Age Level: 11 - 18 | Grade Level: 5 - 12
The quiet seaside town of Barnacle Bay holds a secret, and six year old Sasha longs to embrace it. Sasha is a short prologue to the novel Pouraka, an underwater romance.
Sasha: The Secret of Barnacle Bay, Prologue to Pouraka by Dianne Lynn Gardner is a swift read that I liked right away. I love the authors clear writing style. She has a way of transporting you directly to another place. I also love the quality of her writers voice. Reads crystal clear and is as beautiful as her artwork.
The author is multi-talented and certainly one to watch in the writing world. She graces us readers with her unique perspective on things all the while she wraps it in a pretty package. It feels like a privilege to be fortunate enough to experience this kind of work.
Sasha is an imaginative fantasy, easy to get absorbed into and a beautiful escape. Looking forward to the release of Pouraka. I think we are in for a real treat.
"Sasha lifted her head and squinted, searching for that sparkle on the water that she knew would be coming. The glistening colors that told her the mermaids were dancing on the swells. But before the sun settled, before the light shone on the backs of the sea creatures, a warm hand folded over hers."
Age Level: 12 - 18 | Grade Level: 7 - 12
Pouraka is a magical sea cavern tucked under the rocky cliffs near Barnacle Bay. Cora, a Pouraka mer, is torn between her friends in the seaside town, and her true love Tas, a foreign mer whose people fled when men invaded their waters. Thinking Pouraka a safe haven, the merpeople soon discover that even the shores of the bay are targets for
Life becomes more difficult once an
arrogant oil rigger's son, Tom, finds Barnacle Bay and the rich
aquatic life it harbors. When Tas attempts to rescue a pod of dolphins from Tom's gill net, he is captured and taken away as a prize to be sold to a theme park. When Cora hears of his capture she changes into human form and travels south to find him, risking her life to free him. Time away from Pouraka leaves the cavern vulnerable, and a new threat arises when tourists discover its magic.
Pouraka by Dianne Lynn Gardner is an exquisite look at the life of a mermaid. Stunning the way she captures the essence of the underwater creatures and how she brings these mystical beings to life. This story drew me in, at first glance the extraordinary cover that Miss Gardner, the artist created and then I was fascinated by the mere thought that mermaids could have a story to tell.
There is great depth and profound sadness to this story. I was moved by the humanity and the love of more than just ourselves. This is an moving tale that filled my heart with great tenderness and emotion. This tale comes to life, richly told, swift, as if we were seeing the pictures across the screen.
Pouraka is a passion driven book, a love of the ocean and all its inhabitants. A fantasy that took me to another world. The author has the fine ability to bring her characters to life and does so creatively, naturally and articulately. It was easy to fall into the sea with these characters and escape from my not so adventurous life.
She'd never seen a merman cry before. Tears flowed out of his eyes like streams pouring from the rainy cliffs on the coast of the northern shore. She took his hand and he clasped onto hers so tightly it hurt. But she bore the pain because she knew his agony was greater. She wanted to tell him that it would be okay, that he had a home in Pouraka..."
The Pacific Northwest is my home. After living in the dry desert of Arizona for over 23 years, I tired of always praying for rain, so I decided to come and get it on my own. Gray skies and deep forests give way to the most glorious summers you could ever imagine. Not to mention the abundance of berries, clams, oysters, salmon, fruits of all kinds, to me the Puget Sound area of Washington is the richest place in the world.
I have seven children, all grown. Sixteen grandchildren that need stories written, and so they are my inspiration.
People always find it fascinating that I lived in a mud house for over 13 years, hauling water from the well in a bucket, cooking on a wood stove, planting blue corn in desert washes, and generally living out of the box. Some of these experiences are tapped into my novels.
My website is http://gardnersart.com You’ll find books, audios, artwork and how our movie production is coming along on that site.