The First Writing Rule I Broke: Write What You Know

Friday, April 18, 2014

Raise your hands if one of the first writing rules you learned was “write what you know.” I know many of us write about what is near and dear to our hearts, but what kind of novels would we have if we only wrote what we knew? For me, writing what I know would be the stroke of death for my storytelling. I’ve always been a wanderer at heart–I need…


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…


5 Lessons Learned from KILMOON’s Book Launch

Friday, April 4, 2014

KILMOON launched March 18th, so this week’s topic comes at the perfect time to think about my lessons learned. What can I improve upon for the next release? 1. Start earlier. I did a pretty good job of my launch despite the fact that I truly began planning for it about 2-1/2 months beforehand. Given the sheer number of details and my tendency toward chaos, I need to start way ahead of…


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…


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!…


Guest Post by Lisa Alber During Her Launch Week + Signed Giveaway of KILMOON

Saturday, March 22, 2014

We love it when one of us transitions to published author and writes the guest post during launch week. What a thrill. Lisa’s novel is the second to fly free. Fly, KILMOON, fly! Lisa’s debut novel is the first of the County Clare mystery series. For a description, you can check out her deb author page here. Here’s a sampling of the good reviews and blurbs she’s received: “Brooding, gothic overtones haunt…


Oh My God, Just, Oh My God (The Book Launch!)

Friday, March 21, 2014

I knew launch week was going to be great, but I didn’t realize just how fabulous and heady and exhausting and thrilling and joyous it would be. My god. Having my fellow debs along for the ride has been so great. We are a super team of cheerleaders for each other, and I’m so appreciative. Between a Facebook online party and Twitter shout-outs, between guest blog posts and an Authors on the…


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…


The Secrets That KILMOON Keeps

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

A very happy pub date to Lisa Alber! KILMOON is officially out in the world today, and is sure to intrigue, enlighten and engross readers everywhere. As one of the Debs said earlier, launch weeks are like Christmas around here…we couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate Lisa’s big debut, and to have you celebrate with us! ::Natalia clears throat, puts down the confetti momentarily to switch gears into her topic::…


Meet the Lady of Kilmoon

Monday, March 17, 2014

Murder mysteries are complex constructions, when you think about it. As the author you’re at pains to kill off someone that enough other characters wouldn’t have minded seeing dead so you have multiple suspects—but at the same time somehow make the sleuth, often not a professional, care about the dead guy enough to solve the crime. The reader has to care, too, but the reader cares when the protagonist does….