The Name Game – What On Earth Should I Title This Book?

Monday, November 14, 2016

This week the Debs are talking about titles and covers! How we came up with our book names and/or the process we went through with our publishers for our covers. I love the name FEAST OF SORROW. Love love it. From the first moment I saw the title I knew that it was the right one for my book. But here’s the thing; I didn’t come up with it. When I…

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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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Writing is the Hardest Thing You Could Ever Choose To Do

Monday, November 7, 2016

In the spirit of election week (have you voted yet?) this week’s Deb topic is about big decisions we’ve made as writers. I watched Ann Patchett speak a few years ago and something that she said really stuck with me. I don’t recall her exact words but essentially she said that a profession as a writer was the hardest thing you could ever choose to do. Let me elaborate: You…

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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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I’m Cheating on NANOWRIMO + Writing Resources To Help You Pants or Plot

Monday, October 31, 2016

This week, in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NANOWRIMO), the Debs are talking about our feelings about external challenges, deadlines, writing contests and more. There, I said it. I’m cheating on NANOWRIMO. But not cheating in the string-of-conscious, crazy scenario sort of way that many NANOWRIMOers pants their way through. My way of cheating is that I’m not starting a new novel. I’m working on an existing story. That…

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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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Fear is the Mother of Foresight, or OMG I’m Going to Be Published!

Monday, October 24, 2016

This week, in prep for Halloween, the Debs are writing about their biggest fears about publishing.  The quote in the headline comes from Thomas Hardy in his “A Laodicean.” I found it apt for this post. Why? Because I’m a worry-wart. I probably should have added that to my confessions post,. I over-think nearly most every situation, prepping myself for what might come. I recently learned that the term for…

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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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Invoking the Muse

Monday, October 17, 2016

This week the Debs are talking about how they torture their characters, make choices for them, or how their characters lead the way.  One of the most wonderful things about writing is how the mind seems to unravel the story from a place hidden deep inside. I can’t tell you how many times I have stopped writing after a few hours and sat back to re-read the words and thought,…

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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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