News Flash: November 14, 2010

From the 2011 Debs… Can’t wait until January 20th to read Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters?  Enter to win an ARC giveaway at Putnam or Goodreads or Reading Group Guides.  Or, show some love by pre-ordering – links are at Eleanor’s website! Deb Sarah’s book, The Violets of March, is now listed on for pre-order! Sarah is probably a little too excited about this, she realizes, but that still…

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Books That Changed Deb Eleanor’s Life

Over on my personal blog, I’ve been working on a series of posts called “Books I Love.”  It’s a cataloguing of the books that survive all my bookshelf purges, that I return to again and again, that have impacted me in one way or another. 1. Evening Class, Maeve Binchy.  I already mentioned this when I wrote about my favorite fictional place, but it bears repeating.  This book was my…

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

News Flash: November 7, 2010

From the 2011 Debs… Part 2 of Deb Eleanor’s big news is here…The Weird Sisters has been chosen for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program!  Read all about it on her blog! Deb Elise took an old-school 80’s-style aerobics class yesterday, taught by the one and only… RICHARD SIMMONS! Oh, come on… that is SO news! Especially since he kicked her butt! Friends of the Debs… Deb guest…

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Deb Eleanor’s Favorite (Fictional) Place

This week’s topic has been troubling me.  Not because I don’t have favorite places or things that make a place wonderful to me, but because I already wrote on a similar topic on my personal blog, and I feel compelled to come up with something original. But in that entry, I wrote about my favorite real-life places, and one of the things that I love most about books is their…

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

News Flash: October 17th, 2010

And The Winner Is… Congrats to Janette who has won a copy of Molly Harper’s And One Last Thing in our Deb Ball contest. More contests to come! Janette, I sent you an email asking for your mailing address. Thanks. Deb Kim News From the 2011 Debs… Booksellers are raving about Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters.  I’m so honored that they’re enjoying it!  Can’t wait to pre-order?  Check out the…

Sunday, October 17, 2010

News Flash: October 10, 2010

From the 2011 Debs… Deb Eleanor’s The Weird Sisters has its first review!  Library Journal calls it “lovely”, with “creative and original” narration.  Woohoo! Deb Kim is into countdown mode for her book launch on November 1st. Excited and a bit nervous. OK, a lot nervous! Deb Sarah’s latest Real Simple article, The Winter Washing Guide (how and when to wash all your favorite winter weather staples), is out this…

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Deb Eleanor on Change and Saturn’s Return

I believe good fiction is all about change.  If there’s no difference between the characters at the beginning and the end of a novel, a memoir, even a non-fiction screed, I’m likely to end up dissatisfied.  I want the characters to go through discomfort and maybe even a little pain, and to come out the other end reborn through the experience. Though it’s never mentioned in the book, when I…

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

News Flash: October 3, 2010

From the 2011 Debs… Sarah’s debut novel, THE VIOLETS OF MARCH, now has a … cover! She describes it as “rustic, beautiful and slightly mysterious” but can’t show us quite yet. So use your imaginations, and the big reveal will happen soon! In other news, check out Sarah’s latest article for (she’s a weekly health contributor): 10 Surprising Things About Dreams (you know, in case you’re trying to figure…

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Deb Eleanor Says, It’s Not You…

I’ve gotten – and given – some really terrible advice in my time. But the advice doesn’t matter. Here’s what makes bad advice really bad: taking it.  After all, advice is just words.  It’s taking it that makes it terrible. I think very often people ask for advice even when they know what they should do, or what they want to do. We’re looking for confirmation and support.  And when…

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Best Advice Is No Advice, by Deb Eleanor

So recently J.C. and I were mattress shopping, as our old mattress was nearly 10 years old and we weren’t about to haul it to Colorado in its droopy, sagging state.  We were, in fact, those last few weeks of sleeping on it, ready to volunteer it for ritual sacrifice, as it had hit the point where sleeping on the bathroom floor was looking better and better, and if we…

Tuesday, September 21, 2010