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 “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…


5 Sure-Fire Ways to Kill Creativity or Your Money Back, Guaranteed

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The question, “How do you stay creative?” reminds me of the question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” There isn’t a set way, a step-by-step guide, to creative inspiration. But I know from experience that there are sure-fire ways to kill creativity. I’ve caught myself doing quite a few and I would only recommend them if you hate creativity and you want it gone, finished, kersplatted. 1. Stop letting…


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…


Researching Ransoms, Publishing Lessons Learned + CHASING THE SUN book giveaway! Natalia Sylvester Gets Cozy in the Guest Author Chair

Saturday, June 7, 2014

I will forever remember this week as one of the happiest, craziest, intensely gratifying and exciting weeks of my life. To every single one of you reading and commenting and sharing your positive energy with me—I’m eternally grateful. As a thank you, I’m sending a signed copy to one commenter—details at the end of this post! So…before I get too mushy (too late? I can’t seem to help it  this…


The Universal and the Specific in CHASING THE SUN by Natalia Sylvester

Friday, June 6, 2014

Months ago, Natalia recounted one of her challenges on the journey toward publication: Peru, her homeland. The same homeland that is so intrinsic to her novel CHASING THE SUN was exactly what led to rejections. Namely, that such an exotic, little-known setting would be a difficult sell. In fact, Natalia was asked to somehow connect the story to the United States! Once you read her novel you will understand why…


Controversy in CHASING THE SUN

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

As you know, yesterday deb Natalia Sylvester’s debut novel, CHASING THE SUN, came out into the world. The novel is about a lot of things. It’s about family. Crime. Power. Sacrifices and choices. It’s also about controversy. You see, CHASING THE SUN is set during a period in Peruvian history swathed in mixed emotions. There are several references in the novel to the rise of Alberto Fujimori to power. As a Spanish major, I took…


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…


News Flash: Copy Edits, Travel Plans and Love from Booklist

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Congrats to Rhiann, who won a signed copy of one of Jenny Milchman’s books! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb spent the week poring over copy edits for her next book RODIN’S LOVER. She’s REALLY glad this is the final time she will have to read it, despite how much she loves the story. Lisa Alber is finalizing her travel plans for the Killer Nashville conference in August, plus she’s going to…