Author Spotlight Sutton Shields

I'm so excited to introduce one of my favourite authors and absolute sweetheart 


I'm a handbag-loving gal who LOVES to watch sports--football, baseball, basketball, NASCAR, you name it. I take being a fan very seriously. ;)
One thing I love most is trying to make people smile, even if it means making a fool out of myself (trust me, my inner idiot is bound to make multiple appearances).
I have a completely irrational fear of grasshoppers (and crickets), worry that piranha may secretly lurk in lakes, and try to find the bright side in everything, even if I annoy myself doing so.
The random, silly, and possibly kind of really dorky me stuff:
* BIG TIME Holiday person. My mom and I LOVE any and all holidays. I still strive to take over for Santa one day. ;)
* I LOVE Christmas lights. I keep them nearby know, for that little holiday-spirit-lifter moment. Just plug 'em in and feel the jolly take over.

* Cannot clean out a just seems so wrong, like de-stuffing a stuffed animal.
* Enjoy spontaneously breaking into song in public places, particularly during Christmastime. *I apologize in advance*

If you haven't already fallen in love with this amazing author, 
then reading her character interview is going to steal your heart.

Meet Marina Valentine, Troy Tombolo and Manakel. Three of the stars in Finned and Overfalls. It was my privilege to ask them some questions. You won't meet any characters with quicker come-backs. Enjoy!

Manakel, you haven't told Marina your name, will you tell the fans?
Troy: “Wait. The feather duster has fans?”
Manakel: “Shouldn’t be a shock, fishy. Ladies love naughty Aussie angels.”
Marina: “Don’t think they’d complain about a sexy, half-naked merman.”
Troy: “Thanks, babe.”
Marina: “Anytime.”
Manakel: “Back to the question about my fans, yeah? Well now, [winks at Susan, turning on his sexy angel energy], you are a clever little minx, aren’t you? You trying to get me to reveal my name? I’m not easily fooled, love. I have my reasons for keeping my name on the hush-hush. But…because I find your tenacity incredibly sexy—”
Marina: “Ugh, here we go.”
Manakel: “—I’ll give you and my fans a tiny morsel to suck on.”
Marina: “Mother of God.”
Manakel: “Because it reminds the body of a certain fun-filled extracurricular activity, my name alone has made women yearn for years and years…and years.”
Marina: “Just…wow. Ego much?”
Manakel: “Not ego when it’s fact, Savior.”
Troy: “Think it depends on your definition of fact.”
Marina, you're the ice between two fires, how are you managing to keep your cool?
Marina: “Ha! Keep my cool? Yeah, right. My hormones rage a freaking war every dang day. And forget nighttime—stupid hormones punish me in my dreams something awful.” <Pause> “Wait. Oh, Lord. Um, when you said ‘keep my cool,’ you meant my temper and not my hormones, didn’t you? Don’t answer that. I’m kinda a lot mortified right now.”
Troy: “You’re only normal…see what I did there?” <Interviewer NoteTroy is punning on the fact that Marina is classified as a Normal in Saxet Shores,Texas. A Normal is anyone who is non-merfolk>
Marina: “Sly, very sly.”
Manakel: “Weak wit, mate. Very weak.”
Troy: “Didn’t ask you, dude.”
Troy, you're harboring some deep secrets, do you think Marina is safe with you?
<Interviewer NoteTroy is clenching his jaw, staring at the ground>
Marina: “I feel perfectly safe with Troy. He would never, ever hurt me. That much I know. Troy’s no different than anyone else, really. Everyone has issues to deal with. It’s how you deal that matters, not what you deal with.”
Manakel: “Mate? Gonna chunk-up an answer any time soon?”
Troy: “Marina is my soul mate and my own personal savior. I’d do everything in my power to protect her, no matter what it takes.”
Manakel: “I’ve got an opinion.”
Marina: “Wow, really? Do you? That’s awesome news. Too bad we really don’t want to hear it. I think moving on would be a great idea right about now.”
Manakel: “Scared to hear it, are you? Chicken.”
Marina: “So says the guy sporting feathers.”
<Interviewer’s Note: That brought smiles back to Troy’s face>
Marina, has anyone given you a job description for savior yet?
Marina: “I haven’t gotten jack nor squat about this whole ‘Savior’ thing. I’m supposed to be something that, until now, was nothing more than a mer-myth. Yeah, let’s give the slightly clueless girl a job without a detailed description. Can’t bode well, I can tell ya that.”
Troy: “I have complete faith in Marina. Anyone with any sense would. You know, things like this are never wrong…they’re meant to be for a reason.”
Marina: “You mean to make a fool out of me? I do that on a daily basis already.”
Manakel: “She’s not wrong.”
Troy, how is everyone taking your friendship with Marina?
Troy: Depends on who you ask. <chuckles> Some want to grill me, fry me, or kill me, while others applaud and even encourage me. I don’t really give a damn what anyone thinks. My life without Marina was dull as dirt. With her, my life finally figured out how to get good.”
Marina: “Totally feel the same, even though I worry about him. There are some vicious merps in that ocean. Vicious.”
Troy: “Eh, I can handle ‘em.”
Marina: “I know. And, well, I could kick some fancy fin butt if I had to, being the Savior and all.”
Manakel: “I’m getting a cavity.”
Manakel, you're a cheeky earth angel, what did you do to miss out on heaven?
Manakel, laughing: “Aw, love, if I told you, your pretty little head would spin right off your neck.”
Marina, fish makes you gag, what do you enjoy eating?
Marina: “Oh, Lord help me, I love food. Fast food, any flavor chips, candy corn, cake, cupcakes, anything my mom makes—”
Manakel: “So basically everything else besides fish and in great quantities.”
Marina: “Okay, that was really uncalled for. It’s like life’s law: men are never supposed to talk about what a woman eats or how much. Do you see Troy flapping his jaw? No, he’s sitting here, smiling, holding my hand like a gentleman…although I’m fairly certain he’s biting his tongue, but that’s totally not the point. Besides, you’re not entirely right.”
Manakel: “What, there are some things you don’t actually eat? Amaze me, Savior.”
Marina: “Vegetables. Most of them.”
<insert laughter from all>
Marina: “What? I don’t like most veggies. That’s not strange. Can we say Brussels sprouts?”
Troy: “I still can’t believe I’m dating a fish-phobic girl with a gagging problem.”
Marina: “Amazing, right? Fish triggers my gag reflex, yet I fall in love with one. Fate has the sickest sense of humor, I swear.”
Manakel: “Nah, that would be me. Fate’s a lightweight in the twisted humor department.”
Troy: “Yeah, you take the belt in twisted.”
Manakel: “I don’t hear any complaints.”
Troy: “You don’t listen long enough to hear them.”
Marina: “It’s testosterone time. This could carry on a while. So, Susan, what do you say we leave the man-war and head to The Bay Shop for some of my mom’s giggling cookies?”

