Deb Erika Bottles the Whine, I mean, WINE.

I think it was George Carlin who was responsible for one of my favorite quotes of all time: “The only thing better than being first, is being next.” To me, that about sums up the joys of anticipation. That feeling of being on the cusp of the excitement, knowing it is in reach. The journey to publication is filled with delicious moments like that. Sending off a query, and waiting….

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Deb Joanne Sees You Shiver with Antici…

…pation. Sometimes, anticipation is the best part about something.  I love the weeks leading up to a holiday—the planning, packing, getting excited—isn’t that half the fun?  Don’t get me wrong, sitting on a beach away from an office is plenty good on its own, but you get what I’m talking about, right? Publishing is like that, too.  Because there are so many things to anticipate in the publishing process.  The…

Monday, September 19, 2011

News Flash: September 18, 2011

Congrats to Carolyn, winner of a copy of Laura Goode’s Sister Mischief!   From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne Deb Joanne is very excited to refer to herself in third person. She thinks it makes her sound sophisticated and important, even when she has no real news to tell you about. Deb Rachel was thrilled to read the first review of MWF Seeking BFF this week! Apparently, this whole book thing…

Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Kathleen Grissom! (Giveaway!)

Kathleen Grissom was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, and is now happily living in southern Virginia. THE KITCHEN HOUSE is her first novel. She is presently at work on her second novel that is set in 1810-1830 and takes place in Philadelphia and on a plantation in North Carolina.   THE KITCHEN HOUSE is the story of a little Irish girl who, in 1790, is brought to a plantation…

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Deb Linda’s Not-So-Secret Passion for Sidekicks

That’s right. The second string. Supporting characters. The un-stars. The ones who are there to make the heroes look good. The Ethels, the Tontos, the Hadjis and Sams of the world — I love ’em. Even wrote post about it on my blog last year. (Click here for proof. See? I’ll never lie to you. Exaggerate, maybe. Embellish, decorate, or garnish the truth…possibly. Okay, likely. But only to entertain. Cut…

Friday, September 16, 2011

Deb Rachel Says It Takes Two

My immediate reaction when I learned this was favorite characters week was, duh, Jo March. She’s been my go-to fave for a while. Little Women is one of those books you can read again and again, and each time you’ll come away with a whole new understanding of the March family. (It’s an entirely different read as a 10-year-old girl than a 22-year-old woman, especially given some sisters’  emphasis on…

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Deb Molly Loves Good Ol’ (Fictional) Mom & Dad

Literature – particularly children’s and young adult literature – is hard on parents. If you’re a parent in a YA book, you’re about a million more times likely to be killed in a mysterious and/or tragic accident than your real-world counterparts, and if you’re not killed right off the bat, you’re very likely to be neglectful, abusive, alcoholic, or actually evil. At best, you’re well-meaning but too oblivious to notice…

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Deb Erika favors flaws. Big ones.

Literature is filled with characters who are so dynamic, so fascinating, that they only need a single name. Scarlett. Holden. Huck. Then there are the characters at the other end of the spectrum, whose understated demeanor might cause them to slip through the binding, if not for the depth of their humanity. For me, I have always been fond of characters who are flawed. Not just quirky or odd, but…

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Deb Joanne (with an ‘e’) talks about her favourite character*.

In case you missed my first post here, where I introduced myself, let me reiterate: I am Canadian. What that means, is that at one point or another, myself and every female I know has read Anne of Green Gables (and some of the males have, too– I had an interesting conversation with my office’s Shred-It guy last week about how he read it in high school).  And since the…

Monday, September 12, 2011

News Flash: September 11, 2011

Congratulations to Shakespeare, winner of a signed copy of Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood! Winners of Deb Joanne’s bookshelf sharp-eyes challenge: Tania and because I can hand-deliver her copy of FADE, I picked a second winner – Zoe who will receive her choice of my duplicate books – PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King Thank you all for playing along. I hope you had fun! See below for…

Sunday, September 11, 2011