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Ocean's Gift (Ocean's Gift Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Demelza Carlton
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Book Description

A bestselling paranormal romance and sea adventure, weaving mermaids, mythology, folklore and fantasy into modern day Australia. You'll be hooked.

Mermaids don't fall in love with humans. For centuries it has been so...
But Sirena is different. She lost her first love to sharks and a storm, cursing the islands that stole him from her.
Times have changed and she must swim ashore once more, to the islands she once cursed. Gone are the boats powered by sail and steam - jet boats with GPS are now the order of the day.
Enter Joe, the deckhand on the Dolphin. A handy man to have around when the lights go out. He'll fix your generator and have the lights back on in no time, no worries. But can he seduce a siren?
Or will she swim away before he can uncover her secret?
A book about lobsters, beer and boobs, on some cursed islands off the coast of Western Australia. At least, that's how Joe tells it.
For Sirena, it's a very different story.

A tiny taste of what's in store:

The boat was almost full of water now, I realised in panic, as I groped for a bucket to start bailing. Throwing bucket after bucket overboard, I couldn't tell if I was making any difference to the water level in the boat.
One moment I was holding the bucket, about to scoop up more water, the next I was flying through the air. Immersed in cold, black water, I couldn't see the surface. I struggled, kicking in the direction I thought was up, and hit a rock. I jerked back reflexively and my head cleared the water. I gulped a huge lungful of air and grabbed for the rock. I had to hold on 'til daylight.
Another big wave broke. I tried to keep hold of the slimy rock, but I was pushed out of reach, drifting in the current. I tried to kick my legs, but I wasn't sure if I did. I couldn't feel my feet and the numbness was creeping up my legs.
I could hear the breakers on the outer reef, louder than they were from shore. I could feel the spray on my face. A wave washed over me and I was under the water again.
I thought I could feel someone beside me, rolling me over so my face was at the surface, pulling my body through the water.
All I could hear was an unearthly singing, high and sad, like some kind of suicidal dolphin. I could say I blacked out, but everything was already so black I wouldn't have noticed the difference.
I checked out of Hotel Consciousness. At least I got to dream of Vanessa naked.

Ocean's Gift series

This is the first book in Demelza Carlton's Ocean's Gift series, which currently includes:
  • Ocean's Gift (Book 1)
  • Ocean's Infiltrator (Book 2)
  • Water and Fire
You'll never look at mermaids the same way again.

Books In This Series (2 Books)
Complete Series

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    About the Author

    Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.

    She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.

    Sensationalist spin? Hardly. She takes a camera with her to capture shots to share. She asserts that sharks are camera shy.

    Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world. The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy.

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    Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish.

    She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below.

    Sensationalist spin? No - Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all.

    Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.

    The Ocean's Gift series was her first foray into fiction, followed by the Nightmares trilogy. She swears the Mel Goes to Hell series ambushed her on a crowded train and wouldn't leave her alone.

    The suggested reading order for each series is as follows:

    Turbulence and Triumph series:
    Ocean's Justice
    Ocean's Trial
    (How To Catch Crabs)
    Ocean's Triumph
    Ocean's Ride
    Ocean's Cage
    Ocean's Birth

    Ocean's Gift series:
    Ocean's Gift
    Ocean's Infiltrator
    Water and Fire
    Ocean's Depths (to be released in 2016)

    Nightmares Trilogy:
    Nightmares of Caitlin Lockyer
    Necessary Evil of Nathan Miller
    Afterlife of Alanna Miller

    Romance Island Resort series:
    Maid for the Rock Star
    The Rock Star's Email Order Bride

    Mel Goes to Hell series:
    Welcome to Hell
    See You in Hell
    Mel Goes to Hell
    To Hell and Back
    The Holiday From Hell

    If you'd like more information about the background behind her books, you can visit her website at:

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    4.5 out of 5 stars
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Surprise from the Deep 7 Jan. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    A delightful twist on a legendary tale.
    The characters are very well depicted and makes you want to find out how they get on. From the loveable Joe to the fiery Belinda, each have a personality that fits seamlessly throughout.

    Vanessa and Joe's relationship is fraught with mishaps, danger and insecurity. You can't help but turn the page and watch it develop.

    I would love to have read more about Belinda and some of the others of their kind and hope that someday the author will indulge us with more tales from the Ocean's depths.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars An enticing read. 27 Jan. 2013
    By Hellvis
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    The Ocean's Gift is a well spun, enthralling tale. Demelza Carlton has the ability to paint a vividly detailed picture with her words without bogging the reader down - by the end of the book I felt like I could actually have been there, watching the waves... The Author's take on how longer lived beings who are more 'in tune' with our world view the human race gives cause to stop and think. If we lived longer, would we treat our planet differently? Would we strive to do better? In this story (which I hope is a prequel for more tales to come) the charachters come to life with a personality each their own as if trapping the reader in a Siren's song.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Birds, Booze, & Boobs! 31 Jan. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Well what more can a bloke ask for, eh?

