I really hope you enjoyed Part One of Shearwater – if so please review part one.
The full book is available but exclusive to Amazon right now.
I’ve remade the cover for Shearwater many times, but I’m pretty happy with this version.
Most people still prefer the original cover, which I will continue using for Part One.
But I wanted something dark and moody. I’ve also revised the blurb, and focused less on mermaids, and a little more on one part of the book that I know is particularly strong. Some people may say this looks too much like a thriller/murder mystery, and not enough like a mermaid fantasy romance… but it doesn’t really matter. Plus, I think the first cover would attract young teen mermaid fans, and most mermaid books in that category are pretty different from mine, which is a lot darker. And all that really matters is how well the new cover and blurb are converting new readers. So far, this is working better than what I had before, which is why I changed it.
Here’s the new sales copy…
They found the dead girl on my birthday.
And I’m not entirely sure that her killer isn’t the boy I just tried to kiss.
The longer I spend in Ireland, the deeper my life seems to unravel. Whisperings of a dark secret that caused my mother to flee from her homeland. Run-ins with a pair of undeniably handsome and strangely mysterious guys. A sleep-walking adventure that nearly got me killed. The nearness of the moon and the ocean would be almost romantic, if I wasn’t being hunted for powers I didn’t know I possessed.
Not everything in mythology is just a story.
Not every fairy-tale is harmless.
Magic is very, very real… but so are the monsters from your worst nightmares.
Now I’m being chased by immortals, hunted by wizards, and forced to pick sides in a supernatural war I want no part of.
I might be the only one who can stop it.
But it will mean giving up the one thing my heart can’t bear to lose.
Even though almost everyone loves the original cover for Shearwater, I never felt it was professional enough – some of the photoshopping isn’t well done because of the images I used, and I wanted something better. Mermaid books SHOULD be mostly blue, often with a girl underwater – but I couldn’t find any stock photos I liked enough. And even though it’s a dark fantasy romance, it’s also an epic fantasy, and a LONG one (the full book is 140,000+ words!) so I wanted something more powerful.
This is what I came up with.
Usually when I post cover remakes, everyone tells me they prefer the original, but I think this will work well. I’ll keep the original cover for Part One, which will continue to be free, and use this for the Full Book (Parts One and Two) which will be $3.99.
If you’re already on my email list, I will email you when you can get part two for free (as promised). So you don’t need to pay for this book – though I hope you’re review it when it’s ready.
However, I will be focusing much more on sales for this one. The more I make with these books, the more time I can spend writing. So if you’d like to support me by preordering, you can do that here.
>>Pre-order Shearwater Book One<<
As an added bonus, if you preorder, I’ll send you these two postcards: one of the cover art, and one of a quote that will be in the front of the book.
Someone is trying to kill me.
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.
MERMAIDS ARE REAL.
And they’re going to kill us all.
“It’s like The Little Mermaid for adults. I couldn’t stop reading.” ★★★★★
“Not just another Twilight—even though we do have sparkly mermaids instead of sparkly vampires. But the story itself is well told and the characters act and respond like real people instead of cardboard cutouts. The mystic premise of the mer-people is even almost believable in the context of the Irish coastal culture, and the interactions between the characters are more encompassing than just the make-believe of the story. Although it’s written for young adults, as a mainstream adult I found the story entertaining and readable, and even subscribed to the author’s site to get the next installment as well as his other books.” ★★★★★
“The author’s writing and editing is impeccable, and his research is substantial. I feel like I’m at the exotic locales described. His backstory and science behind the mermaid phenomenon is solidly explained and more than adequate to suspend my disbelief. The author also presents a lot of this backstory as not an info-dump, so kudos for that.” ★★★★★
“Part One” of this book was made available last year.
This is the first FULL book of the Ocean Depths Series; it includes parts One and Two and is almost 140,000 words long.
Shearwater is a young adult mermaid novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, Irish mythology, supernatural folklore and, of course, mermaids.