Giveaway for mermaid lovers!


The mermaid giveaway is over!

Thanks everyone for entering, and for helping me with my first book launch – it really meant a lot to me.

The winners are:

  • Taryn Curry
  • Holly Biggs
  • Catherine Lestrange
  • Hazel Bear
  • Emily Madsen
  • Anna Tan
  • Pamela Loperena
  • Camillia Dass
  • Adriana Villanueva


Winners = choose any 1 + 1 mermaid books

I’ve been scouring the interwebz for awesome mermaid merch I think you’ll love. Here are the coolest things I could find. PS) If you find something else you like for around $35 let me know


I found out these bookends are really expensive, so actually I can just send one, rather than a set of two. Also they are usually metal, you’ll need to paint it white if you like that style.

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This giveaway ended, I’ll email the winners asap!


About the book reviews

This is Part One of a full length novel, so I understand you won’t get the “full picture” – but I think you’ll enjoy the book anyway; and if you sign up to my email list, I’ll give you the rest for free when it’s done.

To find out more about the book, click here.


If you leave a review for Shearwater, I’ll send you a little mermaid charm for free even if you don’t win (just email me with your address).

Reviews DO NOT have to be positive. Just your honest opinion. I value any criticism that helps me improve my writing.


Also, if you like mermaids, check this out!

best YA mermaid books

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  • Reply Angela Bursch January 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I clicked on the link and read the first five chapters of Shearwater and I would like to leave a review. I honestly thought it was a pretty good story that is well written.

    • Reply Derek Murphy January 8, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much! It’s scary and exciting to be sharing it. 🙂

  • Reply B.M January 10, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Is this open to entrants from all countries?

  • Reply nastasja horvat petrik January 16, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Dear Derek Murphy,

    I have started to read this lovely mermaid novel, as soon as I received the e-mail of you sharing the first part of Shearwater. At first I was confused, because of the name (since I am a fan of the band Shearwater- if you do not know them, might want to check them out, they are quite good), but then seeing it was about mermaids made me so happy and excited! I had always loved mermaids and all the sea lore. So it was no surprise that I devoured the novel with such intensity! Now I really want more, I really do like Clara, since she isn’t a Mary Sue. I like how at times she is still a child, but has this inner strength where her composure and inner monologue shows a much more grown up version of herself. Maybe I am biased since she reminded me of myself at those years *ehem*…:)
    The imagery is so vivid and I could imagine everything quite perfectly, I really love your way of writing and Storytelling. Nothing seems to be too much (sometimes when you read you skip some parts- but here I wanted to read every word). I hope my review does not sound to mushy?? But quite honestly, I would probably buy the print version of the book (the cover on amazon looks stunning).

    Best regards,


    • Reply Derek Murphy January 17, 2016 at 6:49 am

      That’s amazing, thanks so much for your comments! Please post them on Amazon on the 26th when you can. 🙂

  • Reply Kaylee Horn January 16, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I read the chapters and this seems like something I would love to read! Can’t wait and thanks for this giveaway!

  • Reply Camillia January 17, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Hi Derek!

    I’m super excited about this book! I love mermaids and I love what you are doing to save the oceans (even though I’m deathly afraid of it) I am a book blogger and I would very much like to support you by getting an ARC and reviewing it. By the way, in terms of getting your book out there, I would say you are doing an excellent job!

  • Reply Raychel Rose January 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    This sounds amazing! Can’t wait to read your novel. Especially since my first debut story, The Sea of Ghosts, is about mermaid grim reapers! 🙂

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  • Reply Tarah Valin January 27, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    This book looks amazing and super interesting! Can’t wait to read it!

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  • Reply Stefanie Amboree February 1, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Finished Part One, left an Amazon Review and now I want more. Your writing is captivating, imaginitive and it leaves you wanting more and more with each page turned. I cannot wait to read more and learn more about Clara, her friends, enemies and the great, dark ocean that is drawing her in with every wave and splash.
    Great job, Derek!

  • Reply Irma February 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    The cover is really pretty, I can’t wait to start reading it.

  • Reply Aslinn W. February 14, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Dear Derek,
    Your books are amazing I’ve been reading them on wattpad and they’re so well written! I love all these books and what they draw upon. It is so much fun to read them. Especially Shearwater I’ve always loved mermaids and the idea of them so this is a book that really draws on my interest. You are probably the best author ever in my opinion. I mean I’m only 16 and these are definitely some of the best books I’ve read in my 16 years can’t wait for more of your books to come out. You’re awesome thank you so much for these giveaways and for writing these books!!!!

    • Reply Derek Murphy February 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Ha – thanks so much! That’s awesome to hear. I really appreciate the feedback!

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