    That's right, I'm a bloke and I've read a book about mermaids... I'll tell you something else as well, it's a bloody good read and I'll definitely be on the lookout for future titles in the series!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Oceania 21 Jun. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Ocean’s Gift

    I liked Water and Fire but I loved Ocean’s Gift. It was fascinating seeing Belinda in her mermaid setting, as I had got to know her in the first novel even though I knew little of her background. But in this novel, I adored the character of Vanessa. She had an innocence and yet a matriarchal power that was really enticing. I felt as though there was opportunity to really get to know her. Demelza Carlton has struck the perfect balance between the archetypal view of mermaids and that of the sirens of old, blending the two to make a tender and yet dangerous species of females.
    The storyline is awesome and frighteningly plausible. The earth is dying and nature will have seen the tell-tale signs long before man pulls his head out of the TV and realises it.
    Joe is a decent man in a world full of typically bawdy males. He is solid and honourable and bashful without losing any of his sex appeal. He is reassuringly male without the unappealing baseness of the other fishermen, which is probably why Vanessa picks him. The mermaid race seeks liaison with men as a duty but Vanessa is different. She has previously known love and it presents a vulnerability within an otherwise fearsome character portrayal.
    I love how truly Australian this novel is. It has all the raw beauty of a stunning corner of the world. I appreciated the descriptions of the geography and the oceans; they were colourful and well-drawn and made the reader feel as though they were taking part in the novel. I was there in Joe’s hut and Vanessa’s boat. I liked this novel enough to read it in one sitting, not wanting to put it down and miss anything.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Mermaid Sensuality! 28 Feb. 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Never having read a book that has mermaids as main characters, and being a huge fan of all things "ocean", I was really primed for a great paranormal--romance--thriller story. Trust me; these days those are not mutually exclusive terms. Ms Carlton certainly delivered the romance and paranormal, but for me, not so much the thriller.

    "Ocean's Gift" was a fun and easy read. The characters were all very well developed and the story, told primarily from two POV's--Joe and Belinda, was as expected from a talented writer such as Ms. Carlton; that is, exceptionally well done. I would rate the love scenes between Joe and Vanessa PG, but I can imagine that others will find them solidly at the "R" rating level. I was looking forward to following to conclusion the premise that was established early in the book. The mermaids, worried about global warming and other environmental changes that could kill off mankind wanted to gain information, that only human technology could provide, in order to help save the world and humankind. Doing so would also save themselves, as the mermaids required human males for the reproduction of their own kind. The story, however, gets so caught up in the love affair of Joe and Vanessa that the main plot line becomes mostly blurred and lost in the bedroom (several times), the boat and the airfield.

    Though I missed a clearly defined conclusion to the premise and found some of the book to be redundant; it's obvious that Ms Carlton knows the seas. Those parts of the story that talk about swimming with dolphins, fighting sharks, or the taste, smell and beauty of the oceans are alone well worth the read.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Ocean's Gift 21 July 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Demelza Carlton
    Ocean's Gift
    Ocean's Gift, #1

    This is definitely not your typical mermaid story, and had a slightly more real feel to it (I know, I sometimes live in an imaginary bubble where all these creatures are real). It was a little hard to read in the beginning, but once I got used to the author's writing style and the characters it started to flow more smoothly (it only took a few chapters and the chapters are all pretty short). Each chapter alternates between the 4 main characters POV, which I loved, because I got to see the whole picture and with some chapters being as little as 2/3 pages long, the story was definitely fast moving never giving me time to get bored. I could clearly see the increasing development of the characters throughout the book, and although some of the descriptive nature was a little more than needed, I didn't find this subtracted from the storyline and could read over it easily enough.

    Vanessa ("AKA Sirena") and her daughters Maria & Belinda ("AKA Apalala") have been tasked with finding out if the humans know anything about the changes that are happening on the sea beds which could disrupt the mermaid's way of life. Maria has an obvious distrust of humans, which is interesting to read about and all their thoughts / explanations of human things is amusing. The family is no different to any other family, with Maria & Belinda questioning things and not understanding why Vanessa is so taken with Joe. Overall I enjoyed the book, and would happily continue reading the series.

    I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and sexy read
    After reading the Ocean's Gift-Turbulence and Triumph prequel series, I was eager to dig into the next part of the series. I was not disappointed. Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Kim Murphy
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry wrong way round, of course I read this ...
    Sorry wrong way round, of course I read this book before Oceans Infiltrator, and it was what made me want to read on. I look forward to her next book due this year.
    Published 9 months ago by Mr. Mann
    4.0 out of 5 stars I would have liked to know a bit more about them
    (I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

    (This review may contain spoilers). Read more
    Published 10 months ago by Sarah
    4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
    I read Carlton's amazing 'Water and Fire' novella before picking this up and I will admit to not reading the synopsis of this book so I was expecting Belinda to feature more... Read more
    Published 13 months ago by chettsgenie
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical Romance
    I usually stay away from romance novels, to be honest, as I imagine a lot of male readers do, but this one has a lot going for the discerning reader, all alleged gender biases... Read more
    Published 15 months ago by Dean
    5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely flow
    The relationship between Vanessa and Joe is something, mermaid's aside; anyone in a relationship can attune to, as they both feel so very real. Read more
    Published 16 months ago by g.h.bright
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beer, Boobs, Lobster & Chili
    This isn't the first of Ms. Carlton's books that I've had the pleasure of reading. To be honest, I've read her Water & Fire novella prior to reading Ocean's Gift as well as her... Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Carey Decevito
    5.0 out of 5 stars Do you believe in Mermaids?
    I will admit, Ocean’s Gift isn’t my usual kind of read, as people who know me will tell you, but I loved the synopsis and I had heard some really good things about Demelza’s... Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Sylv
    3.0 out of 5 stars Solid work yet unfulfilled potential
    I leapt straight into this book without so much as a glance at the blurb, surfacing on page two to find myself in the company of mermaids. Yup, MERMAIDS. Read more
    Published 19 months ago by Fute
    5.0 out of 5 stars Magical!
    This is a wonderful tale which introduces some amazing characters.

    I loved Joe, he was so down to earth and the kind of bloke you'd be happy to bring home to meet your... Read more
    Published 20 months ago by Sophia Gampton
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