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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My Summer Reading List

Monday, June 29, 2015

One of the most common questions I get as an author is “What are you reading?” It’s a question I LOVE, because as a book nerd, I thoroughly enjoy swapping book suggestions, dissecting plots and characters and just plain talking books with other people. This week on the Ball we’re each sharing our summer reading lists (either our favorites or what’s in our TBR stack) and we highly encourage your…

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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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Let Me Tell You How I Really Feel About… One-Star Reviews

Monday, June 22, 2015

Edit note: This week on The Ball we’re talking about reader reviews and how we feel about them (especially the bad ones). Seeing as how I wrote a post about that very topic for Passionate Reads a few months ago (coupled with the fact that I had way too much pinot noir last night), I’m using my two favorite shortcuts this week: copy & paste. Enjoy! Being a new author is kind…

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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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Sex Scenes— Just Do It?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Oh, the dreaded sex scene. It’s so tough to write on so many levels — mainly because in the back of your mind, you’re thinking how your mom and dad will be reading it at some point and OH The HUMANITY, but also because they can devolve into soft porn/E.L. James scenes where men have “throbbing members” and women have “love buttons” fairly quickly. Which is why the Literary Review created an…

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News Flash: (More) Revisions, (More) Writing & a BIG Deb giveaway!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Congratulations to Christy Staude, winner of THE PERFECT SON by Barbara Claypole White! Check back next Sunday for this week’s 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) … Simply leave a comment below to be entered to win!   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley hates when other people…

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Tips for Tapping Your Creativity

Monday, June 8, 2015

I’m in the middle of three deadlines right now, so I’m going to make this post short and sweet. We’re talking about how to stay creative this week, and I’ve got a few go-to tips that help me when the right-side of my brain isn’t working too well (like now). 1. Always carry pen and paper. I keep a notebook in my purse and beside my bed. You never know…

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News Flash: BookExpo, Revisions & a TINY PRETTY THINGS Giveaway!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Congratulations to Claudia Rivera, winner of THE RAINY SEASON by guest author Maggie Messitt! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of TINY PRETTY THINGS by our very own Deb, Sona Charaipotra …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley has sent the first half of her new WIP to her agent and is anxiously awaiting feedback. She also has been on a book bender and bought 7 new books…

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NEWS FLASH: BEA, “Best Of” Book Lists, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Congratulations to Christina Li, winner of Renee Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of THE RAINY SEASON by guest author Maggie Messitt …   From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is thrilled that Pop Sugar named BEFORE I GO as one of the Best Books of 2015 (so far)! It’s also in good company on this summer reading list. Pack your beach bag! Amy…

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