CLARE O’DONOHUE on Writing Series and “Dangerous” Reads + GIVEAWAY of THE DOUBLE WEDDING RING

Saturday, October 5, 2013

We’d like to give a rousing welcome to Clare O’Donohue, author of the Someday Quilts mysteries. The fifth book in the series, The Double Wedding Ring, was released Sept. 24. Clare is also the author of the (so far) two-book Kate Conway mystery series, an edgier series in which the protagonist is a TV producer. In The Double Wedding Ring, Nell Fitzgerald’s future is on her mind, and it looks…

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Counting Exclamation Points: How My Book Was Sold

Monday, September 30, 2013

“The call,” for me, was an email. Which was fine, because I was at my day job, and though it’s sometimes difficult to take time out for a call, it’s not that difficult to click over and check my email. Also, I don’t really like to talk on the phone, not for work, for life, to order pizza, not at all. The only kind of news I don’t want electronically…

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Five Ways of Looking at Writing Mentorship

Monday, September 23, 2013

Before we get too far along here, I just want to say that the number one person who made my book possible was me. There’s a lot of credit to give when a project as big as a book gets made, but if you’re a writer, you know how much time you spend alone, at the computer, or behind the scribbling pen, and there’s NO ONE ELSE THERE, which is…

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News Flash: Conferences, Conferences, and Beach Volleyball?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Congrats to Debby, who won an ARC of Julie Anne Lindsey’s DECEIVED! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day‘s publisher asked her to put a trip to New York for the annual Book Expo America on her calendar for next year! Big Apple, here she comes. Heather Webb recovered from a short bout of altitude sickness while in Denver and had a fantastic time meeting loads of writers at the Rocky Mountain…

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A Sense of Place: Writing Home, at Home and Away

Monday, September 16, 2013

As I start a draft of this post, I’m sitting in a booth at a chain restaurant that calls itself a bakery, with the remains of a salad at one elbow and “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder—not his best song—playing overhead. There are three other people with computers or tablets glowing in front of them nearby. I like to write in café noise. We are legion. Science reports that…

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News Flash: Secrets, ARCs, and a First Good Review

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Congrats to Thew Swihart, who won the copy of Dave Jackson’s TATTOO RAMPAGE last week! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber received her advance reader copies (ARCs) of KILMOON (yay!), and she’s in love with them. She can’t wait to take a few to Bouchercon, the world mystery convention, next week. In fact, now that she’s thinking about it, she needs a new outfit or two to go along with…

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Wearing the T-shirt or, The Last First Day

Monday, September 9, 2013

For the every class of Debs, it’s always about firsts. The year ahead of us is filled with them. But we’ve known a few firsts in our day, already. Like that first day—remember when you walked into a situation completely unsure and looking for the exit? Yeah, that’s this week: Our first days. It’s been a while since I’ve had a first day at a new job, or a first…

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The WHOA Moment: How The Black Hour Was Born

Monday, September 2, 2013

As the first 2014 Deb to post this year, I wish I had a better place to start. Here goes nothing: My book, The Black Hour, is a dark—but what I hope is sometimes also funny—mystery about a school shooting. Yep. That’s what I said. The idea for The Black Hour landed out of the blue one morning while I was drying my hair. Science could probably tell us why…

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