Mermaids can be cruel creatures.
I couldn’t stop them from hurting her, but I couldn’t let them destroy her, no matter what they did to me. The moment I heard the bottom feeder had been chosen for the reckoning, my heart sank. Had I been discovered for what I truly was? Years of pretending I was just like everyone else could all have been for naught. But then I heard it was Verona, and my blood ran cold.
Why was I surprised?
I shouldn’t have been. I’d stood by and watched her ridiculed since we were younglings. I was never as brave or as unselfish as she was. But today, I would be.
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Pauline Creeden is USA Today Bestselling and award-winning author of inventive and inspirational stories, entwining real-world problems with fantasy characters. She spends most of her day caring for the many animals around the horse farm and mentoring kids in horsemanship. Still, she finds time to play Pokemon and binge on Kdramas.
Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader’s Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel. Chronicles of Steele Raven won the 2015 Grace Award and IndieBrag Medallion. Unshaken hit #22 on the USA Today Bestseller list as a part of the Murder and Mayhem Limited edition Boxed set in November 2017. Caught in the Current hit #89 on the USA Today Bestseller list as part of the Sirens & Scales Boxed set in January 2018. Last Escape hit #149 on the USA Today Bestseller list as part of the Empires of Shadow and Ash boxed set in June 2018. Of Water and Blood hit #107 on the USA Today Bestseller list as a part of the Shades of Fae boxed set in July 2018.