The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living Playlist

Monday, June 20, 2016

There is, of course, baking in THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, but music plays almost as important a role in the story. My main character Livvy plays the banjo, and one of the ways that she connects to the people of the town of Guthrie is by joining a contra dance band. Here is a CITY BAKER’S GUIDE playlist Rodney Miller—Sheehan’s Reel. Rodney Miller is an incredible fiddle…

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Adventures in Publishing

Monday, June 13, 2016

adventure noun ad·ven·ture \əd-ˈven-chər\ An exciting or very unusual experience. Participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises. A bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome. A commercial or financial speculation of any kind; venture. I am not a super adventurous person. I like my trips planned. I like to budget my money. I like to work from a recipe. I like to know how I am getting home at…

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Food is Everything

Monday, June 6, 2016

I’ve been a pastry chef for over twenty years, and have spent my whole adult life in a kitchen, so when I set out to write my first novel, it felt very natural to build it around food. In the first scene of my novel my protagonist, pastry chef Olivia Rawlings, is making meringue. And the inciting incident involves a flaming baked Alaska. The setting of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE…

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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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Things I Never Regret

Monday, May 30, 2016

Our theme this week is regrets, but here is the thing–i’m not big on regret. We are all human and we all make choices both good and not so good and we learn from them. I am a firm believer that every experience in your life has made you who you are now. So, instead, i’ve decided to share a few things I never regret doing: hanging out with friends and family eating…

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News Flash–Memorial Day Edition

News Flash
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Congratulations to Nicole Tone, winner of Adria Cimino’s debut PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS. Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Antonia Crane’s SPENT! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is over the moon happy to find The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living featured in The Wall Street Journal’s  Summer Book Extravaganza!  Jennifer S. Brown spent much of the week in New York, pitching MODERN GIRLS at the Jewish…

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Books > Authors > Women > Louise

Monday, May 23, 2016

  Something you should know about me: I am not a big fan of categorization. Of course I am made up of all sorts of sortable facts. You can put me in the female subgroup and the writers subgroup and the cat owners subgroup and the old time banjo players subgroup and the people who hate the taste of cucumbers so much they can’t eat lettuce that has been leaning…

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A Memory of Senses

Monday, May 16, 2016

I have a wonky memory. I have purchased many novels, and have read twenty or thirty pages in only to realize that I had read the book before. I forget character’s names and movie titles and basically every plot point. My lack of memory goes for my own life as well as the stories I consume, so when I read that this week’s theme was childhood memories, I felt at…

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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 Superpower of Seeing Beauty

Monday, May 9, 2016

I have a secret to tell you. I have a superpower. And you can have it, too.* My superpower is that I see beauty everywhere. Now, I’m not talking about seeing beauty in a saccharine, Pollyanna kind of way, or in a Lego Movie Everything is Awesome way, or in a hippy, it’s all good kind of way—especially not the last one. You don’t need to know me very long…

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