Me, Myself and Kate by Deb Jennifer

I’m one of those readers always looking for parallels between protagonists and the writers who create them.  The extent to which writers use autobiographical information (or not) interests me.  I know writers who take the “write what you know” advice to the extreme and write themselves into the story in a way that almost borders on memoir.  I’m not saying this doesn’t make for great fiction: it often does.  Here’s…

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The Town House Turtle by Deb Tish

In some ways, my agoraphobic Town House protagonist, Jack Madigan, and I could not be more different. He’s the son of a rock star and a groupie. I’m the daughter of a medical laboratory owner and an artist. He’s passive aggressive with his therapist. I couldn’t appreciate mine more. He lives in my favorite neighborhood on earth – Beacon Hill in Boston – in a four-storey century town home with…

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Bald? Get a Grip by Deb Kristy

Busy week! I’ve been in Tampa, visiting my grandfather for his 86th birthday and making a couple of visits with some great independent bookstores, Inkwood Books in Tampa and Sarasota News & Books in, well, Sarasota. I also had the honor and pleasure of reading the yet to be titled manuscript of Ad Hudler’s excellent sequel to Househusband. Had a great time while away, but of course there was little…

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Beauty Fades, Stupid is Forever by Deb Eileen

I’m home sick with a head cold. The vast quantities of over the counter medication has left me washed up on the sofa, surrounded by crumbled damp tissues, unable to move and barely able to pull together a cohert thought.  This doesn’t bode well for this post. I don’t want to write, reading seems to complicated, so I am reduced to watching day time TV. (stick with me- this does connect to…

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News Flash!

Serdechnye pozdravleniya! Double Debs Take Over Russia: Debs Anna David (Party Girl) and Eileen Cook (In The Stars) just sold Russian rights! Really Good Review Things! Booklist calls Deb Mia King’s Good Things “A fresh and thoroughly enjoyable story as enticing as the delectable recipes at the end of the book.” Update! As mentioned in a prior News Flash, due to early big buzz, Deb Eileen’s In The Stars publication date…

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Some like it bald by Debutante Jennifer

I’m with Debutante Anna: I was dreading this topic because I don’t feel one way or another about bald men.  There are certainly bald men (or fictional characters anyway) I love:  Gordon from Sesame Street Mr. Clean Captain Picard Keith from Six Feet Under Lex Luthor (in most incarnations, including the portrayal by alleged natural baldy, Kevin Spacey, see below) Charlie Brown Kojak Conrad from Weeds Then there are the…

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The Astonishing Lure of Monsieur Boisvert by Deb Tish

I had no idea what to write about today, since, like Anna, I don’t spend much time pondering men’s receding hairlines. Then my 14-year-old son came home and asked for help with his French project. He had to summarize a black-and-white-illustrated lesson book and needed help translating into English. Here’s the story. Two baby-faced French-Canadian boys, Paul and André, travel to Europe, buy Eurailpasses and wind up in France. André loses his passport…

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The Bald and the Beautiful By Debutante Anna

Okay, I’ll come right out and confess it: balding men is a topic I’ve been dreading. Not because I have deep, painful issues relating to men devoid of hair but because I don’t. I don’t have a bald men fetish, nor do I think hairlessness on one’s scalp makes one undesirable. You’re never going to hear my claim that Bruce Willis really does it for me or that Patrick Stewart…

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Writing, Hypocrisy, and the Art of the Tag by Deb Kristy

I interrupt our usual Sunday programming (um, there usually IS no Sunday program, but you know what I mean) to bring you an extra special surprise post of great importance, wisdom, and wit. First, I read something so fabulous I had to share, and then I got tagged by the talented JT Ellison, and, well, I break out in hives if I don’t do what I’m told, so, without further…

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