Tuesday, May 23, 2006

My first review! From Booklist:

Pick Me Up. Rice, Zoe (author). June 2006. 288p. NAL, paperback, $12.95 REVIEW.

Chick-lit takes on the New York art scene in Rice’s enjoyable debut. Gallery director Izzy Duncan is beginning to make her mark at the Emerson Bond Gallery. When the gallery’s eccentric benefactor suddenly dies, Izzy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. She thinks her new boss may just be her Prince Charming, and her ardor overrides her concern over the direction he’s taking the gallery. Meanwhile, she’s working overtime to get back in the good graces of a new artist she inadvertently offended. There’s a Sex in the City vibe to this novel that will attract some readers, and a sentimental side that will appeal to the true romantics. Izzy is entrenched in the glamorous world of artists and celebrities, but her own hopes and problems seem realistic. This book is bound to please young women seeking the same sort of fulfillment in their work and love lives that Izzy is.

In stores June 7th!!!

Monday, May 22, 2006

Holy Page Six, Batman!

On Saturday, May 20th, The New York Post's "Page Six" had this to say:

"BROOKLYN author Zoe Rice sure knows how to get our attention. Her chic-lit debut, "Pick Me Up," stars a cute art dealer named Isabela Duncan, who's totally obsessed with Page Six, gushing how it's "the most read newspaper page in all of New York City, if not the world!" We get no less than nine mentions, and in one notable party scene, a character excitedly squeals: "Isn't that Richard Johnson?" Hey, you like us!"

Okay, so technically I'm Brooklyn-born, my cute art dealer's named "Isabel" without the "a," and "totally obsessed" is taking it a tad far, but I'm not about to quibble. Whee! Yay for early publicity.

Thank you, Page Six!

Books in stores June 7th!!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Please join me on June 14th!

On June 7th, my novel, PICK ME UP, will be in stores (and looking very attractive there, I dare say). I'm thrilled with the way it turned out, and I think it's a fun, page-turning read.

For those in the New York Metropolitan area, I would be honored if you would join me for my reading at the Park Slope Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, June 14th, at 7:30 PM. The address is: 267 Seventh Ave. (corner of 6th St.), Brooklyn. (Brooklyn! So trendy these days!) The F Train stop at 7th Avenue is only three short blocks away.

Come one, come all, and come hungry for a good read.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Hello you lovely and exciting readers. If you're interested in my novel, Pick Me Up, then may I say--my, you've got good taste.

I'll be updating this page with news, reviews, and readings for any who may be interested.

And if you're wondering, hmmm, what is this Pick Me Up? Then here's a summary. Keep in mind that the book is hilarious. And the characters entirely loveable. And the cover pretty enough to act as stunning home decor. Also? The novel makes a way better gift than scented candles. No drippy wax or deathly fire to speak of.

“So funny! Izzy is a great character.”
--Sophie Kinsella, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic

For years, Izzy Duncan has dreamed of becoming NewYork’s hottest art dealer. Now finally, her goal lies just within reach. As the director of the Emerson Bond Gallery, Izzy’s expecting a whopping promotion—one she wants so badly, she’s almost afraid to hope for it.

Then Emerson Bond drops dead.

Suddenly, Izzy’s fabulously huggable boss Freddie, the adorable punk receptionist Kimmy, and devoted, well-meaning Izzy herself might all be out of a job.

The timing couldn’t be worse. Izzy’s childhood nemesis has a wedding coming up—and there’s no getting out of it. And Jamie, Izzy’s best guy friend, finds his greatest success as a newspaper columnist by advising all of New York to revive the age-old ritual of the pick-up line—which seems to work for everyone in the city except Izzy.

Izzy’s happiness and professional future now lie in the hands of two men: one, the new insufferable star artist, who can’t wait for any chance he gets to taunt Izzy mercilessly, but whose show will be her most crucial yet. And the other? The other is the new blood at the Bond Gallery, Avery Devon—the man so gorgeous, she can’t even speak to him. The man who, if she’s really, really lucky, will teach her all about the art of love—and not just in her dreams.