News Flash: Reviews, Beta-Reading, and Teaching

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Congratulations to Elaina, who won a copy of Mary Vensel White’s THE QUALITIES OF WOOD! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb received a stellar review from the Portland Book Review in which they called Becoming Josephine “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite detail”, and finally, summed up the article with a sentence that made her bounce around the house with happiness all week– “With the completion of this book Ms. Webb has…


Guest Author JOELLE CHARBONNEAU on Writing Every Day and Letting It Go + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Got a treat for you today, Deb Ball readers! Joelle Charbonneau is with us! Joelle Charbonneau has performed in opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and is the author of the New York Times bestselling THE TESTING trilogy (THE TESTING, INDEPENDENT STUDY and GRADUATION DAY) as well as two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (Minotaur Books) and the Glee Club mysteries (Berkley)….


Random Title Generator Needed

Monday, June 16, 2014

Due to a glitch in our original topic calendar, we Debs ended up with an extra week, this one, with no topic chosen. Problem? No! Opportunity! So we bring you: Choose Your Own Adventure Week. Sounds like fun, right? Oh ho, not really, not for me. I’m just about 25 days from publication. I don’t have time to choose any adventures, let alone take any adventures. And even in normal,…


News Flash: Library Love, Radio Interviews and More!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Congrats to Annie, who won a signed copy of CHASING THE SUN from our very own Natalia Sylvester! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day’s book THE BLACK HOUR got onto a lovely list of librarian-loved books coming out in July at “This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock.”-Mattie Gustafson, Newport Public Library, Newport, RI. Thank you, Mattie, and to all…


Whose Bright Idea Was It to Talk About Staying Creative? Probably Mine.

Monday, June 9, 2014

This week’s topic is…staying creative? Oh, boy. When the Debs chose our topics for the year oh-so-long ago, this topic probably seemed like a homerun. Easy peasy, we must have thought to ourselves. Smug bitches. Not so smug anymore: I now report to you from a writing desert so vast and desolate that I fear to tell you about it. It’s embarrassing, is what it is. It’s not as though…


News Flash: CHASING THE SUN Launch Week, Turkish Translations, and Lit Fest

Sunday, June 8, 2014

From the 2014 Debs… Natalia Sylvester launched CHASING THE SUN this week! Susan Gloss was tickled to see this beautiful blog covering the Turkish version of VINTAGE! Lori Rader-Day is working the Mystery Writers of America booth at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago this weekend. If you’re in town, come down for her Sunday 3:30 pm panel on “the rules of mysteries—and when to break them!” Heather Webb enjoyed a great…


Readers Want to Worry: The Use of Suspense in CHASING THE SUN

Monday, June 2, 2014

Tomorrow we celebrate the release of Natalia Sylvester’s CHASING THE SUN. Her publisher couldn’t have planned this better. I read Natalia’s book in the first sticky heat of the season. Things were hot and uncomfortable in Chicago as well as inside the story of Andres and Marabela. Let me put this right here: It’s not a spoiler alert to tell you that Chasing the Sun is the story of a…


News Flash: Book Expo America, Dutch Translations, and Summer Picks

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Congrats to Andrea, who won a signed copy of Cutting Teeth from Julia Fierro! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber is excited that she’s a member of the planning committee for the Left Coast Crime 2015 “Crimelandia” (i.e. Portlandia) conference. She’ll be organizing the writers workshop. Susan Gloss is thrilled that VINTAGE is a Brava Magazine Salon pick for 2014! Details soon for a book event and vintage soiree with Brava this…


Day Is Done, Gone the Sun*

Monday, May 26, 2014

A few weeks ago I was in the D.C. area for Malice Domestic. A new mystery friend, Sherry Novinger Harris, who is local, offered me a ride to the airport. Not only did I get to the airport without having to descend into D.C.’s highly Soviet-esque underground system, complete with bunkers for train stops, but I got a guided tour of the town as we drove. Sherry called it a…


News Flash: Copy Edits, Travel Plans and Love from Booklist

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Congrats to Rhiann, who won a signed copy of one of Jenny Milchman’s books! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb spent the week poring over copy edits for her next book RODIN’S LOVER. She’s REALLY glad this is the final time she will have to read it, despite how much she loves the story. Lisa Alber is finalizing her travel plans for the Killer Nashville conference in August, plus she’s going to…