Congratulations to... May 31, 2017 16:50

From Jess: 

We've drawn a name out of a (virtual) hat, bringing our second Mer-May giveaway to a close! Without further ado (okay, maybe a little further ado), the lucky recipient of our "Rescue Sirens" fan art contest prize is... drumroll...

Our sincere congratulations, @katekennedyart! We'll be mailing out your original inked drawing of chibi-style Rescue Siren Nim by Chris Sanders within the next two weeks.

I know that Chris already touched on this in his Instagram post, but I want to take a moment, myself, to express my awe of and gratitude to each and every artist who shared their "Rescue Sirens" fan art this Mer-May. The sheer amount of creativity, hard work, and passion on display has been incredibly impressive, and we're frankly a bit overwhelmed by the response. (I'm not crying; you're crying.)

(Very special thanks, too, to artist Tom Bancroft for getting everyone on Instagram to draw mermaids for a month straight during his second annual #MerMay art challenge!)

Seeing each artist's interpretations of our lifeguard mermaids -- the different drawing styles, the imaginative stories your drawings tell, the way you captured each Rescue Siren's personality so perfectly -- has been a true delight, and humbling in the best way. I want to thank you all for taking the time to create something fun and beautiful, and for sharing your talent with us. We also love that this contest introduced us to so many new artists!

The hardest part about contests and giveaways is that everyone can't win. I wish you all could have received Chris's drawing! Since that isn't physically possible (well, unless we tore it into very small pieces, and I don't think anyone wants that), the next best thing I could think of as a way to show you how much we appreciate you is this: for a limited time, we're offering the eBook edition of "Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist" as a free download over on Amazon, so you can read the book on your favorite electronic device. Because I didn't realize that you had to schedule a free download in advance, the giveaway is planned to begin tomorrow, June 1st, and it should run for twenty-four hours.

It's just a small way to say thanks for making this Mer-May so fin-omenal! We're already making plans for next year. (Mwahaha.) Right now, though... bring on summer and San Diego Comic-Con!