Best Day-Job Ever, by Deb Emily

I was exhausted after college. All I wanted was to get a basic day-job and write on the side. But in the early nineties, the tail end of generation X was moving home en masse, and I was no different. After more than six months with no luck finding a place as a receptionist or salesperson, and sleeping on various friends’ sofas (*thanks*, Brenda, Michelle, Ron and Suzette!!) I gave…

Monday, November 30, 2009

Newsflash, November 29th

Dutch rights sold for Deb Sarah’s The Opposite of Me to Sijthoff at auction! Enter to win an ARC of Deb Joelle’s Restoring Harmony (and two other great books!) over at The Bookologist’s Putnam Palooza Contest! O magazine picks The Invisible Mountain by Friend of the Debs Carolina de Robertis for a top 10 book of 2009! Carolina was the first guest blogger for the 2010 Debs.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Author Maryann McFadden is giving away a book!

Please help us welcome guest author Maryann McFadden, whose path to publication is an inspiration for anyone who dreams of becoming an author. Here’s her incredible story! As Thanksgiving approaches, despite the fallen leaves, the colder weather, and the sudden short days, it isn’t hard for me to feel thankful. Being thankful has been a constant for me for the past two years because I finally have the job I’ve…

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving Peas by Joelle Anthony

As you know, I live in Canada. We had our Thanksgiving in October. It doesn’t mean that I’m not thankful this week, it just means that it’s a pretty normal work week up here and the only big meals I had were of the pizza variety. I thought that since I don’t celebrate American Thanksgiving anymore, I’d celebrate an American instead. She is a fellow Canadian-American who moved up here…

Friday, November 27, 2009

A much-needed wake-up call….

For those who don’t know yet, I recently moved back to New York following a 3 year snow reprieve.  Upon my return, I started doing the morning show at a new radio station, and was immediately overwhelmed with the sudden demands from a thriving sales department, my new brutal schedule -with a 2am wake-up call- and the daily rigors of marriage and motherhood.  As you can imagine, I’ve been cranky…

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Counting my blessings

I was twenty-five and in my very first yoga class when I first heard the expression, “an attitude of gratitude.” My yoga teacher Mary encouraged her students to adopt such an approach and see how it changed our perceptions, and subsequently our lives. Though yoga was completely foreign to me then, Mary’s idea of consciously deciding to be thankful seemed familiar, probably thanks to my mother’s frequent reminders to “count…

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Introducing Deb Sarah’s son Jack, a future author!

Before we get to this week’s post, I wanted to update everyone on something amazing: Remember last Tuesday when I wrote about an 11-year-old girl named Sydney who stood up in support of her librarian – and was verbally attacked by a very nasty man?  At the suggestion of a few folks, I tracked Sydney down and chatted with her Mom, who was so touched by our community’s support of…

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Not the *pickled* onions, by Deb Emily

Thanksgiving (1997) is the day I met my husband. I’d heard about him for years. My best friend met him when she had a semester abroad at Cambridge University. He was a grad student then, and they became good friends. They *almost* kissed one evening, but didn’t. She had a crush on him at the time, but, as they kept their friendship over the years, she decided he and I…

Monday, November 23, 2009

News Flash, November 22

The very first review of Restoring Harmony by Deb Joelle is up at Princessbookie‘s site and she gave it five cupcakes! If you want a sneak peak, she’s also organizing (for a limited time) an ARC tour by mail. Author Irene Zutell is giving away a copy of her book, Pieces of Happily Ever After! To enter, just leave a comment on Irene’s guest blog on The Debutante Ball from…

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton

We’re thrilled to have Meg Waite Clayton guest blog this week. Meg’s national bestseller, The Wednesday Sisters, has been selected by major book club programs including the Target Stores Bookmarked program and the Borders Book Club program. Her first novel, The Language of Light, was a Bellwether Prize finalist, and her third, The Ms Bradwells, is forthcoming from Ballantine Books. Her stories and essays have been read on public radio and performed on…

Saturday, November 21, 2009