Here Be Merfolk

The call of the deep rings ever in our ears, from myth and legend to crime and mystery. Sea-people, mer and monster, immortals and reluctant heroes feature in this sea-worthy bundle.

I have been tardy in talking about the Here Be Merfolk Bundle which came out in March 2021 and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/here-be-merfolk-a-l-butcher/1130334254

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/here-be-merfolk

I’d like to begin by putting a plug in for a fellow author J. M. Ney Grimm, whose wonderful story Fate’s Door is in this bundle as well. Her link is here and worth a read: http://jmney-grimm.com/2019/03/here-be-merfolk/

my story Ondine is about a Diva who steals the sweet voice of a mermaid and ultimately suffers the consequences.

The setting is Vancouver Island as many of my short stories are. I live in a west coast paradise and I can’t avoid posting sunset pictures from my back door on facebook and Instagram.

Characters from my parallel universe in Ardebrin sometimes find themselves cast through the Rift of Shadow where demons reside to find themselves on the Island, and sometimes I write about selkies and the grandmothers of selkies and small boys who journey down to our beach for the Christmas season. Or maybe a romance between a young woman hunting for an armoire only to find the man of her dreams emerging from it.

The Island is filled with indigenous lore and with sprites and spirits I am certain. Ghost dragons and merfolk emerging out of the ocean at Chesterman Beach in Tofino doesn’t seem more far-fetched than surfers garbed like aliens dancing on the swells.

 I can’t stop writing about what might be just at the edge of one’s vision. The Here be Merfolk Bundle is brim full of great stories and I’m just delighted to be a part of it with Ondine.

After all there are dragons in the sunset clouds and the rocks coil and surge against the waves in a liquid manner to inspire what ifs.

I’d love to know what you think. Happy surfing.

Chesterman Beach, Tofino, B.C. Photo by Brenda Carre

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