Springs Writers provides a FREE conference-quality workshop the first Monday of each month (except December, July & August) from 6:00–7:45 pm, Woodmen/Academy Hobby Lobby Classroom Room [against back wall behind "Employee Only" double doors], 6950 North Academy, Colorado Springs, 80918

Monday, September 14, 2009

Blog Book Tour and Contest: Boy-sterous Living

Blog Book Tour: Boy-sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons

Author: Jean Blackmer

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City

ISBN-10: 0834123908

ISBN-13: 978-0834123908

First, I LOVED the title, Boy-sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons, because it encapsulated my surprise at how loud and energetic raising boys can be. As a mom of two boys, I was not prepared for how different boys are. I laughed out loud at Jean's hilarious stories. This encouraging book helps moms of boys realize they are not crazy—the mom or the boys. Both are different and wonderful. If you need a better insight into your sons and how to relate to them, then you'll enjoy this book. Jean provides wonderful ideas of things to do with your sons.

About the Book

Raising boys isn't easy. Life with them is loud. If it's quiet, they're probably up to something. Boys are messy, competitive, fearless, and proud. Living with them pretty much guarantees that you're in for an adventure.

As the only female in a house with three sons, a husband, and two male dogs, Jean Blackmer has learned a lot about living with boys. She knows that as a mom it isn't always easy to communicate and connect with these creatures of noise and energy. Everyday, they force you to live in a world where bugs are cool, safety is an afterthought, and "talking is torture."

In Boy-sterous Living, Jean shares a few of the priceless stories and laugh-out-loud lessons that she and her boys have experienced over the years. With humorous insight and practical advice, she offers encouragement and ideas to help both mothers and fathers impact and shape the lives of their sons. From understanding their love of sports to overcoming the superman complex, Jean shows moms how to find joy and contentment in everyday life by celebrating the laughter, passion, noise, and endless energy boys bring to our lives.

Additional features include:

  • Thoughtful questions to help parents explore their views on raising sons
  • Bible verses to help parents apply God's truth to the trials and joys of raising a family
  • Suggestions for more information on several topic and issues related to parenting boys.

About Jean

Jean is currently the Publishing Manager for MOPS International and she's been freelance writing for 16 years. She has been published in a variety of local and national publications, including: Guideposts, MomSense, Today's Christian Woman, Christian Parenting Today, American Girl, Proverbs 31 Woman, Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul, Chicken Soup Cookbook for the Busy Mom's Soul, Focus on the Family's Teen Phases, Guideposts Miracle Series, and others.

She also co-authored her first book, Where Women Walked: Powerful True Stories of Women's Perseverance and God's Provision. (Tyndale/Focus on the Family, 2004) This book was nominated for a Gold Medallion Award.

Jean graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor's (1987) and a Master's (1992) degree in Journalism. She lives in Boulder with her husband Zane; three boys, Josh, Jordan, and Jake.

To find out more about Jean, visit her website.

Boy-sterous Living Contest

Enter your grossest or funniest moment as a mom of a boy (No boys? That's okay – we still want to hear your story!) and you could win movie tickets and a snack for you and a friend to escape! Share your story by emailing your entry to amy@litfusegroup.com. This e-mail address protected from spambots.

Or post your stories on the Moms Raising Boys Facebook page. You'll need JavaScript enabled to post your story or view stories by others on the Moms Raising Boys Facebook page.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Workshop: 7 Secrets Every Successful Writer Must Know

September FREE Workshop: 7 Secrets Every Successful Writer Must Know

When: Monday, September 14, 2009, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Where: Stone Chapel, 280 East Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Workshop Description: Lorraine Pintus will share seven secrets that cover everything from methods to marketing to motivation. These secrets are the culmination of over thirty years of her experience in public relations, marketing, and writing. Lorraine will also help each writer identify your "writing mindset" and determine how to break through obstacles by moving from a "fixed mindset" to a "growth mindset."

Speaker:Lorraine's early background heavily emphasized marketing and media. She served as media relations manager for a Fortune 200 company, promotion manager for the University of California, and a press manager for a gubernatorial candidate. In the last fifteen years, her work has focused on writing and speaking. She has written for many major magazines, including Country
and Today's Christian Woman. She is co-author with Linda Dillow of the best seller, Intimate Issues (WaterBrook Press) and of Intimacy Ignited
(NavPress), Diapers, Pacifiers and Other Holy Things (Cook Communications), and Gift-wrapped by God (WaterBrook Press). She currently speaks at conferences around the world, and serves as a writing and speaking coach.

Find out more about Lorraine: