Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cover Reveal: The Shells of Mersing by Sharon Marie Himsl

Author Sharon Marie Himsl has a new book coming out this summer! The cover for The Shells of Mersing is beyond stunning, so I'm honored to be helping out with its reveal today. Read on to learn more about this exciting new book...

The Shells of Mersing

Title: The Shells of Mersing
Author: Sharon Marie Himsl
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Release Date: July 2017

When notorious Uncle Azman disobeys orders, and sends Callie and Lucas to meet their mother's long lost family in Malaysia, fourteen-year-old Callie believes their troubles are over. After all they've endured, what more could go wrong?

Their American dad is dead, Mom is missing, and their foster dad in Seattle was murdered, with Callie falsely accused. If that wasn't enough, Callie and eight-year-old Lucas stowed aboard a sailboat to escape, only to be targeted by their uncle’s boss in Hawaii upon arrival for immediate sale in Thailand’s human trafficking market.

Disguised in case Azman’s boss sends someone after them, Callie believes it’s simply a matter of time. They need to find safety with family in Mersing and begin the search for Mom, but a shell box, a ruby, and a boy from Chicago named Sam are about to change everything.


Sharon loves adventure. Whether traveling through Malaysia on a jungle train, sailing in the San Juan Islands, or flying in an experimental airplane she helped her husband build, her life has been on a road less traveled. She has experienced hurricanes tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and more. She has seen sunsets that take your breath away.

Her first publishing credit was as a travel writer in Malaysia, traveling by rail from Kluang to Kota Bharu on the now defunct "jungle train." Some of the Malaysian and Thai settings and characters she later wrote about in her novel, The Shells of Mersing, came from her experience living in Malaysia and the diary she kept.

She later edited, researched, and wrote young adult nonfiction for two educational publishers, Greenhaven Press and Lucent Books. Her interest in history stems from a degree in American Studies. Her day job at Washington State University also included editing science papers, articles, and books.

As a storyteller, Sharon knows that facts and life experiences are the foundation of good storytelling. If she were to credit one life experience behind wanting to be a writer, it would be the term paper she wrote in the ninth grade on the bubonic plague. "I don't know why, but I have always remembered the pride I felt writing that paper," Sharon said. And if she were to credit a character in a book who inspired her, it would be “Jo March” in Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Jo wanted to be a writer.

Today Sharon is working on a second novel at home in Central Washington, where she lives with her husband on the edge of a desert runway . . . but that's another story!

[“Special thanks” to Jay Aheer, Evernight’s talented digital artist]
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  1. Yikes! What a concept. It sounds thrilling and heart-wrenching.

  2. Wow that cover is beautiful and I love the title as well. Sounds like an amazing story!

  3. That cover is gorgeous! And the story sounds amazing, too. Heart-wrenching is right!

  4. You're right about that cover. It really IS stunning. The story sounds terrific, too, and with the author's background, I bet she does a great job transporting readers to exotic locations.

  5. Nice cover. Has a soft, dream-like feel.

  6. Really like the cover. It's somewhere between gorgeous and eerie.

  7. Thank you Heather for hosting my cover reveal today!! And thank you Everyone for your kind, supportive remarks! You know how hard it is to get a book published. I'm still over the moon with joy and can't wait to share Callie and her brother's story.

    1. No problem, Sharon! More than happy to spread the word about your books on my blog...

  8. Looks like a good read. Some heavy concepts, but still good:)

  9. Stunning cover! Sounds like a gripping story, too.

  10. This sounds very interesting, and I love the cover.

  11. That's a gorgeous cover and the book sounds super adventurous!