Best of
Mermaids

2011

Madly & Wolfhardt


Michelle Leighton - 2011
    A traitor has set free eight Lore, the spirits of what humans know as fairy tales, and they are making their way to Slumber to awaken their descendants. The first spirit to arrive is that of Ulrich Wolfhardt, a man that was once obsessed with wolves and a young maiden he would follow through the woods. After a bite from a wolf, Wolfhardt’s obsession with the girl became an unnatural hunger and the young maiden’s grandmother cursed him with a fate worse than death. And now he’s back…with a vengeance and a bite that can infect others as well.Madly must learn the identity of Wolfhardt’s descendant and stop him before he kills again and spreads his curse across the earth. But the only person strong enough to help Madly is Jackson, the Sentinel who vowed to protect her and the one person capable of breaking her heart. Can Madly resist forbidden love long enough to save the world from Wolfhardt? Or will she have to sacrifice her heart and her destiny to save the ones she loves?

Ariel The Birthday Surprise


Gail Herman - 2011
    It's going to be a fun-filled day complete with a birthday concert, and Ariel is excited about visiting her family. She only wishes Prince Eric could go, too. At the party Adella wishes that Ariel could stay. That very moment, a rare solar eclipse hits, and Adella's wish comes true! Will Ariel ever be able to break the spell and return to Eric-and her life as a human?

Tempest Rising


Tracy Deebs - 2011
    Surfing the killer waves. Taking care of her brothers and dad. Loving her longtime boyfriend, Mark. But the weight of her secret is pulling her under, toward the ocean's ever-growing call.Among the waves...Tempest's secret? She is half mermaid, a legacy left by her absent mother, who returned to the ocean many years ago. And now Tempest has her own choice to make. Complicating matters is Kona, an enigmatic newcomer whose otherworldly abilities hint at a shared passion and common secrets.Beyond the sea...But there is more at stake besides Tempest's heart and her identity - her life may be in danger too. Because the waters hide a mysterious and dark secret world of their own, one full of sweeping romance and thrilling adventure - but one where nobody, least of all Tempest, is safe.

Captive Mermaid


Melanie Lannoy - 2011
    She is being held captive by the government just for being what she is. What is she? She's a mermaid, the only one that has ever been caught by humans. When faced with an opourtunity for escape, she takes it. Unfortunitely her escape does not go as planned, but atleast there is still some hope when she gets help from someone special....

Mermaid Magic: Connecting with the Energy of the Ocean and the Healing Power of Water


Serene Conneeley - 2011
    Brimming with sea magic, inner journeys, fun recipes and rich research, Mermaid Magic will help you develop your own deep connection to the element of water. Work with the ocean and its creatures, learn about tides and lunar phases, divine your future with sea oracles, absorb the healing energies of sacred wells and springs, become an eco warrior, and discover the beauty of mermaid lore and legends - and how to call on the mermaids for love and transformation. Whether you believe mermaids are living beings or a beautiful myth, they have long reflected our greatest hopes and embodied our deepest fears. They have been cast as helpful sea beings, innocents prepared to sacrifice all for a human soul, and sirens intent on luring men into temptation. Today they are stronger, kinder and more powerful than ever - and are inspiring a new wave of ocean guardians to care for our fragile planet and its sacred bodies of water. Within the pages of Mermaid Magic you will: * Invoke mermaids and sea goddesses for health and happiness. * Dive in with dolphins, whales, dugongs and sea turtles. * Slip back in time to the golden age of Lemuria, Atlantis and Ys. * Study the charms, spells and secrets of the sea witches. * Connect with your inner mermaiden and transform your life. * Discover your mermaid archetype and tap in to your watery muse. * Work with the element of water in rituals and meditations. * Unlock the messages of the mermaids from literature and legend. * Visit the planet's most sacred healing wells and springs. * Hear from marine conservationists, dolphin advocates and free-spirited surfers. * Meet real-life mermaids, artists, writers and healers, and much, much more... Including interviews with professional surfer and environmentalist Dave Rastovich, artists Jessica Galbreth and Jasmine Becket-Griffith, real-life mermaid Hannah Mermaid, healer and ocean-lover Doreen Virtue, British druidess and teacher Cassandra Eason, dolphin researcher Dr Olivia De Bergerac, manatee expert Professor Caryn Self-Sullivan, sea turtle rehabilitator Lesley Baird, magical authors Michelle Lovric and Liz Kessler and more, this book is a magical journey into the enchanted oceanic realm as and your own heart and soul.

Mermaid and Other Water Spirit Tales from Around the World


Heidi Anne Heiner - 2011
    Our modern day perception of mermaids is primarily based upon the mermaids and merrows of northern Europe, especially Scandinavia, Scotland and Ireland, as well as the sirens of ancient Greece. However, water spirits of some type exist in almost every culture situated near bodies of water, be they oceans, lakes, rivers or even wells and springs. This collection gathers together examples of the earliest scholarship on mermaids and their folkloric relatives, including several articles about their history from ancient times to the nineteenth century when mermaids captured the public and literary imagination during the folklore renaissance of the 1800s. In addition to the articles, over 150 tales and ballads about mermaids and other water spirits from around the world are compiled into this one convenient anthology. The emphasis is on the European mermaid in her many guises, but stories from Africa, Asia, and the Americas are also included. Whether you are a mermaid enthusiast or a student of folklore, this anthology offers a diverse array of tales with a unifying theme that both entertains and educates, all gathered for the first time in one helpful collection.

