A behind-the-scenes look at Tale author’s latest

By Ben Beagle, Special to The Daily News | Posted: Monday, May 5, 2014

“Deep Blue,” the first of four books in Jennifer Donnelly’s “Waterfire Saga,” arrives Tuesday.

Donnelly, the 2006 “A Tale for Three Counties” author, has partnered with Disney-Hyperion on the epic saga about mermaids and their fight to save their civilization.

“Deep Blue” opens with Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakening on the morning of her wedding from a strange dream that foretells the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons her mother. Led by shadowy visions, Serafina searches for five other mermaids who are scattered across global waters. Together, the six form an unbreakable bond and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world’s existence.

You can start reading the book here.

Donnelly has completed the second book, “Rogue Wave,” which is to be released in January, and is working on book three, which comes out in fall 2015. The final book arrives in summer 2016.

A couple of behind the scenes features have made their way to YouTube:

Bea Miller, the narrator of the “Deep Blue” audiobook offers a sneak peak at the recording process accompanied by snippets of her new song, “Open Your Eyes,” which was inspired by “Deep Blue.” Miller was a finalist of the Fox reality singing competition “The X Factor.”

“Love this talented girl and am so excited for the release of ‘Deep Blue’ and ‘Open Your Eyes,’” Donnelly said in a Facebook post

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