Monday, June 22, 2015

When Princess Galen Threw Me Under the Bus

My friends and fellow Sourcebooks' authors Tera Lynn Childs and Tracy Deebs had a signing Friday evening in Houston. I headed over there after gymnastics with my five-year old in tow. The signing was held at a children's bookstore, so I figured Princess Galen could look at children's books while I listened to the authors chat. This sort of worked, and at the end of the evening, I got in line to get a copy of Powerless signed.



Princess Galen got in line with me, and a reader in front of me recognized me and Princess Galen.

Reader to PG: How does it feel to have a famous author as a mom?
Me: Oh, I'm not fam--
PG (interrupting): It's horrible! She works all the time and never plays with me.
Me: Gasp! That is not true!
PG: Yes, it is. You never, ever play with me!
Reader: Oh, I think it's my turn. Bye.
Me (hissing): How could you say that?
PG (smiling): I'm just kidding.

This is how books like Mommy Dearest start. I anticipate Princess Galen is saving up every slight for her memoir now.

But something good did come out of Princess Galen's betrayal. I have a signed copy of Powerless to give away. And since I love to support my Sourcebooks' sisters, I also have a copy of Born Wild by Julie Anne Walker, and a signed copy of The Duke's Disaster by Grace Burrowes to give away too!




Just comment below and tell me if our kids or someone else you know has ever thrown you under the bus. I'll choose a winner randomly and post the winner on Sunday. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR COMMENT SO I CAN EMAIL YOU IF YOU WIN.

51 comments:

  1. I'm sure they did, but I can't remember right now, and that was so funny I definitely LOL'd !!!!!

    smulholland62@msn.com

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    1. One day I will laugh at it too, I'm sure.

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  2. Last summer, we were doing some cleaning out of stuff in our house. I found out later that my son asked for prayers each week that we would get our house clean. I was not happy!

    jandmterry@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh, no! He felt divine intervention was needed.

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  3. My husband has thrown me under the bus a few times!!
    And he wonders why I spend more time with my dogs than him!

    I can imagine PG telling you she was kidding!

    Humarockhaven@verizon.net

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    1. Yes, but she told me after the fact!

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  4. My girls do that with my father every chance the get, usually around dinner time when they want a snack and I'm putting dinner on the table in 15 minutes. "Grandad, mom hasn't fed us in 4 days and we're STARVING!" As I yell from the kitchen that dinners almost ready, my father tells the girls (11,11,16) that his baby granddaughters are starving (coughcough) and need some snacks before dinner! I just roll my eyes at this point and let granddad spoil them. ��

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    1. Sounds like you've been able to make it into a game. Good for you!

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  5. Shana,
    I just love your Princess Galen. Can't remember if my children ever did but my 32-month-old grandson does regularly. Two of his latest:
    Me: Who is Lita?
    Him: Mama
    Hubby: Who is Ben?
    Him: Papa
    A friend: Who is Antoine?
    Him: A beautiful boy

    And just yesterday, while my son's girlfriend was getting dressed and grandson wanted to go in their room.
    Me: You can't go, Delphine's getting dressed
    Him: Delphine is naked

    He's making us laugh so much.
    (hibouperch@yahoo.ca)

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    1. You probably just don't remember when your kids did it. He sounds like a cute little boy! (And he knows it too!)

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  6. I love this story, Shana. Just remember, you'll get your revenge--when she's around 15 or so. Mwhahaha!

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    1. And at her rehearsal dinner!

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    2. No, not at the dinner. When she brings him to meet you for the first time, that's when you say, "Let me show some pictures of PG when she was a child." ;) Victory is yours.
      Sally
      P.S. My dad did this.

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  7. Oh, I know my oldest did it all the time and although she's 31, she still has a way with words lol. I try to block them out. which is easy at my age lol. Fantastic giveaway!

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    1. Kids definitely know what to say to push your buttons.

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  8. Mine threw me under the bus at the dentist, well at least I took it that way. When the hygienist asked if she brushed her teeth twice daily, she said she only brushed them once daily. I was horrified, as since she was little we have brushed twice a day. It felt like being thrown under a bus.
    Time to bring in Mary Poppins. :)

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    1. Last time we were at the dentist, the hygienist asked if she flossed. She said, no. Mommy, I TOLD you we need to floss. I think she might have gotten that backwards.

