Guns and Pumpkins

I have two favorite bloopers from the writing process of From Unseen Fire. They’re both historical screw-ups — massive, glaring anachronisms. One of them, we caught in the midst of main edits. I headdesked pretty hard over it. It was one of those idiomatic phrases that just slipped out without my brain being aware of its passage — a dangerous thing for a writer, really, but let’s face it, something…

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[News Flash] August 19, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, AJ Pearce! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Dear Mrs. Bird. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview + Giveaway with AJ Pearce, Author of Dear Mrs. Bird https://t.co/ZjLl2IHt48 pic.twitter.com/1q3gI0S4P1 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) August 18, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris is launching a campaign…

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Interview + Giveaway with AJ Pearce, Author of Dear Mrs. Bird

Awhile back, I did an interview in which I mentioned how much I loved the book Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding. A short time later I received a package in the mail containing a copy of a historical fiction title called Dear Mrs. Bird, written by a debut British author named AJ Pearce. The publisher mentioned that despite this book being WWII-era historical fiction, the protagonist and the voice of…

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How to Birth a Book

This week we are talking about launch parties! As I thought about writing this post, I found myself wishing that I’d written it closer to my actual launch. That time feels SO LONG AGO! But! I had the great good fortune of joining the wonderful Tracy Banghart as she launched her novel GRACE & FURY just a couple of weeks ago, and I thought I’d talk a little about the…

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Kimmery’s Tips For A Strong Book Launch Party

When it comes to parties, I tend to roll large. Most of the time this is fine, but in terms of book launch events it may have backfired since my social tendencies and inability to turn anything down resulted in the world’s most over-scheduled book release day. I started off before sunrise with an insane TV segment where a morning show cut to me and a loud, hilarious, supremely confident…

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A Tale of Two Launches

I had two launch parties for Girlish—one in my hometown of Rochester, NY, and one in my current town, Cleveland. Old Hometown Launch Venue: Writers and Books (a writing center) Food: Beautiful appetizer and dessert trays, which remained largely uneaten. Two kinds of wine + bottled water, most of which remained largely undrank. Agenda: chatting, signing, and general milling about. I did a 10-minute reading from Girlish. Takeways: People don’t care…

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No One Minds Cake

My launch party took place at the awesome Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia — the place which is, more or less, my hometown. I wasn’t born there, but it’s where I spent my formative years, where my parents still live, and where I recently returned after leaving Roanoke. If you’re ever in the Richmond area, definitely stop by — it’s my favorite kind of indie store, quirky and charming and…

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[News Flash] Announcing Your 2019 Deb Class!

Today we are breaking away from our usual Sunday News Flash to introduce our new Debutante Ball Class of 2019! We are so excited for the new Debs to take over and share their amazing books with you. So without further delay please join us in welcoming: KA Doore – THE PERFECT ASSASSIN (TOR March 2019) Layne Fargo – TEMPER (Gallery/Simon Schuster, May 2019) Stephanie Jimenez – THEY COULD HAVE…

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Interview with L.L. McKinney, Author of A Blade So Black

L.L. McKinney is a writer, a poet, and an active member of the kidlit community. She’s an advocate for equality and inclusion in publishing, and the creator of the hashtag #WhatWoCWritersHear. She’s spent time in the slush by serving as a reader for agents and participating as a judge in various online writing contests. She’s also a gamer girl and an adamant Hei Hei stan. A Blade So Black is her debut…

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