Author Guest Post
When Mothers Become Authors ... Watch Out!
By: Pam Johnson-Bennett and Kae Allen
Pam: When Kae and I first decided to write this book about our experiences as mothers, I thought I had tons of funny stories about life as a mom. What I came to realize while working on this book though is that being an author has shifted the balance of power in my household. The fact that when my kids misbehave or act as if they were raised by wolves, they now know that somewhere around the corner is their author mommy ready to document the event. And what about my husband? He prefaces nearly every move he makes with “is this going to end up in your next book?” We’re talking major mommy power here! In the past, I used to have to nag, plead and threaten in order to get my kids to pick up after themselves or to stop bickering. Now, all I have to do is quietly say “if anyone needs me, I’ll be in my office, working on my book.” There’s only one problem with this newly discovered power though. If my family shapes up too much in terms of behavior, what the heck will I write about?
Kae: Anyone that knows me, is very aware of “the Allen Children” and their many exploits. For the last 30 years I have been regaling my friends, family members and clients with the various adventures that life seems to throw my way. My main characters are always my children and my adorable, yet somewhat quirky husband, David. When Pam and I decided to write Cookies for Dinner I thought it would only be proper for me to ask my children’s permission. My youngest daughter put it best, “What are you asking us for, it’s not like you haven’t already told anyone who would listen all these stories anyway.”
About The Authors
The one thing you can’t say about Pam Johnson-Bennett is that she’s a chicken. She certainly loves a challenge! After paving a career in the then-unheard-of field of cat behavior consulting and becoming a leader in the profession, she has decided to throw caution to the wind and defy the advice of family in order to reveal the REAL Pam…the Pam who is a worrying germophobe mother of two. In her “other” life, Pam is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and best-selling author of 7 books. She is the star of the upcoming television series “Psycho Kitty” that is set to air on Discovery UK channel later in 2013. She is a former Vice-President of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is the founder of the IAABC Cat Division. She is one of the most well-known experts on cat behavior and her ground-breaking “Think Like a Cat” approach to cat behavior has been featured and profiled in numerous magazines and television shows. Her books are considered the “cat bibles” when it comes to understanding felines and what makes them tick. Her parenting skills, however, are still in question.
Pam and her husband have been married for 15 years and have two children. The family lives in Tennessee with a dog, cat and three goldfish.
One thing you can say about Kae is she likes to laugh. No matter what the situation, you can rely on her to find the humor and share it with all around. In Kae’s professional life she has dedicated over 21 years to building her own accounting practice. In her personal life, she is the mother of three wonderful children. She has been married to her husband, David for 26 years. Kae’s favorite playtime passion is bowling. She may wish for a higher average but is thrilled at the sound of crashing pins and friendly laughter. She is the secretary of two bowling leagues and the association manager for her local bowling association. All of Kae’s children have graduated from college and have so far avoided the need of a therapist couch. She spent three years enjoying her empty nest having time to travel to bowling tournaments, play golf and dote over her husband and her female goldendoodle dog, Fred. As of the writing of this book, Kae’s empty nest has filled back up with her in-laws moving in. For Kae, the best day is one that has her house filled to the brim with family, friends and, of course, lots of laughter.
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Cookies for Dinner by Pam Johnson-Bennett and Kae Allen
Publisher: White River Press
Publication Date: July 6, 2011
Format: Paperback - 200 pages / Kindle - 466 KB / Nook - 388 KB
BUY THE BOOK: Cookies for Dinner
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the authors in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
No one tells you that your breasts will be treated like a fast food take-out window or that a ravenous infant can create more suction than industrial-grade vacuum cleaners.
I went into labor with my first child four months after my soon-to-be ex-husband moved out to live with his girlfriend, six months after my 20th birthday and precisely the morning that I was having my house tended for ticks. Yes, ticks.
Jumping off the cliff into potty training makes you realize that you didn't truly appreciate the diaper years. Once you begin potty training, a toddler's backside becomes a loaded gun, ready to launch its missile in whatever direction it happens to be pointing.
No matter how we got on this ride, at some point we all end up standing on the checkout line at Walmart, totally unaware of the fact that we're still wearing our pajama top.
Pam and Kae are living proof that even though every mother is different, we're all on this roller coaster without a seatbelt. Scary? You bet, but it's the ride of our lives.
My Book Review:
Cookies for Dinner is a humorous and touching collection of essays documenting two friends journey and quest to survive motherhood. Written in the first person narrative, Pam and Kae provide their own experiences into motherhood with lighthearted informative anecdotes that covers the joys, trials and tribulations, and pitfalls of motherhood from pre-birth/adoption through the early childhood years. From pre-baby plans, to newborn care and memorable firsts, to the inquisitive toddler and early childhood years, these two moms lets it be known that the journey into motherhood is all about making it up as you go along, it's a magical time filled with love, instinct, fear, frustration, mommy and child mishaps, and everything in between. With confidence and experience, these two sassy ladies reassure other women that you don't have to be perfect to be a mother, and that you are not alone on this journey called motherhood.
As a woman who wasn't blessed to go on this journey, as I suffered a miscarriage two decades ago, I have lived vicariously through the eyes of my best friends as they embarked on their motherhood journeys. With laughter, tears and smiles, I came along for the ride as their kids "Auntie Mame" ... they always knew Aunt Kathy was the cool adult who brought goodies and presents, yet I always yearned to be in my friends' shoes. Reading Cookies for Dinner brought back all the memories of long ago, since the kids are now grown and will become parents themselves, it was certainly a magical and fun time that I cherish. I am so glad that my friends allowed me the opportunity to go on their journey with them, even though I was regulated to the poopy detail more times than I can count! lol
Cookies for Dinner is a wonderful and entertaining story that will make you smile, laugh and cry. Pam and Kae's inspirational and often comedic journey through motherhood is the perfect book for all women: whether you are considering motherhood, are a mom-to-be, a young mother, an experienced mom, an empty nester, or a grandparent, this is a book that you will enjoy reading!
Cookies for Dinner is the perfect gift for anyone who will be, is now, has been, and always will be proud to be called ... Mom!
RATING: 4 STARS ****
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