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Marilena Mexi was born in 1986 and lives in Athens, Greece. She studied graphic design and illustration in Akto of Middlesex University - Athens, and she has been working as an illustrator for the past few years for book publishers – magazines and fantasy board and card games. She is also an awarded illustrator from various CG community sites, and she has been featured in a few magazines from around the world. Her artwork reflects her own personality; it is emotional, romantic and dreamy, and it can touch the viewer’s soul.In her spare time she likes reading books and listening to symphonic metal music.
Her love for books led her write her own which she illustrated, too. This process has been very time-consuming and difficult, but it also wa...more


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DEERWARD is a High-Fantasy Novel for New Adults

Alcander is a young prince who lives in the city of Silver Fir, which is being plagued by continuous winter for two decades. Though he’s a generous and patriotic young man, he is disliked by the commoners, who see him as nothing more than the son of the land’s tyrannical queen, Charna. When he discovers a secret about his past, he reconside... Read more of this blog post »
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“The pain of dying will surely be nothing, for the pain of love is so much stronger and agonizing.”
Marilena Mexi
tags: love, pain

“Even I don’t know how big my love for him is! In his eyes I see the sun; his smile makes me melt. If I lose him I will die; I cannot be without him.”
Marilena Mexi, Antara

“In your life, right here and now, things like mermaids, fairies, witches and monsters are nothing but fairytales told to your grandchildren and stories you heard from your own grandparents as children. They exist only in your imagination. Did you ever think that there is a chance all this was once real, that it all existed? Perhaps yes, but you would then consider such thoughts irrational, that even if you were to believe it and try telling someone they would think you for mad. In my world those creatures are real – I’m real, and I am here to tell you of a story that happened in eons past in the majestic island of Aster." - Queen of Merfolk Asteria - Ninemia”
Marilena Mexi

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Wet N Wild!!!! July Group Read!!!

Seven Tears into the Sea by Terri Farley


goodreads summary-Beckon the sea,
I'll come to thee....
Shed seven tears,
perchance seven years....
At the age of ten, Gwen Cooke had a strange encounter with a boy with dark, slightly tilted eyes. He came to her on the beach, whispered strange words in her ear, and then disappeared. Shortly thereafter, her family moved away from their seaside home and Gwen never saw the boy again.
Now seventeen, Gwen is returning to her childhood home. Her nana asked her to come. But Gwen knows it's time to go back for another reason: She yearns for the sea. Perhaps the sea itself is calling to her. Perhaps the memory of the boy and his haunting words are drawing her back to the place they met. Perhaps it's time for her to face her destiny.
 
  18 votes 25.0%


Ripple by Mandy Hubbard


goodreads summary-Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?

release date july 21 2011
 
  16 votes 22.2%

Sea Change by Aimee Friedman


goodreads summary-Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science. . .and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she's happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother's estate.
There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can't make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship. . .and reality.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

Praise for Sea Change:

"An evocative setting, an air of mystery and some intriguing love interests for Miranda, a 16-year-old budding scientist, will make Friedman's novel irresistible to romance fans...Movingly and convincingly drawn." - Publishers Weekly

"Miranda is likable and interesting, and she possesses a self-awareness and confidence that is coupled with an insecurity that makes her real and easy for readers to connect with themselves. . .A good choice to pass to readers who devour supernatural romances but are ready to move on from vampires and fairies.." - VOYA
 
  6 votes 8.3%

Siren by Tricia Rayburn


goodreads summary-Vacationing in Winter Harbor, Maine, is a tradition for Vanessa and Justine Sands, and that means spending time with the Carmichael boys. This summer, Vanessa is determined to channel some of her older sister’s boldness, get over her fear of the ocean, and maybe turn her friendship with Simon Carmichael into something much more.
But when Justine goes cliff-diving after a big family argument, and her body washes ashore the next day, Vanessa is sure that it was more than an accident. She is more certain of this, when she discovers that her sister was keeping some big secrets and Caleb Carmichael’s gone missing. Suddenly, the entire oceanfront town is abuzz when a series of grim, water-related accidents occur, with the male victims washed ashore grinning from ear to ear.

