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I am so, so, so excited to be here talking about my debut YA novel, Tempest Rising. I sold this book eighteen months ago and it seems like this week has taken forever to get here! But now that it’s here and Tempest Rising is officially on the shelves, I’m trying to convince myself that I can relax a little and just breathe. I’ll let you know how I do with that ;)
Tempest Maguire is just your average teen-age girl, except for the fact that she’s the daughter of a professional surfer and a mermaid. As her seventeenth birthday approaches, Tempest must make a choice—to stay human or become mermaid, like the mother who abandoned her. Having already made the decision to stay human, Tempest plans on living the life she’s mapped out for herself—artist, surfer, big sister to her two younger brothers and girlfriend to the very hot Mark. But the closer it gets to her birthday, the stranger her life gets. She grows gills in English class, starts to shiver any time she isn’t in the water, sprouts some pretty wicked tattoos and gets about a million times stronger than other girls her age. Suddenly, it doesn’t seem like she has quite as much choice in the matter as she’d always expected.
Things get even more complicated when the very sexy, very mysterious Kona shows up. Tempest doesn’t know who or what he is, only that she feels more right with him than she does any other time she’s on land. She fights her attraction to him—and to the water she can’t go very long without—but on the night of her seventeenth birthday, the two very different parts of Tempest’s worlds collide. In the middle of the birthday party her father insists on throwing for her, Tempest comes into the powers that are a small part of her mother’s legacy. Too bad she has no idea what to do with them. And later that night, when Kona is injured, Tempest figures out that the only way to save him is to plunge into the depths of the ocean and become the one thing she has always sworn she wouldn’t. That’s when things get really complicated …
Tempest Rising is a coming-of-age story about choices and destiny and doing what’s right even when it hurts. It’s dark and a little creepy and filled with all kinds of strange and mystical creatures. Add in a love triangle, a lot of surfing, an underwater kingdom, an epic showdown between Tempest and the most evil creature under the sea, and a mother-daughter reunion with (very) unexpected results and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Tempest and I have in store for you.
Though Tempest Rising isn’t my first book to hit the shelves, but in all the ways that matter it feels like it is. I’ve loved mermaids since I was a little girl (like three) and finally getting a chance to write about them my way (dark, deadly and devastating) means more to me than I can ever say. I poured so much of myself into this book, into Tempest, that it’s hard for me to be anything but excited and nervous and a little freaked out now that it is time to for her to head out into the world. I hope you enjoy Tempest’s world as much as I do and that your destiny is as bright and shiny and exciting as hers is …
- Tracey Deebs
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