Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lehua Parker and ONE SHARK, NO SWIM

ONE SHARK, NO SWIM, is the second book in author Lehua Parker’s amazing Niuhi Shark saga for middle-grade and adult readers alike, the first book being ONE BOY, NO WATER.

ONE SHARK, NO SWIM overview:
There's something bugging adopted Zader Westin, something more troubling than his water allergies where one drop on his skin burns like hot lava. It's bigger than his new obsession with knives, designing the new murals for the pavilion with Mr. Halpert, or dealing with Char Siu's Lauele Girlz scotch tape makeover. Zader can't stop thinking about a dream, the dream that might not have been a dream where Lē'ia called him brother then jumped into the ocean and turned into a shark. Zader's got a lot of questions, not the least being why he's hungry all the time, restless at night, and why he feels a constant itch on the back of his neck. It's making him feel like teri chicken on a pūpū platter, but Zader doesn't want to think about chicken, not with his growing compulsion to slip it down his throat-raw. With Jay busy at surf camp and Uncle Kahana pretending nothing's happening, Zader's left alone to figure things out, including why someone-something-is stalking him before it's too late. Summer in Lauele Town, Hawaii just got a little more interesting.

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781939967107
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Publication date: 9/21/2013
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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ONE BOY, NO WATER overview:
11 year old Alexander Kaonakai Westin (Zader for short) is allergic to water. One drop on his skin sears like white-hot lava. Too bad a lifetime of carrying an umbrella and staying away from the beach isn't the answer, especially when his popular almost twin brother Jay looks destined to become the next Hawaiian surfing sensation.But avoiding water is just the tip of Zader's troubles. Eating raw seafood and rare meat gives him strange dreams about a young girl in a red cape and nightmares about a man with too many teeth. There's also the school bullies who want to make Zader their personal punching bag, the pressure of getting into Ridgemont Academy, and the mysterious yearly presents from his birth family that nobody talks about. It's enough to drive Zader crazy, especially when he suspects old Uncle Kahana and 'Ilima know a secret that explains his unusual biological quirks. After all, they were the ones who found him newborn and abandoned on a reef and brought him to the Westins to adopt. Uncle Kahana swears Zader is 'ohana-family-by blood as well as adoption.  Too bad he's not saying more. When Jay quits surfing after a shark scare, Zader decides it's time to stop hiding in the shadows and start searching for answers. Growing up adopted in Hawai'i just got a little weirder.

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Author Biography:
Lehua Parker is originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools and Brigham Young University. In addition to writing award-winning short fiction, poetry, and plays, she is the author of the Pacific literature MG/YA series the Niuhi Shark Saga published by Jolly Fish Press. One Boy, No Water and One Shark, No Swim are available now. Book 3, One Fight, No Fist will be published in 2014.
So far Lehua has been a live television director, a school teacher, a courseware manager, an instructional designer, a sports coach, a theater critic, a SCUBA instructor, a playwright, a web designer, a book editor, a mother, and a wife. She currently lives in Utah with her husband, two children, three cats, two dogs, six horses, and assorted chickens. During the snowy Utah winters she dreams about the beach.

Connect with Lehua Parker here:

Blog & Free Short Stories: http://www.lehuaparker.com/
All things Niuhi Shark Saga: http://www.niuhisharksaga.com/
Twitter: @LehuaParker

ONE BRAVE KNIGHT instrumental ballad from SHADOWS OF VALOR now on Youtube!

ONE BRAVE KNIGHT instrumental ballad from SHADOWS OF VALOR now on Youtube!

