News Flash–Garden edition

Extra, extra, read all about it!
Sunday, May 22, 2016

Congratulations to Kasey Clark, winner of Tara Conklin’s THE HOUSE GIRL! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Adria Cimino’s debut Paris, Rue des Martyrs From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller had a blast brainstorming questions for THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING’s Reading Guide. It was fun and strange to think of her book from the point of view of a reader! And she is absolutely…

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Memories and Writing: The Act of Invention

My collection of childhood diaries
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When I read Louise’s post about her childhood memories, I had to laugh. Like Louise, my childhood memories are hazy. Former classmates are forgotten. Events never seem to have happened. My parents and sister will say, “Do you remember…” and I say, “Nope, not at all!” On a recent trip with a group of girlfriends, they were reminiscing about a camping trip from hell. It was raining, a woman came…

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News Flash–May Flowers Edition

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of Karen Halvorsen Schreck’s BROKEN GROUND Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Tara Conklin’s THE HOUSE GIRL! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is delighted to have a entered Aya’s Goodreads giveaway of UPTOWN THIEF, and is happy to share that Viking is holding a giveaway of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING on Goodreads as well!…

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The Least Sexy Superpower: Optimism

"This irrational optimism is infectious!"
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

I don’t want to talk about superpowers. Clearly, if you talk about your superpower, it will–swoosh!–disappear. The first rule of superpowers is you don’t talk about superpowers. As my character Rose would say, “You want to bring on the evil eye? Puh puh puh!” But since that’s the agreed upon topic this week, then that’s what I’ll write about. Puh puh puh! Defining my superpower is difficult. I don’t have…

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News Flash–Mother’s Day Edition

News Flash
Sunday, May 8, 2016

Congratulations to Regina, winner of Pam Wechsler’s MISSION HILL! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Karen Halvorsen Schreck’s BROKEN GROUND! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is in a post-writing conference-spring wedding-party-mother’s day baking coma. She is almost 100% certain she will never get caught up with everything in her life. Jennifer S. Brown visited her first book club this week and is now…

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Shocking Mom? My Mom? As If.

My mother's phallic art
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A while ago, I was running with a new friend. Running is a great way to get to know people, all those miles to fill with talk. In the course of our getting-to-know you conversation, she said, “My mom is an artist.” “Really?” I said. “Mine too!” Not only did we have something to bond about, but she would understand my particular neuroses. “So,” I asked, “are you in therapy…

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News Flash–May Day Edition

News Flash
Sunday, May 1, 2016

Congratulations to Connie Merritt, winner of Patricia Park’s RE JANE! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Pam Wechsler’s MISSION HILL! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is at Grub Street’s Muse and the Marketplace Writers’ Conference, giving a talk today with the delightful Kate Racculia titled Feedback is a Conversation. She will be in post conference “recovery mode” for the next couple of days. Be kind…

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Forget Raindrops on Roses; Pass the Rye!

Angel's Envy Rye
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What are my favorite things? Why, I’m so glad you asked! Because I have so many favorite things and I have SUCH strong feelings about them! Let me tell you about my favorite… Writing tool: Scrivener! The corkboard option is worth the price of admission alone. Such an easy way to organize my writing. Running shoe: Yes, I’m a geek and I love my Sauconys. They should pay me, I…

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News Flash–April Showers Edition

News Flash
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Congratulations to Susan Peterson, winner of Emily Liebert’s SOME WOMEN! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Patricia Park’s RE JANE! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is having a crazy week balancing wedding cake season at her job, blogging, getting ready for her talk at Muse and the Marketplace, working on book two, and working on THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE launch, all the while trying…

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The Anti-Role Model: Can You Be Creative and Happy?

Dorothy Parker in backyard of residence at 412 West 47th Street, New York City
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

At one point in my young adulthood, I realized that all the writers I looked up to were either drunks, depressives, or both. As I’ve mentioned before, I live my life in a Midnight in Paris state of mind: I glamorize the past. Though I know that the 1920s saw an emancipation of sorts for women exerting their freedom, it was still a time of restrictions and rules and, of…

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