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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…


Deb Rachel Says Goodbye. Or Lets The Movies Do It For Her.

After a year together, I guess great Debs think alike. Which is why two of my dance partners have already posted goodbye clips rather than try to say the farewell entirely on their own. Because, really, can anyone capture the turmoil of parting ways as perfectly as a good on-screen moment? No. Just, no. Farewells are filled with mixed emotions, and I’ve got them all. There is, of course, straight…

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Deb Rachel Is a Procrastinator

How fitting that I should be writing about bad habits at 11:15 the night before this post goes live. If you can’t tell, my worst habit when it comes to writing is….drum roll…procrastination. For as long as I can remember, I’ve worked best on a deadline. In tenth grade, I’d start my papers the night before they were due, long after everyone else had gone to sleep. Sometimes I write…

Thursday, August 16, 2012

To Tap Into Her Voice, Deb Rachel Writes A Letter

Ah, voice. Thankfully, my fellow Debs have taken an admirable crack at defining this most literary of terms, because I would be at a total loss. Like Joanne said, and Erika too, it’s a nebulous concept. Voice is like porn. You know it when you see it. As a writer of nonfiction, my greatest intention is for my voice to be true to who I am. That the person a…

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Deb Rachel Names Her Literary BFFs

I’m reposting an excerpt from my personal blog today, because I love this list and I’m dying to hear who you’d add! (And I loved that Deb Joanne touched on this too… It’s a fun game!) Here, the literary characters I would want as a best friend: 1) Boy, The Giving Tree. Some say he’s selfish and greedy, I say he’s lonely. He loves his tree. He could use a BFF. 2) Jo March, Little Women. Or maybe…

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Deb Rachel Knows Marketing Is In The Job Description

If you’ve been keeping up with the Debs this week, you know that everyone’s marketing plan is a bit different. We share elements–Facebook and Twitter and blogs, oh my!–but everyone emphasizes different aspects of the promotional plan, and that largely has to do with the content of  the stories. For example, since my publication, I’ve spent a lot of time visiting and Skyping with book clubs. For MWF, it made good sense,…

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Deb Rachel Tackles The Hottest Series Since… Ever?

My first thought when I saw this week’s topic? Fifty Shades, of course. If there were ever a time when hot books were all the rage, it makes sense it would be the year of the crazy heat wave. It’s almost as if Christian Grey himself brought about our 100 degree temps. But seriously, I’m excited to have the opportunity to discuss this latest literary phenomenon. Because I am dying to…

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Deb Joanne’s Launch Week Continues With The Inevitable Question…Can You Say Sequel??

In case you didn’t get this from Molly or Erika’s posts, let me put it plainly: SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE is awesome. It is such a fun read, and the afternoon I spent reading it (because yes, I read it in one afternoon… it’s that kind of “just one more page!” story) was one of those times I can’t believe I get to call what I do “work.” Lilah is…

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Deb Rachel Gets Away to the Couch

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of…

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Deb Rachel Has Proof That Reading Fiction Makes You A Better Person

I’ve decided to repost an entry from my personal blog today, since it seems especially fitting for this forum. Enjoy! “Over the past decade, academic researchers…from York University have gathered data indicating that fiction-reading activates neuronal pathways in the brain that measurably help the reader better understand real human emotion — improving his or her overall social skillfulness.” (“The Business Case for Reading Novels“; Harvard Business Review Blog Network, 1/12/2012)…

Thursday, June 7, 2012