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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GUEST AUTHOR || Dave Jackson Talks Tattoos and Breaking Bad + Ebook Giveaway of Tattoo Rampage

Saturday, September 7, 2013

We’re honored to introduce fellow debut author Dave Jackson. Our first guest author! Not your typical author, “Gusto” Dave started writing in his constant pursuit to become a renaissance man. Then he fell in love with the art form. Comedy is one of his many passions. He writes and performs skits as well as performs stand-up. Also a songwriter and guitarist, he has composed over 300 musical titles. In TATTOO…

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INSPIRATION STEW || The Helluva Year That Inspired My First Novel

Friday, September 6, 2013

Here I am, your Friday girl, and in all honesty, after reading my fellow debs’ posts this week, I felt an acute case of stage fright, because, for one thing, aren’t they awesome? And for another thing, I couldn’t think of the inspiration for KILMOON. So here’s a question, what do my first trip to Ireland and family trauma have in common? They both inspired my novel. In one helluva…

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I Have a Dream!–The Making of Becoming Josephine

Thursday, September 5, 2013

For the first dance here at the Deb Ball, we’ve been talking THE BOOK. The big kaboom of inspiration that ultimately led to a book deal. So here’s my story. Writing this debut changed me forever. It all began when I was expecting baby number two. My plate was full and the wonderful job I had loved so much began to feel like a shoe that’s too tight. All of…

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How my first novel saved me from Hoarders

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

If I had not written my debut novel, you’d probably see me on the TV show Hoarders instead of here at the Debutante Ball and on the jacket flap of my book. VINTAGE is the story of a secondhand boutique called Hourglass Vintage, the women who work and shop there, and the garments that come through the door. My idea for the book grew from many, many hours spent at…

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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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The WHOA Moment: How The Black Hour Was Born

Monday, September 2, 2013

As the first 2014 Deb to post this year, I wish I had a better place to start. Here goes nothing: My book, The Black Hour, is a dark—but what I hope is sometimes also funny—mystery about a school shooting. Yep. That’s what I said. The idea for The Black Hour landed out of the blue one morning while I was drying my hair. Science could probably tell us why…

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News Flash: Welcome to the New Debutante Ball!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Welcome to the new Debutante Ball, and to a new class of Debs! We, the 2014 Debs, are so very pleased to meet you and pull back the curtain on our new space. For starters, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll notice we’ve done some remodeling of the old dance floor. Take a spin around and see! And, in case  you missed it, you can learn more…

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Deb Tawna’s dreams might get her arrested in some states

I’ve always envied people who dream about fun things like flying or showing up naked to work. Though my dreams start out normal, there’s usually a point where my subconscious shifts and says, “You know what would make this dream about browsing the library even better? Gnomes! And let’s line the floor with Pop-Tarts. And what if all the books grew wings and started flying around sqwaking about a shoe…

Friday, July 22, 2011
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Deb Tawna’s lists leave something to be desired

Right now, I’m in New York City for my first ever national convention of the Romance Writers of America. In addition to packing an assortment of fancy dresses and more shoes than any human could possibly wear in a week, I also brought a ridiculous collection of technological gadgetry. I have with me a camera, an iPod, a laptop, an iPhone, and a Kindle. Several of those devices can not…

Friday, July 1, 2011
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