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Pacific Tails

Released: October 23, 2023

An unsolved murder of a mermaid queen. A shattered stone pendant cursed and lost. A kingdom’s existence in peril.


All of it, dependent on a college student and gifted swimmer, Zoe Vaughn, who thinks her life is falling apart. 


Jealous teammates have accused Zoe of using performance enhancing drugs, sinking her dreams of competing in the Olympics. Now, as their relentless bullying continues, she’s ready to uproot her life in California and move across the country.


But hours before Zoe’s flight, something happens that changes those plans forever. Sparks literally fly between her and Baxter, her mythology professor at USC, who confronts Zoe with the truth that her incredible talent beneath the water has a supernatural explanation.


Baxter declares that Zoe is the living reincarnation of Melantha - Mermaid Queen of the Pacific Ocean - who was betrayed and murdered nearly a century earlier. Moments before her death, she invoked an ancient rite of rebirth due within one hundred years. He also claims to be Melantha’s guardian - an immortal tasked with reuniting the five sacred stones that can restore Zoe as the rightful queen before her kingdom is lost forever. 


Zoe and Baxter must race against time and a battle against sinister forces who will stop at nothing to prevent the Mermaid Queen's return. With their life on the line, they need to find all five stones scattered between land and sea, solve the mystery behind Melantha’s murder, and fulfill Zoe’s destiny before her mermaid kin is condemned to enslavement for all eternity. 


Pacific Tails is a fast-paced and thrilling urban fantasy with adventure and a whodunit mystery, sprinkled with a bit of romance.

Book Cover
Black and White photo of author Michelle Sauer. Hand beneath her chin with her head tilted to the side, smiling. Long dark hair with a dark bow.

Michelle Sauer


line drawing of an open book with flowers sprouting from the center. Black print of Michelle Sauer beneath the opened book, with cursive words of Author beneath that.

Michelle Sauer has a Masters of Fine Art in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education. By day, she is a Converse-wearing, kinder-8th grade Art Teacher in Colorado. By night, she loves to spend time with her husband and dabble in multiple hobbies such as reading, crafting and fine arts, games (board and video), and driving around in her 1976 Corvette Stingray. She loves dogs and misses her 15 yr-old companion, Hobbes, a 100 lb. German Shepherd, but is a new dog mom to a husky named Shadow. Psych is her favorite series and she often rewatches it every summer break. She has co-written several screenplays and enjoys the Horror genre. Her debut novel, Pacific Tails is based off her love of mysteries, adventure, magic, and growing up in California.

"If, when you wake up in the morning, you can think of nothing but writing... then you are a writer."

-Rainer Maria Rilke

"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

-Toni Morrison

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