Books Are Yummy by Deb Maria

Pardon the short post this week. Right now I’m on a psuedo-vacay in Miami (crazy humidity here by the way, my hair is a big poofy mess!) I’m back in my hometown to do a few book-signings, a round of media PR, and spend a bit of time with my fam. Believe it or not, I did not pack a lap-top, or an iPod, and I am enjoying a much-needed…

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Writer’s Block, or Tetris Addiction?

I will now describe what happens when I have a sudden onset of writer’s block: Step 1:   It is 1:50pm and I am happily moving through my day running errands, blissfully unaware of the late night that awaits me. As I stroll up to the post office to mail my friend a very very very belated birthday gift, I start wondering what to make for dinner, and what kind of…

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Pros and Cons to Discipline

“Spare the rod, spoil the child.” My parents definitely took those words to heart, so it is no surprise I happen to be the “discipline enforcer” in my home. I rule-out physical punishments, BUT I have been known to have sharp aim with a hairbrush or shoe when the occassion presents itself. (What can I say..sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!) HOWEVER, I am living proof that excessive discipline…

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A “Worldly” Read

As a youngster living a very sheltered life and being forced to attend a strict Catholic school, I always dreamed of escaping abroad and attending a college where I’d be exposed to new and exhilirating experiences. I only got as far as Gainesville, Florida..a mere 6 hour drive from my hometown of Miami. While my college experience was quite satisfying (my parents still think I NEVER partied and always used…

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Tough Love

Everything I am today I owe to my mother. Unfortunately, I have to admit our relationship is somewhat complicated.  My mom didn’t have an idyllic childhood which is the reason my own childhood left much to be desired.  After many teary, yet eye-opening therapy sessions (THANK YOU  Dr. Carrie!) I finally realized my mom did the best she could with the limited love she received as a child growing up…

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jolly for Joelle!

For some reason, when I see the cover for Deb Joelle’s dynamic futuristic book “Restoring Harmony,” I immediately think of that store at the mall called “Restoration Hardware.”  I don’t shop there often, but if they charged for browsing, I would certainly be bankrupt.  My eyes glaze over with the astounding array of generally useless (yet incredibly over-priced merchandise) you can easily clutter your home with. I mean honestly folks, does…

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Hmm.. Honestly, I’ve wracked my brain this week, and it turns out I don’t really have much to say about dialogue.  Maybe it’s because I wrote a humorous book about torturing your husband. There wasn’t much dialogue really –except the voices in my head fighting to interrupt each other;         “So I was thinking it’s probably time to start writing,” “No wait, I think Grey’s Anatomy is on.”  “Hey, was that…

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Shopping from A-mazon to Z-appos

Once upon a time I used to love shopping.  …Actually, let me amend that. Once upon a time I shopped with no budget-limits, zero time-restraints, no annoying husband texting me to request his dinner, and no 7 year-old offspring ransacking my purse for gum while   I unsuccessfully try to squeeze myself into size 4 jeans. Just THINKING about shopping gives me hives now. So what is my favorite way to…

Thursday, April 29, 2010

News Flash Sunday, April 25th

Deb Maria is back on the book signing trail across Long Island getting ready to bounce into Bohemia.  Catch Maria and The KJOY Crew at the Borders in Bohemia on Saturday, May 8th from 2-4pm.  Enjoy “101 Ways to Torture Your Husband”  book reading, discussion, and signing.  Hope to see you there! Meanwhile, Deb Joelle and Deb Emily (as well as the rest of the world) are eagerly anticipating the release…

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Good lesson learned…

Recently, I was a panelist at the annual “Author’s Tea” on the campus of Long Island’s Hofstra University.  I felt quite inadequate being in the company of several amazingly talented veteran authors, including Elinor Lippman (The Family Man, Isabel’s Bed). We had a dreamy afternoon; a roomful of dynamic women discussing books, the art of writing, and the intense love of a well-told story.  Of the 5 panelists, I was…

Thursday, April 22, 2010