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News Flash: Book Launches, Paperback release, & Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Beth Weaver, winner of our BIG summer Deb Ball reading pack (THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, BEFORE I GO, TINY PRETTY THINGS, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, COME AWAY WITH ME)! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winners of guest author Roni Loren’s NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE! Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the…
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NYT Bestselling author Roni Loren, CALL ON ME, & a Giveaway!

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We’re thrilled to welcome New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Roni Loren to the Ball this week! If you haven’t read one of Roni’s books (her series has 8 books and 3 novellas) yet, well, you don’t know what you’re missing. I was an erotica virgin until Roni, and now there’s no looking…
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Making It (work): The *Art of Writing Sex.

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*Disclaimer: In no way am I suggesting I’ve mastered the art of (writing about) sex. Just so you know. Writing my first book was mostly an exercise in learning how NOT to write a book. Along with sorting out dialogue, tone, character arcs, tension, and pacing, I also had to sort out sex – specifically,…
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Want to curate creativity? Be curious, go running, don’t ditch the bad ideas.

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I’ve had this blog post sitting on my desktop — unwritten aside from title — for two days now. The original title? CREATIVITY. Pretty creative, eh? Because here’s the thing about creativity…at least MY creativity…it’s usually flowing strong but not always in the direction it needs to be going. As I write this I have…
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How to Avoid Overwhelmed Author Syndrome: BE PRESENT

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As the last of the Debs to celebrate a book birthday, I’ve had the benefit of watching and learning over the past few months. And while there are parts I’ve found overwhelming – even from a distance (think: launch parties, blog tours, 125-item to-do lists…) – ultimately I’ve come away with this gem of understanding:…
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Tips to Destress Your Writing Life

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Every writer dreams of a point in her career where she has a book coming out, one in revisions, and one still in dream stages. This point requires guest posts, party planning, and book club visits. People want to hear about her book, they want to talk about how she wrote it, and they want to buy it. It’s…
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News Flash: BookExpo, Revisions & a TINY PRETTY THINGS Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Claudia Rivera, winner of THE RAINY SEASON by guest author Maggie Messitt! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of TINY PRETTY THINGS by our very own Deb, Sona Charaipotra …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley has sent the first half of her new WIP to her agent and is anxiously…
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NEWS FLASH: BEA, “Best Of” Book Lists, & a Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Christina Li, winner of Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE RAINY SEASON by guest author Maggie Messitt …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is thrilled that Pop Sugar named BEFORE I GO as one of the Best Books of 2015 (so…
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Playing the (Character) Name Game

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For as long as I can remember, people have slaughtered my name. Not just Charaipotra, but Sona. Four simple letters. Rhymes with Mona. For some reason, everyone insists on seeing that i, even though it just doesn’t exist. My dad was the one who picked my name. He thought it was “an international name.” But it’s…
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Character Naming (or, How To Justify Hours on the Internet…)

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When I was growing up, I fantasized about being named…Nancy. Or Cathy. For real. Those were the names I coveted because I wanted to blend in with the Tiffanys and Susans and Lauras peppered throughout my middle grade life, not stand out as the one and only Karma. And Boy George cursing bringing the world…
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