Grim and Sinister Delight
Lyric waits twenty-five years to rise to the water’s surface with his father’s permission. When he finally breaches the ocean, he unexpectedly sees a most breathtaking human. A rogue wave destroys the human’s boat, and Lyric saves him, taking him to land. Since that fateful day, Lyric longs to find his human once more. He is even prepared to make a great sacrifice to finally meet him again. Ethan Turmont comes from a family of fantasy hunters, or at least that’s what the locals call them. His father has always been adamant that mermaids exist, and he has searched the ocean for years, looking for the mythical creature that made them the laughing stock of their town. A night out in the boat leaves Ethan fatherless after a storm, but it makes him as determined as his father once was to solve the oceanic mystery. He knows a merman saved his life, once upon a time, even if his friends think he’s gone as crazy as his father. When Ethan meets a voiceless man, there’s something familiar about him, and he’s more beautiful than any woman Ethan has admired. He’s never been attracted to a man before. Between his newfound desire for someone of the same gender, and his obsession with finding the merman who saved his life—so he can take his tail as proof—Ethan has a new view on life.
available on the 30th October, 2020
You can find the story here: mybook.to/amermanstail
Hello everyone, my name is M.D. Gregory, also known as Meg Bawden, and I’m here today to share an excerpt from my latest release, A Merman’s Tail. Based on The Little Mermaid fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, this story is a dark and twisted version with murder and kink.
The witch wasn’t anything like I’d imagined. He wasn’t green, but he wasn’t pretty, either. Scars crisscrossed his face and his eyes were strange: one a vibrant green and the other a strange red. Were his disfigurements the consequences of practicing with dark magic?
“Why are you here, little prince?” The witch sneered, nostrils flaring in irritation. He wasn’t ugly, even with the scars and weird eyes. He had a handsome face and soft jaw, and a muscular chest with skin a shade lighter than mine. Definitely not green.
“I want legs,” I announced as confidently as I could.
The witch grunted and flicked his tail, swimming toward what looked like a chair made of stone. He sat, resting his elbow on the arm, and stroked his chin. His deep red hair was cut short like mine, and I’d never seen anything quite like it before. “And why would you want that?”
“I want to be a human and live above the surface. I’ve met the man I will marry.”
“Marry?” The witch laughed, and I cringed at how mocking it sounded. “You poor, innocent child. Humans are no better than merfolk, if not worse.” His top lip curled and the puckered skin of a scar that swept over his mouth upturned with it. “Love is a trap.”
“I want to be a human,” I repeated with more force as I swam closer. Raising my chin in determination, I held out my hand to him. “I’ll accept any deal.”
“You fool.” He shook his head and clicked his tongue in a way my mother used to when she was mad at me. “Does your brother know you’re here?”
“My brother?” I furrowed my brows in confusion. “Which one?”
“Wily. He cares deeply about all his brothers. I doubt he’d let you come here.”
My frown deepened. “How do you know Wily?”
The witch snorted and flicked his tail in my direction, and I took it as a gesture that he wanted me to go away. I wasn’t going to do that, though. I’d come here for a reason, and I wasn’t going to leave until I got what I wanted.
“I am a prince of Atlantia. You should do what I say.” I crossed my arms, as though that would make me seem more confident. I’d never used my political power before because I hated being a prince, but I’d do anything to be a human.
He laughed again and cocked his head. “Oh, really? You’re so much like him.”
“Wily?” I asked.
He shook his head and pursed his lips. “Fine. If this is truly what you want, I’ll give it to you.”
Excitement made my skin prickle and I grinned. “Really?”
“Nothing is for free, little prince.” He shot forward and grabbed my chin in his fingers with a hard grip. I gasped, but that only made him tighten his hold. “I’ll give you the legs you want, and the ability to still understand your merfolk family, even as a human, but I want your voice in return.”
“My voice?” I mumbled, eyes widening.
“If you’re so sure this human will love you, make him do it without speaking.” His mouth twisted into a cruel grin. Now I understood what they meant when they said he was ugly because I’d never seen a demented smile like it before. “Your voice for legs.”
I should have said no, but I nodded instead. “Deal.”
I would never forget the way he laughed then.
Naked Ambition by Lisa Henry, With a Twist by Kate Sherwood, Bound by Sean Azinsalt, True Mate’s Kiss by Rorie Kage, The Elves and the Bondage Daddy by JP Sayle, Pied Piper by Emma Jaye, The Devil Told Me by Alexis Jane, Crimson Painted Snow by Brea Alepoú, Shards of Ice by R Phoenix, Beauty Bound by Megs Pritchard, False Feathers by Adara Wolf, The Rejiorling by Leona Windwalker, Consequences of Crying by Abigail Kade, A Merman’s Tale by MD Gregory & The Black Sea by Dora Esquivel
you should check out the readers group for this great collaboration. Along with some other things they have going on, they have this awesome couple of bingo cards, which has prompts for every book in the series.