Monday, November 19, 2018

Veteran Comedy Writer Authors New Joke Book Just in Time for the Holidays! Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, not just because of the pretty lights and decorated trees, but because I get to see family and friends we haven't seen during the year, as they live far away, or have busy schedules like we do.  I love being able to sit around my dining room table, or visiting at my parents' house and catching up with relatives, and sharing stories and reliving memories of our childhood and of those who are no longer with us.  And, one thing that is always a must around the table, we we gather to enjoy dessert, is the ability to share a good joke.  Thanks to Alexa, my girls are busy learning some of her jokes, to share with family and friends.  They also found some cute kid's joke books at a holiday fair this past weekend and have been trying some of them out on me.  While I don't see my girls being stand up comics in the future, they sure do know to deliver their own unique punch line, or at least laugh at their own jokes...even if the rest of us don't get it. :-)  Just this morning my youngest asked me this, and I spit out my coffee..."What do you wear to a Thanksgiving dinner party?...A Har-vest".  hahaha.  While not a joke you expect to hear from top-notch comics, it was cute to hear my 7 year old tell me it, and then explain the punch line.  "See, Mom, you were a vest, and a feast is also like a harvest."  Then, she let out her belly giggles and I couldn't help but laugh along. :-)

As I laughed with my daughter, I couldn't help but remember all the times I would sit as a child with parents and grandparents, especially around the holidays and watch holiday specials on television that included famous comics like Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller.  This was a time that comedy was clean and wholesome, and the whole family could sit around and enjoy listening to, and laughing along to.  They say laughter is the best medicine, and I have found this to be so true.  Even during difficult times, like illness or the passing of a loved one, a simple joke can lighten a mood, and also spark memories of family that make you smile.

This year, when I head to my parents' house for Christmas I will be bringing along the new "Forgettable Jokes for Older Folks" to share with family and friends, as we sit around the table telling jokes and even reliving embarrassing moments we wish others would stop bringing up. :-)  This book, even though the titles says for older folks, it perfect for kids and adults.  The jokes are wholesome, and will make everyone chuckle.

(Releases on Dec. 5, 2018)

Here are just a few that I read and cant' wait to share:

  • "Honey, the fire department just called.  They want to know if you'll be cooking tonight, or if they can take the night off?
  • My husband and I call each other at least five times a day.  It's not as romantic as it sounds.  He calls me so I can find my phone, and I call him so he can find his.  -- This is so my parents! :-)
  • I'd go to the end of the world for my husband. Of course, if he'd just stop and ask directions I wouldn't have to.


I could go on and on listing my favorite jokes from this new joke book.  But, instead, I wanted to make sure you had "Forgettable Jokes for Older Folks" by Martha Bolton on your radar as you begin your holiday shopping.  This book would make for a great stocking stuff, to give at a Yankee swap, or just have out on the coffee table for family and friends to pick up and enjoy a few good laughs, during the holidays.  I will be gifting this joke book to my dad, as he was the king of the jokes in our house, but as forgotten many of the punch lines as he has gotten older.  This year, with the help of this laugh out loud joke book, I know he will regain his title of the "Jokester" once again. :-)


I am also excited to offer up a copy of this joke book as a giveaway, for only lucky Inspired by Savannah reader to win.  You can keep this book, or gift it to someone this holiday season.

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

More about this book:

"Laughing all the way to your next birthday … and beyond, is guaranteed with FORGETTABLE JOKES FOR OLDER FOLKS by Martha Bolton.  Martha is an Emmy, Dove and Writer’s Guild nominee and was a staff writer for Bob Hope for over a decade. 

We all age, but why grumble about it? If you’re still here, have some fun and enjoy life. The best way you can do that is through laughter.

From well-known comedy writer, Martha Bolton comes a refreshing book of jokes for older folks. Topics for laughter include senior foibles, doctor visits, grandchildren antics, travel, politics, pets, technology troubles, good old days, and love.

Give yourself a laugh vacation. Read this book, share it with your friends, and smile your way to a better outlook on life. And these days, who couldn't use some extra laughs?"

Available from BroadStreet Publishing Dec. 4, 2018

Price: U.S. $7.99

Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

ISBN-13: 978-1-4245-5777-6



About the Author:

Martha Bolton, the former staff writer for Bob Hope and author of eighty-nine books, has written comedy for Phyllis Diller, Mark Lowry, Chonda Pierce, and many others. Nominated for an Emmy, Dove, and Writers’ Guild Awards, she is currently the playwright for Blue Gate Musicals, with plays running in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania; two of which are based on her novels, Josiah for President and The Home Game. After spending most of her life in California, she now makes middle Tennessee her home.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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