News Flash: November 20, 2011

From the 2012 Debs… Deb Rachel received final copies of MWF Seeking BFF. (Which comes out one month from today!!) Seeing the final product was as exciting as she always dreamed it would be. Past Deb News Deb Sarah learned that her novel THE VIOLETS OF MARCH was chosen by Library Journal as a Best Book of 2011! Friends of the Debs We were so excited to see THREE past…

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Deb Erika Comes Full Circle

Everyone has The One… That one person you want, more than any other, to know you published a book. The person who comes to mind when you get the news that after years and years of writing and submitting, writing and submitting, you’ve been offered a contract and your novel will be in bookstores everywhere. It’s the day you’ve dreamed of. It’s kind of like that guy in college you…

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

News Flash: November 13, 2011

Congrats to Susan O, winner of a copy of Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawk! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Erika was thrilled to hear that LITTLE GALE GUMBO was selected as one of Deep South Magazine’s picks for their Fall/Winter Reading List (as was Deb Guest Kathleen Grissom‘s THE KITCHEN HOUSE!) and the wonderful folks at Deep South are also giving away two copies, so stop in and comment for…

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Tayari Jones!

We are so excited to have Tayari Jones, author of SILVER SPARROW, here at the Ball today! Tayari has written for McSweeney’s, the New York Times, and The Believer. Her first novel, Leaving Atlanta, received best of the year nods from the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Creative Loafing. Jones holds degrees from Spelman College, Arizona State University, and the University of Iowa. She is on the MFA faculty at Rutgers and currently holds a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship at Harvard University, where…

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Deb Erika Has Lucky Socks. There. She said it.

Maybe it’s because I’m a Gemini, but when it comes to traditions, I’m all over the place. Some days I crave ritual, other days I can’t wait to start something new. Thanksgiving dinner, I want the familiar dishes (creamed pearl onions, date nut bread) but then I plead with friends to bring over something I’ve never had before. Yesterday Deb Joanne spoke of writing traditions. Allow me to cut to…

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

News Flash: November 6, 2011

Congrats to Marg, winner of a copy of Alicia Bessette’s A Pinch of Love! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne is very pleased to announce that SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE is now available for pre-order from Amazon and!  More stores to come soon. Deb Erika is so looking forward to her first call-in with a book club this week! She can’t wait to talk with readers about Little Gale…

Sunday, November 6, 2011

What scares the stuffing out of Deb Erika (besides this current need to remake classic 80’s movies…)

When I started thinking about this post and what scared me about writing, I went through the list: First there’s the fear of rejection. (Hmm. Twenty years of rejection letters later, nope. I’m okay with that one.) Then there’s the fear of writer’s block. (No there, too. I’ve had stretches of blah and blank, but they don’t last. Like a hangover, I know the feeling will pass. And it does.)…

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Newsflash: October 30, 2011

Congrats to Jessica McCann, winner of a copy of Keith Cronin’s book Me Again! From the 2012 Debs… The first ever #debdish happened on Twitter Friday afternoon and was great fun! For those of you who were so kind to chime in with questions and comments, thank you! We are so grateful! And for those of you who missed it, worry not! We are planning to try it again and…

Sunday, October 30, 2011

For once, Deb Erika can’t take the heat!

Now I can’t confirm this (darn you, Google!) but I have a very clear memory of reading somewhere (Danse Macabre, maybe?) that Stephen King felt the bathtub scene in The Shining was the hardest scene for him to write, that he freaked himself out so much he repeatedly had to get up and walk away from the page. Would you believe I had to do the exact same thing to…

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

News Flash: October 23, 2011

Congrats to Gayle Lin, winner of a copy of Kristine Gasbarre’s book How To Love An American Man! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne was ecstatic to get her first five star Goodreads rating from NYT Bestseller Lisa McMann Deb Erika was thrilled to learn that Little Gale Gumbo was reviewed on Reader Unboxed–the all-new sister site to Writer Unboxed! Deb Linda is happy to be back amongst the living…

Sunday, October 23, 2011