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News Flash, November 23

Deb Meredith received her first review from Kirkus, which called Posed for Murder “well-plotted”.

Deb Gail was a guest blogger at The Good Girls Kill for Money Club and Murderati this week talking about CANCER IS A BITCH. Deb Gail also blogged about “10 Tips for Beauty from the Inside Out” this week. She’s also doing readings and signing books this weekend at the Madison Women’s Expo in Madison, Wisc.

Graduate Deb news
Deb Lisa Daily (FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME) has a new video blog up called “The Man Shortage is over!” Check it out here.

Deb Eileen is excited to announce that her book What Would Emma Do? has been moved up from its January release date to December 23rd! She’ll be hosting a contest closer to her release date as soon as she thinks of something clever.

Deb Friend news
A bilingual (English/Spanish) picture book by Suzanne Kamata, co-editor of fiction at Literary Mama, was just published by Topka Books, called PLAYING FOR PAPA. It’s available here.

Debs are Reading
Deb Eve is reading graduate Deb Lisa Daily’s FIFTEEN MINUTES OF SHAME and feeling sorry for Darby, but loving the whole sordid tale!

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Ugh. Cancer. By Deb Lisa Daily

Ugh. Cancer.

That’s what I thought the first time I heard about Gail Konop Baker’s debut memoir, CANCER IS A BITCH (Or, I’d rather be having a midlife crisis.)

I have a number of friends who are breast cancer survivors. Several of my great aunts, women I loved and admired were afflicted with various forms of cancer. I do the walk every October, donate whenever someone asks me to, offer hugs and lasagna for friends who have received the terrifying diagnosis.

But I don’t want to read about cancer. I don’t want to think about cancer. I especially don’t want to spend the few hours I have to myself reading a cancer book.

When the 2008 Debs and I started blogging together last year, we didn’t know very much about each other, other than our book titles and that we’d been hand-picked by founder Kristy Kiernan. But Eileen, Danielle, Jenny, Jess, Gail and I got to know each other through a year of writing and reading each others posts.

What I learned about Gail was that she is funny and thoughtful and interesting and strong. In the beginning, I planned to read her book because it was the nice thing to do. But after a year of reading her posts, I was shockingly, actually excited to finally read her book CANCER IS A BITCH when it came out.

And while Gail’s book has CANCER in the title, and CANCER is the catalyst for her journey, it is not really a book about cancer.

It’s hilarious and heartwarming and sad and brave and wonderful. It is the kind of book that keeps you up all night while you prune in the bathtub and your butt falls asleep because you’ve been sitting in there so long but you don’t want to get out because you’re just going to read one more page. Or two more pages.

It’s about the strength and humor and balls of a woman whose perspective was changed by her circumstances.

And isn’t that what the very best stories are all about.

Read it.

Deb Lisa

News Flash, September 21

Film rights to Deb Eve’s memoir, FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA are now being represented by The Endeavor Talent Agency in Beverly Hills.

On Monday, loyal Deb reader Larramie will celebrate the release of Gail Konop Baker‘s Cancer is a Bitch, or I’d Rather Be Having a Midlife Crisis over at her blog, Seize a Daisy. Cruise over and say hello!

Deb Gail is thrilled with this review on S. Krisha’s book site and her headline with Philip Roth. Look for her interview about the Wisconsin Book Festival on the Isthmus Daily Page this week! She is heading out on the first leg of her book tour at the end of this month and would love to see/meet you! Details about all events are here.

2008 Deb News
Deb Jenny will be reading from her award-winning novel, Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, at the George Mason University Fall for the Book Festival at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 24 at Potbelly Sandwiches in Fairfax, VA.

Deb Jenny also started a new blog, so please stop by to visit. She also blogs every Thursday at Channeling Erma, along with a group of authors who write humorous Erma Bombeck-esque commentaries.

Deb Lisa Daily’s book Fifteen Minutes of Shame just received an A review at the BOOKS I FOUND THE TIME TO READ blog.

“Fantastic book, as soon as I picked it up this book I couldn’t put it down. Managed to finish it in one night, and that’s still getting to sleep on time and doing all my homework. Darby was a lovable character, someone that would hit right to the heart of many women. I found myself groaning out loud when she got herself into more trouble, and cheering her on when she did something amazing. The other characters in this book are realistic, and make me smile thinking about how they match up to my own friends. The whole time I was reading this book I kept thinking about what would happen next, while some parts were predictable, all in all a fantastic story.”
You can read the full review here.

