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Happy to announce that my book finally made it to #1 on Amazon Bestsellers List today. There’s a lot of great indie-fiction out there, so I’m honored and glad to see that people still like reading long-form. Hoping the fire is well-stoked and that people will continue to buy/share Robin’s Blue while I move on to my next projects.

Thanks to all the indie-bloggers who reviewed me, helped with the promotions and invited me for interviews. And thanks to Kim Castle for the gorgeous cover design.

 Pam Alster, former TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her novel debut Robin’s Blue available now in Kindle and Paperback. www.pamalster.com Find her on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter @plexigirl.

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Some mom’s and I were on an email tear over gift ideas for our kids. I have an eight year old daughter – not that hard. Justice, American Girl, blingy things, art-n-crafts, Judy Moody books. But it can be an intense time with what you have to do to get ready for the holidays.

I think we can safely agree that we are over Oprah’s Favorite Things. It was fun when the show was on and we were all-in on the unsuspecting audience getting a cart-full of overpriced loot. But now that it’s pretty pictures in a magazine, seriously, am I going to spend $285 on an Italian Vegetable Soap assortment? Reality, people.

But don’t stress. First off, MAKE a list. Then schedule two hours for Marshall’s and some quality Amazon time. That’s right. Marshall’s. Amazon.

I found legit must-have’s in every department – men’s, kids, home, shoes, DVD’s, books, Xbox. Hip, high-end. I even scored American Girl crafts. New. Shiny, happy. Stocking stuffers of beautiful glass magnets, Swarovski Crystal key chains (for your little diva’s backpack), Sketcher sneakers, a gangsta hoodie, and, of course, everyone’s fav, underwear. Get to it.

Don’t forget your nieces and nephews. For pre-teen and teens, they don’t need your weird translation of what you think is happening in their world, they want their freedom. Say “I get you” with Abercrombie, Hollister or Gap gift cards so they can pick out what they will actually wear. Need more? iTunes or GameStop. Joy.

Nix those tired scented candles and $10 wine for your hostess gifts. Buy a set of Riedel stemless goblets or a box of groovy glass-i.d. bling for parties. Everyone craves them but finds it too indulgent to buy for themselves. Not over-priced, just WANTED.

What of the hard-to-buy person who has everything? How about a monogrammed beach tote from Lands End in various sizes and colors for under $40? And why give your husband a $400 gadget that you can’t afford or another tie with Calvin Klein boxers? All he wants is sex. Put a ribbon in your hair and give it up, girl. Merry X-mas.

I didn’t forget about you. With all these deals I’m throwing your way, pick up some swag for yourself. I got an August Silk cardigan for $19.99, a couple of $20 glam tops and velvet Hue leggings at Nordstrom’s Rack.

Rock it.

 Pam Alster, former TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her novel debut Robin’s Blue available now in Kindle and Paperback. www.pamalster.com Find her on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter @plexigirl.

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It’s hard to believe that less than a month ago Robin’s Blue was published. It was a long road. Ten years to be exact. And no easy feat. There was a lot of market study, design and prep. But it’s paid off. 12,000 sales in two weeks, top listing on Amazon Bestsellers.

I’ve received mostly good, but also, some very bad reviews. I try to avoid looking at the remarks but I crane my neck toward the car wreck, nonetheless. My husband noticed, the assertions seem to be consistent with each other. Outrage at the despicable behavior of my characters. Some simply refuse to believe that there was a time when AIDS wasn’t on the tip of everyone’s tongue, that children were wholly unsupervised or kicked out of the house by the time they were teenagers, that overt recreational drug use was more of an expected behavior than a considered handicap. But I can say, having lived to tell, that it WAS totally like that.

I’m thrilled that I’ve received unsolicited kudo’s beyond my close-knit circle. An author on Twitter used the word “verisimilitude” to describe my writing. I had to look it up to make sure he wasn’t insulting me. I was pleasantly surprised with and grateful for the compliment coming from a fellow writer.

I’ve been asked about my “research” for my heroine Robin. I didn’t have too look far, she was everywhere in those days. Just watch the movie Almost Famous –there were half the girls I grew up with. We all made a life for ourselves beyond the party, after those tumultuous late teen and early twenty years.

I’ll discuss more in future blogs. I’m excited now about my decade of work reaching an audience. And I’m going to enjoy that for the time being. If you haven’t gotten it yet, do. And if you happen to live near me, I’ll be happy to sign your copy.

Pam Alster, former TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her novel debut Robin’s Blue available now in Kindle and Paperback. www.pamalster.com Find her on Facebook and Twitter @plexigirl.

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So excited. 5500 Kindle downloads, 5-star reviews. I couldn’t be happier with the launch of my debut novel.

You still have two days to download your FREE Kindle version of Robin’s Blue. Read it. Share it.

“Robin’s Blue” is a brilliantly vivid time capsule of blank generation 80s decadence fused with a poignant and sensitive coming of age tale that’s totally timeless. – Erik Himmelsbach –Contributor, Los Angeles Times

“Addictive Read.”

“Juicy page-turner.”

Pam Alster, former TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her novel debut Robin’s Blue available now in Kindle and Paperback. www.pamalster.com Find her on Facebook and Twitter @plexigirl.

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