Excerpt & Giveaway: How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

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Today I have some teasers from How to Be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes, which just released this week! It looks like a fun one! Plus there is also a blitz wide giveaway with some pretty awesome items, if you like Ariel or accessories then it’s definitely worth checking out.

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How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes 
(Falling in Deep Collection, #10)
Publication date: July 7th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

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!

Excerpt

Anyone who ever bragged about being a good public speaker never had to do it in front of more than thirty kids and their parents while wearing a bikini top and a mermaid tail.

I’d spent the night before in our hotel room preparing my answers, and I still wasn’t ready. I was sitting on a chair in the rotunda of the Houston Aquarium, looking out into a sea of faces and I’d never felt more self-conscious in my life. My friend and fellow mermaid, Christine, stood to my right, a little bit behind me with a few volunteers and ushers from the aquarium to help out.

Every single eye was on me, and a barrage of questions came at me from all directions. I’ve performed our water ballet many times before, although this was the first time I was face-to-face with a crowd. I was a dancer, not a spokesperson.

As a result, my first meet and greet as a professional mermaid was receiving a lot of scrutiny from a bunch of kids under the age of eight.

“How are you on land?”

“Do you swim with whales?”

“Why isn’t your hair red like Ariel’s?”

“How old are you?”

“How did you become a mermaid?”

My answers didn’t make much sense because my nerves were getting the best of me. Throw me in the water, and I can make you believe that mermaids are real. Expect me to entertain a bunch of kids like this, and I drown.

“I was carried here by my helpers, that’s how I’m on land. Sometimes I swim with Beluga whales… I have dark hair, while Ariel dyes hers. I just turned eighteen, and I’ve wanted to be a mermaid since I was a little girl…”

My voice trailed off as I realized that my last answer gave too much away, by nearly admitting that we weren’t real mermaids. Christine shot me a concerned look, like I’d raised the curtain too much and these kids would be able to see behind it.

“What Mermaid Tara means is, she’s so glad to be a mermaid,” Christine said with a warm smile. She was a bit older than me, in her early thirties, and she was a good mentor for my first two months on the job.

The kids seemed to take her at her word, and my secret that I’d had a normal human childhood was safe.

Yet, despite Christine’s save, what I’d said was true.

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Giveaway

Blitz-Wide Giveaway – International

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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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3 Responses to Excerpt & Giveaway: How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes

  1. thenightgirl says:

    This is so awesome! I love everything about mermaids. The book sounds amazing too! Can’t wait for it 😀

  2. Erin Hayes says:

    Thank you so much for being a part of the book blitz, Michelle!! xx

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