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A Side of Real Life with my Fiction, Please…

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When my husband was reading an early draft of COME AWAY WITH ME, it wasn’t long before he turned to me and asked, “So, I’m Gabe, right?” (Yes, but only the good parts, naturally …*wink wink*) Gabe is fictional, of course he is. But there is a lot of my husband in him – from…
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News Flash: News We Can’t Share, Chicago Deep Dish, and a Deb Ball Meet-Up!

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Congratulations to Kathy Roberts, winner of WE CAN WORK IT OUT by guest author Elizabeth Eulberg! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE by guest author Greer McAllister … From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is hard at work on her next novel, and trying hard not to obsess over sales numbers…
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Greer Macallister On The Magician’s Lie + Giveaway!

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Today on the Ball, we welcome fellow debut author GREER MACALLISTER, who’s first novel, THE MAGICIAN’S LIE, which is being called WATER FOR ELEPHANTS meets THE NIGHT CIRCUS The book centers on a notorious female illusionist who stands accused of murdering her husband — and she has only one night to prove her innocence. We…
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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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Finding A New Crit Partner Is Like Dating

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Starting grad school four years ago, I thought I had the writerly thing down. After all, I worked in big New York media and then got a degree in screenwriting. But I was a total fiction newbie, and there plenty of things I learned the hard way. Like about workshopping. And trading pages. And even…
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Critique Partners: The Secret to Writing Success

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New writers often ask about the secret to being a successful author, the steps needed to get their book out in the wild. They want the shortcut, the one piece of infallible advice that if they follow religiously will guarantee an agent and a book deal. Well, dear reader, there isn’t such secret, but the…
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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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