Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mermaid Adventures

A young mermaid is getting ready for bed.  She pulls the woven seaweed blanket up to her neck and settles in. Her mother smiles, and is about to leave her bedside when her daughter says, "Read me a story, Mommy!"

It is true that humans as well as merfolk love a good mermaid story.  In today's blog post, I will relate some of my favorites.  Please let me know if you have other favorites that I didn't cover.  As some mermaid adventures are written to an adult audience, I will cover them separately below.

Books suitable for all ages

While written for teens, the novel Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs can be enjoyed by both mermaids and mermaid fans of all ages.  There are a number of plot twists to keep you guessing, and it is easy to relate to the characters and the emotions they are experiencing.  Lily is a student at Seaview High, and has a major crush on swim-team star, Brody Bennett.  Her obnoxious next door neighbor, Quince Fletcher, always seems to be around when he is not welcome.  This would be enough to drive any teen girl crazy, but Lily also has a secret...  she is a mermaid princess.  She must win the heart of Brody before her 18th birthday, which is quickly approaching.  The story continues in the sequel, Fins Are Forever.

Be sure to also visit Tera's website for information on other titles in her collection.

The Book of Mermaids by Patricia Saxton is a collection of easy to read topics such as Where Mermaids Live, Home and Family, and The Arts.  Special attention is made to clothing and accessories, because "Jewelry is an accessory no Mermaid goes without."  At only 28 pages, the book does not take a long time to read.

For those of us that do not live near the ocean that is always calling us, we have A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids by Margot Datz.  Also written as a collection of short topics, the book offers advice such as Dare to Be Bare, Seek the Company of Other Mermaids, and The Importance of Pearls.  When the stress of daily life gets you down, we are advised to Improvise Oceans.  Margot also has a page on mermen, "the rarest men".

Books for adults

Mermaid stories and legends have been around for hundreds of years.  In her book, Mermaid Wisdom, Brenda Rosen presents a collection of folktales and stories from around the world.  In each chapter, the reader may participate in an exercise to discover their inner mermaid/merman and enrich their lives in the process.  The eight chapters include The First Mermaids, The Mermaid's Song, and Mermaid Love.

The novel, Mermaid - A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon is a sexy and absorbing tale of two women and the man they both adore.  The kingdom is at war, and Princess Margrethe has been sent to a convent to keep her safe.  One day as she gazes out at the sea, she sees a mermaid bring a shipwrecked man to the shore and leave him there.  By the time Margrethe reaches the man, the mermaid has returned to the sea.  Who is this handsome man, and will she ever see the mermaid again?

Carolyn's blog, I Am a Mermaid, is also an excellent read.

Goddess of the Sea by P. C. Cast is the story of Christine Canady (CC for short), a Sergeant in the US Air Force.  Alone on her 25th birthday, CC calls upon the goddess Gaea to bring a little magic into her life.  The result is a warm and suspenseful tale of adventure and romance that is hard to put down.  I had difficulty finding this novel in stores, but was able to download it from iTunes.

Until next time, I would like to wish you all Best Wishes and Starfishes for the coming new year!
-Mermaid Cynthia
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