Slip Sliding Away by Deb Kristy

So, I’ve got this best friend, right? Her name is Janna, and she’s dating this rather geeky but nice enough guy, Sam. Now, Sam has this fabulous eggplant Karman Ghia and lots of geeky friends. So Janna, in the grand tradition of best-friends-with boyfriends-who-have-cars-and-friends everywhere, decides that we must double-date. I, being new to town, and fourteen, have never dated. I had that smooch-fest with Mark in the eighth grade…

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The Ick by Deb Eileen

We’ll be taking a break from our scheduled post on my pre-teen date angst to discuss “the ick.” I have the ick. It seems to be going around. If you wonder if you have it- you can take this short test. Sitting next to you there is: a spread of over the counter medications that is larger than most pharmacies a sculpture created entirely from used crusty tissues your first…

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Just the Three of Us by Deb Tish

My first date took place in a closet. Not a big closet either. A tiny airless space crammed with winter coats and wilted cowboy boots. It was eighth grade and somebody was having a party in their parents’ panelled basement. Fifteen or twenty teenagers with perms and the kind of coloring you only see en masse in Canada: blue eyes, pasty January pallor, and hair the color of a rat’s tail. Few of us…

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Wherefore art thou Pookie Bear? by Deb Jennifer

My first real date with a boy was complicated – as all such dates are bound to be when you are a fourteen-year-old lesbian.  The first date itself wasn’t even that memorable (although my mother certainly made a big deal of it), but it set off a sequence of events that was extremely memorable.  I was a freshman.  My friend “Suzy” had a boyfriend, a senior, whose real name I…

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Today’s the Day – GOOD THINGS in Bloom by Deb Mia

I’d like to start today, February 6, 2007, with this quote: “Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.” Robert Louis Stevenson The journey that resulted in today’s official publication of GOOD THINGS: A NOVEL, started over 30 years ago. That journey has been marked by fits and starts, surges and lulls. Finite moments of exhilaration, but more commonly, disappointing moments of self-sabotage, occasional jealousy, and…

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News Flash!

A full dance card this week for The Debutante Ball! DEBUT! Honored guests, the time has finally arrived. Debutante Mia King’s Good Things officially debuts on Tuesday! Visit her beautiful new website and her Debutante Ball Page to read all about it, enter her fabulous contests, and hear what the reviewers are saying! Romance Reviews Today just weighed in with: For a debut novel well worth your time, give GOOD…

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The Why of Rebellion by Deb Kristy

So I was tapping out this whole little thing on rebellion on Friday (what? Me procrastinate?), and what I realized was that I didn’t have that much to say on the subject. I never rebelled. No, really. In order to rebel, you must have something to rebel against. There must be an opposing force, and I faced very little parental, institutional, or societal opposition. I mostly did what I wanted…

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You never hear James Dean snort by Deb Eileen

I remember my teen years as one where I was quite the rebel. I dressed as if I was channeling Molly Ringwald, listened to The Smiths and tried to take up smoking clove cigarettes. (Note to impressionable young readers: don’t bother with the clove cigarettes they taste like a burnt spice cabinet and no one looks cool hacking up mucus chunks) I’ve come to the realization that it is quite…

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That’s Ms. Femme Fatale to You by Deb Mia

Let me start by saying that I don’t think the label of “Femme Fatale” is appropriate for a high school student. Come on: they’re not allowed to drink, they’ve just started driving, they can’t vote, they can’t play the lottery. And, as the mother of a young daughter, I really don’t think they should be dating. The moral compass in this country is heading south, and I really don’t think…

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