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My (not-so) Glamorous Transition from Single Gal to Instant Mom

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On Sale: May 05, 2009
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Published by : Crown Crown/Archetype
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Meet Izzy Rose–a hilarious and chic new stepmom trying to come to terms with the package deal. A single “middle-class socialite” living in San Francisco, Izzy loved her career as a successful, Emmy Award-winning TV producer and she was fine with the fact that she was unmarried and kid-less at thirty-five. But, then she fell in love with an irresistible Southern man named Hank and her Izzy-centric lifestyle turned upside down.

In short order, Izzy finds herself saying I DO to becoming a wife and “instant mom” to Hank’s two sons and packing her bags for a new life in Austin, Texas. There, Izzy struggles to hold on to a bit of her professional identity while reinventing the stepmother role in her sassy, stylish, but also loving and vulnerable way. Honest and daring, The Package Deal is a toast to the richness of her new life and a tribute to any woman whose ever fallen in love and then asked, What exactly did I get myself into?
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IZZY ROSE is an Emmy Award-winning TV producer and founder of StepmothersMilk.com.


"Here's to Izzy Rose and The Package Deal: clearly, she's turning into not only a Fairly Good Mother (the most any of us can really hope for)­but even more important­a Fine Southerner as well! Her 'jump-on-off-that-cliff' bravery and her 'might-as-well-laugh' attitude are all the proof I need." ­Jill Conner Browne, THE Sweet Potato Queen

"In her sweet, funny, and immensely engaging book, Izzy Rose reminds us what it means to be a true family. I wonder if she'd adopt me." ­Cathy Alter, author of Up for Renewal: What Magazines Taught Me About Love, Sex, and Starting Over

"A laugh out loud memoir packed with good advice--a much needed resource for the fledgling or soon to be stepmother." ­Sally Bjornsen, author of The Single Girl's Guide to Marrying a Man, His Ex-Wife and His Kids

"If you are a stepmom, are about to become one or know one, you simply must read this hilarious and heartfelt memoir. Even if you're not a stepmom you'll enjoy it thoroughly, it's that good. The Package Deal by Izzy Rose offers a glimpse into the brave heart of a woman who takes on another woman's children with courage, honesty, and humor. Pour a glass of red wine, dish up a slice of gourmet cheese, and curl up with The Package Deal - the perfect tonic for any stepmother's soul." ­Jacquelyn B. Fletcher, award-winning author of A Career Girl's Guide to Becoming a Stepmom

"Izzy Rose nails how it is and what it feels like to be a new stepmom. There's nothing like that shocking first year! She moved from an exciting career in a perfect location with built in best friends to WHAT? -a strange place with no friends, no family and the expectation of raising someone else's half grown kids. Like many of us, Izzy was uprooted by love, and she portrays beautifully the strong love between her and her fiancé. It's that force that propels them to the next level of connection and confidence that makes it all worthwhile." ­Susan Wisdom, author of Stepcoupling
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While The Package Deal is one woman's adventure as a new stepmother, at its heart, it is a story about today's stepfamilies, modern-day marriage, negotiating family and career, the necessity of friendships, the constant search for identity and the many ways to make a home.

Discussion Guides

1. What aspects of your life now would be hardest to change or give up for love and marriage? What would you absolutely not sacrifice? What parts are negotiable?

2. Has The Package Deal challenged any notions you used to have about getting involved with a man who has kids? Would children and an ex-wife be automatic deal breakers?

3. Statistics tell us that there are over 15 million stepmothers in the country today, yet many of them feel isolated and alone. Why do you think this is? Like Izzy asks, “Why isn’t stepparenting a mainstream discussion?”

4. Has this book changed your image of the modern stepmom? How does The Package Deal challenge what Izzy calls the “wicked lame” stepmother stereotype, and our romantic ideal of the “perfect guy?”

5. When it comes to girlfriends–how do women find their new BFF, particularly in a new and unfamiliar city?

6. Is it true that the mommy club is often closed to non-bio mothers? Why is this?

7. As the newest member of the traveling circus, Izzy struggled with how to fit into Hank’s existing family. “I’m not an extension cord. You can’t just plug me into the family power strip.” How does a blended family successfully create the right mix and whose job is it to make sure everyone gets a place?

8. Just before the boys move to Austin, Izzy dreads the “impending threat of dirt” until she realizes her apprehension has less to do with boy grime and more to do with her deep fears. Discuss what yours might be if you were Izzy.

9. In your opinion, what is the proper etiquette in dealing with your boyfriend/ fiancé/ husband’s ex-wife? How important is it to have a relationship with her and how close are you willing to get?

10. How do you think Izzy’s life would have been different had she been a co-parent with June in Texas? Discuss the differences between full-time and part-time and stepparenting.

11. Izzy used her own stepkid experiences to shape her stepmom role. How was Izzy’s perspective an advantage and a disadvantage in raising her two stepkids?

12. If you are also a stepchild, how did your experiences compare with Izzy’s?

13. When it comes to discipline, what is the role of the stepparent? And who makes this determination?

14. For Izzy, her stepkids were enough kids, but many “instant mothers” still want to have kids of their own someday. Discuss the dynamics of adding a new baby to the mix.

15. If you are a stepparent, how long was it before you said the L-Word to your stepkids? Do you think Izzy’s reluctance to “pour on L’amour” was justified?

16. What’s in a name? What do your stepkids call you? Was this your choice or theirs? How do you introduce each other?

17. Discuss Stepmom Rule Number Seventeen: No one gets it all. Do you agree that this is the reality for every stepfamily?

18. Do you have a Stepmom Rule of your own to add to the list?

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