Princess of Ice (formerly titled Drowning Mermaids) is a paranormal mermaid romance set in Alaska. A middle-aged, successful fishing boat captain named Trevain Murphy and his crew are out celebrating at a strip club. When the dancer who calls herself Undina gets on stage, the gruff fishboat captain is shocked to find himself completely transfixed by her. For the first time in decades, he decides to buy some time with her in one of the club's private booths. Not for a lap dance -- just a conversation, so that he can begin to figure out who she really is and why he's so affected by her. She reveals little, but -- also to her surprise -- she finds herself reciprocally transfixed by Trevain, despite the apparent age difference between the two.
Undina, of course, is actually a mermaid. The princess of the mermaids, in fact, and her real name is Aazuria. She's there with two of her trusted advisers and her two sisters to raise money to buy weapons for a war with a faraway horde of renegade mermaids. They can only age when in their land-dwelling form, so while the 50ish Trevain feels like an old man in front of Aazuria, she's actually hundreds of years older. Eventually, Trevain is made aware of their true nature, and after the dust settles, he joins their fight against the evil horde.
The main characters spend a lot of time fighting, both with words and with fists and even with bullets. I don't like having to portray this kind of escalating domestic violence, especially in a romance novel. Fortunately, the book does not justify or glorify it, but it was totally unnecessary and detracted from the meaningful parts of the story. I've seen many reviews on Goodreads and Amazon from readers who were vociferously opposed to it. I do feel that it isn't so taboo a subject that it can't be in a novel, though, and I think that the domestic violence in Princess of Ice does a good job of showing the entire hurtful process of ruined trust, antagonism, and exposed shame that escalates the yelling and precedes the hitting. It also shows that even fairy-tale relationships can take a bad turn.
I did a voice for Trevain that I imagined would be good for Captain Nemo; brooding, dark, slow, and deep.
For Aazuria, I wanted something gentle and light, but not timid. Audrey Hepburn came to mind as a good vocal model, especially with her Trans-Atlantic accent. Aazuria is described as having a strange kind of old-sounding accent, and I think that fits perfectly.
Visola is a total psychopath, cold of heart and hungry for violence. I used the Warcraft III version of Sylvanas Windrunner's character voice as a vocal model.
Sionna is the adult of the group, though she's Visola's twin sister. I used Majel Barrett from Star Trek as a vocal model. It's straightforward, articulate, and calculated.
Most of the rest of the characters are minor and don't have much dialogue, so I used voices I've developed for other books. The exception is Atargatis, who has a lot of scenes near the end of the book. For her, I used the voice I developed for Arachne in The Not-World.