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I'll Eat When I'm Dead
I'll Eat When I'm Dead | Barbara Bourland
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When stylish Hillary Whitney dies alone in a locked, windowless conference room at the offices of high-concept magazine RAGE Fashion Book, her death is initially ruled an unfortunate side effect of the unrelenting pressure to be thin. But two months later, a cryptic note in her handwriting ends up in the office of the NYPD and the case is reopened, leading Det. Mark Hutton straight into the glamorous life of hardworking RAGE editor Catherine Ono, who insists on joining the investigation. Surrounded by a supporting cast of party girls, Type A narcissists and half-dead socialites, Cat and her colleague Bess Bonner are determined to solve the case and achieve sartorial perfection. But their amateur detective work has disastrous results, and the two ingenues are caught in a web of drugs, sex, lies and moisturizer that changes their lives forever. Viciously funny, this sharp and satirical take on the politics of women's bodies and women's work is an addictive debut novel.
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whatrebeccasread
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Mehso-so

A satirical look into the fashion world, “I‘ll Eat When I‘m Dead” explores the pressures faced by those in the industry while investigating a couple of deaths and throwing in a little bit of comedy too. I didn‘t love it and not being the most fashionable person, I didn‘t understand it all, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It‘s 3 stars from me.

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

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whatrebeccasread
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I came across the Rare Birds Book Club at Stylist Live last week. Named by the magazine as a company to watch in 2019, I knew that I just had to sign up! I hadn't heard of this subscription before, but as they've only recently celebrated their first birthday, I'm sure this is a brand that will grow and blossom in the future.

Sound good? I've just posted about this club on my blog so head over there to read more!

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AWahle
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My current book and audio book selections. I thought these made a good pairing. Especially ironic since, when left to my own devices, I tend to favor jeans and t-shirts these days.

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TheWordJar
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My next #whodunitbymail selection arrived earlier this week. I've been excited for this one! And thank you for the @BookBabe bookmark, @MaleficentBookDragon! I keep seeing them pop up! Happy to have one! 🎃

BookBabe ☺️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this #whodunitbymail selection. Good fluffy fun about a lifestyle that is the opposite of mine. Persephone just finished her review of the book. She's such a #fashionista #catsoflitsy

BibliophileMomma I can‘t wait for this to make it back to me. I keep hearing everyone likes it. 😀 2y
Mdargusch Yay! Can't wait to read it. 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Pun (or irony?) intended.

OSChamberlain Pirony 2y
MaleficentBookDragon @OSChamberlain nice. I'm also at the laundromat. It's the exact opposite of the lifestyles in this book. 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

This felt like a Devil Wears Prada meets murder mystery with some rich people problems thrown in. Started a little slow for me as I'm not much of a fashionista but once the suspicious dying started, I was all in!

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Kendra.Diane
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Panpan

This book was difficult to get through, broken up into different parts that really had no significance. The characters were confusing and under developed as was the meandering plot. I felt like I was ready for he Book to wrap up but it kept trucking with more pointless details and drama that didn‘t add to the story. The hopelessly underdeveloped love twist didn‘t help either. Skip this one for sure!

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Kendra.Diane
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Feeling thankful today

kspenmoll Roses! 2y
SilversReviews Beautiful!! 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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I'm enjoying this fun little #whodunitbymail book so far.

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Julsmarshall
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🙌🏽 President Warren! 🤞🏼

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Julsmarshall
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Finally jumping into this one! Seems perfect for the last gasp of summer (I am in TX and it's still 90 degrees). Can't wait! #signedsundays @babsbourland

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MaleficentBookDragon
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EARLY flight!😴😴😴 Heading back home today. Starting my next #whodunitbymail selection.

