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MER 2 COVER REVEAL! ‘Falling Kingdom’ is coming soon!

Why hello there everyone! It has been quite a while since I’ve posted any MER related info or anything to do with my involvement as the author of the MER series. And I think it is about time I do so. And what an exciting time it is folks! (And merfolks) 😀 HeeHee MER: Falling Kingdom (the second book in the series) is just around the corner from being published! Woo hoo! And therefore a perfect time to reveal the Falling Kingdom book cover, compliments of its designer Paul Beeley over at www.create-imaginations.com. AND HERE IT IS. DRUM ROLL….

  I hope you all are as excited for this as I am! Beautiful isn’t it?  Alright kids…keep tuned, as I will be soon announcing the book launch party of Falling Kingdom (MER 2)!

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THE NEXT BIG THING!

The Next Big Thing …

Welcome to The Next Big Thing. My author buddy, Suzanna Williams, recently tagged me for a ‘chain’ blog entitled ‘The Next Big Thing’.
The deal is: I answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress, then I invite other authors to do the same. A bit like a chain letter, except it is only focused on an author’s work-in-progress.
Suzanna is the author of a young adult sci-fi action adventure titled Shockwaves. You can find her answers about her latest book by clicking here.
Suzanna was tagged previously by Katherine Lowry Logan, the author of The Ruby Brooch, a time travel romance.
Read about her work-in-progress here.
The authors I’ve chosen have been tagged can be found below my answers. So here goes:

What is the working title of your next book?

MER: volume 2. (This is just a working title until I make a decision on what the second book in the series will be called.)

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Besides the fact that I love anything fantasy, involving mermaids and magical creatures, it all started with a late-night conversation with my hubby. We were talking about current trends in young adult books and movies and I was like “There are so many vampire, werewolf, and wizard type books…what about merpeople?” And thus, MER was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Young adult fantasy with a touch of romance.

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

This is a very hard question, because I have so many characters in my book, a lot of them being children and teens. BUT I will say that Russel Crow would be a great Lord Emrys, the children’s father.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

MER is a dark and magically gripping tale of the Castlecray children, who are forced on a treacherous journey where bed-time stories come to life right before their eyes.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This was a very hard decision for me at first, but for now I will am self publishing the MER series. If I get a fantastic offer from a big-time publisher, then it may be a different story.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took me nine months to write MER, the first book in the series, and I am shooting for six months for book 2! Wish me luck!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

This is also a very hard question, because I believe my book is very different from any other. But if I had to choose I would say J.K. Rowling’s HARRY POTTER and George R.R. Martin’s A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE, which are two very different styles.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My family. My daughter, who is absolutely obsessed with fairy-tales and anything mermaid and my husband, who is my biggest support system!

What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

This series is geared towards young adults, but it is great for and loved by many people of all ages. It has a little bit of everything, from knights who fight for honor, a rebellion war and slimy crag trolls, to magical creatures, ancient prophecies, mermaids, and romance. If that doesn’t get you, check out the book trailer here done by Director Jeremy Womac and Monsoon Productions. It is amazing!
The authors I’ve invited to join in the fun are: James Eggebeen, a fantasy writer after my own heart, and Bethany Aan, a steamy erotica/romance and sci-fi writer.
I hope you’ll visit their websites and check out their books. Their answers will be posted on their blogs on Friday, March 1st, along with the names of the authors they’ve tagged. Look for #BlogNextBigThing

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Valentine’s E-book Sale! Win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

The Valentine’s DayE-Book SaleToday’s hottest ebooks are on sale under $5 from Feb 14-16 only!

Mystery, romance, young adult – there’s something for everyone …

… including the chance to win 1 of 4 $25 Amazon gift cards! Hit the link below for a chance to win! 

And I’m happy to announce that my highly anticipated young adult fantasy book, MER, will also be on sale for $2.99 (down from $4.99) during the sale!

Check out the Indie Book Festival’s Valentine E-book Sale!

 

Click on the link below to enter to win 1 of 4 $25 Amazon Gift Card!!!

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AND THE WINNERS ARE…

We have winners for the MER BOOK RELEASE EXTRAVAGANZA GIVEAWAY and the FACEBOOK ALL DAY GIVEAWAY!

Mer book release!

