News Flash, February 28th

101 Ways to Torture Your Husband has truly gone GLOBAL! Check out this article from INDIA!  city-hubbies-ignorant-about-wife%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98torture%E2%80%99-215 Meanwhile, radio shows as far as Britain and New Zealand have interviewed Deb Maria about her “hubby manual,” and she’s always thrilled to oblige! Keep an eye on #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner‘s Facebook page and Twitter account (@jenniferweiner) early this week for an extraordinary giveaway relating to Deb Sarah’s…

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Carleen Brice on Bad Habits: An Appreciation

Carleen Brice is the author of novels Orange Mint and Honey, which was optioned by the Lifetime Movie Network and was a #1 Denver Post best-seller and Essence Magazine Recommended Read, and Children of the Waters, which One World/Ballantine released in June 2009. Carleen also wrote Lead Me Home: An African American’s Guide Through the Grief Journey (HarperCollins), and edited the anthology Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women…

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bad Habits? Who me? By Deb Joelle

I don’t really have any bad habits so I thought I’d tell you my husband’s ten worst habits. I’m sure he won’t mind. He’s really, really crabby if you wake him up. Especially in the morning, but he’s basically IMPOSSIBLE to live with after one of his marathon naps. Give him a wide berth, ‘cause he’s pretty much grumpy for the rest of the day. He’s always cutting or nicking…

Friday, February 26, 2010

Just call me a sinner!

I’ll refer to scripture here, in an effort to prove a point. “He without sin shall cast the first stone.”   Nevermind that I’m a hardcore Catholic who married a Jew  -but that’s not relevant at the moment—what IS relevant however, is that none of us can claim to be flawless.  We all do naughty things from time to time (some more than others i.e. TIGER WOODS) and we all…

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Perfect Battle for You

One of my favorite thinkers, Thich Nhat Hanh, says that to break a bad habit, you should greet it like an old friend. So if you want to stop biting your nails, the trick is to recognize that impulse to stick your fingertips in your mouth. You say to that impulse, “Hello, habit energy!” You smile at it. And then, you continue on your way — hopefully without biting your…

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Deb Sarah needs help!

I have a really bad habit. Actually, I have more than one, but this bad habit is going to be on display, over and over again, as I begin book signings this month. I’m a nail-biter. Always have been, ever since I was little. That’s why I need your help. I don’t want people looking down at my poor mangled fingers when I sign their book. Yuck! So how can…

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bad habits: a list, by Emily Winslow

My bad habits: 1) Snacking too much. 2) Pausing to check my email while I’m playing with the kids. 3) Staying up late because I’m too tired to get off the couch to go up to bed (and watching just one more recorded episode is so tempting!) 4) My most pervasive bad habit has to do with parking lots, but it applies all over my life: I’m an on-time kind…

Monday, February 22, 2010

News flash: February 21

REDBOOK Magazine picks The Opposite of Me by Deb Sarah as a”Bookmark” selection for its March issue! Writes REDBOOK: “As early as elementary school, it was crystal clear: Alex was the pretty twin, Lindsey was the smart one. And since then, they’ve shaped their lives around those labels. So what happens when the piece of your life that most strongly defines you is challenged? With her smart, soulful novel, author…

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Barbara Poelle’s Ye Olde Manual of First Book Accomplishments

Our guest today is Barbara Poelle, a literary agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. Barbara began her publishing career as a freelance copywriter and editor before joining the Goodman Agency in 2007, but feels as if she truly prepared for the industry during her brief stint as a stand-up comic in Los Angeles. She has found success placing thrillers, literary suspense, historical romances, humorous/platform driven non-fiction, and upmarket fiction…

Saturday, February 20, 2010

What was the topic again? by Deb Joelle

Last week, I sat down to do my Deb post on deadlines. Then I double checked the topic and saw we’d already done deadlines and the actual topic was love. This week, I sat down to write my Deb post on deadlines. And then I got a sense of déjà vu and sure enough, we’ve already done deadlines. Anyone care to guess what March 1st, is for me? Yep. The…

Friday, February 19, 2010