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Tera Lynn Childs

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Tera Lynn Childs is the award-winning YA author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romance series, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series.


Her newest release is Myths and Mistletoe, a holiday story collection. She also wrote the City Chicks series and co-wrote the Hero Agenda and Creative HeArts series.


Tera lives in Vegas and spends her time making tasty vegan food, cheering on the Golden Knights, and writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.

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Forgive My Fins (Fins, #1)

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Oh. My. Gods. (Oh. My. Gods...

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Sweet Venom (Medusa Girls, #1)

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Just for Fins (Fins, #3)

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Pretty in Pearls Audiobook Release

I am so excited to announce that the Pretty in Pearls audiobook is finally available!

Pretty in Pearls audiobook mockup.

The first three books in the Forgive My Fins series have been out in audiobook for years. So I decided that it was finally time to get the rest of the series into a listener-ready format.

This is my first audiobook production. I commissioned the narrator and designed the cover and sent it out for distribution, all

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Forgive My Fins Fins Are Forever Just for Fins
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Oh. My. Gods. Goddess Boot Camp
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Sweet Venom Sweet Shadows Sweet Legacy
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Powerless Relentless
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“Oh, Lily," He says shaking his head. "I know about love. About wanting and dreaming and wishing with every part of your soul. I know enough to reconize the parts that are real and teh parts that are only in my fantasy." Ge turns his head slightly to face me,
and I find myself saying,"L-like what?"
"Like when she cries and my heart tears in to little shreds, and all I can think of is making her forget the source of her sadness." His face is blank, emotionless. his words -and the underlying emotion bombarding me through the bond- more than make up for it. "That's real."
my voice is barely a whisper when I ask, "And fantasy?"
"Believing she'll ever feel the same way.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Forgive My Fins
tags: love

“I don't believe it,' Quince says with absolute certainty. ' I don't believe anything magical can make someone more in love.' [...] He looks me right in the eye as he says, 'Love is already the strongest magic in the world.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Forgive My Fins

“Pain is weakness leaving the body”
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Myth-o-What!!! August group read

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Wildefire by Karsten Knight

goodreads summary-Every flame begins with a spark.

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
  18 votes 31.0%

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

goodreads summary-All teenagers have problems, but few of them can match those of Aislinn, who has the power to see faeries. Quite understandably, she wishes that she could share her friends' obliviousness and tries hard to avoid these invisible intruders. But one faery in particular refuses to leave her alone. Keenan the Summer King is convinced beyond all reasoning that Aislinn is the queen he has been seeking for nine centuries. What's a 21st-century girl to do when she's stalked by a suitor nobody else can see? A debut fantasy romance for the ages; superlative summer read.
  10 votes 17.2%

Betrayal by Mayandree Michel

goodreads summary-Where there is love and power, there is always... betrayal.

At seventeen, Cordelia is an ordinary teen with an extraordinary and frightening secret. A secret that induces vivid dreams which she not only experiences true love, but crippling fear while barely escaping with her life each night.

After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and what she is, a descendant of the Greek gods. At that moment everything she knows of her world is a lie, and she must leave the present and go into the past to assume the role she was put on this earth for, safeguarding her ancient empire amidst evil forces that toil hastily to destroy it.

In a race against time, Cordelia must decide if she is truly a part of this dangerous world, or risk defying the gods, and ultimately lose the boy who has put a claim on her heart.

Betrayal is the debut novel by Mayandree Michel. She is currently hard at work on the second installment of the Descendants series.

you can read this book for free on goodreads
  8 votes 13.8%

The Alchemyst byMichael Scott

goodreads summary-The tomb of Nicholas Flamel is empty. The greatest alchemist of his day supposedly died in 1418, but rumors continue to swirl that he continues to walk among us. Could it be true that this magician/chemist has access to the secret of eternal life? Could the Book of Abraham, which he purportedly owns, hold the key to this elixir? If it does, the theft of this single ancient volume could destroy the world as we know it. An exciting tale.
  8 votes 13.8%

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs

goodreads summary-A modern girl’s comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.
When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe’s plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That’s right, they’re real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes—supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they’re on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.
  5 votes 8.6%

Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

goodreads summary-The Barnes & Noble Review
Bestselling fantasy writer Amelia Atwater-Rhodes takes wing with her fifth riveting novel, this time whisking readers to a world of warring shapeshifters and turbulent attempts at peace.

Forever at war, the hawk-human shapeshifters and serpiente snake-human shifters feel only raging hatred for each other. So when an important serpiente dies in the arms of Danica Shardae, heir to the Tuuli Thea throne, she makes the decision that she's had enough fighting. Likewise, Danica's serpiente counterpart, Zane Cobriana, has also grown tired of losing close relatives to war, and when a peace meeting leads to the two getting secretly married and joining their clans, their decision could mean either wide acceptance or revolt. Thankfully, Danica and Zane's high rank and prestige have a fairly positive effect on the masses, but with assassination attempts and a marriage not based on love, the pair are tested to learn if their own resilience and faith is enough to overcome cultural differences and deep-seeded distrust.

