My New Year’s Resolution and Finding the Moments That Matter

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Before I wrote this post – an update on my New Year’s resolution – I reread my post from the first week of January. Honestly, I’m kind of impressed with my January self. Poised on the edge of a tumultuous year, I managed to find a moment of introspection that would prove all too rare in the months that followed. In six weeks my oldest child will go to college….

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News Flash–Fireworks Edition

News Flash
Sunday, July 3, 2016

  Congratulations to Brandi Megan Grannett, winner of Katherine Ozment’s GRACE WITHOUT GOD. Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, J. Ryan Stradal’s KITCHENS OF THE GREAT MIDWEST! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has had a happy week. She booked her launch party venue, sent out invitations, and is currently trying to find a fiddler to play tunes during cocktails. She was thrilled to…

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Meet a Deb: Deb Launch (& Beyond) Dates

Author reading with audience. "Aloud."
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Are you in one of the areas in which our Debs are reading? Come out, hear us read, and introduce yourself! You won’t have to twist our arms to get us to go for a drink post-reading. Heather & Aya are our next launches, with both of their books coming out on July 26. Heather Young: THE LOST GIRLS Corte Madera, CA, July 26, 7 PM, Book PassageSebastopol, CA, July…

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How to Plan a Launch Party That Won’t Make You Craz(ier)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

After I signed my book deal it didn’t take long before I started hearing about something called a “launch party.” Most of the authors I met seemed to agree that a book’s arrival in the marketplace warrants a shindig of some sort. Big or small, they said, a launch party is a great way to celebrate your achievement and promote your book at the same time. Being a fan of…

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News Flash! First Days of Summer Edition!

News Flash
Sunday, June 26, 2016

  Congratulations to Brandi Megan Grannett, winner of Erika Swyler’s THE BOOK OF SPECULATION! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Katherine Ozment’s GRACE WITHOUT GOD. From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller was absolutely thrilled to discover that THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING was reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and that the reviewer enjoyed the book! Jennifer S. Brown had a wonderful discussion/reading with Marian McMahon…

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The Music That Made THE LOST GIRLS

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Music is critical to my writing process. When I sat down to work on THE LOST GIRLS, I’d turn on Pandora and hit the playlist I’d — unoriginally — named “The Lost Girls.” Out flowed a brooding soundtrack of melancholy, loss, helpless faith, and forlorn love that shivered all along my nerve endings to my fingertips. (Doesn’t that just make you want to race out and preorder the book right…

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News Flash–Father’s Day Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Congratulations to Theresa, winner of Shannon Kirk‘s METHOD 15/33! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Erika Swyler’s THE BOOK OF SPECULATION! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller has had a cheery week! She heard clips from her audiobook narrator, saw her Swedish book cover, and finalized her book launch bookstore (GO BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH!) and launch party location. Jennifer S. Brown is counting down the days till…

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News Flash–Promotion Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Congratulations to Nicole Evelina, winner of Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Shannon Kirk’s METHOD 15/33! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller tossed out the book she was working on. It was liberating. And scary. She has a setting she is crazy-excited about, and a character, and is playing with plot. Jennifer S. Brown is visiting book groups in…

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Feeding the Muse a Cookie

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

This week I’m confronted by a topic that doesn’t bear much relationship to what I write: food. Unlike Jennifer’s MODERN GIRLS, with its evocative descriptions of traditional shabbat meals, or the baked goods Louise’s protagonist makes that are so rich you can taste them if you lick the page, THE LOST GIRLS doesn’t feature food in its storytelling. At all. I agree it’s a powerful tool, but it’s one I…

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News Flash–Sunshine Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Miller-Young, winner of Antonia Crane’s SPENT! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller had the delightful task of listening to clips of actors reading and offering her opinion on who would make the best Livvy for THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING audiobook! Jennifer S. Brown had a completely relaxing Memorial Day…

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