Every romance needs conflict and each source of woe is as delicious as the next. There’s the love triangle, the long distance relationship, the unrequited love, and the clash of clans like Romeo and Juliet. What I’d like the reader to consider is a little love story with almost insurmountable odds. It’s called The Lure of Shapinsay and the year is 1848. His name is Eamon and he’s a very naughty selkie from the sea; Kait’s a land dweller with a razor sharp tongue. The attraction may be powerful, but even the ancient Norse gods frown on this relationship caught in the crossfire somewhere between heaven and hell.
There’s a reason why almost all of the selkie legends are romantic tragedies. For those of you who aren’t familiar with these mythical creatures, selkies are beautiful men and women who live as seals in the sea, but occasionally shed their skin to come onto land. Traditionally a female is captured off guard and forced to marry the brusque fisherman who’s hidden her skin. She’s as meek as she is beautiful and children soon follow in this seemingly sweet arrangement. But it’s not a match made in heaven. Every day the selkie bride stares across the bay, aching for her hidden skin so she can return to her one true love—the sea. The story usually ends when her child stumbles across a silky coat hidden in the most remote of places. The child presents the skin to his mother who quickly escapes back to the sea leaving a stunned family behind.
Selkie males are a wonderful inspiration for conflict. Traditionally the males were blamed for nearly every drowning on the Orkney Islands, the setting for The Lure of Shapinsay. For hundreds of years they’ve crept silently on land to seduce women before luring them to their deaths deep beneath the sea. It’s no wonder that Kait risks more than a broken heart when she first lays eyes on Eamon’s pearly white body—she risks her life. It’s because of his siren like lure, that Kait would gladly follow him under the waves and end her life. Eamon struggles with his own demons and would just as soon kill Kait for simply being a land dweller. But even before their first sumptuous kiss, these two understand they are meant to be together despite the very habitats that tear them apart. The Lure of Shapinsay is the story of two simple souls who shouldn’t be together. If staying together is an adventure, then staying alive will be a miracle.That's a pretty accurate description. Let's take a look at the book:
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