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Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom

While preparing to give birth to her first daughter, actress Jenna von Oy, best known for her roles as Six on Blossom and Stevie on The Parkers, discovered a wealth of clinical guides to pregnancy and beyond. What she hoped … Continue reading »

Situation Momedy

PREFACE

The Only Thing I’m an Expert at Is Being a Novice

Let me begin by saying I’m not a pediatrician, an OB-GYN,

or a certified consultant of any kind. I don’t hold a PhD in

any baby-related field, nor am I an expert in child psychology.

I don’t even drive a minivan or know where to find the

closest Gymboree. (Oh, the shame!) The only thing I’m truly

an expert at is being a novice. If you need advice on how to

cure cradle cap, I may not be your gal; I’m probably at home

over-Googling that information right this very moment. I

can’t claim to have superior knowledge about raising a child,

because I’m still driving slowly around the learning curve.

So why did you write a guide to pregnancy and motherhood,

you ask? Is it because you’re an actor who used to wear awesomely

tacky hats and talk really fast on a TV show, so you must know

everything?

Hell no! Being on TV doesn’t really qualify me for anything

other than owning a Screen Actor’s Guild union card.

And perhaps some red-carpet access to Hollywood clubs that

don’t offer babysitting in the VIP lounge.

Rather, the answer is pretty straightforward: as a mom,

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It’s a Wild Life: How My Life Became a Zoo

2015 BEVERLY HILLS INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS Non-fiction category winner Pursuing your passion includes a whole lot of crap. For Bud DeYoung, that’s about two hundred pounds a day! Since childhood, Bud had a passion for animals. As an adult, that … Continue reading »

Booker T: My Rise to Wrestling Royalty

2015 USA Best Books Awards Finalist Booker T. Huffman, 2013 WWE Hall of Famer and winner of 35 championship titles within WWE, WCW, and TNA, has once again paired up with best-selling writer Andrew William Wright to uncover Booker T’s … Continue reading »

Booker T: From Prison To Promise

2013 Bronze IPPY Award winner for Autobiography/Memoir Booker T is a 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee! As a six-time world champion, General Manager of Smackdown, a former TV commentator, holder of over thirty-five major titles in WWE, WCW, and … Continue reading »

Design Cookbook: Recipes for a Stylish Home

For me, designing a space is so rewarding. It allows me to be creative and come up with new and innovative ideas every day. From the colors to the textures, I love to see it all come together in the end. I also love the fact that design is really just a game of trial and error. You can take your time, figure out what you like, play with variations of colors and styles, and ultimately create something you’re proud of. Lucky for me, my first job was on HGTV’s Design on a Dime, where the phrase trial and error was an understatement. After all, with a thousand dollars to do a room, we were constantly being challenged! I was also privileged to grow up in a house with a very handy father and brother, who could literally build a house from scratch. They taught me with a little bit of patience and elbow grease, you can always bring a project together—one way or another. When deciding what kind of design book I wanted to write, I gravitated toward what I’m good at: visualizing and creating things. But instead of embarking on the typical DIY guide for the budget conscious or the coffee table picture book showcasing the most amazing places you’ve ever seen, I took inspiration from cookbooks, adding something for everybody. Cookbooks are easy to read with their step-by-step approach. By simply following the directions, you can create something amazing that everyone will take notice of. That’s how I wanted this book to feel as well. I hope you will use this book as your inspirational guide to creating a home you love and are proud of. Whether you have fifty or fifty thousand dollars, here’s to designing a space you look forward to coming home to every day! Cheers! Kelly Continue reading »

All In

Prologue

The Longest of Long Shots

“Hey, Jerry? Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s you. I just want to tell you, man, I think you are awesome, and I know you’re going to win this thing. Wow, I can’t believe it’s you. Hey, Jerry, if it’s not too much to ask, can I shake your hand?” “May I wash my hands first?” I said to the complete stranger who’d started talking to me the moment I’d stepped out of the restroom stall in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Read more Continue reading »

Ollie Tibbles: The Boy Who Became a Train

I picked up the phone and recognized the voice of Missy, the school secretary at Willow Creek Elementary, where our children attended. Which one might need me: our ten-year-old Jess, seven-year-old George, or five-year-old Ollie? It was Ollie, who was complaining of a headache and wanted to come home. I hung up, cursing under my breath that I’d have to cancel my hair appointment. In the school’s sick bay next to the office, however, my concern quickly shifted. Ollie lay on the bed, face crumpled with pain, hands cradling his head. Tears slowly rolled down his cheeks as he looked up. “Mummy, my head. My head, Mummy.” His arms reached for me. Read More of the Ollie Tibbles: The Boy Who Became A Train Excerpt

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Road Through Wonderland: Surviving John Holmes

“Hi there!” a tall, gawky man booms out as he strides into the room. He appears to be in his thirties. He has large, intensely blue eyes and dirty blond, curly hair so long it lies in a floppy Afro. His face is ruggedly handsome, even though it is thin. He is shirtless but wears Levi’s cut off just above his knees and white tennis shoes. The air charges up when he enters the room, and instantly he has everyone’s undivided attention. Then suddenly, he spins around, looks directly at me, and asks, “How old are you?” I’m taken aback by his lightning-quick move and personal question, and I snap as if I’ve been attacked, on the edge, as I was in Carol City. “Fifteen. Why?” “Mm, mm, mmp. Too bad!” He grabs his chest dramatically and acts disappointed. “What?” I’m thrown off guard, then instantly incensed. John smiles wider than I ever thought anyone could and winks a big blue eye at me. “Too young!” Again he turns on his heel and pushes through the screen door, roaring laughter to the night sky and all the way to his cottage. “What . . . a . . . creep!” I say with disgust, wanting to scream at him. “He has no idea. Young, my ass,” I add, fiercely blushing. “Uh-oh, Dawn.” Terry sounds worried. “What?” I snap, not sure why I am so upset. “He likes you.” I blush even harder. Read more. . .

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More Forensics And Fiction

The first book in this series, Murder and Mayhem: A Doctor Answers Medical and Forensic Questions for Mystery Writers, appeared in 2003, and the second, Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions fromCrime Writers, in 2007. Once again I’ve attributed each question to its author, if he or she chose to be identified. Some preferred to remain anonymous, and others I simply could not reach because their contact information was no longer valid. You will see questions from professional, multipublished, award-winning authors alongside those submitted by writers who are still searching for a home for their stories. What do these disparate groups of writers have in common? Each is a storyteller. Each possesses the same driving curiosity and the desire to get it right. Each settles before that annoying blinking cursor with the same questions. Can I write a believable and publishable story? Can I transfer the images in my head to paper in a coherent manner? Can I make the reader turn the page? Continue reading »