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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

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Teen Book Fest 2010


Yesterday my library put on its first annual Teen Book Festival. Scott Westerfeld was the keynote speaker. If you haven't heard Mr. Westerfeld speak in public before--he is a RIOT! I especially loved hearing about how he came up with the idea for writing his Levianthan trilogy (which I love) and how he and the artist, Keith Thompson worked together to create such an interesting world. There were many local authors invited to speak and do book signings as well. I was one of them. Some of the other authors that came to present were: Ally Condie, Brandon Sanderson, Carol Lynch Williams, Brandon Mull (who I sat next to during Mr. Westerfeld's speech), Sara Zarr, Jessica Day George, Bree Despain, Kristin Chandler, and many more than I could possibly list here. Hundreds and hundreds of teens and their parents came to the Teen Book Fest. You should have seen some of the lines for the author book signings. Scott Westerfeld's line went on forever. The building was so packed you could barely get around from place to place. My favorite part of the evening was getting to talk to the teens in the question and answer sessions. My favorite question was "Don't you get rich when you get a book published?" I quickly explained that unless you are J. K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer--most authors definitely have to keep their day job. They seemed a little disappointed by my answer. : ) Because it was the day before Halloween, all the kids and authors came dressed in costumes so they could take part in the costume contest and win some prizes. I was a steampunk Victorian lady in honor of Scott Westerfeld's visit. (See picture above) The whole event was such a success I think the library will be putting on another one next year.
Hope I'm invited again!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cybil Awards Nomination for Forbidden Sea!

Forbidden Sea has been nominated for the Cybil awards! This is an award given out each year by book bloggers for the best books of the year. Click the link below to see all the nominations for this year. A special thank you to Rebecca since she was the blogger who liked my book enough to nominate it. I don't know Rebecca personally, but I do know her fantastic blog--check it out by clicking here.

Here is the list of Cybils where you will find Forbidden Sea:
http://www.cybils.com/2010/10/nominations-reminders-of-critical-importance.html

A lot of those titles I haven't read yet. Guess I'd better get cracking.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

New Update! Forbidden Sea Deleted Scenes and Changes

Now that many of you out there have actually read Forbidden Sea, I thought it might be fun to post a few behind the scenes facts and deleted scenes that were changed or taken out of the book during the revisions process.

*Spoiler Warning* Do not click the links below unless you have read the book!

Click here to learn more about changes that were made to Forbidden Sea during the revisions process.

Click here to read deleted scene Part I.

Click here to read deleted scene Part II

Click here to read deleted scene Part III

Click here to read deleted scene Part IV

Click here to read deleted scene Part V

Keep your eye on this post--I will be adding more links to deleted scenes from Forbidden Sea as the weeks pass.

(c) 2010 Sheila A. Nielson

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