In the world of Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever, Lily Sanderson is a mermaid princess. In the world of fables, she’s just another girl longing for a change….
Once upon a time there was an unhappy mergirl named Cinderlily. She lived in a large house under the sea with her father, her evil stepmother and her two wicked stepsisters. Though she should have had all the joys of her father’s love and wealth, he was often gone for business and her horrible stepmother treated her like a servant.
Every day, from high tide to low, Cinderlily scrubbed their home. She cleaned the sea slug scum off the floors, made her stepmother and stepsisters’ beds, and polished the gems and pearls on their vast wardrobe of ball gowns. At night, she swam up to the tower attic, stared out the tiny window in the roof, and wished for a better life.
One day, a messenger from the palace arrived with an invitation for all the members of the household to attend a royal ball. As Cinderlily listened with eager excitement from the next room, her imagination swam wild with beautiful music, swirling gowns, and hours upon hours of dancing.
As soon as the messenger left, Cinderlily’s stepmother made it clear in no uncertain terms that ungrateful girls like her were not included in the invitation. She had far too many chores to do anyway. She would help her stepsisters get ready for the ball and then have their beds waiting for them when they returned.
Cinderlily begrudgingly did as she was told and, after the sea coach left bearing her stepmother and stepsisters to the royal ball, she returned to her attic room to try to imagine how the evening might have been different had her mother lived. As she swam higher and higher she wished harder and harder that she could have attended the ball.
When she got to her room, she spotted a small kelpaper scroll sitting on the middle of her bed. No one else was in the house and she could not imagine how it had gotten there.
As she carefully unrolled the scroll, small sparkles of magic floated up from the page and swirled around her. She started to read the scroll.
“You shall have a ball.”
Cinderlily swirled around to find a grinning, kind-looking merwoman floating just behind her. The merwoman appeared a little disheveled and confused, like she’d gotten lost playing dress up in her mother’s clothes, but looked fairly harmless. She carried a white wand with a star on the end, and from that star flowed glittering sparks like a current of magic.
“Who—“ Cinderlily stammered. “Who are you?”
The merwoman smiled. “Don’t you know?”
Cinderlily shook her head.
“Why, I’m your fairy mermother,” she said. “And I’m here to grant your wish.”
Tera is offering one winner a pair of her mermaid books, Forgive my Fins and Fins Are Forever! Her publisher is also offering a copy of the latter, for a total of 2 winners =)
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mergirl, true, but signing the renunciation will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being-human thing once and for all.
Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, the waves start to get rough. Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the raging surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up—Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her own dreams.
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Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp, the mermaid tales Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever (June 28, 2011) and a new trilogy about monster-hunting descendants of Medusa, starting with Sweet Venom (October 4, 2011). She has also epublished two fun chick lit romances, Eye Candy and Straight Stalk. Tera lives nowhere in particular and spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.
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