How to Date a Merman! plus Vicious Deep ARC giveaway

April 16, 2012 2012, giveaway, guest post, mermaids, Wendy, zoraida cordova 77

Vicious Deep Zoraida Cordova giveaway
One of the titles I’m most anticipating this year is The Vicious Deep by

Zoraida was kind enough to humor my curiosity, as well as to tell us why she chose to write this story from a boy’s perspective. Join us as The Midnight Garden officially kicks off the Vicious Deep Blog Tour ~ Wendy

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Vicious Deep Zoraida Cordova giveaway ARC

Mermen are different from regular men. For one, there’s the tail. Most men don’t have tails. At least, none that you can see. Mermen have always been elusive. Unlike their lady counterparts, mermen don’t seek the attention of mortal women in the same way mermaids seek out lovely drowning sailors. They are stubborn, beautiful, and honest to a fault.

Rule #1 –  Make sure you’ve plenty of food. Though some merpeople have an underwater veggie diet (there are endless things to make with seaweed) many are carnivores. For instance, Tristan Hart never says no to a morning stack of bacon.
Rule #2 – Be honest. Merpeople are excellent at smelling emotions. It’s a heightened sense that’s supposed to be used for predatory reasons. But when around humans, they can tell when you’re lying. For instance when you try to be coy and go, “I’m so not into you, Tristan Hart.” He’s going to be all, “Puh-leeze. Your lust smells like burning sugar.”
Rule #3 – Learn to swim. Seriously, you’ll need to one-up Michael Phelps because unlike, Tristan Hart, some mermen won’t let you ride on their backs while he does all the paddling. 

Those are some starter points to dating a merdude. 

Vicious Deep Zoraida Cordova
When I set out to write The Vicious Deep, I always knew my main character would be a guy, partly because I wanted to reverse the roles of the traditional mermaid/human story, but also because I wanted to explore new territory. I wish there were some giant bible with clues to the mind of men. Thank goodness there isn’t one because it would be pretty gross. It was one of those things that came organically, hell, maybe in my past life I really was a prince of the sea kingdom. Then again, thinking like a man isn’t exactly rocket science. Most of my best friends are guys, and every guy I’ve ever dated has had the mental capacity of a 16 year-old, so I wasn’t shy about writing in that POV.  Besides, as a woman, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to look down and see something grow without having any control over it. Of course, I’m referring to Tristan’s mer-tail.
I am by no means an expert on guys. As I writer, I did what writers do best. We guess. We put on our best acting caps and immerse ourselves in these roles. Wait, I lie. I did do some research. But all of it involved searching lifeguard images on Tumblr. Really, it was arduous. Finally I came to the conclusion, men are not exactly a mystery. However, no two men are the same the way no two mermen are the same. When you get to know Tristan Hart and his friends, you’ll see what I mean.
Happy fishing!

~ Zoraida
Thanks so much for your thoughtful and hilarious post, Zoraida! I’m sure our readers will file this away for future reference. You just never know when you might be sitting on a dock somewhere and are suddenly approached by a handsome merman.


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Enter to Win an ARC of The Vicious Deep

Thanks to our generous friends at Sourcebooks, one of our lucky readers will win an advance copy of Zoraida’s book! Just fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter, and leave a blog post comment telling us your favorite thing about mermaids for extra points. Contest is open internationally.

And be sure to be on the lookout for The Vicious Deep, releasing on May 1! You can also follow the latest news and updates for the book on Zoraida’s blog and Twitter

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77 Responses to “How to Date a Merman! plus Vicious Deep ARC giveaway”


    Followed you over from good reads and realized that I had been here before, to read my good friend Zoraida’s guest post! Loving the rest of your blog, too, as well as your great goodreads reviews!

  2. Olivia

    :D I have been waiting for a long time for Z. to have her work published! I can’t wait to read this!

  3. Oh! Paper Pages

    I love sea creatures and under the sea stories. It is such a magical and mystical place, and we hardly know anything about the sea. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Lee723

    Such an awesome post by the author! I like the way she thinks.

    My fav things about sea creatures would have to be the fact swimming comes so naturally for them, whilst we have to learn. Also how intimidating they all seem! Even the smallest damn fish is somewhat scary in a “I don’t know what potential magical powers you have” way. lol.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Wendy!


