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Inspired by the creations of J.M. Barrie-- the mastermind behind Peter Pan and his home, the Neverland-- "Mermaids in the Fish-Tank" begins with a special event in the life of a young married couple from Pueblo, Colorado: the birth of their first child. Javin and Alica Zenith know that from this day forward, nothing will ever be the same for them; what they are unaware of, for the moment, is how many other lives their baby girl will change. For on the very day of her birth, a great phenomenon has taken place in the Otheruniverse of imaginary worlds, and every child who dreams of Neverland will feel its effects--especially newborn Breyetta Zenith. Coincidentally, Javin's younger brother Jakib gives his niece the nickname "Breeze" to capture his hopes that she will bring a wind of change to the sorrowful lives of those around her. And true to Jakib's words, on the first night little Breeze spends in the world, a gust of wind will come and knock quite a few things out of place. But the odds of it all ending up right where it should be-- are they too microscopic even to consider? Hoping for the best, the Zenith family is about to find out.
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The first draft of this novel was originally written during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) of November 2008. I reached the 50,000-word mark at about the two-fifths mark of my actual story, which meant there was still much more to be written. My goal was to enter it in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest of February 2009, so I edited and filled in some gaps to bring me up to 87,000 words, sent it in, and thankfully didn't even make it through the first cut. The book needed more. So one year and 100,000 words later, here it is for you to read.From the Inside Flap:
To my older sister Aubrey, who eventually did re-paint the wall.
I'm glad you're reading my book.
But before you dive into Chapter 1, let me calm the waters for you with this brief assurance: I do not believe in the gods of Greek mythology. They may once have been the objects of worship of an immeasurably influential society, but they are certainly not mine. I consider their stories exactly as I do the ones I myself write: They are works of fiction.
As such, their influence (and that of all other fictional people, places and events) over the lives of my characters does not reflect a mystical outlook on life in me; rather, it is purely symbolic of the way that our inmost thoughts, emotions and imaginations can sometimes spill over into our real-world actions, impressions and memories. The better you understand that truth, the closer this book will come to making almost, but not quite, a whole lot more sense to you.
Heh. Well. Have fun with that.
With utmost faith in your powers of perception,
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Book Description CreateSpace, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 594 pages. 8.00x5.25x1.49 inches. In Stock. This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 1449967663