News Flash: Happy New Year & Contest Winner!


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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A GIF, some honesty, and the realities of book two…


I love this quote. (That Stephen King sure does know a thing or two about writers, and writing.) It’s one of those, “I should tattoo this on my arm” kind of sayings, though I’ll probably stop short of doing that and just make a bookmark instead.   The truth is I have never felt more…
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The One Where I Use Too Many Gifs


I’ve been watching a lot of ARROW recently. For those who are unfamiliar, it’s a show on the CW based on the Green Arrow comic books from DC. It’s fantastic. Solid plot, great actors, and a fearlessness in the writing. Their writer’s room goes for the crazy, the unexpected, and the heartbreaking–I’m still recovering from the mid-season…
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News Flash: Reviews, holiday time & a GIVEAWAY!


Congratulations to Melissa Crytzer Fry, winner of the copy of VANESSA AND HER SISTER by guest author Priya Parmar! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley nearly peed her pants with excitement at the review of BEFORE I GO in People magazine this week (although, technically, it could also…
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“Once upon a time…” & the Power of that First Line

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Every story my 6-year-old daughter tells us starts with this line: “Once upon a time…” I’m not sure if I’m responsible for that, or if school is, or if it came from one of the shows she likes to watch, or the books we read together…but while it might just be the most recognized writing…
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Anatomy of a First Line


Beginnings are important. It’s what snags the reader. That first page determines whether the book will be devoured, slowly consumed, or tossed back into the literary ocean. I love a great first line– like Austen’s “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want…
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Guest author Priya Parmar on writing & why Mom is always right.

Vanessa and Her Sister

Today at the Ball we welcome author Priya Parmar, whose VANESSA AND HER SISTER is an insightful work of historical fiction that follows the early years of the Bloomsbury group, a clique of 1950s intellectuals that yielded the genius of novelist E.M. Forster, economist John Maynard Keynes and Virginia Woolf. At its heart is the…
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News Flash: Holidays, Book Birthdays, & Giveaways!

News Flash

Congratulations to Katelyn Carolyn Hart, winner of the signed copy of TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS by guest author Liz Czukas! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of ELECTRIC CITY by guest author Elizabeth Rosner…   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley can’t believe her book baby will meet the world in less than a…
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