News Flash: Debs meet up, trade reviews, & giveaway!


We have two fun giveaways going right now … To win a copy of Ilene Wong’s NONE OF THE ABOVE be sure to check out her visit to the Ball and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of her book!

And because we like to give readers a chance to read OUR books, we have a prize pack of galleys to give awayTINY PRETTY THINGS (Sona’s debut), THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE (Amy’s debut), and COME AWAY WITH ME (Karma’s debut). Leave a comment on this post by Saturday, April 11th for a chance to win these books before they hit bookstores!

News from the 2015 Debs:

shelly and colleenColleen Oakley met Shelly King IRL at Foxtales book store in Atlanta! She was able to leave the twins for a few hours and have a (much-needed) glass of wine, while listening to Shelly’s AMAZING, funny and charming book talk on THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING. If Shelly’s in a town near you, go see her! You won’t regret it.




Amy E. Reichert is starting to ramp up launch plans. If you’re near Hartland, WI, mark your calendar for July 21 from 6-8. My party will be at the Hartland Public Library!

Karma Brown is drowning in synopses and plot points, but is making progress on her next book idea while also getting ready to trade ski boots and snow shovels for sandals and vacation for a couple of weeks!

Sona Charaipotra is excited to share more trade reviews on TINY PRETTY THINGS — and they’re still (mostly) good! School Library Journal calls it “a fun and fast read that will appeal to fans of Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl.” Booklist says, “Appealing to both dancers and drama lovers, this engaging, pulpy read skillfully explores a variety of issues…in a glamorous, high-stakes setting.” And VOYA concedes that the book offers “compulsive readability” and calls it a “beautiful example of diversity in characters and settings.”

Shelly King had a great time at Foxtale Bookshoppe in Woodstock, Georgia, (just north of Atlanta) for a book event and finally got to meet sister Deb Colleen! (See pic above) She also went to Cairo, GA to visit family and teach high school freshman about plotting out the three-act structure. There were lots of future writers in the class!

News from past Debs:

Heather Webb (Class of 2014) is co-hosting a free charity event in San Francisco on April 17th at 6:30 p.m. honoring women in the arts. All donations are tax deductible and will be funneled to WomenArts, a charity that supports struggling female creatives. Those who can’t make it are invited to donate to the cause here!

Lori Rader-Day (Class of 2014) is thrilled and honored that THE BLACK HOUR was nominated for the Barry Award for Best Paperback Original. Congrats, Lori!

Author: Karma Brown

Karma Brown is the author of COME AWAY WITH ME (MIRA/Harlequin, September 2015), an emotional story of one woman’s discovery that life is still worth living, even if it’s not the life you planned. Karma is also a National Magazine award-winning journalist, and lives outside Toronto, Canada, with her family and their mischievous labradoodle puppy, Fred.

39 Replies to “News Flash: Debs meet up, trade reviews, & giveaway!”

  1. I always enjoying catching up with the Debutantes’ news round-up on Sunday. Even though I plan on buying all the books in the giveaway, I’d still like a chance to win the prize pack of galleys!

  2. Would love to win copies of your books. I enjoy reading the blog and watching your progress through the writing/publishing process.

    Speaking of Lori Rader-Day, I just got the latest issue of Mystery Scene and saw she also won the 2015 Lovely Award for Best First Novel at the Love is Murder Mystery Conference. I apologize if you announced it on a previous post and missed it. I’ve been reading the blog for almost 2 years now and it was great fun to open my magazine and see a photo of someone I “knew.”

    1. We did announce it, Debbie, and thank you for giving us another chance to say, “Way to go, Lori!” 🙂 Also, thank you so very much for reading and cheering us on — we really appreciate it.

    2. Thank you, Debbie! I was (as I bet you can imagine) very excited to win the Lovey for Best First Mystery this year!! And it’s so nice that you’re keeping up with the former Debs as well as the new.


  3. Thank you for the updates! I enjoy reading about current authors I follow and meet new ones too. What a sweet giveaway thank you for the opportunity.

  4. Having a pile of new books to read is better than Christmas for me. Would love to add these books to my reading list and support new authors in this exciting venture for them – particularly the super amazing Karma Brown! 🙂

  5. Stumbled across the Deb’s while Google searching for something that I cannot honestly remember! I have so enjoyed “getting to know” you and checking in daily, commenting occasionally. Truly inspiring … in fact… I couldn’t keep this little gem to myself and I shared your blog with my library colleagues and book lover friends! Thanks for being brave, talented and funny as you become published authors and share your stories with us all.

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