Arms of the Ocean
Jamie Webster, M. Dalto
Published by: Parliament House
Publication date: July 7th, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult
Nineteen-year-old Tristaine lived a life of bitterness. When her mother abandoned her family, and her father began drinking, Tris discovered the only thing that truly brought her happiness: the sea.
It called to her like a lover and flowed through her like a life force. When her only peace is threatened to be taken away, Tris realizes there is nothing she wouldn’t do to remain with the ocean.
Even if it means taking her own life to do so.
But the sea isn’t done with her -not yet- and Tris soon finds herself submerged in a world where love, betrayal, and honor stand stronger than any other force of nature.
Lips that were suddenly very, very close to my own.I reeled back, kicking my legs in the sand, doing everything in my power to distance myself from this stranger.This stranger who knelt upon the beach, bare chested in only a pair of tight, dark pants, wet and slick from the ocean’s water.As if he had just emerged from a swim.As if he had just saved me.“Who…who are you?” I asked hoarsely, but my bodybetrayed me, and I resumed coughing. Everything hurt, and all I could do was curl my body around itself to keep it in check.“Just take deep breaths,” was all he said as he came up next to me, one of his strong arms draping over my shoulders as I tried to do as he instructed.In through my nose, out through my mouth.After a few repetitions, the coughing ceased, and I was able to uncoil myself. I kept my knees drawn to my chest for comfort as I continued to breathe, focusing on the ocean before me to help me regain my composure.I had jumped from the cliff.I was going to end it. Everything.But he had saved me.“Who are you?” I asked again, trying to remain calm.“By the looks of it, I’m your salvation.” He smiled, showing me a mouth full of white teeth, smooth as mother- of-pearl.“But…why?” I asked breathlessly. I hadn’t asked to be saved, and yet…“Why does anyone need saving?” he asked quietly, and I swore he leaned in closer. My attention returned to those eyes.“I didn’t ask for your help.” My heart—my broken, shattered heart—began pounding in my chest.“You didn’t have to.”His lips were abruptly upon mine, crashing into me like the waves upon the rocks.Adrenaline soared through my veins, spurring me to return his kiss, even as my mind tried to protest.He tasted of the sea and the salt and the sunlight.He was everything I wanted and needed in my bitter, desolate life.All that was to be taken away from me was right here, before me.
Jamie Webster is an Adult Fantasy writer who recalls writing stories as early as ten. She first began writing fanfiction, though she typically created an original character to follow. In high school, she began to create her own fantasy worlds and roleplayed on Yahoo Groups and AIM. In her adult years, she has completed four books as well as written for several publications including a blog, Trials, and Tribulations, for her local newspaper as well as articles on writing and book reviews for Fantasy-Faction.
Jamie received her B.A. in English with a focus in Creative Writing from UMaine and an MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. She does most of her drafting during NaNoWriMo and fancies herself as the hybrid plantser. Her passion is reading, writing, crocheting and playing video games. She currently lives in Maine with her three children, Corgi, Mini Aussie, and a plethora of other animals that she’d rather not admit to.
M. Dalto is a bestselling New Adult author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories, having won a Watty award for excellence in digital storytelling for her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, in 2016. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.