Today we are excited to introduce you to Submerge by Tobie Easton.
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.
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It’s much easier than I expected to do what Ondine advises and settle in to a life on the island. Especially once I’ve gone up top. I don’t know what I thought the surface of the island would look like; when I heard this place was a California nature preserve, I pictured some dry shrubs by a rocky beach and maybe a few old turtles. Boy, was I wrong.
Maybe the periphery of the island by the shore looks like that, but that isn’t where we spend our time.
Every other day here, classes end early, letting out midway through the afternoon. That’s when the other girls and I head for the island’s surface. We swim through an underground tunnel that lets out at the very center of the island.
In the most breathtaking lagoon I’ve ever seen.
Seriously—it’s epic. Lush green mountains and trees work along with the cloaking spells to hide a natural pool of the bluest water from passing ships or the occasional visiting scientist. Many of the cascading crystal waterfalls I’ve marveled at in the caverns beneath the island originate here, flowing down from the mountains and into the rippling water, creating caves in secret pockets behind.
Wildflowers of every color line the banks, and species of sea birds I’ve never seen before soar overhead or nest in the island’s tall treetops. Like Ondine herself, this lagoon strikes me as something straight out of a storybook. Mermaids play tag beneath the waterfalls or sun their jeweled tails on the rocks peeking through the water or bask on the banks while they run white fishbone combs through their shining, long hair.
As fantastic as our swimming pool is at home, this? This is better. Never before have I been allowed to release my tail under the sun out in nature before, warming my golden scales in golden rays and soaking up that warmth until it drives me to dive into the cool, refreshing waters of the lagoon. It’s like travelling back in time through the centuries, to before Mer hid our existence from humans, when mermaids could lie out on ocean rocks and be admired by passing sailors who’d go home and regale townsfolk with stories of the beautiful maidens they’d seen at sea.
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About the 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. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.
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