News Flash: (More) Revisions, (More) Writing & a BIG Deb giveaway!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Congratulations to Christy Staude, winner of THE PERFECT SON by Barbara Claypole White! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of our BIG summer DEB BALL reading pack (THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, BEFORE I GO, TINY PRETTY THINGS, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, COME AWAY WITH ME) … Simply leave a comment below to be entered to win!   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley hates when other people…


News Flash: News We Can’t Share, Chicago Deep Dish, and a Deb Ball Meet-Up!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Congratulations to Kathy Roberts, winner of WE CAN WORK IT OUT by guest author Elizabeth Eulberg! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE MAGICIAN’S LIE by guest author Greer McAllister … From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is hard at work on her next novel, and trying hard not to obsess over sales numbers for BEFORE I GO. (Spoiler alert: she’s failing.) Amy E. Reichert got to meet Sona…


News Flash: WIPs, #WeNeedDiverseBooks & catch up with past Debs!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Congratulations to Melissa Engaldo, winner of LEAVING TIME by guest author Jodi Picoult! Check back next Sunday for the winners of THE GOOD GIRL, by this week’s guest author Mary Kubica …     From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is head down, hard at work on her WIP. She is also trying very hard not to stay up until 3 a.m. binging on Friday Night Lights. Amy E. Reichert is…


News Flash: Keeping in Touch with the Deb Class of 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

This isn’t a final goodbye, but a fare-thee-well until we next meet online (or maybe in person!). And, this probably isn’t news to anyone: We’re going to miss being Debs and miss all of you. Keep in touch by bookmarking the individual blogs of all the 2014 Debs: Lisa Alber has just reprised her blog. You can also find her at, Twitter, and Facebook. This week a Northern California…


The Last Goodbye, the Last Blog Post, and All Good Things

Friday, August 29, 2014

I’m honored to be writing the final blog post on behalf of the Debutante Ball Class of 2014. How can a year have raced by so fast? Seems like just a few months ago the five of us were going nutty preparing the Debutante Ball’s relaunch with this fantastic new website. Can it be? Are we really the old hands now, the published authors ready to hand down the tiaras to…


News Flash: Salons, Conferences, Events, and Paree

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Congrats to Jenna, who won a signed copy of A PINCH OF OOH LA LA from Renee Swindle!   From the 2014 Debs…   Lisa Alber is having a blast at Killer Nashville. Also, silly her, she likes that her bio was included on the Left Coast Crime Crimelandia committee page. Fun to be helping out with that conference coming up in Portland in March, 2015! Susan Gloss says “pinch me!” As part…


An Era Almost Ends — the 2014 Debs and Some of Our Favorite Posts

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Hi! Lisa here, resident guest wrangler. (Did you know we each have blog jobs behind the scenes? Yep!) We don’t have a guest this week. Instead, as we wind down our year on this wonderful blog, we decided to reminisce. We’ve had a ton of fun exploring topics ranging from surviving public events to cooking disasters to writing craft. Of course, let’s not forget our launch weeks, every Deb’s moment in…


Hey, I’m Not Thinking About My Next Novel At All (Kidding)

Friday, August 22, 2014

As I write this, I’m in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Killer Nashville conference. I’ve put on my bonafide author mask (authordom still feels too new to be real yet), which means I’m on panels and signing books and the whole author thing. So here I am promoting KILMOON. What about the second novel in the County Clare mystery series, you ask? I’ve got a solid second draft that still needs heavy…


Robin Williams, Me, and Doing It Differently

Friday, August 15, 2014

Robin Williams’ death stunned me, and if Facebook is any indication, his premature demise has got many people thinking about the ramifications of depression. I’ve admired him for years in large part because I knew what he battled. When I look back on KILMOON’s book launch, I can’t help but wonder what effect depression had on my efforts. For example, how many more copies could I have sold if I’d had the…


Rejection: This Too Shall Pass

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wow. I give up. First time since we started our deb year last September 1st that I can’t think of a thing to write. I’ve started and erased three attempts to say something funny or meaningful or something about this week’s topic: rejection. Not happening’. I even emailed Lori, Natalia, Susan, and Heather — told them I had nothin’. They probably didn’t believe me. I’ve cried wolf before. Maybe it’s…