You’ve gotta love this time of year. First, because it’s finally starting to warm up…are those buds I see out on the trees from my sunroom? And second, it’s the time of year when my writer friends’ books are hitting the stores just in time for Mother’s Day! For now, here’s a look at three great reads that will be available starting this April plus, in the carousel above, you’ll see some more picks that are on the Role Mommy must-have book list.
Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress is the latest book on motherhood by Lee Woodruff, the author of the New York Times bestseller In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing. Lee is also a regular parenting contributor to Good Morning America and she’s one of the most gifted writers I’ve been lucky enough to know over the years. She shares her funny and poignant mom-oirs in this much-anticipated April 21st release by Randomhouse. Visit Lee’s website for more information about the book as well as her tour schedule and trust me, if she’s coming through your hometown, you won’t want to miss her. Check out the video below as she reads a chapter from her book about losing something near and dear to heart. Ironically, the same topic has been a sore subject for me these past few months too!
Stop Second-Guessing Yourself–The Toddler Years: A Field-Tested Guide to Confident Parenting is Jen Singer’s latest release and this time, she focuses on one of the most difficult ages and stages to understand and satisfy – although my friends tell me the teen years are even scarier. Jen is going to be embarking on a really cool blog tour where she’ll be dropping by select blogs and imparting her sage words of wit and wisdom. And, she’s also one of our contributors to C:// Mom Run, a humor anthology (Release Date November 2009/Plain White Press) and road show where she will be sharing one of her personal stories on stage on May 7 in New York City when we showcase some of America’s favorite humor bloggers and authors. Visit Jen at Mommasaid.net.
Because I Said So – I’ve plugged it before and I will just keep plugging it every chance I get. This is my blogger BFF Dawn Meehan’s first book release in what I believe will turn into one of many books on her life as a mom of six who named her kids after cities in the Rand McNally Atlas. Dawn’s blog gets thousands of visits per month and people return to it because the things she writes, and vlogs are just laugh out loud funny. So if you’re looking for a fabulous humor book for moms, then we’ve got just the answer. Buy Because I Said So – this one is destined to be a best seller.
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of vlogging and all I have to say is that I never anticipated that video editing would be consuming most of time. Last night, I was busy editing together a reel for more than five hours. Then, the following morning, I continued editing throughout the day and finished the project at 5 pm!
Unfortunately, all this video stuff has prevented me from writing about all the things I’ve done this past week. Hmmm…you’ve seen the videos from our Moms Night Out and Moms Night In so I don’t need to write about that but – I have been out and about with my family – we saw Pink Panther 2 – which we agreed that while it was cute, it wasn’t as good as Paul Blart: Mall Cop. I know, my taste in films has something to be desired.
I’ve also been hitting the gym a lot – haven’t shed any weight but at least I’ve settled into a routine and I’ve managed to read a few books while I’ve hit the elliptical machines. I’m reading “What Would Google Do?” by Jeff Jarvis and I just got an advanced copy of The Difference by Jean Chatzky and I have to say…I am loving that book. I saw Jean Chatzky speak at a More Magazine event a few months ago and her advice motivated me to fine tune my business and focus in on the things I love doing. And as a result, things are really starting to fall into place. So thank you Jean Chatzky! My payback to you is to highly recommend your new book – which hits stores on March 10 to as many people as I know. If you’d like to pre-order The Difference, then click here.
In the mom book category, I have two great picks for you. Though both don’t hit stores until April, you definitely should pre-order them so you can devour them once they arrive. The first is Because I Said So, by one of my favorite mom writers, Dawn Meehan – a mom of six from Chicago who is one of the funniest and sweetest moms I know. Dawn and I became BFF’s at the Glamour Reel Moments red carpet event and as soon as I received it, I read it cover to cover and laughed out loud at how this mom of six has masterfully captured her chaotic life. My second book pick which hasn’t hit stores yet but I’m sure will be amazing is Perfectly Imperfect: A Life in Progress by Lee Woodruff. Lee is a NY Times bestselling author of In An Instant and is one of the most personable, funny and genuine women I know. I’m sure her second book is destined for bestseller status and I am always happy to spread the word about people who make the world a better place.
And yours truly contributed to True Mom Confessions: Real Moms Get Real
which will be released this April and was edited by the fabulous Romi Lasally. Finally, on the Role Mommy news front, I’m going to be spearheading a humor anthology for parents called C Mom Run which will be released by Plain White Press in November…check back for updates on some of the incredible writers/bloggers/authors who will be featured in this destined to have you ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing for all you web novices – thanks to Creole Princess for teaching me that one).
Anyway, I have to say, I am happy to be reading again – there’s something to be said about cracking open a book and learning something new or just laughing until your sides hurt.