May 4, 2009

No One's the Bitch!

Guess what? No One's the Bitch! Who knew? I just became guiltless!

Actually, that's the name of my sister Austin WriterGrrl and good friend Jennifer Newcomb Marine's new book, which officially comes out in book stores and on Amazon.com today, Tuesday, May 5. The full title is No One's the Bitch: A Ten-Step Plan for Mothers and Stepmothers (Globe Pequot, 2009).

Today is a great day to buy this book!!

Jennifer co-wrote this book with Carol Marine, her ex-husband's wife and stepmom to Jennifer's two daughters. Carol, btw, is a fabulous fine artist. Jennifer and Carol's attempts together at trying to get along for the benefit of the kids culminated in a work that is a humorous and helpful take on navigating the minefield that so often exists between moms and stepmoms.

And here's why this book is so relevant:

Over a thousand new stepfamilies form every day! Imagine all those women out there, dealing with a stepmom or bio-mom and slogging through resentment, power struggles, miscommunication, a lack of shared purpose, and worst of all, boatloads of stress. We need a new model for partnership between the two women “stuck with each other” in this situation. When they work together, marriages are stronger, children are happier, and there’s less hair loss all around.
Not only that but, seriously, you or someone you know can really use this book. The fighting, the nagging and ragging and sandbagging, the putting the ex/hubby in the middle. You know it's true, and isn't that hard to watch -- or live? Life for stepfamilies can be miserable for everyone, but it doesn't have to be. Say it with me now, "It doesn't have to be."

We have three ways to buy No One's the Bitch (Don't you love that title?):

  1. Online at Amazon (we're hoping to get the book to spike to Number One on Tuesday and hopefully we'll hit our target, since it's still bouncing around in Amazon's Top 10 Hot New Releases in Stepparenting and Divorce); or
  2. At the No One's the Bitch website starting Tuesday, May 5; or
  3. At a special reading at BookPeople in Austin this coming Friday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m., with Izzy Rose and host actress Laura Lane (The Nanny, Vagina Monologues).
Whoever you know that needs this book, point them in the right direction. And if you suspect you may need it too, go take a peek at the book's Intro.

And I'm still claiming to be guiltless!
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25 comments:

Michel said...

I need that book just so I can send it to my hubby with a post it note attached that says, "I TOLD YOU SO! You're the JACKASS"

I miss him. sigh

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

What a great idea for a book and I'm so surprised that no one has ever done this before now. I wish them all the luck in the world with successful sales.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

darsden said...

That is Awesome for her..I am an Amazon fan. I get all my muisc and books and other stuff from them! Congratulations to Jennifer.

Michel-sorry you are missing your man..but hey you got some lil debbie's thumbs up...or chins up I should say...yes I said Chins not chin..LOL

AirmanMom said...

nicely done!
~AM

Gaston Studio said...

Sounds like a winner, and I know a few people that really need it!

MVD said...

I'm assuming Ms. Marine's PMS is aptly synchronized with that of her ex-husband's wife. Otherwise, she would've needed a different book title.

daisyfae said...

might have my children give the book to their father's new girlfriend... maybe for mother's day!

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

even though I am my kids' bio mom I may still need it! ;)

Tom Erdman said...

OK, I'm not going to comment on this one because-well let's say I wanna live.

midlifeslices said...

I must read this book soon....and then send it to my step-spawns. Really.

Jan said...

This book is several years too late for me, I'm sorry to say. I may get it for my step-daughter, however, since she's gone and got herself in a very similar situation (which, to be honest, has done MY relationship with her more good than anything else ever could!).

♥Trina♥ said...

Yeah, I (and the mother of my stepdaughters) probably could've benefitted from reading a book such as this, but now, it is WAAAYYYYYY too late.

smiles4u said...

This sounds like a great book and what a great idea! I think there are many that could benefit from this kind of book if they are willing to open their hearts and minds to it.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Great title! Great author! So proud of Jennifer.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Promise to come back later and check out your friends' book. 24 is about to start and I gotta go. Just wanted you to know there's a little something for you over at my place.

The Wife O Riley said...

Where the heck was this book when I was 13????

Vic said...

Sounds interesting! And definitely needed.

Stacy said...

I am sooooo going to send the kids mom this...She really is a crack and try as I may she will not do what is right for her own children. She fights me and fights and honestly, I just want to try and be friends for the betterment of her an dmy husbands kids... Thanks for the heads up.

Stacy

STILLMAGNOLIA said...

I MUST have this book for real. I have a giveaway up and running through Weds. night at 9...for a pamper basket...stop over and enter.

bernthis said...

I'm telling you it will rain nails and sheetrock before my ex's g-friend and I ever have a relationship like that.

Chairman Bill said...

Will it be released in the UK?

Leesa said...

I am not interested in the subject matter - but it sounds like a great read for people in a blended family.

Julie said...

I've very lucky with the blended family thing. My son's father was married and had a son, then he got divorced and dated me and we had a son, and then he got married to someone else and she has 2 kids. So my son has a half brother and a stepbrother and stepsister, and I get along great with both of their mothers. In fact we were all at a party together Saturday night. When Jordan's stepsister got married last year, the ex wife, the current wife and I were standing around drinking and talking and Greg (Jordan's Dad) walks up, looks at the three of us and says "Um, yeah, I'll sit this one out". LOL And now I'm really cracking up because Jordan's stepmom's first husband just got divorced and she wants to fix me up with him and I'm like "Look, that would add a whole new dimension to this crazy situation we have going, wouldn't it?" Can you imagine explaining that limb of the mixed up family tree?

Anna Russell said...

Best book title ever. She's surely onto a winner here.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

Oh, man, I have to get this book. My kids are 30 and 31; my boyfriend's are 13, 8, and 4!!! There's a LOT of dust that has yet to settle before we can think of living together. This book is just what I need. Thanks for letting me know about this!