Kirkus Reviews A Real Mother

I’ve been holding my breath waiting for the Kirkus Review. . . the wait is over.  Woot!  Woot!

stumbling through motherhood
By Denise Malloy (Author)
Malloy presents a collection of 39 funny, charming and poignant snapshots of her life as the mother of two boys.

Malloy presents a collection of 39 funny, charming and poignant snapshots of her life as the mother of two boys.

As is true of most mothers, Malloy notes that she used to have “an individual personality” with hobbies, interests and a career. Then the baby arrived, and the new mom discovered this arrival marked the beginning of a new series of identities: Baby’s Mom, Schoolhouse Mom, Frazzled Mom, Invisible Mom. With gentle humor and wit, the author recounts various moments of motherhood that most mothers will recognize from their own lives. The stories are not reflections on the big occasions of celebration or sadness or drama. These are the short, ordinary, everyday moments often taken for granted, but not here, where they’re examined and savored. Her approach serves as a good reminder that motherhood doesn’t require perfection; that it’s the everyday chaos that makes motherhood so exasperating and yet so worthwhile. This is what it is to be a “Real Mother.” Malloy makes no apology for her conclusions: that the parenting magazines might best be suited for lining the hamster cage; that fathers parent differently; that math will need to be learned all over again; and that the “Land of Perfect Parenthood” is as fictional as never-never land. Rather, Malloy celebrates what “no book could ever teach: common sense” mixed with a little levity. Any mother who has ever herded toddlers, coped with a child’s amazing array of questions and bodily fluids or tried to appear calm while their insides were raging with worry over a teenager, will find solace, camaraderie and more than a few laughs.

A quick, lighthearted romp through the joys of motherhood as told by a real, honest and very funny mom.

Download the eBook for just 99¢!

ForeWord Thinking – ForeWord/Clarion Reviews A Real Mother

Woot! Woot!  Just received a review from ForeWord Clarion.  Here’s what the reviewer had to say about A Real Mother: stumbling through motherhood:

“A Real Mother is a real pleasure.  The only thing to wish for in Denise Malloy’s collection of hilarious essays is more chapters. . .her snarky sense of humor comes through. . . spot-on descriptions. .  good-natured humor. . . elicit giggles and the need to read portions aloud to unsuspecting spouses.”

ForeWord Clarion awarded A Real Mother Five Stars (out of Five). You can read the full review here.

Am I thrilled or what?

A Gift To You From A Real Mother

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, this Real Mother would be remiss if she failed to embrace the spirit of giving.

So here’s the deal.

You can download a FREE copy (yes, really FREE) of A Real Mother: stumbling through motherhood for Kindle from May 6 through 10, 2012 at .

There’s gotta be a catch, right?

Nope. It’s really free.

I’ll let you in on a little secret.  My first word wasn’t Mama or Dada.  It was free.

I’m not kidding.  You can ask my mother.

I love anything that’s free.  I’m hoping you do too.  So please download a copy.

If you download it and like it, please consider writing a review on the page or at Goodreads (or both!)  Tell your friends.  Like A Real Mother on Facebook.  Become a follower of my blog or check back regularly and maybe leave a comment.  Use your imagination.  Whatever you can think of – I appreciate it.

You can read the pre-release reviews here. Readers at had some nice things to say too.

Thanks for helping me get the word out about A Real Mother.  You may be A Real Mother, you might have A Real Mother and most likely, you know A Real Mother.  So please, spread the word.

And it’s free.  What do you have to lose?

A Real Mother Goes Digital

After beating my head against the wall working for months getting the paperback version of A Real Mother ready for print, you’d think I’d be ready to have myself committed put my feet up, take a break and bask in the glow of finally finishing my book.

Think again.

Because formatting the print version was such a new and exciting challenge for me, I’ve always been a glutton for punishment,  I simply had to do more.  So I decided to take A Real Mother into the digital world.

I’d rather eat my own eyeballs than go through that again.

So I’m relieved delighted to announce the Kindle version of A Real Mother is now available at

Since I’m the Real Mother in Charge author, I made the decision to offer the ebook for the low, low price of 99¢  Because it makes no sense to me that digital books are not priced dramatically lower than those in print and I’d really like everyone on the planet to read it and, of course, love it.  Amazon Prime members can download it absolutely FREE.

Download your very own copy of A Real Mother today. I’ll send you the 99¢.  If you like it, please tell a friend.  If you snorted coffee out your nose while reading it, please tell me.     

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Of course, it should show A Real Mother on this Kindle.  But let me indulge briefly in a little harmless fantasy that the Kindle is showing The New York Times when A Real Mother is on the bestseller list.  A girl can dream big, right?

The Bozeman Book is Here!

There is nothing more exciting for a writer than to publish that ever-elusive first book. Mine is finally out! Images of America: Bozeman (Arcadia Publishing 2008) is finally in bookstores. An ISBN number to finally call my own. The Pioneer Museum hosted my first book signing event which was quite the success. My partner in crime, Ann, the assistant director, made the whole process nothing short of wonderful. Nothing like that 15 minutes of fame.


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