It Gets Funny…Really!

Friday, June 26, 2015

I’m a little high right now on books and good times. I’m in a hotel in San Francisco, about two hours north of where I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I just got to meet Deb Sona at one of the marvelous Books Inc stores in San Francisco where she and few other amazing writers had a fascinating discussion about diversity in books. Then my wonderful husband and I…

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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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I Can Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Sex Scenes With One Word

Friday, June 19, 2015

People have sex for lots of different reasons: love, desire, revenge, boredom, habit, blackmail… The list can go on and on. But for now, let’s just talk about the fun reason: passion. And let’s talk about scenes of passion that aren’t in a romance or erotica novel. There are much better experts on those types of sex scenes than me. For now, let’s just talk about sex with your ordinary,…

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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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Creativity: Focus Is the Key

Friday, June 12, 2015

Ever know one of those people with a million great ideas? Some of them are actually good! But how many of them ever see the light of day? Let’s be generous and say one or two but most likely it’s none. Creativity is wasted without focus. This may seem counterintuitive. When you think of creativity, you probably think of your minds bounding about without limits. And creativity can be like that and it…

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The Art of No

Thursday, June 4, 2015

I’m so overwhelmed that I don’t even know how to write about being overwhelmed. Seriously, I don’t know where to start on this topic. When you’re a debut author, you feel like you have to say “yes” to everything. As Countess Olenska says in THE AGE OF INNOCENCE, “I must go where I am invited, or I should be too lonely.” When you’re a debut author, nobody knows your name….

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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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Is This Ballet or Game of Thrones?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Is there anything better in all the universe than a book that surprises you? So here’s the confession part. I don’t get ballet. It’s lovely, but more than five minutes puts me to sleep. You want me to run screaming from the room? Start playing the music from THE NUTCRACKER. I didn’t dream of being a ballerina when I was little. I wanted to be the first woman to play…

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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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Clean Living and a Good Outfield

Friday, May 22, 2015

I am tired. Bone tired. I’ve been on the road for a week doing book events and it is in no way as glamorous as it sounds. I got into the San Jose airport tonight only to find a major traffic jam waiting for me. So what did I do? Pull over at the nearest sports bar and watch the Warriors topple the Rockets. (Go, Warriors!) Now I’m finally home…

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