Debs are reading
Deb Eve is reading all of 2008’s Deb’s fabulous books (hey, I was really busy last year WRITING a book. Who had time to read?). First up: Jess Riley’s DRIVING SIDEWAYS. I am loving Leigh and Denise (they’re funny and I love funny!) and I absolutely adore that Leigh refers to “God herself” making an appearance. You go girls!

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News Flash, August 31st

We have said it in many ways an with many words over the past few days, but the 2008 Debutantes (Gail Konop Baker, Jenny Gardiner, Lisa Daily, Danielle Younge-Ullman, Jess Riley and Eileen Cook!) would like to thank you, our readers and community here, for a wonderful year. We have experienced untold support and generosity from so many of you and had a wonderful time sharing our debut year(s) with you. Thank you for being a part of it.

We are also thrilled and excited about the 2009 Debutantes, Eve Brown-Waite, Tiffany Baker, Katie Alender, Kristina Riggle and Meredith Cole. We leave The Ball in your capable (gloved) hands and look forward to getting to know you and watching you launch your careers. You’re in for a wild and crazy dance…

Deb News:

Deb Danielle
(about to be Founder Danielle!) has received some great reviews for Falling Under in the past few weeks.

Cheryl, at Cheryl’s Book Nook, says: “Danielle Younge-Ullman definitely did not hold back. She came out swinging to produce a wonderful and amazing book in Falling Under.” See the entire review here.

And from Book Chic: “This debut is absolutely phenomenal and barely reads like a debut novel. It’s an emotional tour de force and very realistic in Younge-Ullman’s portrayal of main character Mara and her life.” Check out the site for both the review and a Q&A.

The inimitable Andrea Frazer at GoodHousekeeping.com wrote a fascinating review/article (“Bad Boy Sex-Why Does Wrong Feel So Right?”) around some of the issues raised in Falling Under, and also called Falling Under “hard hitting and explosive, with a raw energy that left me breathless.”

And in case you missed it a few weeks ago, Writer Unboxed posted a great two-part interview plus excerpt from Falling Under. Check it out, here.

You can also now find Danielle (sort of, and very casually) at her own blog where she has an archive (with links!) to many of her favorite Debutante Ball posts and will be writing about…well…we’ll see.

Deb Lisa Daily adopted a new dog last week: Meet Zeus.

Deb Founders News:

Founder Debutante Mia King is celebrating the release of her second novel, SWEET LIFE, this Tuesday, September 2nd! It’s a featured alternate for the Doubleday, Literary Guild, and Book of the Month Club book clubs. Founder Mia has an amazing give-away going on and is giving away extra entries for people who buy her book on Sept 2nd. Visit her website at www.miaking.com for more details.

Deb Friends:

Some exciting news for Deb Friend and Co-founder of www.writersunboxed.com–she has sold her novel! (BTW, this was happening in the midst of Therese doing her interview with Deb Danielle) Here is the announcement: “Therese Walsh’s UNBOUNDED, about an accomplished professor of languages whose grief over the loss of her twin has isolated her from her friends and family; when she impulsively purchases a keris — a Javanese weapon imbued with legendary powers — she embarks on a mesmerizing journey from New York to Rome, following the mysterious provenance of the dagger, which will ultimately lead her to the truth about her sister’s tragic past, to Sarah Knight at Shaye Areheart Books, in a major deal, in a pre-empt, in a two-book deal, for publication in fall 2009, by Elisabeth Weed.” Woo hoo! Congrats Therese!

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The Debs Take Utopia by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

One of my biggest dreams came true this year with the publication of Falling Under.

Of course, it didn’t all happen the way I imagined it, which means it was both more and less than I expected. I didn’t realize it would be so stressful. I didn’t realize how little control I would have over the process. But I also never dreamed of the friendship and generosity that could be found in the reading and writing community, starting right here at The Debutante Ball.

It pains me to have it end, though of course it is time and I’m certain the community will continue and grow though us and the fabulous 2009 Debs, who you will meet next week.