ONE BRAVE KNIGHT (instrumental) is one of three ballads I composed for my medieval romantic fiction, SHADOWS OF VALOR, first published by Jolly Fish Press and then aquired and reissued by Amberjack Publishing. I mixed this arrangement on my Cubase music program, adding in some fun instruments not available on my digital piano. The sheet music to this, and my other two ballads, can be found on this blog at: http://elsiepark.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_16.html

Sunday, September 22, 2013


Cover Model: Brady Knighton. Photo by Yelena Baykova.
I had a great time at my book launch for my medieval romantic fiction, SHADOWS OF VALOR at Barnes and Noble (an awesome host). I saw SO MANY family members, good friends, Jolly Fish Press reps, fellow authors, and met fantastic new people as well. I was nervous to play my musical medley in front of a crowd, but all went well and people told me the music sounded beautiful *phew*. The sheet music that accompanies my story can be downloaded for free on this blog at http://www.elsiepark.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_16.html. I enjoyed chatting with everyone and loved hearing about their own writing projects and lives. I was flattered that so many people came to see me and get the book signed. Made me feel SO special. One of the cover models for Shadows of Valor, Brady Knighton, a sweet young man (and a perfect portrait of my hero, The Shadow), stopped in to chat and buy the book he’s featured on. In turn, he graciously signed my own personal copy of my book :). AWESOME! Thanks everyone for making my night a wonderful experience.

Now I just need Paulina Baykova (female cover model who portrayed Elsbeth) to sign my book and my personal copy will be complete :)

Friday, September 20, 2013


SEPTEMBER 21, 2013 - Book launch for SHADOWS OF VALOR at the Layton, Utah, Barnes and Noble (1780 North 1000 West,  Layton, UT 84041) from 5:00 - 8:00pm. I will be playing a 5-minute piano medley of the songs I composed for the story and then having a short reading before the book signing, so come at 5:00pm if you want to see all that. Can't wait to see you all there!

Monday, September 16, 2013


The Deseret News featured and reviewed my novel, SHADOWS OF VALOR and it was 100% positive! *squeeee* I'm SO EXCITED!!!

"SHADOWS OF VALOR," by Elsie ParkJolly Fish Press, $16.99, 252 pages (f)
In “Shadows of Valor,” Elsie Park weaves a medieval spell in her page-turner of a historical romance.
This first-time novelist creates a believable heroine in the scarred Lady Elsbeth Rawley. A woman with issues many readers can relate to, Elsbeth doubts her own self-worth and feels unworthy of romantic affection.
Sir Calan Beaumont, the man Elsbeth has loved since being a young teenager, is the perfect blend of dashing and honorable. However, due to his many experiences with the baser members of society, he has difficulties seeing the good in others. As this lord and lady unite to face danger and solve a mystery, their hearts are opened to love.
Everything changes when the Shadow, King Edward’s mysterious emissary for justice, enters Graywall Village. Adding to this intrigue are various interesting characters: an aunt who suffers from amnesia, a cousin with unrivaled beauty, a mysterious maid and a lecherous wool merchant. These and others make "Shadows of Valor" easy for readers to be pulled into 14th-century England. Park has a gift for making the good guys human and even the vilest of characters pitiable.
Park understands the role religion played in medieval England and brings God, faith and repentance into her novel. With characters from the very devout to the uncaring, Park puts the perfect amount of faith into her romance without coming across as preachy.
A book for those who love happy endings, “Shadows of Valor” has grin-inducing romance and mild violence but is clean enough to comfortably lend to Grandma.
Park has worked in exciting careers: police officer, firefighter, security guard. A graduate of Weber State University, she currently supports her military husband and cares for her three children in northern Utah.
If you go ...
What: "Shadows of Valor" book launch party and Elsie Park book signing
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
Where: Layton Market Center, 1780 N. Woodland Park Drive, Layton
Elizabeth Reid has bachelor degrees in economics and history. She has worked in retail, medical billing, catering, education and business fields. Her favorite occupation is that of wife and mother. Her email isbizziereid@gmail.com.

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Monday, September 2, 2013


Here's the link to the blog tour schedule with links to each blog featuring a little about me, an article written by me or about my book. THANKS SO MUCH, EVERYONE! http://www.elsiepark.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html