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We’re about a month away from the release date of Beneath Cruel Fathoms, the first book in The Bitter Sea Trilogy based on Norse ocean mythology.

What’s this book about?


After a violent storm destroys her ship, Isaura Johansdottir knows better than to hope she’ll be rescued from Eisland’s vast Failock Sea. Adrift and alone, her plans to start over lost, it’s a tragic conclusion after the disastrous end of her marriage—until she’s saved by Leonel, one of the merfolk, a creature long believed extinct. In repayment for her life, Leonel enlists her help to investigate the Failock’s mysterious and deadly plague of squalls. When Isaura discovers Eisland’s ruthless new Lord commands the storms, her life will be in more danger on land than it ever was at sea.

As guardian of the Fathoms, Leonel must find the cause of unnatural storms ravaging the tidal currents and destroying the sea life. There are rumors of dark magic stirring in the Orom Abyss, the resting place of old, vanquished gods who tried to submerge the land millennia ago. Yet without proof, no one in King Ægir’s court will listen to him. And if it’s discovered he broke the Blue Laws to save a shipwrecked landweller, he might not survive the consequences.

As storms spread, Leonel and Isaura uncover secrets as forbidden as the bond that grows between them. Betrayal lurks in the restless sea, and when ancient powers lay siege to Eisland’s coast, the truth may be drowned along with everything else.


I’m so excited to get this book into your hands that I wanted to do something fun for those who pre-order their copy.

This is open internationally.

EVERYONE who pre-orders the book before MAY 17th will receive…

1. A New Adult Urban Fantasy e-Novella

Sam Alvarez doesn’t just open locks. He’s the key.

Living in Bellemer, Iowa, Sam leads a typical small-town life. Along with looking after his Nana, and dealing with his mother’s expectations, he runs a one-man locksmith company. Unlike regular locksmiths, he can open anything with a touch and a wish, but Sam keeps that secret to himself. No reason to alarm the neighbors, after all. And if he sometimes feels an indefinable pull to do more with his life, well, that’s probably just indigestion.

Then one day, an unsettlingly beautiful out-of-towner asks for Sam’s help to open a door. Hey, who says good things can’t happen to nice guys from the Midwest? Only one problem: The job’s in a graveyard.

And the door she wants opened is far from typical.

**The novella is a complete story and a sneak peek to a new urban fantasy duology. Book one is planned to release this October. More details to come toward the end of summer.


2. An Ocean-Fantasy adult coloring book

This is a 12-page coloring book full of vintage illustrations from stories like “The Forsaken Merman” and “The Little Mermaid”. It’s formatted to print out from a home computer on regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper. It also includes teaser quotes from Beneath Cruel Fathoms that aren’t released anywhere else.

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Once the campaign is over…

TEN randomly selected runner-up winners will also receive:

One exclusive 5″ x 7″ art print of Isaura and Leonel, the two main characters from the novel.

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And ONE randomly drawn Grand-Prize winner will receive all of above prizes along with…

1. A Kindle Fire 7 Tablet (7″ Display, 8 GB, in Black)

2. A handmade glow-in-the-dark mermaid bookmark from Papillon

“The Mermaid Bookmark glows in the dark on both sides, the tail is a beautiful clear Indigo Blue and a little seashell is suspended at the bookmark that is glowing too!”

3. And a signed paperback copy of the book

How to enter:

1. Pre-order the book on Amazon before May 17, 2019

2. Email the proof-of-purchase to FineFablesPress@gmail.com, Subject: BCF Preorder Campaign (Can be a photo/scan/screenshot of your receipt)

3. Fill out the Google Form with your details

And that’s it!!

Note: The novella and the coloring book, both of which are digital and will be emailed, are guaranteed to everyone who submits a valid entry. These prizes are sent out every Monday to the email address you provide on the Google Form. Ten winners will be drawn for the exclusive book art and one winner will win the grand prize.

Notification will be sent to the winners on release day, 5/17/19.

I will accept entries until 11:59pm CST on 5/16/19. Again, this is open internationally.