THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE Launch Day

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

It’s here. Finally. I opened my first Word doc to start writing this book on September 3, 2010. That’s 1782 days from first word to book in hand. That was a lot of hard work and persistence, but along the way there have been many memorable moments. While I’m off trying to make a few more, here are my top 5! 1. Telling my husband I was writing a book….

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News Flash: Debut week, Next Books & a Giveaway!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Congratulations to Beth, winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of former Deb and guest author Lori Rader-Day’s LITTLE PRETTY THINGS … Thank you to all who submitted applications to become part of the Deb Class of 2016! We’ll announce the new class in early August! From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley’s paperback for BEFORE I GO came out Tuesday! She…

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News Flash: Awards, Paperbacks, Parties, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Congratulations to Shelby Neuzil, winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED … Reminder: Time is almost up, but we’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about you. From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley’s trade paperback…

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Five Marketing Tips

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

There a a million ways to market a book. You can do blog tours, book events, magazine articles. If you’re lucky you’ll get reviews by the large trade publications like Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist and more. You can spend your advance on book marks, buttons, and fun pens. And like Colleen said yesterday, it might work, it might not. In no particular order, here are my five tips: 1. Think outside the…

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News Flash: Camp (Mommy & NaNo), New Books and Debut Fever

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Congratulations to Michelle Westenbroek, winner of guest author Lori Nelson Spielman’s SWEET FORGIVENESS! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA… Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about you! From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley just finished a huge magazine assignment that took…

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Kristy Woodson Harvey Shares Her Summer Reads + Giveaway of DEAR CAROLINA

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I’m a northern girl, so there’s a lot about southern living I don’t understand, like collard greens and unsweetened ice tea. Kristy Woodson Harvey’s touching book, DEAR CAROLINA, made me fall in love with every part. I adored the lovingly described canned goods, the colorful phrases that one would only hear in the south, and the overall goodness of the characters. These people know that family isn’t based on blood, but on…

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Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

There’s a great irony about writers and reading. The more you write, the less time you have to read. I used to devour a book a day, now I’m lucky if I can get to a book a week, but I keep trying. I keep stocking up on books and adding to my to-read list. I took great joy in going through my to-read mountain and pulling out some books I want to…

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News Flash: Vacation weekends, a book signing, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Congratulations to Beth Weaver and Michele Bosc, winners of e-book copies of Roni Loren’s NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Lori Nelson Spielman’s SWEET FORGIVENESS… Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about you! From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley spent a much-needed few…

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Reviews: They Aren’t For You

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reviews. I love them and I hate them. I read them. I search for them. I scream at them. I get why we need them. I don’t buy anything or stay anywhere without looking at reviews, so I shouldn’t expect anything less when it comes to my book. I know I shouldn’t look. That’s the first advice you get when you start writing — don’t look at the reviews. More importantly,…

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News Flash: Book Launches, Paperback release, & Giveaway!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Congratulations to Beth Weaver, winner of our BIG summer Deb Ball reading pack (THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, BEFORE I GO, TINY PRETTY THINGS, THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE, COME AWAY WITH ME)! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winners of guest author Roni Loren’s NICE GIRLS DON’T RIDE! Reminder: We’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward…

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