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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

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lovely Fan Made Mermaid Doll

Here is an amazing mermaid doll made by a fellow mermaid lover, Karen Hawkins. Isn't she beautiful? I love to see the creations of talented fans. If you have some fan made mermaid artwork you would like me to share here on my blog, feel free to email me a copy at:

Thanks for sharing her with me, Karen! I can't wait to see more of your work in the future!


Hannah said...

That is SO beautiful! I have many questions about it... how long did it take to make? And what materials were used to create her? Did the designer name her? I know I would if I made something that 'lovely.'

I like to think that I'm pretty creative myself, but I have never made any mermaid art. This has inspired me to try it! I hope some of your fans have some similar masterpieces to share so we can enjoy seeing them!

Sheila A. Nielson said...

Karen (the artist who created the mermaid) sent me some answers to your questions. I'm posting her answers here in comments. Here is what she said about creating her mermaid:

Happy to know other people like my mermaid. I just call her "The Little Mermaid". I am not so great with names. I would not mind hearing a few suggestions. My work takes me anywhere from 4 weeks to 3 month to complete. The mermaid is made from paper clay with a cloth overlay. Her lower body is a stuffed cotton from covered with 75 year old handmade lace. The mermaid is attached to the base with small pegs in her arms. The base is sculpted out wood,wire & papier mache'. I do sell my work through The Southern Highland Craft Guild shops, other galleries and my studio. Like all artists and crafters I love to share what I do.

Thanks for asking,

Hannah said...

Thank you Sheila for responding to my comment. :) And delivering Karen's message.

Well no wonder you don't name each piece you make, if you sell them that would probably make it harder to part with them if they had names. That sounds like a great deal of work, I had no idea it would take that much time! She's beautiful. I have some suggestions for you, I LOVE names! I always like looking up names' meanings. But like you, I have an incredibly hard time deciding on one. Here are some mermaidy names I could think of:

Sula (an Icelandic name that means 'seabird)


Marina (means 'sea maiden')


Sounds like you have a very great business going... I wish you all the best!

Anonymous said...

Will there be a sequel to Forbidden Sea?

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