News Flash–Fireworks Edition

News Flash
Sunday, July 3, 2016

  Congratulations to Brandi Megan Grannett, winner of Katherine Ozment’s GRACE WITHOUT GOD. Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, J. Ryan Stradal’s KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has had a happy week. She booked her launch party venue, sent out invitations, and is currently trying to find a fiddler to play tunes during cocktails. She was thrilled to…


Interview with KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST author J. Ryan Stradal & a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

I first heard of J. Ryan Stradal and his debut novel KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST through our mutual editor Pamela Dorman. I fell in love with KITCHENS, the story of Eva Thorvald, a young woman with a once-in-a-generation palate who becomes the iconic chef behind the country’s most coveted dinner reservation, as did the rest of the world! KITCHENS is a New York Times bestseller, is the 2016 Indies Choice debut…


Book Launch: Fantasy vs. Reality

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living by Louise Miller
Monday, June 27, 2016

I have been dreaming about my book launch party for as long as I have been dreaming about publishing a book, which is another way of saying a very long time. Your book party is your chance to celebrate. Book in hand, it’s your moment to say YES, I did it. All of those years of writing and revising, all of those hours agonizing over agent lists and query letters,…


Calling all Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the Class of ’17 Debutante Ball!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Are you interested in being one of the Class of 2017 Debs at The Debutante Ball? We want to hear from you! It’s that time! The 2016 Debutante Ball class is looking for female writers who have not yet had a book published, but will have one released between September 2016 and August 2017 by a traditional commercial publisher. You need a firm release date to be considered (well, as…


The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living Playlist

Monday, June 20, 2016

There is, of course, baking in THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING, but music plays almost as important a role in the story. My main character Livvy plays the banjo, and one of the ways that she connects to the people of the town of Guthrie is by joining a contra dance band. Here is a CITY BAKER’S GUIDE playlist Rodney Miller—Sheehan’s Reel. Rodney Miller is an incredible fiddle…


News Flash–Father’s Day Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Congratulations to Theresa, winner of Shannon Kirk‘s METHOD 15/33! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Erika Swyler’s THE BOOK OF SPECULATION! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has had a cheery week! She heard clips from her audiobook narrator, saw her Swedish book cover, and finalized her book launch bookstore (GO BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH!) and launch party location. Jennifer S. Brown is counting down the days till…


Interview with THE BOOK OF SPECULATION author Erika Swyler, and a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

I can’t remember how I first met Erika Swyler. I know it was online, because we haven’t met yet in person. I think I was probably fan-girling over her marvelous debut, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, which was one of my absolute favorite books last year. It was also one of TARGET’S favorite books–they chose it as the Target Club pick for the month of June! Erika has become a friend…


Adventures in Publishing

Monday, June 13, 2016

adventure noun ad·ven·ture \əd-ˈven-chər\ An exciting or very unusual experience. Participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises. A bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome. A commercial or financial speculation of any kind; venture. I am not a super adventurous person. I like my trips planned. I like to budget my money. I like to work from a recipe. I like to know how I am getting home at…


News Flash–Promotion Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Congratulations to Nicole Evelina, winner of Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Shannon Kirk’s METHOD 15/33! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller tossed out the book she was working on. It was liberating. And scary. She has a setting she is crazy-excited about, and a character, and is playing with plot. Jennifer S. Brown is visiting book groups in…


Food is Everything

Monday, June 6, 2016

I’ve been a pastry chef for over twenty years, and have spent my whole adult life in a kitchen, so when I set out to write my first novel, it felt very natural to build it around food. In the first scene of my novel my protagonist, pastry chef Olivia Rawlings, is making meringue. And the inciting incident involves a flaming baked Alaska. The setting of THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE…