Books and the authors who wrote them, IRL

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I love reading the classics. Any fiction from old, dead writers, and I’m in. But as I looked over my reading list from this past year, I was surprised to see that in 2016, I mostly read books by writers who are not only alive and well, but by women I’ve actually met, either online or in person. And I discovered something: I like writers above all other people – they…

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News Flash: Some past Deb excitement and present Deb updates!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Congratulations to Laurice McClung for winning a copy of Elizabeth Brundage’s book ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR. We send our thanks to Breeana Shields for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of POISON’S KISS or enter to win a signed hardcover by retweeting: Enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win @BreeanaShields‘ #PoisonsKiss! RT to Enter, Ends 12/23 https://t.co/kmjqtgOXy1 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 17,…

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Wondering What Your Kid Is Saying To That Nice Interviewer?

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

And there you are, sitting in the waiting area, while your 9-year-old son Steven is off interviewing with the head of admissions from Milton Middle School. You’re trying to wait patiently, but you can’t help wondering, “What will he talk about if I’m not there to prod him along? Will he stick to good topics? Will he ask interesting questions?” Meanwhile, in the admissions office down the hall, the interviewer and Steven have taken their seats. (Brace yourself… Your kid…

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NewsFlash: Things are revving up!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Congratulations to Suzanne for winning a copy of Caroyln Menke’s book RETURN TO ME. We send our thanks to Elizabeth Brundage for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! Her book ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR was just listed in the Wall Street Journal as one of the best mysteries of 2016!! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR or enter to win…

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Writing with Distractions (or Sure, Blame Me and my Tiny Bladder)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about that lady, it’s that she tends to blame others for her inability to focus. The truth is she can’t concentrate for shit. I’m just being honest. Between the noise in her head and the noise out there in the world, distractions are a big problem for her. But instead of taking responsibility for it (or medication), she blames everything on me and my…

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Newsflash: Debs at Work

Sunday, December 4, 2016

We send our thanks to Carolyn Menke for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, RETURN TO ME. You can also enter a giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook using the hashtag #DebBallGiveaway by noon (EST) December 9th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  2016 Deb Aya…

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Lady in Waiting

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

“Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” – Groucho Marx Writers, especially debut writers, universally agree that the pacing of the publishing world is glacial. There have been many times I’ve thought the day would never come that my book would hit the shelves. Like I’ve actually worried I might die of old age first. But now that I’m down to the final weeks before the release of SMALL ADMISSIONS,…

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Newsflash – The Post-Thanksgiving Post

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Congratulations to Rebecca Thomson for winning Georgia Clark’s online book marketing course THE PRO-ACTIVE AUTHOR. Jenni L. Walsh is thrilled that BECOMING BONNIE has been included in a 2017 Most Anticipated list! Read her interview with A Glass of Wine and enter for your chance to win an early copy of BECOMING BONNIE, along with Bonnie and Clyde keychains! Tiffany D. Jackson is on an exciting trip to South Africa. We hope…

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Heaps of Gratitude for Life’s Awesome Shit

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

In the opening scene of SMALL ADMISSIONS, the reader is told that life has thrown “a huge piece of shit” in the main character Kate’s face. I often feel as though life is throwing terrible shit at me, and I know that’s bratty because while life isn’t always easy, there’s still much to be grateful for, politics aside. Thanksgiving, according to the Hallmark cards I saw today in CVS, is the…

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Cover Story: Why I Don’t Believe in Soulmates

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

I’m a huge fan of cover art. I love a gorgeous book cover, and I’ve always known it takes enormous skill to create an image that speaks to the content and vibe of a novel without being too literal or too abstract. I was beyond thrilled when I got my book deal with Emily Bestler Books and especially excited to see what the brilliant Simon and Schuster art designers would…

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