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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Thanks to the Most Amazing Fans in the World!

Thank you, so, so much, for all the love and support you guys gave me on release day.  I truly do have the most amazing fans and friends in the whole world and I am so grateful for everything you've done to make the Tempest books a success.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!  Here's another excerpt, just to keep you interested ....

You know, she continued, usually, the more time passes after a mermaid’s seventeenth birthday, the more powers she gets. That you had so much power so quickly made me think that you were going to have a lot of surprises in store for us.

She quirked one perfectly shaped eyebrow and I couldn’t help it.  I thought of the electricity thing I’d done with Tiamat’s goons.

Of Kona explaining how rare that kind of magic was.  

Of the voice deep inside myself that had warned me not to tell Hailana.  

Did Hailana somehow know about it?  Had I slipped up in practice, used it without realizing?  I racked my brain, tried to think of every move I’d made, but nothing came to mind.  I didn’t remember wielding electricity against Sabyn or anyone else he’d brought in to train with us.  Except …

Except that nearly every time Sabyn touched me, we both lit up like the Electric Light Parade my mother used to drag us to see at Disneyland every summer.  I’d thought it was a training thing, something that wasn’t all that unusual.  But what if it was the giveaway? Was that bizarre reaction between us what had tipped off Sabyn, and  in turn, Hailana?

I fought the urge to scream in frustration.  I hated this.  Hated not knowing all the things I should, all the bits and pieces that went into life down here.  On land, it wasn’t easy—especially with all the mermaid stuff that had grown almost impossible to hide—but at least up there I understood what was expected of me.  What I needed to do to keep myself safe and sane.  Down below, it was a whole different story, and I kept feeling like I was a couple scenes behind the pack.

I studied Hailana, tried to gauge what she was getting at.  If she were fishing, and I didn’t react to it, maybe she would let the subject drop.  I hoped so, because everything inside of me said that if she knew of my most recent talent, how easily I had killed those men, that I would find myself following even more closely in my mother’s footsteps.

I didn’t want to do that, couldn’t do that.   For seven years I’d sworn I wouldn’t be like my mother, wouldn’t make the same choices she had.  And yet, here I was, in her city, with her queen, living her life—or as close to it as Hailana could get me.  Again I thought of those people I’d seen my mother kill remorselessly, again I shoved the memory away.

Tried to focus instead on the problem at hand.

I didn’t know what to do, didn’t have a clue what to say to her.  I needed Kona, who knew so much more about this life than I did.  I had questions for him, needed answers, but he was so wrapped up in protecting me from the perceived threat of Sabyn that he’d forgotten the ways in which I really needed him.

If only there was some way—

Tempest?  Are you listening to me?  Hailana’s voice, much sharper than it had been before, dragged me back to the present. From the impatient look on her face she’d been talking for quite some time, while I’d been drifting in La La Land, trying to make some sense of the world that was slowly crumbling around me. 

Sorry, Hailana.  It’s been a rough couple of days.  Sabyn’s a tough trainer.

That’s why he’s good for you.  Jared wasn’t pushing you, and that isn’t going to do us any good.  When Tiamat comes back for you, she’s going to come with everything she’s got. 

I know.  It was pretty hard to forget, what with everyone reminding me of that fact every time I turned around.

There was a long silence as the merQueen waited for me to say what I had come to say.  But it was harder than I thought to just blurt it out, now that I was in front of her.  Looking down, I traced patterns on Hailana’s desk as I tried to get my thoughts in order.

Are you okay, Tempest?  she finally asked.

Yeah, of course. I was just …  I looked up into her narrowed gaze and knew that it was now or never.  If I didn’t ask her my questions soon, I never would.  Did you choose Sabyn on purpose?  Because you knew it would upset Kona?

Mmmmm, now we get to the heart of the matter.  Is the selkie prince threatened by such a young, handsome merman spending so much time with you?

The selkie prince, I repeated, is upset because he doesn’t like Sabyn.  But I think you know that.  I watched her carefully, trying to catch any flicker in her expression.  She didn’t so much as blink. 

Is he still beating that drum? she asked.   It was an accident— Annalisse fell and injured herself severely—with Tiamat’s help.  Sabyn tried to save her, but he couldn’t.  Everyone knows that but Kona.

I was reeling a little bit at the knowledge of how Kona’s sister had died, but I wouldn’t give Hailana the satisfaction of seeing he’d never shared the details with me. 

