Wade Rouse on Perez Hilton!

Friday, September 28, 2007

OK, so I'm not officially on PerezHilton.com, but I'm damn close. An ad for my memoir, Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler, is on the Queen of All Media's blog. (And it's soon to be on gawker.com, Manhattan's big gossip site.) Yesterday, my cool Confessions book cover was next to a pic of the shirtless torso of Justin Timberlake, and, most recently, it was poised directly across from a close-up photo of Hillary Duff's breasts. To be honest, my memoir is way perkier than the Duffster's boobies. But I don't think anything can top J-T's torso. (Except perhaps mine.) And I would definitely show some nip to get my photo on perezhilton.com

An ad on Perez is a big, ol step-up from some of my recent Funyons-for-dinner D-List gigs. I've been on tour all month, and while most stops have been awesome, a couple have been worse than anything Kathy Griffin ever dreamed ... such as the time I was handed a mic and told to start reading excerpts in the middle of a bookstore. It was mucho bizarro, kind of Margaret Cho meets J-Lo on tour. Just as I was starting to attract of crowd of listeners and buyers, some jackass emo kid in tight pants screams, "Do you know 'Feelings'?" And everybody starts to laugh. I did that embarrassed, humiliated giggle, like you do when you trip in a mall, but I keep going like a trooper. When I'm done, I ask if anyone has questions, and emo yells, "Yeah. What's the fastest land animal?" And so I semi-lose it, and say: "Nice girl's jeans. And Jane Fonda would like her Klute hair-do back." The kid doesn't really get it, but the crowd's older, and they do, and he runs off to the Gender Issues aisle.

Every book sold means I'm closer and closer to lecturing in places where bored teens with too much time and too much caffeine can't harrass me. So buy my book, so I can look back and say, "Those were the days."

Or not.

Chicago Shout Out!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Chicagoans! I'll be in the Windy City THIS WEEKEND, discussing and promoting "Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler."

Listen to me LIVE on Sunday, September 23, from 8-9 a.m. on WGN Radio, News/Talk 720, The Voice of Chicago. I'll be a guest on Rick Kogan's "Sunday Papers" program.

And I will read from and sign copies of "Confessions" Monday, September 24, at 7 p.m. at The Book Stall in Winnetka. I will also be signing copies of the book all over the city, so stop in and buy your personally autographed copy.

I hope hordes of people show for the signing, and tune into the show.

C'ya in Chicago!
Wade

Calling All Book Clubs!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Since "Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler" is such a perfect choice for book clubs -- large and small -- , and since I'm such a talker, I would love to talk to your group about the book!

Just e-mail me on this web site, letting me know about your book club and when you might like me to speak with your gal pals. Then we can set a time, make a cocktail or two, and chat about "Mean Mommies," school, parents, kids, lattes, Land Rovers, Louis Vuitton -- and me (my favorite subject!).

So, make "Confessions" your book club choice, read, and we'll chat via the phone, like Coffee Talk with Linda Richman.

Look forward to hearing from your book club soon!

XO,
Wade

Give "Confessions" A Shout Out ...

If you've read "Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler" and simply LOVED it (or even just enjoyed it), please take a minute to suggest it to your friends, family, co-workers, and also to go to Amazon, or Barnes and Noble, or your favorite independent bookstore web site and write a nice review. It helps offset the small number of core reviewers out there who love to do nothing more than spend their idle time ripping authors' books to shreds, folks who sum up years of work and 300 pages in a hateful sentence or harsh mischaracterization. It's funny (and sad) how a few people are missing the book's core messages: Self-esteem, self-worth, standing up for oneself in work and life, and our society's growing fascination with those who have more: More money, more power, more beauty. And why?

I spoke out in writing this book, and I urge you to do the same.

Thanks, in advance, for your support. (That sounds very "Bartels & James," doesn't it?)

Fabulous Feature!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Today's (September 16) issue of the "Grand Rapids Press" has a fabulous feature story on yours truly. I am the "Sunday Profile," the front page feature of the paper's "Living" section. It's a very nice, very long (two full pages) piece by writer Terri Hamilton. To read it online, use the following link:

http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/grpress/index.ssf?/base/features-1/1189923903180820.xml&coll=6

You're missing, of course, the terrific, color picture of me in a T-shirt that says, "Resistance Is Futile," looking very much like a Hollister model. Our beloved dogs, Marge and Mabel, are also shown, as is Gary (who looks great!).

