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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Midsummer Dream Fair Day 14: The Mermaid Tank




(Today, we have a guest post from Brenda Pandos, with news you can definitely use about mermaids...)



You thought there would be a real mermaid here today in the tank? (laughs) I’m sorry to disappoint you, trapping a mermaid is nearly impossible. First, they’re only mermaids at night and second, if you manage to capture one, her merman isn’t far away. 

Rule #1 in Natatoria: All mermaids must be chaperoned (all for your protection of course). An unchaperoned mermaid is a very dangerous thing, for her and for you. If caught, her merman will come to the rescue and sing your memories away. You’ll be left wondering what you where looking for in the first place.

But savvy mers live among us. If you’re wondering if your neighbor might be a mer, here are some clues:

CLUES YOU MIGHT HAVE A MER NEIGHBOR

A sparkling tattoo on their left ring finger: The tattoo is a sign of life-long promise the mermaid has given to her special merman through a kiss. They may display it, or try to hide it with something like a Band-Aid or a wide ring.

Essence: Mermaids love to wear the secret to their heritage around their necks in a small vial, or on a charm bracelet. The blue sparkling iridescent liquid has many properties, including healing, youthfulness, and one sip can transform anyone into a mer.

Merman skirt: Mermen who aren’t knowledgeable to current trends wear a kilt like skirt that allows for easy transformation from feet to fin.

Appearance: Mer people are strikingly beautiful and perpetually tan. Because of the essence, they don’t age. The women have long shimmering hair and wear ornate bikini tops even during winter. The older men wear beards and loose fitting shirts. When Natatorian’s speak English, their accent is a cross between English and Australian if the mer wasn’t raised speaking English as a merling. 

Habits: Because sun is the secret to keeping their legs during the day, they need to be in the water before the sun sets. So if they’re living in a house, it’ll be on the shoreline/coast. They’ll most likely be jobless and appear active during the day, but when evening comes they’ll disappear.

Monsters: Hidden on seabeds across the globe are secret underwater tunnels that lead to Natatoria, the mer’s home and location of the spring of essence. Typically, in those places there’s also a monster myth. These monsters have been created to explain mer activity and put a distraction in people’s minds. Where you thought you saw the Loch Ness Monster, you might have actually witnessed a mer.

All I can say is if you suspect there’s a mer close by, be careful. They typically aren’t interested in transforming humans to be promised (life-long bond) since converted mer’s, or beta-mer’s, are looked down upon (unlike the pure-born) in Natatoria, but you never know. It’s difficult to ignore a siren or merman’s smolder. They’ll kiss you before you know it, and you’ll be changed forever.



Find Brenda:

Twitter: @brendapandos


Giveaway! One comment (picked by random.org) below will win a copy of Everblue by Brenda Pandos.



This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM (Eastern) this Saturday. Brenda is generously offering a paperback for US winners, ebook if winner is outside the US.

The Midsummer Dream Fair was brought to you today by:
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53 comments:

  1. I have not really read about mer people. If your books are anything like this blog here they seem like a lot of fun.
    syndiasia at yahoo dot com

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  2. I would love to try this out! It looks so interesting!
    frenchcanadienne(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  3. I definitely need to read more mermaid novels. I'm getting a bit tired of zombies, vampires and werewolves.
    beth6325(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I find mer-people fascinating. I've been on the lookout a different type of fantasy and a non-Disney type adventure sounds like a great read.
    knotty1tink(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Oooo sounds like a great giveaway. I haven't read any books on mermaids. Can't wait to read this series. Thanks for giveaway!

    mararob80 at gmail dot com

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  6. I haven't heard of this book. Sounds really good!

    volta2173 at sbcglobal dot net

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  7. Wish I can see a real life mermaid/merman! Haha! Haven't really come across another mermaid book besides The Little Mermaid from when I was younger.

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  8. I love mermaid stories!
    GFC - rickimc
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  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read many mermaid stories, but I'm hoping to change that! This one sounds great!

    stephward84(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I read my first mermaid story the other day and loved it! I would love to read everblue!
    sarah(dot)elizabeth(dot)bookworm(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway. I read the Talisman books and loved them. I have Everblue on my to read list and I like mermaid stores.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  12. I would love to read this book, thanks for the giveaway

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  13. Sounds like an interesting concept. Would love to read it. Kelley1717 at gmail dot com.

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  14. omg ive been wanting to read this forever! XD
    I essance and the tattoo are very interesting!
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  15. I wanna meet one. There isn't any around me, darn! LOL
    thanks
    delivery.RN at gmail dot com

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  16. This would open up a whole new genre for me - I have not read mermaids yet. And I love the cover of Everblue - simply gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It is on my to read list. I just finished Of Poseidon earlier this month and like it. Eh, who am I kidding, I like just about everything I read.
    lisa at vetteklisa dot com

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  18. I've never read a mermaid book, so this would be nice to win :) - Azucena

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  19. Mermaids are becoming very popular lately and there have been some really good books. I haven't read this one yet but it is on my tbr list.

