Patriotism-is it a dirty word? by Guest Author, Ellen Sussman

I came of age in the turbulent 60’s and early 70’s. There were lots of reasons to hate America – or at least its government. In fact, let’s set the record straight right away: it was great to live in America in that decade and to feel a part of the movement that hated the government. We created a remarkable community of Americans banded together with a mighty purpose –…

Thursday, July 3, 2008

What’s Your Bizarre Beauty Secret? by Deb Danielle

Well, I’m looking at the other deb’s beauty suggestions this week and I’m surprised that no one mentioned hemroid cream. Seriously. I have a close friend who was in the beauty industry (which spends its $ making women feel insecure so they’ll buy products to make themselves feel more secure, but that’s a different post) and a few years ago everyone in the industry had hemroid cream in their purses…

Thursday, June 26, 2008

On Purses and Fidelity by Guest Author, Jessica Brody

Welcome to guest author and fellow debut novelist, Jessica Brody. Jessica’s novel, THE FIDELITY FILES, about a woman hired to test men’s fidelity, was just released last week from St. Martin’s Press. She lives in Los Angeles, CA where she is currently working on a sequel to the book (due out next summer) and a debut young adult title which will be released in spring of 2010 from FSG. Please…

Saturday, June 21, 2008

To the Oppressor, With Love by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Dear Oppressor, You don’t seem to know I exist. It’s understandable, I suppose. If you did notice me, it would be with indifference, possibly even disdain. That’s fine. I live to be abused and ignored, filled to the brim or stripped bare, pummeled with sharp objects, suffocated with unidentifiable and smelly things at the whim of others. I have witnessed untold decadence and misery. I am a stalwart, stoic carrier…

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Hot 20 by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

For me, talent is one of the biggest factors in making someone ‘hot’ and so is generosity. These are the two factors I used for this list, with slightly more weight given for talent–ie everyone on the list is talented and some are also people I know to be very generous. (Please note that many of these authors are also physically hot and a few of them also create work…

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Close Encounters with Unspeakable Things in New York City by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

I had an exciting day Tuesday, one that included a train ride into NYC, a trip to the Penguin building, my first ever podcast, a visit with my editor, meeting a bunch of the publicity people, lunch with my publicist, a visit with my agent and checking out a possible venue for my NY launch party in August. I could write an entire post about it, but I just can’t…

Friday, June 6, 2008

On the Road by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Look out! I’m off topic and on the road. Specifically, I’m on my way to New Jersey to visit family and next week I’m heading into NYC to do a podcast at Penguin, have lunch with my publicist and scout locations for my NY launch party. But I’m really off topic because, as my fellow debs know, I’m little stressed out and overwhelmed this week, which means it’s hard to…

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Driving Sideways Blazes a Trail by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

So yesterday, Jess was telling us how virtuous she was being, avoiding checking her Amazon ranking for Driving Sideways. This is an bad obsession for authors, but we all do it, even me, which is quite pathetic since my book won’t be out for a over two months. I stare at the number (currently in the millions, I think, #1 being the best) like it’s some kind of crystal ball….

Thursday, May 22, 2008

News Flash! May 18 2008

Deb News: Deb Jess Riley‘s Driving Sideways debuts this week! Stay tuned as each deb blogs about Jess and Driving Sideways. Deb Jess will also be presented this week, in what has become a wonderful tradition, at Seize a Daisy on Monday in a post entitled: “Dancing with the Stars at The Debutante Ball.” Also, Jess is profiled in the current issue of MKE Online, on the web and in…

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Hagen Daz and Having It All by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

I should probably skip past the part where I went out for milk on Saturday night (eve of Mother’s Day) and bought not only the milk, but a novel I had no official reason to read and a pint of Hagen Daz. I certainly shouldn’t admit I sat in the grocery store “bistro” for over an hour, ate the entire pint and read most of the book. Sadly, it wasn’t…

Thursday, May 15, 2008