no. 1, Ocean's Gift - Ocean's Gift
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Can you resist Vanessa’s siren song?
Three sexy mermaids – Vanessa, Belinda and Maria – come ashore to pick humans’ brains and indulge their taste for chilli, chocolate and ice cream.
They encounter Joe, a foul-mouthed fisherman with an eye for nice boobs and quite a handy man to have around when the lights go out. He’ll fix your generator and have the lights back on in no time, no worries.
Just as long as the dolphins don’t get him first.
A story about fishing, lobsters, beer and boobs, on some cursed islands off the West Australian coast.
At least that’s how Joe tells it.
For the mermaids, it’s a slightly different story.
“Thanks to the human inventions of hot running water and alcohol, I could not think of a more memorable time.”
“People who cannot revel in the simple pleasures of life? I pity the humans more than ever."
“Welcome to the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. They may be cursed, but for a time they will be home.”
Like Joe said, “What’s the worst that can happen?”
You’ll never look at mermaids the same way again.
Praise for Ocean's Gift:
"Okay, you have me captivated. Mainly because I have always adored mermaids... Reminded me a tad of the little mermaid, but with a lot more depth and mystery. I like your use of detail through out your chapters. Just enough to get a clear picture and I can tell you have done a lot of research as well." - Shattered Violet
"This was great. I haven't read anything like this. Though the ending was unexpected, I was nevertheless captivated. Loved the synopsis, by the way. It was just quirky as hell, lol. I usually don't read stuff like this, but it's such a quirky blend that I can't help myself." - Lady Harlequin
"A story based around the myth of mermaids is something unique to you as I've not come across another before. You have a captivating style that is easy to read. I found myself at the end of the page, even moved on to the next part before I realized I hadn't commented on this one. Very informative without being monotonous. Okay, I'm seriously loving this." - Jewel
"Lovely start. Sets up the rebellious bitterness of the central character very well and neatly inserts snippets of Mermaid culture without beating the reader around the head with them. So our mermaid heroine is alone, unfulfilled and an outsider. And Mermaids can only breed by acting Siren to human (men?). Interesting." - They Call Me Ignotus
"I really like how Joe thinks. Simple, a bit of sarcasm...humor. He's straight-forward. Well, in his thoughts, at least!" - Raindrop
"Love it, about time I come across a story that is different from the rest :)" - Luna
"An interesting and, at times, colourful story. Needless to say that I am hooked." - Tim McFarlane
Ocean's Gift series
The suggested reading order for these books is as follows:
Ocean's Gift (#1)
Ocean's Infiltrator (#2)
Water and Fire (standalone prequel)
Imaginative to say the least
Being a reader of nonfiction normally, I found Ocean's Gift to be an enjoyable read. The settings were rendered in such a manner that I was able to picture it. Being from the US I wasn't familiar with the area but found the descriptions of the environment helpful. The plot and characters, especially in terms of the world of mermaids the author created, were highly imaginative and quite interesting. The human characters were believable and one could relate to their emotions and person. The mermaids were interesting, their differences from humans quite stark, and their interactions with the human world fascinating in terms of perspective. The author's use of varying first-person perspectives in the differing chapters allowed the reader to relate to each of the characters, and she weaves the story together well in this unique format. The plot flowed nicely, with exciting foreshadowing and hints. It kept the pages turning. All in all, an enjoyable read and an imaginative, creative tale sure to please fans of modern fantasies.