Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway - Mom and Dad's Martinis: A Memoir by Jacelyn Cane

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for Mom and Dad's Martinis by Jacelyn Cane. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
Title: Mom and Dad's Martinis: A Memoir
Author: Jacelyn Cane
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: June 17th 2019
Print Length: 135 pages
Genre: Memoir
Jacelyn Cane's mom and dad liked their martinis dry: straight gin on the rocks with a dab of vermouth and a hint of water - and they liked them often. They also liked to party; they danced, socialized, and drank - they were good at all three. Sometimes this behaviour led to humorous situations - antics in the pool, at the club, the cottage or in the car, for example. Other times, however, the experiences were not so funny - family fights and times of neglect, trauma, and abuse.
By weaving together a series of episodes that take the reader to light and dark places, author Jacelyn Cane tells a poignant cautionary tale for anyone affected by alcoholism and/or family struggles. The author is using a pseudonym and most of the names in the book have been changed to protect people's identities. 
"Mom and Dad's Martinis: A Memoir" is a great read for anyone who has experienced a childhood mixed with joy as well as sorrow. It is a story of love, acceptance, forgiveness, and hope.

“I wondered if you’d like to go to the Queen’s dance with me tonight.”

Shifting on her red vinyl stool, my mother sipped her Coke float. “Why don’t you meet me here at five o’clock after the game, and I’ll give you my answer then.”

Dad strolled out over the black and white linoleum tiles thrilled he had a chance for the date he had hoped for.

“Now, there goes a tall drink of water,” said one of my mom’s pals, eyeballing my father as he left.

My dad made his way to the Queen’s football stadium to meet his friends for the game.

“Charlie, did you bring a mickey?” one of Dad’s buddies asked, as they all found some seats together in the bleachers.

“Rye.” My dad tapped his breast pocket. “You brought something too, right?” Dad addressed the four fellows sitting alongside of him.

“Yeah, I’ve got some rum,” said Dad’s friend, John Beatty.

“Me, too,” said Chuck Parker.

“I’ve got scotch,” claimed Harry Howard.

“Gin for me,” added Jim Johnson.

“Hey, U of T’s winning,” said John.

“Touchdown!” My father cheered, as he leapt in the air. He took a swig of his rye to celebrate.

“We scored again,” Dad yelled gleefully, bouncing up and down. With every jump, he took another swig from his mickey.

“We won!” My dad cheered. As he sprang to his feet, he tripped and fell onto the bleachers. His mickey broke, making Dad reek of alcohol. He managed to clean up all of the glass without a scratch, but, nevertheless, he was covered in rye.

By the end of the game, when he joined in the age-old tradition of running out on to the field to climb up on the goalposts, Dad was pretty drunk. He lost his balance and fell in the mud. Before he could get to his feet, he was stepped on by a few members of the Queen’s marching band. His letterman jacket and grey flannels were covered in mud.

And so, muddy, inebriated, and stinking of booze, my father returned to meet Mom after the game. He swaggered into the drug store, leaving muddy footprints in his wake, as he made his way across the linoleum floor. Patti Page’s version of “Tennessee Waltz” was playing on the juke box.

“Hi, Dorothy Duncan. Sorry, I’m a bit of a mess. I’m hoping you’ll go with me to the dance tonight.”

“No thanks,” she said in disgust, as she eyed him up and down.

“You’re sure? I’ll get cleaned up and everything.”

“I said, ‘No.’ Now excuse me.” Mom stood up, walked passed Dad and out of the drug store.

Dad stood there covered in mud looking like a lost puppy.
Jacelyn Cane was born and raised in Toronto. She lives with her husband, and near her three children and step-daughter. She is a retired elementary school teacher who also worked in social justice education with the United Church of Canada. She has worked in theatre and as a reporter. She was educated in Toronto, earning a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Canadian History from York University. Later, she earned a B. Ed. at the University of Toronto. She is passionately involved in numerous social justice issues such as climate crisis concerns and Indigenous rights. She loves meditating, writing, reading, music, laughing, and being around nature. She is motivated by a deep sense of spirituality. Her number one love, however, is being with family and friends.

Jacelyn Cane will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different blog on the tour each day. Good luck!
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  1. Thank you for telling me about this book

  2. This sounds like a very good book.

  3. I like the cover. It has great artwork.

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  4. congrats on the book, this sounds awesome

  5. Hope you check it out! It's full of both hilarious and somber moments.
    Definitely worth a read:)
    Tellwell Publishing

  6. What made you decide to write a memoir?

  7. Sounds like an interesting book that I can relate to as my Dad was alcoholic. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sounds like a bittersweet read. Best of luck with the book, and thank you for the giveaway.

  9. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I liked the excerpt, and the book cover.

  11. The plot is very poignant. Many can relate to the message.

  12. this sounds like an important book for survivors of abuse and alcoholic parents

  13. A lot of people grew up in households like this. Sounds like a good read.

  14. Great blog post- love finding new (to me) authors

  15. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

  16. This memoir has an interesting back story.

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  17. It's very true to life, though for kids growing up in such a household, not so great.


  19. I think there are many things that I could relate to in the book. Growing up with an alcoholic parent is a tough thing to live with.

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  21. sounds like a fun one

  22. Thanks for hosting. I hope you check out this humorous and impactful book!
    “Mom and Dad’s Martini’s is a powerful and deeply honest memoir that opens the door for families to talk openly about the insidious impact that alcohol can have on every small and big moment in life. The book is chocked full of stories filled with shenanigans, music, nature and affluence and, of course, alcohol. Although trauma and pain are pervasive themes, deep love, commitment and the promise of healing are always present.
    A must read! Bravo Jacelyn Cane!” – Valerity, Goodreads Reviewer

  23. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  24. I like the cover and would enjoy reading this story too.

  25. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.