Hello, November—which means welcome, holiday season!
This month we are excited to bring you two entertaining and enriching reads.
Take a lighthearted look at motherhood in Jenna von Oy’s book, Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom’s Guide to Laughing Your Way Through Pregnancy and Year One.
Best known for her roles as Six on Blossom and Stevie on The Parkers, Jenna von Oy is also a musician who has released two albums. She has been blogging for People.com for nearly three years and maintains her own blog, The Cradle Chronicles (www.cradlechronicles.com). She married husband Brad Bratcher in 2010 and gave birth to their first daughter, Gray Audrey, in 2012. Their second daughter, Marlowe Monroe, arrived in November of 2014.
This candid mom of two shares stories from her own trials and tribulations through diapers, spit-up (which you can see on the cover!), and the crazy journey of motherhood in a way that will make you feel like you are sitting down and chatting with your best friend. Jenna reveals the raw truths that so many moms keep on the down-low. Be prepared to laugh your way through the everyday struggles and see how learning to laugh at ourselves through the tough times, as Jenna shares, makes us better parents.
Celebs are talking about Situation Momedy:
“If you made sexy-time (or science-time) and are expecting a baby, this book is a hilarious series of stories that tie real-life experiences with pretty awesome advice. And I can say this because I’m gonna be a really good dad one day.”
“Jenna’s perspective is empowering, enlightening, and downright comforting. And also laugh-out-loud funny, which moms need more of!”
During pregnancy and the initial year of a new baby’s life, when it’s easy for a woman to get caught up in the stress of the steep mommy learning curve, this ”girlfriend’s guide” reminds first-time parents to find a little comedy amidst the chaos!
While preparing to give birth to her first daughter, actress Jenna von Oy discovered that the market was filled with clinical guides to pregnancy and beyond. Though they had their merits, she craved a best friend’s guide . . . one that didn’t sugarcoat reality but still offered relatable and heartfelt reassurance. Thus, Situation Momedy: A First-Time Mom’s Guide to Laughing Your Way through Pregnancy & Year One was born.
Jenna brings readers a lighthearted and comedic look at pregnancy and the first year of motherhood, highlighting major mommy milestones with chapters like “Houston, We Have a Pregnancy,” “This Is Your Brain on Baby,” “Bringing Sexy Back,” and “All’s Fair in Love and Mommy Wars.”
“I am thrilled to have an opportunity to share Situation Momedy with my mommy peers. As the cliché goes, laughter is the best medicine. But that’s not a dosage most doctors can prescribe! I’m not the first woman to have kids, and there will certainly be countless mothers after me, so my book isn’t an attempt to reinvent the wheel or deliver a how-to on all things mommy-related . . . I’m still a work in progress too! I think honesty and vulnerability can go a long way toward helping other moms feel less alone in the chaos of the mommy learning curve. In releasing Situation Momedy, I hope to inspire women to embrace the tough times with extra love and laughter, and to be empowered to trust their own instincts!” —Jenna
“The current crop of books for new moms leans toward heavy humor, with little guidance, but von Oy really does a remarkable job of offering sound parenting suggestions in between the jokes.”
—Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist
“The book is a must-read for both partners who will have a baby.”
Can secrets of ancient Greece stop a threat on the modern world?
In Delphi, the mountain city deemed by the Greek gods to be the center of the Earth, a cult of neo-pagans re-create with painstaking authenticity ancient rituals to glorify the god Apollo and deliver oracles to seekers from around the world.
When antiquities are stolen from a museum in nearby Thebes, British archaeologist Sarah Weston and her American partner, Daniel Madigan, are drawn into a plot that goes beyond harmless role-playing: someone’s using the Delphian oracle as a smoke screen for an information exchange, with devastating consequences for the Western world.
Pitted against each other by the cult’s mastermind, Sarah and Daniel race against time and their own personal demons to uncover clues left behind by the ancients. Their mission: to find the original navel stone marked with a lost Pythagorean formula detailing the natural events that led to the collapse of the Minoan Empire.
But will they find it in time to stop the ultimate terrorist act?
“Sarah Weston’s latest adventures and archaeological pursuits have taken her to Greece, where she is working with her American colleague (and sometimes romantic interest) Daniel Madigan, cataloging artifacts from a nearby dig. . . . It’s full of riddles and codes like The Da Vinci Code, and it’s got the archaeological mystery mixed with the occult that made both Indiana Jones and The Mummy so popular, plus the action and a badass heroine like Lara Croft Tomb Raider!”
—The Lit Bitch
“Action, adventure, romance and historical mystery—who could ask for more? The Oracle is a great read.”
—James O. Born, award-winning author of Scent of Murder
“Although each book in the Weston series can be read as a stand-alone, there is clearly a story arc involving the series’ two lead characters, one that enriches each book and makes the series more than just a collection of independent thrillers.”
—David Pitt, Booklist
Haven’t read any of the other books in the series? Then be sure to check them out!
Until next time . . .
Senior Vice President