And now, in our last days here, I’ve got another dream; a daydream of sorts…

In this dream, the 2008 debs all move into houses on the same block, in the same city. All of you readers and friends, plus past and future debs would be there too (only if you wanted to), plus many of our guest authors and writer friends and whatever family members we deem desirable.

Our neighborhood would have artists and musicians and writers, readers of all kinds, a B&N where we would go with our laptops, drink lattes and pretend to write, plus a funky independent bookstore, ideally run by Kathy Patrick (a deb guest author who runs the only bookstore/beauty salon in North America). She would run her wild, wonderful book clubs and we would all go there to get beautified, hang out in our tiaras and talk about books and writing and family and marriage and kids and pets and exercise and chocolate and politics and the state of the world.

On brave mornings, I would meet Jenny and Gail for a crack-of-dawn yoga class. Other mornings I might sleep in, then wander over to grab a cup of coffee with Jess who would be in her backyard tending the garden and watching butterflies hatch, ready with her wicked wit, quirky perspective and penchant for party-crashing. There would be cheese, and I mean that in a good way, since she is from Wisconsin and occasionally even makes false claims of being “from a farm.”

Eileen would see us from her window and make her way over. Even on the grimmest day, (not that we’d have many grim days) Eileen would give us a worldly-wise look and say something that makes us snort and possibly spit out our coffee. Only upon later reflection would we realize how her humor put the day in perspective and made us feel good and normal and human…in the moment we are too busy laughing.

We’d mosey to the front yard just in time to see Lisa peel by in her awesome Mom vehicle on her way to drop her kids off, give 10 interviews, teleport to 14 different cities, write a couple of books, save some relationships and be back to join us for dinner, at which time she would kick back with a lovely glass of champagne and share some of her hysterical, no-nonsense wisdom and trade-secrets with us.

If we were procrastinating (and we would be) we might hop the fence and find ourselves in Gail’s backyard, tiptoeing around her writer’s hut, giggling and peeping in the windows, trying to lure her out with promises of dark chocolate and hot gossip.

Gail would come out, of course. She would be glowing with good health, full of interesting contradictions and complete self-awareness and ready to laugh, listen and ask intuitive questions. And she’d have freshly baked…something…healthy yet delicious…a kind of baked, sweet version of a celery stick, full of antioxidants and such, that we would gobble gratefully, along with our coffee. We would all vow to start running marathons with her and some of us might even do it. (uh, not me, alas)

About that time Jenny’s dogs would escape and she would arrive, post yoga and still retaining some Zen (though Jenny’s Zen might include some wry observations and smart-assed remarks as opposed to “one with the universe” stuff) despite the marauding dogs and crazy parrot, and wearing her signature hot pink. Jenny might have half the neighborhood with her, since she knows everyone, and she’d have told each and every person about all of our books, pushing as hard for us as she does for herself and whipping us into shape to do the same.

We might fly to Florence to lunch, or join Lisa on television for a weekly deb segment, and then all retire to our homes for a late afternoon siesta, some family time, perhaps some self-googling, and finally a bit of writing, since we are all NYT Bestselling authors and our fans, not to mention Oprah, are clamoring for our next books.

In my dream deb neighborhood, we would convene in one another’s kitchens and back yards and never stop talking—offering celebration, commiseration, inspiration and advice, egging each other on, and laughing until there were tears rolling down our faces. We would wear whatever we wanted to, (gloves, tiaras, tutus, sweatpants) speak the truth, dance on the coffee table (okay, that might just be me) and take the world by storm.

(We would also all have house-elves for laundry, house-cleaning and such, and there would be a clubhouse for the deb spouses, complete with ice-fishing, ping pong, poker tables and a beer fridge, in case you’re feeling sorry for the poor men.)

So…dear friends, if you start missing us, imagine us there…and feel free to join us. (BYOB)

Okay…finally and seriously…to Kristy and the founding debs, to our wonderful readers and friends, and to my fellow debs of 2008, I thank you from the bottom of my heart and depths of my soul for this wonderful, crazy, year-long dance. You were magnificent.

Deb Danielle

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Debutantes Love to Do The Funky Chicken by Deb Lisa Daily

You know how at the beginning of a night out dancing, you head out onto the dance floor and do that subdued side-to-side move because you don’t want to look like a dork?

