News Flash: Keep in Touch with the 2015 Debs!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Congrats to Mitzi Vincent, winner of Deb Karma Brown’s debut, COME AWAY WITH ME! Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2016’s first guest, Carolina De Robertis — author of THE GODS OF TANGO — and a giveaway! Rather than a final goodbye (we can’t cope), we’re going to say, “See you later!” Because — in case it still needs to be said —  we’re going to miss being Debs and miss all of you….


Don’t You Forget About Me

Friday, September 4, 2015

Yesterday was my bookaversary, the one year anniversary of my novel being released to the wild. And today is my final post as a Deb 2015. Where did the time go? It occurred to me today that I’m feeling a little like one does after graduation or maybe at the end of THE BREAKFAST CLUB with that song DON’T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME playing. I know a lot more than…


It’s Not Really Goodbye … more, “See you later!”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

I have been trying to write this post for five days, which is four days longer than I usually take to write a post. I’m generally okay with goodbyes, having been trained by my large extended family to take as long as necessary to say goodbye to a roomful of people without complaint. However, I am incredibly stubborn when I need to do something I’m not ready to. And I’m…


News Flash: BIG (secret) news, Celebrity Sighting, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of guest author Sonja Yoerg’s MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE! Check back next Sunday for the winner of Deb Karma Brown’s debut, COME AWAY WITH ME … From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley got news last week. BIG news. Like, super ridiculously HUGE news! But… she can’t share it yet. Stay tuned on her FB page for announcement soon. And if you’re in Atlanta, make sure you come out to the Decatur Book…



Friday, August 28, 2015

You know that Beach Boys song, “God Only Knows Where I’d Be Without You”? I love that song. It’s an honest song. I thought seriously about it being our first dance song at our wedding. (We chose “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughn instead because we’re blues nerds.) It sounds so sweet and fluffy, but the lyrics are so stark. I may not always love you But long as…


News Flash: Events, International Cover Fun & a Giveaway!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Congratulations to Alexis Larkin, winner of guest author Vicki Lesage’s CONFESSIONS OF A PARIS PARTY GIRL! Check back next Sunday for the winner of guest author Sonja Yoerg’s MIDDLE OF SOMEWHERE … From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley had a great event at the Bookmiser in Roswell, Georgia last week. They still have a few signed copies if anyone missed the event and wants to pick one up! She’s very much looking forward to the Decatur Book…


A Totally Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again

Friday, August 21, 2015

My first day as a Debutante was September 1, 2014. My book launched on September 2, 2014. I was still working a fulltime job (for at least another couple of weeks). My publisher (Grand Central/Hachette) was in a dispute with Amazon so I had never had that golden PRE-ORDER button for my book. My husband was in the middle of his company being bought. We were having renovations done on…


News Flash: Summer fun, Writing fun, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Congratulations to Vickie P. and Carol Boyer, winners of guest author Adria Cimino’s PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS e-books! Check back next Sunday for the winner of guest author Vicki Lesage’s CONFESSIONS OF A PARIS PARTY GIRL…     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley is excited that she’s been asked to speak at the Decatur Book Festival on a panel with Patti Callahan Henry! For all of her upcoming appearances, check out the events page on her website….


News Flash: Introducing the Class of 2016, other news, & a giveaway!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Congratulations to Susan Roberts, winner of Katie Rose Guest Pryal’s ENTANGLEMENT! Check back next Sunday for the winner of guest author Adria Cimino’s PARIS, RUE DES MARTYRS… Okay, before we got to our news this week, we’d like to introduce you to the Deb class of 2016! Now, you’ll still be stuck with us for another few weeks, but then we’ll be passing the baton (and posts, and news flashes, and publishing news fun…) over to the…


Awesome Things I’ll Never Do Again

Friday, August 7, 2015

I can’t believe my Debutante year is almost over. It’s been quite a ride, especially at the beginning because my book launch week was also my first week as a Deb! I’ve learned so much in this year. There are a million things I would do differently if I knew a year ago what I know now. Here are a two of those things. Don’t try to get people to come…