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  9. My kids volunteer me for things in their class. Recently I filled 200 water balloons. Took me and a friend 2 hours. My finger still hurts.

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    1. Oh, no! I better watch out because I bet mine will do that when she's a bit older.

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  10. Ii threw my oldest sister under when she came home from college in the late '60's by remarking that I liked her pierced ears....
    Just remember that your opportunity to humiliate her in her pre teens and teens will allow you payback!!

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    1. I did that to my sister when she got her bellybutton pierced.

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  11. Just last night....
    Tinker to Dad (trying to convince us to keep a kitten she's been nursing back to health): Mom said to ask you!
    Me: Ummm, no I didn't. I said NO.
    Tinker: But you know you want him.
    Me: I'm not ready for another kitten yet (I just lost my precious Milo on Mother's Day)
    Tinker: But he makes Riley (our boxer/border collie mix we just found out has lung cancer) happy.
    Geez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh, no. Talk about tugging your heartstrings.

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    2. Ain't that the truth....then she proceeds to send me pictures of the kitten sleeping curled up next to Riley, one with the kitten sleeping on Riley.

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  12. My brothers do that to me all the time with me and my mother. My mother and I don't get along (she doesn't get along with anyone) and they are forever throwing me under the bus with her.

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    1. It's called distraction so she doesn't focus on them.

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  13. I would really love to win. My nieces told their doctor that they only ate hot dogs which is so not true. Molly.b.laird@gmail.com

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    1. At the doctor, mine told the doctor she liked all vegetables. I sat there with my mouth open while she professed to like green beans, spinach, and brussel sprouts. Please.

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  14. My son, when he was 6, told his teacher that I said he didn't have to do his homework because it was play time after school. This was not true and his completed homework was in his bookbag.

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    1. Well, at least he had actually done it!

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  15. not kids, but adults

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  17. my daughter has thrown me under the bus countless times. she also threw her Grandpa under the bus about something, too. Grandpa would have his morning & afternoon coffee. With toddlers being curious about everything, Grandpa let my son have a spoonful of coffee. I have to take this son to the doctor and she tells the doctor, "Yeah, Grandpa lets ***** drink coffee!!" So, i had to explain it to him all the while one of his eyebrows was raised...

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    1. Oh, no! Poor grandpa was just trying to let him try something new.

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  18. Haha, great story! My kids did stuff like this to me too, but even though I'm not that ancient, I can't remember the specifics.

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    1. We have to forget or we'd stay mad!

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  19. My kids threw me under the bus by telling their teachers that all I did was read and shop! Thankfully, many of their teachers were readers and during conferences we talked about books! LOL. I have no idea why they thought I like to shop because I never did. Oh well, I can't wait for their kids to throw them under the bus.

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    1. OH, the things kids tell teachers! We don't even want to know.

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  20. William threw me under the bus when he was about that age, too. Checking out at grocery store A, he told the cashier that I liked their store, but that I really thought store B was so much better!

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    1. Of course. Kids cannot keep secrets.

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  21. My daughter used me as her excuse for anything that her friends wanted her to do that she was unwilling to participate in from staying over late to going to hang out when she just wanted to watch Netflix.
    little lamb lst at yahoo dot com

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    1. I know some husbands who do that with their wives.

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  22. I am sure my kids did, but I can't recall anymore. Shana, your Princess Galen sounds like a smart little one. Those stories are funny! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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    1. She is smart, so she probably knew what she said would embarrass me.

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  23. My son likes to do that to me all the time. Last time he told his grandma that I said that he could eat all the candy that he wanted before dinner. He is a mess

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    1. Ha! I bet he wanted her to let him have candy.

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  24. Hehehe :D
    Yep,but I don't remember of any now :D
    Princess Galen,smart girl :)

    bubacka07(at)outlook(dot)com

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  25. I actually used to do it all of the time to my best friend (who always forgave me, lol). I'd forget I was not supposed to mention something to her mom...and oops! That's wonderful of you to support your fellow authors, I am sure they appreciate you, even if your daughter doesn't the way she should, lol. Thanks for the giveaway.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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