A Gathering Tempest (Broken Tides)

Written by Catherine Jones Payne

A short-story prequel to BREAKWATER.

A storm is brewing.

Fourteen-year-old Alexander has a secret. Several, in fact. He’s in love with Jade Cleopola. He covers up for his violent, drug-addicted father. And he often goes hungry. His friends at school wouldn’t understand—they’re high-class mer like Jade. But Alexander has bigger problems than the latest gossip and the parties his friends live for. When his father’s irresponsible choices leave Alexander facing a blade-wielding debt collector, Alexander discovers himself trapped in a tangled, ever-tightening net. He must find a way to survive in unfriendly currents.

Even if it means losing her.

Dive into an underwater adventure in Broken Tides, a series of mermaid tales perfect for fans of Carrie Anne Noble, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Donnelly, and Kiera Cass.

PRAISE FOR BREAKWATER BY CATHERINE JONES PAYNE

“A compelling story about helping others at great personal cost. With artful world-building, skillful dialogue, and a powerful message, Breakwater is a book you can immerse yourself in with an ending you won’t believe.” -New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee

“Breakwater has it all: a lifelike merworld, political intrigue, emotional wreckage, and–of course–murder. My only disappointment is having to wait for the sequel!” -Carol Award-winning author Nadine Brandes

“Action. Romance. Political intrigue. And it all happens underwater. In Breakwater, Catherine Jones Payne combines the courage of youth with the polish of a seasoned professional in this stunning debut.” -award-winning author Ben Wolf

“Woven through with intrigue and a touch of romance.” -Carrie Anne Noble, award-winning author of The Mermaid’s Sister

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