Monday, 16 January 2012

My Mermaids

My first novel has just become available!

I may change the cover eventually, since my best friend Christine hates it and like every woman I am not totally secure about looking at myself in a bikini. :) It would be awesome if I could get something with ice in it, but this isn't terrible for now.

Writing a book summary is tough because I'm not sure how much to give away. Here's what I came up with:

Deep under Arctic waters lies an ice kingdom carved into a glacier. Those who dwell within it possess magnificent biological secrets. Due to the dangers of impending war, the Princess of Adlivun is forced to flee her undersea utopia and regroup with her sisters in Alaska.

Captain Trevain Murphy is a successful king crab fisherman who has spent his life building his empire above the sea, and knows nothing of the empire beneath it. When he meets a mysterious woman in a strip club, he extends kindness towards her, unaware of her unique genetics and royal lineage. 

Trevain's attraction to the enigmatic Aazuria Vellamo will involve him in dangerous designs that will forever change his life, and his perspective on himself and his world. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery where he will need to release all of his insecurities and inhibitions in order to survive.

So! My book has what I hope is a totally unique take on mermaids. Throughout the world there are mythologies which posit the existence of humanoid creatures which live in the water. This book examines the possibility of such a being from a science-fiction perspective; mermaids do not have tails, for that is ridiculous. They are merely human beings with genetic mutations which allow them to breathe underwater and exist there comfortably. (They have  a tapetum lucidum in their eyes for advanced vision in dark waters, advanced thermoregulation, and some of them have a really funky melanin thing where their hair/eyes/skin change colors in the deep water compared to in the sunlight.)

And of course, all of the technical stuff aside, I have created awesome characters. Visola is my favorite (and I might say closest to being me, but that would probably make me seem terrifying) but Trevain is just so real and sympathetic. I hope my readers like him as much as I do...

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