MERMAIDS ARE BEING HUNTED…
They are no longer safe in the human world…
When one of her closest mermaid friends is imprisoned in a science lab for investigation, Cordelia insists on taking up the quest to find the lost island of Atlantis, a sanctuary for all the water species. But the island is guarded by the dragon kings, an ancient and formidable race who are determined to keep it for themselves.
Together with her best friends and her boyfriend, Wade, they must travel to distant pockets of the earth to collect the three magical jewels that open the portal to Atlantis.
But no one remembers how the jewels work, instructions are non-existent, and tensions are rife as Wade’s ex-girlfriend, Stephanie, appears on the scene. Plus, Cordelia must learn to harness her own emerging powers and discover if she really is the fire mermaid.
With the support of Wade’s parents, Stephanie is determined to win him back and Cordelia’s heart breaks as she watches the love of her life waver. They must be united in their quest, or the jewels will refuse to reveal themselves.
If they can’t repair their broken relationship and defeat the dragon kings, the mermaids will be captured by the humans and face the threat of extinction.
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The quarter moon rose into a clear sky and a chill wound around my shoulders. Groups doused their fires and packed their belongings as a beach ranger walked along the sand with a flashlight, reminding people the beach was closing. Bonfire smoke floated in the air, the smell warm and welcoming as it mingled with the salty ocean.
Wade and I pressed ourselves against the rocks, out of view, and waited for the ranger to leave. When the coast was clear, we skirted around the rock face, splashing through the gathering waves, making our way to Pirate Cove. It was an old pirate jail left over from times gone by. A grid of iron bars cemented between rocks prevented access from the beach and we had to scramble through the shallows to find the second opening.
The hit of the water soothed me immediately, its pull beckoning me further out. But I didn’t have time to turn mermaid now. I resisted the urge to change and followed Wade along the rocks as the waves buffeted us and dragged us in the wrong direction.
Soaked, and armed with nothing more than a flashlight, we reached the entrance to the old pirate cave. Despite my chattering teeth and saturated clothing, a rush of excitement burst in my chest. We’d been waiting so long for this.
“Here.” I chucked the bundle of key rings in Wade’s direction. One sapphire, two opals. I knew the opals represented Dylan and I, as opal was the birthstone for October. But I’d never learned what the small sapphire represented. Or maybe it had nothing to do with us at all. Just coincidence.
Wade caught the jewels and stood in the center of the cave. The water level rose, but the rocks protected us from the currents and threatening rip tide. Wade turned in a slow circle, stumbling against the water, scanning the rocks with flashing black eyes.
“Can you remember where the slots are?” I asked.
“I think it’s this one.” He approached a rock protruding from the jagged wall, then ran his fingers over it. “A-ha!”
He pulled the three jewels from their metal chains. Wade selected one of the opals, no bigger than a child’s marble, and slotted it into a small hole. Then the second. Then the elongated sapphire. As soon as he pushed the blue jewel into its hole, all three were simultaneously sucked into the rock, somewhere deep inside.
“Wade?” I questioned. We’d come too far for this to be a dead end.
“Give it a minute,” he cautioned.
As if his words were a magic spell, the rock vibrated. The top section of the rock slid away, as though attached by a well-oiled hinge, to reveal a hidden chamber within the rock.
Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction, fantasy & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), and The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep.
She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and UK as inspiration for her novels.
When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words.
Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter @MarisaNoelle77 or her website http://www.MarisaNoelle.com
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