I had the tremendous pleasure of attending an event called Books, Bites, and Bubbles, at the lovely Cakewalk boutique in the Upper Kirby area. First let me just say how freakin' cute this boutique is. I have been to Pomp and Circumstance which is nearby, but totally missed this little diamond in the rough. I was there to support three incredible female authors with tremendous stories to tell, and the brass ovaries it takes to write a book and tell it.
From Left to Right- Sahar Paz, Megan Silianoff, and Julie Lauren.
The ladies of the hour were Sahar Paz, author of Find Your Voice, Megan Silianoff, author of 99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One, and Julie Lauren, author of Oops, An Insider's Guide To Dating, Sex, and Relationships in your 20's. I could go on and on about each of the ladies, but I'll summarize by saying they understand the power of telling your story, and using personal challenge and pain, for public inspiration and insight. Whether it's dating advice or giving a voice to those battling cancer, or surviving a difficult childhood, it's always so helpful to feel included, a part of, and not alone it the human experience.
Standing ( from left to right)- Co-Owner of Cakewalk ,Jennifer Grigsby, Roz Pactor of My Red Glasses, and Co-Owner of Cakewalk Gina Cartwright. Seated ( left to right) Sahar Paz, Megan Silianoff, and Julie Lauren.
I met other fabulous ladies that night like the owners of Cakewalk Boutique and Roz Pactor, fashion and marketing consultant and fashion/lifestyle blogger.I swear I have the best life, I met the most fascinating people! It was a small but powerful collection of great women doing epic sh*t, and I absolutely, totally, positively encourage anyone reading this to pick up a book from at least one of these authors....or I guess you could just download it to your Nook. I'm sorry I just can't get into digital books. I like turning the page and seeing a worn cover. Anywho, below is a summary of each book and a link of where you can get it. I have skimmed a few pages in each of them and now I am DYING for a rainy day with nothing to do!
99 Problems but a Baby Ain't One is a fun and entertaining memoir despite traditionally somber subjects like cancer and adoption. You ll probably cry when you read it but only because you re laughing so hard. In fall of 2010 Megan goes into routine surgery for a cyst on her ovary and wakes up to learn she has ovarian cancer. Horrified by the way friends and family fell apart upon hearing the news; Megan realizes she has to keep it together for their benefit. She starts a blog about her ongoing prognosis, and upon beating her first round of cancer ( Yeah!), she begins pursuing domestic adoption.
Oops!: An Insider’s Guide to Dating, Sex, and Relationships in Your 20s is a handbook for men and women to help them navigate all the fun, drama, heartbreak, and everything in between when it comes to dating, sex, and relationships in this pivotal time in one’s life. Within these pages, you’ll find stories and blunt words of wisdom. All the questions you never thought to ask are being answered. We’ve all made mistakes and learned the hard way. ‘Oops!’ is going to be your new best friend.
Find Your Voice details the incredible journey from self-preservation to self-discovery to ultimate victory for Iran native Sahar Paz. Her remarkable triumph over seeming insurmountable obstacles provides true inspiration for us all. More than a memoir, this book provides a tool for reflection and a guide for tuning in to your authentic inner voice to create the life you crave.