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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a virtual book tour for 2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene, a non-fiction, motherhood, travel memoir available now from Library Tales Publishing. Today I’m featuring a guest post written by co-author Deborah Serra.


http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2016/01/virtual-book-tour-2-broads-abroad-moms.html





2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop

by Deborah Serra and Nancy Serra Greene


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GENRE: Nonfiction, Motherhood, Travel Memoir


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BLURB:


When sisters, Deborah & Nancy, discovered that motherhood was a temp job they decided to run away from home. After packing up that last kid for college, and facing the sad stillness of their suddenly quiet homes, they decided to leave the country. 2 BROADS ABROAD: MOMS FLY THE COOP is a funny, irreverent, occasionally poignant travel tale of their impulsive road trip around Ireland.

In this witty warm-hearted adventure, they experienced some of Ireland’s quirkier history while sharing universally relatable stories of maniacal school coaches, neurotic neighbors, and tiger moms. Having kicked that empty nest into their rearview mirror, the sisters took off careening down the wrong side of the road, making questionable choices, getting trapped in a medieval tower, sneaking Chinese take-out into a famous cooking school, drinking way too much, and gaining a changed perspective on their lives ahead.


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GUEST POST:

A MEMOIR? NO WAY
By Deborah Serra


A memoir, even a humorous travel memoir, was not something anyone who knew us would have believed my sister, Nancy, and I would write. It’s so revealing. We’d feel so personally exposed. Sure, the humor cuts up the reality and provides some cover, perhaps a modicum of camouflage, but it’s still basically us. AH! We wanted to write 2 BROADS ABROAD: Moms Fly the Coop because it would be a fun project together. As it turned out, we learned a few things along the way that we wanted to share with other women who were facing the lonely transition away from motherhood, but it was mostly about being together as sisters like when we were little.


After our kids moved on, we took this crazy road trip around Ireland.  It was an impulsive trip, which made it so much more colorful than if we’d done our due diligence.  If we’d planned better we might have missed the ghosts and bugs, the wild driving and pink sheep, or the drunken pub crawls, or getting trapped in a medieval tower.


When we began putting the pieces of the story together we realized that it would be a blend of our memories of raising our children alongside the tale of our Irish experience.  We were convinced we had an interesting and funny story to tell, and then faced that we would be telling stories about our children – to the world -- at large. It wasn’t just us on the page, but their private moments, too.  Was that okay? We waffled back and forth trying to decide what was allowable?  Finally, we decided we would ask each of them. Nancy has two children, and I have three. We sent them all a message and explained there were moments from their childhood in the book. We had used their real names since anyone who knew us would know their names anyway. If they wanted us to eliminate something, or change their name, they needed to let us know. We would never invade their privacy or embarrass them if they felt strongly, but we needed to know.  The manuscript was attached, please read. And we waited…


We heard from two of the five. Those two said “No, problem, Mom, whatever you want is fine.” Email, text, and phone silence from the other three. Another email went out reiterating “You are IN the book. You are quoted IN the book. The manuscript is going to the publisher unless you have objections – please let us know this week. “ Again, zippo from the three.


So off the manuscript went. Nancy and I smiled because when we sent out the book for them to review we already knew exactly which three kids would not get to it. Funny how well we know each other.


It is uncomfortable to write a memoir. We dealt with that discomfort by keeping it funny and sentimental. No one will get depressed while reading our book, and all tears (and they may be a few) come with a nostalgic smile. This is the joyful, humorous, and sentimental book you pick up in the middle of the night when you cannot sleep, when you’re on an airplane, when you’re waiting in the car pool lane, when you’re sitting in the salon chair, when you want to laugh, and to travel to another place with two women just like you.  Come along:  2 Broads Abroad: Moms Fly the Coop    

 
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EXCERPT:


As Nancy and I attended to the final decisions of our trip we bumped into Nancy’s neighbor Susan again.  Evidently, Vicki had had enough since Susan was out trolling unsuspecting neighbors on her own.   


“You realize that they have no Americans With Disabilities Act in the UK,” Susan said as she leaned in toward me.  


