Could you kill the man you love to protect your people? Capsize his boat. Lure him into the water. Summon sharks..
How long will Sirena let Joe live, now he knows her secret?
A story about seduction and sharks, parenthood and penguins, with plenty of beer and boobs to keep it interesting, at some coral islands off the coast of Western Australia, plus a few other places, too.
Sexy mermaids surface once more, to sing up chaos on ship and submarine, sea and shore.
Trouble, take two. This is Demelza's second contemporary fantasy book in the Ocean's Gift series, with more mermaids and mayhem than ever.
You'll never look at mermaids the same way again.
A tiny taste of what's in store:
For the first time, she looked nervous. "No human has ever seen me change before," she admitted.
"It's the first time for me, too," I replied hoarsely.
She touched her heels together and gave a flick with her feet. The movement rippled up her body, before she did it again. It looked like her skin was darkening, or was it just the waves washing over her? Another flick, her feet rising out of the water this time, and I saw the blue wasn't just the water. It was like the skin of her legs had grown together, extending over her feet into curved flukes, as blue as the water. It blended seamlessly up her body, though her torso remained pale.
She turned on her side, her eyes curious. In the skin along her ribs, I saw dark lines that looked like gills. I couldn't take my eyes off her. She'd never looked less human, but I'd never wanted to touch her more. My mouth hung open and I couldn't seem to close it.
"Are you coming in, or not?" She twisted, arched and dived down.
I plunged into the water after her.
Ocean's Gift series
This is the second book in Demelza Carlton's Ocean's Gift series, which currently includes:
•Ocean's Gift (Book 1)
•Ocean's Infiltrator (Book 2)
•Water and Fire
•Ocean's Infiltrator (Book 2)
•Water and Fire
About Demelza Carlton
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy.
Demelza's website: http://demelzacarlton.com/
Stories Behind Stories – Inspired by Research
When I see an interesting news article – past or present – it can be inspiring all on its own. It's the stories from the past that inflame the imagination the most, though. How many fiction books are based on events in history? The sinking of the Titanic, the prevalence of piracy in the 17th century, various wars throughout history or even simply the restrictions placed on women during the man-drought that was Regency England?
My books are contemporary fiction – but that doesn't mean I can't take past elements and events into the story.
Ocean's Gift started with a real shipwreck in 1921. Ocean's Infiltrator incorporates several real shipwrecks – including a pitched naval battle in the Indian Ocean in World War I. As the centenary for this approaches, sometimes the story behind the story makes me look at where the book started.
The Battle of Cocos took place at the Cocos Keeling Islands in November 1914. It involved a ship known as the terror of the seas, the fledgling Royal Australian Navy, chivalry unheard of in war in the present day, plus a pack of marauding crustaceans. To me, the most frightening fact is that 138 men died that day – and very few people know about it. If you're after a more in-depth description of the battle and its consequences, I suggest you check out the video:
The amount of information available from the past is staggering, particularly on this part of history. There are photos taken before, during and after the battle; written logs from the event and diaries and letters written by those who survived the battle; and evidence at the site where it took place, which hasn't changed much in a hundred years.
I guess it's no surprise that I opened Ocean's Infiltrator with the Battle of Cocos, given the book both starts and finishes at North Keeling Island. Of course, my scene is written from the perspective of a mermaid who witnessed the battle – but it's based on my very detailed research of the actual events.
You can't beat a good story – truth or fiction – but when it's a mixture of both, it's a powerful combination that can capture the imagination and take it places you couldn't fathom beforehand. Believe me, I know – for that's precisely what makes me write what I do.