A good friend and brilliant writer, Joanne Guidoccio, has come out with a sequel to her wonderful take on the Little Mermaid. So today, she revisits the mermaid that prove fairy tales are also for grown-ups!
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Before writing my novels, I like to interview the characters. Here’s what Barbara had to say at the beginning of The Coming of Arabella.
Refresh our memory. Tell us about your first love.
You mean my first infatuation…lust…love mistake. I’m not really sure how to describe Andrew Bradley III. Suffice it to say, he charmed a naive mermaid (ME) into giving up her tail. And when Grandmother transformed me into an overweight, middle-aged woman, Andrew abandoned me on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England. Practically destitute, I had to rely upon a magic tablet and the kindness of Lisa738 (my Numbers mermaid).
You’ve done a wonderful job of reinventing yourself–career counselor, bestselling author, and corporate trainer. What’s next?
I hope to write more books and continue working as a trainer at Eagle Vision. I’m truly blessed to have a career where I can help women, especially boomers, reinvent themselves.
Back to your love life. I hear congratulations are in order.
Thanks. I’m so blessed to have met Graham Scott. We went through a rocky patch last year, but we have reconciled and dealt with most of our issues. We’re having our engagement party tonight.
Most of your issues…What’s still outstanding?
Well…huh…I haven’t told him about my mermaid origins. We are compatible in so many ways, but I don’t know how he’ll respond.
Do you plan to tell him?
Yes, but not until after tomorrow’s wine-tasting tour. We’ve got a wonderful weekend organized, and I don’t want anything to interfere with all that perfection. Life is good!
On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but her special day is already wrought with tension. Barbara has yet to reveal her mermaid origins to her fiancé. So, when Arabella, the gorgeous sister whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of emotion is released.
Relationships falter and careers stall as envy stirs in the hearts of the sisters. On the verge of meltdown, Barbara flees to Arizona hoping for a reprieve. There, she finds solace at a retreat for ex-mermaids and a second chance at love with a charismatic preacher. As she contemplates a new life in the desert paradise of Sedona, shocking secrets emerge and tragedy strikes.
Arabella threw back her shoulders and gazed down at Barbara. With her heels, she was almost a head taller. “What I need is a relationship with you.”
“A relationship with me?” Barbara repeated. She had been prepared for almost any response but not that one.
“That’s right. BFFs, soul sisters, whatever you want to call those tight bonds these humans have.”
Barbara’s eyes widened. “Do you even know or understand the concept of BFF?”
“Of course, I do. A BFF is a best friend forever. You’re my twin sister. You can’t get any closer than that.”
“It doesn’t work that way,” Barbara said. “You can’t order up BFFs. Friends have the same value systems and look out for each other. I can’t imagine you doing that for me.”
“Or you doing that for me,” Arabella said. “Mama’s explained all the reasons you’ve been avoiding me, and I do understand the envy and bitterness.” She shuddered. “I can’t imagine losing everything like you did. I don’t know what I would do. But that’s neither here or there. I’m a part of your life, whether you like it or not. And I’m not going anywhere. So, you better start being nice to me.”
“Are you threatening me?”
Arabella smiled and tossed her hair. “Everyone in your circle likes me. How would it look if you ignored me?”
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In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.
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