Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the lagoon these last couple days! Beth and I had so much fun chatting with all of you, and I hope you had a good time, too.

The ten winners (chosen from a random number generator) are as follows:

Megan Connors Laurie Sanchez Cindy Skaggs Mary Jo Burke Stephanie Buchanan Marnee Bailey Orly Konig-Lopez amber Kimberly MacCarron Tara Lynn Mosby

Congratulations to all of you!

Remember, even if you did not win, you should still feel free to query Beth.  Thanks again and best of luck in your writing careers! I can’t wait to read all of your books!

Directions from Beth on how to submit: For anyone who would like to query, please feel free to do so by emailing me a query letter and the first five or so pages of your ms pasted into the body of an email. Please mention this blog. Send to bmiller(at)writershouse(dot)com.

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Win a Partial Request from Writers House: Agent Beth Miller Swims with the Mermaids

I am thrilled to welcome the fabulous Beth Miller of Writers House to the lagoon today. And even more excited to tell you that Beth will be requesting a partial manuscript from ten lucky commenters. That’s right – I said TEN. No pitch necessary. All you have to do is leave a comment, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to receive a partial request from Beth.

Even if you have no need for representation, please feel free to say “hi” or ask Beth a question. (Just be sure to let me know you’re not interested in the drawing!) We would love to hear from you!

This contest ends Saturday, May 19, at 11:59 pm, EST. The ten lucky winners will be posted on Sunday, May 20.

Take it away, Beth!

1. There are stories of agents getting manuscripts shoved at them under the bathroom stall door. Has anything like that ever happened to you?

No, but I…
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Author Interview: Princess Alethea Swims with the Mermaids

This surprised me. I was nervous. I wanted to conduct the best possible interview ever because I was interviewing the one and only Alethea Kontis. Yes, the New York Times Bestselling author, the multi-published author of the AlphaOops! series, the author of the newly released Enchanted, which is getting RAVE reviews, not surprisingly–and she’s also the founder of the Waterworld Mermaids (and my roomie at the 2012 WRW-DC Retreat). So yes, I was nervous! But if you know Alethea, you know I shouldn’t have been nervous one darn bit. Mainly because she wouldn’t allow it. A charming young woman with an infectious fun-loving personality, and a huge amount of talent, energy and love for writing and for being the best writer she can be, Alethea is fabulous and likely the only Princess I’ll ever know:)…and that’s just fine with me.

It was my pleasure to spend a few minutes swimming in her pond. So, without further adieu, here’s my interview with Alethea Kontis.

Denny said: Let’s get to the facts right up…
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Evernight Publishing Swims With the Mermaids


I have new reason to love my publisher (you can read about it on my blog), so I’m thrilled to invite Evernight Publisher CEO Stacey Adderley into the Waterworld Mermaid lagoon.

Evernight is a digital first house based in Canada with a crack team of editors (mine is the awesome Emma Shortt, based in England) and designers. I won’t lie, one of the first things that really attracted me to Evernight was their amazing covers. However, after publishing two books (and hopefully more) with Evernight, you can bet I love a whole lot more about them now – but the covers are still to die for.

Enough from me, take it away Stacey!

Tell us a little about Evernight Publishing, it’s history and the kinds of books you publish.

At Evernight we publish romance, erotic romance, and some urban fantasy. I started the company because I love romance and also…
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Penmonkey Chuck Wendig Swims with the Mermaids

Fellow mermaid Robin Covington turned me on to Chuck Wendig. I fell in blog love at first sight. His blog, Terribleminds, is full of great advice for writers and some of the most entertaining Top 25 writing lists in the world. Double bonus, he’s foul-mouthed and funny. For me, anyone who drops an MF in a blog about writing and makes me laugh is a good egg. Yep, my kind of writer.

In addition, his latest novel, Blackbird, drops on April 24 and it looks awesome.

“Miriam Black knows when you will die.

Still in her early twenties, she’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name.

Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their…
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Songwriters Series

Music has been the overwhelming influence in my world this past month.  I’ve had the chance to discover some new bands and have gained a few new favorite songs.  I also started wondering more and more about similarities and differences between what a songwriter does and what book writers do.  My hope is to keep finding new bands/singers/songwriters to fall in love with and maybe even snag a few who might be willing to answer these questions.


