Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Blitz + Giveaway: How to be a Mermaid (Falling in Deep Collection) by Erin Hayes

How to be a Mermaid (Falling in Deep Collection)
by Erin Hayes
Release Date: July 7th 2015
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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.


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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

Ursula or Ariel? 

Ursula. Sea witches always have more fun. 

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!

by Erin Hayes

Below is a list of songs that I listened to while writing How to be a Mermaid. Each of these songs helped to get me into the right mindset in order to pretend that I was a mermaid! 

1. Go – Grimes featuring Blood Diamonds

2. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

3. Never Let Me Go – Florence and the Machine

4. What the Water Gave Me – Florence and the Machine

5. Start a Riot – Jetta

6. Believe – Mumford and Sons

7. I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons

8. Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men

9. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding

10. Part of Your World – Jodi Benson from The Little Mermaid ß No mermaid soundtrack would be complete without that song!

Sci-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 and she'll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

Blitz-wide giveaway (INTL):

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


  1. Great intereview!
    Thanks for sharing teaser and playlist :)

  2. This teaser made this book sound amazing! Every single bit about it. I love the playlist, the interview, the cover of the book, the mermaid everything, everything! :)

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds awesome! :)

  4. Thanks for being a part of the blitz!! xxErin Hayes