Paperback: 234 pages
Publisher: Duet, an imprint of Interlude Press (October 15, 2015)
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Kevin Luong walks to the ocean’s edge with a broken heart. Remembering a legend his mother told him, he lets seven tears fall into the sea. “I just want one summer—one summer to be happy and in love.” Instead, he finds himself saving a mysterious boy from the Pacific—a boy who later shows up on his doorstep professing his love. What he doesn’t know is that Morgan is a selkie, drawn to answer Kevin’s wish. As they grow close, Morgan is caught between the dangers of the human world and his legacy in the selkie community to which he must return at summer’s end.
They wander into the house, wipe their wet feet on the welcome mat, climb up the stairs and giggle as they pass Ann’s bedroom. She’s dancing with her headphones on, oblivious to the open door, swaying to the beat.
In Kevin’s bedroom, he quickly scrounges up some clean shirts and shorts. “Here, you can wear this,” he says, handing an outfit to Morgan and then ducking into his bathroom to change. He peels off the wetsuit and hangs it up in his shower, then leans his surfboard carefully against the wall, eyeing the crack. He’ll have to fix it tomorrow.
When he returns, Morgan is holding onto the wet board shorts, wearing the outfit Kevin gave him. He looks curiously at the rock collection prominently displayed on Kevin’s bookshelf. “These are beautiful,” he says.
“Here, I’ll take that,” Kevin says, holding out his hand for the bedraggled board shorts to hang in his shower. He’s certain now that they’re the ones from the lifeguard’s lost and found. Kevin’s starting to worry that Morgan doesn’t have any other clothes, but he doesn’t know how to bring it up. Money can be a touchy subject.
Morgan holds Kevin’s favorite specimen, a piece of green olivine on basalt. Kevin once almost convinced Ann it was an avocado roll—it certainly looks like one, bright green speckled with sesame seeds, wrapped in dark seaweed.
“That’s from Mexico. My family went on vacation to Baja last year, and I got that out of an old volcano.” He tries his best to describe the sweltering heat and the excitement of finding geodes and cracking them open with a hammer. Morgan listens in rapt silence as Kevin talks about the find and tilts the olivine so it catches the light. He sets it back in its spot behind its label, slowly so as not to disturb the other specimens, and Kevin is quietly pleased with Morgan's careful appreciation.
“I changed my mind,” Kevin blurts out.
“I do want this to be a date. For us, to do that,” he says, blushing. “I like you. A lot.”
Morgan’s face breaks into a bright, happy smile.
“And what do we do differently, for this to be a date?”
Kevin can feel the heat on his cheeks. “We can hold hands, if you like. Um, or kiss, if you want to. But we don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. I’m fine just hanging out and watching a movie with you.”
Morgan tilts his head and steps closer. “I want to,” he says, not specifying what, but Kevin knows immediately.
It’s just the quickest brush of lips, but Kevin feels it all the way to his toes. A warm curl of excitement blooms throughout his body, and Morgan’s mouth is warm and wet against his. It’s not like any kiss he’s had, chaste and sweet and over in a second, and yet his heart is still pounding after Morgan leans back. He’s close enough for Kevin to be able to count the eyelashes dark against his cheek.
Morgan ducks his head and asks, “Was that okay?”
Kevin's a little dazed, but he finds his voice. “Yeah. Yeah, that was great.”
Meet and connect with C. B. Lee: C. B. Lee is a bisexual writer, rock climber and pinniped enthusiast based in California. Lee enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor pursuits. Seven Tears At High Tide is a first novel.
Hello there! Thank you for having me here today. I'm C.B., a bisexual woman who grew up on the California coast. I'm a first generation Asian American and am very excited to introduce more characters whose backgrounds are like my own. My current novel is Seven Tears at High Tide, a story about falling in love and navigating difficult choices.
1) What’s the easiest thing about writing?
The easiest thing is to imagine it in your head and think of what you want-- the hard part comes when you want to translate that into something concrete, get it down on paper.
2) Name one author (living or dead) you’d like to write with?
I very deeply admire the late Terry Pratchett, and would love to write with him and really learn more about his amazing worldbuilding and extensive magic systems. I love his sense of humor and how well crafted all of his novels are; he was such a huge influence on me and I think it would be amazing to work with him.
3) Tell us about your cover and how it came about.
I designed this cover! This was one of the headers I made for my website, and also a graphic to announce the my novel. I wanted something simple that would convey the magic of the story and settled on clean silhouettes that would draw the focus to a dramatic scene; a boy watching a mysterious tail vanish into the sea. Later when I was talking to the publishing team at Duet, they all loved this graphic and with some artistic direction from the amazing C.B. Messer (we share initials, it's a really fun coincidence) we reimagined it to be the cover you see today.
4) Is this book part of a series? Do you have ideas that could make it into a series? If it is a series, tell us a little about it.
Not officially, but I haven't quite closed the door on this universe quite yet! I have a few ideas for a prequel actually, and would love to write about Morgan's older sister Naida, who spent a year on land searching for more information about the scientists who have been hunting the selkies.
5) Word association. Tell us the first thing that comes to mind when you read these words.
Connect with C.B. at cb-lee.com, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/authorcblee,
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Goodreads Link: Goodreads.com/cb-lee.
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