Want to be charmed? Read THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING!

THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise Miller
Thursday, August 11, 2016

 August is the perfect month for Louise Miller’s debut– THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING– to hit shelves. Why? Because it’s the end of summer; the season change is upon us. And change is what Louise’s book is about. What I loved most about Livvy, the character whose life takes a twist after a flaming flambé incident, is how genuine she is in her search for happiness. She doesn’t set out to impress…

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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…

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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…

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NEWS FLASH–All the Launches Edition

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Congratulations to Lizzie Andrews, winner of Lindsay Hatton’s MONTEREY BAY! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, our own Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is over the moon that Elle Magazine chose THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING as one of the 11 Best Books to Read in August! Jennifer S. Brown dropped her kids off at sleepaway camp (yay!)…

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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….

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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…

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News Flash–Summer in the City Edition

News Flash
Sunday, July 17, 2016

                                                                              Congratulations to Carolyn Merwin Boyer, winner of Karma Brown‘s THE CHOICES WE MAKE! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Deb Alum Eleanor Brown’s THE LIGHT…

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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…

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News Flash–Countdown Edition

News Flash
Sunday, July 10, 2016

  Congratulations to pomsmith, winner of J. Ryan Stradal’s KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Deb alum Karma Brown’s THE CHOICES WE MAKE From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has been having fun searching for fiddle players and planning the menu for her launch party, which will include lots of PIE. She cannot believe THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY…

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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…

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