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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 8, 2015

Last Chance to Enter My Mermaid Giveaway!

Only 40 hours left before my Shadow in the Sea giveaway comes to an end. If you haven't entered it already--this is your last chance! The prizes are fantastic, so don't miss out.

The blog tour was a roaring success. Want to know what reviewers think of my new book, Shadow in the Sea?  Check out all the blog tour stops by clicking the link below. (Links to all the blog tour stops are toward the bottom of the new page. Once there, just scroll down to get to them.)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Shadow in the Sea Blog Tour and Prize Giveaways!

 The official Shadow in the Sea blog tour begins tomorrow. Click the link below to learn more about the different stops scheduled for the blog tour over the course of next week.

There will be all sorts of free mermaid themed giveaways you can sign up to win as well. These would make perfect Christmas gifts--for yourself or that young mermaid lover in your life.

Grand Prize Includes: 1 Twin-sized mermaid comforter set, 1 signed copy of Shadow in the Sea, 1 signed copy of Forbidden Sea, 1 pair of light-up battery powered earrings. (The mermaids have glowing jewelry in the book.)

Second Place Prize Includes: 1 Mermaid in a cup figurine, 1 signed copy of Shadow in the Sea, 1 signed copy of Forbidden Sea, 1 pair of light-up battery powered earrings.

There are lots of other amazing runner-up prizes as well. To enter these giveaways click the link below:

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Goodreads Giveaway Contest!

 I am giving away a signed copy of my new book Shadow in the Sea on Goodreads. Click the link below to enter!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Shadow in the Sea Book Blitz and Giveaways


The Shadow in the Sea Book Blitz will be going on most of this week. Make sure to get in on some of the action. Below is a list of some of the book blogs currently participating. I will update this post as the week goes on. Each of the blogs below will have something different. Excerpts from Shadow in the Sea, giveaways, and author interviews. Check it out!

(Disclaimer: By clicking on the links below you will be traveling to an outside site over who's content I have no control.  Click at your own risk.)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Kindle Version of Shadow in the Sea Now Available for Purchase!

The Kindle version of Shadow in the Sea is finally available to purchase on! I am including several other links to different places that Shadow in the Sea can be purchased as well. Check it out.
Amazon (Paperback and Kindle):

Barnes and Noble (Paperback and Nook):

eBook Mall (ePub Version):

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Read the First Chapter of Shadow in the Sea!

Want a sneak peak at Shadow in the Sea? A preview of the first chapter is now available to read on Goodreads. Click the link below. In the upper left hand corner of the Goodreads page (just under the cover photo) is a dark green button labeled "Read Book". Click it and enjoy.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Shadow in the Sea Selfie Roundup

This call goes out to all those you have already purchased their copy of Shadow in the Sea. When it arrives in the mail, take a selfie and post it somewhere (Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Instagram, etc.) and I'll make a copy and post it here. If you don't want a picture of yourself on the web, then post a selfie of your pet, favorite Skylander, or anything else you desire, along with a copy of Shadow in the Sea. The more creative the better. You may post as many different selfies as you wish. Sky's the limit.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Goodreads Shadow in the Sea Giveaway

A Shadow in the Sea giveaway is currently taking place on Goodreads. Click the link below or in the sidebar to the right if you would like to enter. (You must have a Goodreads account in order to enter the contest.)

If you win you will receive a autographed copy of Shadow in the Sea as well as 1 pair of battery powered LED light-up earrings. (In Forbidden Sea and Shadow in the Sea, the mermaids wear glowing jewelry. This is fun nod that that part of the story.) Earrings pictured below.

Don't miss out!

Shadow in the Sea Now Available for Purchase

Happy Release Day! 

Have you purchased you copy of Shadow in the Sea yet? It is now available in paperback on Amazon (click here to order.) and as an eBook for the Nook at Barnes and Noble. (click here to order.)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Shadow in the Sea Gets a Release Date!

The official release date for Shadow in the Sea is July 15th! It will be available in paperback and as an eBook. It is already available for preorder for the Nook at the link below.

