Happy Book Birthday to FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP!

We’re thrilled to celebrate the release of FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP by Sarah Glenn Marsh. Sarah will hold her launch party at Books of Wonder in NYC on Friday, October 14th at 6:00pm so join her if you can! Until then, join us in wishing her All The Congratulations for this beautiful book being available to readers everywhere!

ftddSome secrets are better left at the bottom of the ocean.

Sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill longs to leave her small island and see the world; the farther from the sea, the better. When Bridey was young, she witnessed something lure her granddad off a cliff and into a watery grave with a smile on his face. Now, in 1913, those haunting memories are dredged to the surface when a young woman is found drowned on the beach. Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her Granddad to leap has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, people in Bridey’s idyllic village begin vanishing, and she finds an injured boy on the shore—an outsider who can’t remember who he is or where he’s from. Bridey’s family takes him in so he can rest and heal. In exchange for saving his life, he teaches Bridey how to master her fear of the water—stealing her heart in the process.

But something sinister is lurking in the deep, and Bridey must gather her courage to figure out who—or what—is plaguing her village, and find a way to stop it before she loses everyone she loves.

!Giveaway! Query Critique and a Pre-Order from Sarah Glenn Marsh

For this month’s Sixteen to Read Giveaway, member Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the forthcoming FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP, is offering a query critique and a pre-order of her debut novel to one aspiring author!

Fear the Drowning Deep_coverHere’s what Sarah has to say about her critiques:

Hey there, everyone! As a mentor in many popular online writing contests (like Pitch Wars, Query Kombat, Nightmare on Query Street, and more!), I’ve seen a lot of queries. And I do mean a LOT. I’ve learned what makes a query stand out to agents—namely, a lean word count and a dazzling hook. It’s always impressive when you can convey what your story is about in a few tight sentences. I’ll give you an honest (while still being encouraging) critique of your query, and offer insight into the querying process! I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have about querying or signing with an agent, too!

You’ll also win a pre-ordered copy of my debut YA, Fear the Drowning Deep! If you like mysteries, history, romance, or mythology, I think you’ll be into it!

Want to enter to win a query critique and this debut YA historical fantasy novel?

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  4. Email sixteentoreadgiveaways@gmail.com with your name, and the title of this giveaway: Critique & Pre-Order of FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP. Please put in subject line “16toRead Challenge”.

One winner will be chose at random on December 29th at midnight! May the odds be ever in your favor!

Sarah Glenn Marsh shares her inspiration for FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP


I’ll always remember the first time I saw it: a goblin shark.

It was on the news because some fishermen had gotten one of these creatures stuck in their nets. It looked ancient and horrible, like it didn’t belong in the same oceans as dolphins and orcas—but maybe to appreciate what I mean, you need to see for yourselves.

Goblin SharkThey’re a rare species of deep sea shark, and Wikipedia calls them “living fossils.” After one look, I was fascinated. A little more research led me to articles and pictures of other deep sea creatures I didn’t know existed, and I started thinking about all the things that could be living way down in the ocean, unaware of us as we are of them.

Surely there are some that even dedicated marine scientists don’t know about yet. And after researching, it seemed to me like humanity spends a lot more time looking up—just think of all the recent achievements with space exploration, and the possibility of future colonization on Mars—and not much time wondering what could be lurking below.

For several days, I kept wondering: what secrets might be hiding in the ocean? And what would happen if someone was forced to confront those secrets, especially someone who was already terrified and suspicious of the water? Maybe even someone who couldn’t swim, but who’d lived on an island all her life…

And the idea for FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP was born!

I wish I had a cool story about how I decided to choose the Isle of Man as my setting, but the answer’s pretty simple: I looked at a map and found a little island with a rich history and tons of beautiful landscapes—a place that seemed to be full of magic.

I had so much fun researching the unique names, language, and history of the Isle of Man, but eventually, I had to dive in (pun intended) to drafting! And I loved every moment of it, especially as someone who spent summers growing up at the beach. Of course, the brooding sea surrounding the Isle of Man’s rocky cliffs was nothing like the flat, sandy North Carolina beaches where I played as a kid. I mean, aside from the time I swam through a nest of baby jellyfish that got stuck in my swimsuit, or the time a crab got ahold of my big toe, the denizens of the sea pretty much left me alone when I was playing in their “house.”

So I was surprised by how easily the voice of my main character, Bridey, came to me—not only because she lived over a hundred years ago, but also because she’s terrified of drowning and of everything to do with the ocean, when I’ve never known that fear. So, you can imagine how pleased I was when one of my earliest readers, who grew up with a fear of drowning, said Bridey’s character really resonated with her! (Here, Bridey would want me to note that she has good reason to fear the ocean: she watched her grandfather leap to the cliffs and drown with a smile on his face! And besides, you never know what might bite your ankles in there!).

FEAR took about four months from initial idea to finished book (pre-revision). During that time, I was still querying the ghost story that got me my agent, Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis. Luckily, Christa saw potential in all my books, and she asked to read the first couple chapters of my work in progress—FEAR—as we tried to decide which project to prepare for sub together first. We agreed there was something special about this one, and I wrote the second half of FEAR knowing it would be my first book on submission and, hopefully, my debut! So I finished it up, we did a couple rounds of revisions, and after traveling down the often-rocky road of submissions (which is a story for another post!) I’m so happy to say that the book found a wonderful, happy home with Sky Pony Press!

Thanks so much for reading. I can’t wait to share FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP with you. It will be available in September, 2016. Yay!


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Sixteen to Read author Sarah Glenn Marsh revealed her gorgeous cover for her YA debut FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP over on Pop! Goes the Reader today. There’s an interview with The Very Fab Sarah as well as a giveaway!

Isn’t the cover beautiful and creepy and wonderfully sinister? We think so and we can’t wait to read this chilling book set in 1913, when a teen girl knows there’s something sinister in the waters around her Isle of Man home. Together with the mysterious boy who washes ashore, Bridey must face her fear–and the danger–before the ocean claims everyone she loves.

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water—stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust—because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

Isle of Man. Sea monsters. Love interest. Yes, please!


Join us on Twitter with #FAC16


On Sunday June 28th, at 3 p.m. EST several Sixteen to Read ladies will join in this year’s Fledgling Authors Chat & Giveaway on Twitter with book bloggers Rachel, Nicola, and Kristen. Follow the event feed through #FAC16 and @SixteentoRead to meet a host of debuting authors and learn about their books, their fears, their inspirations, and favorite donuts!

The Sixteen to Read Authors participating are:

Janet Taylor

Janet Taylor



Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Laurie Elizabeth Flynn



Marisa Reichardt
Marisa Reichardt

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 Shannon M. Parker Shannon M. Parker

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Ashley Herring Blake

Ashley Herring Blake


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Come by! Bring snacks! We’d love to see you at #FAC16!!

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