AND THE WINNERS ARE…

At midnight last night we calculated all of the captions and the page # guesses and here are all of the FACEBOOK ALL DAY GIVEAWAY winners for the MER BOOK RELEASE EXTRAVAGANZA!

“CAPTION THIS PHOTO” Game winners will receive a signed paperback copy of MER or a kindle version:

* Kyla Ballard with 7 likes for her caption “I’ve seen things I can’t unsee…hold me tighter.”

*Stephanie Frankenfield with 11 likes for her caption “Did I leave the stove on…did I?…I think I left the stove on..did I leave it on?”

*Amethyst Kinney with 8 likes for her caption “My staff’s bigger than yours.”

*Jessica Hull Sotelo with 11 likes for her caption “When this ship docks I’m going home to register on Match.com.”

*Laura Faust with 8 likes for her caption “Mud and blood won’t stop me. I will catch them if its the last thing I do.”

*David Deen with 6 likes on his caption “Ha! Look at that guy. He’s yelling at a tree.”

LOL! I think everyone had a good time. I know I laughed my booty off all day and night with these games! Thank you so much for the fun and support. Winners please Private message MER with your name and street address so you can be mailed your signed copy of MER. If you prefer a kindle edition, just your name and e-mail address will be needed!

“TRIVIA QUESTION” Game Winners will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

*Dana Jan Bartelt won a whopping FOUR times and will receive (4) $10 Amazon Gift Cards!

*Amber Bates won a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

*Jessica Hull Sotelo also won a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Congrats to the winners and Thank you for the participation!

AND NOW… for the “Guess how many pages are in MER” winner(s) who will receive a signed paperback copy or kindle version of MER and their name will be featured as a character in MER book 2.

THE # IS 315 and we had a tie!!!

*Heidi Hale and Michael Fennena both guessed 315! Good job guys!

Heidi and Michael, please Private message MER your FULL names (first, middle, and last) and your street address if you want a paperback book, or e-mail if you want a kindle version of MER!!!

AND the GRAND PRIZE WINNERS of the MER BOOK RELEASE Raffle Giveaway (which was hosted on Jade’s blog http://www.jademphillips.com) are:

*1st Grand Prize, a $50 Amazon Gift Card- winner is Kuljit_2991@hotmail.com

*2nd Grand Prize , a $25 Amazon Gift Card- winner is Adriana Delval

*3rd Grand Prize , a $25 Starbucks Gift Card- winner is Tricia Drammeh

WOW! What a fun giveaway! We are totally doing this again for the MER book 2 release later this year! Thank you again for everyone’s support and participation. We just wish everyone could have won!

Lots of love and hugs! -Jade M. Phillips

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MER book trailer!

MER by Jade M. Phillips

MER book trailer directed by Jeremy Womac

and produced by Monsoon Productions

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MER Book Release Extravanganza and Giveaway!

THE TIME HAS COME LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! THE RELEASE OF MER!

LAUNCH DATE: 1/13/13

And in celebration we will be doing some MERtastic giveaways!

GRAND PRIZE CONTEST WILL RUN FROM SUNDAY JAN 13th- THURSDAY JAN 17th!

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS WILL BE THURSDAY JAN 17th ONLY!

GRAND PRIZE RAFFLE GIVEAWAY!Online release flyer mer

*GRAND PRIZE

$50 Amazon Giftcard.

*2nd GRAND PRIZE $25 Amazon Giftcard.

*3rd GRAND PRIZE $25 Starbucks Giftcard.

FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS! (Must LIKE MER on Facebook here and join the Mer Book Release Extravaganza!)

*A chance to have your name (first, middle, or last) be featured as a character in the next book, tome #2 of the MER series+ an autographed copy of MER tome#1!

*We will also be giving away a total of (5) copies of MER, your choice of print or Kindle throughout the day and

*A total of (6) $10 Amazon gift cards will be given away throughout the day.

RULES:

FIVE WAYS TO WIN THE GRAND PRIZES:

1. Comment on this post between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th (leaving your name and e-mail address) to receive 1 entry for the GRAND PRIZES.

2. Purchase a book between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th and receive 5 entries for each copy purchased! Go here for kindle or here for a print book to be sent to you, forward the receipt to authorjadephillips@gmail.com with your name and contact info.

