Friday, November 25, 2011


You guys, you guys, you guys! GUESS WHAT TODAY IS!!

Here's a hint:

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.


Today is Karen Hooper's BOOK BIRTHDAY!!

There's a whole release day theme--but first? I just have to say . . .

I've been a fan of this book for a long time. Yep. My love affair first began on July 11th, 2010. The first time Karen let me read this novel. I was at the beach (how appropriate!) and I missed almost an entire day of sun because I couldn't drag myself away from her story. I've had the opportunity--the pleasure--to watch it grow from that stream of something fabulous into what it is now: an entire ocean of awesome.

And finally you guys get to go swimming in it, too!!

Tangled Tides is dark and romantic . . . The cast is full of merfolk and selkies and sirens and gorgons, each with hidden pasts and secrets that run as deep as the sea.  It's not your standard Disney-style mermaid tale, trust me. In case you haven't already (and if so, omg why not???), add this book to your list of must reads. You won't regret it.

Be warned, however, that a there's an underwater web war raging between the creatures in Karen's story. And while Karen says she loves them all, she wants us each to choose a side.

So . . .

I CHOOSE . . .

. . . wait for it . . .

. . . wait for it . . .



As if there was ever any question.

I mean, who didn't dream of being Ariel while growing up? And like I said before--Karen's story is a far cry from a Disney mermaid story, but still. Sometimes I butterfly kick at the pool or in the ocean and pretend I'm secretly a mermaid. To. this. day.

How could I choose anything else?

And in honor of my love for all things merfolk--I'm giving away TWO copies of Tangled Tides! OPEN INTERNATIONALLY! (Ends December 1st.)

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with your email address. AND your answer to the question of the day.

Want another chance to win? Karen's giving away a SIGNED copy of her book (and some other sea creature-themed prizes!) on twitter! To enter? Just join the underwater web war by tweeting which sea creatures you're rooting for and why. Use the hasthag #TangledTides and you'll be entered to win :)

Karen will be on Twitter all day celebrating and answering questions--make sure to stop by and say hello. @Karen_Hooper

So tell me--are you Team Merfolk, Selkies, Sirens, or Gorgons?

Links for Tangled Tides:

PS. I apologize for any formatting issues or spelling errors! I'm currently in Jamaica (ya mon! <--- Sara's Jamaican accent . . . ) without Internet access to make edits. Thanks in advance for your comments and support for Karen's BIG DAY!

PPS. If you're a robber, you should know we have friends house sitting for us. With really big muscles. Don't even think about it.


  1. I've heard such great things about this. I'd love to win.

    And have fun in Jamaica!

  2. Happy Book Birthday to Karen! TANGLED TIDES sounds like a great read. :)

  3. Awwww, I LOVED the pic of my book in Jamaica. (On Twiiter, for those of you scanning back up to search for it).

    And YAY for the giveaway! :) I wish I could give away a free book to everyone.

    Merfolk FTW! I think sirens are winning, but merfolk and selkies are a close second.

    Thanks for celebrating with me--all the way from Jamaica! :)


  4. Probably merfolk. I spent many hours in the pool pretending to be a mermaid, and that's where my loyalties lie. :)


  5. Totally for the Selkies!
    I have been waiting for this book! Congrats!

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  6. Going for the merfolk peeps!
    Hot and dangerous!

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  7. It's close between the merfolk and sirens, but I'm going Team Siren.

    thebookcellar @wi.rr.com

  8. Sirens FTW! =) I'm not entering the contest (my copy's in the mail from Karen) but I wanted to show my support and show my "Siren" pride. =P I can't wait to read TT though.

  9. Sirens FTW! I want to fly and sing and fly and sing....But they were all so cool, it was hard to pick. :)
    So many good wishes to Karen today!

    sleuthwood (at) yahoo (d0t) com

  10. TEAM SIRENS FTW! Congrats, Karen!!! Can't wait to read it!!

  11. "Sometimes I butterfly kick at the pool or in the ocean and pretend I'm secretly a mermaid. To. this. day."

    This might be my favorite thing you've ever said. :) I'd most definitely be team mermaid as well... Ariel's one of my faves too.

    TANGLED TIDES sounds fantastic. Love the cover, and can't wait to read it!

  12. I'm Team Selkie! I like my seagarettes and fur coats. Plus, did you know we are phenomenal dancers? :P

    I'm SO excited about Tangled Tides. It sounds so very cool :)


  13. Thank you for the fun post today. I hope you are a having an awesome time! I am going to be on Team Gorgons; mainly because I have no clue what they are and love the intrigue LOL off to tweet about the fun:


  14. Hard choice! I think I would pick merfolk or siren : ) I can't wait to read this book!
    Have a great time in Jamaica! I love it there!

  15. I was going to be team merfok, but then read what she has done with sirens...so it is team Sirens all the way, man!

    Enjoy your Jamaican trip!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    justdeb @ debamarshall dot com

  16. Team Merfolk! I've always pretended to be a mermaid when I was swimming too. Mermaids are just awesome.

    Thank you for the giveaway!


  17. Mermaids are intriguing but if it's any sea creature, I am with the orcas. Very majestic :)


  18. Hmm.... Merfolk, like you! :) I LOVED The Little Mermaid! :) Thanks for the chance!

    jenelleriane at yahoo dot com

  19. hi miss sara! dat accent bad mon! yah boonoonoonoos fe true! ha ha. for me im a merfolk! you cant ever get me out of the water cause im part fish. for sure i didnt ever wanna be ariel. ack! i love sunshine but i gotta work on that singing stuff cause im a crummy singer. ugh! mostly i read just mg but miss karen said shes pretty sure her books ok for me. so for sure i wanna win her book. if i do you could email me at lennylee at rocketmail dot com. my blogs at lennys-world.blogspot.com
    ...smiles from lenny the merkid

  20. Like I said on twiter team Merfolk FTW! :) I've loved them since I was a little girl and I'm not changing myn mind now. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT)com

  21. Yay for Karen! I LOVED her story!

    And double yay for Merfolk!

  22. Sirens! The ability to lure men to their deaths is beyond cool! :)

    deadwhitehair at yahoo dot com

  23. Team Gorgons! Why? Because I'm twisted like that! :P lol, thanks for the giveaway! I want this book so badly!


  24. I am rooting for the selkies, but I cannot wait to get a copy a read Tangled Tides. It sounds fabulous and watching that cover being made was awesome.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  25. Congrats to Karen! Tangled Tides sounds like an intriguing book, and I was even more interested when I read the blurbs for the creatures on Karen's blog.

    I totally wanted to live under the sea like Ariel when I was a kid, but I'm more into birds now. So I'd have to go with Sirens! Plus, I'm way better at singing than I am at dancing.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  26. Team Merfolk!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  27. Oh my gosh thank you SO much for this amazing opportunity to win one of the books! I talked to Karen on twitter (I'm BookWorldBabe) and she was so nice and so amazing. :) Tangled Tides is one of my favorite books (one which I'm doing a project on), and it'd be so cool to actually own the book! (I've been using the library one) Anyway, thanks again for the contest, and best of luck to everyone!
    Hmmm...I would have to say team merfolk! Who could not fall in love with dreamy, mysterious Treygan? *swoon* :)

  28. Team Merfolk



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