BookishMarginalia Have a good flight! Safe travels! 2y
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Kendra.Diane
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Birthday is in a few days and my love surprised me with a new kindle case! #bookishpresents

Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎂🎂 2y
GypsyKat Nice! Happy early birthday! 🎉 2y
julesG Happy early birthday! The new cover fits your nail polish. 😍 2y
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Jas16 Happy early birthday!!🎂🎉🎈 2y
Kendra.Diane Thank you everyone! I didn‘t even notice that @GypsyKat must be a signature color 💁🏼 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker Happy birthday! 2y
AmyG Happy Birthday!🎂 2y
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MaleficentBookDragon
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My latest #whodunitbymail package arrived the other day. @Tiffy_Reads this looks like fun. The blurb reminds me of some of Kate White's books. I'll have to take it on my work trip this weekend.
I didn't get to read the last one because I fell so far behind. I'm trying to not let that happen again.

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Meganbub
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This was only ok. Seemed like it was confused about what kind of book it wanted to be. The mystery aspect could've been better.

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Meganbub
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I've only just started this, but so far it feels like Devil Wears Prada meets murder mystery - in a good way!

Alfoster Yes, you totally nailed the description!😍 2y
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quietjenn
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Late start, but ideally I'd like to #litsypartyofone (and do virtually nothing else) for the rest of the weekend.

mcipher This book sounds like a lot of fun! 2y
quietjenn @mcipher I've seen mixed reviews, but I like it so far. 2y
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Ehbooklover
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Mehso-so

I thought that this sounded like a fun locked room mystery. Unfortunately, it was light on the mystery and heavy on unlikeable characters making stupid decisions. This book had been compared to The Devil Wears Prada. I beg to differ.

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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Mehso-so

Interesting read following women who work at a magazine that spotlights high fashion. I like how the author made the women strong and feminist. I think their can be a preconceived notion that women can't be into fashion and their looks and be feminist at the same time. I do wish there was more of a thriller aspect to the story but overall I enjoyed the book.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

MrBook Nice review! 👍🏻 2y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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Thank you Rita for this birthday card and book mark! @JoeStalksBeck

#whodunitbymail

JoeStalksBeck Yay! Happy birthday 🎈🎊🎉🎂🎁 2y
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That-Bookish-Hiker
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I'm sure we have all used more than one of these. 😂

Reviewsbylola This is so me. 2y
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Andieheart
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Blair_Reads
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Panpan

🐶 Daisy's face sums it up...meh. I knew this was a book concerning high fashion...something I'm not passionate about, but I thought the mystery would be strong enough to carry me along. To me it wasn't. This book just wasn't for me. I bet some people might really love it. I just couldn't relate at all to the super skinny care what they wear drug addict characters. I get that it's a satire but...eh 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Blair_Reads
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At page 279 I've finally connected with a character 🙄 I wish the book had been about Dr. Bishop instead.

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Blair_Reads
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Next up. Really digging this cover 💀

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Alfoster
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Woohoo! It's here and I can't wait to dig in! Of course the mailman probably didn't appreciate me stalking him for the 2nd day in a row!😳😂

BibliophileMomma You should just stalk him all week and get him really freaked out. 😂😂😂 3y
Alfoster @Tiffy_Reads Haha! I'm afraid he won't deliver any more books!😆😆😆 3y
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queerbookreader
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Pickpick

Oooookay. I wrote my first real, grown-up review. Let's see if posting the link to it here works: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1997659658?book_show_action=false&from_rev... (let me know how I did? Can someone review my review 😂)

britt_brooke I read it. Nicely done! 👏🏻 3y
MarriedtoMrT 👍I especially enjoyed the last paragraph. 3y
queerbookreader @britt_brooke @MarriedtoMrT Thank you both so much!! 3y
Soubhiville Yes! Good job! I agree, the last paragraph especially was great! 3y
Alfoster Yup! Great review! I just finished and felt the same way! 3y
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queerbookreader
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Okay. I am not drunk anymore. I could probably pass a breathalyzer test now. SO. THIS BOOK. What's gonna happen guys????!!???!!?!!????!!

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queerbookreader
I'll Eat When I'm Dead | Barbara Bourland

Do you know what is surprisingly not as difficult as I presumed it to be? Drunk reading. I am like. FEELING these characters sooooooo much. Omg.

