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The Undine's Tear

(Rise of the Grigori, Book 1)


She was raised to save her people—as long as she doesn't go crazy and kill them all first.

For as long as Calandra can remember, she has been running from the Madness…

Calandra is the most powerful undine Healer to be born on Sirenia for three millennia. She has been raised to be the saviour of her people, the only one with a hope of healing the Heartstone that hides their civilization. However, she has questions. Why must her kind capture human males to survive? Why do all the powerful Healers go mad? And why does her aunt, Queen Adonia, seem determined to hide the truth about her people's history?

Across the sea in England, Zale is unaware of his merman identity until a series of accidents leaves his father dead and his friend blinded. Fearing his own elemental powers, he flees from his home and becomes a spectacle on display for money. When the beautiful and mysterious Abela frees him and tells him that he is the last male of his kind, he finds himself on a quest to save his mother and the sister he's never met from the same dark forces that pursue him. But if he can't control his powers, he may destroy everything he's trying to save.

Meanwhile, the Heartstone is failing, and along with it, the protective barrier it powers. To save the stone and her people, Calandra must choose between enslaving the man she loves, or trusting a cryptic message left behind by the mother who abandoned her as a baby that could change everything. And the Madness is calling…

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In this young adult science fantasy, join merfolk, sphinxes, dragons, and humans as their lives become entwined on the search for the true meaning of redemption. But when they find it, will it be all that they had hoped for?

To Be Released: May 14, 2019
Publisher: My Secret Wish Publishing
ISBN (paperback): 978-0-9947364-5-1
ISBN (hardcover): 978-0-9947364-7-5
eBook: 978-0-9947364-6-8
Genre: Young Adult Science Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

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About the Author


Talena Winters inspires with stories, knitting, and music. Addicted to tea, chocolate, books, and silver linings. She is the author of The Undine’s Tear, Finding Heaven and The Friday Night Date Dress, has written several award-winning songs, and is lead writer for Move Up magazine. She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, two dogs, and an assortment of farm cats and chickens. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.

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Soundtrack Playlist

This playlist was curated to represent the characters and story of The Undine’s Tear. Enjoy!

Play List Here:

Songs in This List:

  1. This Could Change Everything - Francesca Battistelli

  2. Deep Blue - CLAVVS

  3. Always in My Head - Coldplay

  4. Demons - Imagine Dragons

  5. Human - Colton Dixon

  6. If I Lose Myself - OneRepublic

  7. You Make My Heart Sing Louder - Gavin DeGraw

  8. Better Place - Rachel Platten

  9. What About Us - Pink

  10. This Is War - Ingrid Michaelson

  11. Drifting - Plumb featuring Dan Haseltine

  12. Hush, Hush - Nichole Nordeman

  13. Burning Gold - Christina Perri

  14. Set Free - Katie Gray

  15. I Am Not Alone - Kari Jobe

  16. The Future’s Right in Front of Me - A Great Big World

  17. Madness - Sleeping with Sirens