If you want to find out more about these entertaining and adventurous characters, get to Amazon fast....

Hook (pun totally intended): Take a fish-phobic girl, divide her by one hot merman, add a splash of his crazy ex-merbitch, and you get one stinky school year.

Sixteen-year-old Marina Valentine is a rule-stretcher in an uptight Texas seaside town. She's hormonally challenged, curious to a fault, hates fish, and has a dating resume that makes the queen look like a slut. It's not that guys don't ask her out. They do. She just has an unfortunate reaction to dating--uncontrollable gags. It's not exactly a turn on.

One by one, her oddball friends start disappearing--much to the joy of the snobby high school royals--and Marina fears she is a walking bull's eye. Inquiries into their disappearances lead to startling, gag-worthy discoveries. Toss in an increasingly inconvenient attraction to one of the royals--who holds the key to solving the his fin--and it's an anti-fish girl's worst nightmare come true. Soon, Marina finds herself at the center of a looming underwater war that's really going to play games with her love life.

As time closes in--and the Merpeople officially come out of the ocean--Marina must choose between the lives of her friends, the future of an underwater utopia, and the life of her first love. There's just one problem. Where does a love-shy, fish-phobic, non-mergirl even begin...especially when her enemy may be the one person she trusted above everyone else?

Two secret wishes. Only one will be granted. Let the Mer-Nor Games begin.

Unlike most high school seniors, Marina Valentine isn't sweating college (she's outlawed from even applying), the prom (she has her dream date...possibly), or graduation (though surviving to rock the ill-fitting gown is iffy). No, she's a little preoccupied with succeeding as a walking myth post-graduation. So, when Marina awakens as the one and only Siren Savior, she thinks the tide is about to turn on the merbitch's mer-psycho family. Unfortunately, she has issues with her flighty Savior powers, and the timing couldn't be worse. For with the arrival of a feared foe, comes the promise of a disastrous year...and that's an understatement.

For years, mythological beings have awaited the fulfillment of a mysterious prophecy involving Merpeople, Normals, an epic clash, and a wish that could forever change one group's destiny. But the real trouble begins when an assassin known as The Dealer starts sending her cryptic messages written on potentially lethal playing cards.

The Dealer makes one thing very clear: someone Marina loves will die. Now, she must find The Dealer before he (or she) finds his victim. But with everyone either a suspect or a target, how will Marina be able to uncover the truth before time runs out?

Not even the Siren Savior in all her power can prepare for the devastating answers.

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