Name: Marilyn Peake
Title: Mermaid in the Summer of Burning Water
Genre: YA Fantasy
Dear Ms. LaPolla:
With the help of a mermaid who washes up on shore following an oil spill, three teenagers uncover deeply hidden family secrets, including that of a drowned twin.
In the dead of night, a deepwater oil rig explodes. Workers fall from the platform. The sky bursts into continuous flame and the stars are obliterated from view. Military personnel are sent in to keep reporters and locals away. By morning, oil coats the sea and fish float on the surface. Dispersants are dumped into the water.
Three local teenagers – Shrimp, Raine and Noah – sneak onto the beach one night. Finding an unconscious mermaid lying facedown in the sand, they try to roll her over. As the mixture of oil, dispersant and the natural coating on her scales soaks into their fingertips, they experience a heightening of all their senses. Over the next few months, they see and hear things they never noticed before, symptoms of deeply buried family secrets, including the accidental death of a twin. When the mermaid awakens, she offers the teenagers a chance to heal their families and bring the oil company to justice.
MERMAID IN THE SUMMER OF BURNING WATER is a 58,000-word YA Fantasy novel.
I’m the author of three small press novels and short stories published in anthologies. I’m also a contributor to BOOK: THE SEQUEL published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of my submissions included in serialization at THE DAILY BEAST. My writing has won numerous awards, including the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, EPPIE Awards, and Dream Realm Awards.
Thank you very much for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.