Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Summer Essentials Tour + Giveaway

Today I have a bunch of fun awesome Summer posts for The Summer Essentials Blog Tour
First up I have The Top 5 Summer Activities for:
Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath by Helene Boudreau

Top Five Summer Splashin’ Activities
Discover Hélène’s favorite summer activities – all involving water of course. Make sure to get your swimsuit ready! 
I grew up on a small island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean so splishy-splashy summer activities are some of my favourite things to do. Here are my top five summer splashin’ activities! 

 1. SURFING 
I am so bad at surfing and have only ever managed to stand on my board about three times in my life but it is so much fun to get out there and catch a few waves even if you’re like me and all you can manage is getting up on your knees. This day, it was only 13 C/ 55 F and the water was even chillier. Thank goodness for wet suits! 

2. SAND CASTLE BUILDING 
My family and I stay at an ocean side cottage every summer and try to schedule our stay during the annual Sandcastle Building Competition. We came in FIRST last year and plan on defending our title again this summer. Jade the mermaid has even been known to make an appearance! 

3. WHALE WATCHING 
Creatures of the sea have always amazed me (obviously!) so if you ever get the chance—don’t pass up an opportunity to go whale watching. It’s so magical! 
Last time, we even discovered a sea cave. I wonder what’s hiding in there… 

4. RACE! 
I joke that I once came in 141st in a race with 140 competitors and that’s not very far from the truth. I am slow. VERY slow. But I love competing in races at least once a summer. These days I usually do walking half marathons (my best time is 3:01 hrs—a glacial pace) but I’ve also been known to do short triathlons. Swimming is probably my worst leg of the race but it’s a great way to cool down for the biking and running part. This is my ‘I’m so glad THAT’S over’ face. 

5. SNOWBALL FIGHTS 
Yup, you read that correctly. When you live within driving distance of a dozen hockey arenas like I do, there’s nothing like loading up the back of the truck with Zamboni snow and dumping it in your front yard for an instant pile of chilly summer fun. Snowball fight! 

Hélène Boudreau grew up on an island surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean but now writes fiction and non-fiction for kids from her land-locked home in Ontario, Canada.
She has never time-travelled or saved an endangered bird, nor has she ever spotted a mermaid in the wild, but she believes mermaids are just as plausible as sea horses, flying fish, or electric eels.
Her tween novel, Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings is a 2011 Crystal Kite Member Choice Award Finalist.

ADDITIONAL INFO:
You can find Hélène Here:


Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: It's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now-nothing. Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? And why is Luke acting so weird? The SEAquel to H l ne Boudreau's critically acclaimed Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings is as energetic and fresh as a salty sea breeze. 
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Next we meet Stacey Graham
Author of
The Girl's Ghost Hunting Guide

Here is your PHANTOM PARTY Packet & Even Guide!
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In this packet is a bunch of fun for your slumber party coming up, or a FUN Ghost Quiz~ 
This is perfect for the younger girls, to have a super fun time!!


What was that noise? The cat? The wind?
Little brother stealing a peek at your diary?Or is it a ghost?The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide will help you identify the creepy crawlers from the spooky spirits, the howling winds fromt he haunting phantoms. And with this guide you can learn from real experts how to investigate and contact your very own ghosts!Everything a girl needs for a night full of fun, including:
• Spooky urban legends to set the mood

• Must-have stuff for your ghost hunting kit

• Pointers for leading the best-ever ghost hunt

• Tips for writing your own ghost

• With fun quizzes, games, recipes, and more!
So gather your friends if they are brave enough, grab a flashlight, and go investigate!




Born to two squares a year before the Summer of Love, I grew up dreaming that my *real* parents were Paul and Linda McCartney and now sneak a dab of patchouli behind my ear when I'm feeling nostalgic for my roots in Oregon. Ignoring my "natural" talent as my family calls it, I put off writing professionally until my late 30s, concentrating instead on my other "natural" talent of giving birth in rapid succession to five daughters with my husband, Bryan.

Additional Info:

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THESE GIVEAWAY BOOKS ARE BEING PROVIDED BY THE PUBLISHER, Sourcebooks. (THANK YOU)
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12 comments:

  1. my favorite summer activity is laying out on the beach or by the pool and reading anything and everything : )

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  2. My favorite sumer activity is definitely swimming! well after reading of course. But I'm always excited about summer because i get to swim and I have a lot of time to read =)

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  3. My favorite summer activity is trying to stay cool. Other than that it's walking in the very early morning before it heats up.

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  4. My favorite summer activity is anything that make my kids happy. My daughter loves the water so we let her play in her little pool, and my son just enjoys being outside in the sun. They're still young so we don't have too much to do just yet but I'll be excited when that time comes!

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  5. My favorite summer activity is getting to sit outside and read. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I just enjoy chilling an relaxing, having picnics at the beach or roadtrips!

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  7. One of our fave summertime things to do is to go for long walks... we also like to sit out in the shade to read or play in the sand... and lastly, sit in the a/c with comfy blankets and our favorite movies :) Don't want to over-do the summer heat ;)

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  8. Favorite summer activity.... hiking to the waterfalls and then sitting in the cool spray.
    Fun post! Both authors and books sound great!

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  9. I like to go to the beach.

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  10. I love going on road trips during the summer! There's so much to see, but you never really think about it so when you're on a road trip it's pretty great.

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  11. I love going to the beach and barbecues.

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  12. 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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