You’re Only a Debut (Author) Once…and it’s AWESOME.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

With one week to go until COME AWAY WITH ME is out in the wild, I’m still feeling quite green about this whole author thing. And I wonder, do you think being a debut author extends way into the first year your book is out, much like the term ‘newlywed’ applies until you’ve been married for a year? I hope so, because it’s been one pretty amazing, pinch-me kind of year…


Banish Self-Doubt & Keep Writing

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

As the last Deb to launch her book out into the world (THREE WEEKS TO GO) I’m at a disadvantage to discuss hindsight. However, I have the distinct advantage of learning from those who have gone before me, so notes have been taken and tips have been appreciated. Granted, I’ll likely only tame the worry versus eliminate it completely, and while I love Amy’s suggestion to do guest posts as they…



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I’m a sucker for books about food. Especially if those books include magical realism, like GARDEN SPELLS and LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE, or a sweet bit of romance, like Amy’s debut (which released yesterday, folks, in case you missed the excitement!) — THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE. It’s the story of Lou — a Milwaukee chef and restaurant owner — and Al, a British, somewhat sour restaurant reviewer, who finds himself…


News Flash: Debut week, Next Books & a Giveaway!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Congratulations to Beth, winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of former Deb and guest author Lori Rader-Day’s LITTLE PRETTY THINGS … Thank you to all who submitted applications to become part of the Deb Class of 2016! We’ll announce the new class in early August! From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley’s paperback for BEFORE I GO came out Tuesday! She…


News Flash: Awards, Paperbacks, Parties, & a Giveaway!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Congratulations to Shelby Neuzil, winner of guest author Kristy Woodson Harvey’s DEAR CAROLINA! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of guest author Gail Nall’s BREAKING THE ICE & YOU’RE INVITED … Reminder: Time is almost up, but we’re still taking applications for the Deb Class of 2016! You have until July 17th to submit your application. Looking forward to learning more about you. From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley’s trade paperback…


Author Gail Nall, BREAKING THE ICE, & a Giveaway!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

We’re so excited to welcome today’s guest author Gail Nall to the Deb Ball! I met Gail when I discovered the #5amwritersclub on Twitter (if you’re an early morning writer, come and find us — we’re the crazy group that gets up in the dark to write :)), and have been in awe ever since at how prolific she is. Along with three more middle grade books publishing in the next year, she’s also…


Book marketing … WHO REALLY KNOWS?

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

With six weeks to go until my book’s birthday, I find myself in this strange spot of feeling both antsy because I want time to speed up, and anxious at how quickly the days are passing. It reminds me a lot of the weeks preceding my wedding, and the birth of my daughter — something BIG was about to happen, most of the planning and preparation was in place, but…


On Reviews: Pull Up Your Big Girl Panties & Deal with It (she tells herself)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I have a plan, and (soon) I’m going to stick to it. It’s this: “Don’t read the reviews.” I say “soon” because I’ve already cheated. COME AWAY WITH ME has some reviews, and to date I’ve read each one. So far, and for the most part, the reviews have been amazing and positive and I’ve truly loved reading them. Yes, I have received the (dreaded) 1* already … and I…


NYT Bestselling author Roni Loren, CALL ON ME, & a Giveaway!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

We’re thrilled to welcome New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Roni Loren to the Ball this week! If you haven’t read one of Roni’s books (her series has 8 books and 3 novellas) yet, well, you don’t know what you’re missing. I was an erotica virgin until Roni, and now there’s no looking back — her stories are hot and sexy AND well-written (yes, it can be done)….


Wanted: Debut Authors for The Debutante Ball Class of 2016!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Before we jump into today’s post, congratulations to Michelle Westenbroek, winner of TINY PRETTY THINGS by our very own Sona Charaipotra! Check back next week to find out who won THE PERFECT SON by this week’s guest author Barbara Claypole White … It’s hard to believe 10 months have passed since we put up our first posts as 2015 Debs. Along the way we’ve celebrated book birthdays (Shelly, Colleen, Sona)…