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…

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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…

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Talking to the World’s First Gourmand

Monday, April 3, 2017

This week the Debs take on the point-of-view of their characters.  After a bumpy litter ride across the Palatine Hill in Rome, I arrive at the palatial home of the ancient gourmand, Marcus Gavius Apicius, to find out what makes him tick. We settle into plush couches in a corner of the villa’s expansive garden. Me: Tell us when and where you were born?  Apicius: I was born on the Ides of…

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An Old Knives Tale

Monday, March 27, 2017

This week the Debs are sharing deleted scenes, shifts in their books and all sorts of behind the curtain tidbits.  When I began writing FEAST OF SORROW, I was writing a very different book, about a celebrity chef with a special set of magical knives. I wanted an origin scene for those knives and this is what happened. I kept some of this in the book, but most of it…

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The Deb Ball News Flash – Reading, Writing, on the move, and on the mend

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Congratulations to Elizabeth Glenn, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by Colleen Oakley. We send our thanks to Sherri Smith for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of FOLLOW ME DOWN or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @SL_Smith_ + #DebBallGiveaway of FOLLOW ME DOWN https://t.co/pKhcM58JiV…

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NewsFlash! Lynn K. Hall’s Memoir Has Launched!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Congratulations to Bonnie Karoly, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Abby Fabiaschi’s I LIKED MY LIFE! We send our thanks to our very own Lynn K. Hall for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of CAGED EYES: AN AIR FORCE CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE Or you can enter to win a signed hardcover by retweeting this tweet on twitter: Interview with Lynn K. Hall + #DebBallGiveaway of CAGED EYES. RT…

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NewsFlash: Tiffany’s ALLEGEDLY has launched!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Congratulations to Haley Harrigan, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Jessica Chiarella’s AND AGAIN! We send our thanks to our very own Tiffany D. Jackson for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of ALLEGEDLY. Or you can enter to win a signed hardcover by retweeting this tweet on twitter: Interview w/ DEB Tiffany Jackson + #DebBallGiveAway of ALLEGEDLY. RT to Enter! https://t.co/ePkkUHd77T pic.twitter.com/BmxdBZoX02…

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That Green-Eyed Witch, Invidia

Monday, January 9, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about envy – struggling with it, learning from it.   In ancient Rome, Invidia was the name for the goddess of retribution and envy, whom the Greeks called Nemesis. The ancients described her as a witch with a poison tongue and green eyes with double pupils. The word itself, invidia, comes from the Latin word invidere, or “too look too closely.”  The ancients believed…

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2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…

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The Secret to Writing Is Simple

Monday, November 28, 2016

This week the Debs are writing about our experience of time: time writing books and the publishing timeline.  The venerable Dorothy Parker said a lot of witty things, most of which I either identify with or just plain adore. She has a few witty quips about writing in particular which I identify with: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can…

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