Today on my blog, I am featuring a fellow author from my Publisher, 4RV Publishing, LLC. Shawn Simon’s new book is called “Stepping Into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms.” I think her book offers us an honest look at the challenges of being a stepmom in today’s culture. I hope you enjoy learning about Shawn’s book. And, if you read it, please remember to write a review of the book on Amazon to help others learn about this work.
Stories from Stepmoms
Thank you so much, Yvonne, for hosting me on your blog! With everything going on in our world right now, it feels like a strange time to be launching a new book. However, I’ve had several people tell me this is actually a good time for stepmoms to have a book full of stories from other stepmoms. Many stepmoms are spending more time with their stepchildren, who they might be struggling to connect with. Perhaps reading other stepmoms’ experiences will help them feel less alone. These stories may help them feel encouraged and supported.
Feeling alone and out of my comfort zone is what prompted me to write this book. I foolishly thought being a stepmom would be easy because I work with kids. Kids love me. When I found myself single again at the age of thirty-eight, I figured I’d most likely meet someone with children and thought being a stepmom would be ideal.
Did I mention it was a foolish thought? Step-mothering was not easy at all. Many factors never crossed my mind. First, the grief the kids felt due to their parents’ divorce. Or them not wanting another mother figure. Finally, my presence being further proof, their parents would not be getting back together. None of those concerns entered my mind.
When I looked for books to help, I found several self-help ones, academic type books, but I don’t care for books like that. I prefer stories from real people struggling with similar issues. For me, I wanted to hear first-hand how they handled the challenges they encountered. I found zero books with stepmom stories, so I decided to be the first to write one. I interviewed fourteen stepmoms to hear their stories. Meeting with those women and hearing about their struggles and successes was so therapeutic. Knowing we are not alone can bring such comfort. I think of my book as a stepmom support group in writing.
“Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms” is a collection of real-life stories from real stepmoms. It is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but the best price is on the 4RV Publisher’s website.
Here are the links to purchase:
Shawn’s Social Media Links:
Facebook – Stepmom Shawn Simon Says
Shawn Simon, MA, is a Board Certified Educational Therapist who works with children. Therefore, when she met the man of her dreams, who just happened to come with a couple of kids, she thought being a stepmom would be a breeze. She was wrong. However, as someone born with only one arm, she’s learned to overcome obstacles. Thus, she knew she could face the challenges of step-mothering. Shawn is published in the Association of Educational Therapists’ Journal and is an award-winning inspirational speaker in her field. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two step-kids, three rescue dogs, and one sixteen-year-old cat. Shawn is currently at work on more books for stepfamilies.
Yvonne M Morgan, author, blogger, speaker.
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
100% of the proceeds from sales of my book, Turning Mountains Into Molehills, go to help the orphans at Orphan Relief Effort, Inc