News Flash: Signings, Celebrations, and One-Eyed Dogs

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Congrats to Morgan, who won a signed copy of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME from Hazel Gaynor! From the 2014 Debs… Natalia Sylvester confirmed two readings/signings for the launch week of CHASING THE SUN! She’ll be reading at Austin-based indie, The Book Spot, on Thursday, June 5 and at Books & Books in Miami on Saturday, June 7. More details soon! Heather Webb enjoyed a dry Bordeaux in celebration of her…


News Flash: VINTAGE Week, To-do Lists & Recuperation

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Congrats to Mary who won a signed copy of KILMOON from Lisa Alber! From the 2014 Debs… Susan Gloss had a fabulous launch week for VINTAGE, topped off with a book party last night. Guests came in their finest vintage attire and Susan signed loads of books. Pictures soon! Lori Rader-Day spoke at her alma mater, Ball State University, this week while her publicists talked behind her back about where ARCs…


A VINTAGE Metaphor, and What Our Clothes Say About Us

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What do our clothes say about us? For the moment, my sweat pants, hoodie, and black glasses say I’m a scrubby writer. A few years ago, my track clothes and stop watch said I was a coach—someone who cheered others on to accomplish their goals. Last week, my suit jacket and heels said I was a no-nonsense professional. But it’s not just my own clothes I notice. I adore watching…


News Flash: KILMOON Launch Week, Second Books & Roy Rogers

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Congrats to Carrie, who won a copy of THE MOON SISTERS by guest author Therese Walsh! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber had a fantastic launch week for KILMOON and is continuing the fun at the Left Coast Crime (LCC) conference in Monterey, CA, where she sold out her books! She’s pumped, joyful, and exhausted — a good kind of delirium! Bonus! At LCC she met Lori Rader-Day and 2013 deb Susan Spann. Woohoo!…


What’s in a Setting? For One, a Vibrant KILMOON

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It probably comes as no surprise that I adore an atmospheric novel entrenched in its place (and often in time). I’d say that’s true of most historical novelists. But it isn’t just about beautiful description to me, it’s about unique detailing that evokes emotion that soaks into the folds of your mind and roots in your memory. Let me share a few examples of how Lisa does this so beautifully…


News Flash: Prairie Lights and Left Coast Crime

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Congrats to Linda, who won a copy of THE DOG YEAR by guest author Ann Garvin! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb has forgotten what it’s like to speak in coherent sentences (or do anything else for that matter). Revisions have consumed her brain and HER LIFE. But, but, but RODIN’S LOVER will be submitted tomorrow and life will resume as normal! Lisa Alber received a surprise blurb from one of her…


Spring Ahead, Renewal, or Just Kersplat?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hope springs eternal. This is the most true phrase there ever was except maybe, “don’t shit where you eat” (for utterly obvious reasons).  I mean, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE about sunshine that breaks through winter clouds and coaxes buds and bulbs and bunnies to life? Or the twitter of happy birds, desperate to sing a happy song with Snow White herself. Yet despite the blissful side of spring, the season…


News Flash: Box of VINTAGE, Wordcrafters, and Audio Books

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Congrats to Christina, who won a copy of WHEN PATTY WENT AWAY by guest author Jeannie Burt! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb has disappeared into her editing cave and has barely emerged all week. Her family is starting to wonder if her fingers are glued to her keyboard. Alas, RODIN’S LOVER awaits. Lisa Alber had a fabulous week at the inaugural Wordcrafters in Eugene writing retreat and conference. First came the retreat with NYT…


News Flash: Box of Books, Spring Picks, and Blurbs

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Congrats to Linda, who won a copy of SCANDAL IN SKIBBEREEN by guest author Sheila Connolly! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber received a box of books, beautiful books! Behold, KILMOON! Susan Gloss is honored that VINTAGE has been selected as a “Midwest Connections” spring pick by the Midwest Independent Booksellers’ Association (MIBA). She’ll be attending MIBA’s conference in Iowa City on March 12!  Lori Rader-Day got another blurb, and this one is…


The Orange in My Favorite Writing Things

Thursday, February 27, 2014

With “orange” as a writing prompt this week, it leaves room for silliness and wayward discussions. Strangely, though, I found myself looking for some deep psychological meaning associated with the cheerful color–and that’s when it struck me. Orange evokes a few of my favorite writing things (cue Julie Andrews): Sunrise and starting the day fresh, new beginnings. This is a recurring theme in BECOMING JOSEPHINE. The fat highlighter marker I…