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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: spacedlaw
2009-08-12 02:18 pm (UTC)

Exactly 350 words according to my (word) counter... (English spelling too)

Let’s blame the tuna.
The shop had been out of the usual brand. Hennepin refused to touch the substitute tin but Roswell gobbled it all up without chewing.
That very night, she escaped.

It was full moon; she could feel the call of the tide pulsating in her veins.
Gills were starting to form behind her whiskers. Getting into water quickly turned into a life or death matter.
Good thing that the river was nearby. She jumped.

Well, that was weird of course. Her outer-cat really did not like this and was most vocal about it. But her inner-tuna…
Her inner-tuna sang with the pure joy of water. And growled in anger at the fact that said water was both sweet and polluted. It clung at her gills, getting into her ears as well and her mood oscillated between ecstatic and furious, hissing a lot.

It had been the hissing. It was like angry wind in the willows, or stones brushed by white waters. It sang and howled and called.
And someone answered.

“Sardines!” - she thought - “Sardines with tits!”
The beasts had the flummoxed silly look of human faces. Yet, after a while, the girls decided that Roswell must be a playmate – she was swimming in their waters after all – and started pushing her about, lifting her in the air – making her outer-cat happy – or plunging her deep below the surface – the inner-tuna purring – until her body connected with a low branch, the shock knocking both the wind and dinner out of her lungs and stomach.

With the weird tuna out of her system, Roswell got back to her senses. What was she doing about the water? And how dared those sardiny tarts trying to drag her down! She hissed, holding onto the branch for dear life. And howled. And this time the naiads realised that probably their toy did not quite belong to the river and let go.

When she got back home after three days, she was sure to let her humans know that it had been all their fault.
She still refuses to eat tuna.
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[User Picture]From: jayphoenix
2009-08-12 03:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Exactly 350 words according to my (word) counter... (English spelling too)

GRIN - love the idea of channeling an 'inner-tuna' :o)
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2009-08-12 04:46 pm (UTC)

Re: Exactly 350 words according to my (word) counter... (English spelling too)

They say you are what you eat...
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[User Picture]From: jayphoenix
2009-08-12 05:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Exactly 350 words according to my (word) counter... (English spelling too)

That would make me 'mostly' chicken and rice :)
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