Great Gifts for Readers (Like Me)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Don’t get me wrong, I’m always happy with a gift card to a local book store, but given the size of my to-read pile, the last thing I need is a new book. Or maybe you want to give a present that requires more wrapping than an envelope. Here’s a handy gift guide for when you buy me the book lover in your life a Christmas gift. I kept it to five,…


Award-Winning LESLIE BUDEWITZ on Chicken Jokes and Persistence + GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Please welcome Leslie Budewitz! She’s on such a great roll with her Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime) series. The first novel in the series, Death al Dente, won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. And her second novel, CRIME RIB (don’t you love the titles?) will be out on July 1st! In Crime Rib, Gourmet food market owner Erin Murphy is determined to get Jewel Bay, Montana’s…


Thoughts from a Sentimental Book Slut

Friday, June 27, 2014

On average, I probably read a book a week. And can I tell you what I’ve read recently? Nope. Except for our Natalia’s CHASING THE SUN and Lori’s THE BLACK HOUR. (Both fabulous! And I do recommend them.) In other words, I have a hard time recommending books. I have the books that are my personal classics, but I don’t recommend them much, for whatever reason. So, I’m sitting here, mildly…


The Delicate Science of Recommending Books You’ll Love

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with recommending books to people. I LOVE sharing my love of books. But I hate having to do it on the spot. Recommending books is a lot like ordering for someone at a restaurant. Sure, you can do it blindly. But shouldn’t you first make sure they’re not allergic to cilantro? Or find out if they’re vegetarian? Or keep in mind that they have a serious…


A Beautiful Love Story That Made Me Ugly Cry

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Funny enough, I’m not a big crier when it comes to storytelling. I can count on one hand the number of books and movies combined that have made me shed tears. It’s not that I don’t feel it, it’s just that internalize it. Sometimes. When I was a sophomore in college, my English major self thought it’d be fun to take, as an elective, Politics of the Middle East. It…


Guilty Pleasures: Books I So Love to Hate

Friday, February 7, 2014

This week I thought about novels that inspired the writer within (Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier), novels whose prose wowed me (Crescent by Diana Abu Jaber), novels that I’d call nearly perfect in every way (Atonement by Ian McEwan), and novels that I love just because I love them (Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen). And even novels that I hate (The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen this means you). But what about novels I love to hate? These are the books I…


Jealousy or Admiration? The Books I Wish I’d Written

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

This week’s topic makes me think of the movie As Good As It Gets. Because when I think of the books I wish I’d written, it almost sounds like jealousy. How come I didn’t think of that? How come I haven’t written a line so good I want to carry it with me always? There’s Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Loosely inspired by the Japanese Embassy Hostage Crisis in Lima,…


Deb Susan Reconsiders the Ending

Thursday, August 1, 2013

As I mentioned in a comment on Deb Kerry’s fantastic Monday post, I have trouble with endings, written or otherwise. When I come to the end of a novel, or anything else, I have trouble explaining things in simple ways. It’s a lifelong problem, and one I never considered all that much until this topic came around. I’d previously dismissed my trouble with endings as “overattachment” or “trouble tying up…


Deb Susan Reads the Book First

Thursday, June 27, 2013

When it comes to movies based on books, people tend to fall into one of two camps: “read the book afters” or “read the book firsts.” I’m one who reads the book first. It excites me to learn that one of my favorite books is made into a movie. I tend not to argue with directorial straying, and I rarely object when the film cannot capture the story in its…


Deb Dana Has a Surprise Announcement

Last week, when I saw the topic for this week’s post, I thought, “UGH. A secret I can share? Do I have any of those?” And then I got a call from my agent on Thursday. What was this call about, you ask? Well, I can’t tell you quite yet, making it the perfect topic for this post. But suffice it to say, our conversation involved books. Specifically, books written…

Tuesday, April 30, 2013