Today marks the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year.
It also marks the season for PLAYING. For water babies like myself, an ocean or pool is never close enough. I seriously think I must have been a mermaid in a previous life.
Speaking of mermaids…
I have a special surprise for you!
Splash into Summer? What’s this? I’ll tell you! It should come as no surprise to longtime friends that I love mermaids. LOVE. As in, I have mermaids all over my writing room (which has an ocean theme) and a bajillion Ariel knickknacks to boot. As in, I collect every mermaid book I can get my hands on, even picture books. As in, I’m writing my own mermaid novel (well, it’s on hiatus atm, but it still counts) to one day share with all of you. As in, mermaids RULE!
What better time to celebrate mermaids than summer? I recently received my promotional kit as an official FINS ARE FOREVER Splash Team member and was thinking of how best to spread the word.
FINS ARE FOREVER comes out next week, June 28th. I thought it would be fun to have a week celebrating the release of both this and LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter, which comes out July 4th (but may be available at your local bookstore NOW, since it released early). Then, I decided that I had way too much mermaid material for just one week and expanded it to two, taking a tip from Fairy Tale Fortnight.
For two weeks, come celebrate mermaids, whether it’s winter or summer where you live. Splash into Summer runs from June 28th to July 12th. There will be author interviews, guest posts, giveaways, reviews, and more! Now is the time to celebrate mermaids, especially with so many new novels about them coming out.
What’s more fun than an ocean of mermaids? YOU! Shoot abackwardsstory (at) gmail (dot) com an email if you’d like to participate. Guest posts, reviews, you name it. If you’d like to take part, just let me know within the next week or so!
Even if you can’t participate, I’d love to have you help spread the word. I’ve created fun little buttons to share on your own blogs and/or websites. (And let me tell you, after spending HOURS on the design, I have a newfound respect for font designers. It’s hard work...and I wasn’t even designing a full alphabet! RESPECT to everyone who is a font designer!!)
If you leave me the links to where you’ve placed the buttons, tweet about Splash into Summer, link on Facebook, blog, etc. now (and/or throughout the event), you’ll get extra entries in any giveaway you enter during the event! How’s that for incentive?
Please help me make this event the best it can be. The mermaids deserve their day, too. Sorry vampires and werewolves and fairies. It’s time for some beings who really know how to make a SPLASH!
(I don't know WHAT Blogger's problem is today. It blew up the previews for both widgets, even though they're set at 200p and 400p. Using the exact same html on my mirror site, the images look perfect. I don't understand? Are you seeing this on your computer? Is it just me? Snag the images from the mirror site if this continues to be an issue, or just right-click and save the medium or small image (also click for direct links to image), then manually upload them (though I hate to make you do an extra step). Those blurry blow-ups are just YUCK. *kicks Blogger*
If anyone knows what went wrong, please send me an email or comment. Because I don't know! It's seriously working just fine on LiveJournal...)
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<div align="center"><a href="http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com/2011/06/splash-into-summer_21.html" title="Splash into Summer with A Backwards Story" target="_blank"><img src="http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj80/abackwardsstory/splashintosummer400shiny.png" alt="Splash into Summer with A Backwards Story" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
All you have to do is copy the above HTML from either button and paste it into your blog. When you post, it SHOULD look like this:
Thanks for helping me spread the word!