Deb Elise’s Most Loathed Teacher Ever

I loathed everything about Emmett Woodshanks (not his real name — his real name was far less Dickensian.  He also didn’t look like Alan Rickman. I probably would have liked him a lot more if he had). I loathed his nearly-bald head, with its wreath of orange hair.  I loathed his close-cropped beard and mustache.  I loathed his wire-rimmed circular glasses.  I loathed the way he licked his upper lip…

Monday, January 31, 2011

News Flash: January 30th, 2011

From the 2011 Debs… Deb Kim I was in San Diego for 2 TV appearances and a book signing. I had to take the Red Eye home so I could beat yet another storm here in the Metro NY area. San Diego was so beautiful – I stayed on Coronado Island. I’m not sure I was really still in the USA. We got another 15 inches of snow in CT….

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Caroline Leavitt!

Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of nine novels. A book critic for The Boston Globe and People, her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Psychology Today, More, and more.  She lives in NYC’s unofficial 6th borough, Hoboken, NJ, with her husband, the writer Jeff Tamarkin, and their teenaged son, Max.  She also has a wonderful blog where she features interviews with authors (warning: her blog is dangerous to…

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Deb Tawna swaps kitchen coaching with her critique partner

Like most writers, I have critique partners. One is Cynthia Reese, a multi-published romance author in rural South Georgia. Since I’m in Oregon, we’re separated not only by a bunch of miles, but by vast differences in culture and lifestyle. It’s what I value most in the critiquing process, and it’s also produced some comedic moments in the culinary realm. We both love cooking, so it seemed natural to swap…

Friday, January 28, 2011

Deb Sarah on Snacking Her Way Through Writing THE VIOLETS OF MARCH

My dear readers, I will confess, there was a lot of snacking going on when I wrote THE VIOLETS OF MARCH. But can you blame me? I was pregnant (with boy #2–I’ve got boy #3 in the oven now!)! So as I sat at my desk typing away, I had an assortment of munchies to keep me going. My faves: almonds, vanilla kefir, chocolate (plenty of it), sliced granny smith…

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Kimmy!

In the kitchen! Yay! I can do this. I know the kitchen. I love the kitchen. I keep saying, “My next house will be nothing but a giant kitchen and bedrooms.”  Have you seen my website? (Dear God please say yes.)  It’s a retro kitchen.   But what does the kitchen have to do with writing? Plenty. Writers have voices. Sometimes we hear voices too but that going to be another post during…

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reading in the Kitchen, by Deb Eleanor

I hate to cook.  I really resent the amount of time it takes – from planning a week’s worth of menus to doing the grocery shopping to the time it takes to cook three meals every day.  ICK!  I have been cooking three meals a day, seven days a week, for nearly twenty years.  When does the Zone Diet fairy start making deliveries to my house??? BUT. I do like…

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Deb Elise Does a Spit Take

Seriously?  “In the Kitchen?”  That’s our theme this week? Let me look again… Yep, it’s for real.  “In the Kitchen.” Do the Debs not realize that if it weren’t for the fact that I have a kid, I’d never be In the Kitchen? I mean, I do have my lunchbox collection there, including a sweet metal Knight Rider one, so I might stop in to gawk now and again, but…

Monday, January 24, 2011

News Flash: January 23rd, 2011

CONTEST! Congrats to Yahong Chi, who won a signed copy of Delilah Marvelle’s book Prelude to a Scandal! From the 2011 Debs… Deb Kim: I’ll be in San Diego tonight! Tune in to see me on Fox San Diego at 8:30 Mon and on CW’s San Diego Living on Tues am (not sure exact airtime for my segment.) And please come join me at the Carmel Mountain Border’s at 6:30pm…

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Siobhan Fallon!

The Debutante Ball is thrilled to welcome debut author Siobhan Fallon for a spin around the dance floor.  Siobhan’s collection of short stories, You Know When the Men Are Gone, is available right now! Siobhan Fallon lived at Fort Hood while her husband was deployed to Iraq for two tours of duty. She earned her MFA at the New School in New York City and will be moving with her…

Saturday, January 22, 2011