Spring Gets In My Eyes by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

I love spring as much as anyone. Okay, maybe not quite as much as anyone. Which isn’t to say I don’t love it or that I’m not happy to have winter over with. I do and I am. I’m taking long walks with my dog and smiling more and even rhapsodizing about flowers now and then. But you know from my title where this is going, don’t you? I have…

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Love in the Time of the Perfect 10 by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

I was obsessed with love from an early age. I had my first little boyfriend when I was four and once I started school I fell prey to a series of crushes resulting in endless foolish behavior. These poor grade-school boys only wanted to be left alone to play kick-ball and were alternately confused and terrified by my invitations to “dinner-and-a-movie,” the perfumed love notes delivered on foot to their…

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Fifteen Minutes of Shame, Five Minutes of Sonnets by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Fifteen Minutes of Shame is a fabulous, funny, smart, tightly written book with a huge heart. It will grab you from the first page and drag you, will you, nil you, to the finish. I loved it, read it in a single sitting, and found myself thinking about it for days afterward because in addition to a compelling plot and charming heroine, this book delves into the meaning of family…

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Go Ahead and Jump on my Head–I’m Lucky! by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Tuesday of this week, if you’d caught me any time between 7am and 9pm, I might have wailed in self-pity. I’d started my week well and was gearing up to accomplish Many Important Things on Tuesday but instead was felled by a migraine. Bad luck. But here’s the thing: Michael (who gets the week off from being called The Oppressor on account of his lovely behavior and the fact that…

Thursday, March 20, 2008

No Hidden Talents Here! by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Oh this is a topic meant to egg me on, I’m sure! The other debs want to know about my quarter trick, or perhaps the how and why of my learning it, but I have to protect my sources so I can’t do that. Since I’ve already revealed my talents for excessive hip-gyration, goofy poetry-writing and fixing electronic devices by shaking them, plus outed myself as a cherry-stem-tyer (planning a…

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Q & A with Jodi Picoult by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

Today the debs welcome bestselling, multi-published author, Jodi Picoult whose newest novel, Change of Heart, is being released today. Jodi is the author of fourteen novels: Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992), Harvesting the Heart (1994), Picture Perfect (1995); Mercy (1996), The Pact (1998); Keeping Faith (1999), Plain Truth (2000), Salem Falls (2001), Perfect Match (2002), Second Glance (2003), My Sister’s Keeper (2004), Vanishing Acts (2005), The Tenth Circle (2006)…

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

My Pooch is a Nudist by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

I was interviewing Meg Tilly the week we talked about pets and missed blogging about my four-year-old cockapoo, Fin. Since Fin is a fairly good sport, I figure I’ll make that faint link to our topic this week and tell you about him. Also, he has had a trying few days and deserves some attention, even if it is cyber-attention. Two weeks ago we took Fin to the groomers and,…

Thursday, February 28, 2008

News Flash! February 24, 2008

Deb News: Unpredictable has now reached #10 on the Barnes and Noble Romance Trade Bestseller List! Eileen would like to thank everyone who continues to buy and promote her book. The tour continues this upcoming week: Borders in Chicago, IL on February 26th at 7:30pm, and Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, MI on February 28th at 7pm. Look for photos and juicy details about Eileen’s Unpredictable Book Tour (which may…

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Jobs: The First, Worst, Best & Surprisingly Unpleasant by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

The First: I worked in a lingerie store when I was seventeen. I’d had two-week office temp gigs and even worked in an aerosol factory over March Break one year (which gave me a lifelong aversion to the feel of cardboard and the smell of latex gloves) but those jobs were through family connections and only short term. The lingerie store was a “real” job and a thrill at first…

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Unpredictable: The Sonnet Version by Deb Danielle Younge-Ullman

I loved Unpredictable. Love, love, loved it! Deb Eileen Cook is hysterically, brilliantly funny, her heroine is totally lovable and the book is tightly written. I nearly gave myself an asthma attack from all the laughing. And since the response was so enthusiastic to last week’s poetic offerings for Deb Jenny, here is my sonnet for Eileen. (Actually, I did write two, but this one is much better than the…

Thursday, February 14, 2008