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Shadow in the Sea

Readers will return to Windwaithe Island once again. When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.

Sade's quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals' dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood's ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn't fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

And Even More Reviews

Another review has turned up, this one from Kiss the book. The reviewer this time is a middle school student. It's extra fun to see what my target audience has to say about Forbidden Sea. Check it out by clicking the link above.

Scholastic must be handing out the ARCs left and right these days because reviews of Forbidden Sea are popping up all over the internet. Here is one from Ellie over at Ellz Readz. Thanks for your kind words Ellie--so glad you liked it. And if anyone else liked the book and is planning to write a review in the near future, send me an email when you do and I'll be sure to put a link to it here.

The mermaid sculpture doll I've been working on is almost complete. She has turned out beautifully, even if I do say so myself. : ) I'll post pictures of her as soon as she is finished.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dreaming of Books ARC Giveaway

Jenny over at Dreaming of Books is currently hosting a giveaway of a Forbidden Sea ARC! If you’ve been dying to get your hands on a copy of Forbidden Sea before the release date in July, this is your chance! Jenny has also posted an in depth review of Forbidden Sea as well as an interview with me. Click here to head on over to Dreaming of Books to enter the ARC contest and read her review. By the way, Jenny, love your new blog layout!

Monday, April 12, 2010

I Need Some Title Suggestions for Great Middle Grade Novels

I'm going to be putting on a library program for middle grade girls in the near future and I need some suggestions for titles of GREAT girl books. These can't just be good books, these have to be the best! Something that any girl in 4th to 5th grade would absolutely adore. The titles have to be found in the children's section of the library not the teen section, so things like Twilight are out this time around. If any of you fantastic book bloggers and readers out there have any suggestions for me--I'd love to have you add them to comments below. And list as many as you want, I'm desperate here. : )

Thanks in advance for all your help.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Library Patrons and Book Buyers Rule the World!

Novelist's recent comment about going in and requesting her library to purchase Forbidden Sea got me thinking. As a librarian, I have seen first hand the power library patrons have if they take the time to actually go into their local library and put in a formal request for a book to be purchased. When someone takes the time to ask for a book, the librarians in my library do everything they can to try and fulfill the person's request. Heaven and earth moves and the book is bought. It's like magic.

I'll tell you a library secret, I've often wished more people would place requests for books, that way we librarians would know what it is that people in our city are interested in reading. The other reason I wish they would is because we often don't have a certain book I want to read--but when I put in a request as a librarian--they tend to ignore it. After all, I'm just one of their coworkers. What do I know about what people really want to read? :) But if a patron puts in a request for the same book, we usually have it within a few weeks! So here is your chance to stand up and use your library patron power--go into your local library and put in a request for that book you've really been wanting to read! What can they do but say no? And odds are real good they will buy the book if they possibly can. Then you finally get to read that fantastic, to-die-for book you've been wanting to read for months.

Sounds good to me.

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