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The Undine's Tear

Rise of the Grigori, Book 1

A young adult science fantasy about a powerful undine healer who has been raised to save her people from the humans they fear—as long as she doesn’t go crazy and kill everyone first.

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

Calandra is the most powerful undine Healer to be born on Sirenia since the fall of Atlantis three millennia ago. 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 from the human race. 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, seditious message left behind by the mother who abandoned her as a baby. 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?

The Undine’s Tear is the first book in the Rise of the Grigori trilogy.

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
ISBN (eBook): 978-0-9947364-6-8
Genre: Young Adult Science Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Series: Rise of the Grigori
Volume: 1 of 3
Size: 6”x9”
Pages: 446

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About the Author


Talena Winters is addicted to tea, chocolate, books, yarn, and silver linings. She writes page-turning fiction for teens and adults in multiple genres, has written several award-winning songs, designs knitting patterns under her label My Secret Wish, 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. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.

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

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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. Adore - Jasmine Thompson

  9. Better Place - Rachel Platten

  10. What About Us - Pink

  11. This Is War - Ingrid Michaelson

  12. Drifting - Plumb featuring Dan Haseltine

  13. Hush, Hush - Nichole Nordeman

  14. Burning Gold - Christina Perri

  15. Set Free - Katie Gray

  16. I Am Not Alone - Kari Jobe

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

  18. Madness - Sleeping with Sirens