Two years of "Rescue Sirens" -- plus, giveaway prize photos! July 3, 2017 17:30
Chris and I announced "Rescue Sirens" on July 1st, 2015 -- meaning it's already been over two years since we introduced our lifeguard mermaids to the world! So much has happened in that time: we've sold thousands of books (between the hardcover first edition, the paperbacks, and the Kindle eBook), we've connected with wonderful people all over the world, I found my fins, we were invited to a mermaid convention (and even participated in their Expert Panel), and we've recently completed a children's picture book illustrated by artist Dylan Bonner that we're waiting to unveil at San Diego Comic-Con later this month.
Through it all, your kindness, support, and enthusiasm continue to mean everything to us. Starting a book series is an intimidating, time-consuming, sometimes frustrating undertaking, and knowing that so many people love our characters and our world -- and want to see more -- makes it all worthwhile. Thank you.
In addition to marking our two-year announciversary, I also wanted to share some great photos from the winners of our two Mer-May promotions: the "Rescue Sirens" Head-to-Tail MERmakeover Giveaway, and the Mer-May #rescuesirensfanart Contest. It's always so much fun to see people receiving their prizes!
First up: lovely Instagram user @mermaid_kailani, who received a prize pack of awesome mermaid-themed products that I use and love, myself. She posted a bunch of photos and video clips, so hover over the Instagram frame and click the arrow buttons to navigate her slideshow!
THANK YOU @rescuesirens all my mermaid treasures came in two days early!!! ❤️🌺❤️ lots of mermaid activities for me lately and in the near future!! #luckygirl #mermaidforlife #mermaid #mermaidlife #mermaidtail #mermaidsarereal #mermaidvibes #blessed #happyasaclam #greatday #cantwaitforsummer #luckymermaid #mermaidonland
Next: talented artist @katekennedyart, the lucky winner of this chibi-style Nim drawing inked by Chris!
Today was a very special mail day! I was lucky enough to win the @rescuesirens contest and just received the original drawing of 'Nim' by @chrissandersart! I could not be more thrilled and honored! 'Lilo and Stitch' is one of my favorite moves of all time and I will treasure this drawing till the day I die. Thank you, Chris and Jess, so much for putting this giveaway together, writing 'Rescue Sirens' and for caring so much about our oceans💙🦈 #rescuesirens #chrissanders #jessicasteelesanders #mermaid
Kate also sent us a photo of the Nim drawing in a beautiful new frame:
Wow! How fortunate that Kate frames artwork professionally -- we can't imagine a better home for this "Rescue Sirens" drawing! It really was meant to be.
Seeing all the different interpretations of our mermaids that our contest entrants submitted has been such a delight and a privilege, and we thank each and every one of you for participating! We've added a few of our very favorite illustrations to our Guest Artists Gallery, and I plan on posting more drawings to our "Guest Art" Facebook album as soon as I have a spare moment.
In the meantime, though, we're preparing for SDCC 2017! In addition to our brand-new children's book, we'll have a couple of other cool "Rescue Sirens"-related goodies to share with you. Keep your fins crossed that we can get everything done before Preview Night on Wednesday, July 19th!