Friday, October 25, 2013

Selkies and Synchronicity

by JoAnne Kenrick

It’s here! Finally.

Release day for my selkies. Seal the Deal, Isle of Man and Selkie book one.
It seems fitting to share the story of how this story came to be….

I’m a huge believer in fate and synchronicity. My gut instincts are ever present. If I pay attention and listen/watch for the signs, all works out for the best. If not well, you-know-what hits the fan.

I’ve a long history of wishing I’d have listened to my gut. It’s a tough learning curve as to when to act upon these senses versus when it’s fleeting thoughts or my own fears.

Writing Seal the Deal was born because of my gut instincts and a major case of synchronicity.

It all started when I found an old show featuring the actor who plays Doc Martin in the BBC series. He was touring all the different Isles in the British Isles and chatting with the locals. So rustic and isolated, the settings had awakened my plot bunnies and ideas were swelling. I needed to write a story set here. I began studying the map and thinking about which Isle would work best for a fictional piece. I was pondering the question about whether I wanted to write a paranormal romance or a contemporary with this setting when a You Tube video suggestion led me to a documentary on Isle of Man seals. I was sold. I was going to be writing a selkie book set on the Isle of Man. But I needed more to make this work. What sort of a story would it be?
Low and behold. Kate and Val, the senior editors and creators of Decadent Publishing’s 1NS series made comment they’d love to see some British Isles stories. I can’t tell you how much I was grinning when I saw this. I knew then it was meant to be.

A selkie 1NS story set on the Isle of Man.

But it needed something I could integrate into the selkie world building to give it a mystical edge.

A calendar forward search made me remember it is a leap year in 2014. Yes!  I could use this in my selkie legend.

My plot bunnies were busy for a few weeks while I tried to put the pieces together. Something still wasn’t quite right. I needed something extra, a reason why my hero was a selkie and why he might have that chance to be human again.

And that’s when I discovered the Port St. Mary lighthouse story and everything fell into place. So it’s no wonder both heroine and hero are huge believers in fate!

"Another magical read from JoAnne Kenrick. Passion, thrills, and romance, this book has it all. A must read!" ~ USA Today Bestselling Author, Marie Harte.

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After being ditched at the altar, Finn Kneale isolates himself at Port St. Mary’s magnificent lighthouse. A violent storm ravishes the coastline, pitching the maritime tower into the Irish sea and transforming Finn into a seal. Carefree at first, he soon longs to walk as a man again. When leap year arrives, bathing land and sea in magic, Finn temporarily regains his human form. If he can’t find his soul mate in twenty-four hours, he’ll be back to cavorting among the waves.

Anne Ward—resident midwife and newcomer to Port St. Mary, Isle of Man—guards some wild secrets of her own while avoiding entanglements with married doctors. A believer in fate, she seeks out

Madame Eve’s exclusive agency to help find her destined mate. 1Night Stand matches these two lonely souls. But will their extraordinary date allow Finn and Anne to open their hearts to magical possibilities and Seal the Deal?

"JoAnne Kenrick transports her readers to that land between myth and reality where romance is all the magic you need. Don't miss your chance to visit!" ~ Heather Long, bestselling author of the Always a Marine series.

"Ms. Kenrick created a magical, romantic, and sexy world with vivid details that pull you in and make you beg for more. Seal the Deal is a wonderful, steamy addition to the 1Night Stand series and a must read." ~ Bestselling romance author, Lia Davis.


  1. I totally love the cover and can't wait to read. The Welsh blood in me has a soft heart for selkies. Looking forward to the read! Congrats on the new release!

    1. WOOT fellow Welshy :D I hope you enjoy the read, and thanks so much!! xxx

  2. Love the cover. The story concept is intriguing.

  3. Sounds good and the cover just puts the cherry on top.