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!



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[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Authoress, Strothman Agency, Jodi Meadows, Hélène Boudreau, Sharon Jones and others. Sharon Jones said: RT @HeleneBoudreau: MERMAIDPALOOZA! Giving away TEN books! http://fb.me/xjKndvE5 […]

Comment by Tweets that mention Hélène Boudreau » Mermaidpalooza!! Giving away TEN books! -- Topsy.com on November 30th, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings….actually spy talk for: Registered Medical Doctor of Water Transient Realms!

I WIN!!!

Comment by Lynn on November 30th, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

Good one! Though, psst…Lynn *breaking it to you gently* the contest runs until December 5th… ;-)

Bonne chance!

Comment by Hélène on November 30th, 2010 @ 9:04 pm

#realmermaids Real Mermaids “shell” out a lot for special made garments from Victoria secret!

Comment by Aurora m. on November 30th, 2010 @ 10:49 pm

Looks like a fun read! Congrats on your opening day!

Comment by JennR on December 1st, 2010 @ 1:12 am

Congrats Helene! Great contest and love your logic, lol. 11 give away copies is fantastic!

Comment by Deb on December 1st, 2010 @ 1:56 am

Hi folks!
I just posted this to Dreamscape’s Facebook page:

Hélène Boudreau’s Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings releases today (available on Amazon.com and .ca). To celebrate, we’re giving away 3 autographed copies of her new audiobook!

Want to win a copy? Simply “like” Dreamscape to enter the drawing.

Already a fan? You’re in the running too!

We’ll draw our three winners and announce them on our page December 20th, so spread the word and become a fan of Dreamscape.

Comment by Char Bohnett on December 1st, 2010 @ 10:10 am

Thanks for the ELEVENTH book giveaway…I work in a prison! No Twitter! No Facebook! No fun allowed!!!

Comment by MercyP on December 1st, 2010 @ 10:24 am

What a FUN contest, Helene! I’m also a fellow Blueboarder . . . and would love, love, LOVE to win a copy!

Comment by Crystal Roget on December 1st, 2010 @ 11:47 am

A mermaid in the north Atlantic
Often reached out in panic
She couldn’t tune in
She tangled her fin—
ipods don’t groove on the dolphin kick!

Comment by Jill B on December 1st, 2010 @ 12:12 pm

@jill b Love the poem!
@crystal I love, love, LOVE the blueboards. Welcome!
@mercy I was TOTALLY thinking of the prison sector when I came up with the idea for the 11th giveaway. Not really, but LOL! Your message made me smile.
@deb Seems totally logical to me too! ;-)
@jenn Thanks so much!
@aurora Haha!

And for everyone who’d like THREE more chances to win: Dreamscape’s audiobook contest link is right here:


Just LIKE their page and you’re entered to win!

Comment by Hélène on December 1st, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

[…] by the way, Miss Hélène is giving away eleven copies on her blog in celebration of her release!  It’s Mermaidpalooza, […]

Comment by The Hate-Mongering Tart » Blog Archive » Interview with HÉLÈNE BOUDREAU, author of REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS! on December 1st, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

Benefit one of being a #realmermaid: salt + sand = best exfoliant evah.
Benefit two of #realmermaid-dom: swimming from point A to point B = easy exercise.
Benefit three: apropos to above, swim team shoo-in. Yeah! Get to see all those boys in speedoes.

Comment by Kat on December 1st, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

Yay for an eleventh! Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! <3

Comment by CA Marshall on December 1st, 2010 @ 11:45 pm

lucky number 11. i feel it in my tail..um…my bones.

(i read your query. it was awesome!)
(jodi meadows sent me over)

Comment by tracy on December 2nd, 2010 @ 1:15 am

real mermaids don’t wear toe rings and they can’t ride a horse Western style

Comment by Deb B on December 2nd, 2010 @ 11:50 am

Congrats, Helene! The story of this book — from query to today — is truly inspiring. And I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! Pick me, pick me, pretty please?

Comment by Jenna on December 2nd, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

Yay! So excited for your book! Congratulations!

Comment by Jenn on December 2nd, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

COunt me in, I want to read your book so I can review it on my blog! Great title.

Comment by carol Baldwin on December 2nd, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

You know I would love to win one of these. :0

I apologize, I put up your interview on my blog and at first didn’t realize that I added an s to your last name. I have adjusted it.

Shame on me.

Comment by Maribeth on December 2nd, 2010 @ 9:55 pm

Great giveaway! Looks like a fun read!

Comment by Schoen on December 3rd, 2010 @ 9:48 am

I would love to win a copy!
abby at abbystevens dot com

Comment by Abby Stevens on December 3rd, 2010 @ 12:09 pm

Congrats on your pub day! I’d love to win a copy :)

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

Comment by jpetroroy on December 3rd, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

I saw this on Jodi Meadow’s LJ and read your query in the Successful Queries section at Writer’s Digest. I’m sold

::hoping she’s win a copy::

Comment by Necie on December 4th, 2010 @ 6:21 am

Loved your query at WD. Even made a copy to reference when I start the process. It’s great that the title stayed the same, too! Looking forward to reading! Congrats!

Comment by kellye on December 4th, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

What type of heavy metal do #realmermaids not like? Mercury.

Comment by Laurie Lamb on December 5th, 2010 @ 11:17 am

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