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win this swell book! [Aug. 12th, 2009|08:07 am]
kyle cassidy
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |roswell eating tiny little sea warriors]

I was on a panel at Worldcon with Chris Howard, author of Seaborn. Chris wanted to give me a copy of his new book, and I, of course, wanted to buy one, but heck, this one would be autographed -- so I told him I'd take the copy but I'd buy one and gift it and spread the win to three people.

So now's your chance to get a brand spanking new copy of Seaborn delivered right to your door!

Seaborn is the story of Kassandra, 19 year old princess of the sub-oceanic world. Though she has strange powers, she's trying to lead the life of an ordinary college student in California. Wait, why is a seaborn princess walking around on dry land? Well, she's been hidden there by her father because her grandfather the evil king wants to kill her to cement his power base and perform Great Evil. Kassandra has power over water, she can form an ice sword or ice armor in an instant, or compel drops of water to hurl themselves at a foe at incredible speeds. She fights spear-throwing humanoids from the deep and always manages to get her homework in on time (so far anyway, I'm about 1/4th of the way through it).

It reads very visually, as though you're watching a movie packed with mer-people action.

Enough of this! How do you get it? How do you get it?

Well, just write a story (350 words max) that includes Roswell and mer-people with underwater action (how does Roswell breathe underwater? I'll leave that to you), post it here, best one posted by Friday gets a copy of Seaborn delivered to them from amazon.com.

Roswell on the lookout for underwater warriors trying to attack the porch.


[User Picture]From: platyg
2009-08-12 02:13 pm (UTC)

My attempt at a submission

How this had happened, no one knew. They had lived a peaceful existence with no interruptions for as long as Kylosidy could remember. They were a peaceful people. Intruders had never been a worry for them until now. The strange being that had come to visit them was unlike anything any of them had ever seen. It was covered in fur and had ears on top of its head and a long skinny tail that didn’t seem to help it swim at all.

When the being would not leave he sent his best men out to see if it was dangerous or just curious. As they approached they noticed something hanging around the being’s neck. One of the brave mermen went forward, approaching the furry thing with care. When he got close enough to touch it and nothing had happened, he reached out. A sound came out of the being that made the water all around them vibrate. He grabbed the thing around its neck and quickly moved back to safety.

The letter was addressed to Kylosidy in their own native Merrish language. They waved the being forward, enticing it to follow them back. They needed to get the letter to their leader as quickly as possible to find out what this being was and why it was there.

The letter was quickly delivered and Kylosidy was seen smiling as he read. “It is a letter from my brother up above. He has sent us this cat named Roswell. It is his closest companion and he wanted Roswell to experience the life down here with us for a while.” He laughed again as he waved the animal forward. “I don’t see how he is to survive down here, but he seems to have some kind of breathing contraption that is doing just fine.” He reached out and touched the cat, stroking his fingers over his head and behind his ear. The rumbling vibrations started again and the water shook, but when Roswell started to butt his hand for more scritches he knew that this sound was a very good one.
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