Tense and empowering, Atwater-Rhodes's fifth book won't disappoint her fans. This page-turner is as fraught with battling clans and clandestine relationships as Romeo and Juliet, while peace -- not love -- is the tie that binds the two main characters. Always forcefully grounded and skilled at plot twists, Atwater-Rhodes will be sure to snag readers in her imaginative grip. Matt Warner
  4 votes 6.9%

Moon Spell: Part One in the Tale of Lunarmorte by Samantha Young

goodreads summary-Existing in the shadows of our world are supernatural races; children blessed by the ancient Greek gods with unimaginable gifts, and at present they are fighting a two thousand year old war with one another. Into this war Caia Ribeiro is born...

Caia has lived a life shrouded in mystery, isolated from her lykan pack and the supernatural world she belongs to. At seventeen years old it comes as a shock to be uprooted from her dull life playing human and plunged back into pack life. Returning to her world is not an easy one. It comes with the threat of the global underworld war, pack politics, and an impossible attraction to her Alpha, Lucien. It is also an extraordinary and addictive world, a place she feels she may actually belong. If only Caia could get past the feeling that Lucien and the pack were keeping secrets from her. Dangerous secrets about her heritage and the war. In the end… unforgiveable secrets.

Forgiven or not, when an old enemy resumes his deadly pursuit of Pack Errante, they will need Caia to come to terms with the truth in order to help save them from their powerful adversary.
  3 votes 5.2%

Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

goodreads summary-Anaxandra is taken from her birth island at age 6 by King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter, Princess Callisto. Six years later, her new island is sacked by pirates and she is the sole survivor. Alone with only her Medusa figurine, she reinvents herself as Princess Callisto when Menelaus, great king of Sparta, lands with his men. He takes her back to Sparta with him where Helen, his beautiful wife, does not believe that the red-headed child is Princess Callisto. Although fearful of the half-mortal, half-goddess Helen, Anaxandra is able to stay out of harm’s way—until the Trojan princes Paris and Aeneas arrive. Paris and Helen’s fascination with each other soon turns to passion and plunges Sparta and Troy into war. Can Anaxandra find the courage to reinvent herself once again, appease the gods, and save herself?

In Caroline B. Cooney’s epic tale of one girl’s courage and will to survive, Anaxandra learns that home is where you make it and identity goes deeper than just your name.
  2 votes 3.4%

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

goodreads summary-Pandora released seven deadly sins—now the first is in paperback!

Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena (or Pandy for short) has the perfect prop for her school project: a box given to her father by Zeus himself. Pandy knows the box must never be opened, but of course accidents happen and soon seven forms of evil and misery have escaped. Now it’s up to Pandora to capture all seven—starting with jealousy—or go down in history as the girl who ruined the world.

“Debut novelist Hennesy’s Hollywood comedian background shows in her witty juxtapositions of modern popular culture and classical Greek legend.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“It won’t be hard to sell this to Rick Riordan fans.” —Kirkus Reviews
  0 votes 0.0%

Temping Fate by Esther M. Friesner

goodreads summary-Until she stumbled upon the Divine relief temp Agency, ilana Newhouse was having a hard time finding a summer job. Apparently, a t-shirt that reads “orC: the other green Meat” isn’t appropriate for an interview. but when she reports for her first day as a temp, ilana discovers why Divine relief isn’t shy about hiring someone a little left of ordinary. ilana is temping for the extraordinary greek mythological goddesses, the Fates. the three Fates are responsible for spinning, measuring, and cutting all the life-threads on the planet. ilana will be working—literally—with life and death. Now her summer is going to be less about surviving a stuffy office and more about avoiding a catastrophe!
  0 votes 0.0%

Enchanted, Inc. by Shanna Swendson

goodreads summary-DON’T MESS WITH HEXES

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she’s a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn’t help.

Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie’s ordinariness is an asset. Lacking any bit of magic, she can easily spot a fake spell, catch hidden clauses in competitor’s contracts, and detect magically disguised intruders. Suddenly, average Katie is very special indeed.

