News Flash: Another election, but this one’s about books!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

We send our thanks to Thelma Adams for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, THE LAST WOMAN STANDING or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) November 18th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  2016 Debs: Missing the election? You can still get…

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Election stress? Have a drink and check out my dog.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Uh oh – It’s 8 am, and I’m about to mix a martini. Hell, I might not even bother using a shaker; I might start drinking straight out of the bottle. I can’t breathe, and I’m breaking out in hives. Why? Because it’s finally here: After the country’s longest, ugliest campaign season, it’s time to vote. This is it! The election is tight! The polls are narrowing! Our future is at stake, and…

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Election Week Debutante News Flash!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Congratulations to Patty Smith for winning a copy of FILL THE SKY by Kathy Sherbrooke!  We send our thanks to Destiny Soria for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, go read her interview, featuring her debut, IRON CAST. Lynn K. Hall is waiting, because sometimes that’s what being an author is all about! Waiting for pub day, waiting for early reviews, waiting to lose one’s mind…thank goodness she is…

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Pressure and Time: The Shawshank Method of Writing

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

This week we’re talking about how — as writers — we cope with pressure. Do we thrive under a deadline, or do we get a mean case of writer’s block? Do we like our agents to give us a firm due date, or do we prefer to set the pace for ourselves? Like most writers I have a love-hate relationship with pressure. I’m fairly new to this whole writing thing, but what…

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Debutante News Flash: Halloween Edition

Sunday, October 30, 2016

We send our thanks to Kathy Sherbrooke for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, FILL THE SKY, or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) November 4th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!    Congratulations to 2007 Deb Eileen Cook, whose book WITH MALICE hit #1…

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10 Halloween Season Publishing Nightmares

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My top 10 Halloween Season Publishing Nightmares: Simon and Schuster calls. They’re terribly sorry, but they thought this whole time that Amy Poehler wrote SMALL ADMISSIONS. They appreciate my understanding for the mistake and would ask me to please return the advance at my earliest convenience. I am reading in front of a big crowd at a book store and suddenly have a hot flash, flop-sweat debacle to the degree of Albert…

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Deb News Flash: Past and Present

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Congratulations to Elle G. for winning a copy of THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis!  News from former Debs 2016 Deb Louise Miller is “thrilled, honored & crazy-happy” that THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING was in last Sunday’s NYT Book Review!!!!! – Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/books/review/female-protagonists.html?_r=0 2014 Deb Lori Rader-Day, author of LITTLE PRETTY THINGS and THE BLACK HOUR will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference. Congratulations, Lori!…

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Characters: Puking, Plane Trips, and Other Adventures

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

I started my professional life in theater, specifically in the David Mamet school-of-thought, and Mamet reminded actors all the time that “character” is defined by what people do. It’s all about action. Throwing up, in my opinion, is a fabulous action. For some reason I love making my characters throw up. I’m not sure what that says about me or them, but there’s something about vomiting that appeals to me. In…

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News Flash: October 16

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Congratulations to Laurice McClung for winning a copy of THREE-MARTINI LUNCH by Suzanne Rindell!  We send our thanks to Mindy McGinnis for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES, or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) October 21st for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on…

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Amy Tells All: 10 Confessions of a Writer

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

10 Confessions of this writer: I take Wellbutrin, Xanax, and a couple glasses of wine on the daily. Writing makes me super hungry. I write, pace, snack, and repeat. I can’t deal with men on airplanes wearing tank tops. This is not writing related, but it’s true. Today I feel strongly that I like Ikea way better than I like my writing. Way better. I’m having a really difficult time with…

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