These are just a few things that popped into my mind this week:


What is the secret to conveying so much in so few words?  The song that just had me swaying along was a mere 178 words long.  The book I’m working on that hopefully does the same?  104,000 words.

Is there any similarity between plotting a song and plotting a story?  Are there industry formulaic “rules” a songwriter follows that would be similar to our plot lines and character…
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Rockin’ Romance Giveaway & Video Chat

Have you ever wanted to see a Waterworld Mermaid in her natural habitat?

Chat about books in the lagoon?

Ask questions about our latest releases and upcoming novels?

No? Then, be gone with you back to your own dark part of the ocean with its bad florescent fish lighting and weird-looking Anglerfish.

Are they gone? Good, because Waterworld Mermaids Alethea Kontis, Robin Convington and Avery Flynn have some amazing news to share. We are co-hosting an hour-long Rockin’ Romance video chat at 2 p.m. this Sunday (March 11). Stop by  to talk books, music and chocolate with us. In addition, I’m sure they’ll be some man candy, writer gossip and some inappropriate language. Hey, we’re Waterworld Mermaids, we’re known for our outrageous enthusiasm not our decorum.

We’ll be giving away a humongous gift basket to one lucky participant filled with signed copies of Up a Dry Creek by Avery Flynn and Enchanted by Alethea Kontis, a digital copy of Jennifer Probst’s The Marriage Bargain, an iTunes…
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Our Winner of Gail Barrett’s, High-Stakes Affair

I am not one to apologize either at the beginning of a blog but I will today.  I was left at the mercy of circumstances  away from home the past few days so I wasn’t able to be on-line much.

So, sorry for not being able to respond most of the weekend.  I was away where there wasn’t any Wi-Fi connection —eeeekkkkk!  I did have  access to a tablet occasionally with some connection but couldn’t log on to some areas on-line. I was able to respond off and on Friday but not yesterday so I am posting the winner today now that I’m home again.

I was so excited to have Gail Barrett with us and all the great comments from everyone.  I want to thank Gail for the wonderful opportunity for stopping by and talking to us here in Mermaid Lagoon.

After  selecting a name from our magic conch shell, we have a winner!  Desere Steenberg is the winner of Gail’s book, High-Stakes Affair.  Congratulations, Desere!  Read the Rest…

Harlequin Romantic Suspense Author Gail Barrett Swims with the Mermaids

I am so excited to have my critique partner, favorite suspense romance writer and good friend, Gail Barrett with us today!

She is the author of nine Harlequin/Silhouette Romantic Suspense novels and a Silhouette Special Edition which won the Golden Heart.  Gail says she always knew she’d be a writer, and after living everywhere from Spain to the Bahamas, earning a graduate degree in linguistics, and teaching high school Spanish for years, she finally fulfilled that lifelong goal.

Now a former RITA® and Daphne finalist, Gail’s books have won the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, National Readers’ Choice, and numerous other awards. Her September 2011 Harlequin Romantic Suspense novel, Cowboy Under Siege, is a 2011 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee. Visit her webpage:

Her latest book in her Stealth Knights series, High-Stakes Affair is out and what a book it is!  Gail has a way of capturing our hearts with…
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Rachel Aaron Swims In The Mermaid Pond

Today we are joined by the very talented Rachel Aaron, author of The Legend of Eli Monpress novels, an adventure fantasy series from Orbit Books starring an irrepressibly charming wizard thief and the poor saps trying to catch him. “The Legend of Eli Monpress,” an omnibus of her first three books, is available at bookstores everywhere. Her fourth book, The Spirit War, comes out June 2012. Yesterday Rachel shared her secrets to increasing her writing productivity from 2,000 to 10,000 words a day, now we are going to learn more about Rachel and her latest release.

Welcome back to the mermaid pond Rachel. Please tell us a little about yourself.  I’m the author of The Legend of Eli Monpress, a fast, fun adventure fantasy about a charming thief and the band of colorful characters who make his life more interesting. The first three books are out now in The Legend of Eli Monpress…
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