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Emerge (Mer Chronicles #1) by Tobie Easton
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas.
So Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk. So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right?
That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay than ever. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with Clay, the harder it is for Lia to deny her feelings.After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.
Top 10 Favourite Films
Hi, all! I’m so excited to be here today sharing secrets. One secret you may not know about me is that I minored in film in college (or, if you want to be fancy about it, in Cinematic Arts). Movies have always been a major creative influence for me, so when Jess asked me to create a list of my top ten favorite films, I couldn’t wait to share it with you! I’ve listed them below, along with which aspects of each movie impacted me most as a writer.
1. Cruel Intentions
The witty dialogue and smart, seductive innuendo. And Ryan Phillippe. Ah, Ryan Phillippe.
2. Shakespeare in Love
The forbidden romance! And the costumes (I love fashion)! The movie includes its own brand of humor punctuated by all the drama and beauty of some of my favorite scenes from Romeo and Juliet.
Did I mention I love fashion? And witty dialogue? Also (like both Cher Horowitz and Emerge’s protagonist, Lia), I’m a California girl.
4. Legally Blonde
Like Cher Horowitz, Elle Woods is a feminine, fashion-loving, good-hearted character who subverts everyone’s expectations of her with intelligence and strength. Plus, I can’t watch this movie without laughing, and I love how the first scene and the last scene parallel each other, bringing the movie full circle.
5. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
I watched this film countless times when I was little. For me, the main character’s spunk paired with the secret, alluring romance makes this a classic that endures.
6. Dirty Dancing
Sigh. Secret, forbidden romance. Seeing a pattern? It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s swoon-worthy.
7. Now and Then
For me, this film is the quintessential celebration of friendship. Each character is so well-drawn, and the bonds they share are unbreakable. Plus, who didn’t want to try stuffing her bra with pudding balloons after watching this movie?
8. Pride and Prejudice
(the 2005 film and the 1995 miniseries)
Witty dialogue, multifaceted sister relationships, and—of course—Darcy. DARCY.
So funny! This one is such a great character study because every single person really comes of age in her own way here. I also love the different ways each one struggles to make sense of community expectations.
10. The Secret Garden
A childhood favorite. The setting is a character, and the garden transports you to an enchanting, beautiful world.
About the Author
Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books at www.TobieEaston.com.
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