Please welcome Anne Greenwood Brown here today to Fantastic Fables. Her second novel in the Lies Beneath series, Deep Betrayal, was recently released on March 12, 2013.
A huge thanks to Anne for today’s giveaway! One lucky reader will win a copy of Deep Betrayal.
CALDER WHITE FROM LIES BENEATH
MEETS ARIEL (ALMOST)
It’s been three weeks since the winter migration has allowed me to escape the cold confines of Lake Superior. The relief of returning to the Caribbean (and being away from my three sisters’ petty squabbles) has provided me an emotional buoyancy that has made it easier to abstain from my natural hunting patterns. Unfortunately, today I find the old temptations creeping in.
The black sea snake of misery is back, coiling its way into my mind, so thick it nearly blocks out the sun. The turquoise water that has been my refuge now feels more like a prison. I dive deep to avoid the bright swimmers playing in the shallows, tempting me with their joyful effervescence.
while the voice in my head berates me for avoiding the inevitable hunt. The voice sounds like my sister Maris. Why must I deny myself? Why can’t I be satisfied with who I am?
But just when I am about to concede, a new sound lures me deeper. It is high-pitched and musical. It is . . . laughter? A school of colorful fish have picked up on it, as well. They change course toward twisting spires of coral and rock. How have I never seen this before? It is like a palace–the kind my mother used to tell me about when I couldn’t sleep.
“Hush,” she’d say. “Imagine there is a magical kingdom. A place where everyone is happy. Where there is music . . .” And that’s just how great my imagination is because I swear I can actually hear music. And steel drums. And singing. The most beautiful sound.
A yellow and blue fish swims by me and with a backward glance. He says, “My name’s Flounder. You’re new here.”
I nod. Not sure if his question is an invitation or a warning to stay away. Everything in my experience tells me it is the latter, but he smiles. Ok, he smiles? Maybe they were burning something funny in the campfire last night because I must be delusional. Fish don’t smile, and no human could be this deep–and singing.
“Follow me,” Flounder says. “Ariel is making her debut.”
“Ariel?” I ask.
“The king’s youngest daughter. She has the most beautiful voice. I only hope she’ll be on time. She’s easily . . . distracted.”
“A king’s daughter?” I ask, trying to comprehend. “Down there?” I point to the palace. “This far underwater?”
“Of course,” says Flounder, “where else would you find a mermaid?”
And with that, I dart for the surface and look for prey because I’ve gone too long without a fix. I’ve pushed myself so far that I’m starting to lose it. And letting myself fall into such a hallucination would only prove that Maris is right because everyone knows there’s no such thing as happiness. At least not for our kind.
You only read about that in fairy tales.
*Author’s Note: This post features Calder White as he is at the beginning of LIES BENEATH. You can meet the “enlightened” Calder White in the sequel, DEEP BETRAYAL, out now from Random House/Delacorte!
ANNE GREENWOOD BROWN grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the rail and wondering, with a lake that big, that ancient, what amazing thing might flash by. Now she knows. Deep Betrayal is the sequel to Lies Beneath.
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One lucky reader will win a copy of Deep Betrayal
Available March 12, 2013 from Delacorte Books for Young Readers/Random House
About this Book:
It’s been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she’s counting. And when Calder does return, it’s not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily’s dad monopolizes Calder’s time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.
Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman’s natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn’t know what to believe—only that whoever’s responsible is sure to strike again. . . .
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