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WHO SAYS WEBBED TOES AREN'T SEXY? Deborah Smith serves up a sassy Southern tale with a hint of
fantasy in Diary of a Radical Mermaid (Bellebooks), her second
saga about the finely finned Bonavendier sisters, a glamorous clan of mer-people with extraordinary powers. The sisters'
latest scheme to awaken an unsuspecting woman's "inner mermaid" has them setting their sights on famous children's book author Molly Revere.

Author of the fantastic Water Hyacinth series, featuring a group of children who are secretly mermaids, Molly's never considered that she herself could be a Water Person. But with the help of gossip-driven socialite Juna Lee Poinfax, she'll soon learn all about these fabulous creatures and even find love of her own with mer-hunk Rhymer McEvers.

Juna, the radical mermaid of the title,
is the one in charge of luring Molly to the Georgia coast and her destiny and this little dynamo isn't about to take no for an answer. (After all, she's already tangled with the likes of Donald Trump and lived to tell about it!) So she starts a dishy and controversial weblog about Molly and her books to get the author's attention.

"Juna Lee is definitely the Paris Hilton of the mermaid world! But smarter and more likable.

As far as I know,
Juna Lee has never allowed anyone to film her having sex!" Smith says, adding that she also took inspiration from a famous person for her heroine. "Molly was loosely inspired by J.K. Rowling. As the author of a world-famous series of children's books about mer-children, Molly has money, success, fame, but no love in her life. When she meets Rhymer, he shows her a world just as fascinating as the fantasy realms in her book —but this world is real."

This fun read is sure to be a whale of a tale. And luckily for fans, Smith is planning to pen another Waterlillies tale, The Radical Mermaid Gets Rude, later this year.—Tara Gelsomino

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