I got the exciting news today that Underneath - A Merfolk Tale has been longlisted for this year's Book Viral Millennium Book Award. They will announce the finalists and winners sometime before Nov. 1st.
Here's Book Viral's review for Underneath:
"Original in thought and execution, Underneath - A Merfolk Tale proves an extraordinary science fiction fantasy debut from the pen of M.N. Arzu. With a dramatic narrative that whips along at a cracking pace, she weaves a plot of enthralling intricacy, her descriptive prowess painting scenes that are both compelling and immersive. It’s far from your run of the mill fantasy offering. Underpinned by a multi-layered plot and lucid prose her style is to reveal only what is necessary, embracing the requisite drama and fantastical elements of the genre, without resorting to trite clichés. Impressively imaginative and further elevated by superb character dynamics and development she gives them an overriding sense of purpose but it’s in their back stories that Arzu really hits her stride and distinguishes herself. No less than in the dialogue and interplay between Ray and Dr Gwen. There’s a charm here that promises much for a developing series, but more importantly she’s succeeded in giving the Merfolk believable origins and a real world identity that leaves us hungry for more."