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Dee DeTarsio’s Valentine to Marian Keyes

February 14, 2012 By: larramiefg Category: Books, Guest Posts

[Dee DeTarsio (The Scent of Jade and ROS) wears her favorite author’s heart on her sleeve. As a result, in this Valentine’s Day guest post, Dee takes the opportunity to explain/share her feelings of “reader love.”]

This Is Dedicated to The One I Love

“To Marian Keyes – and to the Marian Keyes in every woman – that smart, funny, sad, put-upon, brave part of your soul that makes this world a brighter place.”

I am stalking Marian Keyes. She’s a Virgo, I’m a Virgo. She’s a successful internationally recognized goddess of an author, and I … well, I’ve read everything she’s ever written. I expect we would be best friends. Her most excellent Ms. Keyes is from Ireland – I love the color green. From her first book, Watermelon, (my seventh favorite fruit) to Sushi for Beginners, (I’m only up to California rolls myself) to Anybody Out There — I have loved, read, and reread every word. We are practically sisters.

Goddess Marian Keyes (pictured left) … and her doppelganger, my sister, Beezer, who I sometimes call an eejit!

There is good news on the horizon: Marian Keyes is coming out with a new book–a cookbook, (or cookery as Marian and I like to call it) Saved by Cake, to be released February 16, 2012.

“Saved by Cake” gives an extremely honest account of Marian Keyes’ recent battle with depression, and how baking has helped her. A complete novice in the kitchen, Marian decided to bake a cake for a friend and that was it – she realized that baking was what she needed to do in order to get her through each day. And so she baked, and she wrote her recipes down, and little by little the depression has started to lift, along with her sponges…With chapters on cupcakes, cheesecakes, meringues and macaroons, chocolate cakes, fruit cakes and favourite classics, Marian’s recipes are aimed firmly at beginner bakers, offering hints and tips to help along the way.

There is icing on that cake–rumor has it that Marian Keyes also has a new novel coming out this Fall–featuring the youngest Walsh sister, Helen!

Oh my gosh. I have an apron that looks almost like Marian’s. (I am such a gobshite!)

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6 Comments to “Dee DeTarsio’s Valentine to Marian Keyes”


  1. Dee is a wonderful, happy, generous, writer and Marian would be lucky to have her as a friend.

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  2. Happy Valentine’s Day!! Thank you for letting me share the Marian-love, Larramie! And, Suzanne, you are a pretty awesome friend, yourself!

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  3. I am a cookbook fanatic. Marian’s book sounds interesting and yummy!

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  4. Susie Weis says:

    From another sister of Dee’s who doesn’t read her books. (My Kindle really, really was stolen…. or lost?) (I’m not the eejit!)

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  5. This is so weird! My sister is a Virgo and an eejit. My wife’s ancestors are from Ireland, and I like the color green. Is it any wonder I’m stalking you, Dee DeTarsio? (Sidenote: I’m taking up baking… maybe it’ll help. :-/ )

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  6. I enjoy Marian Keyes’s books, too! She’s lucky to count you as her friend.

    Thanks for the heads-up about her new book, too – and a cookbook at that! Can’t hardly wait.

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