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News Flash: Guest Posts, Noir at the Bar & Peru Fest

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Congrats to Anthony, who won a signed copy of DANTE’S WOOD from Lynne Raimondo! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb received her release date of Jan 27, 2015 for RODIN’S LOVER and the first official blurb (squeee!!) from NYT bestselling author and Rita winner, Deanna Raybourn. Deanna says:  “RODIN’S LOVER is the story of Camille Claudel–one of…
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Caeli Widger’s Rebellious Writing Life + Giveaway of REAL HAPPY FAMILY

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Today’s guest is quite the rebel (and we wouldn’t have it any other way).  Caeli Widger is the author of the debut novel, REAL HAPPY FAMILY, which published in March and has been described in reviews as a “page-turner that strikes the balance between humor and heart”; a member of the “Tolstoyan literary tradition, offer[ing] both…
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I Broke These Writing Rules & Loved It

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In no particular order: 1. Write every day. (Not every day is a writing day. Some days are recharge and reflect days. Others are step-away-from-the-ms-before-you-revise days. Others are go live your life days.) 2. Butt in chair. (Or couch. Or bed. Or blanket on the grass on a breezy spring day.) 3. Write what you…
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News Flash: Signings, Celebrations, and One-Eyed Dogs

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Congrats to Morgan, who won a signed copy of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME from Hazel Gaynor! From the 2014 Debs… Natalia Sylvester confirmed two readings/signings for the launch week of CHASING THE SUN! She’ll be reading at Austin-based indie, The Book Spot, on Thursday, June 5 and at Books & Books in Miami on…
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LYNNE RAIMONDO Tells an Unbelievable Story + GIVEAWAY

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Today we have mystery author Lynne Raimondo as our guest, and this is a real treat: She’s going to tell us a story! Yes, yes, it has implications for writing what’s “believable,” and it’s a writing lesson–but also A STORY. Lynne is the author of the mystery DANTE’S WOOD, called “taut, compelling, and very moving”…
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Agent Interview with Brandi Bowles: A Comprehensive Look at What Makes Her Accept or Reject a Manuscript

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I’m so excited to welcome my agent, Brandi Bowles of Foundry Literary + Media, to The Ball today. Brandi and I met nearly four years ago at the Writers’ League of Texas Agents & Editors Conference in Austin, Texas, when I pitched her my book during a one-on-session. In those short ten minutes (and in…
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Things You Need to Do (And Don’t Need to Do) Before A Book Launch

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I’m having one of those days in which this is suddenly starting to feel very, very real. Which is amazing and wonderful, but also slightly (okay, very) terrifying. When you’re two months away from your book launch, things you’ve always dreamed about start happening. You confirm readings at your favorite bookstores. You start seeing your…
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