Sunday, December 07, 2014

Kirkus!

Love from Kirkus Reviews? I think this calls for a martini. Maybe two!



The ghost of Dorothy Parker meddles with the lives of mortals in this sequel from Meister (Farewell, Dorothy Parker, 2013). 
In the heyday of her career, Parker signed a guestbook that promised eternity. Against all odds, the claim turned out to be true, and now she haunts the famed Algonquin, greeting her friends after their deaths. They all go on to the afterlife, but not Dorothy. She’d much rather stay right there at the bar—but things are starting to get lonely. That’s where Ted Shriver comes in. A writer whose career plummeted after a plagiarism scandal, Ted is now dying of a brain tumor. If only Dorothy can convince him to sign the guestbook, she might just have some company. But things get a bit more complicated than she imagined. Norah Wolfe, an associate producer for a struggling television show, has her own reasons for wanting to talk to Ted. Neither of them will be able to get through to him unless they can help him tie up some loose ends…and maybe clear his name in the process. Meister’s Dorothy Parker is just as sharp, witty and pleasantly mean as fans would expect. Her humanity shines through, though, along with her humor. Her obvious loneliness, along with the dilemmas Ted and Norah face, make this a surprisingly emotional novel. 
Not even death can keep Dorothy Parker down in this sad and funny story.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bringing Dorothy Parker Home for the Holidays

With the holidays upon us and the publication of DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE just around the corner, I thought this would be a good time to let you know you can still get someone a signed copy of FAREWELL, DOROTHY PARKER.

Every copy of the trade paperback has been autographed, so no matter where you order from you are guaranteed to get a signed copy. There's nothing special you need to do. Just place an order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, Walmart or wherever you like to buy your books. Your order won't indicate that you're getting a signed edition, but I promise you'll receive something that looks very much like the books pictured here. (I went through bags of Sharpies, so the signature could be in a different color.)

Thanks! If you have any questions, give a holler.

Ellen

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."
                    —Publishers Weekly


Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | IndieBound | Penguin

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

"All I have is a pile of paper covered with wrong words." - Dorothy Parker

Big thanks to Writer's Digest for inviting me to blog about the backstory to a certain telegram Dorothy Parker sent her editor. Click here to read it.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

If you'd like a signed copy of Farewell, Dorothy Parker ...



What if inspiration came to visit ... and wouldn't leave?
My publisher informs me that we have about a three-month supply of autographed copies of Farewell, Dorothy Parker left. So if you would like one, please order soon.

How to order a signed copy

I signed every copy of the trade paperback that's in print. So as long as you order that edition by the end of September, you are guaranteed to get a signed copy. It doesn't matter whether you order from your favorite online bookseller or your local bookstore, your copy of Farewell, Dorothy Parker will arrive with my signature inside and a gold sticker on the cover. Your order won't indicate that it's signed, but as long as you order the paperback (not the hardcover) I promise it will arrive like the book pictured here (though the signature may be in another color--I went through several packages of Sharpies).

Where to buy it

The trade paperback edition is widely available in stores. To buy online, visit any cyber bookseller, including:
Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Books-A-Million • IndieBound • Walmart

Prefer the ebook?

Farewell, Dorothy Parker is also available in all ereader formats. Those are not signed, of course, but you can start reading immediately:
Kindle • Nook • Kobo • iTunes 

Note that the book is also available in audio format.

Thanks! If you have any questions, drop me a line.


 Ellen 

 "In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, [Meister] resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend."
                    —Library Journal

"Delicious entertainment." 
                    —Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."
                    —Publishers Weekly

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE!

In case you missed my earlier announcement ...

My new book--the prequel to Farewell, Dorothy Parker--will be published by Putnam on February 19!
Here's the promo copy from my publisher's website:

The acid-tongued Dorothy Parker is back and haunting the halls of the Algonquin with her piercing wit, audacious voice, and unexpectedly tender wisdom. 

Heavenly peace? No, thank you. Dorothy Parker would rather wander the famous halls of the Algonquin Hotel, drink in hand, searching for someone, anyone, who will keep her company on this side of eternity. 


After forty years she thinks she’s found the perfect candidate in Ted Shriver, a brilliant literary voice of the 1970s, silenced early in a promising career by a devastating plagiarism scandal. Now a prickly recluse, he hides away in the old hotel slowly dying of cancer, which he refuses to treat. If she can just convince him to sign the infamous guestbook of Percy Coates, Dorothy Parker might be able to persuade the jaded writer to spurn the white light with her. Ted, however, might be the only person living or dead who’s more stubborn than Parker, and he rejects her proposal outright.  


When a young, ambitious TV producer, Norah Wolfe, enters the hotel in search of Ted Shriver, Parker sees another opportunity to get what she wants. Instead, she and Norah manage to uncover such startling secrets about Ted’s past that the future changes for all of them.

If you haven't yet read the previous book, Farewell, Dorothy Parker, I hope you'll want to remedy that soon. If you buy the trade paperback edition, you're guaranteed to get a signed copy, no matter where you order from. It's also available in ebook and audio versions. Here are some links:

Paperback: Amazon • Barnes & Noble • Books-A-Million • IndieBound • Walmart

Ebook: Kindle • Nook • Kobo • iTunes 

Audio: Amazon • Audible B&N   BAM  iTunes

Thanks!

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"I loved it ... Meister has caught the nuance and language of what I imagine to be the consummate Dorothy Parker."
                    —BookReporter.com 

"Delicious entertainment." 
                    —Cleveland Plain Dealer

 "In this funny yet tender homage to Dorothy Parker, [Meister] resurrects the iconic wit of the literary legend."
                    —Library Journal

"Meister skillfully translates the rapier-like wit of the Algonquin Round Table to modern-day New York ... [with] pathos, nuanced characters, plenty of rapid-fire one-liners, and a heart-rending denouement."
                    —Publishers Weekly

Friday, June 13, 2014

My Special "Thank You" to Dorothy Parker Fans

I just announced a special program on my Dorothy Parker Facebook page. To show my appreciation for the all wonderful followers, I'm offering an opportunity to be thanked BY NAME in the acknowledgments section of my forthcoming book, DOROTHY PARKER DRANK HERE.

Click here for details.

Thanks!