News Flash: June 26, 2011

Congrats to Ashlyn Rae who won Katie’ Alender’s From Bad to Cursed. Katie can be found online at, Twitter, and Facebook.

From the 2011 Debs…

Deb Eleanor is excited to be spending a few days in New Orleans, visiting with some of her favorite kind of people….librarians! The annual ALA conference is wrapping up, and I can’t wait to talk books and eat beignet! Oh, and I’ll be at the Barnes & Noble in Harvey, LA at 6:00 TONIGHT with Tayari Jones and Jon Michaud. How fun!

Deb Sarah is excited that The Violets of March has been chosen as the June book selection for Portland’s ABC morning show, KATU, as well as a July book club pick for the Manic Mommies, and also the September book club pick for SheReads! Yay for summer reading!

Deb Tawna is thrilled that Making Waves just received 4 1/2 stars from RT Book Review magazine. The review noted, “This delightfully witty debut will have readers laughing out loud.”

Deb Elise loves this quote from Populazzi’s Publishers Weekly review:  “In her first solo novel, Allen offers a smart mix of hilarity and tragedy in this Macbeth–meets–Mean Girls tale.”

Deb Kim is taking her girls to the fabulous Lake Compounce park for an autism event. It’s much easier to be surrounded by families facing similar challenges than to brave a theme park on a “typical” summer day.

Past Deb News

Deb Mia King (Good Things) is giving away a Kindle and there’s only a few days left to win! If you’ve read her latest book, FRIENDSHIP BREAD (written as Darien Gee), or want to, then entering is easy! Visit her at the Friendship Bread Kitchen (the book’s website) for more details. The Miami Herald calls it “an engrossing read,” and Ladies’ Home Journal says it’s “charming.” Ends 6/30/11. Good luck!

Friends of the Debs

Sarah Skilton, a member of the LAYAs (Los Angeles Young Adult Authors — other members include Deb Elise and former Deb Katie Alender), is thrilled to announce her debut BRUISED, about a 16-year-old girl with a black belt in martial arts who freezes up at an armed robbery and is left wondering if martial arts failed her or if she failed it.  The book was sold to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet for publication in 2012, by Sara Megibow of Nelson Literary Agency.  Congratulations, Sarah!

Deb Dish — What the Debs are Most Looking Forward to This Summer

Deb Elise

Oh well this is just too easy, given Populazzi’s release August 1st.  So, um, well… that.  Also, I have a mega-big birthday coming up in exactly ten days, and while I think I’m required to dread it… I’m really really really looking forward to it.  Let the celebrations begin!!!!

Deb Eleanor

Exploring Colorado! We moved there at the end of September, and I’ve pretty much been traveling since January when The Weird Sisters came out, so I’m hoping to spend some time going to some Denver restaurants I’ve had in mind, visiting a couple of resorts, and enjoying the gorgeous summer.

Deb Kim

I love the easier tempo of summer. Even though my girls go to summer school for special ed, we feel less rushed and hectic.

Deb Sarah

I’m itching to start my fourth book (just finished #3)! I realized this may make me sound like a workaholic, but I’m crazy-obsessed with writing fiction right now, and getting the chance to sit at my desk and write with a warm breeze blowing through my open window in my office is just plain bliss. P.S. I also look forward to chilling on my back deck with good wine with the hubs after the boys are in bed—our favorite summer pastime. We’re celebrating our tenth wedding anniversary on July 21!

Deb Tawna

I’ll avoid stating the obvious and squealing “the release of Making Waves on August 1!” I love summertime in Central Oregon’s high desert. I plan to do a lot of hiking around the mountain lakes, floating the Deschutes River, and enjoying sunset dinners on my back deck.

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