Thursday, February 5, 2015

Water So Deep by Nichole Giles, Amazing New Mermaid Story

Water so Deep
Nichole was in my very first critique group and has continued to be a great friend and cheerleader in my writing world. I'm so thrilled for this book because I got to read this quite a while ago and have been anxiously waiting for the rest of the world to enjoy this story!

The story of seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is intriguing because she's human but she's slowly changing, turning into a mermaid. Nichole does an excellent job of helping the reader feel the intensity of this change and Emma's need for water.
I love the secondary characters in this book. Emma has a close relationship with her brother, Keith, who is disabled. She cares for him and it's great to see a strong sibling tie in a story with young adults.
Emma's friend, or more-than-friend, James adds another layer to the story as it notches up the romantic tension and challenges Emma's closed off trust skills. James interacts kindly with Keith and is a anchor in Emma's world. But the real question is whether a mermaid can ever handle an anchor. There's more to this story than you might think!

Nichole is an excellent writer with terrific skills at writing from a teenage perspective. This book has great clean romance, adventure, and a bit of mystery that will keep you turning the pages, gasping for breath along with Emma as you race to the finish!
This is a young adult novel with mild swearing and some innuendo.

There's an excerpt of the book included below! Read more about Water So Deep and Nichole Giles and pick up your copy for a screaming deal today!
  Water So Deep by Nichole GilesWater So Deep Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land. No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps. Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy facade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can't have. When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it's only a matter of time before she's forced to surrender forever.
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  NicholeAuthor Nichole Giles Nichole Giles, the author of the Descendant trilogy, has lived in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. She loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along.

 Excerpt from Water So Deep

BY THE TIME SHE HIKED down the steep embankment and around the tide pools to her

cove, the pressure in her chest squeezed so tight, black spots floated in her vision. Not a good

sign. It had only been five days since her last swim— usually she was good for seven.

Emma hung her bag on a rock that jutted out of the cave wall and stripped off her clothes,

breathing deep, squeezing her hands into fists to avoid the panic creeping up on her. Panicking

stole precious air from her half-converted lungs, and she was already on the verge of passing


If she did pass out, she couldn’t get to the water, and if she couldn’t get to the water, this

terrible pressure wouldn’t ease, and if the pressure didn’t ease, she would soon stop breathing

altogether. It would be hours before anyone missed her and came looking, and by that time,

she’d be shriveled like a washed-up fish, and probably just as dead.

By the time she’d put on her suit, her vision blurred and she had to step carefully, trailing

her hand along the wall of the shallow cave so she wouldn’t trip and hurt herself before she got

to the water. Finally at the edge, she sucked in a last breath of air and dove, relieved as slits

opened up to gills in the side of her neck and water filtered through them, finally allowing her

lungs to expand.


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