It will also be available on Amazon so check back there on the 15th.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Updated List of Mermaid Books for all Ages

 I've decided to update my list of mermaid books with some of the newest titles. Enjoy!

In my internet wanderings I’ve noticed that there are not a lot of comprehensive mermaid booklist out there for younger readers. As a librarian, I am constantly being asked by kids for new mermaid books to read. And since my book is a mermaid book, I’ve decided to put a list together here on my blog. They are in no particular order. Just for the record, I have not read most of these books so just because it is on the list does not mean I am endorsing the title. Read at your own risk.

Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction:
Shadow in the Sea (Sheila A. Nielson)
Forbidden Sea (Sheila A. Nielson)
Deep Blue (Jennifer Donnely
Water Trilogy (Kara Dalkey)
Daughters of the Sea Series (Kathryn Lasky)
Thora: A Half-Mermaid Tale (Gillian Johnson)
Teenage Mermaid (Ellen Schreiber)
The Mermaid Summer (Mollie Hunter)
Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid"(Debbie Viguié)
To Catch a Mermaid (Suzanne Selfors)
The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (Delia Sherman)
The Tail of Emily Windsnap Series (Liz Kessler)
Indigo (Alice Hoffman)
Aquamarine (Alice Hoffman)
A Serenade of Mermaids (Shirley Climo)
Ingo Series (Helen Dunmore)
Sea Change (Aimee Friedman)
Drift House (Dale Peck)
Wet Magic (Edith Nesbit)
The Islander (Cynthia Rylant)
The Merman (Dick King-Smith)
The Sea Man (Jane Yolen)
Sea Princess Azuri (Erica Reis)
Forgive My Fins (Tera Lynn Childs)
Princess Pearl Series (Teri Tao)
The Mermaid's Mirror (L.K. Madigan)
Between The Land And The Sea (Derrolyn Anderson)
The Mermaid Princess (Kris Rivers)  
Lost Voices ( Sarah Porter)
Tempest Rising (Tracy Deebs)
Between the Sea and Sky (Jaclyn Dolamore)
Ripple (Mandy Hubbard)   
May: Daughter of the Sea (Kathryn Lasky
Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale (Carolyn Turgeon)
Legend (John Brindley)
The Undrowned Child (Michelle Lovric)
Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings (Hélène Boudreau)
Everblue (Brenda Pandos)
Tangled Tides (Karen Amanda Hooper)
Lies Beneath (Anne Greenwood Brown) 
The Vicious Deep  (Zoraida Cordova) 
Undertow (Callie Kingston)
Above World (Jenn Reese) 
Of Poseidon (Anna Banks) 
Watersong Series (Amanda Hocking)
 Legend (John Brindley)
Siren (Tricia Rayburn)
Florence (Ciye Cho)
Monstrous Beauty (Elizabeth Fama) 
The Secret of the Emerald Sea (Heather Matthews)
The Brides of Rollrock Island (Margo Lanagan)
Whatever After: Sink or Swim (Sarah Mlynowski)
The Rising (Tara Harmony)
Everblue (Brenda Pandos)
Descent (Katie O'Sullivan)
Awaken (Skye Malone)
Surfacing (Shana Norris)
Non-fiction Books:
The Secret World of Mermaids (Francine Rose)
The Book of Mermaids (Patricia Saxton)
Mermaids (Elizabeth Ratisseau)
The Secret History of Mermaids (Ari Berk)
Mermaid Tales from Around the World (Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell)
Mermaid Cookbook (Barbara Beery)
Imagine You're a Mermaid (Meg Clibbon and Lucy Clibbon)
Mermaids and Mermen (Shannon Knudsen)
Mermaids Most Amazing (Narelle Oliver) 
The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids  (Ammi-Joan Paquette)

Intermediate Reader Chapter Books:
Mermaid Kingdom Series (Janet Gurtler)
Mermaid S.O.S. Series (Gillian Shields)
Mermaids (Lucille Recht Penner)
The Little Mermaid (Deborah Hautzig)
Fish in Room 11 (Heather Dyer)
Mermaid Tales Series (Debbie Dadey) 
Mermaids in the Backyard (Catherine Hapka and Patricia Castelao)
Mermaid Mysteries (Katy Kit)

