Friday, August 26, 2011

FF: Tera Lynn Child’s Cinderella!

** Today on Dark Faerie Tales read Kendare Blake’s Sleeping Beauty and you could win Anna Dressed in Blood** 

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Cinderlily

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.”

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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.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

  • This giveaway is open to US & Canada

  • To enter, just leave a comment letting me know which country your from and if you ever wished you were a mermaid as a kid?

You can to earn an extra entry (1) by spreading the word, please provide link in a second comment

tweet: #FantasticFables Read @teralynnchilds CInderella | Win Forgive my Fins & Fins Are Forever http://www.tyngasreviews.com/2011/08/ff-tera-lynn-childs-cinderella.html #giveaway PLZ RT

Ends September 7th, 2011.

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Tera Lynn ChildsTera 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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More books by Tera Lynn

Forgive My Fins Oh. My. Gods. (Paperback) Goddess Boot Camp (Hardcover) Sweet Venom

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Tynga is a 28 years old mom from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and blogging about them. You might also catch her watching an hockey game. Make sure to say hi on twitter!

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76 People left their mark' :

  1. I totally wished I was a mermaid, especially after seeing Splash. I so wanted to be Daryl Hannah. I loved to swim as a kid and being a mermaid really would have rocked:)

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction

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  2. I forgot to put country - does the deep south count as it's own country? If not, then I live in the US :)

    Good reading ~ Escape by Fiction

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  3. I live in the US. My dad had a good sized pool in the backyard while I was growing up, so pretending to be a mermaid was a regular activity for me as a child.

    jasmyn9[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  4. I'm from the US. I never even thought of mermaids when I was a kid.

    sgiden at verizon.net

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  5. I shared on my blog.

    http://jasmynninestuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/giveaway-link-fins-are-forever-by-tera.html

    jasmyn9[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  6. I live in the US and wow did i ever have dreams of being a mermaid as a kid. In fact I think the highlight was a mermaid and hanging out the unicorns. ;)

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

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  7. From the US. I didn't ever wish I was a mermaid, I like my feet and all, but I did think I was part fish! (Used to swim all the time, competitively in high school.)

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  8. I'm from Canada, and I never wished I was a mermaid although I did wish I was a princess!

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  9. I live in the US. I have always been fascinated by mermaids and wanted to be one when I was a child. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  10. I'm from the United States. I think I might have gone through a stage where I wanted to be a mermaid, I loved Ariel and wanted to be like her. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I tweeted the contest as well. http://twitter.com/#!/Jessica_17/status/107220460957212672

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  11. I'm from the US, in sunny Florida. I don't remember ever wanting to be a mermaid when I was a kid. Growing up along the coast in California, I used to love to swim, in the ocean and occasionally at pools, but I wasn't really a strong swimmer, so I had no pretensions of being a mermaid and living in the ocean.

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  12. I live in the U.S and after watching The Little Mermaid I really wanted to be a mermaid. I was such a water baby when I was younger I loved to swim.

    hernameisavril@yahoo.com

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  13. I was eight years old and obsessed with The Little Mermaid. So much so that when my father asked what I wanted to name my new baby sister, I said "Ariel". So yes, I've always wanted to be a mermaid. And unfortunately for me, my sister can say she was named after one.

    I live in Canada.

    Ann
    alltherhage AT gmail DOT com

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  14. Heck, I sometimes still wish I could be a mermaid. I love the water so much, when I was younger you couldn't get me out of the water.

    Jessy
    US
    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  15. Tweet: https://twitter.com/emma015/status/107246151325065216

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  16. which country your from
    Good ole US of A
    and if you ever wished you were a mermaid as a kid?
    Are you kidding? I have a pool my whole life and I did as a kid and still do now, just waiting for thise fins to appear.
    I tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/scarletredwill/status/107247815327088640

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  17. I'm from the US. And I did want to be a mermaid when I was kid and imagined it because I was scared of the water. I had a near drowning incident when I was 4 and I thought if I were a mermaid, I wouldn't need to be afraid anymore.

    bookaholic117(at)yahoo(dot)co

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  18. I'm from the U.S. and of course I wanted to be a mermaid when I was younger! My problem was I thought I WAS a mermaid when I was younger. My mom would joke and say I had bad balance because I used to have a fin. These are the things that scar you later in life--- right around the time your parents break the "Santa's not real" news, your mom goes, "And by the way, you were never a mermaid."

