Dianne Lynn Gardner
Genre: Fantasy romance
Publisher: Dianne Lynn Gardner
Number of pages: 242
Word Count: 75369
Cover Artist: Dianne Lynn Gardner
Pouraka is a magical sea cavern tucked under the rocky cliffs near Barnacle Bay. Cora, a Pouraka mer, is torn between her friends in the seaside town, and her true love Tas, a foreign mer whose people fled when men invaded their waters.
Life becomes difficult for all mers when an arrogant oil rigger’s son, Tom, finds the bay and the rich aquatic life it harbors. When Tas attempts to rescue a pod of dolphins from Tom’s gill net, he is captured and taken away as a prize to be sold to a theme park. When Cora hears of his capture she changes into human form and travels south to find him, risking her life to free him.
Time away from Pouraka leaves the cavern vulnerable, and a new threat arises when tourists discover its magic.
Chapter XI Pouraka’s Magic
Six elders appeared in the dark tunnel, swept into the cavern by the coming tide. Their white hair swirled underwater, glowing like moon rays in a starless sky. Strings of seashells adorned their necks and ceremonial belts of rust colored kelp floated around their waists. Clusters of red coral streamed behind them, clattering as they lifted their torsos from the water. They announced Ko’s arrival in song. Drifting aside they bowed as Cora’s brother passed.
Ko’s tail fin swirled in the clear waters as he entered half submerged in the rising waves. His scales were polished to a shine and glittered green. Rainbows from their reflection danced above Cora’s head, a strobe of color, hauntingly beautiful.
The entire tribe had come to wish Ko good fortune, something that Cora didn’t understand. Friends and family should have prevented this, instead they encouraged him.
“Why don’t you stop him?” Already Cora was hoarse from her outbursts, her meager attempts to stop the proceedings. Yet if anyone heard her, they ignored her. “You could have kept this from happening! All of you! Any of you!”
Radcliffe looked up from his position in the parade. She was certain he saw her but his stare was vacant and non-responsive.
She leaned forward nearly falling from the rocky shelf. “Ko!” If only she could reach him she could grab onto him and beg him to stop. Surely he’d have pity on her and change his mind; but the drop was too far, too rocky and the elders had formed a wall below her.
Ko swam from the sea, riding the surf as it rose over the deepest of the magical pools directly below.
The Cradle. The place of Change. Always turquoise and large enough to hold several mers. The magical pools contained healing and transformation in their waters. Tonight they held Ko’s destiny.
About the Author:
Dianne is an author and illustrator of YA adventure fantasy with a dab of historical content thrown in. Building worlds that might resemble the forests of her home in the Pacific Northwest, or the shimmering deserts of Arizona, add to that a pinch of magic dust and a few million stars and you just might find the portal to another Realm.
Happily married to a man that puts up with her celestial wanderings and wonderings, she is the mother of seven lovely adult children and grandmother to sixteen gorgeous boys and girls.
Dianne loves writing, painting in oils and living in other dimensions. She finds life much more colorful that way! Her books are middle grade to young adult adventure fantasies with dragons and wizards and sorcery and battles on the high seas. Her grandchildren are a big inspiration for her stories. There’s a shared camaraderie, something akin to what C.S. Lewis said about someday being old enough to enjoy fairy tales again.
Dianne’s newest series Pouraka dives into the depths to explore life as a mer. She also has a series that is being re released by PDMI publishing called the Ian’s Realm Saga.
Stretching her tent stakes, she is working on an Indie Film production of her V book Cassandra’s Castle.
1 ebook copy of Sasha which introduces the story.
5 8 X 10 prints of Pouraka’s cover without the text, authographed by the author
1 digital copy of dystopia novel Altered
1 pair of earrings open to US Shipping