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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

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sneak Preview

Amazon has now posted pictures of the first few pages of Forbidden Sea on their website. If you want to read just a little bit of the prologue and first chapter, you can go there now by clicking here.Make sure to click on the "Look Inside" tab above the picture of the cover.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Forbidden Sea Signed ARC Giveaway!

Now Closed.

With less than a week left before Forbidden Sea hits the store shelves, I thought it was time for me to hold one last ARC giveaway. By hook and by crook I've managed to get my hands on one more advanced reader copy and I'm now going to give it away here on this blog. I will be holding a random drawing on July 1st, the day Forbidden Sea comes out. This ARC will be a signed copy. Because this is a special giveaway to commemorate the coming out of my book, I've decided to open this drawing internationally. My pocket book may hate me, but I want everyone who wants to enter to get a chance. So how do you enter? Just leave your name and an email contact in the comments below.

Good luck to all!

P.S. If you have a blog, I'd really appreciate your posting this contest on it to help get the word out and get everyone excited for Forbidden Sea's release! For those who are willing to do so, I will put your name in the drawing for the signed ARC twice. Just make sure to post a link to your blog in comments along with your email so I will know who to enter twice. Thanks in advance!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I Guess It Must Be Good

Today I was working on my newest story on my lunch break and one of my coworkers sat down and wanted to hear some of what I was writing. I read just one little part of my ghost story (a rather creepy part actually) to her. This was the first time I let anyone see this story so I was a little worried what she would think. While I was reading, one of my other co-workers came over and started to listen. Before I knew what was happening, they had set up an appointment to come over to my house on Saturday so they could hear more of the story. I warned them that it doesn't have an ending yet--but that doesn't seem to matter much to them. So I guess the story must be half way decent after all if two library employees can't get enough of it. It not like they don't have access to real published books or anything! : ) It was rather satisfying all the same.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

And Even More Buzz Around the Internet

Liyana at Liyanaland has posted her review of Forbidden Sea. Since Liyana has never read a mermaid book before, I feel this positive review is a particular triumph for my novel. : ) Thanks for the great review Liyana!

Click here to read her review in full.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Two Book Signings in the Future

Only two and a half weeks to go before the release of Forbidden Sea. I've got two book signings already lined up. If you happen to live in the Utah area, feel free to stop by for an evening to fun. I'll be meeting with the public, talking about my inspiration for Forbidden Sea, and answering questions. There will be a book signing afterward for those who are interested. Books will be available for purchase both days while supplies last.

Click here for more information on the Provo City Library book signing on July 12th 7:00pm-8:00pm.

Or if you live closer to Orem Public Library, click here for more information about the book signing that will take place there on July 20th at 2:00pm. Make sure to click on the "authors" link to get the information.

Mark your calendars and I hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

I've Been a Busy Girl

Click on the pictures to get a closer look.

I finally finished the sculpture of the mermaid in my story.

First off, I have to say that she photographs funny because of her unusual skin color. The dark green skin looks a lot cooler in real life than it does in these photos and I can't figure out why. You can't see her makeup too well in these pictures. (The clay has a sort of shimmer to it that reflects the light weird, I think.)

Every one of those green braids was hand braided by myself. Each and every one has a gold bead attached to the end of it. It took me longer to do the hair than all the rest of her combine. You can't see it in the photo, but she has gorgeous variations of color threaded subtly through the braids.

She is currently on display at the Orem Public Library. If you live in the area, feel free to pop by and take a look in person.

You might have noticed that the way she looks doesn't exactly match the cover of the book. All I can say is, she looks the way I described her in the story. Authors don't get a say in what their book's cover looks like. They don't even get to talk to the artist. If you like the way the mermaid looks on the cover better, feel free to imagine her any way you want when reading the book.

I won't be the least bit offended. : )

(c) 2010 Sheila A. Nielson

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