"Rescue Sirens" x Planet Love Life January 23, 2019 08:26

From Jess: 

Happy New Year! I hope your 2019 is off to a mer-velous start. Here at "Rescue Sirens" HQ, we're kicking off this year with a project that I'm really thrilled to announce: a collaboration with our friends Rob and Melody Webster over at Planet Love Life!

What's Planet Love Life all about?

From their website:

"Planet Love Life is making waves to save lives: Ghost nets are the silent killers of the Ocean. Fishing nets & ropes entangle & kill over 100,000 marine animals every year. We have created bracelets from salvaged fishing nets. Each bracelet represents one of the 300+ marine animal species that are affected by fishing gear lost at sea. Buy a bracelet - save a life!"

Both Chris and I have purchased multiple ghost net bracelets from Planet Love Life, to wear ourselves as well as to give as gifts to our fellow ocean lovers (we've even featured them in a past Mer-May giveaway), and now I'm proud to offer our own series of salvaged ghost net bracelets inspired by the lifeguard mermaids of "Rescue Sirens"!

Salvaged ghost net bracelets made by Planet Love Life, inspired by the lifeguard mermaids of "Rescue Sirens"

Crafted with care by Planet Love Life, the bracelets are available in six different colors and varying widths/textures to please the most discerning mermaid or merman:

1. "Rescue Sirens" Red & White (two thin ropes, single knot)
2. Nim Aqua Seafoam (single thick rope)
3. Kelby Coral Pink (single thick, wavy rope)
4. Echo Navy Blue (single thin rope, three knots)
5. Pippa Purple (single thick, wavy rope)
6. Maris Marigold (single thick, wavy rope)

Each bracelet is adjustable using a lobster clasp from about 6"-7.5" and includes a custom etched "Rescue Sirens" charm (photos forthcoming). While a ghost net's durability poses incredible risks to animal life out in the ocean, here on land it means that your bracelet is waterproof, and resistant to corrosion from both fresh and salt water. Talk about turning a negative into a positive!

Not only can you feel good about keeping these pieces of ghost net safely away from sea creatures, but your money is directly helping the plastic pollution problem, too -- 15% of net proceeds from the sale of these bracelets will be donated to Earth's Oceans Foundation, a California-based non-profit organization dedicated to repurposing plastic waste to reduce (and one day eliminate) the presence of plastic in the world's oceans and on its beaches.

I'm so stoked to finally be able to offer these! Even before I discovered Planet Love Life, I wanted to write a future "Rescue Sirens" children's book about the girls collecting beach trash and recycling it into cute jewelry, so this is really a dream come true. Rob and Melody are true kindred spirits, and we're lucky to know them.

Want your own "Rescue Sirens" bracelet? They're available now in our Etsy shop!

With the craziness of the holidays finally behind us, I have a bit of time right now to process and ship orders, so I've also listed our first run of "Rescue Sirens" enamel pins AND -- for the first time online -- all three variations of our double-sided acrylic charms. Yay!

Sea you later, 2018 -- shell-o, 2019! December 31, 2018 20:59

From Jess: 

What a year this was! I spent a quarter of 2018 accompanying my husband Chris to the set of his first live-action/CG hybrid film, Jack London’s “Call of the Wild”; I’ve also been doing development on “Rescue Sirens” behind the scenes for months. That’s a LOT of stuff that we’re not allowed to show you just yet, and keeping it to ourselves is SO HARD. ARGH!

I’m bursting with excitement to share more of what we’ve been doing in the months to come — I have a feeling that 2019 is going to be a fin-omenal year for our lifeguard mermaids! More artwork, more stories, more MERchandise, and maybe even a surprise or two.

In the meantime, it’s fun to look back on your favorite photos, videos, and illustrations from 2018, featuring our beloved friends and talented artists in this year's Top Nine on Instagram.

Thanks to all of you for another wonderful 365 days of joy and adventure, and have a safe and happy New Year!

That's a wrap! November 20, 2018 13:30

From Jess:  

If you feel like you haven't been hearing as much from "Rescue Sirens" over the past three months or so, there's a good reason for that: my husband and "Rescue Sirens" co-author, Chris, has been busy directing his first live-action/CGI hybrid film, Jack London's "The Call of the Wild"! I've accompanied him to set most days, and I even have a couple of small cameos in the movie (one of which "Rescue Sirens" fans will find particularly fun, I think). Chris's cast and crew are all absolutely outstanding, and I can't wait to see the final product!

Filming wrapped late-night Friday, bringing this part of the adventure to a close.

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Roughly eleven weeks ago, I started principal photography on “The Call of the Wild,” based on the Jack London novel. . Since then I’ve shot in trainyards, soundstages, old mansions, and man-made rivers, towns, and snowed-in mountain passes recreated on a desert movie ranch. Four AM wake-ups, fifteen-hour days, all-night shoots, windstorms, freezing cold, burning heat, days spent in snow and mud and even underwater. All with a massive crew of the nicest, most talented people in the industry. . We wrapped filming early morning Saturday; last night we had our wrap party, and Jess (who was there through it all) and I attended. In two weeks, I begin a year of post-production — but today, we finally sleep in! #chrissanders #cotw

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I'm so incredibly proud of Chris! As always, he's remained enthusiastic, encouraging, and energetic throughout the entire shoot; I really don't know how he does it. (Coffee helps, I guess.)

