Guest Post and Giveaway with Anne Greenwood Brown

Anne Greenwood Brown

Anne Greenwood Brown lives in Minnesota with her husband and three children. She has worked as a lawyer, a teacher, a bartender, a ski instructor, and a chicken farmer. More than anything, she loves to tell stories. Deep Betrayal is the sequel to Lies Beneath.


Lies Beneath (2012)
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Deep Betrayal (2013)
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by Anne Greenwood Brown

When Rabiah asked me to do a post on a DUMMY’S GUIDE TO MERMAIDS, I couldn’t resist. The fact is, we’re all dummies when it comes to mermaids. They’re not like vampires, where there is a public consensus that they drink blood, avoid sunlight, and drive Volvos. When it comes to mermaids, there are so many different “takes” on the breed that they keep us guessing. Maybe that’s the one consistency among them: mermaids are very hard to catch.

Still, I have come to know a few things over the last couple years since LIES BENEATH, and now DEEP BETRAYAL, have been released. Here is what I’ve learned from talking to marine biologists, studying cave paintings, and watching Animal Planet:

1. Real mermaids do not have gills and do not wear bikinis.

2. Nearly every country/ every culture has a tradition of mermaid sightings and legends.

3. There is no scientific evidence that mermaids can walk on land, but there are quite a few literary examples of that being so.

4. Human free divers have been clocked at holding their breath for over 19 minutes--giving credence to the theory that humans and mermaids share a common ancestor.

5. In China, mermaids are said to smell like happiness.

6. Alexander the Great’s sister was reincarnated as a mermaid.

7. Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson was intrigued by mermaids, wrote poems about them, and took one on a seaside picnic that ended badly.

8. Mermaids reproduce by mating with human men. While there have been cases of mermen reproducing with human women, the offspring of those unions are not well documented and require further study.

9. Mermaids are not as well known for their singing as Sirens, but they have been known to participate in local karaoke nights, with statistics showing that they are most drawn to Queen’s Greatest Hits and the occasional Bruno Mars ballad.

10. Mermaid winter migrations have been caught on Sonar by Massachusetts fishing fleets, and and the annual event is currently being pitched to NBC as a reality t.v. show (working title, School of Legends).*

* NBC executives could not be reached for comment prior to this posting.

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Thank you so much to Anne for the hilarious guide for our Books That Glow 2013 event! I really love her books, and you should TOTALLY check out Deep Betrayal. Here's a little bit about it (WARNING! Contain spoilers if you haven't read Lies Beneath):

It's been thirty days, two hours, and seventeen minutes since Calder left Lily standing on the shores of Lake Superior. Not that she's counting. And when Calder does return, it's not quite the reunion Lily hoped for. Especially after she lets her father in on a huge secret: he, like Calder, is a merman. Obsessed with his new identity, Lily's dad monopolizes Calder's time as the two of them spend every day in the water, leaving Lily behind.

Then dead bodies start washing ashore. Calder blames his mermaid sisters, but Lily fears her father has embraced the merman's natural need to kill. As the body count grows, everyone is pointing fingers. Lily doesn't know what to believe—only that whoever's responsible is sure to strike again. . . .

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Thanks to the amazing Anne Greenwood Brown, you all have the chance to win:

A bookmark!

The Rules:
  • Open Internationally!
  • This giveaway ends on the 25th of April, 2013.
  • The winner has 48 hours to respond to the email, or another winner shall be chosen.
  • We and the author are not responsible for any lost/damaged packages.
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  1. I just found you. I look forward to reading your books.

  2. I haven't read either but they both look verty interesting

  3. The Guide is hilarious!! :D I haven't read them yet but they have been on my TBR list for a while. Perhaps winning Deep Betrayal will bump them up the list? :P Thank you for the giveaway :)

  4. Love the guide, especially #9:) I haven't read this series yet.

  5. I haven't yet read them but I just order the first book so I'm really excited!

  6. people said great thing about the book .. i haven´t read yet ... but is in my list ...
    great guide!!!
    almendra in the rafflecopter

  7. I haven't actually read either of them! But they're going on my to-read list!

  8. I haven't read either yet but the covers are gorgeous

  9. I didn't read either of them, but I just borrowed Deep Betrayal from the library yesterday! I can't wait to start reading it!

  10. Haha, very informative guide! No, I haven't read them.


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