On any given summer day in my childhood, you could probably find me absorbed in a book. Those days were so long and luxurious. Adults bustled around mowing lawns and hanging out laundry as I leisurely turned pages, trying not to get my popsicle-sticky fingers all over them, lost in another world. Plenty of times, my mother had to make me haul myself out of the rocking chair on the porch to go run around with other kids, or do some chores, or ride my bike. I mean, I liked riding my bike and playing with my friends and stuff; I wasn’t a total weirdo. But deep down, I thought that spending time with Anne Shirley, Nancy Drew, or any of the girls from The Baby-sitters Club sort of was hanging out with my best friends.
Getting lost in words was my very favorite way to spend the summer, and when I wasn’t reading, I was scribbling words of my own into spiral-bound notebooks. Some kids may have worshipped rock stars and various gods of pro sports, but my heroes were L.M. Montgomery and Lois Lowry.
Now that I’m a mother of three kids, none of whom can pour their own juice, wipe their own bums, or tie their own shoes, there is no such thing as a long, luxurious summer day for me. But I still consider getting lost in words to be a crucial element of summertime. I grab brief moments with a book on my porch whenever I can, and since I’m a grown-up, the popsicles are often replaced by a summery drink with a little more kick to it, if you know what I’m sayin’. I still worship writers, and now, I can even call myself one. Ten-year-old me would be so impressed.
If you, like me, still love to read in the summer, even in the midst of applying sunscreen to wiggly shoulders and passing out melty popsicles like it’s your job, I’ve got the perfect book for you. I am so very, very excited to announce the launch of the very first real live book that I have ever contributed to: Martinis and Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe, and WTF?!? And it’s now available on Amazon!!
I am so proud of this book, published by Tipsy Squirrel Press. The stories, written by 37 fantastic mothers and writers, are funny, touching, and diverse. Moms in the thick of all stages of motherhood, from the diaper doldrums to the teenage tantrums and beyond, will relate. What makes this book even more fun is that in addition to the stories of motherhood, it includes martini recipes. Each writer’s short, relatable story is paired with a customized martini recipe so that at the end of a looooong day of mothering, you can reward yourself with a little time to read and a delightful drink. And you will want to try all the drinks. Trust me. They look amazing. I’ve only tried mine so far (which, by the way, is DELICIOUS and combines the best of a margarita and a martini into something I call a Strawberry Margatini) but I am ready to dive into summer and put my cocktail shaker to good use. There are plenty of ways to make “mocktinis” with these tasty recipes too, if you’re not a drinker.
I am so not a salesperson, so I feel weird about saying things like, “You should buy this book!” But I will tell you, honestly and truly, that it’s a fantastic book and I am really honored to be a part of it. It’s gorgeous and fun and even if you’re not a mother or a drinker, the stories are terrific, and it would make a lovely gift. And if you do buy it, read it, and love it, I would so appreciate it if you’d leave a review on Amazon!
It’s available in paperback or e-book format, and here’s the link to buy it on Amazon: Martinis and Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe, and WTF?!?
I’m in the company of so many talented writers in this book, and you can check out their websites and blogs here:
Lynn Morrison nomadmomdiary.com
Angila Peters detachedfromlogic.com
Magnolia Ripkin magnoliaripkin.com
Louise Gleeson latenightplays.com
Jocelyn Pihlaja omightycrisis.com.com
Alison Huff crumbsdown.com
Leigh-Mary Barone Hoffmann happilyeverlaughterblog.com
Shannon Drury theradicalhousewife.com
Patricia Mirchandani raising-humans.com
Lauren Stevens lo-wren.com
Cordelia Newlin de Rojas multilingualmama.com
Sarah Deveau doingallthethings.com
Shannon Day martinisandmotherhood.com
Tara Wilson dontlickthedeck.com
Vicki Lesage vickilesage.com
Abby the Writer littlemissperfect.com
Brooke Takhar missteenussr.com
Kate Parlin shakespearesmom.com
Christina Antus christinaantus.net
Jennifer Baird-Dean thechiofjen.com
Sara Park crcrsmommyblog.com
Tamara Schroeder thattamiam.com
Kristen Hansen Brakeman kristenbrakeman.com
Lori Lu Green LeRoy theinadequateconception.com
Susanne Kerns thedustyparachute.com
Sarah Halsall del Rio established1975.com
Lisa Webb canadianexpatmom.com
Jessica D’Andrea Kapp jesskapp.com
Kim McDonald twobugsandablog.com
Lisa Carmody Doiron momologues-soliloquies.com
Olga Mecking europeanmama.com
Holly Rust mothersguidetosanity.com
Kathryn Leehane foxywinepocket.com
Jill Hudkins Robbins rippedjeansandbifocals.com
Kristine Laco mumrevised.com
Andrea Mulder-Slater noreallyandrea.com
Happy summer reading, and thank you so very much for your support!!