Tempest Rising


Cover for Tempest Rising

In the tiny village of Rockabill, Maine, Jane True is a 26-year-old bookstore clerk and secret night swimmer who has no idea that her absent mother’s legacy is entry into a world populated by the origins of human myths and legends. It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: vampires are not quite what we think; dogs sometimes surprise us; and whatever you do, never, ever, rub the genie’s lamp. For Jane, everything kicks off when she comes across a murder victim during her nightly clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean. This grisly discovery leads to the revelation of why she has such freakish abilities in the water: her mother was a Selkie and Jane is only half human. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly–all adjectives that quite handily describe her new friend Ryu. When Ryu is sent to Rockabill to investigate the murder, he and Jane fall hard for each other even as they plummet into a world of intrigue threatening to engulf both supernatural and human societies. For someone is killing half-humans like Jane. The question is, are the murders the work of one rogue individual or part of a greater plot to purge the world of Halflings?

Charlaine Harris calls Jane a “treat.”

“Grounded equally in ancient myth and the challenges of modern life, Jane True lives up to her name: true, and truly unique! A fascinating, fast-paced, sexy storm of a book. — Rachel Caine, author of Weather Warden, Morganville Vampires, and Outcast Season series

“From small-town hijinks to otherworldly intrigue, this is a fun start to a new series, and a promising first novel.” –Locus

“TEMPEST RISING was one of my top three ‘oh wow!’ books of 2009. Half-selkie Jane True is a heroine for modern women to root for and men to drool for. Peeler packs a hell of a punch with writing that is bold, bawdy, and bright, and breaks the usual paranormal boundaries with sensitivity and style to burn. I can’t wait for the next one!”–Kat Richardson, author of the Greywalker series

“In her debut novel, author Nicole Peeler brings to life a world I wish existed. Jane True is one tough cookie, a woman who keeps marching forward no matter how tough the emotional terrain. I adored her. (And I also adored that lickalicious vampire Ryu. Yum!) TEMPEST RISING is a funny, sexy page-turner that will grace keeper shelves of readers everywhere. I can’t wait for the next book in the series!”–Michele Bardsley, author of Broken Heart vampire series

“Peeler has made my auto-buy list with this fast-paced, sexy read and I can’t wait to see where she takes things from here.”–Anya Bast, national bestselling author of paranormal and erotic romance

Miss True is available for purchase at independent bookstores across the country, as well as  Barnes and Noble, and on Amazon. For my Canoooooodian friends, it’s up at Chapters/Indigo.


You can read the first chapter here. Awesome.