Today, We’ve an expert in another kind of magical being here (I must say I’m intrigued. I thought I was the pinnacle of magical humanoids ;)). Ahem, our guest today is the talented fantasy romance author, and our dear friend, Marsha A. Moore, and she’s dropped by the castle to tell us a little about mermaid magic.
Marsha dear, you have the mic.
Mermagic: How to change a merman into a human
by Marsha A. Moore
Lots of folks ask me about mermagic, especially how mermaids or mermen are transformed into humans and vice versa. I’ll share a few of their secrets, as revealed to me by my heroine in the Ciel’s Legacy series. Her name is Ciel and in the first book, Tears on a Tranquil Lake, she was surprised to find herself transformed into a mermaid. She received an offer to change back, but declined. Years later, she finally meets the man of her dreams, a pirate named Alvaro, when he is moments away from dying with a knife lodged in his back—not the best timing. In order to save him, she moves fast and turns him into a merman using the magic “kiss of life.” Worse luck for Ciel, Alvaro thinks he wants to become human again. She’s told me many times mermen are no easier to understand than men. Like any woman, she tries her best to please him, hoping he’ll eventually see how nice she really is and drop his wild idea. Ciel knows the process is rarely done and requires great talents in mermagic. Although well-trained and talented, she’s uncertain whether she can perform what is required.
And what exactly would Ciel need to do to meet Alvaro’s wishes? Only two people know the procedure—the Silver Merman and the greatest Vodoun Mambo in the land, Teega. Read the following excerpt from Tortuga Treasure: Ciel’s Legacy to find out what they tell Ciel and her friend Sesi must be done.
Teega stared at Alvaro, her gaze piercing him. “Ain’t et enough she saved yer life?”
He shivered and bowed his head. “With yer respect, Mambo, I be very grateful, but…”
“Dat brogue—ye be a pirate en disguise,” she snapped. “Yer wantin’ Teega to help ye, ye black-hearted fool? Ye’ll cause me sweet Ciel a peck o’ trouble.” She clenched her teeth and leaned forward, glaring at him. A slight flush of rage showed even against her dark complexion.
I wrapped my fingers in hers. “It’s alright. He’s caused me no harm. Please.”
“Wot be yer name?” she demanded of him. “Give me yer hand.” She held both his hand and mine, closed her eyes, and hummed softly.
Her eyes opened. “I will help ye. I feel through Ciel wot she reads en her soul. Dat be enough.” The vodou in her voice dripped over my mind, calm and soothing.
“Wot ye must do es to honor an’ bring together his past, present, an’ the moment he were turned. First, gain the weapon which tried to take his life. Second, borrow the magic conch horn after et es used to welcome him ento the merfolk community. An hardest of all, find an item dat show connection to his human family. Bring dese things together to the spot ye turned him. Once ye return, Mambo will guide ye.” She let go of our hands, reclined into her rocker, eyelids lowered, and resumed humming. Was this to steady her own fears? Did she see dangers ahead she didn’t tell?
I gulped. “How can I find all those? The Silver Merman isn’t likely to give up his conch. And I have no idea how to get the others. How will he even know…”
“Why is getting something from the past the most difficult?” Sesi asked.
Teega nodded to me. “Ciel can tell ye.”
I turned to Alvaro. Certain of the answer I’d get, I asked, “What’s your name?”
He opened his mouth to speak, but didn’t answer. His eyes opened wide with bewilderment. “Don’t know.” He ran a hand along his brow. “Why don’t I?”
“Alvaro, you were turned into a merperson like me, rather than born as one like my friends. Surviving that close a call with death, your memory becomes shadowy. It’s scary, having no past.” I took hold of his hand to show my empathy.
“Alvaro,” he repeated. Although outwardly he looked unaffected, his soul trembled against my hand and his black eyes clung to me.
Tortuga Treasure: Ciel’s Legacy – Blurb:
When Ciel first looks into Alvaro’s eyes she finds love. Bad timing. In the next instant he’s fatally stabbed in the back by one of his pirate mates. Her girlfriends warn her it will only bring on a heap of trouble to save him. Unable to resist, she gives him the gift of a new life as one of her kind—a merman.
Will their love encourage him to embrace life as a merman? Can love survive if he wishes to return to human form? Either way, her friends speak true. No matter how much mermagic and dark vodou Ciel and her friends cast, blood-thirsty buccaneers chase them across the Caribbean until Alvaro finally decides.
Warning: This book contains a magical cock-a-too, lecherous scurvy pirate dogs, hoodoo healers, the mark of the evil Black Spot, plenty of dark Haitian vodou, and passionate encounters on tropical beaches.
Genre: Fantasy romance
Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Her creativity also spills into watercolor painting and drawing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transforming into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Crazy about cycling, she usually passes the 1,000 mile mark yearly. She is learning kayaking and already addicted. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and that spiritual quest helps her explore the mystical side of fantasy. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at new stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!
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Mermen do sound wonderful. Do you happen to have Alvaro’s number? I think I wouldn’t mind dating–I mean meeting, him. *laughs* Thanks for being with us today, Marsha. We always look forward to it when you grace our humble little abode. You are welcome here, anytime, my girl. I’m sorry I have to keep apologizing for my staff. Good minions are so hard to find! However, we want to wish you all the best of luck with Tortuga Treasure! It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it, folks?