Book #1 in the Songstress Trilogy
The Story...

Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought she had her secret under control. Who cares if after “the change” took place, she became so beautiful that all the girls at school hated her. And the boys, well, when they look at her, hate isn't exactly what's going through their minds.

But when Abby witnesses a teenage girl's murder by a preternatural creature off the coast of Cape Cod, her carefully controlled life slips into chaos. Hiding in the water until the killer's gone is a must. Getting spotted by Brian Baker, a boy from school, isn't. Neither is falling in love with him. That definitely wasn't part of the plan.

Combine all this with the mysterious mermaid box Abby receives as a postmortem birthday gift from her dad, and she's pulled even deeper into the world of shades and monsters. Once the full force of Abby's deadly siren powers are revealed, the only one she can hurt more than herself is the boy she loves.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Halibut Point State Park

We just visited Halibut Point State Park this past weekend, and it was of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The coast is just covered with enormous rocks. There are tons of tidal pools all over the place, and you can climb everywhere and explore. It's so cool that I'm thinking about using it as a setting in the third book of the Songstress Trilogy. I'm already well into the second novel, and Halibut Point doesn't play a role. Oh well. But for the third, I could definitely use it. I can already see Abby diving in!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the photo. It doesn't really do the place justice, but still.... Check it out if you're ever in the area.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Check out My Interview

Check out my first interview at This is a really good blog with lots of information about mermaid books, movies, etc.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I'm so Psyched!!!!

I'm so psyched! I just got interviewed for a blog. I'll post the URL address when the interview comes out.

Monday, August 1, 2011

An Interesting Idea....

Since I've been working on the new book, I started thinking...wouldn't it be cool if I could teach a YA course when I go back to work? (In case you don't know, before I became a stay-at-home mom/indie writer, I used to teach middle and high school English.) I would love to create a course about YA literature! How neat would that be? Kids could read a selection of YA books, analyze them, and write some stories of their own.

It's just an idea, and I should probably research it. I bet there's teachers out there who are doing this already. When I was working, I taught a few YA books, but never an entire YA course. I just thought it would be neat if my future students could read some indie writers too-- writers they'd never heard of before. Well, we'll have to see what happens if and when I land a job. Not that I'm actually looking yet. I have another year before my youngest starts kindergarten. I just thought it was an interesting idea.