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Hope to see you there!

Teaser Tuesday: Lisa Amowitz’s UNTIL BETH

Mermaid Friends, I’m thrilled to host my friend Lisa Amowitz for this Teaser Tuesday! Her book, UNTIL BETH, sounds amazing!



Title: Until Beth Author: Lisa Amowitz Release Date: September 29, 2015 Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: She doesn’t just play, she kills it.

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends Lisa Amowitzare bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her…
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It’s cover reveal day for Illusion by Lea Nolan. This is the third book in The Hoodoo Apprentice Trilogy, and I am so excited because all three books are getting gorgeous new covers! Check it out!


Title: Illusion

Author Name: Lea Nolan

Release Day: October 5th

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal



About Illusion:

New school. Cross-country move. Broken heart. If only these were Emma Guthrie’s worst problems as the first day of her sophomore year dawns. Instead, she must battle a trio of enemies—human and spectral—who may or may not have joined forces against her. All while pretending to be over Cooper Beaumont, her ex-boyfriend and true love, to shield him from her arch-nemesis’s revenge.

Worse, when the fight escalates, Emma is tempted to use the black magic she’s always fought against, endangering her own soul. As her enemies close in, join forces, and fight with new and dark magic she’s never seen before, Emma must finally harness…
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Thank you, Andrew.

Beach 2Written for Andrew, a man I didn’t need to meet.


I sit and think because I still can

What I am, I still am

He was a good man.


Thank you for your service, Andrew McKenna.

Andrew was killed on Friday by a suicide bomber in Kabul, Afghanistan while serving our country. I never met him, but he was deployed with a family member who is still out there, giving her best, and what he did, he did for you and me. My most heartfelt and sincere thoughts are with his family, his fellow troops, and all those he did this for.

Be Here Now, friends. Be Here Now.














Alethea’s Convention Survival Guide

NEW_LOGO_DCAt the beginning of every month, I put a blog post on my site directing folks over here. Well, this month I’m going backwards BECAUSE I CAN.

As I continue getting ready for DragonCon, my biggest convention of the year, I remind myself of all the survival tips I’ve come to adopt over the years.


They started out as particular to FragonCon, but they have served me well at other conventions and conferences over the year.

What are YOUR biggest conventions?

How do YOU survive?


Mermaids & Friends: David B. Coe/DB Jackson

Alethea MermaidDavid B. Coe (a.k.a. D.B. Jackson) has been my dear friend for over a decade (David contributed a guest post on my blog recently in which he discussed the circumstances of our meeting in 2002, and our friendship since then).

David is not only an exceptionally talented writer (his Thieftaker books are my favorite) but he’s also exceptionally prolific. I’m not kidding–the guy has TEN books out this summer.

Okay…so maybe I’m exaggerating. But not by much. Check out: Water Witch, Dead Man’s ReachHis Father’s Eyes…and I’m sure I’m missing something. On top of the hundreds of guest posts he wrote for this month’s blog tour to celebrate all these releases. LIKE THIS ONE! Which I demanded. Because what else are friends for? <grin>


His first name ain't baby. It's David... Mr. Jackson if you're nasty.Birds, Teen Angst, and High Fantasy: Three Books That Changed My Life…
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Amazon, Friends, and Family

There’s been a bit of hullabaloo lately in the writing community and–SURPRISE–it’s all about our favorite website, Amazon.

Click here to read a nice, concise summary of the new policy.

Firstly, Amazon decided to ONCE AGAIN change the way books are reviewed. Remember the “Like” buttons? And then the “Author Likes” and then the “Author Page Follows”? Well, now reviews are being weighted based on “helpfulness” (that box you get to check under each review) and “verified purchases” (if you actually bought the book through Amazon, as opposed to another reputable dealer).

I didn’t bat much of an eyelash at this one, since Amazon seems to change this aspect of Likes and Reviews and Follows about once every six months. I don’t even bother asking my fans to “support me” every time this happens, forcing them to ask “How high?” just because Amazon has once again yelled “Jump!”

I’ve learned not to get too attached.

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Human Giant Angel Mermaid

Hello fishy friends,

Thank you for always being so kind and allowing me to share with you. I hope you enjoy this short ocean tale penned by a very humbled and grateful mermaid.

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“Human Giant Angel Mermaid”

By Carlene Love

There comes a point when I know I’ve been pulled too far away.

It hits me. And the moment it does, I want to cry because I know in that second I am simply not strong enough to stay above the water, although I also know I will live every last drop, trying and fighting.

There are two times when I am thrust above the surface and can see him in the distance. I stop fighting, and try to be still. I want a clear vision of the last person I will ever see on this earth. But when I am still, he is somehow more instinctive to try and surge out toward me.

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New Release: Erika Kelly’s “I Want You To Want Me”

Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

Buy links: 

hErika Kelly Bio picttp://amzn.to/1TsbMz1


Denny asked: What do you love best about your hero?

Erika said: I love Derek’s passion. As the leader of his band, he’s driven to take them to the top, and…
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love for a tree

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in the shade of the trees

i watched him fall to his knees

all for me

so I could live free

i weep in the shade of these trees

not free

by carlene love flores




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