News Flash: Jet Lag, Compadres, and…No Carbs?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Congrats to Sharon, who won a copy of Gigi Pandian’s Artifact! From the 2014 Debs… Susan Gloss is jet-lagged after a wonderful research trip in the wine country of Spain. She’s planning to dive back into her work-in-progress right after she takes a nap. Lori Rader-Day registered for ThrillerFest in New York City next summer—the week THE BLACK HOUR is released! For some crazy reason, Lisa Alber decided to go on…

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Waiting to Exhale: How I Got an Agent & a Book Deal

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Here’s what I’ve learned about The Call: it never happens when you think it will. Sure, we dream about it. When I started querying agents I’d fantasize about it happening every. single. time my phone rang. Every single time my phone notified me of an incoming email. Life became a constant game of “Is this it?” followed by a let down. Oh, it’s just my sister calling to ask how…

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News Flash: Research Trips, Trade Shows, and New Cover Designs!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Congrats to Cheryl, who won a copy of Anna Lee Huber’s Mortal Arts! From the 2014 Debs… Susan Gloss is in Spain doing research for her next novel. Hint: she’s visiting a lot of wineries. Heather Webb did cartwheels when she was made a monthly contributor at the popular writing blog Writer Unboxed. She’s also dying of jealousy that Deb Susan is in Spain drinking wine! Lori Rader-Day nerded out over getting her…

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5 People Who Made Chasing the Sun Possible

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I should warn you: the acknowledgements page in Chasing the Sun is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to write. Not because I found it hard to thank people, but because I found it hard to type straight as I ugly-cried at my laptop, reminiscing about everyone who helped turn this dream into reality. And when I was done writing it, I had to edit the Acknowledgements…

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News Flash: Conferences, Conferences, and Beach Volleyball?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Congrats to Debby, who won an ARC of Julie Anne Lindsey’s DECEIVED! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day‘s publisher asked her to put a trip to New York for the annual Book Expo America on her calendar for next year! Big Apple, here she comes. Heather Webb recovered from a short bout of altitude sickness while in Denver and had a fantastic time meeting loads of writers at the Rocky Mountain…

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Finding the Universal in Unfamiliar Places

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I moved around a lot as a child, but I grew up mostly in Miami, a city which people are constantly moving in and out of. I suppose that’s part of what made it feel like home. In Miami, when you meet someone, it’s not unusual that they’ll ask your name, followed by “Where are you from?” It’s not the question you think it is. It’s not: where did you…

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News Flash: Secrets, ARCs, and a First Good Review

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Congrats to Thew Swihart, who won the copy of Dave Jackson’s TATTOO RAMPAGE last week! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber received her advance reader copies (ARCs) of KILMOON (yay!), and she’s in love with them. She can’t wait to take a few to Bouchercon, the world mystery convention, next week. In fact, now that she’s thinking about it, she needs a new outfit or two to go along with…

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Shaking Off the Nervous Daze of First Days

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

I’m pretty good about remembering things, but for the life of me I can’t remember anything specific about my first days of school. I suspect it’s because they always felt like I was walking through a foggy cloud of nerves. As a kindergartener, I was entering a new world, learning a new language, and all I remember is my teacher showing me how to tie my shoes. Of course I…

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News Flash: Publicists, Retreats, and Broken Arms

Sunday, September 8, 2013

From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb had a great (and long) chat with her publicist for the first time! She’s totally psyched to be working with the Plume team for the launch of Becoming Josephine. Lisa Alber is so excited about her book cover that she’s giving away a $50 Amazon gift certificate to a lucky commenter. Just say “hi!” on her blog. As you read this, she’s tucked away…

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Making Sense of the Inexplicable: The Events that Inspired Chasing the Sun

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

For everything we know, there’s a lot more about it we don’t know. From my own family history, I knew this much: when I was a child still living in my birthplace of Lima, Peru, my grandfather was kidnapped for ransom. I knew my father was the one tasked with waiting by the phone for the kidnappers to call, in hopes of negotiating with them. I knew my grandfather was…

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