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  • mermaids
  • clean pnr romance
  • action & adventure
  • set in Atlantic Canada & Pacific waters near Costa Rica
  • novella length
  • completed series & prequel to the Elemental Origins Series
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From the depths of the ocean to the shores of love.

Things are progressing with Mira and Nathan's relationship, although not nearly as quickly as Mira would like. If it were up to her, they'd be well on their way to making a family by now. But Nathan's traditional ways means Mira has to hold herself back. Not an easy ask for a siren.

Just as Mira's life seems to be heading in the right direction, her estranged father makes an unexpected appearance. When past events that should have been erased from his memory begin to surface, driving him mad, everything Mira believed about the powers of a siren's voice is thrown into doubt.

How will she cope when a member of her own family becomes the enemy?

Don't miss the exciting second installation of Mira's story!

This is a novella length sweet paranormal romance, and the second book in the Mermaid’s Return trilogy. Returning is followed by Falling, and Surfacing. The Mermaid’s Return trilogy is a prequel to the full-length YA mermaid fantasy Born of Water, and the expansive Siren’s Curse Trilogy, by Readers’ Favorite award-winner, A.L. Knorr.

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The lunch rush was over and the Sea Dog was empty of customers except for one young couple. A stroller was parked next to their table, the parents peering into it with dreamy expressions from time to time. They held hands, the man stroking the back of the woman's hand with his thumb. Lunch had been manic, yet these two paid the world around them no mind, happily trapped inside a love bubble of their own making.

Crystal emerged from the kitchen with a tray of recently filled salt and pepper shakers. "Why don't you just go over there and ask if you can see her? You've been watching them for an hour, Mir. You should have served them, instead of me."

"They wouldn't mind?" Drying my hands with a bar towel, I threw it over my shoulder. I had little to no experience with babies—all I knew was that they did something intense to my heart and I couldn't stop dreaming about the day I'd have one of my own.

"Course not. They're nice. Besides, parents always think their babies are the cutest and most adorable." She set the tray down and gave me a nudge. "They'll love that you're just as gobsmacked over her as they are."

It didn't come naturally to me to approach strangers, but the curiosity to see the baby inside that stroller was overpowering. The couple didn't look up until I was almost on top of them. 

"Hello." I put my hands behind my back to keep from doing something idiotic, like waving.

The mother looked up, then stood and grabbed her parka from the back of her chair, looking like she thought they were in trouble. "Sorry, we'll pay and get out of your way."

"No, you’re fine!" I waved her back into her seat. "I'm not trying to rush you, I was just wondering if I might have a peek at your little one?" I gestured to the stroller, not sure why my  heart was pounding. 

"Oh, of course!" She smiled knowingly at her husband and drew back the blanket.

My anxiety vaporized when I saw her, my heart pooling into a liquid of want. The infant was tiny and sleeping and perfect. Only her face was visible, her head capped in a white knit hat.

"How old is she?"

"Twenty-seven days," said the father. "This is our first time out of the house since she was born. We're incredibly lucky— she's an angel." He pulled on his jacket and zipped it up. "It’s cold, but we just had to get out. We were going stir-crazy at home."

The mother pulled on her hat. "You want a baby one day?"

"As soon as possible," I said seriously.

They laughed like what I’d said was hilarious.

"It's the coolest thing I've ever done," she said, still giggling. "But you're young. Live a little first. That's what I'd suggest. Once you're a parent, you're a parent for life. Oh, and do it with the right guy." She gave her husband a mushy smile. 

Covering the sleeping infant, her partner fished out the cash to pay for their lunch.

I had lived plenty, although a lot of it had been underwater. At twenty, I had only spent a single year more on land than I had at sea. I had all the exposure to salt that was needed to trigger my land-cycle, and a land-cycle meant a baby.

Crystal raised an eyebrow as I returned with the couple’s dirty dishes. "Satisfied?"

"Cute," I said.

"Yeah.” She wrinkled her nose. “Cute, messy, smelly and loud."

"You don't want kids?"

"Ugh, no thanks." She followed me into the kitchen where Phil was cleaning the stove. "They're like little drunk people. They throw up on themselves, can't walk, break stuff, poop their pants."

Phil looked up, startled. "Who pooped their pants?" 

"Babies.” She jerked a thumb toward the restaurant. “Babies poop their pants. Multiple times a day. Yet, Mira here wants one so bad she can barely see straight."

I laughed at her genuine disgust, tucking the dirty dishes into the dishwasher.

"That's nice," said Phil. "You and Nathan would have cute kids. What's stopping you?"

"Tradition," Crystal and I said at the same time.

She dimpled knowingly at me. Crystal had dated Nathan before I had, so she knew he was as old-school as they come. She was with Nathan when she figured out that she was more attracted to women than to men.

"Ah.” Phil’s cheeks colored.

"Nathan is so old-fashioned,” Crystal said, “he should wear eighteenth century garb and drive a carriage to work, instead of a Tundra."

"So. Get married." Phil shrugged, as though the solution was simple. "Why wait if it’s what you both want?"

My sentiments exactly. I felt like I'd been waiting for Nathan since the day I'd met him. I'd been warned by my mother that human love needed time to grow. The stages of a true and authentic love had been studied by psychologists and there were important steps to take if you wanted a strong foundation. I had taken a book out of the library on the subject, just to make sure Nathan and I weren't going to miss any steps. For me, waiting for real love had been a kind of torture. For my future child, if female, that connection would make her powerful beyond imagination. It was the kind of gift my mother hadn't been able to give me because she'd had to use her siren voice on my father. I didn't know what had happened, she'd never told me, but I wasn't about to screw up my child's chances at having the best magic a siren could have. So... Nathan and I were taking it slow. 

Very slow.

Agonizingly slow.

"I'm not so hung up about the marriage part..." I began.

"But Nathan is.” Crystal slid her butt up onto the stainless-steel countertop. Phil gave her a look and she hopped down again.

"What has it been, four months?" Phil asked, drying off the gleaming stove.

"Five," I corrected. 

Five months of going on dates, kissing, cuddling, talking, falling in love. I was so ready to move on to the next step that I could barely focus anymore, but I wouldn’t push. I’d let Nathan dictate our speed. After all, he was the human, not me.

"Well, you’ll know when is the right time." Phil gave my arm a fatherly pat. 

For me, the right time was the day I’d first heard Nathan's voice. But for him? Who knew?

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