There were no rations aboard the small boat, no sails, not even rows. It was just a plain old little dinghy. Lamark was surely doomed to perish out in the middle of the ocean. The only question was whether he would starve or be shark food.
His absolute failure as a pirate loomed over him like a storm cloud.
He couldn’t swashbuckle, pillage, or plunder. Swabbing the decks, one of the simplest tasks, caused him regular injuries. He couldn’t snarf grog like a regular pirate, unless he wanted to accidentally hurt himself or others.
He couldn’t even swim.
Ramey was right. Lamark really was the Failure Phalen, the most clumsy and mocked pirate on the seas.
That’s how Lamark would be known, were his name to appear in any recountings at all, which he knew was unlikely. No one would remember the clumsy, useless, lowly Lamark.
Letting out a heavy breath, Lamark leaned back in the boat, resting his hands behind his head and pulling his hat over his eyes to keep the sun out of them. He was jolted from his doze when the boat jostled. He yipped and sat up quickly, only to find the dinghy had hit a solitary rock in the ocean. No land around.
When Lamark turned to survey the damage to the dinghy, praying there were no leaks, he gasped at the sight of a person restrained in some netting caught on the rocks.
Wait… Was that a man? He had a shimmering green tail in place of where his legs ought to be.
Merpeople were just old sailor’s tales, stories told to young naive sailors and children. Or so Lamark had always thought.
Yet here he was staring right at a merman in the flesh—and fins.
Bits of his hair were matted against his face, partially dry from being above water for so long. His deep, sea blue eyes were wide with fright, and his chest rose up and down at an alarming rate. He was scared to death, the poor mate.
How did he even get into this mess, caught up in these nets and out here all alone?
Lamark pulled his dagger from his belt, and the merman’s pants grew more panicked. He wriggled desperately in the nets, trying to get free. Continue reading “Blog Tour ~ Into The Deep by Amara Lynn (Review + Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway)”