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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Casting Couch: Waterdancer by Samantha Combs

In a perfect world the authors of the books we read and love would be able to cast the movie or television version of their books.  I mean it makes sense to me since they know the character better than anyone else.  The authors live, eat, breathe, sleep with their characters for months and sometimes years.  Today Samantha Combs the author of Waterdancer is going to cast her book here.  Check out some of her picks.
WATERDANCER 
As if high school isn’t hard enough, try being Bailey Wasserman. Try being the new girl in town, navigating a touchy relationship with your flighty mom’s rich new husband in a brand new town he’s just moved you to. Add to that finding out that your father, a semi-pro surfer who’s just mysteriously re-entered your life after nearly fifteen years of silence, is half sea-creature and you’re about to inherit that particular gene on your sixteenth birthday which is only a few days away, all after you just met the cutest surfer boy you’ve ever seen in your life.
Bailey feels she and her mom have always met life’s challenges as a team of two, more like best friends than mother and daughter. But her mom’s recent marriage has changed all that. Having her little brother Landry is all Bailey can find good about that union. The move to wealthy Del Mar from their humble beginnings has turned Bailey sour, until a chance meeting of surf hottie Jack West changes all that. Then, when her father reenters her life, with his annoying Zen-surfer lingo and a talking turtle he claims is her spirit guardian, no less, he threatens the only relationship Bailey thinks is working in her world. She soon finds out that’s not all his arrival will do. His presence and their shared family trait could ultimately force Bailey to make a decision that will alter the course of her own life and those she loves…..forever. 

Bailey Wasserman – Dakota Fanning
·       Teenaged girl about to turn sixteen
·       Not as angsty as most, but clever and introverted
·       Unsure of her place not only in the world, but in her own family
·       Never been kissed

Jack West – Liam Hemsworth
·       Cute, rugged, surfer boy
·       All the girls dream of him, but he doesn’t realize it or care
·       Spun on Bailey from the moment he sees her

Sharona Meyers – Mariska Hargitay
·       Single parent and poor for so many years, she is overjoyed to have found a rich, stable husband
·       Delighted to be a mother again with her second husband
·       Harboring a secret about her daughter, and distraught when she finds out before she gets the nerve to tell her
·       Still loves Bailey’s real father, even after all these years

Warren Meyers – Peter Coyote
·       Happy to be married, but unsure how to be a parent to a daughter that isn’t his
·       Loves his new family, but doesn’t know how to be in one
·       Struggling to find common ground with his new stepdaughter
·       Also harboring a secret, but of a different kind




 
Landry Meyers – undiscovered kid talent
·       Bailey’s little brother and the love of her life, aside from new boyfriend Jack
·       Blindly loves his sister to death, no matter what she might be

Kai Malama – Adam Beach
·       Bailey’s real father and Bailey’s mother’s first love
·       Retired pro-surfer after his own secret forces him to stop the sport he loves
·       Loves his daughter and hopes she understands that’s the reason he left her and her mother






About Samantha Combs
Samantha Combs is a young adult/middle grade author living in Southern California. The author of six books, three are young adult paranormal romances, Spellbound, Everspell, and Ghostly, a middle grade horror novel, The Detention Demon, two adult horror collections, Teeth and Talons, and Way Past Midnight, and a new standalone YA paranormal, entitled Waterdancer, which you should look for in Sept. 2012. Samantha hopes to complete and release two other books currently in progress. 2012 looks amazing!
When she is not writing or reading voraciously, Samantha enjoys bloggers, the Food Network Channel, reality television and wandering around the aisles at Target. She recently conquered Facebook and is learning how to use Twitter. She is sure she can handle any situation if she has the right shoes and has a mad passion for totally inappropriate earrings. Samantha believes the movement toward technology is the most exciting thing to happen to publishing and can’t wait to see what the industry is going to do next. Anything that makes kids want to read can’t be a bad thing.
Check out all 6 of my books!
Coming in September from Musa Publishing: WATERDANCER, a new YA paranormal
 
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