    I wish these stories weren't true. The dialogue might be off, but there you go. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity!
    Deserae McGlothen
    desimcg@hotmail.com

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  19. I'm from the US and definitely wanted to be a mermaid growing up. I used to hold my breath under water in the bathtub and see how far I could swim underwater in the pool before coming up for air. I think it was the magic of something totally outside the norm. Still wouldn't mind being a mermaid.

    mljfoland AT hotmail DOT com

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  20. Tweet for extra entry: http://twitter.com/#!/sommertales/status/107257944718049281

    Thanks again,
    Deserae

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  21. +1 Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Rogue237/status/107256485263847426

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  22. I live in the US & who doesn't dream of being a mermaid. I live 10 minutes away from the beach so pretty much my whole life I've been a make believe mermaid lol Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! (:

    AndyE[dot]1989[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  23. I live in the U.S. I was always pretending to be a mermaid as a child.

    rachaelmccully@yahoo.com

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  24. I also tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/ERachaelM/status/107271413097959426

    rachaelmccully@yahoo.com

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  25. US, and I definitely wanted to be a mermaid as a kid :)

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  26. +1 spread here
    http://www.goodreads.com/event/show/129142-ff-tera-lynn-child-s-cinderella

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  27. I live in the US and I used to pretend I was a mermaid in the bathtub and I was caught in a trap (the tub) and couldn't get out=)

    ansindt@hotmail.com

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  28. I am from the U.S.
    I always played mermaid in the bath or pool- didn't every girl
    audie@wickerness.com

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  29. I'm from the US
    As an avid fan of Disney's Little Mermaid of course I dreamed of being a mermaid, still do once in awhile.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

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  30. I'm from the US.
    Oh when I was a little girl I would watch then rewind and watch again when Ariel sings "Part of Your World" in The Little Mermaid. Then when I got older I loved Splash!

    miss.smileygirlie@gmail.com

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  31. Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway. I am from the USA and when I was little I used to swim in our pool and pretend to me a mermaid. I would flip my legs and pretend it was a fin. :) I have always loved mermaids.

    ChiKittie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. I have retweeted this blogs giveaway.

    http://twitter.com/#!/SyCo4Twilight/status/107412489335078912

    ChiKittie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I'm from Canada! After watching Splash with Darryl Hannah, I think every little girl wanted to be a mermaid!

    The Fins series is on my TBR list, so please enter me in the draw!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. +1 for tweeting:

    http://twitter.com/#!/DarleneBookNook/status/107432986785492992

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

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  35. I'm from the US and I always dreamed of being a mermaid and swimming out in the ocean. I'm from Ohio which isn't near either ocean, but we visited Virginia Beach once when I was young, and ever since then I wanted to swim in the ocean forever! Thanks for a great giveaway:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  36. I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/jwitt33/status/107455101878288384

    jwitt33 at live dot com

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  37. I live in the US and I always wanted to be a mermaid since Splash and The little Mermaid came out.

    I would love to read this book.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

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  38. I live in the United States. Yes I wished I was princess mermaid and I could swim. The world underwater is beautiful. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  39. I am from India..and oh i would have loved to be a mermaid..

    vidishamun at gmail dot com

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  40. I'm from the USA. After seeing The Little Mermaid Movies and shows when I was little, I wanted to be a mermaid. My older sister and I would wrap a light blanket over our legs till we cound not see our feet and then we would sit down and start waving out fake fins in the air. That was so much fun and we use to laugh like crazy.

    Thanks for the contest and for reminding me of some good times. =)

    Happy Reading!!!

    EternalNight06@gmail.com

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  41. I live in the US and yes in fact my mom and dad swore I was as much as I stayed in our pool when I was younger. I love the water.

    vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  42. I'm in the US and, like many in this thread, I loved Splash and wanted to be a mermaid (now I think it would be awful).

    tjotjoc at gmail dot com

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  43. I'm from the United States. I totally wished I was a mermaid when I was a kid. I adored swimming. (Of course, now that I am older, deep, murky water terrifies me!)

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  44. I think there was definitely a time when I thought it would be cool to be a mermaid. And let me tell you, with Irene knocking on my door here in Massachusetts, it would sure be handy to be a mermaid - I could hide under the water than worry about it coming up to meet me!

    Margay, in the US

    Margay1122ATaolDOTcom

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  45. i;m from the u.s. i don't believe i ever wanted to be a mermaid, but i know i loved the little mermaid movie, even to this day. :)

    spicedice45@gmail.com

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  46. Fairy mermother! I LOVE it! Great story! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I'm from the US. Did I ever want to be a mermaid when I was younger? Absolutely! Secretly I sometimes still do.lol I'm from Florida, so I'm around water all the time. I don't think I could ever lived in a land locked area, I'd go crazy.

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/betweenbookends/status/107647639121702912

    hollyjolly89@gmail.com

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  47. I'm from the united states. Heck I still dream about being a mermaid! lol. I don't love them as much as my good friend does. She still has little figurines of them up all over her bookshelves! tlabunski ((at,,,<>> gmail
    tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/Pabkins/status/107681779032391681

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  48. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm from the US :D I always wanted to be a mermaid when I was little, especially in the pool lol.

