Title: Not Your Mother's Book... On Being a Woman
Author: Dahlynn McKowen and Ken McKowen
Review: Well first off this is a funny book told by many people. I loved the story of SPAM, we live in SPAM Town and that one had me laughing out loud. If you think being a women is difficult then read this book and find out how others are handling it. Most of them are handling it with humor. I think Shakespeare said something about time turning tragedy into comedy. It may seem awful at the time, but years later those awful times can make us laugh loud just from the memory.
I think if you like short stories you will enjoy this book. Now here is a story of my own. My son was about 3 and he decided to stick a toy in the furnace pipe(exhausted I think) outside near the backdoor. Well the toy fell in so he got the hose to see if he could flush it out……yes this is the tragedy portion. He ruined our furnace and we needed to get a new one before winter (not a lot of money in those days and the furnace had just had a 300 dollar repair done before the last winter.) It was costly, but now it just makes me laugh. Smart 3 year old thinking he could flush out the toy.
That story was not really about women, but it makes me laugh now and believe me at the time I wanted to scream. This book will make you laugh and maybe you could submit your own funny stories and get published.
Publisher: Published October 9th 2012 by Publishing Syndicate (first published January 1st 2012)
Quick Review: 4 stars (out of 5)-
Why I Read It: Sent by the publisher for review.
Synopsis: If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
And the women whose stories are in this book have got it, baby! They are successful, beautiful, giving, inspiring and exude womanhood more than any generation before them. They are sassy and crass, truthful and funny, and have come into their own with all barrels loaded, cocked and ready to go. There is no stopping them as they share their real-life stories with you, the reader.
It’s time to flaunt our stuff, so join us Women—and yes, that’s women with a capital “W,” baby!
Anthology series information:
Not Your Mother’s Book (NYMB) is a new anthology for a new century. Series creators Dahlynn and Ken McKowen spent 10 years developing titles for the world’s bestselling anthology series [Chicken Soup for the Soul] prior to launching NYMB. But their series is very different; all NYMB books are hip, fun and even daring! No sad, sappy or death and dying stories—EVER!
Not Your Mother’s Book . . . On Being a Woman is the first title in the series, which another 30-plus titles under development. Submit your stories for consideration! Guidelines can be found at www.PublishingSyndicate.com. Get published!
Author Biography: Dahlynn McKowen is a busy woman. She is CEO and Publisher of Publishing Syndicate, a publishing house based in Northern California. The company has upwards of 25 book contracts going at any one time with emerging and exciting authors.
Since selling her first feature article in 1987, Dahlynn has sold/had published over 2,000 works including business features and travel articles. Her integrity and reputation is such that she has also ghostwritten for a former U.S. president, more than two dozen Fortune 100 and 500 corporate founders and CEOs and a few California governors.
Dahlynn has been referred to by Chicken Soup for the Soul founders as one of their most trusted coauthors, having worked a decade with series creators Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen and their staffs. She, along with her husband Ken, coauthored Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers and Sisters. Dahlynn also coauthored, along with Canfield and Hansen, Chicken Soup for the Soul in Menopause and Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur’s Soul, working closely with the nation’s top entrepreneurs/founders from companies such as Monster.com, Curves, Famous Dave’s, Cookie Lee Incorporated, Jelly Belly, Celestial Seasonings, Zelda Wisdom, eWomenNetwork, Jazzercise and Dippin’ Dots. Dahlynn has also ghost-created and edited too many Chicken Soup titles to list. She has also spoken all over the country and has given hundreds of media interviews regarding her writing career.
Taking what they learned during their ten years as coauthors, consultants and editors for Chicken Soup, in October 2012, the McKowens launched their own anthology series: Not Your Mother’s Book…[subtitle]. The first book released is Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Woman, with Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being a Stupid Kid and Not Your Mother’s Book…On Dogs set to release by the end of the year. A new anthology for a new century, the series does not accept stories that are sad, sappy or preachy, and they will never use death-and-dying stories. For submission guidelines: www.PublishingSyndicate.com.
The McKowens are also noted travel freelancers and authors. In 2007, their title Best of California’s Missions, Mansions and Museums: Bringing the Golden State’s Past Alive for Today’s Travelers (Wilderness Press) took home Publisher’s Marketing Association’s prestigious Benjamin Franklin Award as the best independently published travel guide in the country. They also author winery-destination books, including The Wine-Oh! Guide to California’s Sierra Foothills and Wine Wherever: In California’s Mid-Coast & Inland Regions. Currently, a Wine Wherever book is under production for California’s Paso Roble wine region, as well as the development of a destination television show by the same name.
True to her entrepreneurial spirit, when Dahlynn purchased an iPhone in early 2010, she became intrigued with the marketing potential of smart devices and how an app could augment the Wine Wherever wine-book series and show. She also created the popular Wine Wherever iPhone app, which includes 2,000 wineries in five different states. The app has been featured extensively in the media, including Sunset magazine.