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Tangled Tides Makes a Splash on the Reading World
Author Karen Amanda Hooper shares how the movies SPLASH and CLASH OF THE TITANS helped her debut novel TANGLED TIDES make waves in the reading world last week.
The debut was fantastic, with lots of online word-of-mouth publicity. Karen spent the day interacting with her readers in a Twitter Web War, having each person choose a side from among the different underwater creatures in her novel: merfolk, selkie, siren or gorgon. The merfolk won with 25 votes, sirens and selkies tied for second place with 21 votes each and gorgons solidified last place with 9 votes. However, as Karen tweeted on Friday, “the gorgons are too powerful to care.”
Where did Karen get her inspiration for such a dark and romantic tale? Karen explains it this way: "As a kid, two of my favorite movies were Splash and Clash of the Titans. Odd combination, I know, but my love for both of those movies inspired some of the world-building and character traits in Tangled Tides. In Splash, I loved that Madison the mermaid had a tail in the water but legs when on land. I made sure my merfolk and selkies had the best of both worlds too. When Medusa was killed in Clash of the Titans, it always made me sad. In Tangled Tides I finally gave Medusa the happiness and power that I thought she deserved. She's the creator of the sea creature world."
Cyber Monday brought more people online to catch the Tangled Tides wave. Karen expressed her thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of Tangled Tides on her blog. “I’m a writer. However, I can’t find the words to adequately express how grateful I am to everyone who celebrated my book release with me.”
That was only the beginning, though. Karen shared the results of her book giveaways, her increased Twitter following and her Amazon rankings for both the Tangled Tides paperback and ebook. Karen closed her thanks with the heartfelt statement, “I will remember how I got here. I will remember all of the friends and supporters who helped me along the way ... My gratitude is deeper than the ocean.”
Karen Amanda Hooper’s website is at http://karenamandahooper.com. Tangled Tides can be purchased from Rhemalda Publishing, http://shop.rhemalda.com, your local bookstore, or your favorite online retailer.
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