Saturday, November 19, 2011

Let's get this party started

Link to the party

Before I tell you about Jaran, my merman,  I thought I'd tell you a little about myself.  (at the end is a little surprise)

Being a writer is not something I ever dreamed about, it sort of just fell into my lap.  The most writing I'd ever done was in school for book reports or essays, the stuff most kids dread.   I think what started it all for me was watching Star Trek,  I became a major fan and got involved in my very first fandom.  I'm sure most of you have heard of fanzines and that show started it all.  I couldn't get enough of fan fiction.  I got involved in other fandoms but the one that really made an impact on me, and started me with writing original romance stories, was Brokeback Mountain.  After watching that movie I became hooked.  I wanted to fix what I couldn't stand.   After writing stories in that fandom I noticed my fellow Brokies were writing original stories and getting them published. I decided to try my hand.  I never knew I'd be writing gay romance stories but I just love it.   This is how Lily Sawyer was born.

Now about "Catch of the Day"     

Kellan Murphy is a successful car dealer in Chicago, but he isn't happy with his life. He finds his job boring and wants a change. After the sudden death of his lover he decides to move someplace warm. He sees an ad for the Florida Keys in a magazine and packs everything and moves to the Keys.

Kellan starts his new life as a fisherman and tour guide. He has his own home and boat, but the one thing missing is someone to share his life with. On a rare day off he decides to go fishing and what he finds at the end of his fishing line changes his life forever.


They slowly drove by the expensive house and kept driving down the coast
highway. Kellan kept quiet and Jaran sensed something had changed since he
showed him his old house.

"Something wrong Kellan?"

"Nothing." Kellan smiled at him. "Are you hungry? We can go back to my place or
we can try this new restaurant by the marina." He abruptly changed the subject.

"Okay." Jaran felt some tension between them.

They went to a place called "The Hideaway Café." Kellan led the way and it
didn't take long before they were shown to a table for two out back.

"Are you sure you should be eating that?" Kellan looked at the plate filled with
fish, scallops and a lobster tail that sat in front of Jaran.

"What do you mean?" Jaran said between bites.

"I mean, isn't that like eating your own people?" Kellan said over his surf and
turf plate he'd ordered.

Jaran chuckled. "Kellan, I'm a merman. I didn't turn into a fish. I have to come
up for air to breath."

"How do you sleep if you have to come up for air?" Kellan took a drink of his
"We wrap ourselves at the surface among the kelp beds. In Palmyra we have
special sleeping cells that have air chambers in them."

"So, how long?"

"How long what?" Jaran asked him.

"How long are you planning on staying? I mean, it seems you don't have anything
keeping you here. No home or job."

"I don't know," Jaran admitted to him. "I didn't think I had anything to come
back to land for. I thought I had everything I could ask for out there." He
pointed out to sea.

"It's not like you do now either."

"What is that supposed to mean?" Jaran said, irritated.

"Nothing." Kellan pushed away the plate of food; he'd lost his appetite.

"Don't say nothing. Tell me what's on your mind."

"Fine, you want to know what's on my mind. I was thinking about that fancy house
you had and what I have. I can't compete with that," he said sadly.

"Compete? What are you competing for, Kellan?" Jaran asked softly.

"I guess what I'm trying to say is that I like you and I was kind of hoping
you'd stick around. But I guess that is wishful thinking because I just don't
cut it."

Jaran was shocked. He didn't realize that Kellan's feelings were starting to run
that deep. After all, they'd only just met. Question was, did Jaran's feelings
match Kellan's?

for everyone who comments I'll be giving away a free copy of "Catch of the Day"  The contest ends on the last day of the party Nov 22nd.   Please leave a comment and your e mail addy (contact info)

have fun!


  1. Hello Lily,
    It is really great to meet you. I just read your excerpt and I LOVE it! I would love to read the rest of it. Please enter my name into the contest.
    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    --Andrew Grigaliunas

  2. Sweet excerpt, and good lord, I LOVE that cover!!!

  3. I LOVE the sound of this story, oh so unique. I'd love to get my hands on this magical sounding story and appreciate you holding this giveaway.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  4. Happy Thanksgiving Lily,

    Sounds like my kind of book. Thank you for the contest and for sharing your book with us.

    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

  5. ilove the book and cover of the book and would love to read it have great thanksgiving

  6. Hi Lily, I think the cover of your book is great and the Merman is so unique. It look so different from any other pictures/Covers i have ever seen before, good job. I loved the excerpt too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Hello Lily,
    I'm definately adding "Catch of the Day" to my TBR List. The excerpt was Great, I can't wait to read Kellan & Jaran Story. The cover is Beautiful, I just love reading M/M books about Merman but they are difficult to find. Thank you for the opportunity for a chance to win a copy of your book.
    Take Care & Happy Writing,

  8. This sounds great! Thank you!

  9. Hi Lily
    love the cover please put my name in for a chance to win :)

  10. I forgot email :)

  11. That's a great excerpt, I don't think I've read a merman story yet, I certainly wouldn't mind reading this one ;)


  12. Ooh, definitely want more after this! Mermaids are always something that are tricky to pull off, but it seems you've definitely done it!

    Raelynn Marie
    raelynnmarie @

  13. Thank you all for entering. The winner IS
    (drum roll)

    Shadow Kohler. I will be emailing you your copy momentarily.

    Thank you all for entering.