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Cruel and Splendid Mermaids by Julie Catherine

Book & Author Details:
Cruel and Splendid Mermaids by Julie Catherine
(Broken Mermaids, #1)
Publication date: October 17th 2023
Genres: AdultDark FantasyFantasy
Provided by Xpresso Book Tours

Guest Post:
How did I name this book?

I’ve never been great at naming stories. Originally, I was going to call this novel Single, Solo, Loser, Mermaid. That was a phrase from the first chapter that I wrote. It’s accurate. The story is about a girl who is single and feels like a loser because she has yet to lure a man for sex, a benchmark for mermaid success. I liked it because it was pithy and playful, with lots of alliteration with the S’s and L’s, but it was perhaps a bit too whimsical for how dark the story ended up. 

So I went back to the drawing board. 

I knew I wanted the word mermaid right in the title. That’s practical, because it’s all about a woman’s underwater experience, so if you’re not into mermaids this probably isn’t the story for you. Then I started to think about the juxtapositions in the story… the mermaids themselves are highly desirable, but the world they live in is a cold, cruel place. Putting the terms all together to create Cruel and Splendid Mermaids just seemed like a great fit!


For mermaids and humans, the rules are the same: be careful around strangers, be wary of magic and before you dive in, check what’s lurking under the waves.

Nineteen-year-old Ellara Merme’s whole life she’s known one purpose: to mate with men, to procreate, and to bear offspring to fight in Neptune’s underwater army. No problem… There’s just one hiccup. Her siren song doesn’t work.

No one can know.

She’s a broken mermaid with a faulty lure and she has only one week left to make the damaged song work. But all that can change with the ocean’s next deadly storm. Dragged from a shipwreck, mythology says a rescued sailor will be so grateful he’ll fall into anyone’s arms. Even a broken mermaid’s. Still, there’s a reason why merfolk and humans don’t get along. And a lot can go wrong when a girl from the ocean washes up on the shore.

Think mating is easy? Think again.

Cruel and Splendid Mermaids is a first-person dark and playful underwater fantasy. Book one in the Broken Mermaids series.

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Author Bio:

Julie Catherine is an author, screenwriter and playwright.


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11 thoughts on “Ends 11-01 – Cruel and Splendid Mermaids by Julie Catherine Book Tour & Guest Post + $5 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

  1. This is one cleverly written story and in the first person! A mermaid 🧜🏻‍♀️ telling a story? It’s definitely not like the Littlest Mermaid 🧜🏻‍♀️ Thanks for sharing!!

  2. This sounds very unique and unlike any story I read before. I like it. Never read a book based off Mermaids so keen to try

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