“Beautifully written and gripping. I’m thoroughly impressed.” ★★★★★ —Sandra Easter
— Olivia-Savannah (@Writing4joy) January 20, 2016
In January 2016 I published Part One of my first novel Shearwater – an epic YA mermaid romance – and I wanted to do something fun and meaningful for my book launch: raise money for ocean conservancy and to protect marine wildlife.
How we did…
I hit #1 in Free and Paid categories, which was my goal, and so far it’s stayed within the top 10,000 on Amazon. It’s raised $250, which I’ll donate to Save the Manatee, and gotten 69 reviews.
It was a lot of work, but for my first fiction I’m happy with how things went. Thank you everybody for your help and support!
If you like it, please review the book.
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@Creativindie I just finished Shearwater part 1 and WOW. I’m addicted to this world&characters and am anxiously awaiting to read more!
— Sarah J Cone (@SarahjconeJ) February 2, 2016
— C M Lucas (@surrealCMLucas) January 26, 2016
“The heroine is sympathetic and yet realistic, the paranormal elements spooky, well-thought out and well-salted in. I liked the romance sub-plot because there are a number of potential love interests and it’s impossible to know which one she’ll end up with. That adds another level of intrigue to an already mysterious storyline. The whole thing has an otherworldly feel, yet is grounded in a very real high school environment. Due to a tragedy, our heroine, Clara has been thrust into an unfamiliar environment. To say she’s a fish out of water would be an understatement.” ★★★★★ -Gina Grant
“Irish mythology was something refreshing and new to me, and it completely submerged me as we gradually learned more about it. When it comes to the concept of the mermaids, Murphy kept it unique. He gives them their own world, their own bodies and own features. It was all so well planned and done that it made me happy just reading about it. I could think of all the details and planning the author went into and knew I couldn’t wait to know more about the mermaids. Of course, Clara is kept in the dark about the mermaids for a while so we get the usual ‘I’m introducing you to this paranormal life’ which is necessary. But not boring in the slightest because we, as readers, can learn a lot from those moments without getting bored. This was only part one so it felt pretty introductory and they set up things for the mystery of the next part. I can’t wait to read it and will be anxiously anticipating it!” –Gina Grant
“…an evil part of me says that it’s almost Twilight minus annoying Bella. But whilst I thought of Twilight as an extremely fascinating trainwreck, I’m curious to know where Murphy will take Clara in Part Two and what wonderful discovery – and dangers – awaits our lovely protagonist.” -Anna Tan
“The plot was something else! Despite being pretty obvious since the beginning of Clara’s changes that she is a mermaid (or merrow, as Murphy describes Clara’s kind in special), all the other mysteries surrounding her were downright maddening. You ached to have answers just like Clara, haha! I’m still on my toes to know how this is going to end, but so far, so wonderful. (…) Overall, I loved the way Murphy has built his mermaid world and the way he used Ireland’s mythology and legends 🙂 It’s one of the strongest points of the book and you feel like you need to know it all because it is that cool, haha! The romantic element also really pleased me, despite everything. If you like young adult novels and mermaids, please, just read this one. You won’t regret it!” –Annelise Lestrange
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More about the book
Shearwater is a Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, mermaids, mythology, and paranormal horror.
After her parents die in a car accident, 15-year old Clara Clark is shipped off to live with a grandfather she never knew existed… in Ireland. Once there, she discovers that her mother’s past is filled with secrets. Determined to discover the truth about her mother, a string of strange incidents cause her to question her sanity. As the mystery deepens, she begins going through changes of her own, until she’s not sure just who – or what – she is anymore.
Then she meets the charming Sebastian, who won’t leave her alone, and the brooding Ethan, who can’t stand to be around her. Both of them seem to have supernatural powers, and she’s not quite sure whether they want to kiss her or kill her. When a shocking revelation destroys everything she thought she knew, she’s forced to choose… whether to cling to the last of her humanity, or venture into the deep abyss in search of her true identity.
>>>Explore the magical coast of Northern Ireland, and a new interpretation of the Tuatha de Danann, the Fomorians, and mermaid mythology.
>>>An innovative paranormal romance with a brand new magical system, and a version of mermaid biology that actually makes sense.
This is part one of the full length novel. If you’d like to learn more about how I’m publishing and why I decided to serialize my fiction, click here.
Here’s a teaser for the epic conclusion (Part Two): Clara is in the middle of a war between two ancient cultures, and she just might be the key to saving humanity from extermination. Can she negotiate a peace before everyone she cares about is murdered? Or will she give up what she wants most, to save the one she loves?
Other books you might like
Kiera Cass is publishing a mermaid book on the 26th as well; and my friend Michelle Madow is launching Elementals (based on Greek Mythology).
Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely series is based on similar mythology to mine (of the Tuatha De), but interpreted more to Fae than merrow… See Me by Wendy Higgins as well (and it’s set in Ireland!).
And then there’s “A love that split the world” – which also came out on the 26th… it doesn’t seem to have much in common with Shearwater but it’s a YA time travel, and I’m working on one of those too. 🙂
If you read Shearwater and it reminds you of any other books, please let me know!