Sharon Marie Himsl

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Author(s): Sharon Marie Himsl
Publisher: Evernight Teen
ISBN-10: 1773393405
ISBN-13: 978-1773393407
Release Date: June 21, 2017
Category: Young Adult

The Shells of Mersing

Synopsis:

When notorious Uncle Azman disobeys orders, and secretly sends Callie and her younger brother Lucas to meet their mother's sisters in Mersing, Malaysia, 14-year-old Callie hopes their troubles are over. After all they have endured, what more could go wrong? Their American dad is dead, Mom is missing, and their foster dad in Seattle was murdered, with Callie falsely accused. Pawns in a crime operation gone awry, Callie and Lucas barely escaped being targeted by their uncle's sinister boss for sale in Thailand’s human trafficking market. Although Azman's  turnaround was a miracle, Callie knows that real safety lies with family in Mersing, where they can begin searching for Mom, but a shell box, a ruby, and a boy named Sam from Chicago are about to change everything. 


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Beverly McClure said on 11/09/2017:
Sounds like a story that will touch the heart. Congratulations and best wishes.
Sharon Marie Himsl said on 11/08/2017:
My thanks to those who have read! Jay Aheer at Evernight designed the cover. Could not have asked for a better depiction of the South China Sea.
Brenda Beem said on 10/30/2017:
Great Story! Loved it.
Christine Potter said on 10/29/2017:
This is a wonderful book--a real page turner with terrific characters.
Rose said on 10/24/2017:
Love this cover, absolutely love it! Congrats!
Lucy grimm said on 10/20/2017:
Sounds like a good mystery, congrats and good luck
Rose said on 10/17/2017:
Love the pic & excerpt!
Cathy said on 10/17/2017:
Nice page!

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Image is of Bangkok’s famous Floating Market. I visited in 1995, while living in Malaysia. Callie and Sam also visit the Floating Market in scene below. 

Excerpt:
    “…The air buzzes with the din of boat engines winding down and taking off.
    Sam takes my hand when it’s time to board. Eric beams at us from across two rows, noticing. That obvious, huh. Earlier he was worried about the prison arrangements tomorrow, but I’d rather think about this cool guy holding my hand. I can’t think about Mom right now, because every time I do my thoughts go dark and I’m instantly depressed. Not today, not now.
    Sam squeezes my hand. “You okay?” he shouts over the engine.
    He always seems to know. “I’m fine.” And I am, just gazing into his light brown eyes.”






When notorious Uncle Azman disobeys orders, and secretly sends Callie and her younger brother Lucas to meet their mother's sisters in Mersing, Malaysia, 14-year-old Callie hopes their troubles are over. After all they have endured, what more could go wrong? Their American dad is dead, Mom is missing, and their foster dad in Seattle was murdered, with Callie falsely accused. Pawns in a crime operation gone awry, Callie and Lucas barely escaped being targeted by their uncle's sinister boss for sale in Thailand’s human trafficking market. Although Azman's  turnaround was a miracle, Callie knows that real safety lies with family in Mersing, where they can begin searching for Mom, but a shell box, a ruby, and a boy named Sam from Chicago are about to change everything. 


Image above is of Bangkok’s famous Floating Market. I visited in 1995, while living in Malaysia for 9 months. Below is a scene between Callie and Sam at the Floating Market.  

Excerpt: 
    “…The air buzzes with the din of boat engines winding down and taking off.
    Sam takes my hand when it’s time to board. Eric beams at us from across two rows, noticing. That obvious, huh. Earlier he was worried about the prison arrangements tomorrow, but I’d rather think about this cool guy holding my hand. I can’t think about Mom right now, because every time I do my thoughts go dark and I’m instantly depressed. Not today, not now.
    Sam squeezes my hand. “You okay?” he shouts over the engine.
    He always seems to know. “I’m fine.” And I am, just gazing into his light brown eyes.”

Sharon Marie Himsl spent more than ten years developing The Shells of Mersing, a story first outlined in Malaysia in 1996. With a B.A. degree in American Studies, she has a soft spot for history and different cultures. Malaysia is a rich storehouse of culture, with its Malay, Chinese and Indian populations. This includes Thailand to the north, where the characters in The Shells of Mersing eventually travel. She is currently working on a sequel. Born and raised in a big city, Sharon lives today in a small rural community. She has two children and six grandchildren. 


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Hi. It means everything to me that you stopped by to visit. THANK YOU!

If you are a writer, I welcome you on this grand, sometimes scary journey we have chosen. Writing isn't easy, I know, but as Grace Hopper once said, "A ship in port is safe, but this is not what ships are for. Sail out to sea and do new things." 

If you are here as a reader, I welcome your comments and impressions in a review. I wrote this novel for some of you, because I know that not every book is for everyone. When I wrote this, I had one thought that motivated me often. "There is courage behind fear," which I feel my main character Callie discovers. It's my hope that you discover this too. 

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Image is of Bangkok’s famous Floating Market. I visited in 1995, while living in Malaysia. Callie and Sam also visit the Floating Market in scene below. 

Excerpt:
    “…The air buzzes with the din of boat engines winding down and taking off.
    Sam takes my hand when it’s time to board. Eric beams at us from across two rows, noticing. That obvious, huh. Earlier he was worried about the prison arrangements tomorrow, but I’d rather think about this cool guy holding my hand. I can’t think about Mom right now, because every time I do my thoughts go dark and I’m instantly depressed. Not today, not now.
    Sam squeezes my hand. “You okay?” he shouts over the engine.
    He always seems to know. “I’m fine.” And I am, just gazing into his light brown eyes.”

    Guestbook Comments
    Beverly McClure said on November 9, 2017:
    Sounds like a story that will touch the heart. Congratulations and best wishes.

    Sharon Marie Himsl said on November 8, 2017:
    My thanks to those who have read! Jay Aheer at Evernight designed the cover. Could not have asked for a better depiction of the South China Sea.

    Brenda Beem said on October 30, 2017:
    Great Story! Loved it.

    Christine Potter said on October 29, 2017:
    This is a wonderful book--a real page turner with terrific characters.

    Rose said on October 24, 2017:
    Love this cover, absolutely love it! Congrats!

    Lucy grimm said on October 20, 2017:
    Sounds like a good mystery, congrats and good luck

    Rose said on October 17, 2017:
    Love the pic & excerpt!

    Cathy said on October 17, 2017:
    Nice page!

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