HO HO HOPress Holiday Reads Not to Miss!

 Another season of great holiday reads from HOPress-Shorehouse Books authors!  We have authors from so many genres in both fiction and non-fiction categories. Something for everyone. Also check out our authors from previous years as well and pay attention to the new authors whose books will be released in 2017.  As we get closer to release dates, we will be showing them all off!  

Howl Out Loud Essays and Comedy

 Bernadette Peters Hates Me: True Tales From a Delusional Man by Keith Stewart (HumorOutcasts Press)

When something embarrassing happens to you, what is the first thing you do? Look around to see if bernadettepetershatesmefinalcoveranyone else saw you? Not Keith Stewart. Instead, he writes it all down and shares it with the world. Join in on the fun as Keith shares his Hysterical stories that include ripping down gas pumps, fighting with a bird trapped inside a grocery store, and confronting the one and only Bernadette Peters. After reading the hilarious memoir of this klutzy, southern man, you will feel better about your own humiliating moments, and instantly feel like you have gained a new best friend.


Mom’s Comedy Coloring Book by Margie Cherry (HumorOutcasts Press)

motherhood_cover-1Why is this coloring book different than all other coloring books?
Most adult coloring books just promise to zone you out. THIS coloring book takes that relax-you-factor and adds:
LAUGHTER, with its cocktail of happy chemicals (like dopamine and endorphins) to boost your mood and your immune system… AND mixes in a healthy dose of:
CREATIVITY to flex your brain and re-energize you with the adrenaline-rush of creating your own comedy!
It’s like sipping a glass of Chardonnay AND doing shots of espresso at the same time!
Based on the long-running cartoon “The Art of Motherhood”, one of the first cartoons to skewer the saintly image of mothering, you’ll laugh out loud while coloring in cookie jars and cranky kids…but that’s not all.
You’ll get a shot at cartooning-it-yourself on our exclusive CIY pages to stretch your creative muscles and turn your OWN frustrations into funnies!
And for those of you who crave a bigger canvas, we’ve also included three Big Coloring Pages (BCP) so you can cover a lot of territory with your 64 (or more) colors.

Our Bodies Our Shelves by Roz Warren (HumorOutcasts Press)

There are eight million stories at your local public library — and not all of them are in the books! Join rozfrontcoverfinalhumorist Roz Warren (“the world’s funniest librarian”) for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at library life. What really goes on behind the circulation desk? And in the stacks? Roz, who writes for everyone from the New York Times to the Funny Times, tells all! What’s the single most stolen item in any public library? What’s the strangest bookmark ever left in a library book? What’s the lamest excuse ever given for not returning a DVD on time? And what does your favorite librarian REALLY think of you? In twenty entertaining essays, you’ll meet librarians fighting crime, partying with porn stars, coping with impossible patrons, locating hard-to-find books and saving the world. The most closely guarded library secrets will be revealed. You‘ll never look at your local public library the same way again!

“Hilarious!“ Gina Barreca, author of They Used To Call Me Snow White, But I Drifted.


More Scripture Scribbles: Cartoons from the Choir Loft by Phillip Dillman
More Scripture Scribbles: Cartoons from the Choir Loft is Phillip Dillman’s second book. The first book morescripturescribblesfinalcoverof cartoons clearly tickled the funny bone in people of all faiths. His drawings might at times be irreverent, but they always demonstrate that Dillman is above all a man of faith. Dillman sings in his church choir and sketches cartoons about the day’s sermon. His scripture scribbles, which are conceptualized and drawn in a span of about 15 minutes, add a humorous twist and perhaps a bit more appreciation to the traditional Bible stories.





Parenting with Humor


ididntknowyoucouldmakebirthdaycakefromscratchfinalcoverI Didn’t Know You  Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch: Parenting Blunders from Cradle to Empty Nest by Dorothy Rosby  (HumorOutcasts Press)

I Didn’t Know You Could Make Birthday Cake from Scratch is the book for every parent who ever stuck a candle in a peanut butter sandwich and called it birthday cake. Or ever tried to crowd source her child’s braces. Or ever told her child to shut up and be quiet so she could finish reading a parenting magazine. It’s the little book of big parenting blunders, from cradle to empty nest, that will make other moms and dads feel really good about themselves.



You’re Grounded for Life: Misguided Parenting Strategies that Sounded Good at the Time by Tim Jones.

This humor book is a collection of hilarious essays on parenting in the era of Facebook and texting. If you’re a parent – or just thinking about making arguably the biggest mistake of your life by starting a family – then You’Re Grounded For Life may make you a better parent. Probably not. In fact, I’m laying 10-to-1 odds it won’t. But you never know. Whether you’re the parent of a toddler, a middle schooler or a college sophomore, you’ll find innovative parenting strategies the author has tried – all with hilariously disastrous results. If you’re looking for a humor book that looks at the funny side of trying to parent children intent on driving you insane, you’ve found it. As the father of high-spirited, rambunctious daughters, Tim Jones, author of the popular humor blog View From The Bleachers, playfully shares pearls of parenting wisdom honed from futilely trying to understand the mysterious minds of kids. If you happen to have figured it out, could you give him a call? He’d really appreciate it.


