How to be a Mermaid: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella

How to be a Mermaid: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella

by Erin Hayes




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.


All summer long, join the authors of the "Falling in Deep Collection" for unique tales of creatures from the deep!

From mermaids to sirens, Miami to Athens, dark paranormal romance to contemporary stories with steam to folktales, the fifteen award-winning and best-selling authors of the "Falling in Deep Collection" are bringing you mermaid tales like you've never seen before.

Every week beginning May 26th, 2015, we'll be releasing one unique, never-before-published novella! Each novella will feature our favorite creature of the deep: mermaids.

The Falling in Deep Collection (May - September 2015 Releases)

Scales by Pauline Creeden
Ink: A Mermaid Romance by Melanie Karsak
Of Ocean and Ash by A. R. Draeger
Deep Breath by J. M. Miller
At the Heart of the Deep by Carrie Wells
The Mermaid's Den by Ella Malone
The Water is Sweeter by Eli Constant
The Glass Mermaid by Poppy Lawless
An Officer & a Mermaid by Blaire Edens
How to be a Mermaid by Erin Hayes
Cold Water Bridegroom by B. Brumley
A Beyond the Sea Prequel by Emily Goodwin
Immersed by Katie Hayoz
Siren's Kiss by Margo Bond Collins
To Each His Own by Anna Albergucci

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514264904
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/07/2015
Pages: 214
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

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.

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How to be a Mermaid: A Falling in Deep Collection Novella 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a lovely read! This book is pretty short and simple, but it’s cute and whimsical. I’m on a really big mermaid kick right now and this was a great addition to my reading pile. While it isn’t a retelling of the Little Mermaid like so many other mermaid books are, the story is interesting enough. I was into it for the mermaids so I don’t know if I’ll pick up the rest of the series, but I’m happy this little book caught my eye.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
no-gratuitous-erotica, fiction, mermaid What a lovely story! Each character is as realistic as may be, and as an animal activist (not PETA), I was very happy with the writer's treatment of the issue of aquariums for profit. The publisher's blurb gives an extensive recap of the plot, and there is no need for spoilers here. Relax and enjoy the read!
Melhay More than 1 year ago
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request. Tara's dream has come true, to be a mermaid. For a few hours a day she performs in a mermaid show at aquariums. While performing at the Houston Aquarium Tara spots Kai, a new dolphin kept in quarantine. Tara's drawn to the young calf as he won't eat or move. Then she hears him speak! Shocked, she returns that evening to check in on the sad dolphin to find a man climbing the fence. And he has a tale! Finn had come to rescue Kai from the prison, only to save the woman who fell and banged her head at the sight of him. Tara learns of a whole new world and impending danger for the unknowing humans. I listened to this little gem. Claire's vocal feels as it started stiff, then she seemed to slip into character quickly after the start. Though the rise and fall of words and pauses at times felt to break up the flow, she soon smoothed out as well. I didn't notice much difference between characters voices, but I did notice Claire did higher pitches for children. I enjoy stories like this. They feel sweet and innocent to me. In the sea with the wildlife I enjoy. This was a lovely mermaid read for me. Tara is an innocent and she is good inside. She only wants to help. Finn has been a bit jaded, but he can see there is a difference in people too. And Ponce. Oh Ponce is a cute little companion for Tara. Ponce did make me smile with his up beat personality. Erin has done a fascinating job of blending a little bit of everything in one story. A girl with a dream, who then thinks on whether she really wants it or not. There is a focus for the story, there's a danger that could be due to actions of others. The characters have a purpose and something to strive for that would have great consequences if they fail. There is also a sweet blooming love here. I love the ocean and this book brought that feeling back. It also made me feel, again, that we are not the only ones in the world and we don't own the world. There are creatures that deserve to be just as free as we are. It's not always the best idea to take anything or anyone from their home for our own amusement. I even fought tearing up at the end. The decisions made, they are wise and yet hard. But I liked them in the end. The epilogue gives us a great feel of how things are and end.
BellesBeastlyBookBlog More than 1 year ago
You know, when your little, and people ask you what you want to be when you grow up? Tara's answer was always "mermaid". During high school, right before college, she decided to pursue her dreams by becoming a mermaid dancer. Then, one night on set, she meets the mysterious stranger, Finn. She becomes a merwalker and has to figure out how to live with that. People have withdrew the truth from her for her whole life. She has to find Finn and figure out how to be human again. There is many dangers they face along the way and love sprouts between them. Will Tara become a human again? I thought this was a great book for all ages. It had some very cool twists and lots of humor. I hope to read another book like this one. It was surprising and it kept me on the edge of my chair! My mom got this book signed by Erin Hayes and my mom said it would be a great book to review. I loved this book. It was hilarious and I couldn't stop laughing.