the BEAUTIFUL commemorative cupcake!

My friend Nicole, a phenomenal chef, invented these sweet cupcakes to bring to the reading at Watermark Books in Anacortes, WA.  Here they are, coming into existence.  First, the cupcakes–hot outta the oven: The homemade caramel filling: The homemade caramel filling IN the cupcakes! The homemade whipped-cream icing: And the sprinkles:

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swell food for salty dogs

I am visiting one of my best friends from college here on my book tour.  She’s lives up north of Seattle in a charming and picturesque town called Anacortes.  She runs her own restaurant, and has been running it for several years, but I’ve been home with my little kids–and I’ve never seen it until […]

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the awesomest thing ever, ever, ever

My friend Mary Swenson and I made a trailer for Everyone Is Beautiful.  I contributed the idea and the text (it’s from the book), and she contributed the photography and the design and the fabulousness. And here it is!!!  Hope you love it as much as I do. [BlueTube]jPwTrTaZRm0[/BlueTube] Thanks also to Laurie Smithwick for […]

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what does beautiful look like to you?

Over at the amazing photography site Shutter Sisters, there’s a project going on.  It’s called the One Word Project.  Every month, they choose a new word and then folks post photos of their interpretations of that word. This month, to celebrate the release of Everyone Is Beautiful, the One Word is “Beautiful.”  And Ballantine Books […]

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first week roundup!

Emails and responses are starting to roll in for Everyone Is Beautiful, and I thought it would be fun to share some of the things people are saying: I just read Everyone Is Beautiful and it was such pure joy!  I was so tired and ready for a nap but picked it up to read […]

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beautiful

Just blowing a kiss to Mary Swenson, who posted this lovely image of Everyone Is Beautiful’s cover on her gorgeous blog, It’s Pretty Good. Don’t you wish keyboards had a heart key so we could all use hearts as verbs??

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reading tonight at Brazos Bookstore in H-town!

Remember last week when I went to Borders and got yelled-at for taking a photo of my book on display?? I posted about it on Facebook.  And within about five minutes, Sally, who works at Brazos and is a Facebook buddy of mine, wrote to let me know that I should have come to Brazos. […]

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cupcakes 2.0

I am never in on the ground floor of anything.  But my friend Laura invited me to be a part of the first-ever Mom 2.0 Summit in Houston last weekend.  And I went.  And I brought cupcakes.  And I made the toppers myself.  ‘Cause I’m crafty that way.  (Or at least, I used to be.) […]

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EVERYONE IS officially BEAUTIFUL!

Everyone Is Beautiful  hit the stores today! Here’s the blow-by-blow: 1. I woke up with that same feeling you have on your birthday.  Like, This is a special day.  This is YOUR special day! But people don’t necessarily know that unless you tell them. 2. So I told them.  Like my next-door-neighbor, who was heading […]

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great review from BookBitch!

Becky LeJeune just gave Everyone Is Beautiful a great review at BookBitch! Here’s an excerpt: “Center has a great voice and Lanie is a charming leading lady. This touching and hilarious read will really open your eyes to what truly makes a person happy, what truly makes a person beautiful in the eyes of another.”

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fantastic review from a college professor!

An Ohio college professor just gave Everyone Is Beautiful a great review on her blog, calling it a “feel-good book for oldyweds.” The review starts out this way: “I need a feel-good book in February, and this one did the job starting with the title: Everyone Is Beautiful. As a bonus, the cover has a […]

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is it Valentine’s day yet?

‘Cause I am ready to post this image from my e-friend Mary’s awesome blog, It’s Pretty Good. She takes amazing photos of the beautiful things in her life and then puts the text of the entry right on top! I love the way she sees beauty all around her. In a stack of teacups: A […]

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