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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris; 1st edition (January 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425786669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425786663
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,742,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

OHNALEE, BOOK ID 37258 AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY FOR THE BACK COVER Author Judith Gilman spent 25 years of her life living and working on boats in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Every day she spent hours underwater with charter guests, leading them along color

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Judith Gilman lived and worked aboard boats in the Caribbean for almost twenty-five years. Every day she spent hours underwater with charter guests, leading them along colorful reefs, introducing them to her favorite sea creatures. The swimmers glided through schools of yellowtail snapper and blue tang as the fish followed with hungry eyes, hoping for another piece of homemade bread from the ship's galley.

Often the explorers lay quietly on the surface of the water, arms outstretched, watching giant tarpon with shimmering silver scales as they moved gracefully through flashing schools of minnows. Judi led the way into underwater caverns lit only when the sun slipped low in the west, sharing a secret world where strange denizens of the deep lived in the darkness. Years of free diving for conch and lobster made Judi as comfortable under the water as in the galley of her boats. Perhaps this is why readers will find a different kind of mermaid in OHNALEE - Mermaid of Heceta Head. MERMAIDS OF THE SIUSLAW, Quest for the Eyes of Atlantis, the second book in this trilogy is available now in paperback and hardcover editions. Both books feature historic photos and the author's full page illustrations of Ohnalee and her people.

Local Oregon coast history combined with magic, metamorphosis and mystery. are key elements of these paranormal romance and adventure novels.

The author's first book, VOYAGE OF THE CAPRICORN LADY, Lost at Sea with Daniel T, Book 1, took readers on a true-life adventure as Judi and her husband cruised from Florida to the Caribbean on their sailing vessel Capricorn, a 40' Newporter Ketch. Arriving in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the couple embarked on a new career as charter operators.

In VOYAGE OF THE CAPRICORN LADY, The Shadow of his Smile, Book 2, the couple continue charter operations on the 71' Trumpy, Capricorn Lady, basing at Nanny Cay in the British Virgin Islands from 1980 to 1999. They lived aboard the boat and hosted charter guests from around the world. Book 2 turns out to be an obituary not only for Captain Dan but also for his boat. Capricorn Lady was sold to a new owner in 1998 but was destroyed by a Florida shipyard in February 2009. A video on UTube showed the vessel being reduced to a pile of rubble in less than one hour.

Judith Gilman lives and works in Leadville, Colorado during the fall and winter months and returns to Florence, Oregon in the spring. Her Old Town building was constructed in 1904 and was the home of the first Florence telephone company. Captain's Lady Books & Gifts now occupies the first floor of this historic structure.





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By l. Joy Strasser on October 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I live in Springfield Oregon, and I love to go to Heceta Head. I often hear the sea lions from there. I wonder if I hear Ohnalee the Mermaid, so I was excited when I was at Old town florence and saw Judith's shop with Ohnalee displayed on a poster. I went in and bought her book and just love the story. It was not a fairytail like "The littlist Mermaid", but seemed more real and possible. She signed my book personally, and the next time I was down in Florence, I bought her second book "Mermaids of the Siuslaw" and was not disappointed. They are so close to home, I feel like it is real. Joy Strasser
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Jo on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am eleven years old. I bought this book from the author from her shop in Florence, OR.

I thought it was really good because it was based off of the journal that Ohnalee wrote. I also really liked it being based in Florence, OR, where I have gone to visit often through-out my life. I liked the magic and the poem at the end of the book.

I found it very entertaining, I have read it numerous times. I can hardly wait to read more books by this author. KJ
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William K Chadwick on September 29, 2009
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Outstanding story telling and great writing. I bought this book because it sounded like an interesting concept, not just a rehash of The Little Mermaid story. I wasn't disappointed and will buy the next book in this three book series as soon as I see it offered. As a master scuba diver I really love being under the water and have always been facinated by mermaids and their folklore. Ms. Gilman seemed to effortlessly weave great underwater scenes with an almost believable touch of fantasy to create what I consider one of the best mermaid tales I've ever read. I enjoyed this more than Mermaid's Song by Alida Van Gores which seems to be the mermaid book to judge all others by. The only thing I would like is a little more interaction with the ocean creatures and maybe not always make the sharks the bad guys. A little more action/adventure throughout the story, not just the last couple chapters would also be nice for guys like me. Still a FIVE STAR book just the way it is. Here's hoping Judy Gilman follows up this story with the other two she says are planned in her author's note at the end of her book and the publisher is smart enough to put them on the market.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Hill on August 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Being an avid reader I enjoy many types of books.Being from the Florence Area and Knowing of the "Folk tales" of Heceta Head Made this Book a must read.....
Miss Judy Spins a Tale unrivaled to any I have read before.Using local history and her vivid imagination to draw you in to this wonderful story of Mystical creatures and human wistfulness.
A page turner from begining to end.I finished this book wanting more! Cannot wait until the next one is released!
Love,Treasure,Loss,Joy,Greif,Adventure,Hope,Betrayal Ohnalee has it all!
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