Sunday, May 12, 2013

Enter for your chance to win "a mermaid story like no other"!

I'm so excited to be a part of my first give-away! To celebrate Children's Book Week, May 13-19, I'm taking part in a blog hop through Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Renee linked me up with the lovely Tina at Amanda's Books and More.

This week, we'll be giving away FIVE free ebooks of Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret!

Here's what Tina had to say about the book:
"[Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret is] a really neat mermaid story like no other for girls ages 6 - 12. I read the first book in the series and got really caught up in the story. I wanted to read more!"

So, don't wait! Hop on over to Amanda's Books and More and enter the Rafflecopter give-away now! (Contest closes 5/19/2013.)

Then look up the other blogs on the hop to enter for even more prizes!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Books, Babies, and Bows reviews the children's fantasy Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret

What does an octopus have to do with mermaids? Read Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret and find out!

When I came up with the idea to write a book about a girl who didn't know she was a mermaid, my intention was to write a book that was pure fantasy.

But I discovered something about myself.

If I'm creating the magical world, it won't ring true to me unless it follows the principals of science. I guess that by the time you get a PhD in biology, science is too deeply ingrained in your DNA to deny it.

While I had lots of fun researching and imagining all the fantasy science in Miri's world, there was always that nagging fear in the back of my mind. Is all this fantasy science going to be believable to other scientists?

Yes, even someone with a PhD has a fear of looking stupid. :)

So I am thrilled about the review just posted at Books, Babies, and Bows! Jenny is a scientist and she gets it! She really gets it! (And she doesn't think I'm stupid or anything.)

From her five star review posted on her blog, Amazon, and Goodreads:
What I absolutely love about this book is how the author uses scientific facts to create a rule system for this "magical" world. You learn about how a mermaid changes from legs to fins in a way that makes it believable and magical all in the same breath. 

Read the rest of Jenny's review of Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret at Books, Babies, and Bows. And while you're there, check out her lovely series on 30 books of Kindness.

Don't forget, you can now buy an ebook copy Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret at all of these major retailers.

Amazon          Kobo          Barnes & Noble          itunes/ibooks        Sony                    diesel

Happy Reading!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret now available on Nook at Barnes & Noble!

Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret is now available on Nook at Barnes & Noble!

Miri always knew she was adopted, liked her food extra salty, and could hold her breath an unbelievably long time, but she never would have guessed that it meant she was a mermaid.

Mermaids aren't real. 

Or are they? 

It took some doing to get it up, but it's finally there. Unfortunately, it's not showing up under Nook Kids new releases. I would guess that's because it shows a publication date of December 2012 - which is how long I have been trying to get it to show up in their store. Grrr!

I really want Barnes & Noble to succeed. I love how they use the epub format, which is a universal book format, as opposed to the Kindle mobi format that can only be read on the Kindle and Kindle reading apps. But it's hard to sell your book when it's virtually invisible! New releases at least would put the book in front of a few readers.

But you can find it - either by typing the title in Barnes & Noble's search bar, or clicking on the handy dandy link I'm going to provide right here:

Miri Attwater and the Ocean's Secret is still available, of course, at Amazon and Kobo. And through the magic of Smashwords it is also available on ibooks, Sony, and diesel.

So you can buy it anywhere, anytime!

If you've already bought a copy and feel inclined to hop over to any of the sites and leave a review, that would be a wonderful boost to the book's visibility on the different sites!