News Flash: Awards, Paperbacks, Parties, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Congratulations to Shelby Neuzil, winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED … Reminder: Time is almost up, but we’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about you. From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley’s trade paperback…

Read More >>

Where Are They Now? Deb Susan Gloss Talks Foreign Editions & a Fashion Shoot

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Editor’s Note: This week we’re catching up with last year’s Debs and seeing what they’ve been writing, publishing and working on since they were last on the Ball. Today, we welcome back Susan Gloss, author of VINTAGE. Hello Debs and readers! Thanks for having me back. A lot has happened since I last logged in to the Deb Ball dashboard to write my farewell post. One highlight was getting to be…

Read More >>

News Flash: Bingeing on Halloween candy, WIPs & books!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Congratulations to Wendy Dosch and Sheila Korman, winners of THE GOOD GIRL by guest author Mary Kubica! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Shelly King’s debut novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING!   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley has been very busy binging on Friday Night Lights and Halloween candy—oh, and writing some in her new novel. Amy E. Reichert has been binging on amazing…

Read More >>

News Flash: WIPs, #WeNeedDiverseBooks & catch up with past Debs!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Congratulations to Melissa Engaldo, winner of LEAVING TIME by guest author Jodi Picoult! Check back next Sunday for the winners of THE GOOD GIRL, by this week’s guest author Mary Kubica …     From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is head down, hard at work on her WIP. She is also trying very hard not to stay up until 3 a.m. binging on Friday Night Lights. Amy E. Reichert is…

Read More >>

News Flash: Next books, contest winner, and a cover girl!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Congratulations to Gaylord Chambers, winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, by guest author — and fellow Deb — Shelly King! Check back next Sunday for the winner of the signed copy of EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU, by this week’s guest author Tracey Garvis Graves …     From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley officially passed 10,000 words in her WIP, which is a miracle considering she spends most days…

Read More >>

News Flash: Keeping in Touch with the Deb Class of 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This isn’t a final goodbye, but a fare-thee-well until we next meet online (or maybe in person!). And, this probably isn’t news to anyone: We’re going to miss being Debs and miss all of you. Keep in touch by bookmarking the individual blogs of all the 2014 Debs: Lisa Alber has just reprised her blog. You can also find her at www.lisaalber.com, Twitter, and Facebook. This week a Northern California…

Read More >>

Until Later: Cocktails and Cheez-Its

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sesame Street Spanish teaches that the word for goodbye is adios. But, in my experience traveling and living in the Spanish-speaking world, adios isn’t used all that often. It’s too final. Too weighty. A much more common way to say good-bye is hasta luego or “until later.” I like this version much better. It’s more hopeful. It assumes that, someway, somehow, we will meet again. And I know that’s the case for my…

Read More >>

News Flash: Salons, Conferences, Events, and Paree

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Congrats to Jenna, who won a signed copy of A PINCH OF OOH LA LA from Renee Swindle!   From the 2014 Debs…   Lisa Alber is having a blast at Killer Nashville. Also, silly her, she likes that her bio was included on the Left Coast Crime Crimelandia committee page. Fun to be helping out with that conference coming up in Portland in March, 2015! Susan Gloss says “pinch me!” As part…

Read More >>

An Era Almost Ends — the 2014 Debs and Some of Our Favorite Posts

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hi! Lisa here, resident guest wrangler. (Did you know we each have blog jobs behind the scenes? Yep!) We don’t have a guest this week. Instead, as we wind down our year on this wonderful blog, we decided to reminisce. We’ve had a ton of fun exploring topics ranging from surviving public events to cooking disasters to writing craft. Of course, let’s not forget our launch weeks, every Deb’s moment in…

Read More >>

When a Project Needs Some Air

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This week we’re blogging about second novels. I don’t have a whole lot to say because, well, my second novel is on hold at the moment. I completed a draft of it earlier this year, and have been rewriting and revising ever since. But even with the input of my agent, editor, and beta readers, I’m still not sure if this is the novel I want to go out with…

Read More >>