NEWS FLASH–All the Launches Edition

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Congratulations to Lizzie Andrews, winner of Lindsay Hatton’s MONTEREY BAY! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, our own Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is over the moon that Elle Magazine chose THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING as one of the 11 Best Books to Read in August! Jennifer S. Brown dropped her kids off at sleepaway camp (yay!)…


An Interview With Heather Young + Giveaway of THE LOST GIRLS

THE LAST GIRLS by Heather Young
Saturday, July 30, 2016

How odd it feels to sit in the Guest Author chair! Although I have to say, it is quite plush and the fabric matches my outfit, so I’m going to squish my butt into the cushion and dig in to my fellow Debs’ questions about THE LOST GIRLS: After reading LOST GIRLS I found myself thinking about the complicated give and take that exists in most sibling relationships. Did you…


My Feminist Twin: Why I Love Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS

Friday, July 29, 2016

Heather Young is my twin sister in the world of Debut Novelists. Our books came out the same day–Tuesday, July 26, 2016, and both are novels of suspense. On the surface, one might think that was all we had in common. I’m writing a larger-than-life heist story of sexy urban fiction, while her book, THE LOST GIRLS, is a subtle, beautifully crafted thriller. But despite our differences, I fell in…


Me & THE NY TIMES Agree: THE LOST GIRLS is Worth Reading!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

I cracked opened Heather’s debut after having read her posts for six months, so I knew the writing would be strong and thought provoking. Still, I was apprehensive. Why? Because I tend to internalize what I’m reading– storylines invade my dreams and daily thoughts– so I avoid books with violence, especially when children are involved. But I am a dutiful Debutante, so I put on my big girl pants and jumped in….


Hot Damn, I’m a Published Author

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

When I woke up yesterday morning here on the West Coast, I looked at my watch and laughed out loud. My book had already been for sale for thirty minutes on the East Coast. It had happened just as I’d always dreamed it would: I literally woke up one day a published author. I lay there for a few minutes, savoring the first hour of my book’s life in the…


The Debut of THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young

THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

As the Tuesday blogger, I feel like I’m personally introducing Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS into the world, never mind that we’ve been talking about it on the blog for eleven months now and it’s been reviewed everywhere. But it’s Tuesday and today is the day that you can walk into any Barnes & Noble and most indie bookstores and pick up your own copy of THE LOST GIRLS or…


Fun Facts About ME

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wow, this topic. Seriously — “Fun Facts About Us”? What incredibly bad timing. We’re in the middle of the Republican National Convention, a four-day, red-white-and-blue extravaganza designed to stroke the ego of the world’s biggest narcissist. How can five profoundly insecure newbie authors possibly compete with that level of self absorption?? Well. I guess if any of us can do it, it’s probably me. So here goes. Seven fun, self…


News Flash–Summer in the City Edition

News Flash
Sunday, July 17, 2016

                                                                              Congratulations to Carolyn Merwin Boyer, winner of Karma Brown‘s THE CHOICES WE MAKE! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Deb Alum Eleanor Brown’s THE LIGHT…


Hello from the Other Side

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We’re starting to get applications for the five spots we’ll soon vacate here on the Ball, so this seemed an appropriate time for a cautionary tale or two for our successors, and anyone else on the cusp of their debut novel year. The five of us largely blundered our way through this experience like drunkards in the dark, relying on internet forums and obsessive Googling to figure out how this…


News Flash–Countdown Edition

News Flash
Sunday, July 10, 2016

  Congratulations to pomsmith, winner of J. Ryan Stradal’s KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Deb alum Karma Brown’s THE CHOICES WE MAKE From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has been having fun searching for fiddle players and planning the menu for her launch party, which will include lots of PIE. She cannot believe THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY…