Monday, May 18, 2009

Debra-- Where'd she go ?

California. That's why I'm late with today's blog post!!

I arrived home from California late yesterday to see the proof copy of our newest Bell Bridge Books title!

Many of you long-time readers may remember and love Virginia Brown (also Juliana Garnett and a few other pseudonyms!) who's written over 50 books for the mega-publishers and even a few for smaller publishers.

We're tickled pink to be publishing Virginia in a new Southern mystery series. The first title is DIXIE DIVAS. The book is available on our website and should start showing up on Amazon,, Fictionwise, your bookstore's database, etc. in the next few days.

What's this mystery about? Well...

Wine. Chocolate. Transvestite strippers. See, that's just another good-time get-together for the Dixie Divas of historic Holly Springs, Mississippi, where moonlight and magnolias mingle with delicious smalltown scandal.

But Eureka "Trinket" Truevine, the newest Diva, gets more than she bargained for when she finds her best Diva girlfriend Bitty Hollandale's ex-husband in Bitty's hall closet. He's dead. Very dead. Now Trinket and the Divas have to help Bitty finger the murderer and clear her name.

Break out the hoop skirts and the zinfandel. The Divas are on the case.

We thought we'd do a little YouTube video for Virginia and then realized it was going to be very long as we covered her career. LOL! You can see the video here.

So, what do you think of the cover? We all know...I'm all about covers. And celebrities. But I didn't see any in California. Probably because I was in *San Diego.* (One can hope.) Had any celebrity sightings in your life lately?


ForestJane said...

Welcome home!

The cover fits the book really well, a fun cover, and it was a fun read :)

It's difficult to see so small, though, what's the garnish in the three glasses?

Kathleen Eagle said...

Welcome back, Deb!

I watched the video, and all I can say is, wow! What an impressive body of work!

The cover is cool. Fun, delicious colors, makes you want to party. I love the title, too. I'm all about girlfriends getting together, even if it's over a corpse.

Debra Dixon said...

Jane-- The garnishes are a lime, an apple, and a strawberry. I'll leave you to guess the drinks. (g)

Debra Dixon said...


Yeah, I can't imagine how long the video would have been if they'd tried to put in ALL her covers.

I imagine you'd have a video that would run for a bit as well.

lois greiman said...

Very cute cover and fun video. Belle Books is doing a great job.

Debra Dixon said...

Lois-- I thought the video was a bit long, but maybe I'm "jaded" and not as interested in career histories as readers might be.

It was an interesting walk through cover evolution on historical romance though!

Kylie said...

Deb--hope you had a blast in CA!

The cover looks lots of fun! You guys have good ideas!

Debra Dixon said...

Kylie-- How could one not have fun in San Diego with the SD chapter of RWA. Great, great folks!

ForestJane said...

Oh, you asked about celebrities... does an Elvis sighting at the Krispy Kreme here in Memphis count?


Liza said...

I love the cover and am adding Dixie Divas to my tbb list right now. I'm in Nashville, so I see lots of country music stars. I have seen Nicole Kidman in Starbucks and at the mall. My best friend was lucky enough to meet Jon Bon Jovi one time in a Starbucks.

Cindy Gerard said...

Cool cover, Deb - nice video too. And the excerpt was a hoot. I'm off to find the book!!

As for celebs - I'm never that lucky. I have a friend who spots them all the time but them she goes to NYC regularly and I'm pretty much out here in the corn fields :o)

Debra Dixon said...

Jane-- LOL! Everyone's seen Elvis. Haven't you seen the tabloids. (g) Except me. I think I may be the only person in Memphis who never saw Elvis in person.

Debra Dixon said...

Liza-- I always forget that Nashville has a pretty high count on the celebrities. And obviously if I want to see any I need to hang out at the Starbucks!

Debra Dixon said...

Cindy-- Glad you checked out the excerpt. :) As we all know, we put those excerpts on our websites to lure in the unsuspecting!

Keri Ford said...

Beautiful covers! Ya'll really have wonderful covers there at Bell.

No celebrity sightings for me. And never been out to California (I don't really count the airport layover I had there).