The One Thing I Hope to Do Differently for the Next Book

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I thought this post would be much harder to write because, like Lori, I don’t quite feel like quite enough time has passed between now and my launch to effectively look back and reflect. But then I realized we don’t always have to let a lot of time pass before reflecting. We can look around and see where we are now and take a moment to assess what we’d like to…

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The Top 2 Things You Should Know About Rejection

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It’s simple, really. 1. No one owes us anything. We’re not entitled to anyone’s time, admiration, or acceptance; these are privileges earned by a mixture of hard work, open-mindedness, persistence, education, and yes, luck. Last night my husband and I watched Gambit on Netflix, and this line, spoken by Colin Firth, really hit home: “He’s seen the painting, and he’s considering being intrigued.” It made me laugh because it’s so true. Sometimes,…

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News Flash: Best Sellers, Giveaways, Writer’s Digest and Meet-Ups

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Congrats to Marci & Sharon, who won copies of DESOLATION ROW from Kay Kendall!   From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb is so excited! She hired an artist—her former high school student who is now a professional artist—to do charcoal renditions of Camille Claudel’s works for her novel RODIN’S LOVER. (Photo rights were astronomically expensive and impossible to obtain) They’re utterly gorgeous—completely breathtaking! She can’t wait to share them! Lisa Alber is…

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5 Tips for Overwhelmed Author Syndrome: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lori was right. I’ve got no answers here. I’m imagining that back when we finalized this year’s topic calendar and decided this week we’d talk about Overwhelmed Author Syndrome, we all thought: all our books will be launched by then, and surely we’ll be feeling like pros! Like we’ve totally got a handle on things. But the truth is, I’m overwhelmed constantly. The good news is, I’ve learned a few…

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News Flash: Romance Writers, Hometown Libraries, Yahoo She and Book Festivals

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Congrats to Ronna, who won a signed copy of BLADE OF THE SAMURAI from Susan Spann!   From the 2014 Debs… Natalia Sylvester did an interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books, in which CHASING THE SUN was described as “an important and moving addition to the literature chronicling the brutality suffered by Peruvians during President Fujimori’s decade in office.” Also, she got some pictures from her Univision appearance last week!…

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It’s All About Chemistry

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

If I’d had time and not left this post to the day before, I might’ve asked my friend from my writer’s group (we’ll call her E) to write a guest post for us today. E, you see, writes the most amazing love scenes. And lust scenes. And romp scenes. And just really satisfying sex scenes. My friends and I have been known to joke that we often look over our shoulder if…

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News Flash: Debut Launch, Book Events, Edits, and Perfect Drinks

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Congrats to Larry, who won a signed copy of GRAND CENTRAL from Erica Robuck and Alyson Richman! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day sends you all a postcard from New York City, from Thrillerfest, and from the other side of her launch date. This has been one crazy adventure, launching THE BLACK HOUR. Thanks to the Debs and to all of you for everything! Susan Gloss is eyeball-deep in edits on her…

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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…

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4 Reasons You Should Rebel Against Your Life, Starting Today

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Every time you do something slightly unexpected, it’s an act of rebellion. Tuesday seems like a good day for rebellion, don’t you think? It doesn’t have to be anything huge (but it can be). Go out of character, step out of your comfort zone, have a conversation with someone new. Or start doing that one thing you’ve always said you wanted to do when you get a chance… 4 Reasons You…

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The Delicate Science of Recommending Books You’ll Love

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with recommending books to people. I LOVE sharing my love of books. But I hate having to do it on the spot. Recommending books is a lot like ordering for someone at a restaurant. Sure, you can do it blindly. But shouldn’t you first make sure they’re not allergic to cilantro? Or find out if they’re vegetarian? Or keep in mind that they have a serious…

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