The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2017!

Champagne toast
September 3, 2016

Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2017’s first guest, Lee Kelly, author of A CRIMINAL MAGIC. We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 5th. We know the 2017 class will continue the Deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year! So please join the fabulous 2017 Deb Class next week as they introduce…

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The Fat Lady’s Singing: The End of My Deb Year

Goodbye!
August 30, 2016

“Tomorrow’s gone—we’ll have tonight!” ―Dorothy Parker This is it. I have no more tomorrows. This is my final Deb Ball post. Feels strange as I’m starting so many other things: my older child became a teenager last week, and in just three weeks, he will become a bar mitzvah. My younger is starting her first year in middle school. My whirlwind book tour ramps up in October. The Jewish new…

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A Rock Star Year as a Debut Author

MODERN GIRLS at the Tenement Museum
August 23, 2016

This week, I stumbled upon a blog that had a negative review of MODERN GIRLS. I’ve been quite fortunate; while I have received the occasional poor review, for the most part, people have been extremely kind. And this reviewer was fairly kind in her dislike of my book. What do I do when I read a bad review? I get this giggly feeling inside: Someone read my book and felt…

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Lisa Alber Talks Sophomore Slump, Genre, and What Makes Her Laugh (+ a Giveaway)

WHISPERS IN THE MIST t by Lisa Albers
August 20, 2016

We are super excited to welcome back a former Deb, who is here today to talk about her second novel. Lisa Alber, from the Deb class of 2014, is celebrating the release of WHISPERS IN THE MIST, which has been called “rich, dark, and complex,” “ingenious,” and “a first-rate crime novel.” Here’s a description of the novel: There’s a whisper in the mists… In Lisfenora, Ireland, a strange fog has…

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What You Should Be Reading

My to-read book pile
August 16, 2016

Like Louise, I have a towering stack of to-be-read books. The pile is threatening my bed and I’ve had to stack up the overflow on the shelves. I keep the TBR books faced out so I can always grab them. Of course these piles are deceptive because it doesn’t show the twenty or so unread books I also have on my Kindle. You can see by these piles that I…

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Reinvention on Launch Day: THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING

THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise Miller
August 9, 2016

Today is launch day for our Louise. I feel emotional, not just because I’ve known Louise longer than any of the other Debs or because, as a local, I will be able to celebrate in person with Louise tonight (which I will, with great joy!), but because Louise is the last to launch during our season as Debs. While we still eagerly await the launch of Abby’s book come January,…

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A Different Side of NYC: The Launch of UPTOWN THIEF

Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon
August 2, 2016

This week we celebrate the launch of Aya’s book, UPTOWN THIEF, which is a thrilling story of a Robin Hood–style madam in New York, Marisol, who steals from rich alpha males and runs a high-class prostitution business to fund her health clinic for women with nowhere else to turn. I’ve written elsewhere about reading out of genre, and I will say that UPTOWN THIEF is not a book that I…

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The Debut of THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young

THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young
July 26, 2016

As the Tuesday blogger, I feel like I’m personally introducing Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS into the world, never mind that we’ve been talking about it on the blog for eleven months now and it’s been reviewed everywhere. But it’s Tuesday and today is the day that you can walk into any Barnes & Noble and most indie bookstores and pick up your own copy of THE LOST GIRLS or…

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Interview with Lindsay Hatton + Giveaway of MONTEREY BAY

MONTEREY BAY by Lindsay Hatton
July 23, 2016

Lindsay and I met at the same place I meet most of my writer friends: at Grub Street, the writing center in Boston. We immediately hit it off, commiserating over launch worries—will anyone show up at our readings?*—and celebrating book successes, such as when Kirkus Reviews gave MONTEREY BAY a starred review. The Kirkus reviewer wrote, “Along with creating a fully realized, realistic heroine seen across decades, Hatton is a…

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8 Things about My Life and My Novel

Eugene Debs for President
July 19, 2016

Fun facts abound this week! Which is kind of a lot of pressure. What if my facts aren’t fun? What if the fun* parts aren’t facts? I’ve told you all so much already. What is there possibly left to spill? Normally this is where I’d retreat to my bourbon and gummy bears to find my inspiration, but husband and I have decided to try to modify our diet in hopes…

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