Author Gail Nall, BREAKING THE ICE, & a Giveaway!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

We’re so excited to welcome today’s guest author Gail Nall to the Deb Ball! I met Gail when I discovered the #5amwritersclub on Twitter (if you’re an early morning writer, come and find us — we’re the crazy group that gets up in the dark to write :)), and have been in awe ever since at how prolific she is. Along with three more middle grade books publishing in the next year, she’s also…

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Book marketing … WHO REALLY KNOWS?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

With six weeks to go until my book’s birthday, I find myself in this strange spot of feeling both antsy because I want time to speed up, and anxious at how quickly the days are passing. It reminds me a lot of the weeks preceding my wedding, and the birth of my daughter — something BIG was about to happen, most of the planning and preparation was in place, but…

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News Flash: Camp (Mommy & NaNo), New Books and Debut Fever

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Congratulations to Michelle Westenbroek, winner of guest author Lori Nelson Spielman’s SWEET FORGIVENESS! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA… Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about you! From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley just finished a huge magazine assignment that took…

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It’s Summer! Now, Get Reading.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Karma’s summer reading list: I’m SHOWING rather than TELLING today … 🙂 Books: The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (Amy E. Reichert) In the Unlikely Event (Judy Blume) Pretty Baby (Mary Kubica) Nothing Like Love (Sabrina Ramnanan) Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

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News Flash: Vacation weekends, a book signing, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Congratulations to Beth Weaver and Michele Bosc, winners of e-book copies of Roni Loren’s NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Lori Nelson Spielman’s SWEET FORGIVENESS… Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about you! From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley spent a much-needed few…

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Lori Nelson Spielman on SWEET FORGIVENESS, Perseverance, & a Giveaway!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

One of the most amazing things about joining the wild world of publishing is how much support I’ve received, especially from “been there, done that, have learned some stuff” authors who have kindly shared their time and wisdom. And international bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman is at the top of that list — I’m convinced “author cheerleader” is her part-time job 🙂 Along with being a lovely person, Lori is…

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On Reviews: Pull Up Your Big Girl Panties & Deal with It (she tells herself)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I have a plan, and (soon) I’m going to stick to it. It’s this: “Don’t read the reviews.” I say “soon” because I’ve already cheated. COME AWAY WITH ME has some reviews, and to date I’ve read each one. So far, and for the most part, the reviews have been amazing and positive and I’ve truly loved reading them. Yes, I have received the (dreaded) 1* already … and I…

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News Flash: Book Launches, Paperback release, & Giveaway!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Congratulations to Beth Weaver, winner of our BIG summer Deb Ball reading pack (THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, BEFORE I GO, TINY PRETTY THINGS, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, COME AWAY WITH ME)! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winners of guest author Roni Loren’s NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE! Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward…

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NYT Bestselling author Roni Loren, CALL ON ME, & a Giveaway!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

We’re thrilled to welcome New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Roni Loren to the Ball this week! If you haven’t read one of Roni’s books (her series has 8 books and 3 novellas) yet, well, you don’t know what you’re missing. I was an erotica virgin until Roni, and now there’s no looking back — her stories are hot and sexy AND well-written (yes, it can be done)….

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Making It (work): The *Art of Writing Sex.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

*Disclaimer: In no way am I suggesting I’ve mastered the art of (writing about) sex. Just so you know. Writing my first book was mostly an exercise in learning how NOT to write a book. Along with sorting out dialogue, tone, character arcs, tension, and pacing, I also had to sort out sex – specifically, how to write sex into a book. I thought it would be easy. After all,…

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