Pouraka is a magical sea cavern tucked under the rocky cliffs near a rural seaside town called Barnacle Bay. Life is enchanting for Cora, a Pouraka mermaid, who changes readily to visit her human friends on shore. Not until a foreign group of merpeople come asking for help, is Cora's world changed. Among the strangers is a handsome and passionate merman, Tas, whom she quickly falls in love with.
The foreign clan fled their homeland in search of another cavern when men invaded their waters. Unfortunately the trouble follows them when an unscrupulous oil rigger's son discovers the rich aquatic life Barnacle Bay harbors. Mermaids, instead of dolphins, become his prey.
The man's quest to capture and sell a mermaid or two to a marine amusement park proves perilous for both Cora and Tas, and their families. Both clans must fight for their lives, and all sea life that call Pouraka home.
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*Winner of Imjadinn Award for Best Urban Fantasy 2016 at the Imaginarium Convention in Louisville KY.
A note about the sea.
"The sea is a cradle of mystery." So begins the prose set to a haunting melody in Pouraka's book trailer. "Entities shielding one another, caring for one another, so that those things which are sacred are not violated by strangers."
Mankind's science has unraveled obscurities in our world, traveling through outer space as easily as he explores molecules. Yet the ocean remains vague, a pounding mass whose greatness has been unexplored in comparison.
Creatures similar to the human species, mammals that give birth to young and grow hair, live in the deepest abyss of the sea. Yet we treat them as strangers, aliens that we know little about and in many respects, treat as lesser than ourselves. Abuse even.
They congregate as colonies, in schools and pods caring for one another, defending each other. Studies show that they speak to each other and surely in the case of spinner dolphins, they dance with each other. Their delight is in freedom and I can't help but wonder if their very essence of their being intimidates mankind.
It is perhaps a good thing that we know so little about the ocean and its inhabitants. It seems that whatever man explores he feels a need to conquer and often in his conquest, he destroys. Perhaps that's the vampire in him. The blood sucking instinct which seeks to drain the life out of his prey, hoping that somehow it will make him stronger, mightier.
If mermaids and mermen did live in the deepest waters, what would they think about men? Having lived side by side with dolphins, orcas, gray whales, and the multitude of species that call the reefs their home, the currents their roads, the ocean floor their cradle, how would they view the intrusion of humans?
I grew up by the Pacific Ocean. I'm certain that when one falls in love with the sea, it will always beckon you no matter how far from a body of water you live. I think that when you breathe that salty air in long enough it becomes a part of you. I well understand the sailors' dilemma. How a man can spend months on a creaky boat bouncing on swells that rise well overhead, suffering through the blast of a storm or enduring days of blazing heat with nothing but water to mirror the sun's rays. Still they set out again and again because they had a taste in their mouth that was insatiable. It's little wonder that in those endless days of sailing, stories of mermaids would take form. Half human, half sea creature. Indeed. A link between two worlds.
Such is the story of Pouraka. Pouraka is not only a romance that accentuates the natural and unyielding love sea mammals have for one another, but it also speaks of the everlasting battle between the meek and the strong, the powerful and the powerless.
With a passion for teens, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into their world with her young adult fantasy novels. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that the teens she knows have wholesome and healthy books that ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor. Though she targets her stories for young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages. Dianne's Ian's Realm Saga is filled with magic and is an ongoing series with seven books in the works and one book in preproduction. Her dystopia novel Altered has hit the best sellers chart and her upcoming series Pouraka is sure to spark interest. You can keep up to date with Dianne's work by following her website at www.gardnersart.com
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Descripción Dianne Lynn Gardner, 2015. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M069247613X
Descripción Dianne Lynn Gardner, 2015. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P11069247613X