Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas From All Of Us!

Well it's been quite the year, huh? I just want to speak for all of us here who run the blog and say we  are so thankful for each and every one of you guys. Every comment feels like a victory and it's really cool that so many people share in the same weird obsession as we do.
So whatever you're celebrating today, Merry Christmas, and I hope that you all call your families, eat lots of sweets, and watch a good movie, Christmas or not (I'm just about to go downstairs and start watching Doctor Who with my family). Thank you for being such cool followers, and I hope you got one of Howard's cool books from his giveaway.

So because I, unlike Howard, do not have a multitude of books to give away yet (seriously guys, go get some!) and it's nice and stormy over here in Alabama, and I just watched the film a couple days ago, here's part of the soundtrack from Julie Taymor's adaptation of The Tempest, where the lovely Ben Whishaw sings a passage regularly quoted in mermaid literature.
Merry Christmas everyone!


The end of the Merry Mermaid Christmas Give-away

Mildred: Our Merry Mermaid Christmas Mascot  -  by Heather Rigney

All good things must come to an end and I'm sorry to say that this applies to our Christmas Give-away too. I have certainly enjoyed playing Santa Claus, running the give-away and chatting with both the winners and the losers. If you didn't win or didn't get a chance to enter, remember that the Merry Mermaid Christmas Clearance Centre on The Parsons' Rant  is still open and will remain open until our inventory is exhausted. We are offering these books on a first-come/first-served basis.

We do have a couple of winners who have yet to claim their prizes:
  • Sarah from sarahcatchingbooks.blogspot.com won All The Mermaids In The Sea back on Dec, 7th
  • Laura Almeida also won a copy of All The Mermaids In The Sea back on Dec, 18th
If you happen to know either of these ladies, please tell them that I am waiting for their mailing addresses.

Speaking of winners, Victoria won the Christmas Eve give-away of Everblue by Brenda Pandos.

Roll Credits

I would like to thank - in no particular order - the following people:
  • Robert Cabell and his publisher, Gazebo Books, for donating 12 copies of both All The Mermaids In The Sea and A Mermaid Christmas
  • Paige Bleu for donating e-copies of Finding Summerland
  • Adriana Stepiano for donating - along with fancy, hand-painted book-marks - 5 copies of When, At Last, He Found Me
  • Emm Cole for donating a copy of Merminia and mailing that copy to Moscow, Russia.
  • Kimberly Llewellyn for donating a copy of Siren Call
  • Mayda Schaefer for donating copies of Awaiting Destiny
  • Brenda Pandos for donating a copy of both Everblue and Evergreen
  • Heather Rigney, author and artist, for creating Mildred, The Merry Mermaid Christmas Mascot
  • Garrett, GC, and all the other contributors here on The Merblog for allowing me to host the give-away. You can now have your blog back.
Finally, there has been a bit of controversy as complaints from certain quarters have come in complaining of sexism. We have failed to mention Mermen anywhere in our give-away. After all, where do you think little mermaids come from?

So, in the interest of fairness, we will end the give-away with a token Merman. (I wish I had those abs!)