Ignoring the Masters

Today’s topic is about the books and authors that have inspired me to write. But the authors I most admire never inspire me to write. Mostly they inspire me to keep turning the pages of their wondrous, luminous books. And then, when I dive back into my own work, I’m paralyzed by waves of shame and insecurity as I know I’ll never produce anything so perfect. Writing is hard! There’s…

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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Interview with Denise Williams, author of HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

I’m absolutely thrilled to be doing this week’s interview with Denise Williams, author of the much anticipated HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING, which is romance at its swooning, heart-pounding, toe-curling best! Below, Denise shares what she’s most looking forward to with the release of her book, tells us about the story behind her title, and explains why a future novel will definitely include a haunted house. Enjoy!   ABOUT DENISE…

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[News Flash] November 30, 2020

Monday, November 30, 2020

Lyn Liao Butler recorded her first podcast interview with Not As Crazy As You Think. Releasing December 2nd, she and host Jennifer Gaita Siciliano talk about THE TIGER MOM’S TALE, and lots more! Greta Kelly will be in conversation with Sasha Laurens TODAY at 3pm CST at our Instagram channel. Laurens is the author of A WICKED MAGIC, and the two women will talk witches, magic, writing, and more! Ehsaneh…

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Interview with Heather Chaves, author of NO BAD DEED

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

This week’s interview is with Heather Chavez, whose thriller NO BAD DEED tells the suspenseful story of a woman who’s husband has gone missing and who is trying desperately to protect her family from a deadly stalker. Below, Heather shares secrets about her main character, her proudest writing moments, her daughter’s sweet reaction to her book deal, and about that time she went on Oprah! Thanks for joining us Heather!…

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[News Flash] November 22, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Jody A. Forrester joined us this week to talk about her memoir, GUNS UNDER THE BED. Read the full interview here. Thank you to Eliza Nellums who took over our Instagram on Monday and shared a little about her debut novel, ALL THAT’S BRIGHT AND GONE. And Tor.com shared an excerpt (as well as the map) from Greta Kelly’s fantasy novel, THE FROZEN CROWN on their website.   Read Denny…

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Interview with Jody A. Forrester, author of GUNS UNDER THE BED

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

I’m so excited for this week’s interview with Jody A. Forrester, whose memoir GUNS UNDER THE BED tells of her transition in the late sixties from love child to peaceful Vietnam War protester to joining a communist organization whose ideology embraced violence against the ruling class! Read below for more about Jody’s incredible background, the story behind her book’s startling title, and her path toward writing. Thank you Jody!  …

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Writing Tips for Writers: Sure, I Have A Few!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Hello Friends, I’m here today writing about tips for writers. I am the social media maven for The Debutante Ball this year and lead a team of 2021 debut authors on our Instagram account. One of the things I/we focus on is creating attractive visuals. We want to snare attention from those who use and enjoy social media, especially those folks who see social media as a means to find…

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[News Flash] November 15, 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Thank you to Vanessa Riley for joining us this week to talk about her new novel, AN EARL, THE GIRL, AND A TODDLER. Her latest book is part of the Rogues and Remarkable Women series from Kensington. The blurbs are coming in for Elizabeth Gonzalez James’ novel, MONA AT SEA, available for preorder now!   Denny S. Bryce’s novel WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES reached the top 100 on the…

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Ehsaneh’s Advice for New Writers

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Today’s topic is Tips For New Writers. Here are four suggestions based on things I did (or wish I’d done!) along the way from inspiration to publication. 1. Have some very generous friends read as you write. If you’re writing a novel, that is a long journey with a lot of work and a lot of rejection. You’re going to need encouragement along the way. Now is not the time…

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An Interview with Multi-Published Historical Fiction Author Vanessa Riley

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of historical fiction and historical romance, showcasing the hidden histories of women of color and emphasizing strong sisterhoods and dazzling multicultural communities. With more than 20 novels in print, her stories pull at the heartstrings, elicit a few laughs, and share insights into the history of Black and Brown people during the Georgian, Regency, and Victorian eras. A fellow resident of the state of…

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