Sheila Nielson, a friend of mine and member of my writing critique group, has her debut novel, Forbidden Sea, coming out next month.
I've read it—twice—but can't wait to get a copy to read it again. I guess you could say I loved it.
Here's the backliner:
When Adrianne comes face-to-face with the mermaid of Windwaithe Island, of whom she has heard terrible stories all her life, she is convinced the mermaid means to take her younger sister. Adrianne, fierce-willed and courageous, is determined to protect her sister from the mermaid, and her family from starvation. However, the mermaid continues to haunt Adrianne in her dreams and with her song.
Yet, when the islanders find out about Adrianne's encounters with the mermaid she is scorned, for this small and superstitious community believes the mermaid will bring devastation to the island if Adrianne does not give herself to the sea.
A powerful and lyrical story of one girl who must choose between having everything and having those she loves.
Sheila is giving away an Advanced Reader Copy on her blog. Go enter to win before July 1st.