NEWS FLASH–More Books to Launch Edition

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Congratulations to Patty Smith, winner of Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, our own Aya de Leon’s UPTOWN THIEF! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is thrilled that The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living was featured in Read Simple Magazine’s The Best New Books to Read This Month article! She is a little teary, all the time, as she approaches her…


Me & THE WASHINGTON POST agree: UPTOWN THIEF makes you think while it entertains!

Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon
Thursday, August 4, 2016

Congratulations to my new friend and talented author Aya de Leon on her debut novel, UPTOWN THIEF. I will do a gush-fest below– and mean every word– but it’s a bit doomed to read like a paid advertisement, so before I do I’d like you to read this article from THE WASHINGTON POST. They stole the point I planned to make today. Aya’s genius with UPTOWN THIEF is in creating entertainment with accessible social…


Me & THE NY TIMES Agree: THE LOST GIRLS is Worth Reading!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

I cracked opened Heather’s debut after having read her posts for six months, so I knew the writing would be strong and thought provoking. Still, I was apprehensive. Why? Because I tend to internalize what I’m reading– storylines invade my dreams and daily thoughts– so I avoid books with violence, especially when children are involved. But I am a dutiful Debutante, so I put on my big girl pants and jumped in….


I’ve Been Told I’m Quirky …

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The topic this week is fun facts. I wrote them as they came to me, freestyle: Sometimes I’m carrying on about something and I find myself thinking, Oh my God, this person must be so annoyed because I’m irked and I’m the one talking. What I’m saying is: I occasionally annoy myself. This is painful to admit, but I’m obsessed with that Justin Bieber song Love Yourself. It takes me less than 5 minutes…


Hindsight, with a Positive Spin

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The topic this week is hindsight. My husband and I are debriefers. We extract takeaways from every purchase, major life event, and experience. Try it, fix it, try it, my father used to say, and we do. This leads to increasingly better outcomes, but, we’ve come to see, also means we are hard on ourselves. This past week, on vacation, drinks in hand, we did something new: instead of considering what we could…


2016 & Me

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The topic this week is how we are doing on 2016 resolutions. The first half of the year has proven eventful: I flew to San Francisco for an emergency surgery that was a success. We sold our home of a decade, a boat, and two cars. We bought a house two thousand miles north that we’re renovating. I now own a Volvo because it’s the state car of Connecticut. I gained…


Meet a Deb: Deb Launch (& Beyond) Dates

Author reading with audience. "Aloud."
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Are you in one of the areas in which our Debs are reading? Come out, hear us read, and introduce yourself! You won’t have to twist our arms to get us to go for a drink post-reading. Heather & Aya are our next launches, with both of their books coming out on July 26. Heather Young: THE LOST GIRLS Corte Madera, CA, July 26, 7 PM, Book Passage Sebastopol, CA,…


News Flash! First Days of Summer Edition!

News Flash
Sunday, June 26, 2016

  Congratulations to Brandi Megan Grannett, winner of Erika Swyler’s THE BOOK OF SPECULATION! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Katherine Ozment’s GRACE WITHOUT GOD. From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller was absolutely thrilled to discover that THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING was reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and that the reviewer enjoyed the book! Jennifer S. Brown had a wonderful discussion/reading with Marian McMahon…


Art Influences Art

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Film, paintings, music, books– they all carry transformative powers. When the timing is right, and the recipient open, art inspires action. Art often also influences other art, interacting with the creative spirit of another without the artist even knowing. Over a decade ago I used a retention bonus to take a year off work to write a novel. Given the odds of getting published and my lack of a formal writing education, this sabbatical was about…


Adventures in Moving

Thursday, June 16, 2016

In a first conversation with my now husband he asked where I was from. “I get around,” I replied. His eyebrows lifted. “No, no, no. Not like that. I’ve just lived a lot of places. I’m a mutt.” Given that I called myself a whore and a dog in a span of five seconds, it’s a miracle he still asked me out. (Or did I ask him? In replaying this scene that sounds…