Release Date: June 4, 2012
Target Reader: Adult
Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece After a terrible accident, Tessa returns to her family beach house to heal. She doesn’t expect to see her first summer crush from seven years before. Cameron, though, reappears and ignites a relationship that’s far more intense than ever before. The only problem? Summer is once again coming to an end, and this time, Tessa will have to decide whether to choose life with Cameron or to never see him again.
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The Sweetest Song by Claire Gillian Under Poseidon’s rule, Circe is the most destructive siren in the Pacific ocean, her songs luring ships and their crew to their watery graves. Not Otis, the best halibut fisherman in the Alaskan waters. His ship, the Calypso, has avoided disaster each time Circe set her sights on him.
Given one last chance to deliver Otis to Davy Jones’ locker, Circe takes to land to waylay the handsome captain. Instead, it may be Otis himself who hooks the Siren.
Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said Should Miki choose to wed the local wealthy boy she doesn’t love, her stomach will stop grumbling. Her soul, however, will suffocate. With one last opportunity before she must concede, she sneaks off for a final dive to her hidden crate at the bottom of the seabed. What waits for her is more than a captured lobster. It’s a treasure she cannot claim without great sacrifice or true love.
The Undergarden by Jocelyn Adams Nixie, a water sprite, lives a solitary existence as she struggles to understand the strange world beyond her waters. When she meets one of the pink ones, a curious boy named Wyatt, their friendship blooms into a love that can exist only upon the sands that divide his solid ground from her underwater paradise. Some love, though, once born, cannot be undone, even in the face of death.
Excerpt: Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
Though she swam underwater, Tessa Morgan moved within the ocean’s current as easily as she might a gentle breeze. Her breathing and vision worked effortlessly as though on dry land. When she stretched out with her limbs, maneuvering through the depths, her subconscious acknowledged she still lay in her college dorm bed, but the pressure of cool water against her skin tempted her to believe otherwise.
As usual, she angled her body toward a dim glow emanating from the other side of a coral reef. When she rounded the far end, a familiar underwater city loomed before her. Above the little kingdom, the faint, silver arc of a dome curved hundreds of feet over the tallest turret, flanking the castle’s keep.
Fish, some as big as platters, enveloped her. Their slick bodies wound under and over, caressing her limbs the way a cat rubs a human’s calves in greeting. She couldn’t help but giggle. Caught again in the fantastical, repeating dream, she decided to relax and enjoy. Unafraid, she reached out to touch one of the blue finned animals, and the group darted off, disappearing into a kelp forest.
Tessa shifted onto her back and continued paddling. Her eyes sought the sun however many leagues above her position. Despite the light’s distance, she had no trouble discerning the landscape. When she rolled over, white sand rose and dipped in sloping hills beneath her, interrupted by the occasional jagged rock, flood of bubbles, or darting silver fish.