News Flash: January 16, 2011

CONTEST! Congrats to Catherine, who won Sherry Yard’s cookbook  Desserts By The Yard and Tiffany who won the $200 gift certificate to a Wolfgang Puck restaurant!

From the 2011 Debs…

The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor BrownDeb Eleanor: The Weird Sisters arrives this Thursday, January 20th!  Barnes & Noble has named it one of the Best Books of the Month!  Upcoming Deb Guest Beth Fish Reads gave it an A+, and the announcement of my event in West Chester, PA mentioned my cat, who I named after a great independent bookstore there!

You can also find The Weird Sisters mentioned in February’s Woman’s Day and Writer’s Digest, and this week’s Entertainment Weekly!

Beth Fish Reads is also sponsoring a giveaway of a Shakespeare prize package – check it out here!

Deb Tawna was excited to get her copy edits for Making Waves earlier this week (though not so excited to realize she used the word “OK” 140 times in the manuscript). In response to the copy editor’s question of whether the Strip Battleship scene reflects a realistic game-board scenario, Deb Tawna is pleased to report she is absolutely, positively certain. That story is here.

Deb Kim had the kind of week she’d just sooner forget. I learned how to do something new, that’s always good. Looks like I’ll be on Fox’s San Diego station am program on 1/24 and CWs San Diego Living on 1/25 before my book signing at the Border’s 11160 Rancho Carmel Dr. at 6:30pm.

Elise Populazzi ALADeb Elise forgot to mention in last week’s News Flash that she had the extreme pleasure of going to the ALA mid-winter conference in San Diego last week, where she saw a fabulous display of Populazzi!  After she regained consciousness, she had a great time meeting all the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt people in person.  For the full scoop, check out her blog post on the topic.

Oh, and given the News blurb directly above, Deb Elise is officially saying she’ll be most upset if she doesn’t get to hang with a certain fellow Deb while said Deb is in Southern California.  Hear that, Kim?

Friends of the Debs…

Upcoming Deb Guests Siobhan Fallon (You Know When the Men Are Gone) and Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches) are both featured in this month’s O, The Oprah Magazine.

Upcoming Deb Guest Caroline Leavitt‘s Pictures of You (which was in the January issue of O!) is a Costco pick for January!

Deb Dish — What the Debs are Reading in 2011

Deb Elise

Why, Deb Sarah’s The Violets of March, of course!  I’m reading that now, and LOVING IT!  That’ll leave me with Deb Tawna’s book, which I expect to be naughty and delicious.  I’ve already pre-ordered former Deb Sarah Pekkanen’s new book, as well as Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan.  I’m newly obsessed with Sarah Dessen, and look forward to reading more of her books.  Also sitting in my to-read pile are Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi), Sorta Like a Rock Star (Matthew Quick), and Helen of Pasadena by Lian Dolan from the Satellite Sisters radio show.

Yeesh — I could go on and on, but those are the ones topping the list at the moment.

Deb Eleanor

I’m starting the year strong with Populazzi by Deb Elise and can’t wait for Deb Sarah and Deb Tawna’s releases.  There are lots of good things coming from other Debs, too, like Sarah Pekkanen and Mia King and Eileen Cook’s latest, so I think it’ll be a pretty Deb year!

Inspired by Deb Guest Erin Blakemore‘s The Heroine’s Bookshelf, I’ve also decided to re-read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House on the Prairie series, probably this summer.  I’ll tell you all about it when I do!

Deb Kim

I tried to read The Hunger Games. I can’t seem to enjoy apocalypse themes, despite the amazing writing and both critical and commercial success of the book. Color me shallow. I like happy books. I read fiction for entertainment. And I read at bedtime, so filling my head with dread isn’t best for my dreams. Sure, I read to learn, I have a stack of non-fiction books, primarily written by colleagues in the autism world right now. I didn’t read The Road either. Please don’t tell Oprah.

Deb Sarah

My editor just sent me a copy of Sarah-Kate Lynch’s beautiful novel Dolci di Love, (which debuts from Penguin/Plume around the same time my novel, The Violets of March, comes out!) and I am so excited to dig into this beautiful story, which takes place in Tuscany! Need I say more to hook you? (P.S. Sarah-Kate is lovely. She lives in New Zealand where it’s summer now, which means she’s lounging by the beach while I’m shivering in cold Seattle!)

Deb Tawna

I swear this is coincidence and not butt-kissing in light of yesterday’s guest post by author Delilah Marvelle, but I recently finished reading her delightful new release Prelude to a Scandal. Loved it! Such a fun read, and I’m not normally a fan of historical romance. Now I’m devouring an advanced reading copy of Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters. Can’t wait to talk about it this coming week!