Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone! Today, Leslie and I are excited to have Hélène Boudreau, author of Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings here on our guest posting today. Her book is already out in stores and before Hélène takes over, here is the blurb:
Freak of nature takes on a whole new meaning...

If she hadn't been so clueless, she might have seen it coming. But really, who expects to get into a relaxing bathtub after a stressful day of shopping for tankinis and come out with scales and a tail?

Most. Embarrassing. Moment. Ever.

Jade soon discovers she inherited her mermaid tendencies from her mom. But if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

Jade is determined to find out. So how does a plus-size, aqua-phobic mer-girl go about doing that exactly? And how will Jade ever be able to explain her secret to her best friend, Cori, and to her crush, Luke?

This summer is about to get a lot more interesting...
Doesn't that sound good? Read on for a chance to WIN Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings! Okay, without further ado, here is Hélène...

How You Celebrate the Holidays: Unusual family holiday traditions

I have a big family. So big and so scattered that we usually plan a pre-holiday get-together to avoid traveling during the iffy weather of late December. Given that I live in Canada, (the land of woolly hats, hockey and hypothermia) it’s always good to plan ahead.

This year it was my turn to host and, as it is with big families, it was next to impossible to nail down a date when everyone could make it. We finally settled on THE day—but in very early November. The pumpkins hadn’t even been composted yet and we had just packed away the flip-flops, but I was determined to make our get-together as festive as possible.

So, a fresh tree was acquired (not an easy task right after Halloween!) and we were pleasantly surprised to find tons of Christmas decorations in stores already (it was right after Halloween, after all…). As our guests arrived, we began the task of baking, broiling and basting enough food for our thirty-three invitees. Although, itty bitty problem; cooking while entertaining that many people in a smallish house means things can get a bit cramped and a LOT hot.

As the house’s temperature began to rise, everyone started to get a little bit shack-happy. The kids had already blasted through the fourteen holiday crafts I’d planned and the noise level from the card game in the living room was rising to a crescendo.


I stole a crazed glance at my husband across the crowded room. What to do? It was only 3 pm! By the time dinner came along, everyone was going to have to strip down to their underwear to stay cool. (A whole OTHER kinda party.)

My husband understood my look of despair, grabbed my brother, and hustled out of the house. No, they weren’t escaping to the peace and quiet of the nearest Home Depot—they were actually putting our pre-planned Operation: Zamboni plot into play.

Yeah, so, remember that hockey reference from earlier? Well. Canadians play hockey ALL year round. You can tell by the banks of rink snow dumped by Zambonis in arena parking lots throughout the year. And, twenty minutes later, after a quick dash to the local rink, my husband and brother returned and dumped a truckload full of that very Zamboni snow right on our front lawn.

Snowball fight!

A sure-fire way to cool things off AND get into the holiday spirit on a spring-like November afternoon.

That's awesome and quick thinking on your husband's part! We think it should definitely be a yearly family tradition. Thanks for joining us here today, Hélène, and sharing your pictures.

GIVEAWAY
Reader friends, here is your chance to win a copy of Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings. Thanks to Kay and Sourcebooks, we have two copies to giveaway! Just fill out the form:


Click HERE if you can't see the form above.

Open to U.S. or Canada addresses only (no P.O. boxes). This giveaway will end on January 8. See "Special Giveaway Policy" for complete rules and disclaimers. Good luck!



Here are additional information about Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings that might interest you:

*Audiobook: Dreamscape Media produced the audiobook of Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings. Check it out HERE and watch to Hélène's interview HERE.

*Signed Bookplates: Also, in a fun promotion for the holidays my publisher, Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky, is offering signed Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings bookplates with proof of purchase. More info HERE.

*You can find Hélène on Twitter, Facebook and on her Website.

24 comments:

  1. What a great holiday story, thanks for sharing! If that were my family we would've just resorted to fighting and sniping at one another all afternoon. LOL

    Can't wait to read Real Mermaids...!

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  2. I loved your story. It makes me want to go find me some snow!

    I am looking forward to reading Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings because it sounds like fun!

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  3. Great post! Operation Zamboni......brilliant!!

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  4. I loved the post, but I'm confused about this white substance you speak of. Snow, what is that? LOL! I live in Florida, we don't know anything about that stuff, but at least it's finally cooled off enough to feel like winter a little bit.

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  5. We *finally* have snow here so we can have real snowball fights but the Zamboni snow came in handy in a pinch. :-) Thanks for all your sweet comments, everyone, and GOOD LUCK!

    Helene

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays.

    Stephanie M

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  7. The story looks like a fun one and it was a great holiday story. Merry Christmas!

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  8. Great holiday story!

    I didn't know what this was about but I've seen it everywhere. It sounds like a really fun read!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  9. Crack me up! What a great story and how ingenious! And an interesting concept for book! Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway of what sounds like an awesome book.
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  11. Great story and the book sounds lovely.

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  12. A tree right after Halloween! <3 That is when the season starts for me too. :)

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  13. My daughters and I can't wait to read Helene's new book. We loved her last one.

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  14. Snowball fight in November! Cool! Haha, I have a big family too so I know how much of a chaos they create when they gather in parties. CHAOS!

    I am so looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  15. Heehee, Lisa that bunny rabbit is so cute. <3

    Yeah, the tree right after Hallowe'en was pretty fun, especially since we usually use an artificial. I was surprised by how long it lasted but by the 27th, it had to come down because the holiday cheer to vaccuuming quotient was at a breaking point. LOL

    Jessica, it's my little chicklet's hat. My friend makes them. She doesn't have this particular one on her website yet but she makes a ton of adorable hats for all ages: http://www.headpets.com/

    Forgive the advert--they're just too cute not to share. :-)

    H

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  16. Look at all that snow! All we've gotten is rain, rain, and more rain. :p

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Thanks for the great post and giveaway. Happy New Year!

    mrsjohnson1982 at yahoo dot com

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  18. This book sounds cute! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  19. That's such a great holiday story!

    Gotta love living in Canada! :)

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  20. I love your Zamboni story, Helene - I've always wanted to drive a zamboni ....

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  21. Looking forward to reading this book!

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