Friday, May 3, 2013

{Guest Post & Giveaway} Karen A. Hooper

I am so excited to have Karen kick this off.  She was the first Mer book I had picked up
in a long time and I still LOVE it and pick it up from time to time.  I mean who doesn't 
revisit their favorites?!  Anyway meet the fun that is Karen!!

 Guest Post

 Mermaids and myths. *happy sigh*

I’m so honored and excited to part of Mermaid and Myth month. However, I’d like to clarify that I love mermen too and a few have contacted me to ask why this event only include mermaids. I told them it’s because girls rule and to simmer down and that maybe if they behaved we’d give them a mermen month someday. They shut up, held their heads high, flexed their washboard abs, and swam away peacefully. But now Mermen Month is something we should consider.

Moving on...

Tiff wanted me to talk about a day in the life of a mermaid author.

Because I live in Florida, I’m lucky enough to start each day with a stroll along a powdery white beach while watching the sunrise and scanning the waves for shimmering tails and fins. I then proceed to do yoga on the shoreline as waves lap against my feet and birds fly over singing me inspirational story ideas. Once I’m renewed and energized by all the beautiful nature around me, I sit in my private beach cabana with my laptop and write stories about all my beloved sea creatures.

Lovely image, isn’t it?

Also, totally NOT TRUE.

Okay, I do live in Florida and I’m only twenty minutes from the beach, but I’m lucky if I get to the beach once a month. The sun rising is what wakes me up--I’m rarely awake early enough to see it rise--and my only morning stroll is to the kitchen for a highly caffeinated cup of coffee. The only tails I see are the ones on my two dogs waiting to go outside and be fed--their tails don’t shimmer but they do wag a lot. I do love yoga, and I always intend to start my day with yoga because it does help me feel better, but I always decide I’ll start doing yoga tomorrow (Note to self: Seriously, start doing yoga tomorrow)
so basically the only workout I get is bicep curling my mug of coffee and York peppermint patties up to my lips. I don’t have a beach cabana, but I do have a really comfy writing chair and that’s where I sit and create my stories. Most days I write (or do writing related stuff) from about 8am until noon. Then I do all this other pain-in-the-butt real life stuff like office work, laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, etc. At night, I usually try to read or watch a little TV.

I know, I know, so glamorous and magical. What can I say, I’m living the dream.

Thanks so much for having me, Tiff!

*hugs to all the mermaid and myth lovers*


Author of YA paranormal and fantasy. TANGLED TIDES by Rhemalda Publishing (11/25/11)
GRASPING AT ETERNITY (Book 1-The Kindrily Series) by Starry Sky Publishing (5/25/12) 

I was born and bred in Baltimore, frolicked and froze in Colorado for a couple of years and I'm currently sunning and splashing around Florida with my two sweet and adorable dogs. I'm addicted to coffee, chocolate and complicated happily-ever-afters. 

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  As said yesterday I adore Karen and Tangled Tides is easily among my top 10 books ever.  Though she is killing me with the wait for Dangerous Depths, I curb the need to excessively bother her by reading Tangled Tides over.  She has graciously offered up
 1 Signed Copy of Tangled Tides to lure someone else into this magical world she has created and I am happy that I will have more people to endure the wait with!!  This is International so YAY everyone can enter!! 


  1. Thanks for posting this.This is awesome!!

  2. I love Tangled Tides and I live near the beach as well! <3

  3. ACK! I love this book! I have it on my Kindle - it's amazing! I can't wait to read Dangerous Depths! YAY for mermaids and crazy sea creatures! Thank you so much for the post and giveaway! Karen, you are much appreciated by your wacky Bmore fan ^_^

  4. I loved how you opened your day. You almost had me. I can picture it also. But, I do have a pool and spend time on the patio with my Kindle and laptop, taking a merbreak dip when the mood strikes me.

    Tiff, your review makes me want this book even more than I would just because it's a merbook.

    Thanks to you both for a couple of great posts.

  5. this is one of my favorite books of all time!

  6. I love it "bicep curling my mug of coffee and York peppermint patties up to my lips" - my exercise is also raising chocolate cake to my lips and chewing. That made me laugh out loud Karen!

  7. ^^ It's true we don't read a lot about mermen.... in fact so far i can only think of two... the mermen in the series " sentinel of new orleans" by suzanne johnson ( i loved those!)
    and i've read about a siren in the series Charlie Madigan by Kelly gay but that's all so i really want more of them ^^
    thank you a lot for this guest post Karen i enjoyed to learn about one of your day^^ and i 'm sure your dogs wouldn't want to share you with mermen ^^

  8. I love that description of the start to your day. I wish I could live in Florida at all, even if not by a beach. I live in VA and we have nasty Virginia Beach a few minutes from me but it's gross. I would love to have FL weather, even with the humidity. It stays crazy humid here too.

  9. I have to admit I don't think I've read many, if any, mermaid books, however after reading Karen's other book Grasping At Eternity, I fell in love with her writing style and characters that I have since added this one to my to-read pile, I just sadly haven't had time to read it yet.
    Thank you Karen not only writing great books but for donating a copy of Tangled Tides for this giveaway.

  10. All you commenters are awesome! Thanks so much for your kind and fabulous comments. <3

    Just found out Dangerous Depths will release June 1st. So get ready! Woot! :)


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