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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

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Reviews of Forbidden Sea

There is nothing more exciting (and frightening) to an author than reviews of their book. Reviews are the feedback you've been waiting for--a sign that someone has actually read your book and that all your hard work has finally paid off. Not all reviews are good, of course. Some are down right vicious at times, but then you can't please everyone. (One of my all time favorite books is To Kill a Mockingbird, and it is one of the most banned books around.) I've included some links to reviews of Forbidden Sea below. I'm only going to link to the good reviews, because, hey, this is my blog and I choose to focus on the good not the bad. : )

Most of these reviews do not have spoilers, but a few do--so read at your own risk.

Ossining Public Library - My first real teenage reviewer! How exciting!

Goodreads Reviews - Thank you to all the readers who took time to write down what they thought of my book on Goodreads. You guys actually brought tears to my eyes as I read these awesome reviews. Being a librarian I've often used Goodreads for my work, but I never thought that I'd be reading reviews of my own book on there someday!

Cinjoella's Review - Librarian's are the best! Not that I'm prejudice or anything. : )

Two and a Half Book Lovers - Raspberry and Trackgeek of Two and a Half Book Lovers also asked me to do an interview which you can read about here.

La Femme Reader Review - Thanks Eleni, the book may not have been your cup of tea, but your review of it was completely honest and fair, which makes me value your opinion all the more.

More coming soon . . .

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Great News! Gotta Share

I have exciting news I've been wanting to share here on this blog, and now I officially can. Forbidden Sea is about to go international. Scholastic UK has picked up the book and it will be published in the UK in August 2010. They even made a new cover. I'm not allowed to post it on this blog yet, but when I can, we'll all have to take a vote and see which cover everyone likes the most. The best part of all is that I was already planning my very first trip to London for later this year. Talk about fantastic coincidences. I could not have planned it better if I tried.

(c) 2010 Sheila A. Nielson

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