I’ve Got the Fever by Deb Jenny

I grew up in Pennsylvania, where winters tended to hang on like a bad case of pneumonia. When spring finally arrived it seemed to snap rapidly into the summer doldrums, long before we fully got to enjoy that transitional phase. I attended Penn State, and for us students, the true harbinger of springtime was the opening of the Train Yard, a long, narrow, fenced-in outdoor bar that was a sort…

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

News Flash! April 6, 2008

Deb News Deb Jenny will be signing copies of SLEEPING WITH WARD CLEAVER at the Barnes & Noble in Charlottesville, VA on Sunday, April 13 from 1-3 p.m. Deb Eileen is happy to share this review from City Pulse Newspaper in Lansing Michigan for Unpredictable: “Chick-lit fans everywhere have a new reason to rejoice this winter: Eileen Cook’s debut novel, “Unpredictable,” is more than beach read-worthy. Blending a quirky, hilarious…

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Welcome Guest Author Julie Buxbaum

Today we’re happy to have debut author Julie Buxbaum as our guest at the Debutante Ball. Julie Buxbaum is the author of the recently released novel, THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE, which is a Book Sense Pick and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick. Julie is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. Though originally from New York, she currently lives in Los Angeles….

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Sometimes It’s Easiest to Love a Doll by Deb Jenny

I’d say my first true love was my Raggedy Ann doll. In retrospect, the nice thing about falling in love with an inanimate object is that it can’t break your heart. Which is a really good thing, because just about every other true love I can think of in my life involved serious soul-sucking heartbreak, which I really don’t care for. So loving a doll is simply so much easier….

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Fifteen Minutes of Shame=A Lifetime of Fame by Deb Jenny

Last week we talked about luck and I know there might be some people who might look at Deb Lisa, author of Fifteen Minutes of Shame and think, “She’s got all the luck!” Well, nothing could be further from the truth. Lisa Daily has my boundless respect because she is all about making her own luck by working very hard, using her brain, and did I mention working very hard?…

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Luck Schmuck by Deb Jenny

I honestly couldn’t think of what to write about with the theme of Lucky or Not. My dog Lucky? Nah. I didn’t have a dog named Lucky. Lucky Charms? The marshmallows taste great, but the cereal part? Not so much. I used to eviscerate all marshmallows from the box, which left my husband and kids very displeased with me, stuck as they were with those little oaty niblets that taste…

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Oh The Thinks You Can Think (or Do!) by Deb Jenny

I think we’re writing about our hidden talents today. My talent is definitely hidden, because it’s done behind closed lips. Now, don’t be jealous. Because you, too, can try along at home. My talent? I can tie a maraschino cherry stem in a knot with my tongue. Aren’t you impressed? Well, I once was as well, when someone revealed to me that this was their skill. Never did I think…

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Pesky Little Sisters by Guest Author CJ Lyons

Please welcome today debut author CJ Lyons, whose just-released medical thriller Lifelines is getting rave reviews. Jenny asked me to talk about sibling rivalry. Easy. My sister wins. Hands down. No contest. You see, I’m the oldest. The responsible one. The one who always had the hand-me-downs until I learned to sew and make my own clothes and then started to work and buy them myself. The one who was…

Saturday, March 8, 2008

No One Here But Us Rivaling Siblings by Guest Author Katherine Center

Please welcome the delightful Katherine Center, whose debut novel The Bright Side of Disaster is funny, clever, poignant, and thoroughly enjoyable. She’s been told she absolutely must stick to our topic, and cannot veer from it at all. We are sticklers for propriety here at the Debutante Ball… Today’s topic is “sibling rivalry.” But I can’t write about sibling rivalry. Even though I have siblings of my own and two…

Friday, March 7, 2008

Sisterless by Deb Jenny

Remember that song from Bing Crosby’s White Christmas? No, not that song. The other one, the one where Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen dance around and sing about the joys and tribulations of sisterhood? God, that song used to really bum me out when I was a kid. I was so darned jealous that those two were lucky enough to have the chance to be sisters. I know, I know, they…

Thursday, March 6, 2008