News Flash: Bingeing on Halloween candy, WIPs & books!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Congratulations to Wendy Dosch and Sheila Korman, winners of THE GOOD GIRL by guest author Mary Kubica! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Shelly King’s debut novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING!   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley has been very busy binging on Friday Night Lights and Halloween candy—oh, and writing some in her new novel. Amy E. Reichert has been binging on amazing…

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FEAR is a four-letter word.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Like Amy, I can think of plenty of HARD moments along the way from writing that first word of that first book to where I am right now, but truly scary moments? Luckily there haven’t been many and as I think more about it, I realize they were directly tied to these words from my agent: “They’re taking your book to acquisitions.” Heart stopping words, I tell you. But of…

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News Flash: WIPs, #WeNeedDiverseBooks & catch up with past Debs!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Congratulations to Melissa Engaldo, winner of LEAVING TIME by guest author Jodi Picoult! Check back next Sunday for the winners of THE GOOD GIRL, by this week’s guest author Mary Kubica …     From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is head down, hard at work on her WIP. She is also trying very hard not to stay up until 3 a.m. binging on Friday Night Lights. Amy E. Reichert is…

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Mary Kubica on writing edge-of-your-seat tension + a GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

This week we welcome the lovely and talented Mary Kubica, debut author of the riveting psychological thriller THE GOOD GIRL, which has earned comparisons to Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL — for good reason. Tightly written with plenty of twists and turns and a killer dose of tension throughout, this story focuses on the disappearance — and sudden reemergence, but with no memory of what happened — of a young woman,…

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The Art of Productivity & Procrastination

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I’m currently in the throes of writing book two, which means I have a daily word count to hit and an endless ability to find ways to procrastinate. Like this past Monday morning, when after refreshing my Twitter and Facebook streams multiple times, counting my split ends by the glow of my laptop screen, baking banana muffins and researching how to make homemade facial exfoliator – then making it —…

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News Flash: Launch parties, first drafts, & a contest!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Congratulations to Ellie Berger, winner of EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU by guest author Tracey Garvis Graves! Check back next Sunday for the winner of the signed copy of LEAVING TIME, by this week’s guest author Jodi Picoult …   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is in the throes of planning her launch party in January. There will be food! Booze! Male exotic dancers! (OK, no dancers, but it’s…

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Why you win, even when you don’t…

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This week on The Debutante Ball we’re talking contests and conferences, and since I’ve only done the first one (most conferences are scattered throughout the U.S. and Europe, which means this Canadian author must look and dream from afar…for now) that’s where I’ll focus my post. When I first discovered the online writing community on Twitter, it was like finding a group of like-minded minions, and I mean that in…

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News Flash: Next books, contest winner, and a cover girl!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Congratulations to Gaylord Chambers, winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, by guest author — and fellow Deb — Shelly King! Check back next Sunday for the winner of the signed copy of EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU, by this week’s guest author Tracey Garvis Graves …     From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley officially passed 10,000 words in her WIP, which is a miracle considering she spends most days…

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Tracey Garvis Graves on being a homebody, an early bird, and a self-publishing success story + GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

We are so excited to welcome Tracey Garvis Graves to the Ball this week! New York Times Bestselling author of five books and counting, Tracey has two releases this fall — one being Every Time I Think of You, which features a dashing, chivalrous crime reporter as the hero. Here’s the blurb: Thirty-year-old Daisy DiStefano has two people she holds dear: the grandmother who raised her, and her three-year-old son,…

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The Best Call That Came At The Worst Time

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Last February sucked — along with the kiddo and I contracting that crazy swine flu that kept me in bed for a week, I was still recovering from bad news about a potential offer, and then our beloved labradoodle, Quincy, died. Not to mention we were still buried deep under ice, snow, and frigid winter temperatures, and the promise of things improving seemed too far off to count on. But…

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