On Craft

Friday, October 6, 2017

Because I used a handful of the books that influenced me to introduce myself, this week I thought we might have a chat about craft books. I find books about the work of writing not only interesting but immensely useful. Right now, I’m making my way through John Truby’s brilliant The Anatomy of Story, scribbling notes in the margins and dog-earing pages. (For those of you cringing your way through that sentence, I…

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Worlds Both Ancient and Magical: Books that influenced the writing of FROM UNSEEN FIRE

Monday, October 2, 2017

Reading is a crucial part of a writer’s job, so this week, we’re discussing books that influenced us. I’m choosing to interpret that as “books that influenced your upcoming publication”, because if it was just books in general, I’d be here forever. Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series: If you ever want to spend seven thousand pages immersed in the late Roman Republic (and seriously, who wouldn’t?), go swimming in…

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Make New Friends But Keep The Old

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

My 2017 reading list has been a lot like that old song: “Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold. A circle is round, it has no end. That’s how long, I will be your friend.” But of course in this instance, I’m talking about book friends. I relish returning to the books which have moved me in the past. Two of my new…

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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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These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

Monday, March 20, 2017

This week the Debs are singing songs from the Sound of Music…wait, no, that’s just Deb Crystal. But we are talking about some of our favorite things–the things that make us happy, that make us smile, that make us laugh. The Roman orator and philosopher, Seneca, once said, “True happiness is… to enjoy the present without anxious dependence on the future.” I’m not always good about the anxious dependence part, but…

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News Flash: Readings and Roadtrips and a BIG #DebBallGiveaway!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow for winning a copy of LAST WOMAN STANDING by Thelma Adams!  We send our thanks to Georgia Clark for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book,THE REGULARS. You can also enter a giveaway to win her online book marketing course The Pro-Active Author! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook using the hashtag #DebBallGiveaway by noon (EST) November 25th for your…

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News Flash for New Debs

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Congratulations to Maddie Woods, Sophie Woods, Chris Von Turk, winners of Amy Poeppel’s SMALL ADMISSIONS, as part of our Tag to Win contest series on Facebook. The next contest will begin on 11/17 with a chance to win Tiffany D. Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY. Beginning 9/17, you’ll have the opportunity to win our first Guest Author giveaway: Camille Perri’s fabulous debut novel, THE ASSISTANTS. From the 2017 Debs: Crystal King is finishing up…

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True Confessions of an Epic TBR Stack

Monday, August 15, 2016

This is my To Be Read Stack. Oh, wait, did you think I meant this is my only TBR stack? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What I meant to say was, this is the TBR stack that lives on top of the other TBR stacks. In the room that is, in fact, just one giant TBR stack of books. Here are some true confessions about my own personal library: I haven’t read much in…

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Things I Never Regret

Monday, May 30, 2016

Our theme this week is regrets, but here is the thing–i’m not big on regret. We are all human and we all make choices both good and not so good and we learn from them. I am a firm believer that every experience in your life has made you who you are now. So, instead, i’ve decided to share a few things I never regret doing: hanging out with friends and family eating…

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When My Husband Read My Novel by Lynda Cohen Loigman + Hardcover Book Giveaway

THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE by Lynda Cohen Loigman
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Thrilled to host this guest post by Lynda Cohen Loigman, whose hardcover debut I inhaled in two days. Moving and evocative, THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE is a gripping, multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.The year is 1947. In the midst of a Brooklyn blizzard, two babies are born, minutes apart in a two-family brownstone. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to…

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