Flinging Yourself into Balance

Monday, September 24, 2018

  Such calm! Such peace! Such lighting! That’s the kind of image I think of when someone brings up balance. And. I mean. It is balance, of a sort. But this portrayal is problematic. For one, it’s static. It looks effortless because we didn’t see this person get up on the tree stump, we didn’t watch them lift their leg – once, twice – as they tried and failed and…

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[News Flash] September 23, 2018

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Congratulations to Wendy, winner of last week’s giveaway of Under a Dark Sky! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Suzanne Baltsar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Trouble Brewing. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Check out this week’s guest interview with @SuzMWrites and RT for a chance to win a copy of her debut novel…

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Interview with Suzanne Baltsar and Trouble Brewing Giveaway

Author Suzanne Baltsar
Saturday, September 22, 2018

I’m so thrilled to feature debut author Suzanne Baltsar on the blog this week! Suzanne and I are agent AND publisher sisters – both repped by the fabulous Sharon Pelletier and debuting with Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. Suzanne’s long history with books can be traced back to the second grade when she learned she could earn free pizzas in exchange for book reports, thus beginning her addiction to personal pan…

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The Alpine Path

Friday, September 21, 2018

    Those of you who read my post last week may remember that most of it was reminiscing about my childhood love for L. M. Montgomery’s heroine, Emily Starr, and how my obsession with her eventually inspired me to write the book that is now my debut. Since this week we’re all blogging about “the path to publication,” I titled my little piece with one last reference to Emily….

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Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A couple months back, I had my first (and so far only) viral tweet: Last year, on the eve of my 33rd birthday, I filled 3 pages of my journal despairing over whether I should just give up on this whole writing thing This year, on the eve of my 34th, I’m headed to the bank to deposit the first advance check from my book deal Keep going. — Layne…

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From Aspiring to Published: A Story in Three Scenes

Monday, September 17, 2018

Scene: Dusk. Tucson. 2011. I’m walking along the Rillito River path with my not-yet-wife, crossing under the Campbell bridge just as the bats begin to flicker around us, high-pitched clicks barely audible over the hum of passing cars. The heat hasn’t yet begun to dissipate and we’re still months away from rain, so the guano has accumulated in thick lines across the asphalt and its smell is a punch that…

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[News Flash] September 16, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Congrats to Amy, winner of last week’s giveaway of The Child Finder, the acclaimed novel by Rene Denfeld! And thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lori Rader-Day! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Under a Dark Sky. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: 💫🌟 A MURDER MYSTERY GIVEAWAY! 💫🌟 RT this interview with award-winning author @LoriRaderDay…

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Interview with Lori Rader-Day and Under a Dark Sky Giveaway

Saturday, September 15, 2018

    CONGRATULATIONS to author Lori Rader-Day, whose book, The Day I Died,  is the 2018 winner of the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original! I’m so pleased to welcome Rader-Day back to the Debutante Ball. For those of you who’ve been following us for a while, she really needs no introduction. Rader-Day was a deb back in 2014, and we have since hosted her a few times, celebrating every…

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The Book Within A Book

Friday, September 14, 2018

      I’m not sure how old I was the first time I tried to read Anne of Green Gables, but I must have been too young. I was vain as a reader, always showing off by trying to read far above my age level, reading classics with a view to bragging about having read them. I didn’t get very far with that first attempt. Anne has a long…

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Main Character Seeking Plot

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

My writing ideas tend to start with characters, and that’s especially true for Temper. The main character of Temper came into my life years before I wrote the book. In fact, she started out in a different book entirely. Back in 2012, I wrote my first-ever novel during National Novel Writing Month. It was a silly, trashy story set in a dystopian version of Chicago, about a Shakespearean actress recruited to seduce…

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