Now that production has ended, "The Call of the Wild" moves into post-production, during which Chris and a team of animators will bring the story's dogs to life. This is much more like what Chris is used to, coming from animated films, and the process should take around a year.

The long hours, night shoots, and general craziness of the shoot are behind us, so I plan on getting back to "Rescue Sirens" in a more visible way. I'm still devoting a lot of time and brainpower behind-the-scenes to the development document I've been working on, and we could definitely use some crossed fingers (or fins) in the weeks to come as we explore possible directions that "Rescue Sirens" could take in the future.

With 2019 right around the corner, Chris and I are hopeful for another exciting year!

...but now, we're gonna take a nap.

"Rescue Sirens" reviews wanted! October 29, 2018 11:34

From Jess: 

Have you read our novel, "Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist," and/or our children's picture book, "Rescue Sirens and the Great Fish Round-Up"? If so, Chris and I would love it if you'd leave us a review on Amazon or Goodreads!

"Rescue Sirens and the Great Fish Round-Up" and "Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist" lifeguard mermaid books

Although the next books in the series have taken a bit of a back seat to other projects at the moment (my super-secret "Rescue Sirens" reference document; Chris's work directing Fox's film "The Call of the Wild"), we're always eager to hear what people think of what we've written so far.

What did you like? What weren't you crazy about? What would you like to see more of, or never see again? Constructive reader feedback is always, always welcome, as it helps us craft future adventures for Nim, Kelby, Echo, Pippa, and Maris. We have the stories themselves planned out, but knowing what people think allows us to fine-tune the details.

So where, exactly, can you write a review? If you've purchased your copy of the book from us on Amazon, you might've been prompted to leave a review once you received your package, which is where things can get a bit confusing: Amazon has one place to review the seller (in our case, we sell our books under our company name, Happy Tiki, Inc.), while reviewing the book itself is an entirely separate process.

Here are handy links to both of our books on Amazon and Goodreads:

"Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist" on Amazon

"Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist" on Goodreads

"Rescue Sirens and the Great Fish Round-Up" on Amazon

"Rescue Sirens and the Great Fish Round-Up" on Goodreads

If you've already left a review for us, thank you! Not only does your feedback aid us as writers, but sharing your thoughts also helps other potential readers decide if our books are up their particular alley. We'd love more people to discover "Rescue Sirens"!

New and upcoming MERchandise September 20, 2018 17:00

From Jess: 

Oh, man, you guys, what a summer it's been! Usually San Diego Comic-Con represents the pinnacle of our summer busy-ness, but 2018 just hasn't quit! Beyond a bit of unexpected traveling (Wyoming is stunning this time of year!), my husband and "Rescue Sirens" co-author Chris has begun filming his first live-action/CG hybrid project, 20th Century Fox's "The Call of the Wild" (based on the classic Jack London novel), and his schedule is all over the place -- which means mine is, too, haha.

That, and I'm still hard at work on my super-secret "Rescue Sirens" project. It's not a book (although I'm working on that, too!), but I can tell you that it does include brand-new artwork from Gabby Zapata, Kellee Riley, and "Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist" illustrator Genevieve Tsai (plus a couple of new artists, who I hope to introduce to you soon). I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to show this stuff to you before too long.

In the meantime, I've been slowly adding more merchandise to our online store. Being able to switch gears mentally and work on something completely different, like backpacks or throw pillows, is a great break from my current project, and I'm tickled pink with some of our newest goodies.

Let's see... since my last update about the backpacks, I've added an awesome beach bag, featuring Gabby Zapata's adorable artwork; a new premium throw pillow in the same print; and kids'/youth mermaid scale leggings in the five Rescue Sirens' signature colors (aqua for Nim, coral for Kelby, blue for Echo, purple for Pippa, and gold for Maris).

Gabby Zapata "Rescue Sirens" mermaid beach bag

Gabby Zapata "Rescue Sirens" mermaid throw pillow

Rescue Siren Nim aqua mermaid scale leggings for kids

My plan is to eventually add leggings that mimic each Rescue Siren's tail pattern (not all of our mermaids even have scales, after all!), but, for a start, this classic mermaid scale motif looks great and pairs really well with our kids' T-shirts. The best part is: these leggings are designed to be worn on land or in the water, so they help provide sun protection for little legs while swimming! I'll create adult versions, as well, but I wanted to debut the kids' line first.

As always, if you'd like to share photos of you or your guppies sporting your "Rescue Sirens" gear, we'd love to see it! Tagging your pictures with #rescuesirens on Instagram is the best way to show them to us.

In addition to all things "Rescue Sirens," I've also been running my husband Chris's online store, and I've been using it as a testing ground for a warehousing and fulfillment service. So far, I really like the way it works, and I'm thinking of warehousing some of our "Rescue Sirens" items, too. What does that mean? You'd be able to purchase our books directly from our website (signed copies!), along with vinyl sticker sets and maybe even our enamel pins! This service ships worldwide with affordable pricing, too, which has been a very big priority for us. And, because I won't be mailing stuff out of our home, it frees up more time for me to write and create new "Rescue Sirens" content! Talk about a win-win-win.

Last, but not least, I'm testing high-quality "Rescue Sirens" art prints so you can add a splash of mermaid magic to your walls. Want to know when the prints are available? Remember to sign up for our newsletter! I don't have quite as much time for social media right now as I'd like, so the newsletter allows me to get all the latest announcements directly to you without spamming Facebook or Instagram.

That's a wrap for this post... see you next time!