Vanessa and Simon team up to figure out if these creepy deaths have anything to do with Justine and Caleb. But will what Vanessa discovers mean the end of her summer romance, or even life as she knows it?
 
  6 votes 8.3%

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs



goodreads summary-Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.
 
  4 votes 5.6%

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs



goodreads summary-Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her—and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.
 
  4 votes 5.6%

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings by Helene Boudreau

Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...

If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting...

"Absolutely fresh and sweet, a quirky coming of age story."
-The YA-5goodreads summary-
 
  4 votes 5.6%

Antara by Marilena Mexi


goodreads summary-Peace and tranquility on the island of Aster, home to both humans and 'merfolk', has long been broken by a devastating phenomenon, recurring every five years. A storm including gusting winds and huge waves mysteriously appeared and eradicated much of the population. The misunderstandings, suspicion and hate born of this disaster have torn the two races apart, and the peace loving merfolk are now in a never-ending struggle to prove their innocence and restore peace to the island.
On the human side, things are even worse; under the tyranny of cruel king Orestis, the people suffer and all their king cares for is vengeance against the “fish”, as he spitefully calls them, executing merfolk after merfolk for just being near his lands.
Secrets, intense emotions and strange phenomena will upset their lives forever.
 
  2 votes 2.8%

Sleeping with the Fishes by MaryJanice Davidson


goodreads summary-Fred is not your ordinary mermaid. She's not blonde. She's not buxom. And she's definitely not perky. In fact, Fred can be downright cranky. And it doesn't help matters that her hair is blue.

While volunteering at the New England Aquarium, Fred learns that there are weird levels of toxins in the local seawater. A gorgeous marine biologist wants her help investigating. So does her merperson ruler, the High Prince of the Black Sea. You'd think it would be easy for a mermaid to get to the bottom of things. Think again.
 
  2 votes 2.8%

Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon


goodreads summary-The story of two very different women, one mortal, one mermaid, and the clash between worlds best kept apart... It is a cold day at the end of the world when a young woman, a princess in hiding, looks out across a Northern sea and sees something she could not have seen. It looks...it can't be. It looks like a mermaid's tail. And, as she looks more closely, she sees that the mermaid is dragging a drowning sailor in her arms. Because, only hours before, another princess, the daughter of the sea queen, has decided to risk everything and take a look at the world above the sea: the world of mortals. And there she finds a storm, a shipwreck, a sailor, and sets in train events which will change both women's worlds forever.
 
  2 votes 2.8%

Hannah by Kathryn Lasky



goodreads summary-Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky plunges into the world of teen romance with a magical series about the newest supernatural phenomenon--mermaids!

Hannah is not like other girls in the turn-of-the-century Boston orphanage where she grew up. Instead of seasickness, she gets land sickness. She leaves a ring of salt in the tub when she bathes, and sometimes she sees a faint tracing of scales on her feet. It's freakish, horrifying . . . and deeply thrilling.

Hannah feels a change coming. But she is not the only one who senses it. A young painter recognizes something in Hannah--a connection with the sea that recalls a secret from his own past. A choice lies ahead, and Hannah must discover if she is a creature of the land--or of the sea.

AUTHOR BIO:

Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga'Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and she is the author of A TIME FOR COURAGE and other titles in the Dear America series. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
  2 votes 2.8%

Ingo by Helen Dunmore



goodreads summary-Helen Dunmore, author of Zillah and Me and The Silver Bead, begins a trilogy for children with a novel that describes both an idyllic life, growing up beside the sea, and an undersea world of wonder and amazement with equal aplomb. It’s not easy to imagine life under the waves, living and breathing amongst an ancient people without resorting to stereotypes. But Dunmore’s original description throughout this book is one of its best qualities.
Set in Cornwall, Ingo is the story of Sapphire and her brother Conor, and what happens to them after their father mysteriously disappears at sea. Sapphire still thinks her father is alive. Somewhere. She remembers stories he used to tell her about a Mer creature who fell in love with a human, but could not come to live with him in the dry air.

The following summer, both Conor and Sapphire are inexorably drawn to the water, despite the worries of their mother. They love the water so much, and spend hours in the nearby cove. When Sapphire follows Conor one day, after he has been gone a long time, she meets Faro--a Merman who introduces her to Ingo, an underwater world she could only have dreamed existed. And Ingo blood runs deep through her veins and it is not long before the call of that other world becomes too strong to resist.

