Thursday, January 21, 2010


UPTOWN

by

Virginia Donna
DeBerry & Grant



From the bestselling dynamic duo who gave us What Doesn’t Kill You, comes a story as big as New York City itself. Enter the world of Uptown where you’ll find a prominent New York family strained to the breaking point by the high stakes Manhattan Real Estate Industry…....


After twenty years of Foreign Service abroad, Avery Lyons returns to New York when her mother and uncle suffer a serious car accident. The tragedy brings the family together, but Avery is not happy about reuniting with her cousin, Dwight, from whom she has been estranged since the fallout over a college scandal. Avery no longer recognizes the tony, prestigious neighborhood of her childhood but the same old family dynamics and secrets are all too familiar. ....

Heir to a real estate empire, Dwight is willing to do anything to realize his aging and demanding father’s dream: Dixon Plaza, a luxury high-rise development on Central Park North, the last undeveloped border of the city’s famed emerald park. There’s only one thing in his way: Avery has inherited a share of the property Dwight needs. She’s more than willing to sell until she starts dating a reporter on a mission to uncover the truth behind the rumored shady dealings surrounding the complex. ....


Uptown is DeBerry and Grant like you’ve never seen them before—a poignant exploration of one woman’s quest for identity and the true price of greed, politics, unfettered ambition--- and forgiveness. Prepare for a steamy, provocative, sexy, turbulent read…

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Miss You Teddy

Remember when you would go to parties in somebody’s apartment, and all the furniture was pushed up against the wall so people could dance? And after you were all good and sweaty from dancing up a storm, they’d play a slow song and some guy would grab your hand and you’d saunter to the middle of the room full of a.n.t.i.c.i.p.a.t.i.o.n.? You knew it was gonna be an up close and personal encounter—the kind where you smell his cologne mixed liberally with perspiration, and hear some hot, wet love talk whispered in your ear. Could anybody help you sink into that grind—you know the kind where at the end the guy would clear his throat, adjust his pants and say something like, “I think we just made a baby right there,”—could anybody express that better than Teddy Pendergrass?

It has been a week filled with so much profound, immeasurable sadness, that there has hardly been room to acknowledge Teddy’s gift of music. His voice had an ache, a moan, a truth that let you understand the feelings he was singing about, without resorting to lyrics that debased the emotion. There was still love in the longing. We just went to the Amish Market for groceries (we’ve been holed up in the writing cave, working on our next book) and caught the Rhythm Review tribute to Teddy Pendergrass on WBGO radio (http://WBGO.org). We got back before it was over and had to sit in the car and listen until the Teddy show was over-- talk about a tasty dose of dark chocolate—one a day had to be good for you right? Sorry. We digress. His music made you feel—in your heart, in your head AND in your body --even when he was talking some trifling stuff and you knew you had to get a grip on yourself in order to resist the urging he was encouraging. It was a gift. He was a gift. And we wanted to take a moment to say thank you. Rest well, Teddy Pendergrass.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Uptown Tour

We know there will be more events added and will update this listing as needed, but we wanted to let you know where we'll be coming with Uptown in 2010!!

Friday, March 12, 2010
7:30 PM
DENVER, CO
Tattered Cover
2526 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO

Saturday, March 13, 2010
3:00 PM
DALLAS, TX
JOKAES BOOKS
3223 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Dallas,TX

Sunday, March 14, 2010; Time tk
JACKSON, MS
Savvy Book Club (Location TK)
*Signing

Monday, March 15, 2010
7:00 PM
TALLAHASSEE, FL
BOOKS-A-MILLION/THOMASVILLE VILLAGE SQUARE
3521-E Thomasville Road
Tallahassee,FL

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
6:00 PM
HUNTSVILLE, AL
HUNTSVILLE-MADISION COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
915 Monroe Street, 2nd fl
Huntsville,,AL


Wednesday, March 17, 2010
7:00PM
ST. LOUIS, MO
LEFT BANK BOOKS
399 N. Euclid Ave
St. Louis,MO

Thursday, March 18, 2010
7:00PM
ATLANTA, GA
BOOKS-A-MILLION
258 City Circle
Peachtree City,GA

Friday, March 19, 2010
7:00PM
AUGUSTA, GA
BARNES & NOBLE # 2359 - AUGUSTA MALL
3450 Wrightsboro Road
Augusta,GA

Saturday, March 20, 2010
2:00PM
MILWAUKEE, WI
BROOKLYN'S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
4610 W. Fond du Lac Avenue
Milwaukee,WI



Sunday, March 21, 2010
2:00PM
CHICAGO, IL
BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC/HYDE PARK
1539 E. 53rd Street
Chicago,IL


Monday, March 22, 2010
7:00PM
PITTSBURGH, PA
CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH - HOMEWOOD
7101 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh,PA


Saturday, March 27, 2010
2:00PM
SPRINGFIELD, NJ
BARNES & NOBLE #1884
240 Route 22 West
Springfield,NJ


Tuesday, April 6, 2010
7:00PM
NEW YORK, NY
BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC #200
461 Park Avenue @57th Street
New York,NY

Thursday, April 8, 2010
7:30PM
NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ
Barnes & NOBLE #2985
869 Route 1 South
North Brunswick,,NJ
7:30PM


Tuesday, April 13, 2010
7:00 PM
BARNEGAT, NJ
OCEAN COUNTY LIBRARY/BARNEGAT BRANCH
112 Burr Street
Barnegat,NJ


July 30-August 1, 2010
ATLANTA
NATIONAL BOOK CLUB CONFERENCE
@ Atlanta Hyatt Regency Downtown - 265 Peachtree S
Atlanta,GA


Saturday, August 5, 2010
BOSTON
LITERARY RETREAT IN BOSTON
Radisson Hotel Boston - 200 Stuart Street
Boston,MA

September 10-12, 2010
SAN RAMON, CA
CALIFORNIA BOOK CLUB SUMMIT
@ San Ramon Marriott - 2600 Bishop Drive
San Ramon,CA
12:00AM

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Monday, January 04, 2010

First Review for Uptown!!

FICTION REVIEWS Publisher's Weekly 1/4/10


Uptown Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant. Touchstone, $14.99 paper (384p) ISBN 978-1-4391-3776-5

DeBerry and Grant (Exposures) continue both their ongoing love affair with Harlem and the story of the Dixon real estate empire in this smart and compelling tale of how selfishness and avarice can destroy a family’s work and reputation. Dwight Dixon takes the reins from his elderly father, “King” Dixon, moving the family real estate holdings to the big-time New York stage with the development of Dixon Plaza on Central Park North, a controversial development aimed at transforming Harlem. But problems abound: defective Chinese drywall, cheap fixtures and myriad changes to the project. Then Dwight’s cousin, Avery Lyons, returns to tend to the affairs of her dead mother and an uneasy and disturbing past is revealed that causes the empire to crumble. DeBerry and Grant capture timely and increasingly universal themes with this dramatic, epic and often tragic story of triumph and failure. New York and Harlem come alive and the occasional stereotypical characters and a few contrived situations are minor quibbles with a novel that is both relevant and entertaining (Mar.)

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