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It’s your LAUNCH PARTY. Don’t fuck it up.

  Amy’s Launch Party Dos and Don’ts Notify the bookstore in advance that you’re planning to have your launch there. They tend to be real party-poopers when you just show up with a margarita machine,a fajita grill, and a Mariachi band. Don’t go to someone else’s launch expecting to be able to co-host it. That…
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News Flash: Exciting News On The Debs, Past and Present, and Future!

Congratulations to Lisa Romeo, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of COTTONMOUTHS by Kelly J. Ford. If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway of a signed, not-yet-released paperback of SMALL ADMISSIONS or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Win a shiny new paperback of #SmallAdmissions by @AmyPoeppel!…
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The LIMELIGHT soundtrack

I cannot, under any circumstances, listen to music while I’m writing. I find it totally distracting, and I can’t concentrate at all, especially if lyrics are involved. It’s way too tempting to sing along. Even classical music is too much background for my mind to handle. I’m definitely not that lady in the coffee shop…
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Newsflash: Debs at work!

Congratulations to Lee Elliott, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE WAGES OF SIN by Kaite Welsh. We were so pleased to welcome Kelly J. Ford as our guest yesterday. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of COTTONMOUTHS or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   RT to…
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Interview with Kelly J. Ford + #DebBallGiveaway of COTTONMOUTHS

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Kelly J. Ford, a fellow GrubStreet Writing Center instructor,  whose book COTTONMOUTHS completely blew me away. It also exposed me to a genre of literature that I wasn’t familiar with — Grit Lit, which is also sometimes called Rural, Country or Southern Noir, or Southern Gothic. The article…
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Awkward! The sex life of fictional characters (based on people IRL)

My books LIMELIGHT (forthcoming 2018) and SMALL ADMISSIONS are works of fiction, stories I made up to entertain and amuse. I used settings I already knew something about and then further researched, and I invented characters and situations to create drama and humor. However, I, like pretty much every writer I know, have a novel…
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News Flash: Summer is here! Time for reading and writing

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE BOSS by Aya de Leon. We were sp pleased to welcome Kaite Welsh as our guest yesterday. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE WAGES OF SIN or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/…
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Interview with Kaite Welsh + #DebBallGiveaway of THE WAGES OF SIN

Today on the Debutante Ball, we’re thrilled to welcome a fellow debut Kaite Welsh, from across the pond, to chat about her novel THE WAGES OF SIN! A “nail-biting debut” [Fabulous magazine] set in 1890s Edinburgh, Kaite Welsh’s THE WAGES OF SIN features a female medical student-turned-detective, and will thrill fans of Sarah Waters and Antonia Hodgson….
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My Support Network: WWOWW, fur, family, and Debs

WWOWW (= wine with other women writers) has become my new favorite hobby/necessity. I write and write and write for hours all by myself, and at the end of the day, I LOVE to meet with other writers to bitch, laugh, encourage, and commiserate. The best part of being a debut writer — hands down — has been…
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