News Flash: Reviews, WIPs & Celebrations!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Congratulations to Carrie Mansfield, winner of the signed copy of BETWEEN by guest author Megan Whitmer! Check back next Sunday for the winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, by this week’s guest author — and fellow Deb —  Shelly King…   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley flew to the brrrrrrrrrrrr state of Minnesota (OK, it was 60 degrees, but that’s sweater weather for this Atlanta girl!) this weekend for the Heartland…

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Love notes, books & fried bologna sandwiches: THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

This week we’re celebrating fellow Deb Shelly King and her amazing debut novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING! Shelly’s book was one I wished I could devour in one sitting, but due to deadlines and LIFE, I was forced to read it in more bite-sized chunks … and in so many ways I’m glad I had longer with this story. It’s about Maggie Duprès – a woman on the hunt for…

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News Flash: Great expectations, covers, and next projects!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Congratulations to Beth Tibbals-Benson, winner of AFTER I DO, and Linda Childers, winner of FOREVER, INTERRUPTED by guest author Taylor Jenkins Reid! Check back next Sunday for the winners of BETWEEN, by this week’s guest author Megan Whitmer…   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley found out she’s having twins! Which adds an entirely extra layer of pressure on completing her second book by December. She’s also finalizing the details of her…

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KID SCRIBBLES (also known as: My Mom Keeps EVERYTHING)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I was not one of those kids who wanted to be a writer when she grew up. I wanted to be a famous singing act with my sister (neither of us can hold a tune, by the way), then a vet, an orthopedic surgeon (did I mention I sucked at math and science?), until I finally settled in my teens on what I considered the perfect career — a news…

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News Flash: Conferences, Pre-orders, and Book signings!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Congratulations to Amy Mays, Lauren Stacks Yamaoka, and Michelle Westenbroek — winners of FIVE DAYS LEFT, by guest author Julie Lawson Timmer! Check back next Sunday for the winners of FOREVER, INTERRUPTED, and AFTER I DO, by this week’s guest author Taylor Jenkins Reid…   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley spent Friday and Saturday this week in Norfolk, Va. at SIBA, the conference for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. It…

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Taylor Jenkins Reid on Jay Gatsby, John Irving, and the talent she wishes she had + GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

   We are so excited to welcome Taylor Jenkins Reid to the Ball this week! Author of two books and counting (look for her next one in 2015!), Taylor’s latest, AFTER I DO, tells the story of Lauren and Ryan, a couple who takes a year off from their marriage in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. I read it in 24 hours, and alternated…

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The 5 Who Have Kept The Dream Alive …

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This week at the Ball it’s all about the 5 people who made our books possible, and first I need to say how TICKLED I am to even be writing this! Because it means I have a book. MY BOOK IS GOING TO BE A BOOK. You can’t see me, hiding behind my laptop screen, but every time I think about this I break into the Kermit flail. It’s just…

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News Flash: New sales, waiting games, and bookish events!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bevins, winner of the signed copy of Randy Susan Meyers‘ Accidents of Marriage! Check back next Sunday for the winners of FIVE DAYS LEFT, by this week’s guest author Julie Lawson Timmer…   From the 2015 Debs… In case you missed it, the Debs were featured this week sharing their most influential books on Shelf Pleasure. What’s on your list? Colleen Oakley is celebrating a fantastic review of…

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On Writing: Here, There, and Everywhere.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

If I were creating a dream office to write my bestseller in it would have five things: an antique wooden desk, with a great history; a ghost chair that was just uncomfortable enough to make sure I sat up straight and kept my feet on the floor, a huge window to let in light and breeze, a bookshelf full of my favorite books (color coded, of course), and an espresso…

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News Flash: Book launches, Copyedits, Pitch contests, and new additions!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Check back next Sunday to find out who won the copy of Accidents of Marriage, by guest author Randy Susan Meyers! From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is making great progress on book two, despite some wicked morning sickness. Congrats, Colleen, on your latest bundle of joy, due to launch springtime 2015! Amy E. Reichert is hard at work mentoring PitchWars (an online pitch-> revise-> pitch agents contest), and now…

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