Monday, July 18, 2011

Confessions of a PTA Mafia Mom by Elsie Love

Confessions of a PTA Mafia Mom

About the Book:

            Elaine Jackerson is in quite a predicament. 

            Her husband, Bob “The Bulldog”, is sleeping with his secretary, her daughter Lexi is experimenting in the backseat with random boys, and copper top eight year old Charlie wants nothing to do with her. 

            Enter the Herschel Grammar School PTA. They are women and they are not messing around.

            Elaine reluctantly joins the PTA when she slips into the gymnasium for coffee on the first day of school. As soon the ink is dry on the sign up sheet, Elaine is thrust into a world that she never knew existed. A world where the PTA gets things done with blackmail, bribes, threats and quite possibly guns. A world that hummed right under her nose, taking over the town one woman at a time.

About the Author:

            Elsie Love lives in the western suburbs, a mere stone's throw from the great city of Chicago. She resides in her garden cottage with her husband, children, and numerous animals that require constant care. 

            Confessions of a PTA Mafia Mom is her third novel. Her fourth book, Sixty Pounds of Sh*t & Counting, is a work in progress and should be ready by next spring. 
In her spare time, Elsie lunches with the ladies, vacuums, and dreams of running away to paradise to live as a woman of luxury and extravagant means.

(Come on...nobody's that perfect. For the real scoop on Elsie, check out her 

You can find Elsie Love here:

“…”Lanie Jackerson, when you signed on to become one of us, you joined more than a ladies’ social club. You raised your hand before God and country and joined the PTA mafia. We are women, we are powerful, and we are not f…ing around.” “

“He stepped closer. Heat radiated off his skin enveloping her without actual contact…Reaching for the flower, he gently traced the lace petals. “I like it when the bloom fades. I think flowers are at their peak of perfection when they are just past their prime.” “
“His voice, husky and low, was filled with desire. “Later.” “

“She had two last coherent thought as he pressed his lips into the curve of her neck,…”
“She could see the headlines now, Middle-Aged Couple Beds Hot Young Criminals. Children Kidnapped as a Result.”

My Review:

            “I want to tell you all a story ‘bout a Harper Valley widowed wife. Who had a teenage daughter who attended Harper Valley Jr. High…”

            The Herschel Grammar School PTA is one hell of a PTA. You don’t choose them, they choose you. They’ll corner you and lock you in the gym until you sign up. Then, they initiate you into their little mob world where no one is safe. This is not a ladies’ social club. Got a kid flunking off of the football team? Gather ‘round ladies, we guarantee we have something on the coach, and it ain’t pretty!

            Got a husband that’s been screwing around? We’ll fix him, and good. We’ll even send you out of town on a paid vacation to Las Vegas. Meanwhile, we’ll kidnap your kids to keep you straight. We will even set you up with a stud muffin to help you enjoy yourself while we take care of the deed. You don’t have to worry about a thing.

            This is what the Herschel Grammar School PTA is all about. Rope ‘em, tie ‘em up, full-fledge mafia women. They take their positions in suburbia seriously. This book is hysterical. You don’t know if you want to hide from the PTA or join up. I picked the quotes above because saying too much more will just give it away. You will laugh uncontrollably. But, make sure you are in a secluded place because I guarantee you will be spitting Root beer out through your nose.

On a scale of 1-5, I’m giving it five Root beers!

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little about yourself.

First and foremost, I have a mad passion for Dean’s peppermint ice cream. I’m also a wife, mother of five humans and a few German Shepherds. I used to work with children who have been diagnosed with autism. Recently, I took leave to write full time. I’m hoping it will be the event that tips the scales in my favor (to actually make my living as a writer) but I’m not holding my breath.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved to read and write. I dabbled in writing a bit over the years. I wasn’t serious until 2009 when I wrote my first book, Killer on the Key. When I reached the end of that project, I knew I was (and always have been on some level) a writer.
If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing?

Trying to become rich and famous by any means necessary.

How many books do you have out? The names?

