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Blog Tour: Shadow in the Sea - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: Shadow in the Sea (Forbidden Sea #2)
Author:Sheila A. Nielson
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: July 15, 2015

When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.

Sade’s quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals’ dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood’s ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn’t fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago.

Excerpt:
     He must have taken my conversational tone as an invitation. With an amazing show of grace and agility, the merman pulled himself onto the rock beside me. Powerful arms and a muscular tail helped him emerge from the water with very little effort and settle his impressive form next to mine. I glanced around nervously, but we were completely alone—not a single boat sailed on the horizon. The muscles in my legs burned from the strain of trying to keep my crouched position, so I allowed myself to sink down beside him. The smell of rocks wet from the sea lingered heavy in the air around us. I shivered as the damp seeped into my skirts and petticoats giving me a slight chill. The young merman continued to stare at me without speaking. I began to wonder if there might be something wrong with his tongue.
     He wore clothing similar to our first meeting, only this time his doublet was brown. Below that was the fish part of him. I stared down at his shimmering scales in astonishment I could not hide. His fin was huge. Curling and uncurling like the tail of a contented cat, it was a magnificent spectacle of iridescent rainbows floating on a golden sea. Occasionally he would dip the end of his fin into the waves for a moment before pulling it out again, allowing water to stream from its dazzling surface back into the sea. Realizing how long I’d been staring at his tail, I forced my eyes back to his face. That’s when I first noticed the thin gold circlet he wore about his forehead. Set into the center of it was a small red jewel.
     Thinking of James, I pointed to the circlet, “Don’t tell me you’re nobility, too.” I rolled my eyes in mock distress.
     He touched one hand to the gold band then shrugged dismissively. It was the kind of gesture any boy my own age might make. Something so ordinary done by such an extraordinary being made me laugh out loud. His features rippled momentarily with pleasure over the sound. As I watched, the most amazing thing happened. His dark, almost-black eyes shifted their color to a royal purple in the span of only a moment. I gasped in surprise.
     “Your eyes. H-how did you do that?” I stammered.
     He bent his head closer to mine—so close, I could feel the moist warmth of him radiating against my skin. Our noses almost touched. My heart fluttered like a panicked bird, but I could not move. A tantalizing scent drifted from him, like the fresh, spicy smell of far off lands. When he finally spoke to me his voice was like scintillating liquid. But the beautiful words and their meaning were beyond my comprehension.
     “Wait,” I put my hands on his shoulders, forcing him gently to sit back a proper distance. He fell into silence, watching me with intent purple eyes. Releasing his shoulders, I continued. “The language you’re speaking—I’ve never heard it before.”
     He bit the inside corner of his lip. Shaking his head, he gave a deep sigh. He didn’t understand me any better than I did him.
     “That is a problem,” I said to myself.

Author Bio

Sheila never did figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She graduated from college with a BFA in illustration, has worked as a children's librarian for over eighteen years, and would eventually like to be a full-time author. Why pick one career when you can have many? Sheila lives with her two pets, a goffin cockatoo and a tiny toy poodle. She was born and raised in California but has come to also love her adopted home in Utah where she currently resides.

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