Karkar Are you drunk Litsing? Hahahahahahaha 3y
Owlizabeth 😂😂😂👍🏼 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto This. Is. The. Best. 😂😂😂😂 #yougogirl 3y
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StephanieMarie The only downside is sometimes the next day you don't remember what you read lol! 3y
Cosyreader Hahahahaha love this! 👍 3y
NovelGirl82 Yes!!! 😂😂😂 3y
MicheleinPhilly BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Bottoms up! 🍻 3y
alleyfam51699 Lol! We just started drinking here. 😀 3y
MaleficentBookDragon 🤣😹😂 3y
Zelma I used to be able but am too old now. 😂 I can't even concentrate on my book with a glass of wine. 3y
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DivineDiana
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Pickpick

Fast paced and fun. A mystery romp through the world of a high fashion magazine. Intelligent writing. Glam settings and the outfit descriptions are "to die for", literally! Hail the Matriarchy! @babsbourland #fashionablydead

saresmoore Oof, that photo is upsetting! 3y
DivineDiana @saresmoore So sorry to upset you, but it does capture the type of characters in the book. 3y
saresmoore @DivineDiana Oh, yes, I'm sure it does fit the characters! The model/fashion/PR culture is fascinating like a train wreck. 3y
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queerbookreader
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Guess what I found at the library @babsbourland !!!!!!! I trashed my library book ban for this. And for a Marvel tsum-tsum takeover comic. Sooooo excited to read 💖

babsbourland Hope you love! Wrote it as a kind of massive exorcism. 3y
ClairesReads So keen to read this!!! 3y
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DivineDiana
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So happy to have won a copy of this book on Instagram! Only on Chapter 4, but enjoying immensely the glamorous story of murder in the fashion magazine industry! Thank you @babsbourland

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic! ❤️🌸 3y
DivineDiana @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you! The cover inspired me! 3y
babsbourland Yay! So glad you're loving it. Fair warning, it doesn't end happily. (But I'm working on a sequel.) 3y
DivineDiana @babsbourland Oh my! Thank you for the warning! I just squealed at the mention of Pratt, my alma mater! (edited) 3y
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babsbourland
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🎉🍾🚨🚨! #littens, I know you love #giveaways, and my friend Elizabeth Cline (who wrote the *amazing* Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion) is giving away two copies of I'll Eat When I'm Dead over on insta. Like, comment or tag a friend to enter yourselves! Open through June 13. @DivineDiana give it another shot!!
Find it here: https://instagram.com/p/BVAbYhnluNd/

DivineDiana Thank you! Will do! 3y
babsbourland @DivineDiana I secretly wanted you to win this one -- and you did!! Your name actually came up in the generator, I swear it wasn't rigged. Elizabeth will tag you on insta--DM me with your address and I'll have GCP get a copy to you asap! 3y
DivineDiana @babsbourland No! Yes! I am ecstatic! Thank you so much! Your secret is safe with me! 😉 3y
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babsbourland
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🎉🍾🥂giveaway alert! over on instagram, illustrator Marisa Marchetto is giving away two hardback copies of IEWID! all you have to is tag a friend who might love it in the comments! if you're on insta, won't you enter?? (Also follow her because she's AMAZING!)
https://instagram.com/p/BUr0gqZjLib/

Wellreadtraveler I've been looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately I don't have any friends who read, so hopefully I can still enter to win. 🤓 3y
babsbourland @Wellreadtraveler Totally! Just comment and that'll be fine :) (edited) 3y
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vlwelser
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Predicting Elizabeth Warren for future president. 💖

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Julsmarshall
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It came! I'm so excited to start this one! I especially love your inscription! Thanks @babsbourland #winner 😄😄😄

Verity Ooooooh. That's looks and sounds so good! 3y
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rachelm
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babsbourland good catch!! 3y
LeahBergen Nice!! 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Skeebies05
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I went to the bookstore and made a list of things I wanted. Now I will wait and see which one I keep thinking about. Two is my limit to buy this week.

