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Cover Love

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I admit, I judge books by their covers all the time, and there’s a reason. Publishers hire many talented and thoughtful people who know exactly what they’re doing. They know all the visual cues readers respond to and look for when buying books. Fantasy novels usually have a strapping man or woman heavily armed, historical…
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News Flash: Buzz, Tours, and Book 2

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Congratulations to Judi Burns, winner of FIRST FROST by bestselling guest author Sarah Addison Allen! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of WE CAN WORK IT OUT by guest author Elizabeth Eulberg …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is traveling home from the final leg of her tour in Chapel Hill and…
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News Flash: Catch up with the Debs & a giveaway!

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Congratulations to Jennifer Huelsebusch, winner of BEFORE I GO by our very own Deb Colleen Oakley! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of FIRST FROST by bestselling guest author Sarah Addison Allen …     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is home after the first leg of her tour for BEFORE I GO….
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Sarah Addison Allen on writing, her childhood “dream” career & a FIRST FROST giveaway!

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I was first charmed by Sarah Addison Allen’s writing and how effortlessly she weaves magic through her stories when I picked up her 2007 debut, GARDEN SPELLS. It’s the story of the Waverley sisters — Claire and Sydney — two women with a curious family history, peculiar mystical ‘gifts,’ and a magical apple tree in…
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News Flash: Launch week for Colleen & a giveaway!

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Congratulations to Rebecca Stanisic, winner of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, by guest author Kristi Charish! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of BEFORE I GO by our very own Deb Colleen Oakley …     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is making the rounds of Southeast bookstores, celebrating the launch of BEFORE…
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BEFORE I GO: Why I don’t read cancer books (until now) & why you should read this one.

Tissues required.

I was 30 years old when I was diagnosed with cancer. I was also vegetarian, active, healthy…cancer was a shock. Unexpected. Unwelcome. But, undeniable. Now, nearly 12 years later, I have a couple of rules about this whole life beyond cancer thing. One, I’m grateful for every day past my diagnosis — I celebrate my…
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News Flash: Happy New Year & Contest Winner!

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Congratulations to Jen Cannon, winner of the copy of THE LIFE INTENDED by guest author Kristin Harmel! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, by debut author Kristi Charish …     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is FREAKING OUT! BEFORE I GO launches in TWO DAYS! She’s…
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Kristi Charish on publication paths, genre writing & her drink of choice…

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We are so excited to welcome Kristi Charish to the Ball this week! Her debut, OWL AND THE JAPANESE CIRCUS, hits shelves January 13th and is the first of an urban fantasy series about a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. A modern Indiana Jane? Yes, please! Here’s the blurb:  Ex-archaeology…
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