Top Places to Find Critique Partners

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We’ve been talking about first readers this week at The Debutante Ball. I agree with the other Debs– with Lori that readers make life better, with Natalia that chemistry is important, and Susan that we all need to grow a pair (though my first few reads ever made me cry. I no longer cry, but I still get in a funk for a day or two while all of the…


The Don’ts of Book Events

Thursday, May 15, 2014

  Book events are one of the most terrifying and the most exciting parts of being an author. You’ve looked forward to these the whole time you waited for that book to release–the travel, reader fans, signing your little ol’ signature like you’re somebody. While some events may live up to your expectations, others may not. But ultimately, you want to make them as easy and as enjoyable as possible….


News Flash: Box o’ Books, Bestsellers, Radio Shows, and Launch Events!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Congrats to Karen A, who won a signed copy of FOAL PLAY and MURDER ON THE HOOF from Kathryn O’Sullivan! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day received a box of THE BLACK HOUR! The cover is kitten-soft. They aren’t on sale until July 8, but production was moved up so that she’ll be signing them (and giving them away, natch) at BEA in New York at the end of the month!…


Top Websites, Conferences, & Tools for Writers

Thursday, May 8, 2014

  This week at The Debutante Ball we’re talking craft. Rather than focusing on one aspect, I thought I’d bring you some of my favorite places to be on the web or otherwise, as a writer. I’d love to see what your favs are in the comments below. I’m always sniffing out new great sites. BEST WRITER BLOGS Beyond the Margins Writers In the Storm…


News Flash: Conferences, Reunions, & All That Deb Love

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Congrats to Sheila, who won a signed copy of Death of an Irish Diva from Mollie Cox Bryan! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day is at her very first Malice Domestic this weekend, moderating a panel on sleuthing duos (THE BLACK HOUR relies on a duo), but the big news is that she got her first real review: Booklist gave The Black Hour a starred review! They called it an “unputdownable…


How Tear-Jerker Books Made Me A Brave Writer

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’m a crier. I cry at just about any kind of movie or TV show if I’m invested in the character’s journey. (Thankfully I’m NOT one of those who cries at Pampers and Tampax commercials.) Therefore it probably comes as no shock that I bawled writing certain scenes in Becoming Josephine, and again while writing Rodin’s Lover. But books for pleasure? In the past I…


News Flash: Road Trips and a Stack of Books

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Congrats to Maggie, who won a signed copy of REAL HAPPY FAMILY from Caeli Wolfson Widger! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber had a reading on Saturday night, “Books and Beers” at the Three Mugs Brewing Company. She loosened herself up with a nice pint of amber before she read from Kilmoon. Susan Gloss  was interviewed about VINTAGE by The Huffington Post this week. Read the interview here. Lori Rader-Day is taking…


5 Life Lessons I Learned From My First Job

Thursday, April 24, 2014

My first job was flipping crusts in the air, oiling pans, and rattling off toppings on the phone to customers hungry for pizza. It was a good enough job for a sixteen-year-old—hustling around, mostly brainless, flexible schedule—and nothing overly exciting or interesting. But what it taught me was monumental. In fact, that first job of mine, I’d say, taught me a few of my most important life lessons that I…


News Flash: Guest Posts, Noir at the Bar & Peru Fest

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Congrats to Anthony, who won a signed copy of DANTE’S WOOD from Lynne Raimondo! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb received her release date of Jan 27, 2015 for RODIN’S LOVER and the first official blurb (squeee!!) from NYT bestselling author and Rita winner, Deanna Raybourn. Deanna says:  “RODIN’S LOVER is the story of Camille Claudel–one of history’s boldest and most brilliant artists. Forced to choose between a torturous love affair and…


Breaking the Law in Fiction

Thursday, April 17, 2014

As a novice writer, especially one in search of an agent, we swallow every writing and industry rule hook, line, and sinker. It’s understandable when we’re dying to get our foot in the door. And sure, most of those standards exist for a reason, but those books that BREAK OUT, often break the laws of fiction. I’ve stomped all over plenty of rules, just like Natalia. (See her Tuesday post…