More to come every day!
Wade

I'm On the Air!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

My radio tour has been finalized!

Check me out on the air Tuesday, September 18, at one of the following stations in your hometown!

7:15-7:25am REGIONAL NY & NJ WTBQ-AM MORNING SHOW

7:50-8:00am NATIONAL ABC RADIO JONATHAN & MARY SHOW

8:00-8:10am BALTIMORE, SYNDICATED NATIONAL WOCM-FM

8:30-8:50am REGIONAL PA & OHIO WOHI-AM MIDDAY SHOW

8:40-8:50am RALEIGH WCBQ/WHNC-AM NEWS FEATURE

9:00-9:10am ROCHESTER WHAM-FM MORNING SHOW

9:30-9:40am DENVER, COLORADO SPRINGS KCMN-AM MORNING SHOW

11:00-11:10am DETROIT WVMV-FM MORNING SHOW

11:10-11:25am NORFOLK / PORTSMOUTH VA WHRV-FM - NPR HEARSAY WITH CATHY LEWIS

11:25-11:40am CHICAGO/REG ILLINOIS WCMY-AM MORNING MEETING
11:50-12:00noon NATIONAL METROSOURCE NETWORKS ENTERTAINMENT FEATURE

12:00-12:10am SAN FRANCISCO / SAN JOSE KKUP-AM MORNING SHOW

12:20-12:40pm NATIONALLY SYNDICATED WBIX-AM, LIFESTYLE TALK RADIO NETWORK FRANKIE BOYER SHOW

12:50-1:00pm NATIONAL USA RADIO NETWORK NEWS WRAP

1:15-1:30pm SACRAMENTO SYNDICATED THE BRAD SHOW

1:30-2:00pm TRI-STATE AREA - NY, CT, NJ WICC-AM DAVID SMITH'S EXCHANGE

2:00-2:15pm JACKSONVILLE WBOB-AM DOWN TO BUSINESS

Meet Me in St. Louis!

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

I'm in Arch city on a gorgeous fall day.

Went for a run in Forest Park, undoubtedly one of the nation's most beautiful city parks. What has been done to this park should be a national model.

Check me out on KTRS 550-AM. I will be appearing live on the McGraw Millhaven Show Thursday morning, September 13, from 10:08-10:50 a.m.

And don't forget to buy my new book: Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler.

You can buy it without even leaving my web site.

I'll be blogging along as I continue on my tour.

Until we meet again,
Wade

Confessions of A Prep School Mommy Handler Out Today!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Today, my book meets the world! But, like most things, it happened without fire raining from the sky or trumptets blaring. It started with me waking up at 6 a.m. to say goodbye to my parents, who had been visiting Michigan for 10 days. Then they, like they always do, left pre-dawn, like AARP Fugitives, and sprinted out the door like they just learned their home was being foreclosed.

This is life. The biggest days of your life still have routine, predictability; they still take a back seat to life in general.

But my focus is on "Confessions." It has to be ... I poured my heart and soul into this book, and I want the world to read it.

So, after my parents left, I did an interview with 105.9 "The X" in Pittsburgh. I chatted with the DJ's about the book, self-esteem, hot moms, and what the state of Michigan was feeling like after losing to a mountain range called Appalachian State.

Now, I'm gearing up for more interviews, the book tour and, of course, neurotically checking my Amazon ranking every hour. I know not to do this. It's like that old joke: "Why do dogs lick themselves? I check my Amazon ranking constantly, because I can. It's easy. I can check over and over, like Rain Man, simply by hitting "Refresh," "Refresh," "Refresh," every 10 minutes on my Mac. I do it, even though I know I shouldn't, because I believe that I can telepathically make it go higher and higher, until my book is selling better than Harry Potter and the Bible, combined.

That's where you come in.

Buy the book.

Save me from myself.

And I promise: You will love the book.

Read an excerpt on my web site. Check out the great press and reviews.

If you are a parent, you'll love it.

If you've ever gone to school, you'll love it.

If you have half a funny bone, or a barely beating heart, you will love.

So buy it. Now.

Until then, I will deal with life ... and keep hitting "Refresh."