Susan stood too close and never blinked.  Have you ever tried to have a reasonable conversation with someone who doesn’t blink?  You look at one eye, then become uncomfortable and look at the other eye, then you think, “Maybe I’ll look down.”  I spent more time strategizing about where to put my gaze than listening to her babble.  Susan was nosy and toxic, not that I’m judging or anything.  I exchanged a look with Nancy who raised her eyebrows at me as a warning.  I knew she was concerned about what I might say because she thinks that sometimes I’m blunt or impatient, which is absolutely untrue, or at least only modestly true. Gossipy negative women are a flash point for me. (Nancy claims I have several flash points, but…naw…what do little sisters know anyway?)


Trying very hard to keep the scorn out of my tone I explained, “The UK stands for United Kingdom and not United States, so the laws are actually different, Susie,” I said.


“It’s Susan,” she replied with a little edge.  


Go ahead, I thought, get edgy – I’ll meet you there.


“I mean to say,” she continued, “that the European airports have tons of stairs and don’t you think it will be so difficult physically for you both to lug suitcases up and down all those stairs?”


“I do usually like to bring my husband, who doubles as a personal Sherpa, but since we are only taking one rolling bag and one personal item it’s not going to be an issue.”


“We are?” asked Nancy wide-eyed.


“And, Susie…”


“Susan.”


“Sure.  The rolling bag we’re taking is by REI and it can turn into a backpack should we encounter a long staircase so we actually have it all figured out.  But thank you for helping us to identify yet another possible negative.”


“Oh,” she said with a fake grin and squinty eyes.  “Certainly.”


As we walked away, I saw Nancy looked a little pale.


“Hey, I’m sorry.  There is just something almost hyena-like about that that woman.  You know, sitting in the weeds, hoping for a kill she can live off of?”


“Deborah, that’s a little dramatic.”


“The only analogy that came to me.”


“But about the carry-on thing, you’re just annoying her, right?  You don’t really think we can go away for a couple of weeks with one small suitcase?”


So maybe I have a reputation as a woman who is still wearing the jeans she bought in 1975, but that’s not true. Those jeans fell apart last year.  I cremated them and they sit in an urn on the mantle — sometimes I light a candle.


“Nancy, I am serious.  We need practical and comfortable.  It’s only the two of us. I’m thinking two pair of jeans, a pair of stretch sweats, several shirts, raincoat, done.”


“I’m thinking I am traveling to a foreign country and I want clean clothing and options.  I want to be prepared.”


“For what?”


“For whatever?”


“Won’t it be awesome to travel light and not worry about those things?”


“Won’t it be awesome to have something clean and appropriate to wear no matter what we encounter?”


“But if we check luggage, you know the airlines will probably lose our luggage, and we’ll be moving around so much it might be hard to catch up with us.  We won’t be tied down by anything this way.  And there will be extra baggage fees.  Let’s do this like we expect to plan a lot of future trips.  I really want to travel light.  We need to be flexible, not fashionable.”


“What if we need something nice?”


“For what?  It’s only you and me.  We’ve watched each other give birth, really, we’ve already seen the worst.”
   

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Deborah Serra has been a sought-after screenwriter for twenty-five years having written for NBC, CBS, Sony, Lifetime, Fox, and others. She was a recipient of the 2012 Hawthornden Literary Fellowship. Her first novel was a semi-finalist for the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Award given by the Faulkner Society in New Orleans, LA.


Nancy is a graduate of San Diego State University. She worked in medical sales before stepping away to raise her two children, at which point she became: Team Mom, Snack Mom, PTA member, Assistance League Volunteer, and the list is never-ending. Nancy was the editor and publisher of the Buffalo Hills Echo newsletter with a circulation of 1400. She also designed and managed her community website.




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11 comments:

  1. Thanks for the excerpt and opportunity to win this great giveaway

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    1. Did you always know you would be a Writer? Thank you for this giveaway.

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    2. Hi, Barb, I have been a writer all my life, but my sister Nancy took this leap with me for the first time. She loved the process and was exceptionally good at it. While I've collaborated on many projects over the course of my TV career, no collaboration was as fun or as engaging for me as this one with my little sister! Thanks for checking in our tour today! Read. Enjoy, Deborah

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  2. Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds like a great read

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  3. Enjoyed the excerpt and the guest post, sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Great post! Thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

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  5. Loved the guest post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  6. Happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!

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  7. Clearly, memoir-writing is not for the faint of heart!

    --Trix

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  8. Thanks for sharing this guest post. I enjoyed the excerpt! If you could change ONE thing about your memoir, what would it be? Why?

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