This Week, Deb Dana Takes the Cake. Er, Floor.

Dana Bate coverI can see already that I am going to have a problem with writing this post – the very same problem that I had while reading The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs.

This book makes me hungry. Not just hungry – ravenous. Look at that awesome cupcake on the cover – the delicate cake, the fluffy frosting, the sprinkles. And the cover is only the beginning. Wait until you start reading about the mouth watering dishes that Hannah Sugarman concocts in her  um, THE kitchen. Trust me, you will want to eat things.

But this book is about a lot more than food. Here’s the official blurb:

“Hannah Sugarman seems to have it all. She works for an influential think tank in Washington, D.C., lives in a swanky apartment with her high-achieving boyfriend, and is poised for an academic career just like her parents. The only problem is that Hannah doesn’t want any of it. What she wants is much simpler: to cook.When her relationship collapses, Hannah seizes the chance to do what she’s always loved and launches an underground supper club out of her new landlord’s town house. Though her delicious dishes become the talk of the town, her secret venture is highly problematic, given that it is not, technically speaking, legal. She also conveniently forgets to tell her landlord she has been using his place while he is out of town. On top of that, Hannah faces various romantic prospects that leave her guessing and confused, parents who don’t support cooking as a career, and her own fears of taking a risk and charting her own path. A charming romantic comedy, The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs is a story about finding yourself, fulfilling your dreams, and falling in love along the way.”

At the Ball this week it is Deb Dana’s turn to sweep onto the floor in tiara and sparkling ball gown. The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs will be released on February 5th. I hope you will join us in helping Dana celebrate her launch week with all the glitz and panache she so fully deserves. (Hint: the best way to do this is to go pre-order a copy of the book, if you haven’t already. Really. Go buy one now. You won’t be sorry)

We are conducting another awesome giveaway this week, and guess what? There is food involved! Deb Dana will be giving away, to one lucky commenter, the following items:

1) A copy of The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs

2) A canister of Williams-Sonoma all-natural vanilla bean cupcake mix

3) A hand-written recipe from her very own recipe box!

Trust me, you truly don’t want to miss out on this!! So how can you win? Simply by answering the questions asked at the end of the Deb Ball posts this week! Every post you comment on during Deb Dana’s launch week will earn you another entry.

Today’s question is this: Hannah Sugarman bends a lot of rules in pursuit of her dream. Have you ever wanted something so much that you were prepared to do just about anything to get it? We would love to hear all the juicy details, or at least as many as you can share without getting in trouble!


19 Replies to “This Week, Deb Dana Takes the Cake. Er, Floor.”

  1. “Have you ever wanted something so much that you were prepared to do just about anything to get it?” This is a little bit how I feel about self publishing right now. I really have wanted to be trad. published for many years, and it’s just not happening (despite some near misses) so now I’m pulling out the stops and doing it myself for a mystery novel I’ll publish next month! I can’t wait to read this book, looks great!

    1. Congratulations Julia – and good luck with your upcoming release! Speaking as a fellow mystery author, it’s wonderful to know someone else is seeing the dream come true.

  2. Does metaphorically beating your head against a brick wall for years before getting published count as “anything”? *grin*

    Happy Launch week, Deb Dana! That cover is delicious. I know reading the book might send me on an eating binge, but I’m totally willing to take that risk for a fellow Deb. 😉

  3. In the “do anything” department I feel like vanilla bean cupcake mix is almost enough to make me take on a false identity to win this contest!

  4. Yippeee!! Another launch week! I love ’em, Debs–keep ’em coming!!

    Congratulation, Deb Dana! May this week–and many more–be filled with moments as delicious as any dessert!

  5. Yes. Indeed. In college, my younger brother and I trained side by side in a swimming class where we would sprint 2 laps get up and do 30 lunges, sprint 2 laps, get up and do 30 push-ups, sprint 2 laps, get up and do 30 sit ups. I wanted so badly to have the fastest time. I even ate more and put 20 pounds of muscles on my then-slim frame. So determined!

  6. I was so determined to get $1000 raised for my charity, that I felt like I would do ALMOST anything to get it. But my boyfriend came to my rescue and donated the last $50.00 I needed. lol…
    congrats on DANA on the release of her book; cover looks so good!

  7. Congratulations Dana!! Wishing you all the best for a fantastic and successful launch week! I loved the book and am so proud to be able to share the week with you here at the Ball!

  8. My brother was diagnosed with cancer for the third time and needed a stem cell transplant. I would have done anything to be the match, but I did not have to because it turned out I WAS the perfect match!

  9. I don’t know if this counts, but I always wanted to be a mom. It turned out that I couldn’t get pregnant, so my husband and I decided to adopt. Now, mind you, it’s not cheap to adopt. I was willing to do anything to get enough money for it, even borrow from family members! We ended up having enough money by the time my daughter was born, and now we have the most wonderful (almost) 4 year old daughter!

  10. My partner and I were recently apartment hunting with a few, er, shall we say, “application handicaps.” Things like a dog, my self-employed home business, and no credit card = no credit check (on my partner’s side of the equation). After more than 20 viewings and 3 rejected applications, I was really starting to feel like I’d do whatever it took to get us a decent place to live.

    Turns out I didn’t have to–a great place fell into our laps. But, yep, I know that point of rule-bending desperation.

    And I’d really love a copy of the book! I’m excited to read this one 😀

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