Selkies are Scottish seal people, and are considered magical shapeshifting creatures, able to interbreed with humans. Spoken of in many old stories, the females are said to make caring wives, and the men to be charming and good lovers. If their skin is captured, they will remain on land, though more is heard about women being captured than the men. If they find their stolen skin, they will return to the sea and any mate or family therein, though remaining nearby to watch over their land-children.
What happens though, if a Selkie never manages to reclaim her skin before her death, and so remains with her children? What happens if her family is a magical one, and her subspecies had been created by the cooperation of sister water goddesses? Further, what if the drive to return to the sea remains strong in the offspring, and as servants of these goddesses, provide their care despite being disliked and untrusted by both full blooded Selkies and humans when found out.
We come then to modern times. First a fishing family, favored then by fortune and Marsali's magic, the Makay clan grew to a merchant family that went on grand voyages for the good of the Magical Community. Few now remain, and those are now waterwitches, primarily interested in tending duties set by deities that few believe actually exist, and the health of the waters both locally and planet wide.
Kirsty has little choice in her fate, only how it will manifest. There are tests to pass, a place that she may have to occupy prematurely if her visions prove true, and a need to earn her sealskin to be complete. Will Etain return safe to port, and will Kirsty survive her training and test? There are complications along the way, will she be able to stay on the course she's trying to set? In this first book of what is intended to be a trilogy Kirsty must ultimately go down the Lady's well for the first of her tests of fitness, while also having to balance school, family, and a certain young lad.
For additional side stories, please look in the Selkies' Skins Wavelets stories.
About the Author
Teresa Garcia (once Teresa Huddleston-Garcia) is a 30-something mother of two children with special needs, raising them "alone" in the small mountain town of McCloud, CA. Just because she is on her own though, does not mean that she is "alone." Many thanks are due to the McCloud Community Resource Center, to her brother and his family, and her mother, for all their help.
When not drowning in university coursework for her International Relations degree, and chained to the computer, she loves to text role play, write stories, hike, paint, meditate, and play games or read with her kids. She also writes quests for, and helps to maintain, the online browser-based RPG Dragon Hearts.
She was raised in another mountain community, which she visits as often as she can spare time and gas, though not nearly often enough for her wishes. Her parents always encouraged her writing and artistic talents. In 2005, she decided to pick up the dream of writing and publishing a novel once more, having shelved that (and the "Shadow Chronicles" manuscript) in her early college years due to the time constraints of motherhood at the time. In 2006 she released to the public her first novel in the "Dragon Shaman" series, "Taming the Blowing Wind," and has since published a second book in the series and a poetry book. She likes to deal with multicultural themes because of her own background.
Currently Teresa has several manuscripts to work on, such as her "Dragon Shaman" series of novels and her current favorite serialized story, "Selkies' Skins."
Teresa writes short stories for children in the Adventures of Lightning the Cat series. Her other titles are intended for more advanced readers.
Her personal blog is located at http://rainstardragon.livejournal.com
In addition to finding her in print on Lulu, she can be found at Amazon Author Central.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I, Dorothy Bell received a copy of author Teresa Garcia’s work in exchange for an honest review of the fantasy, way-overboard-adventure, Selkies’ Skins. To say that it is a fantasy adventure is an understatement. Every page is an aquatic fantasmagorical experience. I got sea sick on board the Sea Witch, with Etain at the helm, salt water, wind biting, ripping my flesh, while she flashed her wand and recited her incantations and her ship shot through the curl of huge, gigantic, unimaginable waves during horrendous storms. I was with her when she dived down into the bottomless depths littered with dead things and muck. I could smell it, taste it, I got the bends. This author knows her elements, her descriptions can make you feel wet, clammy, itchy, in pain, change you from a seal pup to a cat to a bird, a toad, a something-or-other little sea creature that will stick with you and haunt your dreams. I say read this if you dare, it’s a ride, a journey, a sea voyage into the alternate universe of the Selkies and their mission to keep our waters pure, rescue those who need rescuing and fight against the careless evil ones who foul the waters, use nature to destroy.
Reading this book reminded me of a poem called "Outlaws" by Robert Graves:- For though creeds whirl away in dust, Faith fails and men forget, These aged gods of fright and lust Cling to life yet. Old gods almost dead, malign, Starved of their ancient dues, Incense and fruit, fire, blood and wine And an unclean muse. Banished to woods and a sickly moon, Shrunk to mere bogey things, Who spoke with thunder once at noon To prostrate kings. I enjoy the way Ms Garcia has breathed life into these aged gods of fright and lust, and brought them into modern times, where they are confronted by the excesses of humanity:- pollution of the oceans, oil drilling platforms, overfishing, etc. I also enjoy the way she has taken the folk tales of the Gaelic heartland, where I had the good fortune to be born, and has spun a very engaging story of Selkies, Kelpies, Water Imps, and a host of other mythical creatures which were believed to inhabit this ancient land. Of course nobody believes in that sort of thing nowadays. At least not in the well-lit towns and villages of the Celtic lands. But when you're camping out in the hinterland, and the only light you can see is from the stars, well somehow it doesn't seem quite so fanciful then. Like all good fantasy, "Selkies" has one foot in reality and the other in folk-lore, and a third - this is fantasy, remember - firmly planted in the elements. I look forward to the next book in the Selkies series.
So much celtic whimsy!!!! Please write more!!! ?????????????????????