to its food, to its thoughts on marriage and love?” Moving through those kinds of questions one by one helped me figure out what a Mer society in the human world would be like.
I would say the Mer Chronicles is about equal parts research and make believe. I spent quite a lot of time researching all the different seashells, plants, sea creatures, and ocean facts used in the book to make the Mer world feel as real as possible. I also researched mermaid myths and legends from a variety of cultures—then I put all the research aside and let myself play! One of the most fun parts of writing the Mer Chronicles was thinking of ways to make pieces of different legends and stories fit together into one cohesive world, and then filling that world in so that readers could get a sense of how the Mer lived.
Once I had decided to tell that story of Mermaids on land, I couldn’t help thinking about the original version of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen, particularly the part that’s generally left out of more modern versions—that the Little Mermaid chose to die at the end instead of killing the prince and saving herself (yep, it’s a dark story!). I began to imagine what the consequences of that action might have been for modern mermaids.
The series takes place 200 years after that classic story and adds on to the end—namely by explaining that the Little Mermaid unleashed a curse on all Merkind. I won’t give too much away, but that curse has led many modern-day Merpeople to live on land, keeping their true identities secret. Lia, a descendant of the Little Mermaid, lives in this secret Community. The Mer Chronicles is Lia’s story and is filled with magic, danger, and romance that I sincerely hope readers really enjoy.
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