The fourth release in the Falling in Deep Collection is Deep Breath, by J.M. Miller! (That’s me!)
Before disappearing at sea, Marissa Pruitt’s father—a once revered marine archaeologist—walked the line of insanity, claiming to have seen a mermaid during an ordinary dive in the Gulf of Mexico. He abandoned his life and career, completely obsessed with chasing the truth.
It’s been years since his death, and Marissa is still tormented by countless unanswered questions. When she finds dive coordinates and a stone pendant hidden in her father’s things, she asks for help from his old protégé and sets out to give her father one last goodbye and maybe find closure for her troubled heart. Instead, she finds the truth he’d been searching for all along, with a life and love she never could have imagined. But there’s a price to see it all, one set by betrayal and paid with an anchor at her feet and salt water in her lungs.
Marissa inhaled her first breath from the bailout bottle, hard and deep, and held it as she jerked at the chains for escape. Holding a breath while diving was not the best idea. It led to more recovery breaths, wasting more air. But, with a limited capacity bottle, she had to take the risk. She needed more time.
A lock fastened the chain tight around her ankles. She hooked her fingers into the links and yanked, but there was no way to slip the chain off. Still falling deeper, dread and panic twisted her insides and knocked her heartbeat loudly inside her ears. Fear overrode every bit of calm, crushing it like a tin can.
The anchor hit bottom. Her bare feet followed a moment later, colliding with its metal and the sand below, kicking up a cloud of sediment. She didn’t bother to look around. Her focus was only on the chain, but that didn’t keep her brain from wondering what was around her. The light from the surface was weak, dispersing through the water with only a faint glow. It was some reassurance that there were fewer predators around to smell the blood from the cut on her head. That light and reassurance would be gone soon enough, though. She wouldn’t last to see it go completely dark. She’d either be topside or dead.
Her heartbeat pounded on, a clock counting down to her fate. It screamed for her the words she couldn’t speak. It screamed for the air she couldn’t freely take.
- What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?
I’m a Disney kid at heart, so I will have to say The Little Mermaid. I actually saw it in the theater when it was released. *cough* Don’t guess my age. *cough* I also have a Sebastian figurine that chills on a bookshelf in my office.
- What was the inspiration for your mermaid novella?
Some interesting pins on Pinterest caught my eye. I knew I’d stay more contemporary, but I also wanted to take a different approach and put my own spin on merlife. Things kind of moved along from there.
- Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?
Marissa Pruitt – Ashley Greene
Dylan Mitchell – Taylor Kitsch
Darci Barington– Milla Jovovich
Nick Pruitt – Gerard Butler
- What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?
Research. It’s always challenging and time consuming.
- Ursula or Ariel?
Ariel. I usually route for the underdog.
- What else should we know about your novella?
It has a strong family theme. I really enjoyed writing the death scenes. It may sound morbid, but it’s fun to explore all the emotions and expressions involved.
About the Author (Me!)
J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida. When she isn’t busy being distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult romance novels that vary in genre from contemporary to paranormal, with a little mystery thrown in for fun.
Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.
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