Sixteen-year-old Marina Valentine is a rule-stretcher in an uptight Texas seaside town. She’s hormonally challenged, curious to a fault, hates fish, and has a dating resume that makes the queen look like a slut. It’s not that guys don’t ask her out. They do. She just has an unfortunate reaction to dating—uncontrollable gags. It’s not exactly a turn on.
One by one, her oddball friends start disappearing—much to the joy of the snobby high school royals—and Marina fears she is a walking bull’s eye. Inquiries into their disappearances lead to startling, gag-worthy discoveries. Toss in an increasingly inconvenient attraction to one of the royals—who holds the key to solving the mystery…in his fin—and it’s an anti-fish girl’s worst nightmare come true. Soon, Marina finds herself at the center of a looming underwater war that’s really going to play games with her love life.
As time closes in—and the Merpeople officially come out of the ocean—Marina must choose between the lives of her friends, the future of an underwater utopia, and the life of her first love. There’s just one problem. Where does a love-shy, fish-phobic, non-mergirl even begin…especially when her enemy may be the one person she trusted above everyone else?
Targeted Age Group: Young Adult
Book Price: .99
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
Ooh, it would have to be making the impossible, possible. I’m a believer in the unbelievable (as dorky as that may sound), so being able to make crazy things come true, at least between the pages, is like magic.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Stay true to yourself. Stay strong. And above all…believe.
I’m a handbag-loving gal who LOVES to watch sports–fooball, baseball, basketball, NASCAR, you name it. I take being a fan very seriously. 😉
One thing I love most is trying to make people smile, even if it means making a fool out of myself (trust me, my inner idiot is bound to make multiple appearances).
I have a completely irrational fear of grasshoppers (and crickets), worry that piranha may secretly lurk in lakes, and try to find the bright side in everything, even if I annoy myself doing so.
The random, silly, and possibly kind of really dorky me stuff:
* BIG TIME Holiday person. My mom and I LOVE any and all holidays. I still strive to take over for Santa one day. 😉
* I LOVE Christmas lights. I keep them nearby year-round…you know, for that little holiday-spirit-lifter moment. Just plug ’em in and feel the jolly take over.
* Cannot clean out a pumpkin…it just seems so wrong, like de-stuffing a stuffed animal.
* Enjoy spontaneously breaking into song in public places, particularly during Christmastime. *I apologize in advance*
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
It was one of those rare nights when the sandman actually bestowed sleep upon me (chronic insomniac, here). I had a dream about one very specific scene (New Year’s Eve), shot straight up out of bed, exclaimed a loud “WOW,” and began writing by flashlight (because I was absolutely certain flipping on the lamp would take too much time away from writing).