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My Formerly Hot Life Giveaway Winners!

Congrats to comments # 13 and #20 – Summer of the Summer Breeze and Jennifer of The Psychobabble! Please e-mail me your mailing address at so the publisher can send out your books asap. Hope you enjoy the book!

Thank you to everyone who participated in My Formerly Hot Life giveaway contest!

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Book Review & Giveaway: My Formerly Hot Life

At first glance of the title, you may believe that My Formerly Hot Life: Dispatches From Just the Other Side of Young by Stephanie Dolgoff is a book packed with superficial notions about aging women, how age (and age alone) determines a “hot” life and that this book will only perpetuate the ageist and sexist societal ideologies towards women over the age of 40. I know that was my first impression without even reading the first page. However, as someone who should know better, I quickly learned something: don’t judge a book by it’s cover.

Although you’re going to find the cliched quips about aging sagging skin, slowing metabolisms, newly developed crows feet, and the trial and errors of clothing a middle-aged body, My Formerly Hot Life goes beyond skimming the superficial surface of growing older and explores the other side of young in much more in-depth way. Dolgoff tackles the important issues like parenting, marriage, “having it all,” and healthy vs. unhealthy friendships with a good dose of wisdom and wit.

As we age and take on other lifestyles and responsibilities we say goodbye to our old identities, hence we become what Dolgoff coins as a “Formerlie” – formerly hot, formerly wild, formerly single and childless, etc… But while many of us may look back at our former selves with bittersweet nostalgia and wonder what happened to our youth, Dolgoff reminds us that the best part of life is still to come. With age comes more confidence, more wisdom, and a more carefree attitude about the ridiculous things in life, like trying to mold ourselves to the ideal standards of our youth-obsessed culture. “Formerlies” are neither young nor old. Their priorities and values have shifted from their younger days and they have a much better sense of who they are and what kind of life they want to lead. They have discarded unhealthy relationships and have a close circle of beloved family and friends that brighten their days with love and laughter. Formerlies are women like me and probably like you, women trying to navigate our way through lives that are filled with countless responsibilities and pressures and just doing the best we can. You can longingly look back at the hot life you once had all you want. But, if you look back too often, you’ll likely miss out on the fabulous life you lead today.

Give-away time!

I have been offered to give-away TWO copies of My Formerly Hot Life to my readers. To enter this give-away, please leave a comment below. For additional comment entries, subscribe to AYMB, follow AYMB on Twitter, tweet this post, or post this review and give-away on Facebook and/or your blog. Make sure to leave an additional comment for each item. I will select two winners via on Tuesday, August 17th.

Good luck!


Disclaimer: I was give a copy of My Formerly Hot Life and offered two copies for a give-away, courtesy of the publisher.

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And the Winners of the It’s Not PMS, It’s You! Giveaway are…

Comments #4 and #12!

Congrats to Mother of Three and Alex aka Ma, What’s For Dinner! Please email me at with your mailing address.

Hope you both enjoy the book!

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Book Review & Giveaway: It’s Not PMS, It’s You!

It's Not PMS, It's You!Written by humorist Deb Amlen,  It’s Not PMS, It’s You! is a hilarious tongue-in-cheek tome about the well-known differences between men and women. We may be from the same planet and are of the same species, but that might just be where the similarities between men and women end. Blame it on hormones or chromosomes, but men and women simply think differently, behave differently, and emote differently. From it’s historical context to our modern-day Battle of the Sexes, Amlen takes cliched notions about sex and gender differences (most of them true, of course) and highlights them in a quick read filled with humorous narratives and clever anecdotes. From co-ed gatherings to bachelorette parties, It’s Not PMS, It’s You! is the perfect book to read with friends for some insightful humor and laughs.

I have been offered TWO copies of this book for a give-away! To enter the It’s Not PMS, It’s You! give-away, please leave a comment below. You can also post an additional comment for each of the following: subscribe to AYMB, follow AYMB on Twitter, tweet about this give-away, and/or post about this give-away on your blog or Facebook page. This give-away is for U.S. and Canada residents only.

I will use to select two winners for this giveaway on Tuesday, August 10, 2010.

Good luck!


Disclaimer: I was given one copy of It’s Not PMS, It’s You! and two additional copies for the purpose of a give-away, courtesy of Sterling Publishing Company.

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On All The Things That Make Me Beautiful – Giveaway Winner!

According to, the winner of the book On All the Things That Make Me Beautiful by Nadirah Angail is:

Comment #3 – Keena!

Congrats, Keena! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did.

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