Dreaming of the Sea

Once Upon a Time Today

Book 2
Half-Faerie Publishing
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After her drug-addicted mother dies, Miriam is placed in a convent by social services. For awhile, the sheltered existence is her haven. However, her sanctuary begins to stifle the day she comes across an employment ad for a caretaker in a local paper.

Like Miriam, Gertrude was an orphan. Now she's the sea witch. A long time ago, she saved the mer kingdom from extinction. As payment, she demanded the service of the mer king's second son—and every second son thereafter.

Cole is the third second son to serve the sea witch. He would do anything to return to the sea.

Dreaming of the Sea is a retelling of Han's Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid."

Once Upon a Time Today is a collection of contemporary fairy tale retellings for those who have already left home. The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales is a prelude to the collection and includes the three short stories:

"The Girl Who Watched for Elves"

"The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes"

"The Girl Who Couldn't Sing" 

Once Upon a Time Today novellas:

Beautiful Beautiful

Dreaming of the Sea

The Tree Hugger

I Am Lily Dane


Tags: Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Hans Christian Andersen, Happily Ever After, Literature, Magic, Magical Realism, Mermaid, Metaphysical, Novella, Once Upon a Time, Orphan, Paranormal, Romance, Runaway, Short Read, Spirituality, Supernatural, The Little Mermaid, Women’s Fiction

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About the author

Heidi Garrett writes metaphysical and visionary fiction in the epic fantasy and contemporary fairy tale genres.

She's the author of the Daughter of Light series, a fantasy about a young half-faerie, half-mortal searching for her place in the Whole. She's also the author of the contemporary fairy tale novella collection, Once Upon a Time Today. In these stand-alone retellings of popular and obscure fairy tales, adult characters navigate the deep woods of the modern landscape to find their Happily Ever Afters.

Heidi has also collaborated with B. J. Limpin on the yummy paranormal romance, Cupcakes & Kisses.

Visit Heidi's blog at www.heidigarrett.com or signup for her sporadic newsletter at http://eepurl.com/wWKUj.

Heidi was born in Texas, and in an attempt to reside in as many cities in that state as she could, made it to Houston, Lubbock, Austin, and El Paso. After spending a decade in Southern California, she now lives in Eastern Washington state with her husband, their two cats, her laptop, and her Kindle. Being from the South, she often contemplates the magic of snow.

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Publisher
Half-Faerie Publishing
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Published on
May 21, 2014
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Pages
212
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Sea Stories
Fiction / Visionary & Metaphysical
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Kerrin Mayham's eye for beauty has shaped her life. Now a mother, she wants to teach her daughter that beauty can be both nourishing and treacherous. However, Mirabella is far too young to hear the truth of her mother's hard-won knowledge, so Kerrin wraps a fantastical bedtime story of magic shoes, enchanted oak trees, witches, and sad kings around actual events. 

As mother tells the story and daughter interjects, Kerrin returns to her past when she was at the pinnacle of her career as an independent film director. Seduced by a beautiful young predator, she takes a risk that puts her life in danger and shakes the core of her identity. Finally forced to ask the hard questions about the demons that drive her, Kerrin doesn't flinch. Her honest answers deepen her experience of life--and her eye for beauty. 

The novella is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "Beautiful." 
Once Upon a Time Today is a collection of contemporary fairy tale retellings for those who have already left home. The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales is a prelude to the collection and includes the three short stories: 

"The Girl Who Watched for Elves"

"The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes"

"The Girl Who Couldn't Sing" 

The novellas:

Beautiful Beautiful

Dreaming of the Sea

The Tree Hugger

I Am Lily Dane


Tags: Beauty, Bedtime Stories, Career, Domestic Violence, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, Happily Ever After, Literature, Magic, Magical Realism, Mother & Daughter, New Adult, Novella, Once Upon a Time, Short Read, Women’s Fiction

Kerrin Mayham's eye for beauty has shaped her life. Now a mother, she wants to teach her daughter that beauty can be both nourishing and treacherous. However, Mirabella is far too young to hear the truth of her mother's hard-won knowledge, so Kerrin wraps a fantastical bedtime story of magic shoes, enchanted oak trees, witches, and sad kings around actual events. 

As mother tells the story and daughter interjects, Kerrin returns to her past when she was at the pinnacle of her career as an independent film director. Seduced by a beautiful young predator, she takes a risk that puts her life in danger and shakes the core of her identity. Finally forced to ask the hard questions about the demons that drive her, Kerrin doesn't flinch. Her honest answers deepen her experience of life--and her eye for beauty. 

The novella is a retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale "Beautiful." 
Once Upon a Time Today is a collection of contemporary fairy tale retellings for those who have already left home. The Girl Who Believed in Fairy Tales is a prelude to the collection and includes the three short stories: 

"The Girl Who Watched for Elves"

"The Girl Who Dreamed of Red Shoes"

"The Girl Who Couldn't Sing" 

The novellas:

Beautiful Beautiful

Dreaming of the Sea

The Tree Hugger

I Am Lily Dane


Tags: Beauty, Bedtime Stories, Career, Domestic Violence, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Fiction, Film, Happily Ever After, Literature, Magic, Magical Realism, Mother & Daughter, New Adult, Novella, Once Upon a Time, Short Read, Women’s Fiction

“Melia remains an engrossing protagonist … Garrett’s prose is, once again, lyrical and serene … A stirring, satisfying ending to an epic, otherworldly series.” —Kirkus Reviews


In a time when the Realm of Faerie and Planet Earth exist in symbiotic union, the epic journey of a young half-faerie woman will transform the future of both worlds.


My name is Melia Albiana and I stand on the edge of the abyss.

Before I leap, I exhale a breath out of time.

The beauty of the Whole unfurls before me—its intricacy, its complexity, its endurance, its mystery, its majesty.

I am filled with awe.

The universal awareness passes and I am left with the poverty of my personal legacy.

I will die young.

I will die broken.I will die grief-stricken.

I will die lonely.And I will die a monster.

I will also die consumed by love.


Whimsical and edgy, Daughter of Light is an epic fantasy with an intriguing cosmology and well-developed characters for readers of all ages.


Praise for the Daughter of Light fantasy trilogy:


Isolt’s Enchantment, the beginnings (Prequel Novella)

I loved the beauty of the world when Vulcan first meets Una, and I especially enjoyed the explanation of Umbra. Isolt’s vengeance was absolutely delicious, and I could recommend this book based solely on that scene. —Erica at Fantasy Book Lane


Half Faerie, Book 1

I found myself sharing emotions with several characters and my husband would walk by just shaking his head, he doesn’t understand books and what they can do. I highly recommend this book. I want to thank Heidi Garrett for making my otherwise boring life so exciting with her books, I am loving it, every single minute! Five stars for Half Faerie. —KJ at Kj Reads A Lot


Half Mortal, Book 2

The pace picks up quite a bit as the stakes are raised in Half Mortal, the second book in this epic coming of age fantasy trilogy. I can totally understand why the comparison to LoTR has been drawn, as Melia and her cohorts battle numerous foes as they attempt to make things right- in both realms.—Mama Reads, Hazel Reads


War & Grace,  Book 3

There are multiple skirmishes and face-offs and each one was delicious in its own right. Anton, Umbra, Lilliane…even Melia has some internal conflict to deal with before anything can be concluded. Each one is given their own turn, and. It. Is. Magnificent. I have been very dramatically disappointed with series ends before ... and I was so happy that the Daughters of Light series was not one. By far my favorite book in the series... —Brenda Ayala

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