Jennifer’s Favorite Reads of 2015

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I read so many amazing books in 2015, however, my feeling is that many of them would not be of interest to a lot of folks, as they are books I’ve read as research. Captivating for me; maybe not so much for others. For instance, I devoured WE ONLY KILL EACH OTHER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BUGSY SIEGEL by Dean Jennings, a book that is a total cliche with its…


Louise’s Favorite Debuts of 2015

Monday, December 21, 2015

This week we are sharing some of our favorite books that we have read over the past year. My top three have something in common—they are all debuts! I have a soft spot for author’s first novels, and always go out of my way to read them. These are the stories the writers couldn’t let go of, the ones that inspired the author to take the leap into the wonderful,…


Gratitude Shmatitude

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After reading Louise’s heartfelt post yesterday about all the people who have helped her along the way, I’m tempted to go schmaltzy and do the same. But the thing is, that’s not me. I have a reputation among my friends of not being a terribly emotional person. I’m the kind of person you come to when you want a problem solved, not the person you turn to for a good…


Banish Self-Doubt & Keep Writing

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

As the last Deb to launch her book out into the world (THREE WEEKS TO GO) I’m at a disadvantage to discuss hindsight. However, I have the distinct advantage of learning from those who have gone before me, so notes have been taken and tips have been appreciated. Granted, I’ll likely only tame the worry versus eliminate it completely, and while I love Amy’s suggestion to do guest posts as they…


Five Marketing Tips

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

There a a million ways to market a book. You can do blog tours, book events, magazine articles. If you’re lucky you’ll get reviews by the large trade publications like Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist and more. You can spend your advance on book marks, buttons, and fun pens. And like Colleen said yesterday, it might work, it might not. In no particular order, here are my five tips: 1. Think outside the…


Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

There’s a great irony about writers and reading. The more you write, the less time you have to read. I used to devour a book a day, now I’m lucky if I can get to a book a week, but I keep trying. I keep stocking up on books and adding to my to-read list. I took great joy in going through my to-read mountain and pulling out some books I want to…


Five Book Loves

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

This week’s topic is a tricky one – It’s the books we love and wish we’d written. As I stacked up the books I loved (which inevitably became a mountain), I quickly realized something. I would never want to have written them because then I would never have been able to enjoy reading them for that first, glorious time. I remember vividly when I nearly tackled the UPS guy as he…


Bookish Gifts For All

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the littlest bookworm on your list: Personalized bookplate stamp I was an avid reader as a kid, and would have loved to stamp my books for my own little library. Not to mention, parents will appreciate the time spent stamping (craft time!) so they can have a few minutes of peace and quiet to read their own books…   For the ‘read in the bath’ person: Old Books soy…


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…