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The Dangerous Allure of Mermaids

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Mermaids have never gone out of style. From Ariel in The Little Mermaid to Daryl Hannah’s iconic performance of Madison in Splash, these amphibious beauties have captivated people of all ages for thousands of years. Yet everything from literature dating back centuries to recent films like The Lure and The Lighthouse, and even hit television…

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5 Reasons We Love Contemporary Romance Novels

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As fans of contemporary romance novels, we often feel the need to defend our favorite genre. Even though romance is probably the most popular, best-selling genre, there are many who look down on it. But we know that those who shun the subversive world of romance books are truly missing out. Contemporary romance readers hail…

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Sailors' Valentines

POST SCRIPT—KEY WEST, FLORIDA, FALL 1985

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Faith hurried across the parking lot at the College of the Florida Keys. She had decided at the last moment to apply for admission and had missed the first week of classes. Today, her waitress shift at Howard Johnson’s ran overtime. She checked the classroom number on the paper in her hand and pushed through…

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The Origin of Mermaids

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Mermaids have fascinated children and adults alike for centuries. These mysterious creatures are the subject of legends, folklore and even contemporary books and films. To this day, modern religions including Hinduism and Candomble worship these half-woman, half-fish entities as deities and goddesses. Where does the legend of mermaids come from and did they really exist?…

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The Mermaid Chronicles: A Mermaid Finds Peace

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By Angel del Corazón Rocco and Willow landed in Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States. My grandmother was seventeen years old in the winter of 1927 when she stepped onto the porch of her pretty new home. It was a “gingerbread house,” and in those days, families designed the woodwork trim…

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The Mermaid Chronicles: A Mermaid’s Broken Heart

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By Angel del Corazón Poor Willow sunk into a funk after Rocco, the promised one, disappeared. Her hopes and beliefs shifted underneath her like wet sand. How could Yemayá, the Powerful Mother of The Sea, deliver her a savior only to leave her heartbroken and alone once more? Perhaps Mother Mermaid no longer loved her.…

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The Mermaid Chronicles: A Mermaid in Love

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By Angel del Corazón On a sunny morning in December 1932, Captain Robert Porecca walked from his cabin onto the gleaming teak deck aboard the Stella Maris, a sleek, seventy-five foot yacht, and lit a cigarette. A small wave rocked the boat in its berth at Prince George Wharf; sunlight winked off the brass fittings.…

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THE MERMAID CHRONICLES: A Mermaid’s Search For The One

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By Angel del Corazón Tears of happiness rained down her cheeks. “Are you hurt?” His apparent fear of the water upset Willow and she laughed. This was not a good sign. She also couldn’t deny that the promised one was a stocky man unlike Thomas. And yet hadn’t her sweet cousin freed her from that…

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The Mermaid Chronicles: A Mermaid Condemned

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By Angel del Corazón By the time Willow reached puberty, her mother decided to check on her spiritual growth. As her family walked home one Sunday afternoon, Willow followed behind, her slender figure swaying on her spindly legs, the greenish tint in her hair glittering in the sun. Rebecca retreated to her side and in…

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The Mermaid Chronicles: A Mermaid’s Education

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By Angel del Corazón When my grandmother Willow was three years old, her mother Rebecca chose Fearless Neely, a young mild-mannered Bahamian girl, to look after her strange daughter. Willow’s mixed up reactions to the simplest stimulus grew more pronounced each year, or satanic, as Rebecca saw it, until she could no longer abide the…

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