Please join me in welcoming Kimberly Llewellyn to Bitten by Books today. She is the best-selling author of Siren Call, a paranormal romance that’s all about mermaids and their tempting nature. What would you do if a seductive mermaid came up on land to steal your man? This is what happens to Serina James in Siren Call, as she discovers she has more in common with mermaids than she ever dreamed. But in discovering her aquatic destiny, will she lose Alex Waters, the man of her dreams?
“Tell Tail” Signs You Came from Mermaids
By Kimberly Llewellyn
Contemporary Romance Author
Thank you for letting me be a part of your day here at Bitten by Books. One of the best things about writing my paranormal romance, Siren Call, is doing research. I had a blast reading stories of mermaids and merfolk throughout history. I especially loved sifting through the rare and special nautical book collection at the Clearwater Main Library in Florida.
I learned so much about mermaids, including the intriguing evolutionary theory some of us may have evolved from mermaids. Could these mythical creatures not be so mythical after all? Even the Discovery Channel ran a two-hour special, Mermaids: The Body Found, a quasi-documentary reviewing evidence on the theory that a mermaid species may have existed.
So, what about you? Like Serina, the heroine in Siren Call, is it possible that you came from mermaids? Let’s take a look at a special checklist to see if you have evolutionary ties to these exotic sirens. You don’t have to have all these qualities, but if you share a few, you might have a little mermaid in you.
Did you ever have webbed feet or hands? These are quite useful when swimming with dolphins; many people have this trait today.
Do you have long thick hair that grows fast? All mermaids have long, flowing, beautiful hair. They are known for sitting on rocks, combing their hair in the sunshine, but not with a typical comb. They use combs made from fish bones, sharp and dangerously jagged (just like the seductive mermaid Serina must fight).
Do you like to eat seafood and/or shellfish? The true mermaid hunts for her food and heartily indulges in her marine meals. Rumor has it they like salmon in particular.
Are you flirtatious and make yourself irresistible to others? Are you quite charming? That’s your inner siren coming out.
Do you feel better near the sea or any body of water for that matter? Do you feel its pull? Attracted to its very allure? Are you compelled to live near the water? This is the call of the water and your aquatic ties desire to answer it.
Do you hate being confined to a swimsuit and it’s difficult to find a flattering one? Of course! This makes sense; mermaids don’t wear swimsuits. That’s why skinny-dipping under the moonlight is so fun! Swimming au naturel makes you feel free…and a little seductive.
Do you love water activities and water sports? Boating, diving, fishing, jet skiing, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, swimming, water polo, or water skiing?
Do you like to work in or on the water, like a fisherman (or woman), lifeguard, marine biologist, or sailor?
Do you feel a connection to the sea and its marine life? Do you desire to swim with dolphins or train sea life like at an aquarium or water theme park?
As a child, did you take to the water fast? Did the adults call you a “little fish?” Did swimming come naturally? Did your parents have a hard time getting you out of the pool, lake, ocean, or even bathtub because you never wanted to leave the water?
Were you really, really cute as child? Did you have adorable dimples? Do you have dimples now? Dimples may be a remnant from when we had gills. Serina has a dimple in a very surprising and sexy place, a definite sign of her mermaid lineage.
Lastly, do you feel special? Feel like a goddess deep inside, which sets you apart from the rest? Do you carry yourself with confidence? Do you enjoy the company of others; yet enjoy your solitude just as much? This qualifies you as a social shape shifter , adapting to any environment. Just like a mermaid!
So, there you have it. The top “tell tail” signs you might have come from mermaids. How did you fare? Do you have a little mermaid inside you? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!
Chapter One – “Call me Fishmael”
Where have all the good men gone?
Serina James brushed off the meddlesome thought as she flipped the sign to Closed at the front of her new swimwear shop, Suits You Boutique. She still had way too much work to do to be pining away over the lack of eligible males in the town of Melody Point. Socialites from nearby Newport, Rhode Island to the Hamptons had hit the boutique hard lately with rush orders for custom swimwear women just had to have yesterday. Yes, the summer season was in full swing.
At least, that was the case during the day. But by night, the regular summer crowds filling up the usual trendy night spots in the small tourist town had been, well, lacking in the “available men” department.
But she needed to focus on the task at hand; work on her recent design creation, a two-piece, black bathing suit prototype that she now wore. She wended her way around racks of colorful swimsuits and entered the back private sewing area where her best friend Becca Chase stood patiently waiting.
“All ready for the final fitting?” Becca asked.
“Yes. We are officially closed. Thanks for staying after hours to help.” Serina was just about to stand up on the dressing platform in front of the three-paneled mirror when something caught her eye across the room. “Hold on,” she told Becca and marched over to an ivory string bikini on a hanger.
“What are you doing? You already finished that,” Becca complained.
“Oh, really? This crooked stitch screamed at me from across the room.” Serina fingered the hem on the bikini top. Yep, there it was. “I’ll have to re-sew the entire thing.”
Becca came up beside her to inspect the goods. “You’re kidding me, right? It’s not really crooked, it’s just…wait, let me get this straight. You saw this so-called imperfect single stitch from across the room?”
“How do you do that?”
“How do you see things…” Becca shook her head and laughed. “Never mind. Now, can we get back to working on your prototype?”
“Sure. I’ll fix that stitching tomorrow.” Serina lowered the imperfect bikini top onto her workbench and made her way back toward the dressing platform. She climbed on top and inspected the black prototype in the mirror’s reflection. She pointed to a section of hem on the board-short waistline and indicated where to put a finishing pin.
Becca got to work, which allowed Serina’s thoughts to skip right back to the uneven male-to-female ratio in the area. Gosh, she’d been distracted by it all day. How many more times would the thought pop into her head? What had gotten into her?
“Becca, do you think Melody Point has a man-shortage?” she blurted.
Becca peeked up from under her mane of curly brown locks, her eyes wide. “A man-shortage? I don’t know, why?”
“Pickin’s are slim lately. Men seem scarce. They’re either in some obscure relationship, or away on business on short notice, or vacationing elsewhere.” Realizing how silly she sounded, Serina waved off the idea. “Nah, forget I mentioned it.”
“No, I won’t forget it. I’m glad you’re coming around and thinking about getting out there again. It’s about time.”
Serina scoffed. “Don’t get any ideas. I’m not coming around. I just, well, noticed the lack of fish in the sea, is all. Besides, I’m way too busy keeping this business afloat to get back ‘out there’ again.”
She barely finished her sentence when a pinprick stabbed her side.
“Yeouch!” Serina arched her back in time to keep away from her friend before she jabbed her again. “You did that on purpose!”
“Only because I didn’t like what you said. You can’t use your work as an excuse forever. Now stay still and don’t make me stick you again,” Becca barked as she added another pin to the swimsuit…
About the Author
Known as, “the Wedding Writer,” Kimberly Llewellyn is the best-selling author of Almost a Bride and Siren Call. Her humorous women’s fiction and romantic comedies have been published by Kensington and Penguin/Berkley. Learn more about the author and her books at http://www.kimberlyllewellyn.com.
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