3. Go to MER’s Facebook page here between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th and LIKE it ( if you haven’t already) to receive 1 entry.

4. Watch the MER booktrailer here on YouTube, then comment with your name and email address and like (on youtube) and then share it on Facebook to receive 5 entries! Or just watch it below and comment to earn 1 entry!

5. Tweet to win. If you are on twitter, copy and tweet any of the 5 tweets below between Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th. Each tweet will earn 1 entry. You can only tweet each once per day, so you can tweet 5 times a day and earn up to 5 entries a day. So if you tweet all 5 tweets all 5 days that’s 25 entries! (Make sure to keep the tweets exactly how they are so I can keep track.)

Like Starbucks coffee? WIN $25 GC and many more prizes. Join the MER book release party! Now until the 17th! @JadeMPhillipshttp://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
MER BOOK RELEASE PARTY EXTRAVAGANZA! WIN a $50 AMAZON GC and many other prizes! Now until Thursday 17th! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
#FREE $50 & $25 AMAZON GC, $25 Starbucks GC! Join the book release party for MER and WIN! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
 Contest going on now! WIN $50 & $25 AMAZON GC’s $25 STARBUCKS GC, and free books! MER release party! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26
 #WIN #FREE #PRIZES Check out the MER BOOK RELEASE PARTY! $50 Amazon GC $25 GC and many more! @JadeMPhillips http://wp.me/p2PmSa-26

*You will have 5 days to get in your GRAND PRIZE entries. The entries will only be given from Sunday Jan 13th – Thursday Jan 17th. They will not count if done before or after. Now if you haven’t quite got it yet (HaHa!) the contest runs from 1/13/13 through 1/17/13, where it will end with a bang with the Facebook event on the last day!  Winners will be announced on Friday Jan 18th.

Mer book release!

Happy Birthday MER!
Balloons, party hat, and wine glasses not included.

WAYS TO WIN THE ALL DAY FACEBOOK GIVEAWAYS AND MINI PRIZES: You must go to MER’s Facebook page here and LIKE it (which will award you 1 entry towards the GRAND PRIZE if done Jan 13th-17th) and you must join the event MER BOOK RELEASE EXTRAVAGANZA! There will be contests, games and trivia all throughout the day for a chance to win the mini prizes, and even from the comfort of your own laptop, i-pad or smart phone. You do NOT have to be there all day, just check in every so often to join in on the contests. (Rules will be posted on the event page during the mini contests which will be posted randomly throughout the day of Thursday, Jan 17th.) And the winners will be announced the next day (Friday the 18th!)

Thank you so much and good luck! And may the power of MER be with you!!

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You asked for it! MER chapter reveal!

Woo hoo! MER has hit 100 LIKES on Facebook! What is MER, you ask?

Let me put it this way, if a “Harry Potter” book got together with “The Little Mermaid” (and added a little sprinkle of “The Game of Thrones” for the adults), you would get my suspensfully dark, swashbuckling, mysteriously gripping, sometimes awkward and special, but never boring young adult novel, MER.

And in celebration of getting 100 LIKES on Facebook, here is a chapter snippet, as promised! Let the magic begin!

“That’s enough bantering, ladies,” said Higgins, the unspoken leader of the cog, “You all sound like washerwomen on laundry day!” The crew looked sheepish, hanging their heads.

Brushing off the childish behavior, Higgins proceeded, “I think we should set sail a bit more south. The sea hasn’t given us a bit of luck here. Pull in the nets and hoist the main mast.” Higgins scratched his scruffy black beard as he gazed south toward the open sea.

Just then the fishing cog lurched forward abruptly. The men stumbled to catch their footing. They all stood stock still, and searched each other’s faces questioningly for a hint of explanation. Again the boat suddenly jumped, causing the men to lose their balance.

“The net!” yelled the thin man as he looked over into the water. The group rushed to where he was, peering over the edge.

“We’ve caught something! It’s a big one!” cried the crew members as the boat began to move slowly and steadily across the sunrise-colored water.

“Whatever it is,” shouted Higgins, “It’s mighty strong. It’s actually pulling us!”

“Jefferson! Duncy! Get the spears!” Higgins grabbed the net to try to steady the sea creature. A streak of shiny scales could be seen, as their catch struggled to free itself. A loud ripping and popping sound could be heard. “It’s ripping the net!”

