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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for Song of the Oceanides by J.G. Zymbalist, a youg adult fantasy available now. P...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for Song of the Oceanides by J.G. Zymbalist, a youg adult fantasy available now. Please enjoy author J.G. Zymbalist’s interview and an excerpt from the book. The book is on sale for $0.99. Free for Kindle Unlimited Members or as part of Kindle MatchBook.

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Song of the Oceanides
by J.G. Zymbalist


GENRE:  YA Fantasy



Song of the Oceanides is a highly-experimental triple narrative transgenre fantasy that combines elements of historical fiction, YA, myth and fairy tale, science fiction, paranormal romance, and more. For ages 10-110.


Dyce’s Head, Maine.
31 August.

Rory Slocum had only just returned home from Putnam’s General Store and Newsagent when he noticed the girl standing in the heart of the garden. She seemed to be lost in the music of the wind chimes dangling from Mother’s lilac tree. Still, despite the girl’s seeming innocence, somehow he just knew that she must be one of the Oceanides who had been taunting him all summer long.

She must have heard his footsteps in the salty afternoon breeze because she turned to look upon him. What a comely girl too.

A bit of jam and then some! He stopped in his tracks and studied her classical features.

She had plum-black hair, eyes of sea green, bold chiseled planes to her face, fine hallowed cheeks, and a sharp jaw line. How could she be anything but an Oceanide?

Slowly he advanced as far as the fog cannon where he paused a second time. Perhaps he would do something so as to entertain her, and once she realized how amusing he could be, she would tell the others to leave him be. He walked over to the lilac tree. “Look what I’ve got here!” With that he held up his copy of Sir Pilgarlic Guthrie’s Phantasy Retrospectacle.

She must have resented the whole notion that a boy like Rory would even think to approach someone like her. Grimacing, she called to another girl who had just walked up through the gale-torn bluffs. The two of them spoke in a tongue resembling the Byzantine Greek in which the drunken churchwarden sometimes delivered his public addresses.

As giddy as ever, Rory advanced a few more steps. “You know what they call this sort of picture book, do you? Down at Putnam’s, they tell me it’d be un comique pittoresque. Just like the newsagents sell down there in Paris.” Now he pointed to the picture on the dust jacket—the Oceanides’ long flowing hair and the mint-cream linen gowns reaching down to their ankles. Afterward he pointed at the girls themselves standing there in their own creamy-white gowns. “Sir Pilgarlic Guthrie, he’s the bettermost! Everything bang up to the elephant and—”

“Have you any idea how odd you are?” the first Oceanide asked. “And you’ll be beginning your fifth year in school next fall, isn’t that right? They’ll tear you apart, a beanpea like you.”


What would we find under your bed?

I don’t have a bed. I’m on a very low budget. I have box springs and a mattress, nothing more. The one good thing I can say is that the mattress is one of those ones designed for aging people with bad backs.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

I was hiking along the Island of Santorini back in my twenties (the 1990s,) and I ventured too close to the inside of the crater. The earth and ash gave way, and I slid down about fifty feet as a part of a little landslide. At that point, I could not go back up. I had no choice but to climb down the fragile ash interior of the island/volcanic crater. By the time I got to the bottom, I was a dirty sweaty nervous wreck. There are also a lot of big spiders up and down the inside of that crater. .

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

I listen to music while doing simple chores or while sitting by the window resting my weary psyche. Writing is work, and there should be no distractions.

What is something you'd like to accomplish in your writing career next year?

I’m planning to self-publish an NA fantasy work, and I’m thinking about entering it some of the more reputable contests that cater to the self-publishing community. I don’t have to win, but I think it would be nice to be a finalist. I have very modest goals in life.

How long did it take you to write this book?

One year. I would type a section and send it off to my line editor, Nick Mamatas. As soon as I got the section back, I wrote the succeeding drafts till I felt it was right. It’s misleading though to say that it only took me a year. In actual point of fact, I’d been keeping notes and outlines for Song of the Oceanides ever since childhood. Around 2008 or so, I actually entered all the notes into my c drive and constructed an elaborate finely-tuned digital skeleton or mock outline for the whole work. Everything was worked out—right down to the words and colloquialisms each character would use in this or that scene. When I wrote the book, it was sort of like an opera composer translating a piano score into a work for the whole of the orchestra pit. Because the basic idea was already there, the project did not take long at all. Thankfully too I’ve gotten fairly positive feedback from Kirkus Indie and Foreword Reviews.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

J.G. ┼╣ymbalist began writing Song of the Oceanides as a child when his family summered in Castine, Maine where they rented out Robert Lowell’s house.

The author returned to the piece while working for the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, May-September, 2005. He completed the full draft in Ellsworth, Maine later that year.

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~ The book is on sale for $0.99. Free for Kindle Unlimited Members or as part of Kindle MatchBook. ~



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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Thank you, Lisa. It's so nice to be a humble part of the blogosphere. It's a beautiful place to be.

  2. Thank you to everyone at Readeropolis for hosting. You have a very cool blog. Also I do apologize for the errors in my interview. The one answer should read "entering it IN some of..." I left out the IN part. Yikes.

    1. Oh, one other thing. Song of the Oceanides is now FREE and available in kindle, apple, and nook formats.

  3. Replies
    1. Thank you, Rita. Those interviews can be intimidating as I am very fragile.

  4. Which one of your characters are you most like?

    1. Becky, that's a very good but profound question. In Song of the Oceanides, I am equal parts Rory and equal parts Giacomo. I suppose I was like Rory when I was young, and I am now an aging buffoon like Giacomo. Both are very introverted and artistic and prone to lose themselves in daydreams. That is very much the way my personality works. Perhaps that is why the story moves slowly and atmospherically.

  5. Thanks for sharing the excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading them! :)

    1. Thank you, Victoria. Traipsing through the blogosphere is so much fun.

  6. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  7. Sounds like a great read, thank you for the interesting interview!


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