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Karen Amanda Hooper has been one of my blogging buddies for years and now her young adult novel, TANGLED TIDES, is officially being released into the world today. Please join me in the celebration by fighting in the war--the underwater web war between the sea creatures!

Karen’s story contains battling merfolk, selkies, sirens and gorgons.  Here’s a summary of what they are like (illustrations created by the talented Alexandra Shostak):

MERFOLK: of the sun, need warmth, gifted singers, can control water. Fun fact: in my story merfolk are ranked by color. Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet (yes, the rainbow. And yes, my MC makes fun of it.) Each rank has a designated role and duties to their kind. Also, they must smoke C-weed to survive. You'll have to read the book to find out what C-weed is. 

SIRENS: of the sun, need warmth, seductive singers, can control the weather. Fun fact: There are 3 siren sisters, one for each of the original gorgon sisters who were eternally banished to the dark and cold gorgon grotto. The sirens fly and swim between the worlds doing the gorgon sisters' dirty work, but the sirens evolved to be feisty rebels who do whatever they want most of the time--including stealing memories from humans. 

SELKIES: of the moon, need cold, phenomenal dancers, can control human minds. Fun fact: selkies need the cold to survive but they're trapped in warm FL weather, so they hang out at Jack Frost's, a bar that is freezing cold and everything (seats, tables, walls, etc) are made out of ice. Their chic fur coats also help keep their bodies cool. They smoke seagarettes and have lots of scars that are invisible to humans. 

GORGONS: of the moon, need cold, seductive dancers, can control the sea creatures (the original 3 are like the gods of their world). Fun fact: Just like Medusa, the gorgons can turn any living thing to stone, but they aren't the heartless evil monsters that are portrayed in most legends. They are wicked smart, fast, and powerful. The male gorgons are tough as rock.

She says she loves all of them, but she wants everyone else to choose a side, so…
I CHOOSE SELKIES!  Why you ask?  Because they get to hang out in a bar, of course.

Wanna learn more or join in on the fun? Go check out the details at Karen’s blog:

Karen is giving away a signed copy of her book and some other sea creature themed prizes. To enter, join the underwater web war on Twitter. Tweet which sea creatures you’re rooting for and why. Include the hashtag #TangledTides and you could win.

Karen will be on Twitter all day celebrating and answering questions, so stop by and say hello. @Karen_Hooper  

Here’s a summary of the story:

Yara Jones doesn’t believe in sea monsters—until she becomes one.

When a hurricane hits her island home and she wakes up with fins, Yara finds herself tangled up in an underwater world of mysterious merfolk and secretive selkies. Both sides believe Yara can save them by fulfilling a broken promise and opening the sealed gateway to their realm, but they are battling over how it should be done. The selkies want to take her life. The merfolk want something far more precious.

Treygan, the stormy-eyed merman who turned Yara mer, will stop at nothing and sacrifice everything to protect his people—until he falls for Yara. The tides turn as Yara fights to save herself, hundreds of sea creatures, and the merman who has her heart. She could lose her soul in the process—or she might open the gateway to a love that’s deeper than the oceans.

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Best of luck Karen...although I doubt you'll need much.  :)


  1. Great post. I'm ready to pick sides: I choose Gorgon.

  2. Yay for Karen!! :)

    I think I'd choose sirens!

  3. Awesome world building. This one I will have to read.

  4. Selkies LOVE their bar. :) Great choice!

    Thanks so much for celebrating with me, DL! ♥

    *hands you a piece of cake and mimosa*

    And thanks for the good luck wishes (I actually DO need them.)

  5. I wouldn't mind being a siren. Right now, seductive is NOT how one would describe my singing. :(

    Love the cover!

  6. Sounds fantastic! Go Karen go.

    Sirens for me, please.

  7. That's three now for selkies - they are winning. (Yes, I'm keeping track.)

  8. Ha! love your reason for choosing selkies. But I choose Sirens FTW!

  9. Wow, congrats, Karen! This sounds fantastic and I'm adding it to my TBR pile immediately!

  10. Good luck to Karen. Its fun to develop characters and creatures like sirens and gorgons and such. They give the author so much to work with and opportunity to make a shift in the story with their powers and abilities.

  11. Yay for Karen! I choose Team Merfolk!




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