And then, by the end of the night, fortified with a few tequila shooters or a bottle of Veuve, you’ve kicked off your shoes, begged the DJ to play Oh, What a Night or Dancing Queen or Hit Me Baby, One More Time. You’re popping and locking, shimmying up to partners half (or twice) your age, doing the most current rendition of the Electric Slide/Hustle/Macarena/Achy-Breaky Heart, and finishing out the evening with your super spectacular version of The Funky Chicken.

And then, twenty minutes after Last Call, as you hail a cab in your bare feet, you don’t care if you looked cool or not. You had one hell of a night.

To me, my year with the Debs has been a lot like that.

We all started off a bit unsure of ourselves and each other, and what the experience might be like. But by the end of our year here, we’ve let our hair down and kicked off our shoes. We soothed each other through disappointments and cheered each other on through triumphs: Movie Deals! Target Breakout Book! New Book Deals! Kick Ass Blurbs!

And then, the most amazing things began to happen. Larramie debuted us all on her blog. John Grisham, Jodi Picoult, Meg Cabot, Meg Tilly and Jane Green joined us as honorary Debs. We had a perfectly valid excuse to wear tiaras on special occasions. Readers came (and linked!) from all around, and the grog took on a life of its own.

I think all of us will tell you that the most unexpected, and by far the best experience of the Deb Ball has been the friendship we found with each other, at this, the most exciting, terrifying and lonely time of our lives.

The one thing no one ever tells you about publishing is how stranded you feel through the process. (Tom Hanks-talking-to-a-volleyball-stranded.) How you find yourself searching out writer blogs for somebody, anybody, who knows how you feel. You’ve sold this book, something you spent months or years of your life creating, and it seems like an engraved invitation to be a member of a really cool club, but what you really feel is how you don’t have any idea what’s going on, how you’re terrified that no one will buy it, how so much of your career is out of your hands, and how sometimes it seems as though the publishing house might just be plotting against you. Or like no one in the whole world understands (or gives a crap about) what you’re going through.

Except here, there were six of us. And we all knew what the other was going through, because we were all in the same place.

I am so thankful to the brilliant and talented Kristy Kiernan for creating this wonderful grog, and so happy to be a part of this amazing group. It’s been my honor and delight to know all of you.

Congratulations to our 2009 Debs, I hope this experience is as wonderful for all of you as it was for us.

And last, The Debutante Ball would not be The Debutante Ball without all of you, our readers. Thank you so much for cheering us on, reading our blog posts and our books, weighing in on everything from publishing to pets to Shaun Cassidy. You’ve helped to make the debut of Fifteen Minutes of Shame, and all of our books, a thrilling experience.

So, before the bouncers have to drag me out, I’ll say goodbye. (Or maybe I’ll stay. It wouldn’t be the first time the bouncers have had to drag me out…I think this might be the part where I start slurring, But wait, I jusssss gotta tell you ….I REALLY love you guys! )

And I really do.

If you’d like to hear about what I’m up to next, I’d be completely thrilled to tell you all about it.

(Just once a month or so. You will not find yourself pelted with unnecessary emails every afternoon to update you on my new laundry detergent preferences, the shoes I got on sale at Nordstroms, or my dog’s psychic predictions. Well, unless he tells us who Jennifer Aniston is going to date next. )

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Cue the Chicken.

Lisa

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Please Welcome Our Guest Debutante, the Fabulous Jane Green

We are thrilled to welcome New York Times best selling author Jane Green to The Debutante Ball today. Jane has an amazing new book called The Beach House, a book fans and reviewers are calling her best work yet.

The Beach House by Jane Green
Known in Nantucket as the crazy woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn’t care what people think. At sixty-five-years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn’t she skinny dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes.

So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach. Slowly, people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, with laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside-down.


DEBS:
How do you keep your books so fresh and distinct? You have a great voice- but your books all read (at least to us) as unique and separate, unlike some authors you can’t even remember if you’ve read that book before or if it is just like another one of their books you’ve read.

Jane Green:
I have no idea, and every time I finish a book I think I’ll never be inspired again. In all truth I think my voice is pretty much always the same and quite distinctively mine, but I’m writing about very different characters and very different subject matter with every book, and of course drawing upon my own life for inspiration.

