A New Perspective on Culture in Lori Rader-Day’s The Black Hour

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A huge congrats from all of us Debs to Lori on the launch of THE BLACK HOUR! I feel so lucky to have seen (just a small part of) the hard work and dedication Lori’s put into not just this book, but her writing career, and I know that huge things are ahead for her. Congratulations, Lori! Being a Peruvian-born writer who grew up in the U.S., I get asked…


My Monday: The Black Hour Eve

Monday, July 7, 2014

Well. Here we are. It’s Monday. I write the Monday posts. Except that this Monday is MY Monday—the last day before my novel, The Black Hour, is published and the Monday of Lori Week at the Deb Ball. I think most writers are a little on the introverted side, so you’ll probably understand if I say that the phrase “Lori Week” gives me the jeebies. A while back, one of…


News Flash: News, the Shh! Kind and the !!!! Kind

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Congrats to Carol who won a signed copy of CRIME RIB from Leslie Budewitz! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber adopted a sweet Chihuahua / terrier mix from the Oregon Humane Society. Her name is Fawn, and if you didn’t catch Friday’s blog post, you can see pictures of her here. Back to her writing routines next week! Susan Gloss has a few tidbits of exciting news that she can’t share…


First Rebellion: Having a Dead Boyfriend 40 Years Older Than Me?

Monday, June 30, 2014

In high school I loved the movie Rebel Without a Cause, but I had no idea what James Dean’s problem was. He was so twitchy and moody. And super cute. And dead, so even though he was years older than me (and about twenty years older than my parents) he hadn’t ended up being old and pervy (watch yourself, George Clooney). The perfect man, and from Indiana, just like me….


Books I’ll Never Stop Recommending

Monday, June 23, 2014

This week we’ll be letting you in the inner sanctum: our bookshelves. Books are for sharing, right? I am a librarian at heart. I love to introduce people to new, awesome books. If I see a book I love in the clearance section at Half-Price Books, I have to restrain myself from plucking it off the shelf and shoving it into the arms of the first person I see. Books…


News Flash: Reviews, Beta-Reading, and Teaching

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Congratulations to Elaina, who won a copy of Mary Vensel White’s THE QUALITIES OF WOOD! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb received a stellar review from the Portland Book Review in which they called Becoming Josephine “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite detail”, and finally, summed up the article with a sentence that made her bounce around the house with happiness all week– “With the completion of this book Ms. Webb has…


News Flash: Library Love, Radio Interviews and More!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Congrats to Annie, who won a signed copy of CHASING THE SUN from our very own Natalia Sylvester! From the 2014 Debs…Lori Rader-Day’s book THE BLACK HOUR got onto a lovely list of librarian-loved books coming out in July at LibraryReads.org. “This first novel about two broken people is a psychological thriller like the best of Alfred Hitchcock.”-Mattie Gustafson, Newport Public Library, Newport, RI. Thank you, Mattie, and to all the…


Whose Bright Idea Was It to Talk About Staying Creative? Probably Mine.

Monday, June 9, 2014

This week’s topic is…staying creative? Oh, boy. When the Debs chose our topics for the year oh-so-long ago, this topic probably seemed like a homerun. Easy peasy, we must have thought to ourselves. Smug bitches. Not so smug anymore: I now report to you from a writing desert so vast and desolate that I fear to tell you about it. It’s embarrassing, is what it is. It’s not as though…


News Flash: CHASING THE SUN Launch Week, Turkish Translations, and Lit Fest

Sunday, June 8, 2014

From the 2014 Debs… Natalia Sylvester launched CHASING THE SUN this week! Susan Gloss was tickled to see this beautiful blog covering the Turkish version of VINTAGE! Lori Rader-Day is working the Mystery Writers of America booth at Printers Row Lit Fest in Chicago this weekend. If you’re in town, come down for her Sunday 3:30 pm panel on “the rules of mysteries—and when to break them!” Heather Webb enjoyed a great…


News Flash: Book Expo America, Dutch Translations, and Summer Picks

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Congrats to Andrea, who won a signed copy of Cutting Teeth from Julia Fierro! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber is excited that she’s a member of the planning committee for the Left Coast Crime 2015 “Crimelandia” (i.e. Portlandia) conference. She’ll be organizing the writers workshop. Susan Gloss is thrilled that VINTAGE is a Brava Magazine Salon pick for 2014! Details soon for a book event and vintage soiree with Brava this…