Picture Books for Younger Readers:
The Tiniest Mermaid (Laura Garnham)
Mermaid Sister (Mary Ann Fraser)
Mermaid's Bracelet (Beth Harwood)
Mermaid Dreams ( Mark Sperring)
The Little Mermaid (Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger)
The Little Mermaid (Illustrated by Charles Santore)
The Secret Mermaid Handbook (Penny Dann)
Sukey and the Mermaid (Robert D. San Souci)
Mermaid Dance (Marjorie Hakala and Mark Jones)
Can You Catch a Mermaid? (Jane Ray)
Ten Little Mermaids (School Specialty Publishing)
The Merbaby (Teresa Bateman)
Nicholas Pipe (Robert D. San Souci)
Princess Fishtail (Frances Minters)
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (Jane O'connor)

I’m sure I have missed some so if you know any good mermaid books you don’t see on this list feel free to add them to comments.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Story of How Shadow in the Sea Came to Be

Shadow in the Sea is probably going to come out within the next month, so I can finally share some things about it.

I never planned to write a sequel to Forbidden Sea. I originally wrote it to be a stand alone book which I felt ended perfectly. But as my writer's group finished reading the last chapter of Forbidden Sea they asked me a question.

"Who does the Sea Prince marry?"

At first, I just laughed the question off. What difference did it make, who the Sea Prince married? Denn was the only real choice for Adrianne. But that night, I found that couldn't stop thinking about that simple question. I kept rolling it over and over in my mind. Who DID the Sea Prince marry after Adrianne refused him?  After all, without Adrianne, Jendayi was now going to have to start all over again and find him someone completely new. But who would that be? Would it be someone like Adrianne? Or some other kind of personality all together? If you will remember from the first book, the Sea Prince was just a teensy bit of a rebel. He wouldn't allow himself to be forced into a marriage with just anyone--no matter what Jendayi and his mother might have to say about the matter. What kind of girl would the Sea Prince like? The more I thought about it--the more I could see Sadelynn Hanson in my mind. I could hear her voice speaking to me--telling me her story. And before I even knew what had happened, a whole new novel had begun to write itself inside my head . The story of Shadow in the Sea.

The thing I love most about Shadow in the Sea is that it also gave me a chance to finish up Adrianne's story the way I really wanted to.  Originally, I had included a final prologue chapter in Forbidden Sea that told exactly what had happened to Adrianne afterward. But eventually, over time, that chapter was edited out and didn't end up in the final version of the story.

Now readers will get to see what happened after Adrianne returned home from her adventures. Did things work out between her and Denn? Did they ever get to share a first kiss? Did Adrianne get to use her skills with horses? Did she get out from underneath the thumb of Auntie Minnah? Read Shadow in the Sea to find out all this and more!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Contest Giveaway!

I am now hosting my first contest giveaway to celebrate the upcoming release of Shadow in the Sea over on my official author blog. If you are interested in entering click the link below for more details.

Keep checking back as there will be more giveaways to come in the near future.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Shadow in the Sea Cover Reveal

The cover for Shadow in the Sea (the long awaited sequel to Forbidden Sea) has now been revealed! And it turned out beautifully.

If you'd like to see the final cover (and read a short plot summary of the story) head on over to my author blog by clicking here!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cover Reveal!