Dunmore is an accomplished writer for adults, she was the first winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, but her books for younger readers, despite having all the same qualities and powerful storytelling talent, have not been as critically or commercially successful. Ingo, however, is sure to change that perception. It is a beautiful novel, both enchanting and exciting, that appeals to readers on many levels. It is seductively easy to read and stays in the memory for a long time.

(Age 10 and over) --John McLay
 
  1 vote 1.4%

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter


goodreads summary-Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?

The first book in a trilogy,Lost Voicesis a captivating and wildly original tale about finding a voice, the healing power of friendship, and the strength it takes to forgive.

SARAH PORTER is a writer and artist.Lost Voicesis her first novel. Sarah and her husband live in Brooklyn.

Release Date - July 4 2011
 
  1 vote 1.4%

Between the Land and the Sea by Derrolyn Anderson


goodreads summary-Something extraordinary is lurking in the deep ocean waters off the coast of Aptos, California. In just a few weeks after moving to the small beach town, sixteen year old Marina has nearly drowned twice, enchanted the hottest guy in high school, and discovered a supernatural creature. If she can only manage to survive her increasingly dangerous encounters with unpredictable mermaids, she might just be able to unlock the mystery of her past to learn how to appease the mysterious forces that seem to want something from her...and maybe even find true love along the way.
Between The Land And The Sea is the first book in the series "Marina's Tales". Her story continues on in book two, The Moon And The Tide.
 
  1 vote 1.4%

The Secret of the Emerald Sea by Heather Matthews



goodreads summary-Beneath the waves of the glittering Emerald Sea, there is another world, filled with magic, strange and wondrous creatures, and many mysteries. When a young girl from a small seaside village decides to explore this hidden world one rainy night, she learns a shocking secret that leads to the adventure of a lifetime…
 
  1 vote 1.4%

Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" by Debbie Viguié


goodreads summary-"ONCE UPON A TIME"

IS TIMELESS

In a quiet fishing village seventeen years ago, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from — or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always welcomed in the village. As all the other girls her age find husbands, she has only one friend to ease her loneliness. One very special, secret companion: Prince James.

But their friendship is shaken when trouble erupts in the kingdom — a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. Now, just when Pearl and James need each other most, bewitching magic and hints about Pearl's past threaten to tear them apart...forever.
 
  1 vote 1.4%

Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli


goodreads summary-In Donna Jo Napoli's beautiful prose, the tragic love story between a mermaid and a mortal comes to life for young readers. When Sirena meets Philoctetes, Hercules' friend, she falls in love. But the young warrior must return home to fight the Trojan War and leave his magical love behind.
 
  1 vote 1.4%

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby


goodreads summary-From Jessi Kirby, a debut novel about confronting the past in order to move ahead.

I read once that water is a symbol for emotions. And for a while now, I've thought maybe my mother drowned in both.

Anna's life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It's bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love- a place awash in memories that Anna would just as soon leave under the surface.

While life on the beach is pretty great, with ocean views and one adorable lifeguard in particular, there are also family secrets that were buried along the shore years ago. And the ebb and flow of the ocean's tide means that nothing- not the sea glass that she collects on the sand and not the truths behind Anna's mother's death- stays buried forever.
 
  0 votes 0.0%

The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan



goodreads summary-Lena has lived her whole life near the beach — walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves — the problem is, she’s spent her whole life just watching.
As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf.

But her father — a former surfer himself — refuses to allow her to take lessons. After his near drowning years ago, he can’t bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.

Yet something keeps drawing Lena to the water . . . an ancient, powerful magic. And one morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman — with a silvery tail.

Now nothing can stop Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.

And soon . . . what she sees in the mermaid’s mirror will change her life forever.
 