Hooked_on_books Do you think you'll stick to it? 3y
Skeebies05 @hooked_on_books No 😊 I've already decided on one for sure. I'm hoping to fine one at the library. (edited) 3y
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babsbourland
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Congrats to @Julsmarshall , who won my "aaah my novel is in PEOPLE holy cow!" giveaway! (Put everyone in a random name generator!) Send your address to babsqueries at gmail and the name you'd like it made out to, & I'll get this out to you asap!

LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
babsbourland @Julsmarshall girl are you alive out there?!? 3y
Julsmarshall Hi there! Yay!!! 3y
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Julsmarshall I've been out of town, I'm so excited to win 😄😄😄 3y
babsbourland @Julsmarshall 🎉❤️🎉 I'll get it out to you first thing Monday!! 3y
Julsmarshall Thank you so much! 3y
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queerbookreader
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Check out this new mystery by @babsbourland just been released and go say congrats 🎉🎉🎉 so proud to see Littens writing and getting published!! #ilovecozies

melbeautyandbooks That's awesome! I already have it on my TBR. Looking forward to reading it. 3y
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babsbourland
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🎊🎉YOU GUYS my debut novel is in PEOPLE !!! 🍾🎉😭 I'm flipping out. My agent is flipping out; my publicist is drinking champagne; my editor is texting me from a bar where her book club just bought her shots. And SO I'm gonna celebrate by giving away one signed hardback to you sweet #littens! Tag a friend (or 20) in a comment to enter you both and I'll pick one at random. Open though Monday midnight est, does that sound cool? Tag away!! #giveaway