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/ramen_addict/status/107698771533635585

    aprilxu2222@gmail.com

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  49. Though I like Disney's Little Mermaid, I have actually never wished I was a mermaid before.

    I live in Canada :)

    chibipooh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I am Canadian! And of course I wanted to be a mermaid when I was little (didn't everyone? ;) ). The only problem was the fact that I couldn't (and still can't) swim... ;)

    Avery
    averys.book.nook@hotmail.ca

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  51. PS. I tweeted about the giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/#!/AverysBookNook/status/107815911234355200

    Avery
    averys.book.nook@hotmail.ca

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  52. I'm from the U.S.A., and yes I always wanted to be a mermaid when I was a kid. I'm still fascinated with the ocean, it's a whole different universe down there, a lot of it is still unexplored by humans.

    eckstein99@comcast.net

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  53. I'm from the USA and OF COURSE I've wanted to be a mermaid! I live next to the ocean and I have a swimming pool, so swimming is a big part of myself.

    Sophia
    mashimaro401[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  54. I am from the USA and all I did in the pool was pretend to be the Little Mermaid. I even made my younger cousin be Flipper...he didn't seem to enjoy it as much as I did. =)

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Courtney
    stilettostorytime at gmail dot com

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  55. I am from the US. I never really wanted to be a mermaid when I was a kid. The reason; my parents revealed to me the very tragic tale of the Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson after I watched the movie. Because of that, I was terrified of water for 4 years.

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. I'm from the US, and no, I'd rather be an elf. :)

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  57. Also, I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/ElfRenee/status/107971603366809600

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  58. Awesome guest post! :D I'm from Canada, and I used to wish I was a mermaid all the time! I loved The Little Mermaid as a kid...actually I loved pretty much any Disney movie, but I always had a soft spot for Ariel. I even used to pretend to be a mermaid in our hot tub...at least until I'd get yelled at for splashing all the water out of there. :P haha

    Thanks for the chance to win some of Tera's books! Thanks Tera and Harper! :D
    Ambur
    ambiepie_6(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  59. I also tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/AmburHostyn/status/108116292845842432

    Thanks again! :D
    Ambur
    ambiepie_6(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  60. Canada! Who hasn't wished to be a mermaid once it their life? One of my favorite movies is Splash when I watched it when I was young I would sometimes wish I could just jump into the sea and float away.

    bookrants(dot)reviews(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. I'm from Canada, and Yes, I've wished more than once to be a mermaid. I love being in water, so what else could I dream to be?

    you-know-i-dont-know(AT)hotmail.com

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  62. I used to pretend I was a mermaid with my sisters when we were swimming in our pool in the summer. I feel like this is a common young girl past-time. But maybe that's just me ;)

    From Canada!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    green.pamd (at) gmail.com

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  63. I am from Canada. I don't think I ever wanted to be a mermaid but I did want to meet one.

    Cambonified [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  64. I'm from the Us and I definitely wanted to be a mermaid cause they could swim and I couldn't.

    +1 http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/108822393413312512

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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  65. From the US.

    And ever since I went and saw The Little Mermaid in theaters...(actually it's the first move I remember seeing in a theater) I've entertained the fantasy about being a mermaid. Didn't help when I was a kid we had a huge pool I could splash about and pretend in.

    brittanynoelle at gmail dot com

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  66. +1 I Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/#!/Eternal_Night06/status/109705644453543936


    My other comment is about 10 comments or a little bit more up.

    EternalNight06@gmail.com

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  67. US, and I do not recall ever wishing I was a mermaid

    Chllybrd(at)gmail.com

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  68. Thank you so much great giveaway! I live in the US! I never wished I was a mermaid but my favorite Disney movie is The little mermaid !
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  69. Tweeted too
    http://twitter.com/#!/latishajean/status/110112051946467329
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  70. I'm from the US and I did want to be a mermaid when I was little! The Little Mermaid has always been my favorite Disney movie. I have red hair so I always wanted to be Arial! Haha

    Tweet

    https://twitter.com/itzKelseyD/status/110124986055929856

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com

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  71. From US
    I wished that I was a mermaid as a child.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  72. Yes i always liked mermaids as a child every girl did i think. I Love you books covers also i have these books on my goodread list fo read, I hope to win one that will help. Thanks alot joannie jscddmj [at]aol[dot]com

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  73. I am from the US and yes, I did occasionally wish I were a mermaid when I was a child.

    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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  74. I'm from the US and I love to become a mermaid as a kid so that I could breathe underwater longer,travel long and deep within the ocean so fun!

    GFC: kimyunalesca
    kimyunalesca(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  75. I'm from the US...I don't remember the mermaid fantasy. I was more into unicorns!

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

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  76. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/Maria_Smith_76/status/111494319411699714

    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

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