News Flash! February 17, 2008

Deb News
Unpredictable hit at #24 on the Barnes and Noble Romance Trade Bestseller List! A round of champagne for all. Eileen wants to offer up a huge thanks to everyone who has helped with spreading the word. Her book tour starts this week so check her site for a list of dates and locations.

Deb Jenny appeared here on Valentine’s Day and is resting comfortably after the SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER debut blitz ;-). covermed.jpgShe’ll be speaking at the Virginia Writers Club on Wednesday, February 20, from 6:30-8:30. She also appears online this week at OnceWritten.com.

Deb Jenny got a wonderful review from Fresh Fiction: “SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER is as clever as its title. Jenny Gardiner dares to delve into the dark underbelly of marriage, answering the question “What really happens when ‘happily ever after’ doesn’t last as long as one might hope?” While Claire’s emails will have you rolling on the floor, and the upbeat supporting characters provide a great counterpoint to Claire’s often pessimistic outlook, the heart of the story is in the painful honesty with which Claire faces the hard work necessary to make a marriage succeed. You’ll want to believe that love really can conquer all.”

And lastly, Deb Jenny has a short story in the new Dreams & Desires 2 anthology, for which complete proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to an emergency shelter for battered women. Reviews have been wonderful for the collection, that includes a number of well-known women’s fiction and romance authors, including Candace Havens, Gemma Halliday, Rhonda Stapleton, Lois Winston, Rachelle Chase, Susan Lyons, Amanda Brice and more. The anthology was also featured as a Fresh Fiction Fresh pick. CocktailReviews.com says of Deb Jenny’s story: “A fab story that made me laugh out loud. With a great voice—one that endeared me to Julia immediately—There’s No Place Like Home is a must read.”

Founder News

Founder Tish Cohen’s debut novel, Town House has been nominated for the Commonwealth Prize in the Best First Book category for Canada/Caribbean region! Winners are announced March 13, and regional winners are flown to South Africa for the final awards. Final winners get to meet the Queen. As in The Queen! No, actually, it’s this Queen.townhouse-new-cover-2-thumb.jpg

SweetLifeMiaKing.jpg Deb Founder Mia King‘s next novel, SWEET LIFE, has a cover! In bookstores everywhere September 2008 …

Meet New Yorker Marissa Price, corporate exec turned full-time mom. When her husband Paul is offered a position in Hawaii, it seems like the perfect opportunity for Marissa to finally kick back, to trade in her stilettos for sandals. More importantly, she hopes the move will give her flailing marriage the jumpstart it so desperately needs. Sure, the house is a rambling, expensive eyesore and a single box of cereal costs $8, but that’s the price of paradise, right?

Then Paul enters a midlife crisis, quits his job and moves out, leaving Marissa to fend for herself and their precocious eight-year old daughter, Pansy. Marissa finds allies in the unlikeliest of friends as she comes up with ways to fund their way back to New York, and discovers that the pursuit of paradise may not be so futile after all.

Contest News:

Thanks to all who participated in the Deb Eileen Cook, Unpredictable Launch Week contest. The winner is: Joanne Levy! Congratulations Joanne!

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