Romance Western Style

forevermontanacoverForever, Montana  by Deb Martin-Webster (Shorehouse Books)

The eagerly awaited third installment in the Love, Montana series, Forever, Montana begins where Always, Montana ends. After much personal upheaval Amelia “Rose” Montana is at last regaining a sense of normalcy after losing her husband author Lash Jackson Montana who publishes under the well well-known name of, Montana Joe. Rose has remarried, yet still struggling with a life without her beloved Joe. In Deb Martin-Webster’s latest novel she introduces a host of new characters bringing us full circle in the saga of Rose Montana-Saxton. Along with Martin-Webster’s signature plot twists, romance, Native American wisdom, and loads of humorous moments, Forever, Montana continues to portray the diversity, love and strength of this extraordinary family.


How-To Books and Inspiration Delivered with a Smile and Heart

Who Moved My Teeth? Preparing for Self, Loved Ones and Caregiving by Cathy Sikorski, Esq. (Corner Office Books)

In Who Moved My Teeth? Cathy Sikorski, Esq. has combined her 25-plus years of legal and practical whomovedmyteethgameboard_final_3experience to bring you important information, tips and questions to ask when preparing yourself or your loved ones for the complicated future of healthcare and caregiving. This book is more than a quick guide book. Who Moved My Teeth? talks about everything from obtaining a power of attorney to preparing a living will. A must read for anyone who expects to age–which is all of us!





PromiseinPlanBThe Promise in Plan B: What We Bring to the Next Chapter in Our Lives by Mary Farr

Life offers us plenty of opportunities. We construct our life plan—our Plan A, but life is never so simple. It tests us with setbacks, dead ends, hellos and good-byes. To put it simply: Sometimes, we get stuck. However, The Promise in Plan B confronts fears about these changes and obstacles and encourages readers to develop a new life path. This book is grounded in the reality that life tends to be a series of interruptions, and we each possess a wealth of resources to initiate, investigate, and recreate the way we travel through our shifting courses. Unlike predictable job skills, these resources emphasize resilience, courage, imagination, humor, curiosity, and more.

Author Mary Farr includes personal stories and profiles of people from all walks of life who have faced challenges, despair and unforeseen obstacles but in the midst of the turmoil recognized their Plan B. This book explores themes of grace and gratitude seasoned with a generous dose of wit. Each chapter includes a Consider This section which contains questions and observations designed to encourage readers to open their hearts to new ideas. Farr also added journaling pages at the end of the book for those who would rather explore their reflections solo.


How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans by Donna Cavanagh (HumorOutcasts Press)

Did you know there are writing techniques designed to bring out the funny in all of us? Humor is a howtowritehumorfinal2difficult genre, but for those who have the desire to make people’s lives a little lighter with words, this book is for them. Written in an encouraging and entertaining tone and based on Donna Cavanagh’s humor writing workshops, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans highlights the “humor helpers” that writers, business professionals or speakers can use to make audiences laugh out loud, softly chuckle or smile with amusement.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I explains how to use specific humor techniques plus it provides writing exercises so budding humorists can practice their new craft. Part II talks about the importance of blogging on both individual and community sites and the ins-and-outs of social media. And for those who want to take their writing to the next level, Part III describes the new world of publishing and the options that are out there for all authors.

As an added bonus, humorists, authors and comics have contributed “What Inspires my Humor” essays for some reader motivation.


Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work: A Guidebook for Students and Those in Mental Health and Related Professions  by SaraKay Smullens

Are you exhausted, stressed, overwhelmed? Or do you feel that these reactions are very close, waiting in burnoutandthe wings? If so, Burnout and Self-Care in Social Work is the book for you. Burnout, one of the primary reasons why committed social workers leave the profession, is a grave and pervasive problem with glaring impact. Those entering social work and all related fields, as well as those already deeply involved, must be educated about its toll and prepared to address and prevent the depletion it causes. This book provides valuable insights for all who carry complex and divergent responsibilities. SaraKay Smullens addresses both burnout and self-care from a professional, personal, social, and physical perspective. She integrates research, case studies, questionnaire responses, and her seasoned experience to identify three major root causes of burnout–compassion fatigue, countertransference, and vicarious trauma–and defines creative strategies for individual self-care opportunities. This resourceful guide offers clarification, direction, and opportunity for reflection to help students and professionals in social work, related fields, and beyond find balance in their personal and professional lives as well as ease work-related stress to better serve clients–and, in this way, achieve professional equilibrium, success, and personal fulfillment.





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  1. You’re a magician, Donna. You wave your wand, say, “HO PRESS-to,” and voilà—a whole shelf full of great books.

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