Newsflash March 28

In a review, The Washington Post newspaper praises The Opposite of Me for its “sharp-tongued zingers and Pekkanen’s spot-on portrayal of the existential dilemmas of young adulthood.” The Seattle Post-Intelligencer also runs a good review, writing, “Hats off to Sarah Pekkanen for painting such intimate portraits.”

The Opposite of Me will also be published in Germany this week under the title Frauen Sind So. Deb Sarah will be reading at Politics&Prose in Washington on Saturday, April 3 at 1 p.m. Check Sarah’s website for more details. And The Opposite of Me has a trailer! Check it out HERE!

Amy MacKinnon, author of Tethered, offers the following endorsement for Deb Alicia’s Simply From Scratch: “Readers will fall for the characters of this New England town who try to rescue the worn-through heart of one of their own. Told with equal parts warmth, hope, and humor, SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH is destined to be passed among friends who’ve shared in each other’s grief, and honored it with love and compassion. It’s a triumph of the heart.”

Founding Deb Mia King (aka Darien Gee)’s fourth novel, Friendship Bread, sold last week to Ballantine Books at auction for publication in 2011. Foreign rights have already sold as well. Join Mia’s Friendship Bread Kitchen ( on Facebook and join her community of friends and readers.

Julia Evarts is still healing from the loss of her son when she and her five-year old daughter receive the equivalent of a culinary chain letter: a plate of Amish friendship bread along with a Ziploc filled with the gooey yeast starter. They’re instructed to feed the starter over a ten-day period then bake two loaves of bread and share the remaining starter with three other people. As the bread and its starter make its way through Julia’s small town (including into the home of her estranged sister whom Julia holds responsible for her son’s death), the residents of Avalon, IL find their lives inexplicably changed. Friendship Bread is a novel about life and loss, friendship and community, and what endures even when the unthinkable happens.