Friday, May 23, 2014

Dreaming of the Sea by Heidi Garrett

Sub Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Release Date: May 21, 2014

ABOUT Dreaming of the Sea:

Years ago when her mother traded her to the Sea Witch for a love potion, she became the witch’s apprentice. Now Gia Chantal must find her own apprentice. If she doesn’t, the Devil won’t take her soul when she dies, and she’ll spend eternity tormented for every spiritual crime she’s ever committed. However, it’s the 21st century, and Gia doesn’t know where to begin when it comes to finding her replacement. She’ll turn to social media mastermind Cole—an exiled mer prince—to help her.

Ten-year-old, Miriam, an orphan with visionary tendencies, sought refuge in a convent to escape a life on the streets. Now a young woman, the walls and rules that have kept her safe for over a decade feel constricting. When she comes across the ad to be the wealthy Gia’s caretaker, she’s never wanted anything more in her life… until she meets Cole.

Dreaming of the Sea is a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid. In the original tale, after falling in love with a human prince, the little mermaid yearns to win his love—and gain an immortal soul—thus her bargain with the sea witch…

In this contemporary retelling, after refusing to heed a merman's warnings, a young woman will make a different kind of bargain with the Sea Witch...

“I’ll take your second son, and the second son of your first son, and the second son of his first son, and the second son of his first son... You get the idea.”

“I will never agree to that.”

Gertrude flounced onto the nearest stack of bones. “Suit yourself. I’m not going to freeze to death.”

“It’s an exorbitant price. A payment so infinite, its value can’t be measured.”

Gertrude shrugged. “A single merman from each surviving generation or no surviving generations. Doesn’t seem like such a hard choice to me.”

The Mer King swished back and forth creating a whirlpool around himself. Customers often resorted to theatrics. Gertrude endured his with a practiced nonchalance.

“My wife warned me against coming here to bargain with you,” he said.

“Is your wife going to save you, then?”
Heidi Garrett is the author of the contemporary fairy tale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.

She's also the author of the Daughter of Light series, a fantasy about a young half-faerie, half-mortal searching for her place in the Whole. Heidi's latest project is a collaboration with B. J. Limpin. They're cooking up a yummy paranormal romance!

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Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. She now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle.
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  1. I love it! I love learning about what the future could turn out to be; there's endless possibilities!

    1. KiKid, Right!!!! The creativity in speculative is A-mazing!!!!! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Your cover is beautiful.

    1. Elle, Thanks! I have to pass that compliment on to my husband. He's been learning how to do covers for about two years and with some help from a couple folks from the Kboard... finally, this cover, lol Heidi

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    1. Jessica, Thanks! I'll pass that on to the artist:) BTW I love your Twitter bio:P Heidi