Erin Dionne’s Character Debut Party

Models Don't Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin DionneWelcome, Erin Dionne! I hope you brought chocolate cookies. Because if Celeste isn’t going to eat them, well… hello, cookies, where have you been all my life?


Thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris is no string bean, but comfy sweatpants and a daily chocolate cookie suit her just fine. Her under-the-radar lifestyle could have continued too, if her aunt hadn’t entered her in the HuskyPeach Modeling Challenge. To get out of it, she’s forced to launch Operation Skinny Celeste—because, after all, a thin girl can’t be a fat model! What Celeste never imagined was that losing weight would help her gain a backbone . . . or that all she needed to shine was a spotlight.

Celeste’s 2009 Debut Party

I’m still holding out for those cookies. I mean, *cough* I’m really happy to be included in Celeste’s celebration!

The Guest List

Alice, from the Twilight books, just because she’s such a party planner, and Anastasia Krupnik, from the Lois Lowry books. I think they’d have a lot to talk about!

The Party

Celeste hates to be the center of attention, so we’re in for a VERY low-key gethering at her cousin Kathleen’s apartment. Guests will receive decoupaged candle holders, of course!

Cool. I love candle holders. But what about, um…

*Grows concerned for lack of cookies*

The Guest of Honor: Celeste

Celeste is wearing a blue wrap shirt and black flowy pants. Perhaps, if she’s feeling jazzy, some lipgloss. Her theme song tonight? “Dreaming Without You,” sung by Theo Christmas (aka gallo_nero). You can even download it for free from the MODELS website!

Erin Dionne’s Advice for Celeste on Her Big Debut

Relax and enjoy yourself–you deserve to be the star of the show!

Okay, okay, so we didn’t get any cookies, but Celeste sounds like such a sweetheart. I totally forgive her. And I can’t wait to read more about her! Thanks for the party, Erin, and happy debut to you and Celeste!,

MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES is available in book stores now, and also online at Amazon or through your favorite Indiebound store.

Erin Dionne has lived on two coasts and in four states. Her debut novel, MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES, was inspired by events that occurred in seventh grade, when she wore a scary peach bridesmaid dress in her cousin’s wedding and threw up on her gym teacher’s shoes (not at the same event). Although humiliating at the time, these experiences are working for her now.

Erin lives outside of Boston with her husband and daughter, and a very insistent dog named Grafton. She roots for the Red Sox, teaches English at an art college, and sometimes eats chocolate cookies. visit her online.

Stacey Jay’s Character Debut Party

You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey JayAfter partying with Sarah MacLean and the Regency crowd last week, we’re back in the present for a little zombie action with author Stacey Jay.

I haven’t read YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME yet, but it’s already flying — er, shambling — off the shelves across the country. Can’t wait to get my copy and get my undead on!


Megan Berry’s social life is so dead. Literally. Fifteen-year-old Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler by birth, which means she’s part-time shrink to a bunch of dead people. All Megan wants is to be normal–and go to homecoming. But someone in school is using black magic to turn average, angsty Undead into flesh-eating Zombies, and it’s looking like homecoming will turn out to be a very different kind of party–the bloody kind.

Megan’s 2009 Debut Party

Given the recent news of the zombie apocalypse hitting Austin, I think partying with Megan is a pretty good way to hedge your bets!

The Guest List

Megan had to invite Buffy, just because so many parallels had been drawn between the two of them. But they both agreed that Megan is nowhere near as bad ass as the Buffster. Buffy tried to make a case that supernatural therapy skills are almost as cool as supernatural fighting skill, but Megan wasn’t buying.

The Party

Join us at Megan’s house for an undead pastry party in a small, intimate gathering of fellow Settlers, family, and friends. Everyone has to make a dessert with a zombie theme. We’ve got cupcakes with zombie hands bursting from the chocolaty ground, zombie sugar cookies with missing limbs and walnut brains, a jello mold made in the shape of a brain…all kinds of gross and yummy stuff. All guests receive glow in the dark zombie finger puppets!

Glow in the dark zombie finger puppets?! *Secretly wants glow in the dark zombie finger puppets!*

The Guest of Honor: Megan Berry

Megan dons a cute summer dress with shorts underneath, just in case zombies attack unexpectedly and she has to kick a little ass. Flashing your party guests is never cool.

And her theme song? Disturbia by Rhianna.

Stacey Jay’s Advice for Megan on Her Big Debut

Enjoy it and eat lots of cake. There are things you might regret in life, but one night of unlimited cake is not one of them.

Unlimited cake?

*Runs — er, shambles — to zombie party!*

Thanks for the invite, Stacey, and best of luck to you and Megan!

YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME is available in book stores now, and also online at Amazon.

About the author: Stacey Jay is a workaholic with three pen names, four kids, and a decidedly macabre sense of humor. She loves zombies, creepies, crawlies, blood, guts, gore, and of course, romance. “You are So Undead to Me”, Stacey’s debut paranormal Young Adult Romance featuring Zombie Settler, Megan Berry was released January 22nd from Razorbill books. Visit her online.

