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I can hardly believe THE MERMAID COLLECTOR has been out in the world for over two weeks now.

I have been incredibly fortunate to have so many people cheering me on throughout these days (and before) and hosting me at their wonderful blogs while my MERMAID breaks the surface! In case you might have missed any of my visits, I just wanted to share the list here and and to send out a huge thank you to you all who have hosted me or reviewed the book, as well as a huge hug to all of you who have been so supportive across the internet-universe.

I am a lucky lady to have so many kind friends.

Teri Carter: Carter Library

Devourer of Books

Bermuda Onion: Review and Interview


A Novel Review

Literally Jen’s Blog: Guest Post and Review

Traveling with T

The Debutante Ball

Deep South Magazine–Part of their Fall/Winter 2012 Reading List

Writerspace Blog


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How great is she?

My mother found her in a seaside shop in coastal Maine and couldn’t resist her. (Who could?) As her gold loop reveals, she’s an ornament, and she’s exactly what I imagine Tess would have sitting in her bathroom cup holder in THE MERMAID COLLECTOR.

Like so many residents of Cradle Harbor, twenty-five year-old Tess lives for the magic of the town’s annual Mermaid Festival, eeking out a living as a woodcarver and searching for a love as mystical as the sea. But on the eve of this year’s celebration, mystery and romance will enter her life in an unexpected way. She will collide—body and heart—with a quiet teacher named Tom Grace, a man who has lost all belief in life’s magic—until he happens upon Tess working in her studio.

THE MERMAID COLLECTOR is a story of the power of legends to shape our worlds, and the power of love to see the truths we don’t always want to see in our own hearts.

Do you believe in magic?

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Hello, summer! Can we offer you a glass of ice water–or fifty?

As I sit here applying melted chapstick in Charlotte, it’s hard to believe that just a week ago I was standing in ocean waters on a beach in Maine that were chilly enough to numb my calves. As always, returning to see family and friends in the state where I was raised is a gift and one I can’t wait to open every time the school year comes to a close.

Outside the auditorium after the presentation. Take note: crazy prints hide armpit sweat stains.

This trip was particularly special as I had the chance to do some promotion for LITTLE GALE GUMBO, and my upcoming release THE MERMAID COLLECTOR (which, like GUMBO, is also set in coastal Maine–and even bears an iconic Maine lighthouse on it’s cover that I swear I had nothing to do with–how cool is that?)

Not only did I get to attend a book club meeting that included several friends from high school, but I also shared the room with my high school English teacher who is not only a published author in her own right, but someone who was pivotal in my understanding of story structure and prose and the layering of themes. It was, as you can imagine, a very touching event for me.

There was also the chance the participate in the Portland Public Library’s wonderful series, Brown Bag Lunches, where authors get to present their work to readers. (In full fan-girl disclosure, I was there presenting LITTLE GALE GUMBO the week after Richard Ford and the week before Richard Russo–I know! Swoon, right? I melted just a little at that podium. Okay, I melted a lot. )

I also had the absolute pleasure of (finally!) getting to meet the wickedly witty and talented writer, Julia Munroe Martin, whose blog wordsxo many of you are already familiar with. We met for coffee and chatted like old friends for what seemed like ten minutes only to realize two hours later (!) that we’d only covered a fraction of all the things we meant to talk about.

In other news, I’ve started a Facebook page for THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, and I’m looking forward to it being a place where everyone can share their thoughts on the mystique and appeal of mermaids–as well as photos of them in our every day lives. (I’m looking to you, dear Josey! Didn’t you mention mermaid sculptures to me once?) I hope you all will come on over to the page and share in the fun.

Okay, enough goodies from me–How are you all keeping cool, on and off the page?

Who’s writing? Who’s reading? Who’s my hero and managing to do BOTH??

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When I saw that it has been MONTHS since my last posts…Friends, I’ll be honest. That shocked me. It shouldn’t, I know. As mom to two little ones who grow so fast, I should know how quickly time flies from us.

So here were are in mid-May! Summer is here (at least in my neck of the woods) and school is drawing to a close and I’m looking forward to sharing some of these lazy summer hours with all of you.

I’m very excited to be heading to Columbia, SC this weekend for the South Carolina Book Festival where I’ll be sharing two panel stages with authors who leave me pinching myself, frankly. If any of you happen to be in the area Saturday or Sunday, I hope you’ll drop by. Like my blogging friend and fellow writer Laura Maylene Walter, I will return with highlights from the event and maybe even pictures.

In other news, I’m awaiting the page proofs for my upcoming release THE MERMAID COLLECTOR which comes out on October 2. I’ve seen the cover and it’s gorgeous–I can’t wait to share it with you all, along with more information about the novel itself. There’s no gumbo this time around, but there is a lighthouse, a mermaid legend, and star-crossed lovers–several of who manage to untangle their fates just in time. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

So here’s to summer everyone. I’ve missed catching up with you all here–so I’d love if you’d take a sec to let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments!


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