The Complete Seaborn


Chris Howard - 2011
    She's never seen an ocean, never heard the thunder of surf. She's an exile, betrayed by her own family, sent as far from the sea as they could arrange--somewhere in the middle of Nebraska.Everything changes the day she drowns in Red Bear Lake, and discovers she can't really drown. Not in the way everyone else can. Then a two-thousand year old king wakes inside her head and turns out to be a prodigy with mathematics. Kassandra cries for the first time in her life, and learns that her tears are doorways for calling things from the sea. With clues from summoned sea-demons and the voices in her head, Kassandra sets out to find out what the hell is going on...and discovers she's a prisoner, trapped between a murderous grandfather who controls an army of the drowned dead, river witches who spy on her through the plumbing, and Ms. Matrothy, the Girl's Department Director, who's been trying to kill her since she was four.SeabornCorina Lairsey has just clawed her way free from one controlling relationship when she finds herself in another-only this guy, Aleximor, has really gotten under her skin. Literally. A 400-year-old sorcerer who gathers the drowned dead off the ocean's floor for the King of the Seaborn, he's inside her head and is wearing her body like a wetsuit. Corina desperately schemes to regain control of her self, fighting against time as Aleximor trades pieces of her life away in exchange for power over the path between the worlds of the living and the dead . . . Kassandra is the King of the Seaborn's granddaughter. She comes from the sea, but has spent her whole life in exile on the surface, struggling to control frightening powers she barely understands. She declares war on her murderous grandfather and manipulates her family, friends, oceanic royalty, and the US Navy to aid her- but Aleximor intends to use Kass to carry out his revenge against the entire Seaborn royal line. And she's also fallen in love-one more struggle for an already troubled soul.Sea ThroneKassandra prepares for war against her grandfather, and is confronted on all sides. Nikasia, the daughter of the king's war-bard--who claims descent from Circe--seeks revenge for the murder of her father. A group of immortals bands together to take everything away, and Kassandra must take them on while holding her family together.

Awake Now, Sailor


Eddie Vega - 2011
    As he struggles to adjust to his new life, he is haunted by the woman he left behind in Cardiff — a bookbinder and practicing witch.At once a seafaring novel, a New York novel, and Cuban novel, Awake Now, Sailor includes pirate fights in the Bay of Bengal, gypsy cab rides into the dark heart of Brooklyn, a drunken mountain climb in Wales, cane cutting in Oriente de Cuba, and a smashed a guitar in a Havana radio station that ends a musical career. As a special treat, the book includes décima campesinas, a poetic form popular in Cuba, and an original sea shanty translated into Welsh by British poet Menna Elfyn.

Watching for Mermaids


David H. Roper - 2011
    No one believed him then. No one believes him now. But he kept watching and wondering: what is imagined and what is real? And while he watched and wondered during 50 years of waterborne life - as a boy, a teen, an adult, a father - what he pulled from the sea was not another mermaid, but the mystery, possibility, romance, joy, fear, and uncertainty that mermaids represent. Based on real experiences, these 30 stories take you on that journey. Once aboard you will: Share the fantasy world of a teenage solo cruising sailor as he meets his biggest challenge: a 22 year old woman. Enter the frenzied mind of a young man who falls overboard 300 miles from shore at night and looks death in the eye. Push down a few beers with Big Red, a legendary Mississippi River pilot, and experience the hard-scrabble world of river life. Climb aboard a 135 foot Mississippi River sternwheeler headed straight into a tornado, with 300 oblivious wedding guests on board. Join a young delivery skipper as he takes two very uncertain aspiring voyagers on world's shortest circumnavigation attempt... aboard a floating Winnebago. Probe deep up a saltwater creek to meet the reclusive King of Yurtdom and his technology-free world of Mongolian tribal huts. Experience a 50th wedding anniversary at sea and a coincidence right out of the Twilight Zone. Cheer for an octogenarian as his grandson kidnaps him from the clutches of a nursing home for one long last sail on his old wooden sloop. So fill your favorite mug, settle into that stuffed reading chair, poke the stove a few times, and dive into Dave Roper's new book, Watching for Mermaids.

Beached


L. Bellamy - 2011
    That fickle duality is part of its strange allure. However, for two kindred souls, what will the edge of both land and water be? After a devastating loss, Wyeth Harrison is still trying to cope with his unresolved grief. Unable to handle it, he finds himself walking along the moonlit beach near his home, the one place that has always offered him comfort. And just as his thoughts turn down a dark path, he meets Suiyu, a merman who happens to be dealing with his own family tragedy. From entirely different worlds, the two give each other the change of perspective that is needed to take the first steps on their journeys to move forward, quickly becoming close friends in the process. And though Wyeth and Suiyu’s many differences abound, they also come to find that they have common threads that bind them to each other. But will their relationship be enough to overcome their deeply-rooted issues and fears? Especially when their friendship starts to evolve into something more? *Includes over 25 images.

Siren's Serenade


Sheila Raye - 2011
    She must transform into a human-like siren long enough to enchant a mate with her song. Then she can return to the sea. If she fails, she’ll die.A playboy's desire...Peter McFey, hunky surf bum turned treasure hunter, has never turned down a sexy woman, but the sapphire-eyed siren wants to make him her pet.In the sensual battle between a mermaid’s instinct and a playboy’s desire, there is no winner. When the siren sings, her mate can hear nothing else.Enchantment will save her life but leave him...insane.