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  20. Definitely on my to read shelf! Love the mermaid theme :)

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  21. Love the theme of this hop! Bummed I missed half of it!

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  22. Hi! I just LOVE mermaids and I would like to win an ebook copy, as I am commenting from South Africa.

    Love, Lilly

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  23. I love mermaid fiction!

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  24. Everblue is amazing and would love to have a paperback copy! Seriously cannot wait for Evergreen! thanks for the chance and clues lol

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  25. Mermaiiids!!! I've never read YA Mermaid fiction, but this sounds like my kind of story.

    jenidominique(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I wish I was a mermaid. I love swimming would be part of the reason the other half is having a sexy merman to look after me!!!!
    deborah.goff@ymail.com

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  27. Fun list. The book sounds good.

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  28. Thank you for the guidelines, I will be keeping my eye open for some of these fishy signs ;)

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  29. Hi thank you so much for hosting this giveaway. I love Merimade and all the different stories. I am not sure if i enter this. I thought i did but i don't see it so i might have wrote my comment on the wrong page i hope not. Sorry if i did.I have not read this book yet but it is on my goodreads list. However, if i don't win i will go out and get both books. Thanks Joannie

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  30. Loved this post I adore mermaids. Thanks for the chance to win this book.teamedward841@live.com

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  31. Awesomesauce!!! I've only ever read one other mermaid book and would love for this to be the second. :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    tiffany.webb29@yahoo.com

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  32. I love mermaids! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  33. One of my favorite mermaid novels is lost voices by Sarah porter
    Sylv722@bresnan.net

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  34. Great post! Unfortnately, no mer's here in my neighborhood, just grumpy old men! lol

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Pnrurbfantasyreview @ hotmail.com

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  35. Sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  36. Sounds like an awesome book! Happy Flag Day (and my birthday he he he) Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  37. Thanks for the warnings about the mer-folk! I'll be sure to be on my guard when at the shore this summer!

    (thanks for the giveaway too!)

    aimeelavalle(@)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Thank you Brenda! That was fun! How I would love a signed copy of your book...I keep hard copies of my favorite books, and yours definitely qualifies :). Now, if only Finn would come kiss me! Janilledutton@gmail.com

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  39. Great post! Thanks for the chance to win, this series sounds really good!

    hollyjolly89(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. Loved, Loved, Loved this book!! I'm so looking forward to the sequel that's coming out shortly!!! If you haven't had a chance to read it yet - DO!! It's so good!

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  41. Looks like a really good book. I have been looking for a mermaid book to read. I really liked this post. Crossing my fingers I win! Thanks!

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  42. This is awesome I love mermaid story's! Hope I can win a book!
    Shanklin3@bresnan.net

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  43. Okay this grabbed my attention I've never read a mermaid novel before but I'm open to try I hope I get a chance at one of these give aways.
    Sylvia722@bresnan.net

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  44. This was definitely a nice spin to a mermaid tale!
    I would have never thought to think this way. It has definitely got my head spinning and the gears are set off. Now I want to write about mermaids!
    It has also got me thinking about reading Everblue, whether or not I win. It seems extremely interesting.
    imleah17@hotmail.com

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  45. You know I believe the last mermaid I read about was Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid. LOL Looks as though I've been missing out, eh?? Will definitely be looking into these books.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway and opening my eyes!

    Cheers! Trayce

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  46. Love this post! Hmmm...maybe I do have a Mer neighbor! Thanks for this amazing giveaway! This book sounds great and I would love to win it!

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  47. I love the cover of both these books and they sound amazing! Cant wait to read them both and they are on my TBR list! Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!
    ~Amber
    agarcia6510 at columbus dot rr dot com

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  48. Hi Brenda, Thanks for all the great hints on how to find a mer. I have not read a mermaid book but yours look great so I have added to my wish list. I have always thought mermaids were such beautiful beings and I love water so I wanted to be one when I was younger. lol
    Great Covers

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  49. Brenda- does it have to be saltwater or can they live near a lake? I've often wondered about this one neighbor of mine. She lives on the lake.....

    I'd love to read Everblue!

    Heather
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  50. Thanks, I'll be on the lookout for the skirt!
    deedee [at] grifmail [dot] com

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  51. I'm surprised I haven't read this book before, it sounds awesome!!

    marthapao(at)live(dot)com

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  52. The mer people sound quite interesting! Thanks for the chance to win. maurapedia@gmail.com

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  53. Wow this sounds great

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