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(Mer Chronicles #2)
by Tobie Easton
YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
September 12th 2017 by Month9Books


Now that Lia and Clay’s love has broken the Little Mermaid’s curse, everything has changed. Will Lia’s family remain on land, leading the only life she and her sisters have ever known, or will they move below the waves, to the sparkling new capital city? Lia is adamant about staying on land with Clay for her senior year. But at Melusine and her father’s trial, new revelations threaten what Lia holds most dear.

The verdict will shake Lia’s whole world, calling into question her future with Clay, her feelings for Caspian, and the fate of all Merkind. As she wonders who to trust, Lia sets out on a treacherous path that will lead her away from her sheltered Malibu home to a remote and mysterious school for Mermaids—Mermaids who may hold the secret to ancient magic Lia can use to either get back all she’s lost or to embark on a thrilling and dangerous journey.

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Guest Post: The Little Mermaid's Curse

When I first sat down to start the Mer Chronicles series, I knew a curse would be central to the story. After all, the series would revolve around mermaids living in secret on land, which meant something—something truly epic—needed to have driven them out of their natural ocean habitat and into the unfamiliar world of humans. I knew the root cause would be magical, because every good fairy tale needs a healthy dose of magic. So, it was clear early on that there would be a curse, but getting the nature of that curse just right became so important, that it was the major sticking point in my early brainstorming. I just couldn’t figure it out! What was this powerful, legendary curse that sparked centuries of war in the ocean, changed the course of Mer history, and led to my main character, Lia, being raised on land?

I figured out just about every other major facet of the first book, Emerge, before the answer finally came to me. Of course! The clue I needed was right there—in the original version of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen! There’s no curse in the original story, but upon rereading it, one detail sent my mind whirling until everything clicked into place. I had known early on that I wanted to incorporate the ending of that version somehow, since not as many people are familiar with it. In the Andersen version, the Little Mermaid agrees that if the prince marries anyone but her, she will die the morning after his wedding. When he does indeed choose a human princess instead of her, the Little Mermaid’s sisters go to the Sea Witch and beg for her life. They trade their long, beautiful hair for a dagger. If the Little Mermaid kills her beloved prince by sunrise, she’ll get back her tail and be able to return to the ocean. But as she stares at him asleep in bed with his bride, she can’t bring herself to do it. She loves him too much. So, she kisses his brow and flings the dagger into the ocean, choosing her own death.

Did you catch that?? SHE FLINGS THE DAGGER INTO THE OCEAN. That’s the moment that my mind latched on to. That’s the moment that set all the events of my story into motion. The instant that enchanted blade touched the water, it unleashed a terrible curse on all Merkind. Because the Little Mermaid valued a human life above her own Mer immortality, she inadvertently cursed all Mer with human lifespans. As explained in Emerge, the ensuing turmoil led to two centuries of war and inspired my protagonist’s parents and a few other brave Mer to venture onto land.

And that’s just the beginning. Anyone who has read Emerge knows that the same curse becomes integral to the present-day plot of the book, but…well, we haven’t seen the last of it. Without giving away spoilers, I can say that the curse plays an even more surprising role in Book 2, all twisted up with more magic and more romance. I can’t wait to hear what you’ll think about it this time around!

Other Books in the Series

(Mer Chronicles #1)
by Tobie Easton
YA Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
April 19th 2016 by Month9Books


Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas.

So 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 than ever. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with Clay, the harder it is for Lia to deny her feelings.After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

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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. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books at

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