Many people ask me about mermagic...probably since
I’ve written two mermaid fantasy romance books and live in Tampa, an area rich
with mermaid culture because the local coast was once dominated by their pirate
I’ll share a few mermaid secrets revealed
to me by my heroine in the Ciel’s Legacy
series. Her name is Ciel and in the first book, Tears on a Tranquil Lake, she was surprised to find herself
transformed into a mermaid, living among pirates and merfolk. Years later, in Tortuga Treasure, she finally meets the
man of her dreams, a pirate named Alvaro, when he is moments away from dying
with a knife lodged in his back—not the best timing. In order to save him, she
moves fast and turns him into a merman using the magic “kiss of life.” Worse
luck for Ciel, Alvaro thinks he wants to become human again. She’s told me many
times mermen are no easier to understand than men. Like any woman, she tries
her best to please him, hoping he’ll eventually see how nice she really is and
drop his wild idea. Ciel knows the process is rarely done and requires great
talents in mermagic. Although well-trained and talented, she’s uncertain
whether she can perform what is required. In this pub scene, she uses her
mermagic, attempting to locate an item needed to return Alvaro to human form.
Excerpt from Tortuga Treasure: Ciel’s Legacy:
“Hey, yer quite a
lovely. Come on in an’ join us,” a raspy, male voice spoke from behind. A
large, rough hand touched my back.
I looked over my
shoulder. The sight of oily hair on a scraggly seaman made me jump through the
pub door held open ahead of me. Hidden in the shadows, a few male voices
guffawed at my reaction. Their laughter came closer and I trembled. Were they
drunk? What did they intend with me?
Swept inside, I
quickly surveyed the room. I’d never been in this establishment, known to be
frequented by rowdy deck hands. Only merfolk shunned for lying or cheating came
Save for employees
and those taking their billiard shots, all men glanced our way. A few gave off
such active lascivious vibrations I needed no touch to gain clear readings.
I leaned into my
friend and whispered, “No Tom here.”
She placed a
protective arm around me. “Don’t forget your song. We may need it.”
A chubby barmaid
moved past, wearing a bodice cut low to display her large bosom. She snarled at
us. “What’re ye two doin’ here, stealin’ all me tips?”
“No. Just looking
for a certain person who’s not here, so we’ll be leaving,” I replied.
“I hear ye.” The
wench rolled her eyes. “True or not, don’t matter. Ye’ll be stayin’.” She
nodded to the closest group of seamen.
Protests came from
all directions, as a dozen buccaneers surrounded us. “Leavin’. Nay. Why? Ye
just got here.”
“Stay an’ play fer
a while, darlin’.”
“Be glad to buy ye
two lovelies a round o’ grog.”
When I turned
toward the door, one grabbed my shoulder and another slid an arm around my
only a little better. Three encircled her, but at some distance; with her
larger frame, she appeared a more difficult conquest.
The pirate wrapped
at my waist pulled me hard into him. His breath reeked with whiskey and
I grimaced, pushed
against his chest, and squirmed backward a few inches. Another voice behind me
indicated the arrival of another pirate. “She don’t like ye, Nate. Let me have
a go, ye waster.”
“Nay. She jist
needs a bit o’convincin’, that be all.” Nate chuckled and pulled me tight to
his side. Lass, I know ye want to be me Jenny tonight, ain’t it so?”
respond, I took as deep a breath as possible, despite his hold on my ribcage.
His other hand
squeezed my breast.
I gripped his
wrist and yanked, but he dug his fingernails into my soft bare flesh. Tears
welled in my eyes. I stifled the reflex to scream, instead, channeling my
energy into a merspell. My song began as a soft trill. I kept it there,
allowing the sweet sound to sneak up on the patrons, infusing a drug-like
tranquility. If I forced a more sudden show of power, those unaffected would
notice their friends falling under and attack me.
hand dropped away from my breast, but he still clamped my waist, loosening
slightly as I continued singing.
around, checking my effectiveness, and soon added her own song. Hers possessed
much less magic than mine, her song specialty being detailed communication.
But, her tone harmonized and enhanced my spell.
Then, I paused to
inhale and the enchantment wavered.
awareness and thrust his fingers into my side. “Damned wench! Not lettin’ ye
try more tricks,” he yelled into my face. He shoved me to the floor, pushed my
head down with his foot, and yanked one of my arms behind me.
They flung my
friend down and pinned her there with several large boots upon her back.
I began to sing,
but lost my air as he jerked on my arm. “I’m gonna crack yer teacup right here
fer me mates to enjoy the show. Then, ye’ll be me possession.” Out of the
corner of my eye I saw him unzip his pants.
Tortuga Treasure: Ciel’s Legacy—Blurb:
When Ciel first looks into Alvaro’s
eyes she finds love. Bad timing. In the next instant he’s fatally stabbed in
the back by one of his pirate mates. Her girlfriends warn her it will only
bring on a heap of trouble to save him. Unable to resist, she gives him the
gift of a new life as one of her kind—a merman.
Will their love encourage him to
embrace life as a merman? Can love survive if he wishes to return to human
form? Either way, her friends speak true. No matter how much mermagic and dark
vodou Ciel and her friends cast, blood-thirsty buccaneers chase them across the
Caribbean until Alvaro finally decides.
Warning: This book contains a magical cock-a-too, lecherous scurvy
pirate dogs, hoodoo healers, the mark of the evil Black Spot, plenty of dark
Haitian vodou, and passionate encounters on tropical beaches.
~ ~ ~ Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. She is the author of the Ciel's Legacy series, fantasy romance with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE. Look for her first of an epic fantasy romance series, SEEKING A SCRIBE: ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS ONE, to be available March, 2012. For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.