[News Flash] March 1, 2021

A DOOR BETWEEN US by Ehsaneh Sadr was included in BookTrib’s list of #ownvoices diverse books from authentic voices. Way to go Ehsaneh!   Lyn Liao Butler is doing a giveaway of some GORGEOUS bookmarks featuring the cover of her forthcoming debut, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE. Go to her Instagram page to learn how to enter!   THE FROZEN CROWN by Greta Kelly is available as an audiobook! Harper360YA has…

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Books I loved as a kid

During this year of being a Deb, I’ve gotten to interview a ton of authors. One thing a lot of folks have in common is being avid readers as kids. And by avid, I mean flashlight-under-the-covers, reading-while-walking and will-read-cereal-boxes-if-nothing-else-is-around sorts of readers. Me too! One of my funniest childhood reading memories is being suddenly startled to realize I was all alone in our school library. I’d become so engrossed in…

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Interview with Ellen Birkett Morris, author of LOST GIRLS

This week’s interview is with Ellen Birkett Morris whose debut, LOST GIRLS, explores the experiences of women and girls as they grieve, find love, face uncertainty, take a stand, find their future and say goodbye to the past. Below, Ellen talks about her favorite time of day, books that inspired her as a child, and a few of the amazing prizes she’s won over the years. Enjoy!   ABOUT ELLEN Ellen…

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[News Flash] February 22, 2021

Lyn Liao Butler’s agent, Rachel Brooks joined us last week to speak about life on the other side of the query letter. Thanks to Rachel for her great advice! You can read the interview here. And make sure to preorder Lyn’s forthcoming debut, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE! Look out for an upcoming interview with Ellen Birkett Morris this week about her novel, LOST GIRLS. Ellen will be Queen Bee on…

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Interview with Lyn’s Agent, Rachel Brooks

Today, we have a very special treat. My wonderful, amazing, fabulous, super-smart and brilliant agent, Rachel Brooks of BookEnds Literary Agency (can you tell how highly I think of her?), has agreed to answer some questions. Ever wonder what an agent is thinking? How they go through their queries and decide who to offer representation to? Rachel is here to give you one agent’s impression of this exciting, yet sometimes…

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Back to School: My Favorite Writing Resources

This week’s topic is all about highlighting the resources that helped me along the way to publishing. The websites and podcasts I’ve listed below were (and are) all invaluable sources of information and support in a journey that can often be a lonely one. So saddle up and read on for my favorites: First Draft with Sarah Enni There is so much here to love about Sara Enni’s podcast. She…

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[News Flash] February 15, 2021

Many thanks for Barbara Conrey for joining us this week to talk about her bestselling novel, NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE. Read the full interview here. Ehsaneh Sadr, author of A DOOR BETWEEN US, spoke with Ava Homa this week about her novel, DAUGHTERS OF SMOKE AND FIRE. Watch the interview on our Instagram page.     Bridgerton novelist, Julia Quinn, recommends WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce on…

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The autodidact’s reading list

I’ve written previously about how I have an MBA, not an MFA. And how that didn’t work out so great for me. So when I was unemployed and stuck in a tiny apartment while raising a newborn baby, it wasn’t a great time to contemplate going back to school for yet another masters degree. Plus, I reasoned, I’d always been told I was a great writer. How hard could it…

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Interview with Barbara Conrey, bestselling author of NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE

This week’s interview is with Barbara Conrey whose debut novel, NOWHERE NEAR GOODBYE is a USA Today bestseller. Below, Barbara talks about the authors that inspire her, the story behind her book’s title, her next big project and more. Enjoy!   ABOUT BARBARA Barbara Conrey worked in the health care industry for many years before opting for an early retirement, which lasted all of three months. She then accepted a position…

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On the Road with Denny and her Writing CRAFT Journey!

I am a self-proclaimed craft geek. I love craft books, craft classes, online or when possible, in person. I have traveled as far as Maui to take a workshop and have purchased audiotapes and videotapes and bid on private craft lessons with superstar instructors at online auctions. Sounds a bit like an addiction, I’ll admit it. But for nearly two decades, writing workshops fell under my idea of a great…

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