Interview with Former Deb Lori Rader-Day + #DebBallGiveaway of THE DAY I DIED

Saturday, April 8, 2017

It is such a pleasure to welcome back former Debutante Lori Rader-Day!! In honor of the release of her new book THE DAY I DIED, Lori will be our special guest today, giving us the scoop on her latest novel and much more!   THE DAY I DIED is the story of Anna Winger, a handwriting expert hired by corporations and the lovelorn who also occasionally works as a specialist with the FBI….

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Senior Year Sick Notes

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

As part of our week on “character spin-offs,” I’m sharing an epistolary piece on parenting a high school senior. (Been there, done that. Two times.) Enjoy!   9/9 Dear Ms. Tissler, I hope you had a terrific summer! Just wanted to let you know that Nick is missing school for the next 3 days. We’re heading to the west coast for college visits! Too far away, but I’ll let him look….

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Time for Spring… and the Deb Ball News Flash!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Congratulations to Nancy Harris, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of FOLLOW ME DOWN by Sherri Smith. News from the 2017 Debs Tiffany D. Jackson is writing, writing, writing! Crystal King has lost her voice due to illness and is rather annoyed that Alexa won’t turn on the lights for her because it can’t hear/understand her. But this means she won’t be sick for her book launch on April 25, right? Amy Poeppel was thrilled to get…

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The stuff that didn’t make the cut: An excerpt from SEPARATE BEDROOMS

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Many years ago, I wrote a novel that takes place in Longview, Texas. It was originally titled RODNEY PEED, but I changed the name for obvious reasons. The novel remains “in the drawer,” and although I know it’s flawed, I really do hope one day to rework it. As part of our week on “scenes that didn’t make the cut,” I present to you the opening of my unpublished novel, SEPARATE…

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The Deb Ball News Flash – Reading, Writing, on the move, and on the mend

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Congratulations to Elizabeth Glenn, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by Colleen Oakley. We send our thanks to Sherri Smith for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of FOLLOW ME DOWN or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @SL_Smith_ + #DebBallGiveaway of FOLLOW ME DOWN https://t.co/pKhcM58JiV…

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What I’m into … this week

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This week the Debs are sharing all the stuff we love. I change my mind from time to time about what really wins me over, but here are some of my current favorite people, places, and things that make everyday life more enjoyable (in absolutely no particular order): Favorite foods: Avocado toast at Dominique Ansel and steak tartar at The Dutch, both in Soho (NYC): Favorite place to have dinner with the Obamas…

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Time for the Weekly Deb NewsFlash!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Congratulations to Stacie Tyson, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO by Margaret George. We send our thanks to former Deb Colleen Oakley for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @OakleyColleen + #DebBallGiveaway of CLOSE ENOUGH…

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Lucky coffee? That’s totally a thing.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I could never, ever discount the role that luck played in the publication of my book, SMALL ADMISSIONS. Of course, I believe in hard work (meaning writing, writing, writing, and then revising, revising, revising) above all else. The hours of editing are certainly, in my opinion, the single most important part of getting a book to the level of being publishable. But at the end of the day, certain things…

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Deb Ball News Flash: Another Week in the Lives of Debut Writers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Congratulations to Kathryn Balteff, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of WRITING HARD STORIES by Melanie Brooks. We send our thanks to Margaret George for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ Margaret George + #DebBallGiveaway of CONFESSIONS…

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Ask a Book Publicity Expert!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

This week we’re asking publishing industry experts to answer the many questions that we debut writers have as we get our careers started as published authors. For my post, I’ve decided to focus on the hard work of in-house publicists. I’ve asked publicists who work at two of the big five publishing houses to help me out by explaining the process of getting the word out on a new book –…

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