Blog Tour: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…
Title:The Summer of Chasing Mermaids
Author: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: June 2015
About the Author:

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of six young adult novels: Twenty Boy Summer, Fixing Delilah, Bittersweet, The Book of Broken Hearts, #scandal, and The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. Her books have been translated into several languages and have received numerous accolades, including ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults, Girls’ Life Top 100 Must Reads, Indie Next List, Amazon Top Movers and Shakers, and nominations for YALSA Teens’ Top Ten and NPR’s Top 100 Teen Books. Her short work has appeared in the anthologies Dear Teen Me and Defy the Dark.

She’s a champion cupcake eater, tea drinker, tarot enthusiast, night person, and bookworm. When she’s not writing or reading at home in the Pacific northwest, Sarah enjoys hugging trees and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex. Fans can find her on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and at


First draft done…now what to do…?

On Sunday night I finished the first draft of the novel I started for Nanowrimo 2009–(working title: The Time Is Now…) the one that should have taken me 30 days to write but instead took over a year–and it feels both wonderful to have finished it and sad to be without my main characters, Kyra & Christian.

Now my writing buddy, Kim K., is reading my first draft so she can give me comments that will help me revise. Sometimes I think revising harder than actually writing the first draft. At least when you’re writing the first draft, it all feels new and you’re still in love with your story. When you are revising, your love affair with your story sometimes goes from the mushy honeymoon period to the bickering and nagging stage when you aren’t sure why you loved the story in the first place.

Hopefully, I will not begin to hate my characters or my story as I revise. Hopefully, I will be able to remain in love with their story and give them the attention they deserve. I am simply happy that I finished it before I head off at the end of the month for a writers retreat in Matera, Italy. While there, I hope to work on an outline for another book. I am not sure what the new one will be about, but I know at least one character will be called Milo.