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It Starts with U #AtoZ Challenge



Lots of books start with U don’t they?  Here’s one that’s new and peculiar.  Did you ever go digging around in your grandparent’s stuff and wonder if any of it is valuable?


Have you ever watched Antiques Roadshow and thought: I’ve got junk like at in my attic!  If you have, then you might like Under the Egg:

When Theodora Tenpenny spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, she discovers what seems to be an old Renaissance masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s two-hundred-year-old townhouse and support her unstable mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.


I know, sounds awesome right? What if the painting WAS stolen from MOMA?  A great adventure set in one of the best museums on the planet!

So tell me, what’s your fave museum? Mine happens to be the Louvre in Paris.  Yours?


Author Erin Flynn Jay – interview and [email protected]@y

Friends, remember a little while back when reviewed the very helpful tome called Mastering the Mommy Track?

Well Erin Flynn Jay is back to treat us to some more goodness: an interview!

So, let’s get started!


ERIN FLYNN JAY: Yes, I drink several cups a day. Coffee is a necessity in the morning. I’m an early riser and need coffee.

UL: Do you like donuts or cookies?

EFL: I like both, but I usually don’t like to have sweets in the house. The girls go crazy over sugar so I try to keep these purchases to a minimum.

UL: Good idea about the sweets. How did mommy track get started?

EFL: When I started writing this book, my daughters were ages three and one–challenging ages to say the least. I set out to talk to other moms who were struggling with the work-life balance as well as national experts who could offer solutions. The Great Recession saw women working harder than ever before to support their families, many being the sole breadwinner while Dad stayed at home, caring for young kids. Many women also experienced burnout and depression, putting their children and spouse’s needs above their own.

UL: Yes that burnout feels like a pandemic.  Have you ever written a book before? Will you write another one?

EFL: This is the first one. I would love to write another one; I have a topic in mind that is not parenting related. I need to see how this first one fares. I am excited to promote this book as I have spent over ten years promoting author clients.

UL:  If you could have any superpower what would it be?

EFL: It would be the power to heal the sick from cancer and other diseases.

UL:  YES (high five!) I love that power!  What makes you happy?

EFL: Spending time with my family–and friends. We enjoy Long Beach Island during the summer. I steal away with the girls and work from the laptop there when I can. It’s always a treat to return to Manhattan to see friends or attend conferences–I try to get back there twice a year.

UL: It’s nice to visit you’re old home, isn’t it?  Anything else you wanna tell us?

EFL: I hope career moms across the US and UK will read Mastering the Mommy Track and take away insight that will help them improve all aspects of their lives–both personal and work related. It is a juggling act to balance home and work duties, and for a lot of women in 2012, it’s a walk on a tightrope–a fear their families will never experience the rewards (vacation, travel, time off) they so rightfully deserve.

Right.  You heard it: Mommies deserve to have some rewards! So, as a reward to YOU, we’re giving away a copy of Mastering the Mommy Track with EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY entries!

Here’s all ya hafta do:

Leave a comment below: telling us the superpower you wish you had.  Contest starts October 22th at midnight EST and ends October 31st (Halloween) at midnight EST.