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From These Dark Depths

Book 2 in the Aisling Sea series
released August 16, 2022
Being eaten by a siren queen is at least an interesting way to die.Available on Kindle Unlimited, Paperback, Hardcover, and Audible!

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From These Dark Depths

Being eaten by a siren queen is at least an interesting way to die.
And Declan has little hope of avoiding it while locked in this brig.
His captor is ruthless. His guilt is relentless.Everyone he needs is back on his ship, hopefully chasing after him…without tempting death themselves.But if they don’t make it in time, he’ll have to face the queen.And his demons.An heir stole his heart. Now that heart–and the remorse it harbors–may get him killed.Or worse.
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Black Sails meets Throne of Glass in book 2 of the Aisling Sea series. The stakes are higher with new dangers and more swoon-worthy romance sure to create fans of insta love. This is a forbidden love story with a bit of steam and a cliffhanger ending.

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On These Black Sands

He doesn't mind killing people... he just prefers to do it on his own terms.But the pirates have no say in who they kill on this island.The council orders. The pirates obey.This arrangement has kept Declan from setting foot on these shores for years...until a bit of bad luck forces him to return.But it may prove a lucrative stop, if the rebel's information is true.Find the dagger. Escape this life.But only if this damn stowaway doesn't ruin everything first.
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This high seas tale of deceit, legends, and love features a deliciously gray hero, an awkward heroine, and a found family you'll root for. This is an enemies-to-lovers story with a slow-burn romance and one bed. It is book one of a trilogy and ends on a cliffhanger. But it's worth it.

From These Dark Depths

Being eaten by a siren queen is at least an interesting way to die.
And Declan has little hope of avoiding it while locked in this brig.
His captor is ruthless. His guilt is relentless.Everyone he needs is back on his ship, hopefully chasing after him…without tempting death themselves.But if they don’t make it in time, he’ll have to face the queen.And his demons.An heir stole his heart. Now that heart–and the remorse it harbors–may get him killed.Or worse.
_____________
Black Sails meets Throne of Glass in book 2 of the Aisling Sea series. The stakes are higher with new dangers and more swoon-worthy romance sure to create fans of insta love. This is a forbidden love story with a bit of steam and a cliffhanger ending.

Cover to be revealed Spring 2023

With These Last Breaths

Love hurts.
Darkness numbs.
Death awaits.
_____________The final installment of the Aisling Sea Trilogy.

More Info

A new adult fantasy romance series for readers who love:
- slow-burn romance with all the tension
- a bit of steam that builds with each book
- the one bed trope
- morally gray heroes
- relatable heroines
- found family & a feisty supporting cast
- fae royalty, man-eating sirens, & other magical creatures
- snarky banter

Series Plans

This series will have three books total:On These Black Sands (August 2021)
From These Dark Depths (August 16, 2022)
With These Last Breaths (August 15, 2023)
Note: Books 1 and 2 end with cliffhangersThe following are also in the works for 2024 and beyond:
- a set of prequel short stories
- Stand alone novesl set in the world featuring the occasional cameo

Author Note

This series is recommended for older teens and adults, as it contains some violence, strong language, and steamy content. Spicy scenes progress gradually through the books with several scenes written on page in book three, but these are not overly explicit.

About

Vanessa Rasanen writes new adult fantasy romance filled with sassy attitudes, relatable characters, and slow-burn. She loves a good cliffhanger, judges books by their covers, and wishes she could write faster. Her books include a smidge of salty language, a bit of blood, and a serving of swoon-worthy romance perfect for readers who don't mind spice, but don't need it on every page.She lives in the pretty-in-its-own-way part of Wyoming with her pilot husband and four kids. When she's not writing you can find her mixing up a gin & tonic, rewatching New Girl, running a small business, and wasting time on Instagram.

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