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Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway

The Writer Mama Back-To-School Giveaway, hosted by The Writer Mama, Christina Katz, is back, only in May from here on out, instead of in September.

In the past, not all of the giveaway authors were mom authors, but this year you can meet a new mom author every day in May. In fact, I’m featured during week one! Yep!! My story, “The Chest,” part of the fabulous anthology, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom, a perfect book for your mom or any other special woman in your life, yourself included. I’ll even sign the copy if you win it. 🙂

There is also a new theme this year: creative confidence. Christina will be asking each author a few questions about how authorhood has impacted her career confidence.

Imagine a chance to meet and hear inspiring stories from a new mom author every day! It’s going to be really cool; I promise. Come by and participate if you can!

Participation is easy. Christina will post a new prompt each day and introduce each author and book. ***If you answer the prompt, your name will be added to the daily book drawing.

Christina’s book giveaways are always a ton of fun. This is her fourth time hosting a month-long book giveaway for moms. Past participants say answering the prompts is rewarding in and of itself (so true!).

Would you like to win a signed copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom? Yes? What are you waiting for?

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Child Support…

My kids were twittering like the birds in the morning, but not as early. Aubry bounded into my bedroom with Greyson on her heels. My alarm was just going off. Mark was away on a business trip.

Aubry had already dressed, eaten, brushed her teeth, and put her hair up. Unusual. She had also practiced piano. Suspect. I was sure her attention to doing what she was supposed to be doing, without being asked or told to (taking responsibility for herself), was part of her plan to get her Nintendo DS back early (a consequence for being irresponsible).

 “Ahhhhh… hi, Mama! Where’s the chest you wrote about?”

I pointed to it, “Right there.”

“Are you going to give it to me? I want to read your story. Where’s the book?”

What she referred to was the book (Chicken Soup for the Soul: Thanks Mom) that I had been interviewed about by the newspaper. All of the kids read the interview the evening before. My story, “The Chest,” was included in this latest edition. Just in time for Mother’s Day.

Greyson was rolling around on top of me, taking turns giggling and hugging me. Also dressed, teeth brushed and cats fed, I might add. His Nintendo had been taken away for the same reason, irresponsibility.

I pointed to the nightstand. Aubry picked up the book, “Where is it?”

Okay, I had just woken up. I was java-deprived. My brain was still in a fog-like state, “Check the index.”

As soon as I had said that, Greyson piped up, “Mommy, you mean the table of contents. The index is in the back of the book. It’s used for looking up information.”

I didn’t know he knew all of that and I was impressed, “You’re right, honey. Look in the table of contents. I know “The Chest” is the fourth story.”

“Here it is, Mama! I’m going to read it aloud,” said Aubry. She began and then stopped.

“This is kind of boring.”


Aubry came over and patted my leg, “I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but I think it’s a story adults will like. Good job, Mama.” And she walked out. I heard her going down the stairs.

“Yeah. Good job Mommy,” said Greyson, patting my leg, like Aubry—of course. And he took off after her.


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