We're starting off the month with a quick interview with author Tobie Easton.
SC: Tell me a little bit about your main character of this book.
TE: The main character of the Mer Chronicles series is Lia Nautilus. She’s constantly trying to find a way to reconcile her Mer identity with the human world where she’s been raised. This can be a struggle, but it leads to her having a unique perspective. Lia is very close to her family—her parents, her three older sisters, and her younger cousin, Amy, who’s like a sister to her. Lia’s family loyalty runs deep. What I love most about Lia is that she tries so hard to do what’s right—even if she doesn’t always succeed in making the best choices.SC: None of us do. Do you believe in the paranormal and if so, do you have an experience you can share?
TE: I’m the type of person who wants to see magic everywhere. Any time I take forest walk, I’m always looking for faeries. And if any time I look out at the ocean, I always think I see a flash of a mermaid tail disappearing beneath the waves. I guess it’s no surprise I decided to write a series about mermaids who live secretly among us on land, living in beach houses with hidden, underground grottos and swimming just off shore.SC: What titles are you working on now that you can tell us about?
TE: I do have a new title I’m working on that I’m really excited about. I can’t say much about it yet other than that it’s in an opulent setting that I think will really appeal to my Mer Chronicles readers and that there’s a hefty dose of forbidden love (surprise, surprise).SC: Thanks for stopping by today. Let's dive into you book now!
Date of Publication: March 19th
Number of pages: 396
Cover Artist: Beetiful Book Covers
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.
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.