I have three books out. My first two, Killer on the Key and Opals and Rubies are written under E.B. Loan and currently published by Wings Press. Both fall into the thriller/suspense categories (with Opals actually hosting a bit of horror in there). They will be re-released next spring under a different house. My third, Confessions is my first foray into humorous writing—hence the Elsie Love moniker. Readers don’t like it when their authors make dramatic genre shifts. My fourth, Sixty pounds of Sh!t & Counting should be finished by the fall. I’m currently seeking agent representation for that work. We’ll see…and last, but certainly not least, I recently sold a short story titled, Looking Glass Lilly, to Istoria Books. It will be released as part of their popular lunch reads series, shortly. 

How did you come up with the idea for the book? (Personally, I can't wait to hear this answer.)

I had been referring to my local PTA as “The PTA Mafia” for years. It just seemed that so very often it was the same group, of the same oh-so perfect- (& tightly knit) ladies every year. If you weren’t one of them…watch out! I saw one lady drive a veteran teacher to tears. Another raked a mom over the coals on the playground for not lying on residency form to keep the class sizes smaller.

*The National PTA BTW does not sanction such behavior and disavows all knowledge of such ghastly behavior*

Can you describe your book in one or two sentences?

It is about a middle-aged woman who finds out that the life she thought she had was a farce. In the end, she walks away with a much more glorious existence, but she goes through hell (and some hot bods) to get there.

Do you get caught up in the writing and the story and find yourself laughing out loud?

Nope. Most of the time I’m convinced my writing is inane drivel that no other human with half a brain would read. When I read the published version, then I see a smidge of talent—and that makes me happy.

What is coming up next?

Sixty Pounds of Sh!t & Counting. All I’m going to say about that book is: if you liked Confessions, You will love this. It is laugh out loud funny, I’m sure of it! Also, Looking Glass Lilly, which is a thinker. I’m telling you, for .99 cents @, you can’t go wrong.

Who is your favorite author?

I love Erma Bombeck. I believe her to be the pioneer of women poking humor at the idiocy that exists with parenting/marriage/life. Before she came along women weren’t allowed to laugh at themselves or their lives. We all had to drink the Donna Reed Kool-Aid. Face it ladies, if you can’t laugh at the dried boogers shellacked on your walls, you’re going to end up in the loony bin.

Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review.
 No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. 
Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm.

Give Away:

Well, I have great news for everyone! The gracious author of this book has agreed to give away a copy of her e-book to one lucky winner!

This is open INTERNATIONALLY, so everyone can have a chance! 
All you have to do is follow this blog publicly and give your comments down below! Please include a valid email address so I can contact you. The giveaway will close on July 22, 2011 and the winners will receive an email on July 23, 2011.

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  1. This sounds great! Something different, I've not heard of before. Looking forward to checking it out. annettesspot (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. This seems like a good novel.
    My eyes get too tired for ebooks but I wanted to say that I liked your review.

  3. I'm currently reading it. I haven't made it very far, yet (locked in the gym for morning coffee).

    Girl Who Reads

  4. Thank you for the very kind words about my book. You made my day!

  5. Thanks for review and interview!:)
    I want to read it ..count me in!

  6. Hi Donna! Loved your review! Sounds like one hoot of a book. Please enter me in the giveaway. It was great finding out more about Elsie Love, too who is a new-to-me author.
    lauriej170 at gmail dot com
    Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

  7. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like a fun book! books(at)bookwormfamily(dot)com

  8. This sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. I have to say this book sounds like a HOOT:) Thank you for sharing today and for the lovely interview and giveaway opportunity. PTA can be a dangerous place to hangout :)


  10. This sounds hilarious!
    time4mommy @ gmail dot com

  11. Please enter me in the draw!

    I'm following you on GFC (Darlene), and my email address is darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. This sounds like such a smarty, snappy, fun book! I love Erma Bombeck, too.

  13. Such an interesting premise! Love the review. :)


  14. New follower.I enjoyed your blog! Confessions sounds awesome!
    My FF is at


  15. Hi, Donna! I'm a new follower here for the awesomeness of Friday, and I just wanted to let you know how ADORABLE your blog is! :)

    This books sounds really great! It's like the perfect action-y book I've been dying to read!

    Hope you have an awesome weekend! :)

  16. This one sounds funny! Love an original idea.

  17. Hi Donna,
    Thanks so much. I grabbed yours too. It's on my blog! Have a good weekend!

  18. I reviewed Confessions today on my blog.

    Girl Who Reads


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