DEBS:
What is your writing process like? Do you outline first, or just work out the story through your writing?

Jane Green:
I always start with a theme, a general story or message, and although I usually have the beginning and a rough idea of the ending, I let the characters dictate the middle, so the ending often changes. I outline each chapter though, before I start to write.

DEBS:
Would you say you spend more time on publicity now, or earlier in your career?

Jane Green:
Far more now. I was lucky in the beginning because it was the start of chick lit and there was a tremendous amount of attention for my first book, but then it dropped off for a while. It’s lovely to finally be recognised for what you do.

DEBS:
What’s it like to be you? Describe your normal day.

Jane Green:
Up at around 6am, struggle downstairs hoping to get coffee before the kids (four of them) wake up. Descend the stairs hearing the TV is on, and thinking, shit, as usual they’re already up. Tiptoe into kitchen hoping they don’t hear me, to find 8-year-old on Pop Tropica in kitchen, complete with weird beeps and bips emanating from computer. Request, many times, for computer to be turned off, but 8-year-old in computer coma and doesn’t hear. Make breakfast. Make packed lunches for kids which I try to make night before but rarely manage. Down coffee. Walk kids to bus stop with large Doberman, Baron, back home to check email and vital news on Perezhilton.com. Throw computer in back of car, head to local library where I grab medium skim latte and sit down to write.

Finish by lunchtime, grab sushi across the street with girlfriend for lunch. Back home, running errands/shopping on way. Back on computer to update blog/return emails/phone calls/write articles/do interviews. Doberman sneaks into house and terrorises one of the three cats. Mayhem ensues until Doberman banished to my office, which is rapidly becoming his. Kids home off bus. Open fridge many times for inspiration for supper. Get supper on, sit with kids, bathtime. Beloved home around 8. Dinner with beloved, chat over wine and supper in kitchen. Collapse into bed and fall asleep to Law & Order. Glamorous? Best-selling author? Are you SURE???

DEBS:
Your newest book, The Beach House is beautifully-written and has an amazing character, Nan. Nan is so eccentric and charming we feel like we know her. Is she based on a real person or entirely concocted in your imagination?

Jane Green:
When Beloved and I were getting to know one another, we would go for long midnight walks on the beach, and every night we’d pass this woman who fascinated me. She must have been in her sixties, very beautiful, riding a bicycle with a cigarette in hand. I thought that snapshot was a wonderful start, and then there were several older women I knew who I suppose inspired me with their wisdom and their acceptance.

DEBS:
In the book, Nantucket itself almost becomes a character. To me, it seems that the setting played a far bigger role than I can ever remember in your past work — did you plan that from the beginning, or did it sort of sneak up on you as you were writing?

Jane Green:
Completely snuck up on me! We rented a house there last summer and the book had originally been set in the fictitious town of Highfield, CT, but as soon as we arrived on Nantucket I knew it had to be there.

DEBS:
What is your favorite deadline stress eating vice? (Cheetos, dark chocolate?)

Jane Green:
Nothing quite so decadent or glamorous as dark chocolate. I go for the crap stuff, I’m afraid. Those mini Hershey bars that the kids bring home from Pinatas, Reese’s Pieces, Snickers. Most of the time I don’t eat sugar at all, but God help my household when I do…

Thanks so much for taking the time to do the interview. We’re so delighted to have you as our guest today!

Jane Green:
I’m thrilled you asked!

Be sure to pick up Jane’s wonderful new book, The Beach House. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and its characters, especially Nan, who reminded me of my favorite Aunties. The Beach House is like a summer vacation you never want to end.

For more on Jane Green or The Beach House, check out Jane’s web site www.janegreen.com

Deb Lisa

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Toronto, San Francisco, Toronto, New York, Toronto…whew! by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Hello lovely friends, readers and fellow debs,

I am in New York, having just turned around from my trip to San Francisco. I’m tired already but having a blast! And I hugely appreciate all the wonderful words from you all about Falling Under.

I’m short on time and writing genius, so I hope you’ll forgive me for posting some pictures! (Figured out how to work the alternate uploader doo-hicky–with much laughter from/with The Oppressor.)

