A Paranormal Magician, Banshees, and Me: UnReal Radio this Sunday, August 10th

werewolfYou can feel it, can’t you? It’s subtle but it is there. I know you may be battling the heat of summer and not believe me, but trust me: Halloween is creeping in. Banshees lurk and vampires dance through the dead of night. Get in the mood for all things bizarre with Joe Diamond, host of UnRealRadio and me this SUNDAY, AUGUST 10th, 6-7:30 PM PST.

You can listen live via this link:

UnRealRadio

or this one:

WLIP

(Kenosha, Wisconsin)

Join us as we discuss the Beast of Bray Roard, Banshees, and all manner of creatures of the night !

 

Get Aquatic With Me and Dr. Rita! TONIGHT, 2.13.14

Hey Lovers of the Life Aquatic, Mer-rangers, and Deep Sea Divers,

I’ll be on Just Energy Radio with Dr. Rita Louise Feb. 13th at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST.

Tune in, by clicking here:  Just Energy Radio Link

Or you can call in to listen from your phone, dial: 786-837-2262.

We’ll be talking about Mermaids, so tune in !

~V.V.

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Get Freaky With Me and the Citizens Awareness Vanguard: Jan. 16th

Tune in, my prettys! THURSDAY, Jan. 16th to Citizens Awareness Vanguard radio for a strange creature chat with Chris & Mark. I’ll be on LIVE. Show starts at 9 PM EST/6 PST. Grab a glass of something strong and lock the front door.  Creatures of the night are afoot!

Listen by clicking the following link:

CAV RADIO SHOW 

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A Magical Buffet of Me: Creature Feature Review

I just found out that the amazing Magical Buffet did a late-night, double-creature-feature review of both my books, Among the Mermaids and Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires and Other Creatures of the Night. It’s a super sweet review and you can read it here:

Magical Buffet Creature Book Double Feature

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A Melding of the Paranormal Minds: Tonight! Live!

Greetings you little elves and gnomes and hobgoblins, ye’ merry creatures of the night. Tune in tonight at 6 pm PST/9 PM EST for a delightful hour of the paranormal persuasion. I’ll be a guest on Paranormal Minds Radio.

Click here to listen live.

You never know where the conversation will lead, although I can guarantee you will probably want to double check your locks after. Varla Promo

Vote for Mermaids: Last Chance to Vote for the Winning Book Trailer

Vote! Vote! Vote!

You’ve got one more day to vote for one of the following book trailers. By commenting, I’ll tally your votes and enter you to win a signed copy of my book, Among the Mermaids + mermaid swag. The winning trailer will become the official book trailer and will be posted on the publisher’s website.

I’ll announce the winner tomorrow, Friday the 13th of September!

Trailer One:  Waves

Trailer Two: Tentacle

 

Trailer Three: Splash

Book Trailer Three: Among the Mermaids Splash Edition

Arrrrr! Avast ye landlubbers, pirating types and mermaidians alike,

Here is the THIRD of THREE book trailer videos. The object here is to let me know which one you like the best. If you vote, you enter to win my book plus swag!

What’s that you say? you haven’t seen the other TWO? Best be getting yourself on over to those posts and watch. Comment on whichever one you like the best, or comment about whichever one you prefer. Huh? Yeah, quit quibbling about my grammar and get thee to youtube!!

Mermaid Trailer One: Among the Mermaids Wave Edition

Mermaid Trailer Two: Among the Mermaids Tentacle Edition

Book Trailer One: Among the Mermaids Waves Edition

Alright freaks, geeks, and revelers of aquatic feats,

Here it is. This is the FIRST of THREE short book trailers for my recent book, Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths, and Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea. This week I’m going to release one a day over the next three days. View each one and then VOTE by commenting on the video that you like the best. The winning video will become the “official” book trailer and will appear on the publisher’s website. To motivate you a little further, I will randomly select a winner from all of those of you who vote and that winner will get a signed copy of my book, some mermaid swag, and the ACTUAL TENTACLE used in the making of Book Trailer Two: Among the Mermaids Tentacle Edition. That’s right, the very one.

Below you will see the first of the three. Prepare to be mermazed.

Merpalooza!

Waterhouse_a_mermaidThis weekend Tampa area residents will be inundated with the sights and sounds of the sirens of the sea when the 3rd annual Merpalooza takes place, from August 9th -11th.

“MerPalooza is the only gathering of Mermaids in the world which also brings in Experts, Tail Makers, Authors, Jewelry Designers, Artists and Regular people who are fans of Mermaids and Mermen.  If you ever wanted to learn anything about Mermaids – This is THE place to be!”–from the website.

Click the link below to read more about the festival!  and if you go, contact me and I’ll post your pics to the blog!

Merpalooza 2013

Mermaid Kicked Out of a Pool

mermaidSome of you may have already read the recent article about the mermaid in Florida who got kicked out two of the local public pools. Jenni Conti, whose mermaid name is Eden Sirene, lives and swims as a mermaid in Fishawk, Florida. She wanted to swim at the Fishawk Ranch, where she’d previously been before with the okay of the staff. But this time she got the boot, citing safety concerns. The pools both have no fin policies, like many public pools, usually including snorkles, foot fins, and other non-approved floatation devices.

Patrons have surrounded her with support, while others have criticized her for wanting a special favor. Conti insists she just wants a chance to swim with the kids, who of course find her delightful. Her real dream is to swim at the Florida Aquarium.

Conti, a mother of a son, has only been swimming with her fin for about a year. Seven years ago she had a brain tumor and lost the use of her legs. She had to relearn how to walk. When she saw mermaids at a renaissance fair she attended last year with her 10-year-old, she knew she had a future as one.

So she purchased a silicone tail and began swimming with it. (For resources on where to get a tail, plus more mermazing tidbits and stories, check out  my newest book, Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths, and Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea.)

Conti says many people have encouraged her, and parents have extended invitations to her to swim in their pools. She plans to eventually charge a fee for private parties but prefers to not charge families–this is why she likes to swim in public pools.

“To just swim with the kids, it’s supposed to be for everybody,” she said.

The silicone tails are for sale at many online retailers and have become increasingly popular over the last few years. There is even an annual Mercon where mermaid performers both professional and everyday folks gather to make a splash in the pool at a Vegas area hotel. Many mermaid performers use their skills of swimming stealth to generate cash, but dedicate themselves to higher causes like crusade for cleaner oceans. Hannah Fraser is one of the most famous, and is featured in the book The Next Eco-Warriors. 

Do you think Conti should be allowed to swim in the public pools?