How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes | Book Blitz & Giveaway

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How to be a Mermaid_bookcoverBook Details:

Title: How to be a Mermaid

Author: Erin Hayes

Series Status: (Falling in Deep Collection, #10)

Publication Date: July 7th 2015

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


Synopsis:

All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.

So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe.

Everything’s great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare — she’s turning into a mermaid herself. For real.

Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it’s sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.

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Summer 2015, award-winning, and best-selling authors will bring you romantic tales of mermaids, sirens, sprites, and other creatures of the deep! Keep in touch as we reveal each title in our collection!

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Excerpt

Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a man pulling himself up and over the fence by me. At least, I thought it was a man—he was hidden by the shadows and I couldn’t be sure. Curiosity overtook fear and I straightened from my kneeling position to get a closer look. Maybe it was a cleaner. Or a trespasser, in which case, I should be running.

I walked towards the figure as it began crawling across the ground, recovered from its climb.

It was dark, so I could barely see the outline of a man’s body stop and look at me. Then I saw the impossible, long, single fin on his lower half instead of two feet, and the scales cascading down from the man’s waist.

A mer tail. Not like the silicon kind I used for my performances. Even in the dark, I could see that it writhed and moved with a mind of its own, fully an extension of his body.

Reflexes and survival instinct took over before my mind could react. I backpedaled, trying to get away from the mysterious figure, only I misjudged how far I was from the edge of the water. And how wet the ground was.

My foot slipped and I fell head-over-heels backwards, plunging over the side of the fence and onto the rocky crags below. I screamed for help, but when my head struck solid rock and the rest of my body impacted with the ground, I fell into an unyielding darkness, one that was haunted by merman-shaped shadows emerging from the ocean.

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Interview

1. What is your favorite mermaid story or myth?

I’ve always loved Disney’s The Little Mermaid, but when I read the original Hans Christian Andersen tale, I fell in love with it. It’s a dark, sad tale that still gives me chills. If you haven’t read it, you should pick it up and read it! You’ll never watch the animated movie the same way ever again.

2. What was the inspiration for How to be a Mermaid?

I stumbled upon the Weeki Wachee mermaids, a professional mermaid troupe based out of Florida. I wondered what would happen if one of those mermaids ever met a real-life merman and the story flourished from there.

3. Cast your characters. If How to be a Mermaid was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

Tara: Katie McGrath is a bit older than Tara in the book, but I think she’d be perfect. I’ve seen her in comedy and I’ve seen her act, and she looks the part too! She’s been in a few things, but I imagine we’re going to see a lot more of Katie McGrath in upcoming movies.

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Finn: Liam Hemsworth. Sighs. Imagine him with a mer tail and that’s him!

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4. What was most challenging thing writing about mermaids?

The most challenging part, actually, was trying to get a behind-the-scenes perspective of professional mermaids. I went to the Georgia Aquarium to see the Weeki Wachee mermaids in action and did a backstage tour to see how the aquarium worked. After that, I was able to incorporate what I saw into the story.

5. Ursula or Ariel?

Ursula. Sea witches always have more fun.

6. What else should we know about How to be a Mermaid?

Pay attention to the character Jordyn – her character is getting her own story coming up!


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Beautiful mermaid holding seashell swimming in deep blue ocean with wild dolphin near coral reef. Underwater photo.


AUTHOR BIO:

ErinSci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery novel Death is but a Dream, the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average, and the Her Wolf paranormal series.

She works as an advertising copywriter during the day, and she moonlights as an author. She has lived in New Zealand, Texas, and now in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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GIVEAWAY – INT, ends June 16th
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  •  A mermaid care package to help you be the best mermaid:
    • A signed copy of How to be a Mermaid
    • Tara’s necklace
    • Two Mermaid Mix soaks
    • A mermaid mirror compact
    • Six starfish hairpins
    • A mermaid wallet
    • Mermaid perfume
    • Mermaid Tail Nail Polish
    • A mermaid makeup bag
    • Four Little Mermaid Buttons
    • And one mermaid handbag to carry all your dinglehoppers

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Does this sound tasty to you? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

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Bossypants by Tina Fey | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: April 5th 2011

Synopsis:

Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.

