Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I love a book that makes me laugh, especially if it’s nerdy humor. I love a book with books in it – it’s kind of meta and that appeals to my oddly working mind. I love book people from every walk of life. I love grand romantic gestures. So basically, I loved Shelly’s book THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING. She did so many things beautifully, but it was her humor, especially…


In your satin tights, fighting for your rights

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I don’t remember writing stories when I was a kid. I know I must have. All kids do, even if it’s just for a class assignment. But I don’t remember. And if I did, those pages are long, long gone. My family went through too many moves for anything like that to survive. It’s OK. I’m not sentimental about things like that. But looking back, there are some bits of…


Five people who made my book possible (the unintentional list)

Friday, September 19, 2014

There’s one thing that my wonderful mother (Mama to me, because when you’re southern, it’s always Mama) will tell you about me. The best way to get me to do something is to tell me not to do it. We’re not talking about your average contrariness. We’re talking downright oneriness. Yep, that’s me. Sona, Colleen, Amy, and Karma have all been so right this week when they’ve written about all the people who…


News Flash: New sales, waiting games, and bookish events!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bevins, winner of the signed copy of Randy Susan Meyers‘ Accidents of Marriage! Check back next Sunday for the winners of FIVE DAYS LEFT, by this week’s guest author Julie Lawson Timmer…   From the 2015 Debs… In case you missed it, the Debs were featured this week sharing their most influential books on Shelf Pleasure. What’s on your list? Colleen Oakley is celebrating a fantastic review of…


The words will come

Friday, September 12, 2014

I’m a nerd. Not just your average nerd. Big nerd. I have an app for everything, even one that rates public restrooms. You laugh, but it’s a lifesaver. But I’m astonishingly unnerdy when it comes to writing. I’ve tried many of the tools out there that are supposed to make my life as a writer a lot easier, but I always go back to just a couple of Word documents (one…


Some stories just need to be told

Friday, September 5, 2014

About ten years ago, I was in much the same predicament as Maggie, the narrator of my novel, The Moment of Everything. I’d just been laid off from yet another Silicon Valley tech start-up. I was a little lost and wondering what my next step was going to be. So I of course decided to write a novel. I say “of course” but there wasn’t anything “of course”-y about it….


News Flash: Meet the New Debs!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Congrats to Toni, who won a signed copy of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU from Celeste Ng! Make room on the dance floor… it’s time to announce The Debutante Ball Class of 2015! Please help us congratulate and welcome this extremely talented and accomplished group of debut authors. Here they are, in order of publication dates. We’re so excited to welcome them to the Ball!   Shelly King is a native…