Versatile Blogger Award and Seven Facts about Kai Murphy

Yay! It's Blog Awards time again, and this time, I have received the Versatile Blogger Award from Jenn Lacourse of Life's Whirlwind Adventures.   Jenn and I are both members of GoodReads--a FANTASTIC website if you haven't found it yet--and Jenn is definitely the definition of versatile, splitting time between raising her children, planning her upcoming wedding in Tahoe, and helping kids find their voice as an English teacher. Thanks, Jenn, I really appreciate it!

Here are the rules for accepting this award:

1. Thank and link to the person who nominated you.
2. Pass the award on to five newfound blogging buddies.
3. Share seven random facts about yourself.
4. Contact the winners to congratulate them.

Drum roll, please! Here are the five bloggers (in no particular order) I have selected to receive MY Versatile Blogger Award:

1.  Sarah Ahlers (Falen) ... Holy smokes, she is so, so, so close to getting representation for her novel that I'm truly biting my fingernails in anticipation. She also has a pretty sweet pic of herself in a steampunk hat on her blog; really makes me want one.
2.  Deana Barnhart ... Does it all... Writes, reads, raises kids and has one of the most helpful blogs out there, with agent interviews, blogfests and tons of goodies for aspiring writers and established authors. A very classy lady for sure!
3.  Kelvin O'Ralph ... Has started a great networking group on GoodReads and works tirelessly to help all us wanna-be writers connect and socialize. He's also writing and promoting his two first books, LS: The Beginning, and LS: Deception.
4.  Kate ... Sums up her versatility perfectly in the "About Me" section of her blog: "My life is full, overflowing. I'm a painter, a writer, a mother, a procrastinator and a daydreamer. Maybe there isn't time to fit it all into one life, but I'll keep trying." A great blog to check out for sure!
5.  Deb Salisbury ... Writes fantasy and is amazing at world-building. She has invented this incredible world Menajr, and she knows everything about it, from the height of its ocean swells to its myriad of inhabitants and religions and trade items. Definitely an inspirational must-read for those of you world-builders out there!

On to my seven random facts. And instead of telling you seven random facts about me, I think I will steal a cue from Anita Howard and tell you seven random facts about the main character in my young adult novel, The Mermaid Gene. Kai Murphy, my protagonist, is WAY more compelling than I was at age seventeen.

1. Kai's father founded the Tampa Bay Dolphin Research Team in Florida, so Kai grew up studying population dynamics, committing dorsal fins to memory, gutting fish and performing catch-and-release medical exams on hundreds of bottlenose dolphins.

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2. Although Kai is a proficient researcher-in-training, she also suffers from mild obsessive compulsive disorder. Her silverware must always be arranged in tidy right angles, she can't stand odd numbers and she always silently counts her steps in her head.

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3. Kai's talent and reserved personality make her the brunt of many jokes. Her nickname "Kid Wonder"also reflects the opinion that many of her jealous co-workers believe she's nothing more than a coattail rider.

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4. Kai closely resembles her Hawaiian mother, but she inherited sea green eyes from her Irish father. She also inherited his analytical nature and sense of determination--which inspire her to seek a fresh start by leaving her home in Florida and joining a beluga whale research team in Alaska. Cook Inlet's belugas teeter at the verge of extinction, and it is now Kai's responsibility to cruise the icy waters in a Zodiac, counting whales for a database.

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5. Although Anchorage is teeming with water spirit myths, a mermaid is the last thing Kai expects to glimpse in Cook Inlet's murky waters. When the late-night sighting of a silvery, speckled tail threatens her convictions, she teams up with her roommate Sophie Kensington and flirtatious twin deckhands, Noah and Aidan Fischer, to investigate.

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6. Kai doesn't have the stomach for scary movies.  Her fragility is tested when she accidentally stumbles upon a group of shadowy poachers and a warehouse closet crammed with hunting rifles.  Realizing mermaids aren't Cook Inlet's only mysteries, she begins carrying around a can of grizzly-tough pepper spray, just in case.

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7. As Kai searches for answers and begins falling for Noah, she realizes even he isn't above suspicion.  The thoughtful and protective deckhand seems a perfect match for her, but sometimes, appearances can be deceiving.  The fate of her team--and the inlet's struggling beluga whales--just may rest in her hands.

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There you have it! I hope you've enjoyed meeting Kai Murphy, and please keep your fingers crossed for both of us as we search for representation. (Silly me, and I thought writing the book would be the hard part! ;) )