    Lisa @ Fic Talk

  5. Karen

    Ha! Love that guest post & I didn’t realize it was male POV which makes it a definite must read for me.

  6. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    FANTASTIC guest post, so funny! I already wanted to read the book but if it has as much WIT in it as this post it will be a WIN for sure!

    I’ve read a few mermaid books lately and I think my favorite thing about the mermaids in them is that they all have a different mythology about them. Something is different about each book, each set of merpeople, and I just love that. Never gets boring!

    Thanks for the post, ladies! Loved it!

  7. Skyla

    My favorite thing about mermaids is…well honestly I can’t decide on a favorite thing.

    Not only are mermaids mysterious and alluring they live in the depths of the ocean where there is an entirely different world from ours. There could be anything down there and we can’t see it.

    I have been obsessed with The Little Mermaid (both the film and the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale) since I was a child and when I was little and in swim class I refused to swim on top of the water but rather I would swim with my legs together under the water.

  8. Christina

    It’s probably lame, but I think the reason I keep reading mermaid books is not so much because I like mermaids, or even mermen (mostly I’m confused and grossed out thinking about how they make more merpeople). Really, I think it’s just because I love water and like to imagine living in the ocean.

  9. Jenny

    YAY! So excited for this book! I’m loving the mermaid/merman trend this year, I haven’t read many books that deal with them so it’s really fun to have such a wide variety of books and mythologies to choose from now! I’m not sure I would love to be with someone who could smell my emotions, maybe I could buy him a mood ring or something in turn so I wouldn’t be at a disadvantage:)

  10. Nicole

    My favourite thing about mermaids is their alluring quality and the mystery behind them. I was always interested in the old legends/myths about sirens and mermaids luring young men to them. I find a mean mermaid all that more interesting!

  11. Jasprit

    This is a fab post ladies! thanks for bringing another mermaid book to my attention Wendy! :)

  12. Zoe

    Sounds like an interesting read.

    I guess what I like about merpeople is nearly everything about them. Having a tail, ability to breathe underwater, torpedo through the water while racing dolphins and not mention not having to wear clothes without people looking at you weirdly or with disgust.

  13. rachchan2006

    They have long, beautiful hair, they’re incredibly graceful and can breathe under water. And the Little Mermaid has always been my favourite Disney movie (go Jodie Benson!).

  14. Andrea @The Bookish Babes

    Great post! I’ve wondered myself about the logistics of merpeople!
    My fav thing about merpeople is their swimming ability, the grace. I can swim and do well enough to get where I want to go. But I’m a technically crappy swimmer.

  15. Amber J.

    I like that Merfolk can hang out in the depths of the sea, where it’s too cold and too dark for us humans to exist (unless we have a submarine or something lol). I envy them that.

  16. ahandfulofconfetti

    I’m really excited to read The Vicious Deep! It’s been on my to-read list for ages.

    I’ve loved the idea of mermaids/merman ever since I first read Hans Christian Andersen’s version of The Little Mermaid. I would love to have the freedom to swim wherever I wanted, and to live under the water with all the different sea creatures. But there’s also a sort of tragic-ness about them, because they would have to choose between their two worlds if they ever fell in love with a human.

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  17. A. Knight @ Paranormal Indulgence

    WENDY. I love this post and, honestly, you’ve just tackled a question that has haunted the recesses of my very gutterlicious mind. Now, I can throw sense to the wind, round up some bacon, honesty, and swimming techniques and be done with the seventeen/eighteen-year-old human boys and pursue the ones with the tails… IN THE BACK.

    And, hmmm *taps finger to nose*… my favorite things about sea creatures? Well, CUE SEBASTIAN THE CRAB, because of course it’s because they live UNDER THE SEA. I mean, how great is that. You get float and if you have no muscles there’s no worries and you can just do.. stuff. Fun stuff, that you can’t do up here. :-D

  18. Vegan YA Nerds

    Fun post!

    My fave thing about sea creatures is that they always look like they’re having a great time, swimming and bobbing about (unless they’re being chased by a shark or killer whale, that doesn’t look fun). I also really love dugongs, cutest sea creatures ever!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  19. Shelver 506

    There’s so much untapped potential! I know there was a spate of merpeople books last year, but they’re still so new and fresh, unlike vampires or werewolves or angels. There are so many stories to tell, so many twists to make in the fable. That and they’re so pretty.

