Lois Leveen


June 1, 2012

No Sour Grapes, Some Sour Kraut

Thanks to everyone who voted for The Secrets of Mary Bowser, which is the WINNER for the Sutter Home Wine June bookclub selection.

Civil War guys with wine bottles

The author of the monthly selection shares entertaining tips (I think that means tips for entertaining; my amusing advice on how to add more leopard to your wardrobe did not qualify), as well as a recipe book groups can use for the meeting where they discuss the book.

Needless to say, a recipe with a secret ingredient seemed especially appropriate for The Secrets of Mary Bowser.

And chocolate seems especially appropriate for ANYTHING.

So, check out my Secrets of Chocolate Cake recipe. It is the weirdest chocolate cake you'll ever make, but also the best. (Just don't tell anyone what the secret ingredient is, until after they've tasted it!)
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May 24, 2012

Happy UK Day

Authors write books. Readers read books. But in between, there are many wonderful people behind the scenes who make the book "happen."

Today, I'm in Birmingham, Alabama, visiting with one team of wonderfuls, the folks at Books-A-Million who are connecting readers across the South, and other choice pockets of the country, with my book.

But I'm also thinking of another team of wonderfuls, my "across the pond" friends at Hodder & Stoughton, who TODAY are publishing my book for UK readers. Very few authors are lucky enough to have one insightful editor, one great publishing house, and one gorgeous cover. I have two, with William Morrow in the US and Hodder in the UK, and for that I am ever grateful.

More on my time in the 'Bam and elsewhere soon!
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May 18, 2012

50 Shades of What?

Ever wonder what authors talk about when readers aren't around?

Wayyyyy back in October, I found out that The Secrets of Mary Bowser would be published on May 15. But it was only a couple of weeks ago that I began to wonder what I would actually do on May 15. And, for that matter, on May 14, and on May 16. I had no idea. So I asked some of my friends who are published authors.

For their answers, and my zany, zany May 15th travels, check out "Sex Tips for Authors (Well, What Authors Trade Instead of Sex Tips)" today's guest post on the Powell's blog.
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May 17, 2012

Red Tractor Redux

Recycling is very important to keep the planet healthy. So I've gone green (and red!) by recycling a February entry from this blog for today's guest post "Fear of a Red Tractor" at Powells.com. But the pictures I did for the Powells version are supercute.

Speaking of supercute, check out this supercute photo I just tweeted with the message "Blue v Gray meet White v Red. Vote 4 The Secrets of Mary Bowser 4 for the Sutter Home Wine June book club.

Adorable image of Playmobil Civil War guys and wine bottles

Voting ends Monday, May 21! My sister says you can vote multiple times, although I of course would not openly advocate such blatant election rigging.
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May 16, 2012

Judging a Book by Its Brazilian

From today's guest post at Powells.com/blog:

"We're giving you a French flap," my publisher said.

"That's fantastic!" I said.

Then I immediately Googled "French flap."

Which it turns out is not, as I feared, some new variant on a Brazilian wax.

A French flap is a . . .

Want to know how that sentence ends (hint, it may point the way to saving the American book publishing industry)? Check out the full post over at the Powells website.
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