She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.

Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.


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My Rating:2.5 stars 2.5/5 (Okay)

Book Information

Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books

Genre(s): Autobiography, comedy

Page Count: 290

Format: e-book


This was used for the Popsugar challenge: A nonfiction book.

I know lots of people who loved this book might be looking at my rating and be like, what?? But unfortunately it’s not a mistake. I wanted to like this book, and I thought I did while reading it, but now, I’m more like, meh. It was okay. It was mostly a disappointment. So let me get onto the review to explain more in depth why this book didn’t cut it for me. Oh, by the way, I’m going to be skipping the quick summary for this book.

My Review

So, the plot, or, I don’t know, whatever you call the story in an autobiography, was alright, but not the best. I mean, first of all, for a comedy, I did chuckle or smile a few times, but nothing struck me as particularly hilarious or that funny. Also, a lot of the parts I felt like skimming, and often I was just reading simply for the sake of finishing the book faster. I wasn’t truly interested in it much. Maybe because I prefer to listen and watch Tina Fey’s humour in action than read it? I don’t know. All this to say, the reason I didn’t enjoy this stems from the fact that I’m not a huge fan of biographies, and that I didn’t find anything substantial to keep me interested in the book.

I did like the writing style though, it had a pretty light and easy feel to it which I enjoyed amidst it all. Sadly, it wasn’t enough to have me enjoy the book. I will probably try re-reading this someday. Maybe my perspective will change then, who knows?

This is definitely one of my shortest reviews for a full-length novel, but there really isn’t much else to say. :/

Overall…

I didn’t particularly enjoy this book. Mostly due to the fact that I hardly ever read and enjoy biographies, I think. This just wasn’t my kind of book, and that’s basically all there is to it. That isn’t to say you won’t enjoy this book; if you like biographies/nonfiction novels, and comedy, by all means try this out. This book did have Tina Fey’s signature humour and style, I guess it just didn’t affect me much in writing, but who knows? Maybe it will be what ticks for you!

Did you read this book? Let me know your thoughts on it—I’d love to know if you enjoyed it more than I did! (In fact, I hope you did!) And if you didn’t read this book, but have it on your TBR, please don’t be discouraged by my rating! I wouldn’t want you to miss a book you might enjoy because of my review.

This wasn’t too tasty for me, but maybe it will be for you! In which case, happy eating!

Analee 10

WWW Wednesday #14 (July 08)

Hi! It’s time for a WWW Wednesday post, a meme formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading and now hosted by Sam @Taking on a World of Words. To play along, answer the three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently reading

I’m currently reading 4 books:

I started Emerald Green on July 5th, I believe, Pretty Dark Sacrifice on July 6th, and the other two yesterday. My reading schedule has been quite busy! Luckily, it’s summer vacation here in Canada, and I have lots of free time on my hands. 🙂 I’m currently around 35% in Emerald Green (sadly I haven’t been able to read this much!), 30% in Pretty Dark Sacrifice, 40% in Never Have I Ever, and 45-50% in Ugly Love.

Recently finished

I finished 8 books this week:

I’m extremely happy and surprised with the number of books I’ve been able to get through this week! I finished the three books I had been reading last week, and finished 5 other books (even though only 2 of those books are ones I had actually been planning on reading). Of course, The Twits & The First Lie are pretty short books, basically novellas, but they still count as books read! 🙂 I wasn’t planning on reading Sapphire Blue (and now, Emerald Green) but after re-reading Ruby Red I just felt like binge-reading the series! XD

Read next

I didn’t get the chance to get to Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold or The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling this week, so I’ll be focusing on these books next.

I’m also thinking of reading Twisted by Holly Hook, Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, and/or Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout.

I’m extremely wary of Hello, I Love You, and after reading so many bad reviews on it, I had been seriously considering to forego my usual rule of giving all books a chance (no matter what reviews I’ve read said). But in the end I decided I’m going to read this for my Popsugar challenge; ‘a book with bad reviews’.


So that’s it for this week’s WWW Wednesday! What books have you been reading now, then and next? Let me know in the comments below or link your post below!

Happy Wednesday!

-A