  0 votes 0.0%

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“Even I don’t know how big my love for him is! In his eyes I see the sun; his smile makes me melt. If I lose him I will die; I cannot be without him.”
Marilena Mexi, Antara

“The pain of dying will surely be nothing, for the pain of love is so much stronger and agonizing.”
Marilena Mexi
tags: love, pain

“That’s a good girl, Asteria. Remember that it’s important that you learned and lived true love. You fought for it, and for that you have a medal in your heart for all your life.” - King Azarus - Antara”
Marilena Mexi

“In your life, right here and now, things like mermaids, fairies, witches and monsters are nothing but fairytales told to your grandchildren and stories you heard from your own grandparents as children. They exist only in your imagination. Did you ever think that there is a chance all this was once real, that it all existed? Perhaps yes, but you would then consider such thoughts irrational, that even if you were to believe it and try telling someone they would think you for mad. In my world those creatures are real – I’m real, and I am here to tell you of a story that happened in eons past in the majestic island of Aster." - Queen of Merfolk Asteria - Ninemia”
Marilena Mexi

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Marilena Mexi Marina wrote: "Amazing :)
Antara is a word that appears in many cultures and always has a very deep meaning.
Thanks for answering

Sure Antara and I will be reading soon

See you ;)"



I really hope you like my story!:)

Have a nice day!

M.


message 15: by Marina

Marina Amazing :)
Antara is a word that appears in many cultures and always has a very deep meaning.
Thanks for answering

Sure Antara and I will be reading soon

See you ;)


Marilena Mexi Marina wrote: "Hello Marilena
Although I did not read your books, but it surprised me with the name of one: Antara. Antara is the name of my daughter, and I wanted to ask,
Why did you choose that name?
I'll read ..."



Hello Marina,

Thank you very much for the interest, 'Antara' It's a Greek word and it means 'bad weather' and 'turbulence'.I was inspired by this word for the story of my book.


message 13: by Marina

Marina Hello Marilena
Although I did not read your books, but it surprised me with the name of one: Antara. Antara is the name of my daughter, and I wanted to ask,
Why did you choose that name?
I'll read your novels and I will comment what I found.

:)


Marilena Mexi Georges wrote: "...Γλυκο κοριτσι σ ευχαριστω πολυ για την φιλια σου. Να εισαι παντα καλα και επιτυχιεσ σε οτι και αν κανεις!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Απο τον ομορφο Βολο πολλες πολλες καλημερες!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"


Sas euxaristw polu gia ta kala sas logia!:)


message 11: by Robert

Robert Greetings, Marilena. Thank you for kindly inviting me. It's lovely to meet you. I look forward to reading your books!

Warmest regards and best fortune in your work!

--Rob


Marilena Mexi Harlequin Books wrote: "Hello Marilena, it is a pleasure to meet you."

Hello,

Thank you very much for the accept, it is a pleasure to meet you too :)


Harlequin Books Hello Marilena, it is a pleasure to meet you.


Marilena Mexi Cindy wrote: "Thanks, I just ordered it! When I typed it in on Amazon only the book came up, didn't think to do just kindle. I am excited to read it, sounds interesting and your cover is gorgeous!:)"

Hi Cindy,

I hope you like my story and my illustrations, also thank you very much for your kind words about the cover!

Marilena


message 7: by Cindy

Cindy Thanks, I just ordered it! When I typed it in on Amazon only the book came up, didn't think to do just kindle. I am excited to read it, sounds interesting and your cover is gorgeous!:)


Marilena Mexi Cindy wrote: "Will this be available on Kindle at some point?"

Hello Cindy,

You can find here the Kindle Edition of Antara
http://www.amazon.com/Antara-ebook/dp...

And here you can find the epub version ( also available on ibookstore )
http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/ant...

Thanks for the interest!
Marilena


message 5: by Cindy

Cindy Will this be available on Kindle at some point?


Marilena Mexi Cheryl wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friendship, Marilena. I'm looking forward to reading your book "Antara". It sounds fascinating!"

You're welcome! thank you very much about your kind words, I wish you all the best with your book too!


Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friendship, Marilena. I'm looking forward to reading your book "Antara". It sounds fascinating!


message 2: by Marilena (last edited May 02, 2011 09:06AM)

Marilena Mexi Olga wrote: "eyxaristw gia to accept:)"

Parakalw! egw se euxaristw gia to request!:)


message 1: by Olga

Olga eyxaristw gia to accept:)


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