Romans Had Refrigerators?? Feast of Sorrow Enlightens

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It’s the morning after Feast of Sorrow’s book launch, and I bet Crystal is waking up thinking, “Holy Cr@p! My book is out!” Except, I don’t know, maybe she isn’t cursing to herself because she’s a slightly more polite person than I am! Don’t pinch yourself, Crystal! It’s real. Launch day arrived, and Feast of Sorrow is now out into the world. As a fellow writer who also spent the better part…


Happy Pub Day, Crystal! FEAST OF SORROW has launched!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

“King’s descriptions of the food and entertainment are exquisite, her characters are beautifully drawn, and events and people of the times are deftly woven throughout . . . A delight to the senses, King’s debut novel is to be savored and devoured.”  – Library Journal, starred review The first order of the day is to send a big, heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Crystal King on the release of her…


How Did I Get Here? My God!…What Have I Done?!

Monday, April 24, 2017

This week the Debs are helping me celebrate my launch week! Tomorrow FEAST OF SORROW is out in the world! What have I done? I WROTE A BOOK!! And now you can read it! Writing this blog post is a little bit surreal for me. I’ve been working on this book for SO long, for nearly a decade. Long enough that until I got the deal, friends and family had…


News Flash: Springing into spring launches

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Congratulations to Elizabeth Glenn, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE by Alyssa Palombo. We send our thanks to Jamie Brenner for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE FOREVER SUMMER or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @JamieLBrenner + #DebBallGiveaway of THE FOREVER SUMMER — The…


The Meal That Will Help You Land A Husband

Friday, April 21, 2017

If you’ve been following along this week, you know that we’ve been in the kitchen wiping up delicious ancient roman meals from Crystal’s fabulous cookbook, inspired by FEAST OF SORROW. When Crystal first approached us with this idea, I jumped at the chance to make a fool out of myself becoming Chef boyardT, especially since I LOVEEEEEE Italian food. Ten years ago, I spent an entire month in Italy, traveling…


I Cooked Like a Roman!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For this post, here are a few things you ought to know about me: Outside of writing, I don’t have an ounce of artistic inclination. I’m not a cook. I mean, yes, I sometimes rearrange, mix, and heat food, but I don’t have any clue beyond the basic of basic skills. I could sustain myself easily on the same three or four go-to meals for my entire life. See points…


Chef Amicius In The Kitchen: Channeling my Inner Apicius

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

This week, in honor of the soon-to-be-published novel FEAST OF SORROW by our very own Crystal King, we are trying out recipes from the cookbook she is releasing as a companion to her debut. I love to cook, or I should say I loved to cook, until I moved to New York. Then I admit I got into a bit of a slump, tempted by take-out and frustrated by the size…


How Testing (and Tasting!) Recipes Shaped My Novel

Monday, April 17, 2017

This week the Debs are testing out the recipes of Apicius, ahead of Crystal’s launch week. I was SO excited when my fellow Debs all agreed to do a fun experiment for this week–to make a recipe inspired by the ancient gourmand, Apicius, who is the protagonist in my forthcoming (only 8 days away!!) novel, FEAST OF SORROW.  The world’s oldest known cookbook bears the name Apicius, and while it…


NewsFlash: Passover/Easter Edition

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Congratulations to Patty Smith, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE DAY I DIED by Lori Rader-Day We send our thanks to Alyssa Palombo for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @AlyssInWnderlnd + #DebBallGiveaway of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE…


The Best Kind of Editing

Monday, April 10, 2017

This week, instead of doing our taxes, the Debs are talking about auditing, err, editing.  In the fall of 2007, I took a novel-in-progress class at Grub Street with instructor and author, Lisa Borders. It was the first time I was showing anyone the novel I was working on, which turned out to be the early drafts of FEAST OF SORROW.  It was there that I met Anjali Mitter Duva,…