$100 writing contest (help me pitch my novel)

$100 writing contest (help me pitch my novel)

In 2016 I put out some free books. They’ve done well, but now that I’m finishing up some sequels I want them to do better.

I don’t think my blurbs are strong enough and I need your help. All you have to do is comment with your rewritten blurb below. I’ll pay $100 for the best blurb to Shearwater Part One and pick ten runnerups to get a postcard.

Here’s the blurb I’m using right now:




“It’s like The Little Mermaid for adults. I couldn’t stop reading.” ★★★★★

When my parents died in an accident, they left me like a piece of furniture to a grandfather I never knew existed. In Ireland. As if moving halfway around the world wasn’t bad enough, I soon learned my mother had left behind some unresolved drama – dark secrets that were screaming to be uncovered. And then there are the things I can’t explain. Strange things keep happening around me. Happening to me. Is it because of Sebastian, the golden-haired stranger who showed up in town at the same time as I did? Or Ethan, the kid locals whisper plays with dark magic?

Maybe both. Maybe neither. But someone is definitely out to get me, and I need to figure out why, and fast… because I’m discovering powers of my own. Powers that I can’t contain. And no matter what I do or who is to blame, if I don’t discover the real reason my mother fled Ireland, more people are going to die.

And they’re going to kill us all.


Think you can do better?

Post your revised version in the comments below (make sure your name is visible so I can find you if you win).

If you need to read the book first, it’s free on Amazon.


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Giveaway for mermaid lovers!

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

A Dark Fantasy Mermaid Romance (death, magic, mayhem…)

A Dark Fantasy Mermaid Romance (death, magic, mayhem…)

I found a new image that I adore and redid the Shearwater cover (again). Personally I love it, but after posting on Facebook and Twitter a lot of people preferred a version of the original.

This is the one most people liked best.



These are some of the earlier versions.


Someone said the girl in the red dress (on top, my favorite) was not great for the story because it had too much resemblance to Ophelia… but Shakespeare actually compares Ophelia to a mermaid in Hamlet, and I bring up the association by planting in a few dead girls.

I want it to be a beautifully tragic, heartbreaking dark fantasy (and my protagonist has a fear of drowning) so I like the red dress one the best. But I don’t want her to look like a victim… and maybe that’s why people like the pinkish dress one better – it looks like she’s struggling to stay above water; there’s more action.

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