Happy reading, #histfic fans!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about the books we’ve read during our debut year. And while I’ve read outside of my historical fiction category — some great women’s fiction, chick lit, and thrillers — I spent a lot of time cozying up with my genre. Raise your hand if you also read any of these. If you haven’t had a chance yet, click on any of the covers below…

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My 2017 in Books – What I’ve Read, What I’ve Loved

Monday, August 14, 2017

I read really fast–about 800 words a minute. It means that I devour books. I can easily read a 250 page book in a couple of hours. When I fly to Italy I usually read 1.5-2 books one way on the flight. For someone like me the Kindle is one of the best inventions ever, and my husband is grateful for the slightly smaller piles of actual books in our…

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In Publishing, Ya Gotta Just Keep Writing

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! The deadline is July 28! This week the Debs are writing about what we’ve learned in our debut year and what advice we’d give to forthcoming authors. Mine: ya gotta keep writing (and reading). That big scary shark? Yep, that’s the publishing industry. And in order to survive, I’ve learned ya need…

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NewsFlash! Lynn K. Hall’s Memoir Has Launched!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Congratulations to Bonnie Karoly, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Abby Fabiaschi’s I LIKED MY LIFE! We send our thanks to our very own Lynn K. Hall for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of CAGED EYES: AN AIR FORCE CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE Or you can enter to win a signed hardcover by retweeting this tweet on twitter: Interview with Lynn K. Hall + #DebBallGiveaway of CAGED EYES. RT…

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My Very Moderate New Year’s Resolutions

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My grandparents drank one dry gin martini every night of their entire adult lives. They would have cocktail hour in front of the PBS NewsHour with their Beefeater gin martinis and a small bowl of nuts. My grandparents were big believers in moderation, and they were very happy people who lived for a long time, like into their nineties. I was thinking about them recently, and I wondered if “Be More Moderate”…

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2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…

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News Flash–May Flowers Edition

Extra, extra, read all about it!
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of Karen Halvorsen Schreck’s BROKEN GROUND Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Tara Conklin’s THE HOUSE GIRL! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is delighted to have a entered Aya’s Goodreads giveaway of UPTOWN THIEF, and is happy to share that Viking is holding a giveaway of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING on Goodreads as well!…

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Oprah Was On to Something

Thursday, April 28, 2016

I suspect Oprah and I lead different lives. I could be wrong. She could be soaking a boy’s sweatshirt right now because he blew his nose directly into the sleeve and then wore it all day so the boogers dried into the fabric, but I’m guessing she’s soaking her newly pedicured feet in a warm, salt-infused tub prepared by a loyal lady-in-waiting. When I gain five pounds, the only thing that takes note…

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Social Media as Competitive Sport

Social Media Chaos
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Social media is about being connected, staying in touch with old friends, finding out what’s happening in the world. Unless, like me, you’re a competitive soul. In which case it’s a matter of keeping one step ahead of, well, honestly, my husband. Yes, yes, I profess to only be competitive with myself. And for the most part that’s true. Unless I perceive a challenge by a boy, in which case…

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Reviews: They Aren’t For You

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reviews. I love them and I hate them. I read them. I search for them. I scream at them. I get why we need them. I don’t buy anything or stay anywhere without looking at reviews, so I shouldn’t expect anything less when it comes to my book. I know I shouldn’t look. That’s the first advice you get when you start writing — don’t look at the reviews. More importantly,…

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