Urban Mermaid: Tails From Colony Island, Book One by Howard ParsonsUrban Mermaid: Tails From Colony Island, Book One by Howard Parsons

Urban Mermaid: Tails From Colony Island, Book One

byHoward ParsonsCover design byIlsie Om

Paperback | November 27, 2015

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Ever since Penelope Tench was in grade school, she knew there was no one living on Colony Island she was interested in choosing as a mate. There were feral boys-merfolk who lived in the ocean-but they were not a viable choice. Penelope could only spend three days at sea before wanting to return home to her warm bed and a hot meal. She wanted to find a mate and have a family someday, like most females, with or without scales, but as she grew up, her chances lessened, as there seemed to be only one option left-and mermaids were strongly advised not fall to in love with humans. After graduating with a degree in Finance, she began living a very lonely and isolated life in the city and shut out her family and friends. Even though she had a job lined up, she felt there was no future for her-anywhere. While spending a day in the ocean, Penelope lay under a dock contemplating her life. She was about to return to the city, catch a flight to the desert, and end things, when a human male walked out on the pier. Instead of hiding, she popped above the surface, gave him a scare, and then proceeded to chat with him for a bit before disappearing underwater. She'd enjoyed herself so much, she decided she would stick around a bit longer. Penelope reported for her new job the next morning, and found her temporary desk was right next to the Assistant Comptroller, Peter MacPherson. They immediately recognized each other from the previous day, and although she wanted to flee, a series of circumstances kept her at the company. Peter assured her he'd keep her secret safe, and subsequently volunteered to make her weekend swims enjoyable again by handling all the logistics-motels, meals, and safe and secure drop-offs and pick-ups. Over the next couple months, Penelope began enjoying being a mermaid again. Then, following a knock-down, drag-out debate with herself, she realized she had feelings for Peter, and decided she would go out in a blaze of glory and get into bed with a human.

Title:Urban Mermaid: Tails From Colony Island, Book OneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:452 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.01 inPublished:November 27, 2015Publisher:Gazebo Gardens Publishing,LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1938281721

ISBN - 13:9781938281723


Table of Contents

PROLOGUE                                1

CHAPTER ONE                          6

CHAPTER TWO                       15

CHAPTER THREE                   19

CHAPTER FOUR                     30

CHAPTER FIVE                       43

CHAPTER SIX                         54

CHAPTER SEVEN                   65

CHAPTER EIGHT                    73

CHAPTER NINE                       82

CHAPTER TEN                        96

CHAPTER ELEVEN               109

CHAPTER TWELVE               115

CHAPTER THIRTEEN            130


CHAPTER FIFTEEN               158

CHAPTER SIXTEEN               171


CHAPTER EIGHTEEN           195

CHAPTER NINETEEN            211

CHAPTER TWENTY               223










CHAPTER THIRTY                 354






EPILOGUE                             433

ABOUT THE AUTHOR           439

Editorial Reviews

“This story illustrates Howard Parsons' extensive research and all of the years he's spent reading and reviewing other Mer tales. The author has sketched out Colony Island in such a way, that I can see the little shops, the beachfronts, and also the Mer who secretly make up this quaint beach town. The mermaid mythology in Urban Mermaid is completely unique and unexpected. Pen and Peter have a love story all their own. Congratulations, Howard Parsons. You've created a very distinct little world with a seemingly normal and average couple who turn out to be anything but by the story's end.”—Emm Cole, award-winningauthor of the Merminia series and The Short Life of Sparrows "Urban Mermaidis smartly written with the added benefit of breaking away from many of the clichés that are common with this theme of story, while still maintaining the core folklore most mer fans are hoping to see. If you are craving an entirely new mermaid experience, by all means, read thisbook.”—Paige Blue, author of Finding Summerland "This is not your average paranormal or fantasy novel, reading more like a contemporary romance with a side of mermaid tails. The problems facing our “urban mermaid” are more of the everyday and urbane sort, and both Penelope’s insecurities and Peter’s are the same ones that face us all. The author gives readers a fresh interpretation of mermaid culture as not so different from the rest of America, dealing with the more unique aspects in a totally matter-of-fact way. A fresh, interesting mermaid story that kept me reading and rooting for that happily-ever-after.”—Katie O'Sullivan, author of Son of a Mermaid "Packed full of merfolk lore, Urban Mermaidis a must read for mermaid fans out there. I won't spoil much, but let me just say, when I finished reading it, I wanted to go swimming and find a mermate of my own.”—K. Lynn Adams, author of The Father of the Wolf "Urban Mermaidis unlike any other mermaid book I've ever read. His book isn't even a half-cousin to any of them. There are no off-the wall names, there's no royalty, there are no sparkles, there's no slack-jawed human. Howard doesn't need tsunamis and royal weddings and octopus-people or seahorses named Glimmer to make you fall in love with his characters. They are realistic, flawed, lovely, and practically peel themselves off the page and wiggle into the sea with their believability." —S.K. Munt, author of The Fairytail Saga