So you knew about Sabyn’s history with Kona, how Kona felt about him, and you decided to have me train with him anyway?  I asked, just to clarify things.  I already knew it was true, even before she answered.  Hailana did what she wanted, when she wanted to do it and to hell with anyone else’s feelings.

I don’t make decisions for my clan based on keeping the selkie prince happy, she told me blandly.  I’m truly sorry if my choices have caused any stress between you.

Yeah, and if I believed that … I didn’t need to see the sudden, cagey look in her eye to know that she was  trying to play me.  Of course, a lot of what she’d done lately seemed to have been with the express intention of causing trouble between Kona and me.  The fact that we were letting her, that we were falling right into line with her schemes, was no one’s fault but Kona’s and mine.  I would even bet that Sabyn was making all those crazy comments to me, not just to get under Kona’s skin, but on direct order from her.  The straightforward approach wasn’t really Hailana’s style. 

Is that all you wanted? she asked.  To find out about Kona and Sabyn?

That was my cue to leave, to get up from the desk and walk out before this meeting descended into the free-for-all our conferences so often became.  I started to say yes, started to get up and swim to the door, but in the end, I couldn’t do it.  There was another question burning inside of me, one that was so important I trembled with the need to have an answer.

Tempest? she prompted.  Is there something else?

What was my mother’s real job for you?

I’m sorry?

You say she was a priestess, say that she was your right hand.  You also tell me that you want me to follow in her wake, but you’ve never actually told me what she did for you.

That’s easy.  Hailana’s eyes were frigid, ferocious, as they looked me over.  She did whatever I asked of her.  And she kept her mouth shut about doing it.  In time, you’ll learn to do the same thing.

That was exactly what I was afraid of.


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20 comments:

  1. Big Congrats Tracy!!
    I threw dinner in the crockpot and finished laundry all by 11 am here so I could have the afternoon to read Tempest Unleashed without being interrupted and I can't wait!! :)

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  2. Yay! Thanks, Blanche :) Hope you enjoy.

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  3. Congrats on the release!! And thanks for another great excerpt :)
    Wish you all the best, Melanie

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  4. Will Tempest Unleashed be available in Canada?

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  5. I realize that this was just released (congrats again on such a big day btw) but you have no idea how excited I am for the third! Its taking all I have not to jump and scream aloud clapping my hands...i am instead doing it in ASL (waving my hands in the air silently :)) After a night to sleep on it and your answer to my question, my agitation has turned into anticipation! Looking forward to more and thanks so much for creating this awesome world of Tempest that I very much wish to be a part of!

    (side note: To show what I mean by "agitation", Inception is my favorite movie...the only movie that, while sitting in a packed theatre, had me muttering to myself for Leonardo to check the darn top! When he finally did, top starting to falter, it CUT.TO.THE.CREDITS. I literally kicked the chair in front of me and screamed "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!" I heard laughter in the audience and my family was thourougly embarassed :) what can I say? I am a very passionate person lol...hmmm hope that person whose chair i kicked was ok O.O)

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  6. Congrats on the release of Tempest Unleashed. Love the cover and excerpt.

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  7. Wow--what a post! Thanks for sharing, and congratulations on Tempest Unleashed!

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  8. I'm so excited to get this book soon! I loved the first one!

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  9. OMG I can't wait to read this book! I loved the first one so much and can't wait to read this one!

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  10. I saw your contest on Smart Bitches so I came to learn of your books. Is there any place where all the books you've written are listed with descriptions?

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    1. I am having the most horrid time trying to identify myself to your site. Google is not helping. So, if this third try doesn't work, well, may someone else enjoy the book.

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  11. It looks and sounds amazing. I cannot wait to read it. Thank you so much for posting the excerpt. :)

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  12. The book was AMAZING! My family literally had to pry it from my hands at night. I really hope another book is coming out soon!!!

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  13. And now that I devoured that book I need the third lol when does it come out :p

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  14. i adored the book soooooo much!!!!! i cant stand mark soooo much she is suppose to be Kona and if it doesnt end up that way ill be VERY VERY VERY sad!! the ending could have been better without mark and tempest kinda getting together please make tempest and kona together its met to be

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  15. hia i just not yesterday but the day befor got both the books and already i finished them XP but i was just wondering you do plan on makeing a third right might sound stoupid but just curious

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  16. Hey, this is the second book from Tempest, right!? Follow other books from Tempest to???
    And when can I buy the books in Germany???

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  17. Is there going to be a third ?!?!

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  18. Is there going to be a third ?!?!

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