Guest Post: Ciye Cho, author of Florence

Ciye Cho, author of the YA novel Florence is here to give us 8 reasons why mermen should be your next book boyfriend.

Ciye Cho lives in Australia and works as a graphic designer. He writes YA novels in his free time–and his head is often lost in the clouds or some place far from reality…

For more information about Ciyo check out his website.

You can also find him on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter.

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8 Reasons Why Your Next (Book) Boyfriend Should Be A Merman.

One of the biggest drawcards in YA fiction has to be the excess of swoon-worthy guys. Whether you’re into sparkly vampires or baker boys who toss burnt bread at you, there’s something for every female reader. Team vampire, team human, team dystopian bad-ass, team werewolf… I could go on and on. Yet, there’s one type of lead that often goes under appreciated: the merman. Well, let me show you 8 reasons why your next (book) boyfriend should be a merman:

  1.  Mr. Merman is eco-friendly. Perfectly in tune with the ocean, he cares about the welfare of all animals under his dominion. Mermen never hunt more than they need, and many are vegetarians. Mer guys don’t do (sea)weed… they eat it.
  2.  Like most merfolk, he’s not materialistic. Forget what you’ve heard about thingamabobs and dinglehoppers.
  3.  He’s a deep-sea olympian. Living in the ocean is rough, but mermen are strong enough to swim past tsunamis, fast enough to beat Michael Phelps at freestyle, and tough enough to cross an ocean without rest.
  4.  He can communicate with animals. (Did I mention that he’s friends with sharks? Well, that’s just how he rolls.)
  5.  He’s Just Not That Into You (as a food item)… so no worries about being eaten, drained of blood, or turned into a paranormal entity. Relax, you’ll never become an appetizer.
  6.  He’s smart. The facts, you ask? Well, he’s highly adept at avoiding human detection, speaks multiple languages (mer, dolphin, whale), and knows the bottom of the ocean better than Jacques Cousteau. Come on, it takes more than a tail to be a merman. It takes panache.
  7.  He spends 90% of his time shirtless. So there’s no need for plot devices that require a male lead to lose articles of clothing.
  8.  Living underwater means no awkward cover story. In other words, less fake human life = more time for you. (Of course, you’ll have to find a way to breathe underwater if you want to be with him… but hey, I’ll leave that up to you.)

Ladies, it’s time to believe in mermen… and LTR relationships (Long Tail Relationships).

Genre: YA


Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand–and find out where she belongs–Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart… and her very soul.

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