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How-not-to guide

 Jon Ziegler, a husband, father and writer, has published the The How-Not-To Guide to Parenting and Marriage. It’s described as a “celebration of good intentions and bad decisions.”

Irreverent dieting

Terri Spilman has been named a co-creator of the upcoming anthology, Not Your Mother’s Book…On Dieting.  Three of her essays were published in the first book in the new anthology series, Not Your Mother’s Book…On Being A Woman. As co-creator, Terri will work with publishers Dahlynn and Ken McKowen to solicit humorous, unique and irreverent real-life dieting stories, select stories and promote the book. Click here to submit a story for this book or others in the series.

Fifty shades of grace

The newly released Fifty Shades of Grace includes a chapter by Bruce Stambaugh, a community activist and newspaper columnist in Millersburg, Ohio. A retired educator, Stambaugh is working on his first book, Among the Amish.

Mostly true

Paige Kellerman is publishing her first humor book, At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles: Mostly-True Tales Of An Impending Miracle, in June. If you want a laugh, check out her blog, “There’s More Where That Came From.”

Horror stories







From trying on bathing suits to dealing with quirky neighbors, this collection of 22 stories from Lois Podoshen makes us laugh at life’s little trials and tribulations. After all, who but Heidi Klum really wants to venture into that dressing room and try on bikinis? One reviewer writes, “There are enough smiles and chuckles in this book to paste a grin on the Grinch.”

Doggone funny

Leigh Anne Jasheway, who won the 2003 Erma Bombeck Humor Writing Award for her essay on how her first mammogram caught on fire, has published a new book, Date Me, Date My Dog: Finding Mr. Right For You and Your Pack. It’s doggone funny. Partial proceeds benefit Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene, Ore.

Alas, not The New Yorker

Humorist David Martin‘s latest self-published book, Screams & Whispers: 69 humor pieces rejected by The New Yorker, includes pieces previously published in such publications as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Smithsonian Magazine. But never in The New Yorker.

Every mother’s anthem

Blogger Stacey Hatton is a contributing author in a new humorous anthology. I Just Want to Pee Alone is billed as a collection of hilarious essays from 37 of the most “kick ass mom bloggers on the web.”

Reflections of Erma