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Happy Mermaid Day

It’s here!  Today marks the offical release of The Mermaid’s Madness [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy]!  Which means I’ll be pretty much useless for the next few days, as I go through the hyperactive bipolarity of book launch insanity, checking Amason rankings, Googling reviews, preparing for the book launch party (Thursday evening at Schulers-Eastwood in Lansing), and so on.

This is going to be a crazy week.  I’ll do my best to avoid getting carried away pointing out awesome reviews or linking to giveaways or the 10/12 contest at Bitten By Books where you’ll be able to win one of 12 DAW anthologies or a grand prize of a complete set of painted goblin miniatures.

Likewise, I promise not to spend the entire week linking to my web site, where you can read the first chapter of the book online, or plastering the synopsis over every post like so:

There is an old story — you might have heard it — about a young mermaid, the daughter of a king, who saved the life of a human prince and fell in love.

So innocent was her love, so pure her devotion, that she would pay any price for the chance to be with her prince. She gave up her voice, her family, and the sea, and became human. But the prince had fallen in love with another woman.

The tales say the little mermaid sacrificed her own life so that her beloved prince could find happiness with his bride.

The tales lie.

(I also promise most entries won’t be as long-winded as this one.  But hey, I’ve got a book out today!  I’m allowed one day of excited babble, dammit!)

My thanks to everyone who participated in the one-question interviews.  I’ll be adding questions and links as they go live, and you can click over to read the answers.

  1. In the Princess series, what makes you choose certain characters as protagonists, and certain characters as antagonists? What princess have you enjoyed working with the most thus far? (-Catherine Shaff-Stump)
  2. What do you know now—about your characters and world, about writing, about yourself—that you didn’t know when you started writing these books?  (-Rose Fox at Genreville)
  3. 5 Quick Questions, including who would win in a fight between the three princesses? (-Lexie Hamilton)
  4. Where did you get the name for your most difficult to name character? (-orcaarrow)
  5. Will ninjas be making an appearance in this book, or will we have to wait for book five: The Ninja’s Nemesis? (-socchanIncludes a special visual aid!
  6. 3 questions, including “In a tag-team match, televised to the entire world, who would win? Goblins or Princesses? And would the Goblins cheat?” (-Jaime Moyer)
  7. Before you started writing this series, what fairytale Princess (Disney or not) did you most identify with personally? (-Philomena Hill)
  8. Princesses vs. Transformers: who would win? (-guinwhyte) I think this was my favorite silly question!
  9. What inspired you to create Jig?  Did he come from your gaming experience or did you have some other kind of inspiration?  Or did he just pop into your head? (-Dave Roy)
  10. Have you ever been worried that someone would see themselves (or think they saw someone from real life) in your work? (-Steve Saus)
  11. I’m wondering about your feelings/thoughts/actions on putting a “message” in novels. Like when 9/11 happened, was it time for novelists to jump on the soapbox about the evils of fanaticism/war/whatever? (-Jenn Simmons)
  12. When you realized that The Stepsister Scheme could be the start of a series, did that realization come complete with ideas for the other fairy tales you’d like to use, or did the later books develop as you looked for new fairy tales? (-dragovianknight)
  13. Do you now, when you encounter a new or old folk tale, find yourself mentally rubbing your hands together and thinking ‘hmm, I think I can use that’? Are you incapable of ‘turning it off’ at this point? (-b_writes)

Finally, as long as you’re going book-shopping, check out these other new releases:

Flesh and Fire [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by Laura Anne Gilman.
Dragon’s Ring [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by Dave Freer.
Memories of the Future, Volume 1, by Wil Wheaton.
How Not to Make a Wish [Amazon | Mysterious Galaxy], by Mindy Klasky.

Flesh and Fire by Laura Anne Gilman: Book Cover Dragon's Ring by Dave Freer: Book Cover  How Not to Make a Wish by Mindy Klasky: Book Cover

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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shannachie
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!
controuble
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
I got an email notice yesterday that said my copy shipped, but who knows how long it's going to take to get here. *pout*

That's what I get for pre-ordering - Xap told me where I could get a copy last week.
jimhines
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
I know Amazon tries to get copies to show up on release day, but that's no guarantee. Hopefully it will show up soon.

I was surprised this time around. Borders started selling 'em 2 weeks or so before the official date. I'm not complaining, mind you :-)
rugor
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
I bought the e-version from Books on Board last weekend: downloaded it this morning and it's likely the next thing to be read on my Sony.
jimhines
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:03 pm (UTC)
Great, and thanks! It's been interesting to see how many people are picking up the e-book editions.
jhetley
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Happy Bookday!
mindyklasky
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Happy Bookday! (And thanks for the shout-out!)
mtlawson
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Congrats!

I'm going to have to wander over to some of the bookstores today (sometime). However, I did receive a "you might like this book" e-mail recommendation from Borders about Mermaid.
bkwrrm_tx
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
YAY! Congratulations, Jim.

I'll have to hit Books A Million this weekend. Add me to your list of adoring fans, okay? That way, when you're even *more* rich and famous, I can say 'I knew him when...'.

sylvia_rachel
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
Happy bookday, Jim! :D

I am not allowed to read Mermaid until I finish my library book, because, y'know, due dates and stuff. I'm hoping to get there by Friday :)
sarah_prineas
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Congratulations, Jim!
jtglover
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Happy Bookday, Jim!
queenoftheskies
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:44 pm (UTC)
Happy Release Day!

I got an e-mail from my bookseller already this morning telling me my copy is in. I can't wait to pick it up this evening.

I can't wait to read it!!!!!
marycatelli
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
O frabjous day!
samhenderson
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
A very happy bookday!
suricattus
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
Even when you know the book's slipped its leash early, there's still something invigorating about Release Day, isn't there? Happy bookday! (and thanks for the link)
jimhines
Oct. 6th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yep, hitting that official date somehow makes the whole thing Real.
eeknight
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
New book day!

BTW, I'm reviewing Stepsister Scheme for Black Gate. The review should be in the issue appearing next Spring. BG has a slow publication schedule.
jimhines
Oct. 6th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And that's great to hear. I've wanted to appear in Black Gate for ages, one way or another :-)
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