And the fun continues with the Falling in Deep Collection's next release: Of
Ocean and Ash by A.R. Draeger! Let me just say it here, because I know you all are thinking it: COVERGASM! Holy bejeebies that is one gorgeous cover! I am so ready to fall into this one! And remember: don't miss a release!
into the sea at birth, human-born Ia found her adoptive family among the
merfolk. While her underwater upbringing was peaceful, Ia’s blood-heritage and
the strict societal rules of the merpeople lead her to wonder of the world
above the waves.
a storm lands Ia ashore, she discovers her body has transformed into the human
she would have been. Taken in as property by a callous plantation owner, Ia
works alongside the slaves until she can make her way back to the water. There
is nothing Ia wants more than to go home, that is, until she meets a handsome,
troubled man named Matthias, who has a touch that can be as kind as his tongue
between two very different lives, Ia must choose – stay in his world and risk
her life for a love untested, or return to the familiar arms of the underwater
world that raised her and risk losing what may be the greatest love she will
Ia’s choice lead to her happiness or her destruction?
Summer was waning when I was born, marked by the
heat leaving the waters and the nights growing longer. My family wanted to
migrate with the rest of their people, but they waited for me in the stillness
of the waves, keeping an ever-watchful eye.
Mother heard the wails of the fisherman’s wife
the night the woman discovered she carried me in her womb. The fisherman and
his wife lived next to the water in a small, dilapidated shack made of rotten
wood and leaky thatch. They had six children before me, although Mother knew
not in what mixture their genders numbered. All but two were taken away at
birth. The couple had too many as it were for a meager fisherman and his wife,
and I was yet another mouth to feed.
The fisherman’s cries of mercy woke my family the
night I was born. My arrival was sooner than expected, his wife not having
carried me nine months in her womb. I was tiny, frail. My left leg was
misshapen, my head oblong.
Mother watched him from beneath the surface, saw
his tanned sailor’s skin, ebony and white streaked hair, and grey-whiskered
face. He looked down at me, the fragile bundle cradled in his arms, and cried
out through parched lips and crooked, black teeth:
“Forgive me, O God! Have mercy on her. I leave
her to your care.”
Author Amber (A.R.) Draeger specializes in macabre, fantastical fiction, spreading her interest across multiple genres including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and thriller.Her debut romance novella, Of Ocean and Ash, published in the Blazing Indie Collective’s Falling in Deep Collection, releasesJune 9th, 2015. Her debut horror/thriller/sci-fi novella, Daughters of Men, to be published in association with Bathory Gate Press, will follow in Summer 2015.She resides in rural Texas with her husband and son.