    • K.

      That’s true. Werewolves, vampires and angels are over done. I think maybe the reason merpeople have been left relatively alone is that its a difficult situation to write an entire book about…no? Maybe just me.

  20. Linny @ Linnys Literature

    This was so fun to read! Love auhtors with a sense of humor. And I’ll have to keep these tips handy, you know, just in case. ;)

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway too! Can’t wait to read this one.

  21. Rachel

    That research does seem “arduous” Zoraida. You poor thing having to view all those lifeguard images! Please let me know if you need help next time!! Lol!

    Seriously, I love the male POV for a change so I’m really looking forward to reading this. Great post. :)

  22. Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)

    Ah! I am excited for this book as well. I love the name Tristan and love books with characters named Tristan in them lol. I know weird! lol

    Great post! Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Wendy Darling

      I actually have loved this name since I was little, Damaris–that was one of the things that made this particular mercreature book catch my eye! Hopefully this Tristan will win your heart and mine. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

  23. Sam

    Wonderful post! I love the thought of mermen being able to ‘smell’ emotions – and Tristan sounds like a great character to meet. :) I wasn’t planning on reading this for a couple more weeks but I will be starting it after my current read! This post has me curious to find out more. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m jealous you already have your copy, Sam! Mine is still on its way, but it’s awesome that we got a little sneak peek of what Zoraida’s style and humor are like. Hope you enjoy the book!

  24. A Canadian Girl

    “Puh-leeze. Your lust smells like burning sugar.” Lol!

    What a fabulous and funny idea for a post, Wendy! My favourite thing about mermaids is that they live in the sea and get to hang out with dolphins and other underwater creatures. It’s like Ariel but in reverse – she wants to be a human and most of us occasionally fantasize about not being human and/or want to be extraordinary.

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks Z! I was lucky that the author was willing to play along, hah.

      And that’s such a good way to post it–it really is just like Ariel in reverse. I guess the grass is always greener or the seaweed is always crunchier, and all that. ;)

  25. Mimi Valentine

    LOL I totally and completely LOVE this post! x) I only started to develop a major love for sweet mermen after reading Of Poseidon, but I have a feeling I’ll be crushing on Tristan in this book too — we really don’t get that many awesome male POVs in YA fiction, so whenever we do, they tend to stand out so much more! :) I have a feeling I’m going to love this one! <3

    Thanks so much for the hilariously awesome tips on dating a merman — now I’ll be prepared when I look for them on beaches in the summertime! I can definitely do all of those things! :D <3

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee hee, will Tristan be appealing enough to win this fair maiden’s heart? Or will the Of Poseidon guy win out? Merguy wars over Mimi Valentine! That’s what we should have done for this post, hah.

  26. elena

    Hehe I love this post! I can’t tread water so I definitely cannot date a mermaid. I’d drown. :( I always have a thing for water and mermaids though so I’m going to keep this book in mind. ♥

    • Wendy Darling

      Maybe Tristan has magic so you won’t drown, Elena! You never know. ;) I can’t wait to find out if this book is as fun as it sounds.

  27. Missie, The Unread Reader

    My favorite thing about mermaids? Hello, the seashell bras! They look much more comfortable than the blasted things we have to wear on land. LOL

    And thank you for this helpful post. Ever since developing a massive crush on Ariel’s father, Call me Mr. Triton, I’ve been wondering how to bait a merman of my very own!

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah hah, you and I have different ideas about comfort, Missie! We might as well go au naturel if you’re talking the need to let loose. ;)

      Here’s hoping you can use these tips to catch someone hook, line, and sinker. :P

  28. Natalie Sutton

    Mermaids get to swim with dolphins, whales and all sorts of other amazing creatures. They also get to explore vast areas of our world that I will never get to!

    • Wendy Darling

      I have ALWAYS wanted to swim with dolphins! Swimming next to a whale would probably scare me, though, they’re so giant. Being able to explore so deeply would be awesome.

    • K.

      I’d rather shoot myself and get it over with rather than be in the water with a whale because I’m sure I’d suffer from a heart attack :\

  29. Na

    I like that when not in water they are very much like humans. Also, it’s wonderful that the live underwater which is its own world.

