Sirens don’t fall in love with humans. For centuries it has been so…
But Sirena is different. She lost her first love to sharks and a storm, cursing the islands that stole him from her.
Times have changed and she must swim ashore once more, at the islands she once cursed.
Gone are the boats powered by sail and steam – jet boats with GPS are now the order of the day.
Enter Joe, the deckhand on the Dolphin. A handy man to have around when the lights go out. He’ll fix your generator and have the lights back on in no time, no worries.
But can he seduce a siren?
Or will she swim away, before he can uncover her secret?
A story about fishing, lobsters, beer and boobs, on some cursed islands off the West Australian coast. At least that’s how Joe tells it.
For Sirena, it’s a very different story
Joe Fisher: The sparky with the sexy a**
Joe Fisher, electrician turned fisherman, is one of the main characters of Ocean's Gift. He's spent months setting up remote mining camps in the middle of the West Australian desert with only a porn-obsessed plumber for company and he dreams of going fishing during his holidays. When the opportunity arises to spend his whole holidays as a paid fisherman, he jumps at the chance.
His mum and dad's families migrated to Australia from Italy and the UK, respectively, and that's where he and his three younger sisters have grown up. His thirtieth birthday is looming, as he works to make enough money to buy his own house. His sole ambition in life is to buy a house outright, meet a great woman and settle down, but he won't do it until he has the house to offer her.
Joe's Top Ten Favourite Things:
Sexy women in blue lace underwear
He's a simple bloke with simple tastes. You've got to remember he's been alone in the desert for months without female company. Nor does he seduce the first woman he sees – oh, no. He evaluates each lady carefully before he even thinks about it.
Steady, dependable Joe is hardly prepared for the mermaids he meets up at the Abrolhos – and his carefully laid plans for the future could be thrown into turmoil by one well-placed wave.
A tiny taste of what's in store:
The boat was almost full of water now, I realised in panic, as I groped for a bucket to start baling. Throwing bucket after bucket overboard, I couldn't tell if I was making any difference to the water level in the boat.
One moment I was holding the bucket, about to scoop up more water, the next I was flying through the air. Immersed in cold, black water, I couldn't see the surface. I struggled, kicking in the direction I thought was up, and hit a rock. I jerked back reflexively and my head cleared the water. I gulped a huge lungful of air and grabbed for the rock. I had to hold on 'til daylight.
Another big wave broke. I tried to keep hold of the slimy rock, but I was pushed out of reach, drifting in the current. I tried to kick my legs, but I wasn't sure if I did. I couldn't feel my feet and the numbness was creeping up my legs.
I could hear the breakers on the outer reef, louder than they were from shore. I could feel the spray on my face. A wave washed over me and I was under the water again.
I thought I could feel someone beside me, rolling me over so my face was at the surface, pulling my body through the water.
All I could hear was an unearthly singing, high and sad, like some kind of suicidal dolphin. I could say I blacked out, but everything was already so black I wouldn't have noticed the difference.
I checked out of Hotel Consciousness. At least I got to dream of Vanessa naked.
About the Author
Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.
She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.
Sensationalist spin? Hardly. She takes a camera with her to photograph such things to share later. She asserts that sharks are camera shy.
Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
The Ocean’s Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by her Nightmares trilogy.
Ocean's Gift is available in ebook or paperback, so here are some of the places you can purchase it:
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oceans-gift-demelza-carlton/1114691067?ean=9781479399062