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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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Maggie Messitt’s Dirty Little Secret +Giveaway of THE RAINY SEASON

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There is non-fiction that strives to be strictly informative. Eat that, do this, go here! Then there is non-fiction that uses all the nuances of storytelling to weave a tale that reads like you are there, that you are following along with the subjects’ daily lives. Maggie Messitt’s THE RAINY SEASON, is just that. She…
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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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News Flash: Conferences & Festivals, Awards & a Giveaway!

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Congratulations to Caryn Strean, winner of THE FAR END OF HAPPY by guest author Kathryn Craft! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley sold rights for BEFORE I GO to Hungary! She’s still barreling through her WIP, slowly but (un)surely. Amy…
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The Fabulous Renee Ahdieh Talks THE WRATH AND THE DAWN! + GIVEAWAY!

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I first met the awesome RENEE AHDIEH last year at BEA, and I liked her even before I knew what her amazing book, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, was about. She’s a straight-shooting Southern belle with a strong penchant for food and books. What’s not to love? And her book? Well, trust me, you definitely…
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