News Flash: June 3, 2012

Congrats to Julia Munroe Martin, winner of a copy of Jenny Torres Sanchez’s The Downside of Being Charlie! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne was interviewed this week over at A Cupcake and a Latte for the June Fresh on the Shelf feature – there’s a giveaway of SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE, so make sure you head over and enter. There’s also another giveaway over at The Class of 2k12…

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Deb Erika gives thanks to agents who were more than kind…

Recently I was asked to speak with a high school writing club about my long and winding road to publication, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit my extensive collection of rejection letters from agents that I had amassed over the twenty-plus years of querying as a way to show students the power of perseverance, and I am so glad I did. Because in the midst…

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

News Flash: May 27, 2012

Congrats to Alicia Marie, winner of a copy of Kimberly Brock’s The River Witch! Are you a soon-to-be-published first time author, interested in being a Debutante? Well, polish your tiara and start hunting for those old ball gowns because next weekend we’ll be announcing the start of our search for the Deb Class of 2013! Details to come–so be sure and stay tuned! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne was…

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The Deb Ball Welcomes Jenny Torres Sanchez!

We are so thrilled to welcome author Jenny Torres Sanchez to the Ball today! When I, Deb Erika, began blogging a few years ago, Jenny was one of the first writers I connected with, so you can imagine how high the Squee-factor is today that she is visiting to take the Deb Ball Interview in the midst of the launch of her debut, THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE! First, about…

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Day Deb Erika Threw Out Her Journals

Since this week is all about Spring Cleaning—and as Deb Joanne so aptly put it yesterday, we’re not talkin’ the kind you need Pledge or Scrubbing Bubbles for—I thought I’d share a post I did a while back on my own blog on this subject of cleaning out. In my case, I threw away some of  my most treasured written materials: my journals. * * * * Recently, I boldly…

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

News Flash: May 20, 2012

Congratulations to Barbara Shepler, winner of a copy of Chained! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne was reviewed in this week’s Kirkus (bear with me, I’m pasting the whole thing because I can’t get over how great it is): A lively preteen develops the “superpsychic” ability to converse with the dead, complicating her seventh-grade life in this lighthearted debut. When 12-year-old Lilah’s struck by lightning at her mother’s wedding, she…

Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Deb Ball Welcomes Kimberly Brock!

We are so excited to welcome Kimberly Brock to the Deb Ball today! Kimberly has just released her debut novel, THE RIVER WITCH. The novel has already received rave reviews and was recently featured on Huffington Post and added to Deep South Magazine’s Summer Reading list! Here’s more about it: The River Witch is Georgia author Kimberly Brock’s acclaimed debut novel about a ballet star who suffers a career-ending injury…

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Deb Erika writes the Mother lode

Yesterday, Deb Joanne started off our week of Mothers with a wonderful tribute to our own Deb Mom Marcia. So today, I’m veering into the world of fictional moms—specifically those I’ve written. In LITTLE GALE GUMBO, Camille Bergeron is mother to two very different daughters. I won’t say I modeled the relationships on my experience as one of two daughters and a mother who is very close to both of…

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

News Flash: May 13, 2012

Congratulations to Jasmine Rose, winner of a copy of The Mapmaker and the Ghost! The winner of Deb Molly’s Launch Week Giveaway will be announced on Wednesday! From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne – would like to wish all of the Moms out there-and particularly my mom, who is also celebrating her 29th birthday (again) today-a very happy Mother’s Day! Also, I was able to meet Founding Deb Eileen Cook…

Sunday, May 13, 2012

THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA Launch Week: Deb Erika’s Q & A with Molly!

Oh wow! Not only do I get to host Day Two of our Week-Long Deb Launch for Deb Molly’s THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA, but it just happens to be the official release day for the book–how honored am I??!! Yesterday you got to read Deb Joanne’s question, so here’s the one I posed to Molly: Molly, every character in THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA is richly-drawn and diverse and comes across…

Tuesday, May 8, 2012