The brand-new Story/ Novella
Prequel to upcoming Book Three of the Milford-Haven Saga.
Now available as an
Advance Reader Copy!
“It’s no secret, I love Mara Purl’s Mitford Haven, and I’m especially taken by her main character Miranda. In this story, Miranda’s loneliness is more apparent than we’ve seen before, as she travels to events and painting excursions by herself. I can only hope that at some point she finds the ideal companion. It was heartwarming to see a small breakthrough in her relationship with her often critical mother. The big plus about reading Purl’s works is what you learn, particularly about the central California coastal area, but most especially about the wildlife. You can feel the almost-human quality of the otters in this book and your heart aches for little Lulu, who is without her mother. When Otters Play is a wonderful read and I was sad to reach the last page. This is another one on my “must recommend” list.”
- Linda Thompson, Host of TheAuthorsShow.com
Are sea otters as cute and clever as they seem?
Miranda Jones is as captivated by their sweet faces as she is spellbound by their antics. She can hardly wait to interact with them on her kayaking expedition off California’s Central Coast. Yet nothing could be more surprising than the controversy they’ve caused in the sun-drenched Santa Barbara waters, nor more disturbing than the vehement hatred they seem to inspire among local fishermen.
Are the otters really so adorable? Or is there more at stake . . . When Otters Play?
Miranda loves her new hometown Milford-Haven, set along the undiscovered beauty of California’s Central Coast. And she also enjoys the sumptuous city of Santa Barbara, just two hours down the coastline. Hired by Katy Sails of Sea Otter Rescue to paint an outdoor-mural, and hired by her own artist’s rep Zelda McIntyre to paint an indoor-mural, Miranda packs her camera and painting supplies and heads south.
Her first kayaking adventure to visit sea otters in their native habitat is sheer delight, as she and her otter-rescuer-host ply the kelp forests and carefully observe the otters caring for their young. But unbeknownst to them, a human predator is sliding sleathily through those same waters.
Meanwhile a second adventure takes Miranda—along with crew and tourists—to the mystical island of Anacapa, where, under the watchful eye of a professional diver, she swims with the otters until a near disaster threatens the life of a precious otter pup!
Though the e-book stands alone, it also introduces Book 3 of the Milford-Haven Novels, the critically acclaimed, popular series, a multi-generational saga. Based on Purl’s BBC Radio drama Milford-Haven U.S.A.
Don’t miss the story before the story . . . the short story that happens right before Book Three, Why Hearts Keep Secrets.
“Mara Purl creates a rich palette in her newest Milford-Haven installment. Artist Miranda Jones heads into the ocean and we meet a raft of otters as well as a mix of interesting people against a backdrop of the lush California Central Coast. All is not well at the coast, and not everyone wants to protect the otters! I love the series not only for the magical setting, but also for the author’s style in bringing delicious detail to the reader. Come to Milford-Haven for the ambiance, but stay for the drama!”
- Victoria Heckman, author of the Elizabeth Murphy Animal Communicator Series
“When Otters Play transports readers to the beautiful, enchanting, Southern California coastal town of Milford-Haven. While Miranda Jones is developing her reputation as a serious nature artist, and ascertaining her personal independence, a group of disparate characters converges, drawn by the beauty and nature of the area. Sea otters provide a backdrop for the human conflict and drama which unfolds. Find a cozy chair, pour a cup of tea, and enjoy traveling with author Mara Purl on a new adventure in the Milford-Haven series.”
– Joyce B. Lohse, Award-winning author of Colorado Historical biographies
“Mara Purl’s writing style is imaginatively eloquent. She manages to put words together in unique ways that grab my mind and make me see things I’d never thought of before. Her storytelling, simply put, is a joy. When Otters Play is a great read by an author who never disappoints, Mara Purl. Get it, sit down in your favorite reading chair, and enjoy.”
– Roger Seiler, Author of Master of Alaska
“A fun and accurate depiction of the diverse marine communities set in the beautiful Santa Barbara Channel Islands. Mara makes the story come alive!”
– Don Barthelmess, Professor Marine Technology Department, Santa Barbara City College
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading When Otters Play. As ever, your characters are vivid and very real. And, my goodness, you certainly pack a tremendous amount of information into the story. I knew nothing whatsoever about otters before reading your book. Well done!!”
– Miranda Kenrick, author of Two Far East Too Long, Tokyo, Japan