This morning I have an excerpt from Kissed by the Wave to share with you. If you enjoy it, please enter for a chance to win a digital copy. You know you want it – it has mermaids!
KISSED BY THE WAVE by Serena Gilley (August 5, 2014; Forever Yours E-Book; $2.99)
Beyond the limits of sight, magical beings live in the Forbidden Realm. The two worlds were once connected, but the desires of man forced their separation. Now, desire may bring them back together…
Aliya is a mermaid with an obsession. Though contact with humans is strictly forbidden, she can’t seem to stay away from the incredibly handsome Devin, who visits her lake night after night. Her body and soul have never been drawn to anyone like this before. Deciding that her longing for Devin is worth the risk, she goes to him. As their lust for each other deepens, Aliya grows to need his touch as much as she needs water.
Devin believed Aliya was a perfect fantasy his mind created-until the breathtaking mermaid swims to shore. Courtesy of a magical wish, Aliya is newly human, and she and Devin give in to their passion again and again. But Aliya’s mortal form is only temporary. If they don’t have the strength to part ways when the time comes, their illicit love could rock the balance between the realms forever . . .
About the author:
Serena Gilley grew up reading fantasy and fairy tales, and believing there was a distinct possibility that both of them were real. Somewhere. Even all these years later, Serena’s belief in magic and mystery hasn’t diminished. In fact, She is living out her own happily-ever-after with a handsome prince in a beautiful castle, taming dragons and granting wishes every day. Okay, so the prince is a regular guy, the dragons are really just teenagers, and the wishes she grants are as spectacular as frozen pizza on Friday night, but it’s a fantasy world just the same.
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Raea made another pass over the boat. Yes, the human had returned to the lake just as on so many evenings before. The sun shone as a huge, fiery ball resting on the horizon. The man’s wishes filled the air around Raea and she knew he was in the full throes of his lustful fixation.
He wanted that mermaid. But where was she? Had Raea gambled too much? Maybe she shouldn’t have let the girl swim away, to go off and think of things all day. It had only given her time to forget her desire, to remember who she was and what she was. Now Raea was left with a sex-crazed human and a wager that was nowhere near being won. How was she going to locate another virgin in the short time their arrangement allowed for?
But wait…what was that in the water? By the Skies, it was Aliya. So, the mermaid had shown up, after all. Raea darted down toward the glinting surface of the water to greet her.
“I was afraid you might not show up,” she said as Aliya burst through the surface.
“I very nearly didn’t. I kept thinking how my actions would dishonor my people.”
“So you aren’t going to make your wish? You can see the human is here, and I assure you, he hasn’t forgotten.”
“No, I can feel that. He…he is making his desires very well known.”
“His desire for you,” Raea added. “He’s been sending up wishes all day long.”
“And you haven’t granted them?”
“He’s wishing for you. And he didn’t bring a female with him tonight.”
“No. As we worried, he’s truly obsessed. I don’t know what else to do, if you won’t help him through this…”
“I will help him! That’s why I’m here.”
Raea tried not to look smug. Things had gone her way, after all. She would win her bet and Kyne would give up his suspicions of her. She’d be doing a good deed for her friend, too. Aliya really seemed to care about this human. It would be a great relief to know that he would give up his silly obsession. Yes, all the way around she was pleased with her accomplishment.
“You’re ready now?” she clarified.
“Yes. I’m ready. I can’t leave him in his obsession, Raea. It’s my fault for letting him see me, so it’s my responsibility to help him now. You will grant me my wish, won’t you?”
“Yes, of course. As long as you understand the terms.”
“I do. Twenty-four hours, then everything is back to the way it should be. He is released and he won’t die.”
“Not from that stupid Old Revenge, at least. Go ahead; make your wish.”
Aliya beamed. She held herself up very straight in the water and met Raea’s eyes with a huge, confident smile.
“I wish to become human for one day and spend it with Devin so he can have enough of me and forget all about that terrible obsession and be safe from the Old Revenge.”
Raea smiled. Ah, easy as cake. The wager was hers for the winning. Kyne was an idiot.
“Okay, sweetheart. Now, hold on to your gills because this is kind of a biggie. I don’t think I’ve ever done a mermaid before!”