A VINTAGE Metaphor, and What Our Clothes Say About Us

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What do our clothes say about us? For the moment, my sweat pants, hoodie, and black glasses say I’m a scrubby writer. A few years ago, my track clothes and stop watch said I was a coach—someone who cheered others on to accomplish their goals. Last week, my suit jacket and heels said I was a no-nonsense professional. But it’s not just my own clothes I notice. I adore watching…


My Grandmother’s Purse & Why It’s So VINTAGE

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Congratulations to Susan Gloss on the launch of Vintage today! It’s a wonderful read filled with treasure for both women’s fiction fans and vintage enthusiasts, and it’ll make you want to rummage through your closet with a close friend to rediscover the stories behind the items we keep. We are so excited for you, Susan! There’s a difference between living our lives surrounded by things, and living it surrounded by…


The Store Is Open: Susan Gloss’s VINTAGE and Female Friendships

Monday, March 24, 2014

It’s not deja vu. We’re launching another Debutante Ball author book this week, back to back with last week’s awesome launch of Lisa Alber’s KILMOON. This week: Susan Gloss’s VINTAGE. That cover is amazing, isn’t it? I’m not a fashionista. Like, at all. Welllllll. I have developed a bit of a purse thing. Specifically a Kate Spade purse thing. And then there’s my shoe thing. Not heels, though. No one…


News Flash: KILMOON Launch Week, Second Books & Roy Rogers

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Congrats to Carrie, who won a copy of THE MOON SISTERS by guest author Therese Walsh! From the 2014 Debs… Lisa Alber had a fantastic launch week for KILMOON and is continuing the fun at the Left Coast Crime (LCC) conference in Monterey, CA, where she sold out her books! She’s pumped, joyful, and exhausted — a good kind of delirium! Bonus! At LCC she met Lori Rader-Day and 2013 deb Susan Spann. Woohoo!…


Legends and Lore in KILMOON

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Irish do a lot of things well. Whiskey and lace, storytelling and step-dancing. One thing I love about Irish culture is all the legend and superstition surrounding it. And in KILMOON, Lisa Alber’s debut mystery, she puts all that lore to good use. Tidbits of saints, ancient rites, and rumors lend atmosphere, intrigue and even humor to the novel. In Chapter 21, for instance, we get a flashback glimpse…


News Flash: Prairie Lights and Left Coast Crime

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Congrats to Linda, who won a copy of THE DOG YEAR by guest author Ann Garvin! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb has forgotten what it’s like to speak in coherent sentences (or do anything else for that matter). Revisions have consumed her brain and HER LIFE. But, but, but RODIN’S LOVER will be submitted tomorrow and life will resume as normal! Lisa Alber received a surprise blurb from one of her…


The REAL March Madness

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My husband says that waking up on the first day of the NCAA tournament is like Christmas morning for him. But I’m familiar with the real March madness, and basketball has nothing to do with it. The real March madness is the feeling you get when you watch the thermometer on your car dashboard drop from fourteen to eleven to five degrees Fahrenheit. It’s the first day of spring getting…


No Time to Fix Mixed Metaphors: Jumping Back In

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Leave it to me to dive back into my early morning writing routine right when we’re all still groggy from the time change. But remember how I said that my writing goes in seasons? This is the start of a big one for me. Because the truth is, I haven’t had a chance to touch my current WIP for several weeks now. I’ve been busy with a major freelance writing…


News Flash: Box of VINTAGE, Wordcrafters, and Audio Books

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Congrats to Christina, who won a copy of WHEN PATTY WENT AWAY by guest author Jeannie Burt! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb has disappeared into her editing cave and has barely emerged all week. Her family is starting to wonder if her fingers are glued to her keyboard. Alas, RODIN’S LOVER awaits. Lisa Alber had a fabulous week at the inaugural Wordcrafters in Eugene writing retreat and conference. First came the retreat with NYT…


Learn from my mistakes: Three things not to do at a writers confererence

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The first time I went to a writers’ conference, I’m certain I reeked of hope and delusion–a mixture that smells, by the way, a lot like a third cup of coffee gone cold. I had “finished” (or so I thought) revising my first novel about 12 hours earlier. I marched into my three agent pitch sessions with high hopes. Hopes that were, almost immediately, crushed. Why? Because there are unspoken…