The time is almost upon us. Though a final release date has not yet been chosen, it is looking like Shadow in the Sea will be released sometime in July. I'll let you know if this changes. In the mean time, I will be doing an official cover reveal for Shadow in the Sea Next week--as well as my first giveaway to celebrate! I will also be releasing a plot summary as well. Make sure to check back then so you don't miss out on all the fun. And spread the word to all your reader friends.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fabulous Fan Art!

from over on Twitter created this gorgeous work of Forbidden Sea fan art. It is Adrianne sitting on the Rumbles with Denn mysteriously lurking about in the background. (That is definitely his trademark cap he is wearing.) The most amazing this to me is that it really does look like a lot like Adrianne--very similar to the way I pictured her in my mind. Mey, you are an amazing artist. Keep it up and you'll be a famous artist or illustrator someday.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Forbidden Sea Sequel Title Reveal

The Forbidden Sea sequel now has an official title. (And an ISBN number!) The official title is: Shadow in the Sea. I'm starting to get really excited for the big cover reveal which should be coming up in the next couple of months. A story summary will soon follow. I am also planning to have some giveaways as the release date gets a little closer, so keep checking back here for more info.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Sea Prince Character Sketch Made for the Sequel to Forbidden Sea by Sheila A. Nielson

I was going to put a crown on him, but I just loved all that free floating hair so much that I decided to skip it.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Forbidden Sea Virtual Book Club Continues

We are all reading chapter two of Forbidden Sea this week. The discussion for this chapter will begin on Monday, March 16th. It will be taking place on my Facebook fan page, so click the link below and make sure you don't miss out. Readers are welcome to join in reading along with us at any point in the novel. So if you missed the first discussion, it doesn't matter. Make sure to check out what other fans are saying in the post comments. (Giveaways and cover and title reveal of the sequel to Forbidden Sea will eventually be announced at the link below so check it out.)

Forbidden Sea Now on Tumbler!

 I just got a new Tumblr page! So all those of you out there who have Tumblr accounts make sure to click the link below and check it out. I need to find more people to connect with so if you will follow me, I'll follow you back. The more the merrier.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Forbidden Sea Book Club Discussion Has Begun!

Have you read the first chapter of Forbidden Sea yet? Let the book discussion begin! Anyone who wants may participate. We will be reading all together, one chapter a week. Each Monday, a new discussion will take place on my Forbidden Sea fan page, so make sure to click the link below and check out what everyone has to say!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Join Me for a Mass Fan Reading of Forbidden Sea

This is an open call for any and all fans of Forbidden Sea who would like to participate in a mass reading of the book. Starting now you have one week to get a hold of a copy of Forbidden Sea and read the prologue and first chapter. We will be reading one chapter each week, thereafter. Next Monday I will post my thoughts and all of you can chime in and share your feelings. This should be a lot of fun! If you are having trouble finding a copy, know that you can always go to your local library and request that they buy one. Most libraries will at least try to do so. An inter-library loan is always a possibility as well. Know also that you are welcome to join in the discussion at any time. If it takes a little longer to get a copy, just catch up and start in on the discussion when you are ready. The discussion will be taking place on my Facebook Forbidden Sea fan page rather than here on my blog. I'm including a link so make sure to bookmark it so you don't miss out.This fan page is where I will eventually announce the release date for the sequel so make sure you visit there soon.

Hope to hear from you all real soon!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

How Would You Like to go Back and Visit the Magical Mermaids of Forbidden Sea?


The final edits on the sequel to Forbidden Sea are nearly done! I can not tell you how excited I am to begin the final preparations for publication. Hopefully, I will soon have a release date for you all. In the mean time, I want to throw an idea out there to all of you fans. What do you guys think about my sponsoring a mass rereading of the original book, Forbidden Sea, in order to celebrate that we are now heading down the final stretch for the sequel's release? We could read a chapter together every week and then discuss our thoughts on my Forbidden Sea Facebook page. Imagine talking to fans from all around the world and finding out how they felt the very first time they read the book? As we do this, I will write about how I created each chapter as a writer--and even reveal a few secrets about Forbidden Sea that didn't make it into the final book. I might even sponsor a few giveaways as we go. But first, I need to find out how many people would be interested in joining in the fun. If this sounds like something you would be interested in participating in, cast your vote by leaving a comment below. I only want to do this if there are enough people who are truly interested. I'll wait a week to see how many votes I get. If there aren't enough people interested to get this going--then I will have to think of something else to celebrate and get you all excited. So pass the word and tell all your friends to vote as well. The more the merrier. This is your chance to be heard. Here is the address to my Facebook fan page where the discussion would take place. Check it out!

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