D. August Baertlein
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About D. August Baertlein
D. August Baertlein was sure she’d be a marine ecologist, and she’s never lost her love of the sea. But a multitude of interests drove her to transfer to genetics for her doctorate. Perhaps she thought to clone herself into enough copies to do it all.
When the cloning thing didn’t work out, she took up computer programming to pay the bills. Now she dreams up stories and wanders the high chaparral around her home. Every creature she meets sparks her imagination and quickens her heart; a startled rattlesnake or nosy mountain lion can send her pulse skyrocketing!
She occasionally blogs at www.daugustbaertlein.com and drifts around social media as DAugustBaertlein.
Titles By D. August Baertlein
Young Seamus turns out kinder than expected, though he doesn’t return her sealskin and set her free. Not that this would solve the problems she and her Selkie pod are facing. Their North Atlantic Ocean is dying. What few fish they find are too toxic for humans or seals to eat.
From her new vantage point among the land folk, Ara can see what’s causing this desolation. But can she and her new friends do anything to help?
The five short stories in Ara's Prelude recount the early lives of characters from the novel ARA’s SONG. You’ll meet Princess Ara as a seal pup and young Seamus defending his dreams of becoming a fisherman. Seamus’s folks struggle to protect him from those vicious Selkies, while Ara’s father warns of dangerous humans like that boy she finds so fascinating. And then there’s Oluva, the psychic shopkeeper who knows more about Selkies than she lets on.
Chronologically, these are the first events in THE SELKIE CHRONICLES, but each book stands alone.
Selkies are beguiling and real. Come see for yourself.