Signing off … and signing on

A year ago, when my first-ever post for the Debutante Ball went live, I was on vacation with my husband’s family in Duck, North Carolina — away from my computer and totally paranoid that something would go wrong. (My words wouldn’t post, or an error-riddled version would appear instead, or …) But thankfully, my inaugural blog published without a glitch, and I was welcomed by my fellow Debs and our…

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

If you like my book, you may also like …

dessert, cooking shows, and/or baking winter sports such as snowshoeing, skiing and sledding breakup songs by Gladys Knight and the Pips volunteering illustration, painting, sculpting, photography, pottery, and the artistic process in general spending time with children belonging to a library or church small communities sisters supporting special causes New England New Orleans dogs, especially greyhounds catching up with old friends falling in love or realizing you love someone memories….

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Party with Alicia … and the new Debs!

If you’re looking to party in Philly, join me tonight, Wednesday, August 11, at 6 p.m. I’ll be signing books and serving cupcakes at the Barnes & Noble at 18th & Walnut (Rittenhouse). I’d love to see you there! It will be a great party. Speaking of parties, fans of the Debutante Ball are in for a phenomenal treat this upcoming year. Here’s a sneak peek at the awesome books…

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

My book! Cupcakes! Contests!

Cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes. Yummy, delicious — dare I say “scrumpy”? — mini red velvet cupcakes. I’ll be serving them next Wednesday, August 11, at 6 p.m., at the the Rittenhouse Barnes & Noble (18th & Walnut) in Philly. So if you’re in the area, and if you like cupcakes, and/or want me to sign a copy of my book for you, please stop by. In the meantime, tomorrow is the…

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Trashpicked treasures

First, a couple brief announcements … The talented Dave Tavani produced and directed a super-cute, enticing book trailer for Simply From Scratch. Thank you so much, Dave. And thank you to the lovely Lola Culp-Osborne for lending her voice as Ingrid. Turn up your volume & enjoy! If you’d like to read the first chapter of my book, visit the Book page of my website, and click “Excerpt.” And now,…

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Knowing things

Recently a bookstore chain in Germany interviewed me, and one question really got me thinking: What is the role of the non-human character, the greyhound, Captain Ahab? Greyhounds are a little bit odd. They’re different than other dogs. Their affection is subtle; their presence is calm and cool; and they have many quirks (they rarely sit, for example). Like her dog, the grieving narrator of Simply From Scratch is a…

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Win a signed copy of Simply From Scratch!

This week’s topic is “Promotion” … so I thought I’d announce one! To win a signed copy of my debut novel, Simply From Scratch (the real thing, not an ARC!) leave a comment below, before midnight tonight (Eastern time). A winner will be contacted via email and announced in the Deb Ball Sunday Newsflash. Please feel free to spread the word. Good luck! ~Alicia Bessette

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


A third of the way up Okemo Mountain in Vermont, you can spread a blanket in a field, recline on your back, and wait for fireworks, which are ignited from across a pond. They seem to spider across the sky much lower than other fireworks that I’ve seen; they seem touchable and more thrilling. And because you’re on a mountain, the noise booms and echoes and sometimes even makes your…

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Gloria Steinem, Boss Hogg, etc.

Hanging in my closet, wrapped in plastic, is a Montreal Canadiens jersey signed by famed Habs (and later Avalanche) goaltender Patrick Roy. I have the certificate of authenticity, too. Someday I’ll get that jersey up on eBay. I acquired it when I was 15 and a huge hockey fan. Patrick and a handful of other big sports stars appeared at a fundraiser at Boston College High School. My friend Andrea…

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fathers in Books

Happy Fathers Day! Here are some of the literary fathers whom I find very memorable: Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee Reverend Maclean in A River Runs Though It by Norman Maclean Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (not technically a father, but a close-enough father-figure, I think) Bull Meechum in The Great Santini by Pat Conroy Dr. Murry in A…

Wednesday, June 23, 2010