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Author Q&A ft @EJohnsonWrites | MERMAID FINS, WINDS AND ROLLING PINS + 2 #Giveaways | GREAT ESCAPES BOOK TOURS Presents #CozyMystery

MERMAID FINS, WINDS AND ROLLING PINS: A Cozy Witch Mystery by Erin Johnson is on book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The tour stops at...

MERMAID FINS, WINDS AND ROLLING PINS: A Cozy Witch Mystery by Erin Johnson is on book tour with Great Escapes Book Tours. The tour stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview and two giveaways. One giveaway is for the entire tour and the bonus giveaway is just on the Readeropolis blog. Enjoy!


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

I’ve written this book (and the others in the series) for cozy mystery lovers first, and fantasy lovers second. I think anyone who liked one of the two, would enjoy the story.  This book is definitely more adult than the first two. There’s mystery, adventure, romance, loveable characters you care about, and besides the mystery each book, an overarching mystery about my main character’s past and the history of the magical kingdoms.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

Cozy mysteries often have fun rhyming titles, or ones that are a play on words, so I wanted that for mine, too. In each title in the series, I try to include an element from baking, as well as one that hints at something magical and something that speaks to the setting. So, I came up with, “Mermaid fins, Winds & Rolling Pins.”

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image?

I actually have designed all of my covers. I didn’t intend to, but as I started playing around with Photoshop to explain to designers what I wanted, I ended up learning enough to design them myself. Other cozy witch mysteries often feature illustrations of witches, so I wanted mine to fit in with the genre, but to include a bit more of the fantastical as well. The other covers in the series feature striped witch legs and a hat, but for this one, as it take place under the sea, I included a mermaid.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
I think in this book, Queen Winnie the Finnie (queen of the mermaids) has to be my favorite character. She’s not the classy, ethereal beauty I picture when I think of mermaids (like her grandma is). She’s loud, outgoing, and a bit crass, and loves to party hard. But she also has a big heart, is fun, unintentionally hilarious, and very open about who she is.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I have a lot of random talents and hobbies, haha! But, to pick one, I’ve taught dance and Pilates for many years and used to teach a hula hoop fitness class. I can hula hoop on my feet, waist, and do throwing tricks with one.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

My website ( has links to all of my books, which are for sale in print and ebook on Amazon. You can get a free, illustrated recipe book there, which will sign you up for my newsletter- the best way to get updates. I’m also on Facebook ( which is another way to get updates and hear about giveaways I’m running. And if you check me out on Twitter (, you’ll get a peek into my political leanings, and a lot of cute pics of dogs and things that make me laugh.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m working away on book four in the Spells & Caramels series right now, “Cookie Dough, Snow & Wands Aglow”. I hope to have it ready and for sale before the end of the year.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

For readers, if you enjoyed the baking aspects of my series, I was very much inspired by watching the Great British Baking Show, on Netflix—I highly recommend it. It’s high drama, in a very polite, British way and you learn a lot about baking—but it will make you want to eat.

For writers, I think everyone has their own path to writing and publication that fits them. But, if you’re interested in self-publishing, which is the route I went, I’d recommend checking out Joanna Penn and Chris Fox. Their videos and books have been immensely helpful to me.

Cozy Mystery 
3rd in Series 
Self Published (November 21, 2017) 
Paperback: 286 pages 
Kindle ASIN: B077CHVX8N
Purchase Link - Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback

Murder at a Mermaid Nightclub

The enchanted village of Bijou Mer’s on high alert, with the villainous Horace on the loose. Imogen’s excited to escape the tension with a trip to the underwater Mermaid Kingdom to bake for the young mermaid queen’s engagement to the pirate king.

But when the mermaids turn out to be less French Riviera and more Jersey shore, the bakers are wrapped up in their world of clubbing in sea caves and fighting off seals for the best tanning spots, and are embroiled in a pirate smuggling scandal. It gets worse when a member of the mermaid court is found dead in a fishing net, and one of Imogen and Maple’s baked goods seems to be the murder weapon.

Imogen tries to fish out the real murderer to clear their names, while struggling with her romantic feelings for Hank. At the same time, she’s working with him to learn to control her magic and investigate Horace’s riddle and her own mysterious past.

As the mermaid court’s freewheeling lifestyle rubs off on the bakers, the gang lets loose and passions rise to the surface. But with a giant octopus crawling the ocean floor, the mermaid court filled with simmering secrets and scandals, and the ever present threat of the Badlands Army, Imogen must solve the murder before she ends up fish food herself.

About the Author 

A native of Tempe, Arizona, Erin spends her time crafting mysterious, magical, romance-filled stories that’ll hopefully make you laugh. In between, she’s traveling, napping with her dogs, eating with her friends and family, and teaching Pilates (to allow her to eat more). 

Twitter: @EJohnsonWrites 

Purchase Link - Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback

Tour Participants 
  December 6 – Babs Book Bistro – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
  December 7 – Deal Sharing Aunt – REVIEW* 
  December 8 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
  December 9 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
  December 10 – Sapphyria's Books – REVIEW 
  December 11 – The Montana Bookaholic – REVIEW*, GIVEAWAY 
  December 12 – Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - SPOTLIGHT, GIVEAWAY 
  December 13 – Valerie's Musings – REVIEW, INTERVIEW 
  December 14 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW 
  December 15 – fundinmental – REVIEW*
  December 16 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW 
  December 17 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – REVIEW*, GIVEAWAY 
  December 18 – Bookworm Cafe – REVIEW* 
  December 19 – Brooke Blogs - REVIEW, GIVEAWAY 
  December 20 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW* 

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  1. This book sounds like an amazing read. Looking forward to reading the book.

    1. Hi Dianne! If you give my book a try, I hope you enjoy it! :)

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my book and interview! :) I really enjoyed your questions.

    1. It's my pleasure! Thanks for doing the interview. Best of luck with MERMAID FINS WINDS AND ROLLING PINS and the book tour.

  3. The book sounds really great--I'd love to read it!


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