Atlantis... mermaids....kingdoms... love. Vanessa Garden has created an amazing world where mermaids are real. Her world has a glittering kingdom where love is found and danger abounds. In her latest release, Compulsion, she shows us just how the whole thing began.
Go back to before Marko and Miranda. Find out about Marko's ancestors and the choices they made which bring about the almost destruction of the entire race. Fans of Melissa Marr's series will love Compulsion!
Dive in deep to where it all began… a Submerged Sun Series prequel.
Nada is seventeen and hungry for adventure when handsome, blue eyed stranger Frano Tollin arrives on the shores of the Adriatic island paradise Nada calls home.
After a short courtship he whisks her away to a glittering underwater city, promising Nada a lifetime of adventure, excitement and most important of all, love.
At first, Nada feels as though she is living a dream, but when Frano's hunger for power takes a dark, obsessive turn, Nada begins to seek comfort in the arms of the one boy he forbids her to know, his mute younger brother, Lukas.
Will Nada return to her husband’s side, in hopes to break him free from his dark obsessions, or will she choose the forbidden Lukas, in hopes of finding the love she so desperately seeks…
‘Are you lonely?’ I asked, thinking again about his note. ‘Do you have a girlfriend?’
Lukas wrote quickly then watched me read, the heat from his gaze burning into me.
‘No girlfriend. But yes. Lonely. So much that it aches inside.’
I looked up to catch his heated gaze on my eyes, my lips, and I had to look away.
I was married. I shouldn’t be lying on a blanket so close to Lukas. But his body was like a magnet to mine.
Lukas must have sensed the way that I felt, because he leaned in and stroked my cheek, my jaw, then traced my lips with the tips of his fingers, his chest rising and falling more rapidly with each breath.
I thought of Frano and the torture he must have been going through, knowing that his city and his people were under threat.
‘I need to go back, Lukas. I’m sorry,’ I said softly.
Lukas rolled onto his back and groaned deep in his throat before he reached out and grasped my hand in his and gave it a squeeze. ‘Stay,’ he seemed to be saying.
A current of energy, much like the one I’d felt through the wall of the dome, passed through our joined hands. It was dangerous.
I thought of my father and begged for his spiritual wisdom, but no matter how hard I thought of him, his face blurred and did not remain in my mind’s eye. I was forgetting.
I sat up, alarmed. ‘What’s happening to me? Why am I forgetting?’
Lukas gave me a knowing look and took out his notebook. ‘It’s called “Compulsion”.’ He paused to gaze at me, his eyes deep and filled with sadness, then continued to write.
‘My brother believes that after 6 weeks spent in Marin, most people begin to lose their memories of their lives on the mainland. Something to do with the light crystals. You become compelled to stay here, in Marin.’
I read and re-read Lukas’s words.
‘Frano lied to me,’ I whispered.
Lukas met my gaze, wrote something, and then showed it to me.
‘If I saw you in the ocean, I would have done the same. I would have done anything to make you mine,’ Lukas wrote.
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About the Author:
A bookseller and Young Adult author, Vanessa loves nothing more than immersing herself in the exciting world of books. When she is not sharing her favorite reads with customers, or mentally casting actors to play the characters in her next novel, she enjoys hanging out with those she loves most.
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