In which we’re discussing villainy

on May 30, 2013

This one’s pretty spoilerific, chickens, so if you haven’t finished A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, you might want to give this one a pass. Specifically, we’re talking about Rex’s villainy. Reader Julie wanted to know if Rex is a killer or if Helen was the guilty party. I think that depends on how you assign…

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In which we’re thinking about Africa

on May 28, 2013

Reader Elizabeth wanted to know if I’ve ever been to Africa, and if not, do I have any plans to go. I haven’t, and that makes me want to sob under the bed until someone hands me a ticket to Nairobi. I would have loved to have gone, but as it happened, there were contract…

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In which we talk about Delilah and Ryder

on May 23, 2013

Dear ones, I’m up against it with deadlines right now–ALWAYS a good thing! The newest Julia novella and the proposal for my next stand alone are both due the last day of May, and I’m plotting out the revisions for CITY OF JASMINE which I will be starting June 5. It’s all hugely exciting, but…

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In which we talk research books

on May 21, 2013

On a previous post—the one where I put up photos of the 55 books in my collection that helped with the writing of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS—Danica left the following comment: Deanna, I’ve decided that I have a book girl crush on you… you always manage to find the most interesting but obscure books…

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In which I’m flying by

on May 16, 2013

to post a link to this article I wrote on the playlist for A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS and the women of speakeasy jazz. Enjoy!

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In which it’s more linky goodness

on May 16, 2013

I hope you enjoyed the collection of goodies that went up on Tuesday. Today’s round-up starts with one of my favorite royals to watch. *Sheikha Mozah *When Good Things Happen to Others (via Tiny Buddha) *Punching Up *If I Had a Time Machine *From Sleeping Beauty to Lady Gaga–the female trickster in literature And please…

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In which we’re feeling linky

on May 14, 2013

Hey, chickens! Back from Houston where I expect I had a wonderful time. (This week’s blogs are being written and loaded well in advance because I’ve got multiple deadlines when I return. I have a novella and a proposal due by the end of the month, revisions due July 1, and a daughter graduating from…

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In which we’re rounding up giveaways

on May 13, 2013

Hola, chickens! Flying post to give you links to seven of the giveaways for A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS. *Confessions of a Book Addict *Tome Tender *Cocktails and Books *Mod Vintage Life *Book Cellar *Brazen Bookworm *Beth Fish Reads

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In which it’s Ryder’s backstory

on May 10, 2013

So today I’m not here–adios, chickens! I’m on my way to Houston for tomorrow’s signing at Murder by the Book. Details are on the Tours page, but here’s something you won’t find there: IT’S A FLAPPER AFFAIR WITH PITH HELMETS AND MIMOSAS. Yeah, you will want to come. Also, if you want a signed book…

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In which we’re looking at Dodo and Jude

on May 9, 2013

I asked earlier this week who people wanted to hear about, and the first reader response was “Dodo, please!” So, for Erin, here’s Dodo… (Spoilers, ahead!) The idea for Dodo started to take shape when I read the memoir of Rosina Harrison’s ROSE: MY LIFE IN SERVICE TO LADY ASTOR. Staff memoirs are one of…

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