Congrats, Deb Alicia!

I absolutely loved Simply From Scratch.

It’s the sort of book I’d naturally be drawn to in a store, because of the warm, engaging cover, the fun title, and the glowing cover quotes from authors like Marisa de los Santos.  So I’m very lucky I got to read an early copy – and the book was, without a doubt, everything I hoped it would be. As I’ve gotten to know Alicia this year, I’ve realized how sweet, compassionate, and good-hearted she is – and yet, there’s a secret side of her that loves rock ’em-sock ’em kung-fu movies. It all makes sense, because her book – so warm-hearted and hopeful! – also packs a powerful emotional punch.

Here are just a few things I adore in Alicia’s book:

* The narrator’s name, Zell – what a cool, creative nickname for Rose-Ellen!

* The pirate-speak. Cracks me up every time Zell assumes the voice of her dog, Captain Ahab, and mimics him calling her a “saucy wench” or “yellow-bellied milksop.”

* The big twist involving a character.

* The present inside Nick’s box. I get teary just thinking about this one.

You’ll love Simply From Scratch, too. I’m not at all surprised that it’s already a bestseller in Germany. Treat yourself and buy a copy by clicking here! And don’t forget to test out Alicia’s own recipe in the back.

Please leave a comment below to be entered for a chance to win a copy of Simply From Scratch!

Congrats, Alicia! Here’s to a fabulous debut. I’m proud to be in the 2010 class with you!

18 Replies to “Congrats, Deb Alicia!”

  1. Kathy, you’ll love it!
    Greg, you never fail to crack me up, sometimes to the point of snorting.
    Happy reading, everyone!

  2. Hi everyone – the randomly chosen winner is Jonita! (Her name was announced in the newsflash on Sunday). Congrats Jonita!

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