News Flash–Fireworks Edition

News Flash
Sunday, July 3, 2016

  Congratulations to Brandi Megan Grannett, winner of Katherine Ozment’s GRACE WITHOUT GOD. Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, J. Ryan Stradal’s KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has had a happy week. She booked her launch party venue, sent out invitations, and is currently trying to find a fiddler to play tunes during cocktails. She was thrilled to…

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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 PassageSebastopol, CA, July…

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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…

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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…

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News Flash–Father’s Day Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Congratulations to Theresa, winner of Shannon Kirk‘s METHOD 15/33! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Erika Swyler’s THE BOOK OF SPECULATION! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has had a cheery week! She heard clips from her audiobook narrator, saw her Swedish book cover, and finalized her book launch bookstore (GO BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH!) and launch party location. Jennifer S. Brown is counting down the days till…

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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…

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News Flash–Promotion Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Congratulations to Nicole Evelina, winner of Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Shannon Kirk’s METHOD 15/33! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller tossed out the book she was working on. It was liberating. And scary. She has a setting she is crazy-excited about, and a character, and is playing with plot. Jennifer S. Brown is visiting book groups in…

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Dirty Fortune Cookies

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The topic this week is food. I have a large extended family. My father was the oldest of five; my mother the youngest of six. When we get together the din created is its own special blend that outsiders find intimidating. (Ask any incoming spouse about their first Fabiaschi gathering– the story is sure to delight. My husband was alarmed when a great, great aunt aggressively accused me of smoking…

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News Flash–Sunshine Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Miller-Young, winner of Antonia Crane’s SPENT! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller had the delightful task of listening to clips of actors reading and offering her opinion on who would make the best Livvy for THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING audiobook! Jennifer S. Brown had a completely relaxing Memorial Day…

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Running Away From a Beautiful Now

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The topic this week is regrets. My children are eleven months apart. We wanted kids close together, but no one does that on purpose. My son’s enormous heart and kind spirit make up for his horrifying fetal behavior, but I was sick every single day of my pregnancy. There were dozens of times I held my infant daughter on one hip while throwing up into a public toilet. She found it hilarious. When my…

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