Monday, April 18, 2011

This Week's Moonglass Inspiration and Giveaway: Mermaids

In honor of the release of MOONGLASS (in 15 days!!), I've been posting weekly about the elements that inspired me as I was writing it.  I've also been giving away prize packs, and this week is no different!  This week is actually one of my favorites, since I'm writing about mermaids.

Yep.  There are mermaids all over my house...

In the living room...

The kitchen...

My office...

Even hiding in the garden.

I wouldn't say I'm a fanatic.  I don't believe in them or worship them or anything.  But I am fascinated by the mythology behind them, and that's a thing that actually began while I was writing MOONGLASS.  Since then, I seem to have acquired quite a few...

When I was researching sea glass, I found a few sources that called it "Mermaid Tears," which I included in the story.  That led me down the path of researching mermaids, which ultimately gave me a myth for Anna to view her mother through.  In MOONGLASS, she's given a book about mermaids that sums up their nature: 

"They are at once beautiful and cruel, tender and selfish, vulnerable, yet unattainable.  Above all, they offer shimmering glimpses into the deep ocean of secrets that is a woman's heart."

There are no real mermaids in MOONGLASS, but there are moments where Anna draws parallels between the myth and her mother as she struggles to come to terms with her death.

"My mother had always been a mystery to me, even when she was alive.  She'd been all those things, all at once, and we'd tiptoed around her even then.  And now, here, she'd stirred up the placid surface of my life and thrown me into rough, dark water--a deep ocean of secrets. 

I couldn't tell anyone I was flailing."

So.  In honor of these enigmatic, mythical creatures, I'm giving away a special, mermaid-inspired prize pack this week:

This week's winner will win a copy of Brenda Rosen's MERMAID WISDOM, which helps you find your inner goddess, a pewter and sea glass mermaid bookmark so you never lose your place, and a pretty little mermaid necklace.

Wanna enter?  It's easy:

Leave a comment on this blog post and you'll automatically be entered to win!

Wanna snag a few extra entries:

Tweet It! (+1)
Share It on FB (+1)
Become a follower on the blog or Twitter (+1)
Link it up on your own blog (+1)

Leave your entry total in your comment.  I'm willing to work on the honor system if you are.  Contest will be open until Friday at noon, and I'll announce the winner on Saturday.

Happy Monday! 


  1. I have heard so much about Moonglass and your beach town- I can almost picture it. Can't wait to read it!

  2. Adorable :)
    +1 gfc follower

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  3. Michelle McMillianApril 18, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Jessi I just pre-ordered Moonglass. I can't wait to read it. Congratulations. Your blog is great, too. The mermaids are wonderful, and so is the view from your living room...

  4. Love the mermaid pack! I think others will, too. I'll be sure to tweet about it tomorrow when it's a normal hour of the day ;)

  5. Love mermaids and adore the mermaid pack! I was lucky enough to find this out on twitter by Carolina so I'm definitely wanting to join in on this fun!! Consider the tweets happening already!

  6. love the mermaid pack, especially the necklace.
    +1 twitter follower
    +1 facebooked:!/permalink.php?story_fbid=148145931919107&id=100000493925113
    =3 points

  7. tweeted!/luv2knitnsew



    linked on top of my blog

    so i believe i earned 5 comments :O}

  8. It's beautiful!! I just finished the Mermaid's Mirror by the late LK Madigan too. And I am very much looking forward to Moonglass. Thanks for the chance to win the prize pack.
    +1 follower (GFC)
    +1 tweeted:!/BritneyWyatt/status/60797355301142528
    +1 follow on twitter (@BritneyWyatt)
    Total: 3

  9. This is the coolest thing. I have sea glass in big jars in my kitchen because it's just so pretty...and because that mermaid tear thing struck my fancy too!

  10. cute

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  11. Nice.


    kathrynroberts at hotmail dot com

  12. I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest.

  13. score of 2
    This book sounds great! I'd love to win and add this to my collection.

  14. I'd love to enter!

    Also a blog follower +1

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

  15. Thank you so much for the great giveaway! Book sounds amazing.
    GFC follower as Diana

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  16. Wow, those are beautiful mermaids, and I love the quote paralleling mermaids and Anna's mother. Thanks for the awesome contest! :)

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  17. +1 for following.

    I've always loved mermaids. My siblings and I once upon a time had our own mermaid mythology. We made cardboard character pupets of each of us as merpeople, with our cool mer-names, and played mermaid games in the pool. It was always so much fun. :]

  18. I like the idea of your book! Good luck!

    +1 Follower


  19. I'm a huge mermaid fan :) I'm a Twitter follower and blog follower!!

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