Friday, March 29, 2019

Please Welcome Tobie Easton as She Tells Us About Her Fantasy Romance, Immerse, Mer Chronicles, Book 3

Mer Chronicles, Book 3
by Tobie Easton

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Month9Books
Date of Publication: March 19th

ISBN: 978-1-948671-23-1
ASIN: 1948671239

Number of pages: 396

Cover Artist: Beetiful Book Covers

Book Description:

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.

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?

I wish Clay were here to see this. The thought flits through my mind again and again. When my family and I swim through the sparkling entrance of the palace, I wish I could grab his hand. As we’re greeted by hundreds of nobles swishing their tails in applause, I imagine the excited words he’d whisper in my ear. And as we start down the center aisle toward the thrones at the other end of the cavernous chamber, I yearn to show him how beautifully this room has been restored since he and I were last here.

Approaching the thrones, we process over an exquisite mosaic made up of abalone, mother of pearl, and troca shell pieces. It takes everything in me to keep my face neutral, to keep my head lifted and my sunbeam crown upright. This is the spot where, not so long ago, Clay risked his life to save mine. I glance around me at the splendor and the celebration. Clay’s sacrifice made today possible, and he’s not even here to see it.

What is it about this book that makes it special?

My series, the Mer Chronicles, offers a peek into a world where Mermaids aren’t just real but live secretly among us on land. 

The first book in the series, Emerge takes place 200 years after Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.  It adds on to the end of his story—by explaining that the Little Mermaid unleashed a curse on all Merkind.  That curse has led many modern-day Mermaids to live on land in Malibu, California, keeping their true identities secret.  Lia, a descendant of the Little Mermaid, lives in this secret Community.  Lia’s story and is filled with magic, danger, and romance that I hope readers will really enjoy. 

When I’m writing, I start the world-building by asking a series of questions and using logic to flesh out the world.  The question that sparked this entire series for me was “What if Mermaids lived on land?”  That led to, “Where would they live?” Well, in beach houses with secret, underground grottos and sea caves 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.  And the answers to those questions are what readers can learn from the Mer Chronicles series.

In the third book specifically, I wanted to go even deeper and explore facets of the Mer world that readers hadn’t seen yet in the earlier books.  One way to do that, aside from spending even more time under the waves than we had in the previous books, was to add a second perspective to Immerse.  Melusine, the villain from Emerge, was raised in the ocean instead of in the land-dwelling Mer community in Malibu like Lia was, so adding her as a point of view character meant that the third book in the trilogy could give readers an even deeper understanding of Mer life and culture. And the interplay between the two perspectives means readers get more insight into both characters and the moral gray area that often surrounds their decisions, especially when ancient magic is involved. 

The Mer Chronicles allows readers to time amongst the Merfolk.

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 (so she’s lucky enough to spend her days gabbing about books). She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies.

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