Opening Lines Come at the End

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As the other debs have mentioned this week, opening lines are special.  Those first words do a lot of things–they reflect the protagonist’s voice, evoke a sense of time and/or place, and may allude to the protagonist’s problem. They’re a promise of what’s to come. Ever a work on progress, my own novel, Becoming Josephine, had four different first lines and four different openings. Draft 1:   “I could never guess how…


News Flash: ARCs, Launch Parties, Goodreads and New Contracts

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Congrats to Anne, who won a copy of THE LAST DEATH OF JACK HARBIN by guest author Terry Shames! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber‘s KILMOON landed on a Goodreads “Most Anticipated Novels of 2014” list, right up there with NYT bestselling authors, the only debut in the top 10! Like you’d expect, she blasted the news in eager debut author fashion. Wanna help her remain in the top 10…


7 Steps to a Successful Book Launch

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I’m taking self-promotion in a different direction on the blog today. The whole point in promoting is to have a successful launch so let’s look at how to make that happen. As a debut author and a recently released one at that, I have a lot to say about this topic. It’s been an utter whirlwind of excitement, sobering facts, and unknowns. But within this chaos, I found the best…


News Flash: Kicking off the New Year with Heather Webb’s Launch!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Congrats to Lourdes, who won a copy of GABY, LOST AND FOUND by Angela Cervantes! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb had a wonderful launch week celebrating the release of her debut novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE. And she had a birthday in there, too! Lisa Alber got back to work on her work-in-progress, the second in the County Clare mysteries. She’s thinking a research trip to Ireland is in her future. Susan Gloss got…


What’s in a Rose? How About an Empress? BECOMING JOSEPHINE by Heather Webb

Friday, January 3, 2014

As we end our week of posts lauding Heather’s BECOMING JOSEPHINE, I couldn’t resist shooting her an email with this question: What are you feeling right now about your launch week? She replied, “This has been a very emotional week for me. Many happy tears have been shed. The incredible support and love from my community and the overwhelming good reviews have had me awestruck. Beside myself, and so utterly…


What Josephine Bonaparte Taught Me About Writing

Thursday, January 2, 2014

I’m beyond thrilled that Becoming Josephine has released into the world, in the hopes of entertaining and inspiring readers. This week, my lovely friends and fellow debut authors here at The Debutante Ball have talked up some of my favorite aspects of the novel. Now it’s my turn to share what my beloved protagonist, Josephine Bonaparte taught me about writing. Josephine loved details—the beautiful beading on a gown, the favorite…


Three Things I Learned about Fashion from BECOMING JOSEPHINE

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks with an empress. Napoleon’s wife, Josephine Bonaparte, to be exact. Heather Webb’s Becoming Josephine is such a vivid and engaging read, it’s hard to believe that the novel is based on real historical events. And Heather brings those events to life beautifully on the page. You can hear the swish of a flowing gown on a marble floor, feel the chill of a haunted palace chamber,…


6 Fascinating Things I Learned About Empress Josephine from Heather Webb’s BECOMING JOSEPHINE

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bring out the virtual confetti and glasses of champagne—today Becoming Josephine by Heather Webb is officially out in the world!!! I could gush all week about the many reasons I loved this book (and trust me, we will) but instead I will pay it the highest compliment I can think of when it comes to fiction: Becoming Josephine transported me to another world and made characters I’d briefly known through…


Bringing History to Life: Heather Webb’s BECOMING JOSEPHINE

Monday, December 30, 2013

This week we get to have some fun the Debutante Ball way—tomorrow is the release of the first 2014 Debutante Ball novel, Heather Webb’s BECOMING JOSEPHINE. She’ll be here later in the week to talk about her own book and, drumroll, what you’ve been hoping for, a giveaway. But first, we get to brag on her. I really like historical fiction. Talking recently to Heather (on email—none of us have…


News Flash: Contracts, Invitations, and a Cover Reveal!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Congrats to Nat, who won the copy of Katie Coyle’s VIVIAN VERSUS THE APOCALYPSE last week! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber was invited to participate in a local reading series sometime around her launch in March. She loves that the invitation came as a surprise and through a local writing peep. Word-of-mouth at its best! Susan Gloss got the contract in the mail this week for the Spanish version of…