Jun 4, 2012

Blog Tour - Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath - Summer Essentials (+Giveaway)


Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath (Real Mermaids #2) by Hélène Boudreau
May 1st, 2012 from Sourcebooks 

Find out what it was like for Hélène to grow up on an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! Salty sea smells every day? I’ll take it!

Okay, so not exactly in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean but I grew up on a very small island off the coast of Canada and it may as well have been the middle of nowhere because looking back, it sure felt like a different world.

First, you have to take a causeway, then a drawbridge, then another bridge before finally arriving to my little slice of island paradise called Petit de Grat. Petit de Grat is not a tropical utopia but it was a pretty unique place to grow up in that:

1. My friends and I used to have sleepovers on my dad’s fishing boat while it was moored in the middle of our harbour. 

2. The island only had a few hundred inhabitants but was full of kind-hearted, colourful characters.
3. Wild cows roamed the east end of our island and were known to chase us through forest paths.

So how did my childhood affect my process of writing the Real Mermaids series? 

1. My dad took us for boat rides to a town on the mainland called St. Peters. We sailed up a canal from the ocean to a fresh water lake. That canal inspired the setting of my fictional town of Port Toulouse. I often wondered if the purple jellyfish in the ocean knew about the white jellyfish in the lake. It amazed me that two totally different underwater worlds could be separated by just a mile-long canal. That was the inspiration for the mer-world in these books. 
2. I wanted my fictional town of Port Toulouse to be small and quaint, with a strong sense of community and full of fun characters like where I grew up.
3. It was a bit harder to work in the wild cows so mermaids seemed like a good alternative. ;-)

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16 comments:

  1. I can't imagine getting to have a sleep over on a boat as a kid. Sounds like a blast. I don't know if I could have handled living in such a secluded place though. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love love love mermaid books:) thank you for the chance to win one:)
    -JennyC

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  3. I've always wondered what wild cows would be like. After all, they've been domesticated so long there aren't many wild ones out there.

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  4. I would love to read this book. I like how you described your own childhood experiences and how they intermingled to make your book setting unique!

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  5. This sounds like such a fun summer read!

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  6. The jellyfish are so creepy!

    Love the photos:)

    The books sounds awesome, thanks so much:)

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  7. Love the title! It made me chuckle and want to read the book!

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  8. I've never lived in a small, secluded town so to grow up in a place like Petit de Grat seems kind of like a cool and exciting experience. I mean, being chased by cows AND having slumber parties on a boat?! Lucky!

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  9. You got to have sleepovers on a boat!? So cool!

    Also, that cover is just too adorable!

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  10. Those places look gorgeous! I want to be on a lake sooo bad!! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. I really loved the first book, Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings! I would love to read the next one! I think this is a really great MG series, and a great part of the mermaid trend peaking right now in YA.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    -Eli

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  12. Helene is such an awesome person!! I had the pleasure of getting to know her while she was working on Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toerings. She was working on the novel with my #wordmongering crowd. Later on she was working on what she referred to as her "Seaquel" and then a little later some of this book (I think...I could be wrong!) I'm soooooper excited to see how well the Mermaid series is going! I had the pleasure of reading Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toerings & I loved it from start to finish. I'm sure that this book won't disappoint as well!!

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  13. ok it's very possible i'm going to have nightmares from those jellyfish :P they terrify me ever since a huge one attacked me when i was little. the way that you used your experiences in relation to the book was a great and different way to let us know what all the book is about : ) thanks for the giveaway!!

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  14. I LOVE the water, though I have to admit that if I can't see what's around me I get a little nervous. When we'd swim as a kid, I loved to pretend I was a mermaid, so I'm really enjoying reading the various mermaid stories out there. Can't wait to read this one.

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  15. Hi, your blog really touches me, have been reading it for awhile... Just wanted you to know about a website i started ReadYourBiblesChurch.com... It's a place for Bible study guides.. I also put a forum in that can be viewed from a mobile device.. I couldn't find where to contact you privately so I'm commenting, hope that is okay. :) God Bless!
    Jenn.

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  16. This book is a great story about a girl who figures out she's a mermaid. However, this book does NOT just blend into the background with all the other teen mermaid books. It has a real story behind it- something more than just a girl who has a fishy secret.

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