    • Wendy Darling

      Very true–it’s always interesting to see how authors write the human side of mermaids! And yes, I love it when underwater worlds make you feel like you’re there. It can be a really beautiful experience in the hands of the right author.

  30. Agnieszka Nashi

    FINS. And sparkly tails. And their smart-assness (is this even a word? XD).

    I absolutely love The Vicious Deep so far (and Zoraida). :D

    • Wendy Darling

      Ah yes…there’s so much romance and tragedy when it comes to mermaid stories. Another reason I love them, because I’m a sucker for sad/impossible love stories.

  31. ashelynn hetland

    I loved this post! Now I need to fetch myself a merguy… I wonder if bacon would be a good bait?

    thanks for the giveaway! I don’t know what my favorite thing about mermaids is. they’re just so COOL.

  32. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    I loved this post, made me smile, especially the line about needing a man Bible, yes I imagine it would be kind of gross… oh well we can’t live without them. At least you enjoyed your “research”. I am still oh the lookout for a great mermaid book, maybe this will finally be the one! Hmmm what do I like about merpeople, well the fact that they have tails and can swim below the waves is a plus, I don’t know I just find them fascinating, esepcially if they eat bacon :) Thanks for the giveaway. This sounds like a great read :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Fingers crossed that it’s fun, Heidi! :) I love the author’s sense of humor here, so I’m looking forward to reading this, too. A man Bible would definitely come in handy, hah.

  33. Christy D

    Haha – burning sugar, huh? Sweet! And bacon? Mmm.

    I haven’t read a book about merpeople… I don’t think. This Tristan guy sounds interesting though :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I was just talking to someone the other day about how almost all books I read talk about food in some way–and look, we haven’t even gotten to the book yet and there are already two things to salivate over!

      I’m looking forward to reading this too, it sounds pretty intriguing. :) Thanks for stopping by, Christy!

  34. Jana

    Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds like such an awesome book!

    What I really like about mermaids or any creatures under the sea, is probably (the most obvious one) because they are different, unique and mysterious. Also a little bit frightening :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Ooo, the frightening part always interests me, Jana. But I’m okay if Tristan Hart doesn’t turn out to be the killing type of merman too, hah.

  35. roro

    Under the sea
    Under the sea
    Darling it’s better
    Down where it’s wetter
    Take it from me
    Up on the shore they work all day
    Out in the sun they slave away
    While we devotin’
    Full time to floatin’
    Under the sea /lol

    i love that song and movie

    good luck all

    • K.

      Have you guys read the original tale of The Little Mermaid? If not…well, maybe you might not actually want to :S

    • K.

      I’m actually terrified of the water myself. But I do find it incredibly mysterious and fascinating as you said, Bonnie. I just settle with Discovery Channel or the National Geographic Channel :)

  36. Vivien

    I love the mythology. There are so many different directions you can go. Plus, I love swimming. To not have to breathe….is just amazing.

    • Wendy Darling

      It’s very true–mermaids have a long history in folklore, it’s so interesting to see what each author decides to use and/or how she embellishes. Being able to swim endlessly forever sounds amazing for sure.

    • Wendy Darling

      Skimpy outfits are your thing, huh? It’s fun that the boy gets to wear that outfit in this book! I’m curious to see what magical powers he has, too, if any…

  37. Amy

    This post was awesome!! I am a bacon lover myself, so I think Tristan would be okay hanging out with me. ;) I love the ocean. I used to want to be a marine biologist. Well, I still do, but…anyways. I am just fascinated with mermaid stories. I would love to live in the ocean among the other sea life.

    • Wendy Darling

      I think Tristan would have to fight me for that bacon, Amy. My husband certainly has to fight me! ;) I actually entertained notions of becoming a marine biologist when I was little, too. Dreamy.

  38. Sashana

    My favorite thing about mermaids are their cute shell bras! I want an excuse to wear one without looking like a weirdo. Lol

  39. starryeyedjen

    Such a fun post! I’m really excited to read this one!

    I think my fave thing about underwater creatures is how elusive they are, how little I know about them. They’re intriguing and mysterious and I’m so curious to see what makes them tick.

  40. KM

    Ok this was hilarious. Great guest post! And love the tips. Never know when they’ll come in handy ;-)