Sarah MacLean’s Character Debut Party

The Season by Sarah MacLeanHere to kick off our first 2009 Character Debut Party is Sarah MacLean, author of THE SEASON, which I was lucky enough to read back in November. It kept my poor husband up all night, as every other page I was either oh-ing or oooh-ing or flat our laughing at strong-willed, sassy Lady Alexandra and her equally-engaging BFFs. One of the things I loved most about THE SEASON was the characters. Each was so well-developed and distinct, unique and multi-dimensional without ever overshadowing Lady Alex’s lead. Even the minor characters were full of life, each making his own impact on the story. After I read this book, I emailed Sarah for a crash course in Jane Austin for beginners — I’d never read Lady Jane and was so inspired by THE SEASON that I wanted to dive right in to Regency romance!


Seventeen-year-old Lady Alexandra Stafford doesn’t fit into the world of Regency London — she’s strong-willed, sharp-tongued, and she absolutely loathes dress fittings. Unfortunately, her mother has been waiting for years for Alex to be old enough to take part in the social whirlwind of a London Season so she can be married off to someone safe, respectable, wealthy, and almost certainly boring. But Alex is much more interested in adventure than romance.

Between sumptuous balls, lavish dinner parties and country weekends, Alex, along with her two best friends, Ella and Vivi, manages to get entangled in her biggest scrape yet. When the Earl of Blackmoor is killed in a puzzling accident, Alex decides to help his son, the brooding and devilishly handsome Gavin, uncover the truth. It’s a mystery brimming with espionage, murder, and suspicion. As she and Gavin grow closer, will Alex’s heart be stolen in the process?

Romance and danger fill the air, as this year’s Season begins!

Lady Alexandra’s 2009 Debut Party

Sarah MacLean is letting us crash! Let’s see what she has in store for Lady Alex and her friends on the big debut day.

The Guest List

  • Emma Woodhouse from EMMA, sure to put her foot in it, but makes for a fun party nonetheless
  • Lizzie Bennett from PRIDE & PREJUDICE, who is very clever and intelligent and would certainly add to the conversation
  • Diana Holland from the LUXE series, real and fun and precisely the kind of friend Alex gravitates to
  • Cedric Diggory from HARRY POTTER, a great sport and more than a little bit handsome
  • Annabel and Owen from JUST LISTEN, an adorable couple and whom Alex would definitely like
  • Rosalind from AS YOU LIKE IT — she’s smart and not afraid to masquerade as a boy. She’s bound to be fun!

The Party

Well, Alex has already had the debut her mother wanted her to have, complete with tepid lemonade, too many people and a hot, sticky ballroom.

The debut she would have liked to have had would have been outside at Hyde Park on a glorious, sunny, Spring afternoon… and very chill. No dancing, no inane conversation and absolutely no dress fittings. It would have included an elaborate picnic spread, Ella, Vivi, Nicola Salisbury, her brothers, Gavin (who is *like* a brother) and Freddie Stanhope, who is always good for a laugh. In a perfect world, Gavin would have let her drive his curricle to the party, which would have made the afternoon that much more fun.

The theme for Alex’s party would be good friends, good conversation. Guests would receive copies of PRIDE & PREJUDICE by A Lady.

The Guest of Honor: Alex Stafford

Alex would wear a dark green riding habit. That way, if she dirtied her gown while playing Pall Mall, her mother won’t flip out.

And her theme song? Like a Luminous Girl, by Mike Doughty.

Sarah MacLean’s Advice for Alex on Her Big Debut

Don’t get caught in the gardens doing something you shouldn’t be doing with someone you shouldn’t be doing it with.

Hmm… how very scandalous!

Thanks, Sarah, for letting us peak in on Alex’s debut party — sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon. And if you guys ever met Gavin, well… put it this way. As long as he’s around, a freak thunderstorm complete with hail couldn’t cool off that garden party!

THE SEASON is available in book stores now, and also online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound. If you pick your copy up at the local book store, take a picture and head on over to Sarah’s blog to let her know. On top of having a great book on your nightstand, you could win a cool Regency prize!

About the Author: Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, where she spent much of her free time bemoaning the fact that she was more than a century too late for own Season. Her unabashed addiction to historical fiction helped to earn her a degree in European History from Smith College before she moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. After receiving a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Sarah returned to New York, where she lives with her husband, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She is currently working on a series of regency-set romances to be released in 2010 from Avon/HarperCollins. Visit her online at MacLeanSpace.

2009 Character Debut Parties

2009 is here, and the Debs are coming out!

The best part? We’re totally crashing!

Join me throughout the year for the 2009 Character Debut Party Crash, where we sneak ahead of the A-list to mingle with the new crop of YA leading lads and ladies. Think Sweet 16 meets southern-style society debut, but less proper, and with a little bit of made-up stuff in between.

Winter / Spring Party Lineup:

  1. Thursday, February 5: Sarah MacLean, author of THE SEASON
  2. Thursday, February 12: Stacey Jay, author of YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME
  3. Tuesday, March 10: Saundra Mitchell, author of SHADOWED SUMMER
  4. Sunday, March 29: Erin Dionne, author of MODELS DON’T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES
  5. Tuesday, March 31: Cynthea Liu, THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA
  6. Wednesday, April 8: Heather Duffy-Stone, author of THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU
  7. Wednesday, April 15: Carrie Ryan, author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH
  8. Thursday, April 16: Neesha Meminger, author of SHINE, COCONUT MOON

So mark your calendars, put on your sneaking-around shoes, and prepare to crash!