She quickly learns that office politics are even more complicated when your new boss is a real ogre, and you have a crush on the sexy, shy, ultra powerful head of the R&D department, who is so busy fighting an evil competitor threatening to sell black magic on the street that he seems barely to notice Katie. Now it’s up to Katie to pull off the impossible: save the world and–hopefully–live happily ever after.
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message 37: by Laura

Laura I love your work and I think, I may try being a writer someday!!!(;

message 36: by Laura

Laura Thanks so much for befriending me,
You won't regret it!!!(:

message 35: by L

L Dear Tera,
Thank you for acepting the friendship request here on Goodreads. I look forward to reading and discovering more of your work.
Kind Regards
Lucinda x

message 34: by Kezia

Kezia Thanks for accepting my friend request! Oh.My.Gods series is AWESOME and I love Medusa Girls! I haven't read Fins but I'm planning to. Have a great day! :D

message 33: by Kylie (last edited Jan 12, 2013 09:59PM)

Kylie Haggard Hi I'm really happy you accepted my friend request I wanted to ask your permission to use your book to write a YouTube movie and post it I just wanted to make sure it was ok with you before I started filming I changed names but I'm still using the plot and most of the lines in the book please email me your awnser at Peaceluvandart@gmail.com thank you ☺

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Tera Alexsworld wrote: "i did a manicure (accidentally) inspired by forgive my fins :)
don't throw rocks at me .. i have yet to read it ;)
it will..."

Sooo pretty! Thank you for sharing. :)

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Tera Alexsworld wrote: "OMG!! I just finished Fins are Forever and I already have Just for Fins waiting on my lap to be read!!!
Thank you for such an amazing series Tera!!!"

Aw, thank you! Enjoy!!! *smoochies*

message 30: by Sol

Sol OMG!! I just finished Fins are Forever and I already have Just for Fins waiting on my lap to be read!!!
Thank you for such an amazing series Tera!!!

Savannah Tera, thank you for the friendship.
Stay naughty,

message 28: by Sol

Sol i did a manicure (accidentally) inspired by forgive my fins :)
don't throw rocks at me .. i have yet to read it ;)
it will be my next book once I am done with 'the locket' :)

message 27: by Luce

Luce Hey, I hope to be an author one day and have just finished the final edits on my manuscript. Any advice?

Macy  (It's a Book Thing) Thank you so much for adding me! I just finished Forgive My Fins today and I LOVED it! It's now one of my favorites! I'm going to order the next book now! :)

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message 24: by Tiana

Tiana Hey Tera!
I haven't read any of your books yet, but make no mistake they are on there. Also, would you like to join this group: Forever Lost Series ? Just search for it. That is the group of the book that my friend and I are writing.
Thanks, Tiana

message 23: by Lauren

Lauren Ordner I ♥ the Fins books!!! I hope you write another!!!

Em~Lost In A Dream~ Thanks for accepting my friend request.I love your books and you are an amazing author.I finished Fins Are Forever in two days.It's amazing. Always be the best you can.

message 21: by Becca

Becca Thanks so much for the add :) Hope you're enjoying Angelfire...

Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah* Hi Tera! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request! I love your books! :)

message 19: by Wanda

Wanda Hi Tera!
Thanks so much for accepting :)

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Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friend request, Tera.

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Tera Juju wrote: "BTW, I'm loving your new hair!"

Aw, thanks Juju! :)

extraordinary ordinary whimsy BTW, I'm loving your new hair!

Marialys of House Scarano and Rodríguez. Happy Valentine's Day

message 14: by Tera

Tera Alyssa wrote: "I am LOVING the Fins are Forever Advent Calendar! It's such a teaser for what is to come. I am extremely excited for the release next year! I absolutely adore your writing style. :)"

Thank you so much, Alyssa! I'm so glad. Happy Holidays!


Penelope Marzec Thanks for adding me as a friend!

Clarence :P Thanks for the add! You rock!
xoxo Clare

Courtney Allison Moulton Hi Tera! So nice to meet another one of Sarah's authors! Can't WAIT for FINS! =)
xoxo Courtney

message 9: by Molly

Molly Hey! I just bought Oh. My. Gods. and I loved it! I plan to get Goddess Boot Camp soon.

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hi Tera and thanks for being a friend. Hey, I don't know where you were born, but my sister lives in Uncertain, Texas.....a real place. LOL!

Stacy-Deanne Stacy-Deanne Hello, just passing through to say hello! Look forward to being your friend here! Best Wishes!

message 6: by Steph

Steph I really enjoyed your book. I can't wait to read your next one.

Andrea Kulman Hi, Tera. Thanks for being a friend on Good Reads. Andrea M. Kulman, Author of The Drama Unfolds.

Michele thanks for the ad Tera. Thanks Michele Marchetti
Looking for pt/ft help nationwide

Tera, I've added your book Oh.My.Gods. to my to-read list.

Norman Cooper Hello Tera,

Thanks for adding me. Have a great day!


message 1: by Kelly

Kelly Moran Ah ha, our B-Days are a year apart, same day. We have a lot of the same books too. You might like my new one. Pleasure to meet you!
Kelly Moran

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