In a flash, the creature emerged from the water, free of the net, and in a blur, a large fish tail smacked the water as it dove back in, creating a large splash that hit the men square in the face.

Higgins was caught off guard by the splash and wiped his eyes with the back of his sleeve. He was suddenly aware that the boat was swiftly moving again, faster than before. The damned thing is pulling us again, the fisherman thought.

“The tip of its fin is caught in the net!” cried Duncy as he ran to the front deck with his spear. The whole group was now at the head of the boat, gripping and pulling at the net, while the large fish swam desperately, tugging the small cog behind it. Faster and faster they went, almost as if the boat itself was alive and swimming.

Higgins pulled with all of his might at the wavering fish net and yelled, “Duncy! Spear the beast!”

Duncy wobbled and wavered, his arm propped in preparation. “I can’t get a clear view of it. It keeps swerving back and forth like a crazed dolphin!”

“Just do it!” spouted Higgins over the chaotic noise of shouting fishermen and rushing water. Duncy stretched back his hand and steadied the weapon as much as was possible, and threw the spear straight and true directly at the fish net. The boat slowed and the net loosened its slack in the men’s grip. For a moment they dared not breathe in the tension-filled silence.

Suddenly with a splash, the broken spear came shooting up out of the water, followed by a second piece; the splintered shaft launched through the air. What the bloody heck kinda’ fish is this?

The little fishing cog began to build up speed again.

“What in the…?” The thin man’s words were cut off by Jefferson bursting through with another spear.

“Out of the way!” The young and strong fisherman thrust the spear so hard into the water that he almost toppled over with it until another crew member caught him by the back of his shirt. The speed of the boat slowed, and again the net slackened in the crew’s hands. They all stopped to catch their breath.

Gasping for air, Jefferson said, “Look!”

The great fish floated up sideways towards the surface of the water, golden scales glittering in the now vibrant sunlight. The men finally got a good look at it and stared in awe. The huge fish was a bit longer than the tallest man and half as wide.

Higgins wiped the perspiration off of his forehead with the back of his hand and let out a big sigh of relief. “Whew! Now that’s what I call fishin’! Everyone to the net, let’s pull this monster in.”

The men gathered and grabbed a part of the fish net and hooted and hollered, laughing about their triumph, as they worked to hoist their catch over the edge of the boat and on deck. They spoke of how everyone would applaud them at the Beltane Festival when they presented their prize.

“That is the biggest fish I ever seen,” the old fisherman said as he struggled with the net.

Jefferson had a look of pride on his broad face while he pulled on the net with all of his strength, “I can’t wait to see the young maiden’s faces when they hear we’ve caught the Legendary Giganta.”

All of the other crew members exchanged glances and then burst out into laughter. The old man, half laughing and half coughing, said, “Oh, you’re just a…gr… green boy, Jefferson. That’s no Giganta. The Great Fish would be four times the size of this one here.”

Jefferson looked disappointed but asked, “Well, what kinda’ fish do you s’pose it is?”

Higgins smiled. “I don’t know, but one thing’s for sure, this will be the biggest catch on record in all of North Harbor. Heck, in all of Merenia.”

The crew finally pulled the enormous fish on deck with a loud wet thud as Jefferson leaned over and ripped his spear from the beast’s side. The men stood back to admire their catch, red blood surged and oozed from the wound and ran across the wet planks of the boat.

“We set sail immediately. We won’t want to be late for Beltane,” the boat leader said. The crew quickly went to work hoisting the sails and making ready for their trip back.

The sun was well past halfway through the sky and beating down warmly on their backs once they turned and set forth onto North Harbor. The men sang a song of maids and whiskey, as Higgins looked to see that the fog had lifted and the waters were clear and sparkling. He whistled a happy tune, scratching at his scruffy beard while manning the helm.

The sweaty and water-sodden men went about their work in the liveliest of moods with the image of North Harbor coming closer and closer.

“Come quick! Something’s happening!” Duncy called to the crew. The men jumped and ran to Duncy’s urgent cry.

As the fishermen gathered around their catch, they stared in amazement, for what they saw was something they’ve only heard about in stories.

“What is it doing?”

“This can’t be real.”

“Something’s wrong.” All of the men talked on top of each other.

