Winner! Jenna! (Jennifer Clark Estes)

It started off modestly enough. I’d hold a nice little contest and give away a copy of REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS.

Lovely, right? … but it wouldn’ t be ENOUGH. So, then I thought, huh…maybe I’ll do a fun #hashtag contest on Twitter and give away FIVE copies.


Cool! …but what about people who aren’t on Twitter? What about all my Facebook pals?  Shouldn’t I give away a few copies over there? Maybe FIVE copies there, too?? So, okay, okay.

TEN copies of REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS to giveaway. You heard it, TEN!


Totally serious! Wanna win one?? Here’s how…


Tweet using the hashtag #realmermaids for a chance to win one of the FIVE twitter copies. For example:

#realmermaids don’t wear toe rings (but that one’s taken 😉 ) or I brake for #realmermaids

Funniest tweets win! Winners are totally up to the discretion of my judges @bostonbookgirl, @authoressanon, @jodimeadows, @kathleenpeacock and @elissacruz. Thank you, lovelies!

Please keep it PG, though, people! Think of the children!! :-)


Just go ahead and LIKE my page on Facebook and post in the contest thread for a chance to win one of FIVE Facebook copies. Unlike Twitter, this contest is not limited to 140 characters. You can play with the #realmermaids twitter concept or tell me a joke, or write me a poem, the sky is the limit. Just make me LAUGH! Again, the five funniest WIN!

Oh, and what the heck. Post in the comments here, too, for a chance to win. So you know what that means…ELEVEN books to give away! That’s what I’m talking about!


 *Open to US/Canadian residents / Contest runs until December 5th/ Contest winners will be announced randomly over the next five days so stay tuned!

UPDATE! The fun never ends!

THREE more chances to win: Dreamscape is giving away three autographed copies of the audiobook right here:


Just LIKE their page and you’re entered to win! Audiobook contest runs until December 20th!


Parent Club

Date: Wednesday November 24, 2010
Posted in: Uncategorized

Today, I’ve been  Parent Club Profiled!  Check out the Parent Club blog for more parent profiles, contests and family friendly product reviews.

Early Chapter Books: Chicklet Picks

Date: Monday November 22, 2010
Posted in: Uncategorized

I’m blogging about early chapter books over on the Mixed-up Files of Middle-Grade Authors blog.

Check out the myriad of titles on my chicklets’ bookshelf and feel free to add your own in the comments. :-)

…and I couldn’t be happier! :-)

From The New York Journal of Books: “Ms. Boudreau writes knowingly about the political minefield of adolescent girl relationships and surging guy-crushes, and she puts Jade in quite a crucible: Trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s death, pass high school, keep her friends, win the guy—and not morph into a fish in public. The author is savvy enough to have left a few threads loose, and she has built enough conflict in the nascent mermaid world to warrant a very nice sequel. Oh, it’s never easy to be a 14-year-old girl. Bravo to Hélène Boudreau for hitting the bull’s-eye with a fresh, affectionate, watery twist on the classic coming-of-age-story.”

From Kirkus Reviews: “…the author keeps suspense high and her prose moving while tapping straight into young teens’ angst about friends, enemies and boys.”

From The YA-5: “Absolutely fresh and sweet, a quirky coming of age story.”  (and a full review where she likens my character, Jade, to Margaret. YES! Judy Blume’s Margaret. *faints*)

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings (book and audiobook in stores December 1st/ 2010)