Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Q+A with Tera Lynn Childs + Just For Fins Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Tera Lynn Childs.  Tera is the author of the Oh. My. Gods. series (Oh. My. Gods., Goddess Boot Camp), the Medusa Girls series (Sweet Venom, Sweet Shadows), and the Fins series (Forgive My Fins, Fins Are Forever, and Just for Fins).

Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of Just For Fins by Tera Lynn Childs.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I started writing after graduate school, when I was basically house-sitting for my parents and spent a LOT of time reading. I made weekly trips to the bookstore for a new stack of romances that I instantly devoured. Eventually, I started wanting the characters to say or do things differently. I finally decided that if I wrote the stories, the would. (Little did I know how stubborn those characters can be!)

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  It was a total accident. I had been writing historical romance and contemporary chick lit when I started playing around with reality TV show titles. At the time, a show called Growing Up Gotti was on A&E and I tweaked the title to be Growing Up Godly (the working title for Oh. My. Gods.). Since I don't write inspirational fiction, I knew the Godly bit had to refer to something else. I'd always loved Greek mythology, so that immediately sprang to mind.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any one supernatural talent, what would it be? Why?

I would be a mermaid. I've always wanted to be a mermaid. I've always loved the water and was a competitive swimmer growing up, so I would love to be able to spend even more time swimming. Plus, my hair always looks great underwater.

EJ:  Tell us why readers will enjoy your new release.

Just For Fins is the third book in the series that started with Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever. In this book, readers will get to see far more of the mermaid world as Lily starts taking her princess duties very seriously. There are kings and queens from other mer kingdoms and Lily travels throughout the Western Atlantic on her mission to save the oceans.

EJ:  If your book(s) were being made into a movie, who would you cast for the leading roles? Why?

  Oh, I'm always so bad at this. I make character collages when I start a book, and that's the image that get branded in my mind for the characters. They're always wildly inappropriate. In my collages, Lily is played by Shakira (with her crazy frizzy blond hair) and Quince by Eric Dane (based in a picture of him straddling a motorcycle).

Just For Fins (Fins #3) by Tera Lynn Childs.

When Lily Sanderson decided to remain Crown Princess Waterlily of the mermaid kingdom Thalassinia, she knew she couldn’t just coast along in the current. But since she’s spent the last couple of years on land—with gorgeous human Quince by her side—Lily’s not sure she has the fins to lead a kingdom. Even her maddeningly pretentious cousin Dosinia seems to know more about ruling than she does.

But Lily has to dive in deep to keep her promise to Tellin, her mer bond in name only, whose kingdom is suffering in the changing ocean climate. Lily knows this is a seven seas–sized problem: from sea animals dying to oil spills and threats to humans. They’ll need to create some serious waves to make the mer community aware and get it to join together to make things right. Even if that means facing one of the iciest queens in the mer kingdoms.

Just when Lily thinks her double life on land and sea can’t get any more complicated, an ancient mer law might separate Lily and Quince after all. It feels as if the pair is up against a solid tsunami wave!

In this third installment in the series that began with Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever, Lily will have to find a way to balance safety and justice for the mer people as well as for the humans she loves.

Thank you Tera for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Tera Lynn Childs and her books, please visit her website.

**Just For Fins Book Giveaway**

We are giving away a copy of Just For Fins by Tera Lynn Childs to one lucky winner.

To enter, please leave a comment on this post and include your email address so we may contact you if you win.  This giveaway is to US mailing addresses only.  Giveaway ends August 16, 2012 midnight EST.


  1. Great interview, thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I just read Forgive My Fins yesterday and really enjoyed it. I would love to be entered to win Just For Fins!


  3. Wahoo!! I've heard lots of good things about this book! I can't wait to read it!

    Toby :D

  4. I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  5. I had no idea that Tera was so prolific. I love the look of this series. Please enter my name in the draw to win a copy of Just For Fins. Thanks.

  6. Thank you for the great giveaway! I can't wait to read this series.
    jbronderblogs at aol dot com

  7. I have heard of this book before but honestly didn't realize what this book was about...but it sounds really good!

    Thanks for sharing!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  8. Sweet!!!

  9. This is such a cute series!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  10. The cover is so beautiful!

    bookflamereviews at gmail dot com

  11. I have been wanting to read this series. Please enter me in contest.

  12. Nice interview. The book sounds good.


  13. I enjoyed this interview! It is always nice to find out a bit more about an author. I liked hearing how she came up with the title for her first series (I remember the show that sparked it). I would love to be a mermaid, too. Thanks for the giveaway.
    haightjess at gmail dot com

  14. Thanks so much for the giveaway. This is awesome!


  15. Love the interview and can't WAIT to read this one :) Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!

    iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

  16. I adore Tera. Thanks for the giveaway.

    laboyden320 AT yahoo Dot Com

  17. Great interview! Mermaids are an underused supernatural creature, and I think it's great that so many more books are coming out featuring them! Of course my favorite will always be the Forgive My Fins series!

    Thanks for the giveaway,

    eliweibley AT gmail DOT com


  19. I am very glad about being apart of the SPLASH TEAM :) I really would love to win this and I would greatly cherish it :)! Hope I win!!
    ~Steph Trujillo

  20. good interview, i'd love to be able to win this book, Forgive My Fins is one of my favorite series! :)

  21. Thanks for the giveaway!