The Bearded Iris

A Recalcitrant Wife and Mother Tells All

Category: books

It’s a party and you’re invited!

Howdy friends!

Sorry to have been such a stranger lately. I’ve been working on some interesting new stories that I hope to be posting next week.

But until then…

Tomorrow’s the big day: my Georgia Book Tour Party! If you are in the area and can join us, please come on over — we’d love to see you.

Details below…

GA book tour party

Here’s a link to the coffee shop: OVR Coffee Café. It’s located next to Joseph & Friends hair salon in Vickery Village.

I’m so excited I’ll probably be wearing an adult diaper under my dress. Hug me at your own risk.

Yours truly,

The Biggest Fall Reading Giveaway EVER!

Do you love reading? Enjoy free stuff? Well a bunch of your favorite bloggers have joined together to bring you the hugest giveaway on the innerwebz and you are not going to believe this prize package. Continue reading

FINALLY! The secret to a great interview…

"You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth" cover 250x335I’ve been pounding the pavement a lot lately doing a media blitz to promote In The Powder Room’s new humor anthology, “You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth.”  (Which is now available for purchase on ALL THE THINGS.)

Just between us chickens, it has been a very eye-opening experience.

The thing is, I really love to write. Writing is my jam, yo.

But talking? With my mouth? To other people? About myself? Eh… not so much.

You see, when I talk, especially about myself, I usually say the wrong things. Sometimes I can actually see the words tumbling out of my mouth while my brain is shouting in slow-motion, “Nooooooooooooooooooooooo. ABORT ABORT ABORT. SELF DESTRUCTION MODE ACTIVATED.” Continue reading

Ketchup is a Vegetable by Robin O’Bryant

Have I ever told you about my friend Robin O’Bryant?

We met online a couple of years ago through mutual friends and hit it off like peanut butter and chocolate. When we finally met in person at a blogging conference it felt like coming home, minus the piles of clutter and that wet dog smell.

Ketchup Front cover 200

Robin and I have the kind of relationship where I can text her questions like “Bucket Head says his butthole is itchy. I’m scared,” and she’ll text back sage advice like “Whatever you do, DO NOT Google Pinworms,” and then digitally hold me while I reply, “Too late. OMG. MY EYES!!” Continue reading

Do I have lipstick on my teeth?

Look, we’ve been friends for a long time, right?

Five years to the day, to be exact. (I know, right?!)

And you’d tell me if I had lipstick on my teeth, wouldn’t you?

Leslie Has Lipstick on Her Teeth2

You would! I know you would. Which is why I like you so much. And I’d totally do the same for you. We’re cool like that.

So now that we’ve got that out of the way, I have a big announcement to make. Two big announcements, actually:

First, I am completely giddy to announce that I am the editor and co-author of a brand new humor anthology by women, about women, published by my amazing team at In The Powder Room. (Mad props to Di, our CEO, and Kim, our Social Media Manager, for their incredible hard work and brilliance.)

ERMAHGERD I edited a book

You should buy one. Actually, buy a few. Makes a great gift!

This future best-seller* features 39 absolutely awesome short stories by some of the wittiest female writers I could wrangle. And I’m not just saying that because I wrote one of the chapters. (It’s about my boobs. Of course it is.)

(*This is me, using “The Secret” to let the Universe know my intentions. I’ll let you know if it works.)

Truthfully, creating this book has completely consumed me for the last few months, and I could not be more proud of the results. In fact, releasing it into the world today was an awful lot like giving birth, a comparison I have detailed in my column In The Powder Room today. (Spoiler alert: poop and swearing.)


So that’s what I did my summer vacation.

Which brings me to big announcement number two:

(Heh heh heh, I said number two.)

My children returned to school today. And I’m truly grateful… not for my own selfish reasons (entirely), but because those poor little lambs have totally raised themselves this summer while I devoted myself night and day to every little phase of this spectacular book. So, I’m thrilled for them that they can finally stop trying to kill each other and put their brains back into use. Yay kids! Go forth and learn stuff!

Actually, if I’m being totally honest, today is a little bittersweet for me. I am finally out from under the weight of this enormous project and *should* theoretically have a little breathing room to do things like, oh, I don’t know, play a rousing game of Uno or go to the pool and actually swim with the kids instead of checking email and proof reading manuscripts, but it’s too late… they are gone. 

Yep. Just go ahead and cue up Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle.”


Oh God. I’m sorry. It’s not like me to be so sappy… I think I’m just in that touchy post-partum phase. Look away. Nothing to see here.

You know what I need? A nap. And some more coffee. And to go smell the pages OF MY NEW BOOK!

You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth the book delivery by The Bearded Iris

Happy feelings back!

You know you want some of this. Click the picture below and all your dreams will come true. Or all my dreams. Details.

You Have Lipstick on Your Teeth via @InThePowderRoom #ITPRLipstick


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