Julsmarshall How exciting! Congratulations! 🎊🍾🎉 it sounds amazing too! Check this out, @Texreader @bookdrunkard78 (edited) 3y
saresmoore Woohoo! Congratulations! I'll tag @MicheleinPhilly @LauraBeth @Cinfhen @LeahBergen for a chance to win a copy. 😁 (edited) 3y
AWahle @Sweettartlaura and @respekt1111 My book club friends who read the widest variety of books... 3y
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Simona Congratulations❣️🍾🍾🍾👏👏👏🙌 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Wow - this is fanTAStic! I'll tag @kspenmoll @Robothugs and @Booksandcooks ! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
Hooked_on_books Congrats! This looks like good, snarky fun that I think @lemonlime799 would enjoy. 3y
KimmyM @paddocklorie @AdieSadie This book sounds fun! 3y
LeahBergen How wonderful and a great big congratulations to you! Let's see, I'll tag @DeborahSmall @rubyslippersreads @ValerieAndBooks and @Jess_Read_This for a chance to win a copy. ❤️ 3y
NovelGirl82 Well how freaking cool is that!! Congrats!! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Check this out!! 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's awesome @NovelGirl82 thanks for tagging me! 3y
Megabooks Thanks @BarbaraTheBibliophage ! Sounds awesome! Right back at you! 💖💖 3y
CouronneDhiver Congrats! I'm tagging @Caffienequeen for a chance to win. 3y
Texreader I'm tagging @BookBabe and @Bookzombie ! And congrats on making People!! Thank you @Julsmarshall for tagging me! Tag back!! 3y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you for the tag and I'm tagging back! @babsbourland Congrats!!! How exciting! I'm so happy for you. I've stacked your book on the TBR pile. Adding a tag to @Cinfhen @becmurr as well. (edited) 3y
Librarylady That is so exciting! Congratulations! I'm ordering a copy tonight. 3y
queerbookreader @Hooked_on_books This looks super exciting! Food and fashion and mystery 👻👻👻👻👻 thanks for tagging me babe I'm gonna tag @TheNextBook cos we all need more mysteries in our lives 3y
DeborahSmall @LeahBergen thanks for the tag and I'll tag back with, @ScorpioBookDreams @andrew61 @LauraBeth @Sarah83 @TrishB @KarenUK good luck everyone 3y
ValerieAndBooks Thanks @LeahBergen it does look good! @MrsAHintz this may be something you'd enjoy! 3y
DivineDiana Thank you @MicheleinPhilly ! Not sure about tagging friends who are already tagged?! So, I'll tag @Graciouswarriorprincess and @wen4blu (edited) 3y
KarenUK Awww thanks @DeborahSmall ! And I'll tag back with @Reviewsbylola @britt_brooke @katedensen and @Verity .... good luck 💕and big Congrats Barbara! 🙌🙌 (edited) 3y
katedensen Amazing! Congrats!!! Thanks for the tag, @KarenUK! Checking to see who hasn't been tagged yet and adding @RealLifeReading, @moranadatter, and @Reviewsbylola. 3y
Bookzombie I'm tagging @LibrarianRyan and @MoniqueReads305 and @ScarletQuill for this. Thanks so much for tagging me @Texreader ☺️ 3y
MrsAHintz Oooooo! Thanks for tagging me, @ValerieAndBooks ! 🙂 This looks good! @emmanoble I'm tagging you, Chica! 🙂 3y
LauraBeth Congratulations!! How exciting! Thanks @DeborahSmall! @Reggie - must admit this looks up your alley - also tagging @LauraBrook (edited) 3y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Thanks for tagging me! I'm tagging back and also tagging @Happybooknerd @Moray_Reads and @BooksGirlsCats. And congratulations, @babsbourland ⭐️ 3y
Dragon Congratulations 🎉📚 3y
Kangaj1 Congrats! Tagging @gossamerchild 3y
moranadatter Wow! Congrats! 🎉🎁 3y
Christine So exciting!! 💃🤸‍♀️🍾 3y
gossamerchild Congratulations! How exciting! 3y
Suzze @Cinfhen Thanks for the tag! Sounds like my kind of book. 3y
Cinfhen I forgot my pals @minkyb @WanderingBookaneer @BookishMarginalia 💜💚💗 (edited) 3y
Moray_Reads Ooh, congratulations! Thanks for the tag @rubyslippersreads. Trying to tag some lovely people who haven't already appeared (I think!). @zelma, @simona, @Kalalalatja, @JazzFeathers, @elkeo, @lemonlime799 3y
Captivatedbybooks CONGRATS!!!! Thanks @MicheleinPhilly ill taggggg @sprainedbrain 3y
sprainedbrain Congratulations, Barbara! Thanks for the tag @Captivatedbybooks I'm tagging @BooksTeasAndBookishThings 3y
wen4blu Congrats!!!!!!! I'll tag @ElizabethAndino. 3y
minkyb That is wonderful Barbara! Thanks @Cinfhen I'll tag @Suzze 3y
Scithighs Your book sounds good I'm tagging @sprainedbrain 3y
sprainedbrain Thanks, @Scithighs 😃 Tagging @Gissy 3y
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babsbourland
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my debut novel came out on Tuesday -- and this is the AMAZING CAKE that charm city cakes made to celebrate it! It was delicious (and satisfying) to ritually consume my book with our nearest and dearest last night. In stores now, littens!

Dragon Congratulations 🎉📚 3y
Marchpane Fab cake and congrats!!!! 3y
Abailliekaras Sounds great, congrats! 👏🏼🍰 3y
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DivineDiana Congratulations! 🎈 Are you coming to Philadelphia? 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess I love Charm City cakes and congratulations! Wished I still lived in Baltimore! 3y
rachellayown Congrats!!! 3y
emilyhaldi Amazing cake!! And congrats! 🙌🏻 3y
Cinfhen Wonderful! Congrats 🎉🎉 3y
Literaryunicorn Amazing!! At first glance I was like - man that is a huge book! 👏🎂 3y
Reviewsbylola Whoa, amazing!! (edited) 3y
Merethebookgal So cool! 3y
Simona Congratulations! 👏👏🍾📚👏 3y
LeahBergen Wow!!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
babsbourland @DivineDiana not yet, but I'll let you know if I do!! I will be at the Baltimore book fest in September if you have any plans to drive down for that -- I think it's pretty big! 3y
babsbourland @Graciouswarriorprincess Baltimore is the best! And yes, ccc could not have been nicer. Unsurprised to learn they are almost all mica grads -- artists who become bakers! 3y
DivineDiana @babsbourland I will investigate the September book fest! 3y
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