This whimsically illustrated children’s book shares the journey of a new bride who marries her prince charming with a young son.The story centers on the delicate relationship between the step-mom and her step-son. Author Holly Carney, a mom, step-mom, former school teacher and child advocate provides a loving model for step-moms to better understand how to nurture their blended family.


Carney’s book changes the negative perception of step-moms with the creation of a new archetype – the Apple Mom – one who is loving, nurturing and has an influential and heroic responsibility in a blended family.

Carney relates her personal experiences as a step-mom and the lessons learned in this easy to read children’s book. Delightful, yet simple picture illustrations by graphic designer Chad Thompson offer visual imagery that is paired with Carney’s poetic writing style in rhyming couplets. 


Wicked Not! is the first in a series of children’s booked penned by Carney. Written from the step-mother’s perspective, it is an inspirational how-to book on loving, nurturing and supporting a step-child.

Everything you need to know about raising children in blended families.
Book Details:
  • Available in hardcover and paperback

  • 56 pages

  • Premium color – Paperback

  • 8.5 x 11 inches