“Son of a goat! Look at that!” the old man said in shock while he stared down at the huge fish, his knees shaking.

Crackling noises were coming from the giant creature, noises that stood the hair up on the backs of their necks. The glittering golden scales of the fish began to bend and shift, flowing long ways down its back.

The men blinked their eyes in disbelief, yet the fish body went on fluidly moving and varying its shape back and forth. The fish head, which was just covered in the golden scales and a large bulging eye, was now bare meat underneath, changing from yellow to green to orange and finally settling on pink. The fish’s thick lower half began to narrow and grow thinner, and its rough and stubby fin began to enlarge into a wide, yet thin and flowing dorsal, showing the colors of a fiery iridescent rainbow in the sunlight.

Higgins stood awestruck while a powerful sucking sound emanated from the morphing creature. With a loud pop, the so-called fish sprouted two appendages below the pale head, the color of pink skin. Bloody deep blue sea, I must be dreaming.

Higgins searched the others’ faces, theirs reflecting the mix of emotions he felt creeping along his insides, goose pimples running along his arms.

The creature that was now more shapely than before and a bit smaller but still very large, began to grow a nose, mouth, and fingers; looking more like a man with every passing moment. The screeching and crackling sounds went on while the half-man grew long wavy hair and its features turned solid and its muscles strong.

Then all was silent, except for the groaning and creaking of the wooden boat swaying gently in the water. The creature lay still with a gaping wound in its flesh-colored chest, blood running down onto, what seemed to be, its fish tail.

“Well, I’ll be damned to the deep blue sea…” Higgins words were carried away on the ocean breeze.

THANK YOU for all your support! And stay tuned for details on the book release and book trailer release. It’s going to be awesome!

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About MER

In a land where the sea grows restless, the summer breeze turns to ice and sleet, and Mother Nature has plans of another sort, dark and supernatural forces begin to unfold, fighting to unite the broken prophecy.

In the midst of a tangled web lie the Castlecrays, a family with deep tragedy and mysterious secrets, who are torn apart and forced on a treacherous journey. Coming from a time when kings rule the realm, knights fight for honor, and eminence is power, the children of Castlecray are thrown into a unknown magical ambiance where nothing is as it seems, and bedtime stories come alive right before their eyes.

Sweeping from a land of severe and savage seas to the sparkling underwater spires of a magical unknown world, this is a tale of lords and ladies, knights and nobility, traitors and trolls, who are all intertwined in a weaving maze of conspiracy and deception.  Amidst gallantry and guilt, love and loss, the Castlecrays find their fate to be in the hands of their enemies, of each other, and of their new mysterious  allies, the Wavekeepers—all vying to keep the balance between good and evil, land and sea, in a fight for the ultimate desire; the power of MER.

 

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My first book blurb for MER: Secret of the Wavekeepers

This is my first book blurb ever. “No wonder”, you say,”it’s also your first book”. Everyone’s a critic, and that’s where you come in. I would love some feedback on my description before it goes on the back cover. And here it is…

In a land where the sea grows restless, the summer breeze turns to ice and sleet, and mother-nature has plans of another sort, dark and supernatural forces begin to unfold, fighting to unite the broken prophecy. In the midst of a tangled web, lie the Castlecrays, a family with deep tragedy and mysterious secrets, who are torn apart and forced on a treacherous journey. Coming from a time of when kings rule the realm, knights fight for honor, and eminence is power, the children of Castlecray are thrown into a magical ambiance where nothing is as it seems, and bed-time stories come alive right before their eyes. Sweeping from a land of severe and savage seas to the sparkling underwater spires of a magical unknown world, this is a tale of lords and ladies, knights and nobility, traitors and trolls, who are all intertwined in a weaving maze of conspiracy and deception.  Amidst gallantry and guilt, love and loss, the Castlecray’s find their fate to be in the hands of their enemies, each other, and their new mysterious  allies, the Wavekeepers, all vying to keep the balance between good and evil, land and sea, in a fight for the ultimate desire; the power of MER.

Ta dah! Needs a little tweaking doesn’t it? Especially the last sentence, which is the longest run-on sentence ever! Hahaha!

What do you like about it? What don’t you like? What would you change? What do you want to know more about?

Leave a comment and help out a rookie writer. Thanks!

May the power of words be with you -Jade

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