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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, December 16, 2014

This is it!

I took a writing vacation this week and now find myself in the throws of final edits for the Forbidden Sea sequel. It's a big job and will take some time--but it is exciting to get to that final stretch. It has been so much fun to revisit the magical world of Windwaithe Island once again and find out what has happened to all the character since I last visited there. It has especially been fun to finally get to know the younger Sea Prince better. He is, of course, one of the stars of the sequel. I wanted so bad to do more with him in Forbidden Sea, but there was just too much to get it all into one story. The sequel is the Sea Prince's place to shine. I can hardly wait for you to all finally meet him. Talk about swoon-worthy! You're going to just ADORE him.

 Trust me.

And then there is his mother--the Sea Queen.  If you thought Jendayi was scary--think again. The Sea Queen is a merwoman you do not want to mess with.

Well, time to get back to writing. Wish me luck.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Forbidden Sea Sequel?

My most recent manuscript is DONE! Completed. It has been sent off to my agent. Now the waiting game begins. I hate that part of being an author. Waiting and waiting to hear back from publishers--sometimes for years. *big sigh*

While I wait, I've begun work on two new projects. One is a new book, an alternate universe fantasy that I've started writing. The other is a project that I've been secretly working on for quite some time.

What is this secret project, you ask? Only the SEQUEL to Forbidden Sea. Yes, you read that right. The sequel has been written (as in, all done and completed)--and is now going through the extensive editing process that always comes before a book can be published. I've been dying to let you all know about this project  as I worked on it, but knew I needed to wait until it was far enough along in the process to announce it. The best part about the sequel is that you get to finally meet the Sea Prince himself! Trust me, you are all going to swoon.

The sequel is not being published by Scholastic (the publishing house that did Forbidden Sea), so this is all new territory for me. I'm hoping the sequel will be published sometime early next year--but an official release date is still up in the air at this point. So keep checking back on this page to get more information as it becomes available!

Everyone *squee* with me in delight and share your excitement and love in comments below.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fictional Retribution

It's a good thing that fictional characters don't know anything about the authors that create them. Jayne,  the main character in my current book, seems so real to me that there are times I feel a little guilty putting her through all the horrible stuff in my manuscript. Jayne is a big, tough chic that I would NOT want to mess with in real life. If she knew I was the one responsible for all her troubles--she'd come after me, big time.

I think Adrianne, my main character from Forbidden Sea, would be willing to forgive me in time for all I did to her--but Jayne would just beat the crud out of me first and ask questions later. But that's what makes her such a fun character to write.

(c) 2010 Sheila A. Nielson

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