Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Forgive My Fins blogtour and giveaway

Forgive My Fins
Tera Lynn Childs
Templar Publishing
UK release date: 1st July
My rating: 5 out of 5

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.
Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.
When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned

Forgive My Fins is the perfect summer read, it's light, fun and completely addictive. I found myself swooning over the boy next door Quince and giggling along to the fish terminology "he's such a guppy" I couldn't put it down.

Half human half mermaid Lily is a fabulous main character she's sweet and kind of innocent and naively thinks her infatuation with gorgeous hunky popular swimmer champ Brody is true love. Lily plans to make him fall in love with her by kissing him and making him her mermate. But instead Lily is kisses the long suffering but completely loveable biker boy next door Quince and has to take him to her undersea kingdom Thalassinia to turn him back or else he will remain her mermate forever.
Quince really made the story for me *sighs dreamily* he rides a motorbike, has a square jawline and piercing blue eyes,  he's adorable and charming and is always there for Lily what's not to like about him? I don't think it would be possible to read Forgive My Fins without falling a little bit in love with Quince. I know I did.

If you are looking for a quirky, funny, sweet and romantic read for the summer then Forgive My Fins is the perfect book for you.

As part of her blog tour to celebrate the UK release of Forgive My Fins author Tera Lynn Childs kindly agreed to a FINTASTIC guest post on My keeper shelf about one of the books that she loves that remains on her keeper shelf.                                            
When I love something, I want to experience it over and over again. Like a favorite movie (The Usual Suspects) or TV show (Firefly) that I watch so often I know every word by heart. Books, though, are extra special experiences because they are entirely of your own imagining. When I read The Hunger Games or And Then There Were None, I picture a world unique to me and my mind and experiences. Reading is far more personal, and therefore far more powerful.
I have had many favorite books over the years, from the series and mysteries I read as a young girl to the thrillers and adventure books I read as a teen to the amazing young adult books I adore reading now. But the ones that pull me back to read and read and read again are the romances I read when I first started writing. And my absolute, all-time, make-me-cry-no-matter-what book is The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.

The Duke and I
is the story of Simon and Daphne, a Duke with a lot of emotional baggage and a girl with seven siblings who’s looking for a family of her own. Through a series of happenstances and fun adventures, the pair ends up forming a sham engagement (one of my favorite romance themes) and then ultimately forced into marriage.
What I love most about this story (and all of Julia Quinn’s novels, actually) is how the conflict between the hero and heroine is so intrinsic to who they are as people, to the very core of their souls, that it seems impossible that they will ever overcome their differences and find their happy ending. Of course, they always do. But going on that journey with them, seeing Simon face his past and Daphne take control of her future, makes it all the sweeter when they finally find happiness.
I can't tell you how many times I've re-read my favorite passages. There's the scene in the hall, the one in the garden, the drunken bedroom scene, and the one where she finds the letters. Even thinking about their story as I write this I'm tearing up. It's those moments, the ones that slice a little piece off my heart, that make me want to be a better writer. That make me want to create those emotions for my readers, the way Julia Quinn creates them for me.

The UK publishers Templar have kindly offered a copy of
Forgive My Fins to one lucky winner.
This is open to the UK only.
Please complete this easy peasy FORM to enter
Giveaway ends on Tuesday 12th July at 12pm
The winner will be announced on the blog on Wednesday 13th of July

Good Luck!


  1. Forgive My Fins does sound like such a fun, light and fresh summer read. And Quince definitely sounds like an interesting and gorgeous character :)

  2. A fresh summer read is a perfect way to describe it Nic :)

  3. I have been seeing a lot of Mermaid books popping up lately and while I haven't read any yet I have a bunch on my TBR list! This sounds like a fantastic and fun read!

    Bonnie @ HandsAndHome

  4. Yikes! Thank you for the chance to win Forgive My Fins!! :D

    Cherry Mischievous

  5. A good friend of mine recommeneded The Duke and I, I can't wait! I have never read any Julia Quinn books! :)


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