Misadventures and Merfolk

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Brendan James, an obnoxious American travel writer known for his astonishingly rude portraits of the human race, has chosen the British Isles as subject matter for his third book - only problem is, he's stricken with writer's block and his deadline for the new manuscript is just days away. Having written not a single page, his career is on the line and he's desperate for material.

While traveling back to Dublin to deal with the unwritten ...
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Brendan James, an obnoxious American travel writer known for his astonishingly rude portraits of the human race, has chosen the British Isles as subject matter for his third book - only problem is, he's stricken with writer's block and his deadline for the new manuscript is just days away. Having written not a single page, his career is on the line and he's desperate for material.

While traveling back to Dublin to deal with the unwritten manuscript in a decent hotel, a freak ferry sinking leaves him stranded for the night in a tiny village on Isle of Man called Heather Bay where the locals are gearing up to celebrate their annual mermaid festival. 

Heather Bay is a picturesque, seaside resort town on the northern tip of the island, rich in pirate tales, mermaid lore and local characters and at this time every year, thousands of mermaid-crazed tourists flock to the village to take part in its renowned mermaid festival.

After being installed in less-than-satisfactory lodgings aboard a leaky houseboat, Brendan grudgingly noses around the village interviewing drunken fishermen and talking to whacked-out locals - that just might be his saving grace, for after one night on the island, he's so infuriated by the inhabitants that he begins to write again. The silly parades, the ridiculous matchmaking festivities and the old superstitions are far better than fiction, spurring his decision, not only to stay on - but to write an entire book about the village.

The village is a writer's dream with pick-pocketing parrots, a church that performs plastic surgery, underwearless Scotsmen in kilts and a bloodthirsty merman on the loose. But things get complicated when he meets Christine Hamilton, a mysterious local woman of ethereal beauty. Knowing that he doesn't have a chance in hell with her, he uses his romantic obsession with her as material for the book and the results are hilarious. In fact, his publisher back in New York is slating the new release to be another national bestseller. But Brendan soon realizes that he and Christine might actually be meant for each other and his scathing manuscript, by far the best work he's ever produced, would destroy the village and the woman he's come to love.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781891437014
  • Publisher: Victorian Essence Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2004
  • Pages: 340

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2004

    Misadventures and Merfolk

    After penning one hit book, Brendan James hit a slump, turning out trash. Hoping to revive his dead muse, he journeys to the British Isles, where fate and a sunken ferry dump him in a quirky village whose sole claim to fame is a Mermaid festival that offers the chance of finding one's true love, according to local lore. Turning bad luck into good, his talent comes back to life when he stumbles across a couple getting splinters in unusual places. From there on, he's afire with 'witty' things to write, but more importantly, he begins to fall in love for the village 'mermaid'. Surely it's nothing more than a costume the girl wears for tourism purposes, or is it? ............... *** Even if paranormal puts you off, the otherworldly aspect does not truly figure into the plot until long after the peculiar inhabitants have charmed you, much as the Yorkshirites of James Herriot's books have done for years. The pictures in the center of the book, particularly the Northern Lights, alone are worth picking it up. ***

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2004

    Misadventures & Merfolk ¿ A Big Fish Story That Never Got Away

    For a seasoned travel writer tiptoeing through sheep souvenirs in the British Isles, Brendan James lugs way too much baggage, starting with his L.A. size ego. His last book, Scorpions in my Jockstrap, slithered into the desert of garage sale books that never move. But the one before, the NY Times bestseller Screwed, Blued and Tattooed, is all Brendan needs to lure the next nameless hottie into the sack. Unfortunately, for Mister Studmuffin, the only banging going on right now is at his door: the deadline to deliver the manuscript for his third ¿ ¿do or die book¿ ¿ has died. So has Brendan¿s ability to write. Too far away to strangle the irresponsible author about to erase his job, editor Jake Hogan dispatches Brendan to Heather Bay, a tiny village (ignored by the likes of Bill Gates) on the nearby Isle of Man. It¿s hate at first sight for Brendan, whose hopes of sailing to Dublin to get drunk sink when he¿s told the ferry did the same. Impersonating a Conde Naste travel writer hoping to get a room, Brendan lands up in a leaky houseboat. Despite the stench of fish guts, TV host Fiona Cross, an old flame covering the village¿s Soul Mate Festival, staggers aboard to spawn. The off-the-wall locals, including a priest with a clothespin on his nose soliciting organ donations, provide colorful fodder for Brendan¿s blank pages. But it is Christine Hamilton, a mermaid who sells souvenirs when she¿s not in the tourist tank, who reels in the cocky American from his jaded sea of self-absorption. Christine, and her brother Charlie the Tuna (a Merman who seduces grannies on a nightly basis) are, Brendan discovers, for real. Smitten, Brendan must make a choice. Turn in the last chapter of a guaranteed best-selling manuscript that will destroy Heather Bay, or make an honest woman out of Christine. On the surface, Misadventures and Merfolk is a big fish story that never got away. But dive into the vibrant world that Kelly Reno has created and you will surface with a treasure chest of love, longing, loneliness and hope. M&M is a genre-bending story that swims easily in the waters of romance, adventure, fable, satire, erotica and suspense. I rate it two tridents up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2004

    Probably one of the best Merfolk tales out there!

    <br> Brendan James was a successful travel writer and once best-selling author who now feels he¿s suffering from a severe case of writer¿s block. He¿s arrogant, obnoxious, self-centered, has been blessed with good looks, his conquests many and easily discarded with no remorse. Having asked for a ridiculous advance, he¿s about to blow a book deal with no manuscript to show for, thus ruining his career. Reed Press¿ editor, Jake Hogan, is on the verge of committing suicide himself due to his ¿prima Dona.¿ As a last ditch effort, Jake suggests Brendan attend a number of events, to help spark the flow of creative juices, which are to take place on the Man of Isle, including a mermaid festival. <br> Frustrated with the scenery and local stock Brendan attempts to catch a ferry to Dublin, but soon learns of its sinking and with no immediate way out, is forced to take shelter in Heather Bay, a small village left behind by modern technology. Trying to obtain a room for the night Brendan impersonates a reporter for a prestigious magazine. What he gets is a musty houseboat that seems a remnant from the 60¿s. <br> The comical mishaps, and deranged characters of Heather Bay prompt Brendan to stay a bit longer than anticipated. He attends a ¿Live Underwater Mermaid Show,¿ later meeting the exquisite creature, Christine Hamilton back in her dressing room only to be insulted. Taken by the beauty, Brendan looks for other ways to cross her path, while searching for descent material for his book. <br> Brendan quickly discovers that these villagers are not only obsessed with their annual festivities, Merfolk, a legend, and ¿the curse¿ ¿ that turns out to be a reality and love! But it¿s the antiquated villagers themselves that propel Brendan to write, and write, and write! His only fear is that they discover his true identity and the purpose for his inquisitive interviews. <br> I found myself rooting for the village volunteer ¿virgin¿ ¿ Michael, the Siren¿s Whale pub owner as he hangs from a mast anxiously waiting a mobbing by an ¿estrogen fueled, biological ticking bomb,¿ of lonely women searching for love. Michael thanks God, grins, and shuts his eyes. Like Julian Wesley, Brendan¿s psychotic neighbor and Brendan himself, I burst with laughter when the plan went awry. <br> Kelly Reno has created some memorable characters in Heather Bay. Misadventures & Merfolk is a comedic fantasy with a romantic twist, and being at the lowest point in your life. If you¿re looking for a good laugh then pick a copy, you won¿t regret it! <br> Reviewed by Betsie

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