Ami Blackwelder

What lies beneath the surface?
One hundred years from now the world has
changed and brought with it new forms of life.
Who are the Mers? Who is Mira?

“I am not a Mer... ” A simple but profound statement that changes Mira’s life forever. She always knew she was different. She never quite fit in with the Mers. However, when her quest to understand her past leads her across the border that divides two vastly different worlds, she thinks the journey to find out who she really is will be an easy one.

But, in Jersey she finds more questions than answers. The “Garden State” has become a convoluted mix of Aristocrats who hate the Mers, Pirates who want to sell them, and Magi who want to use them, finding her true identity will be a challenge, especially when her traveling companion is a Mer willing to fight to the death.

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Reviews for The Mers

"I honestly think I have read only one Dystopian book and a handful with mermaids in them but not as a main character. What I found intriguing with this book was the unique world building this author created. We have the Mers who hate humans, humans who hate the Mers then there are several types of humans, Aristos, Commoners(who are really low on the totem pole), Magi's and even Pirates. The fact all of this takes place in or around Jersey makes me smile.

Mira, who all her life has lived as Mer but was different and wanted to know why, so she sets out for where she isn't allowed to go, due to a truce called between the Humans and the Mers. Her boyfriend and his little sister tag along. But she ends up more confused than ever until she finally finds out the truth.

The book started off a bit slow but soon picked up once they were in Jersey. Then it was non stop action with a touch of sweet romance. It also had a couple surprising moments that I didn't see coming. I do have to say though the ending I was a bit confused about not so much for the story as to where and how Ethan is going to be in the future. I know she was setting up for the next installment, I just I don't know if he is going to be good or bad. I surely hope its not the latter. I really liked him.

Overall this book was far different than I been reading and I did enjoy it. I am looking forward to see what the next book has to offer. Would I recommend yes, if you love YA Paranormal with a Dystopian twist then this book is for you."


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About Ami Blackwelder

Ami Blackwelder is a romantic suspense writer in the YA paranormal, adult scifi and adult historical genres. Sub-genres include thrillers, dystopia, urban, and steampunk. Growing up in Florida, she graduated UCF and in 1997 received her BA in English and additional teaching credentials. Then she packed her bags and travelled overseas to teach in Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, China and Korea. Thailand is considered her second home now. She has always loved writing and wrote poems and short stores since childhood; however, her novels began when she was in Thailand.

Having won the Best Fiction Award from the University of Central Florida (Yes, The Blair Witch Project University), her short fiction From Joy We Come, Unto Joy We Return was published in the on campus literary magazine: Cypress Dome and remains to this day in University libraries around the USA. Later, she achieved the semi-finals in a Laurel Hemingway contest and published a few poems in the Thailand’s Expat magazine, and an article in the Thailand’s People newspaper. Additionally, she has published poetry in the Korea’s AIM magazine, the American Poetic Monthly magazine and Twisted Dreams Magazine.


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An Interview with Ami Blackwelder
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Ami, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is The Mers. First, what can you tell us about the Mers Chronicles series which it is a part of?

AB: The Mers is a series based upon the idea that in the future our world becomes covered in water, and while this happens some humans evolve webbed features to survive. However many humans hate the Mers while others use them for the core it is a story about differences, prejudice, finding oneself, and ultimately love.

HH: How does Mers kick off the series?

AB: The series begins on Liberty Shore which is in Jersey and Mira is trying to discover who or what she is. She ventures off into the forbidden human lands to learn this and uncovers a vast world she never knew existed.

HH: What do you like best about Mira's story and what makes it unique?

AB: Mira is someone everyone can relate too. She is sweet and just wants to learn about her ancestry. Her bravery and honesty often get her into trouble. There is lots of adventure and mystery.

HH: What can you tell us about the other books in the series?

AB: Book two will tell us more about Ethan and who he really is and what happens to the human kingdom after he rules it. Of course Mira will be along for the journey.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

AB: Book two will likely conclude the series. The book is called Ethan's Empire.

HH: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

AB: I've always written stories, in my head first and then on paper. So, from the beginning. :)-

HH: Do you have appearances, in person or online, planned for the fall?

AB: I have many past appearances u can find at my blog but nothing coming this year.

HH: What inspires you in your writing?

AB: Everything:)-

HH: What are you reading at the moment?

AB: I'm actually not reading now as I am working on a film project which takes most of my time. It is a film called THE SHIFTERs based on my novel the Shifters of 2040. It will be out in the summer of 2014. Look for it online and on netflix and at festivals!

HH: Do you celebrate Halloween, and if so, how?

AB: Sometimes. Usually with fun costume and party!

HH: Thank you!


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