Hello and welcome to our blog tour post for
EMERGE by Tobie Easton!
We have a Guest Post for you today about why Tobie Easton loves mermaids so much! At the bottom of the post, you can win lots of goodies including an Amazon Kindle Fire, so make sure you keep scrolling to enter! But first let’s learn more about the book!
Published by Month9Books on April 19th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Amazon ♡ Chapters ♡ TBD
Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she’s never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk.
So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right? That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.
Sitting on the steps in the shallow end of the swimming pool, I invoked my authority as a mighty six-year-old to tell my four-year-old cousin the day’s agenda.
“We’re both mermaids,” I said, “and we’re going on an adventure.” I went on to explain to my wide-eyed cousin that her Jacuzzi was our mermaid bedroom, where we were safe. But in the dark waters of the pool’s deep end lurked sea monsters, witches, and warlocks out to get us. Hand-in-hand, practicing the strokes we’d so recently learned in swim class, we headed away from the sunlit safety of the shallow end, determined to survive the imaginary ocean terrors that lay ahead.
I honestly can’t remember when my fascination with mermaids first began; all I remember is that throughout my childhood, every time I found myself in a pool or bathtub, my imagination gave me a mermaid’s tail and spun stories until my fingers pruned up and some adult or other wrapped me in a towel. I don’t know whether these bath time exploits started before or after my mother first gave me beautifully illustrated picture books featuring darker, classic versions of fairytales, including several I poured over that featured mermaid myths and legends. As I grew older, other interests took up residence in my brain, but any reminder of mermaids still intrigued me.
And it was in another pool a few years ago, while I was swimming laps, that an idea struck. The story for what would soon become Emerge surfaced in my mind, taking shape as I swam through the shallow water toward the deep end.