First is me with my books in Toronto’s Eaton Centre:

Next is Deb Eileen, Deb Jess, Deb friend Maureen McGowan and me, on the floor of a taxi in San Francisco last week:

And Debs Jess and Lisa with two very fun party crashers we met in San Fran, one of who has Ward and Gardiner in his name!!!!

And, if I can get it uploaded, this is from tonight–Deb Gail, Deb Friend Joanne, Deb Danielle and Deb Jenny at The Algonquin!

Have I mentioned that I adore my fellow debs?

And all of you?

I do. Thanks for being with me on my launch week.

Deb Danielle

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Perfect Summer Breakfast by Deb Lisa Daily

Fifteen Minutes of Shame by Lisa Daily

My favorite summer food, also my favorite thing of all time to eat for breakfast is simple and amazingly delicious.

When my mother was growing up, she had a peach tree in her back yard, and every year they had far more peaches than they knew what to do with.

I suspect this is why my family recipe books are jammed with peach tarts, peach pie, peach cobbler, peach salad, and well, peach jam.

I imagine that my favorite family recipe was probably just the product of my industrious Grandma Vernie’s desire to find yet another use for peaches, but it is a favorite of mine, my mother’s, my aunt’s and now my daughter’s.

PEACHES ON TOAST
Slice 4-5 peaches into small, bite sized pieces, put into a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Mix. (Now there’s a real shocker — sugar! In one of my family recipes!)

Toast 8 slices of whole wheat bread, slather with butter when toast is hot out of the toaster.
Cover each slice of toast liberally with peaches.
Eat.
Serves 4 normal people (or 2 -3 in my family.)

Try it. It sounds strange, but it is delicious. If I ever open a restaurant, this will be my signature dish. 🙂

Deb Lisa

The Debs are off to San Francisco this week for the RWA conference. We hope to see you there!

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The Best Beach Reads by Lisa Daily

I live eight minutes from the beach, and it is my favorite place in the whole world.

I keep a sun hat, beach chair, towel and a small umbrella in the back of my car at all times, just in case I have a spare hour (or half hour) for a little midday getaway.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I take my laptop down and work with my toes in the sand. And at least once every couple of weeks I try squeeze in a few hours to take a book down to the shore, drag my little chair as close to the water as I can get, stick my feet in the gulf and my nose in a book.

Here’s what I’ve read lately:

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler (www.janeaustenaddict.com)

After nursing a broken engagement with Jane Austen novels and Absolut, Courtney Stone wakes up and finds herself not in her Los Angeles bedroom or even in her own body, but inside the bedchamber of a woman in Regency England. Not only is Courtney stuck in another woman’s life, she is forced to pretend she actually is that woman; and despite knowing nothing about her, she manages to fool even the most astute observer. But not even her level of Austen mania has prepared Courtney for the chamber pots and filthy coaching inns of nineteenth-century England, let alone the realities of being a single woman who must fend off suffocating chaperones, condom-less seducers, and marriages of convenience.

Now, I’m generally not a fan of time travel books, or books set in Regency England, but I could not put this book down. I was so hooked after my three hours at the beach that I snuck in a page at the two stoplights on the way home. In the pick-up line at my daughter’s camp. And plied my children with cookies and DVDs so I could finish it that afternoon. I love, love, loved this book.

Here’s what else I’ve read this summer:

Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger. I loved The Devil Wears Prada and had such high hopes for this book. It was enjoyable and fun with some laugh out loud moments.

Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

This is a truly funny book from one of my favorite beach authors — Lexi Smart wakes up in a hospital bed to discover her life is not as it was. She’s attractive, accomplished and married to the perfect man. She’s also hated by her friends and employees, and not sure if she even likes the guy she’ll be spending the rest of her life with.

What’s in my beach bag now: The Beach House by Jane Green, Certain Girls by Jennifer Weiner, with space left over for Mia King’s upcoming book Sweet Life and Kristy Kiernan’s Matters of Faith

And, if you’re looking for a good beach book yourself, look no further than the books of my fellow debs. Worth an afternoon in the sun, every one.

Deb Lisa

Fifteen Minutes of Shame by Lisa Daily

Fifteen Minutes of Shame by Lisa Daily