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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

☀ Emerge: Mer Chronicles [1] - Tobie Easton

Thank you for joining us on Release Day Celebrations for Emerge, a Young Adult Fantasy Romance by (, Month9Books, LLC, 300 pages).

This is the first book in the Mer Chronicles series.

Don't miss our interview with author Tobie Easton.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and excerpt below. Read a selection of excerpts with Amazon Look Inside.

Author Tobie Easton will be awarding an Amazon Fire Tablet (US Only), Emerge stickers and bookmarks, one set of mermaid flash tattoos, a seashell necklace, and a signed paperback of Emerge (US Only), and three digital copies of Emerge by Tobie Easton (INT) to a randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other interviews (ℚ), reviews (✍) and guest blog posts (✉).


Synopsis | Teaser | Author Q&A | About the Author | Giveaway & Tour Stops

Synopsis

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.

Teaser: Excerpt

Chapter One

I can’t swim. No matter how sparkly and tempting that water is. No matter how it glistens in the sunlight, ripples in the California breeze, or reflects the swaying palm trees. One quick dip and my legs will go poof.
      Besides, I’m late for P.E. Again.
      I run past the swimming pool and heave open the glass doors to the auditorium. I can’t keep relying on the twins to get me to school on time. I’ve got to learn to drive, but I need better control of my legs first. What dope thought giving a car foot controls was a good idea?
      All my classmates turn to stare, already in gym clothes. We finished volleyball last week—thank the tides!—so today we’re starting a new unit. About half the class wears P.E. shorts and t-shirts and stands near the entrance to the yoga studio. The other half mill around in bathing suits. So lucky.
      I scan the room for the coach. If she’s not here yet, I can pop into the locker room and be in yoga before she knows I’m tardy. I rush toward the changing rooms, salvation in sight, when out marches a woman whose long blond hair is at odds with her bulging muscles.Coach Crane. She was a professional wrestler on one of those gladiator shows in the eighties, and her biceps are bigger than my head. She stops in front of me, her massive frame towering over mine.
      “So nice of you to show up.” A drop of her spittle lands on my cheek, and I scrunch my nose, unable to wipe it off without her noticing.
      “I’m super sorry. My sisters—”
      “Hurry up and change,” she says, stalking past me. Phew!Maybe this day won’t be a total shipwreck after all. Then she adds, “Put on your bathing suit. You’ll be in swim class today.”
      I spin around.
      “What? I’m signed up for y-yoga, not swimming,” I say. Stay calm.
      “Yoga’s full up. You have a swimsuit, don’t you? It’s on your list of required materials.”
      I have a swimsuit in my locker, but it’s for show. No matter what happens, I can’t get into that pool. Sure, I can maintain my legs all day on land, but as soon as I hit the water, my natural instincts will take over. My tail will emerge, scales and all, and I’ll expose my whole family. I’ll put the entire Community of land-dwelling Mer refugees at risk. My breath comes in quick, shallow pants.
      “My mom filed a note in the office,” I say, clinging to the story my parents concocted for such an emergency. “I’m taking private swimming lessons with this coach my parents hired and I’m not supposed to have any outside instruction.”
      Rather than help me, this story makes Coach Crane’s nostrils flare. “I haven’t seen any note, so today you’re swimming. Now go change. I’m not going to tell you again.”
      “No.” Did I just say that? Hands cup over mouths as the room erupts in whispers. No one gets why I’m making a fuss. I wish Caspian were here. What I wouldn’t give for one other Mer who’d understand. “I’m not swimming.”
      I’ve never disobeyed a teacher before. But as much as Coach Crane scares me, that water scares me more. If I swim in the pool, the next place I’ll be swimming is a government laboratory tank, being poked and prodded and then chopped into sushi-sized pieces.“Please. My parents’ll kill me. And I just got over the flu,” I lie, floundering for a good excuse.
      “Listen up … ” the coach sticks one meaty finger in my face.Panic seizes me, and my legs tremble. My control over them is slipping. At this rate, I won’t even need to get in the water to reveal myself. If I lose my focus, I’ll be flat on my fins.
      “Coach Crane?” One of the guys steps forward from the group of yoga students. Clay. His dark hair shines under the fluorescent lights as he shoots me a reassuring smile. “She can take my spot in yoga. I have swim trunks.”
      “Clay, that’s not necessary. She needs to—”
      “I’d rather go swimming.” He cuts the coach off, determination in his hazel eyes.
      Twenty pairs of restless feet tap against the rubber floor. I’m holding everyone up. Then a sweet, chirpy voice pipes up from the throng by the doors. “At this rate, none of us will get to do anything.Can’t Lia and Clay just switch already?” It’s Kelsey, my closest human friend. She twists one of her corkscrew curls around her finger and stares blatantly at the clock.
      Coach Crane looks from the clock ticking away on the wall to me to Clay and back to me. “Fine. Ericson,” she motions to Clay, “go get into your trunks. And you,” she pins me with a fierce glare, “go change into your gym uniform. You’d better be in that studio doing downward dog in less than five minutes.”

Emerge
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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 www.TobieEaston.com.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

Enter to win either an Amazon Fire Tablet (US Only), or Emerge stickers and bookmarks, one set of mermaid flash tattoos, a seashell necklace, and a signed paperback of Emerge (US Only), or one of three digital copies of Emerge by Tobie Easton (INT)

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Follow Emerge's tour at:

Apr 11 – Rachel’s Book Reviews
Apr 11, 2015 – BooksChatter ☀ℚ
Apr 11 – Books Are My Fandom
Apr 12 – Hidden Worlds Books
Apr 12 – A Dream Within A Dream
Apr 13 – Writer’s Alley
Apr 13 – Book Briefs
Apr 14 – Two Chicks on Books
Apr 14 – Dark Faerie Tales
Apr 14 – Literary Meanderings
Apr 15 – YA Chit Chat
Apr 15 – Her Book Thoughts
Apr 18 – Kindle and Me
Apr 18 – Just One More Chapter
Apr 18 – Dannie Speaks
Apr 19 – A Book Addict’s Bookshelves
Apr 19 – Reader Girls
Apr 20 – Between Books
Apr 20 – The Alchemy of Ink
Apr 20 – Books and Ladders
Apr 21 – Book-Keeping
Apr 21 – Books and Starlight
Apr 21 – Dani Reviews Things
Apr 22 – Katie’s Stories
Apr 22 – Wishful Endings
Apr 22 – A Backwards Story ✍ℚ

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