5 Lessons Learned from KILMOON’s Book Launch

Friday, April 4, 2014

KILMOON launched March 18th, so this week’s topic comes at the perfect time to think about my lessons learned. What can I improve upon for the next release? 1. Start earlier. I did a pretty good job of my launch despite the fact that I truly began planning for it about 2-1/2 months beforehand. Given the sheer number of details and my tendency toward chaos, I need to start way ahead of…

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Legends and Lore in KILMOON

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Irish do a lot of things well. Whiskey and lace, storytelling and step-dancing. One thing I love about Irish culture is all the legend and superstition surrounding it. And in KILMOON, Lisa Alber’s debut mystery, she puts all that lore to good use. Tidbits of saints, ancient rites, and rumors lend atmosphere, intrigue and even humor to the novel. In Chapter 21, for instance, we get a flashback glimpse…

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Meet the Lady of Kilmoon

Monday, March 17, 2014

Murder mysteries are complex constructions, when you think about it. As the author you’re at pains to kill off someone that enough other characters wouldn’t have minded seeing dead so you have multiple suspects—but at the same time somehow make the sleuth, often not a professional, care about the dead guy enough to solve the crime. The reader has to care, too, but the reader cares when the protagonist does….

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Deb Dana Takes the Deb Quiz!

<tap tap> <tap tap> Is this thing on? Oh — hello! I’m not used to being both a host and a guest at the Debutante Ball at the same time, but I am so excited to be here today to celebrate the launch of my debut, THE GIRLS’ GUIDE TO LOVE AND SUPPER CLUBS, which is officially out and in bookstores TODAY! As any writer will tell you, the feeling…

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
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This Week, Deb Dana Takes the Cake. Er, Floor.

I can see already that I am going to have a problem with writing this post – the very same problem that I had while reading The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs. This book makes me hungry. Not just hungry – ravenous. Look at that awesome cupcake on the cover – the delicate cake, the fluffy frosting, the sprinkles. And the cover is only the beginning. Wait until…

Monday, February 4, 2013
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Deb Joanne’s Not Feeling Guilty

This week’s theme here at The Debutante Ball is guilty pleasures. I was going to write a post about certain foods I love, which probably aren’t good for me, and certain books I love that probably aren’t in the running for Pulitzers any time soon.  But then I thought I’d rather break ranks and talk about a real pleasure: my launch party that was just this past Saturday. Because, let’s…

Monday, July 16, 2012
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In which Deb Kristina’s supply of charm is at last depleted

Hello, my name is Kristina, and I’m an extrovert. I love parties, even if there are lots of people I don’t know. I even enjoy small talk. I sometimes go into what my husband calls “reporter mode” when I meet a new person, trying to draw out their life story, one anecdote at a time. I’m not intimidated by crowds, or public speaking. In fact, when it goes well, I…

Monday, July 27, 2009
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In which Deb Kristina is last, but not least

So, my book debuts tomorrow. In a way, I never thought this day would come, similar to how I felt when I was eight days overdue to deliver my second baby. They tell you the baby can’t graduate from college in there, but delusional with hormones, stress and discomfort, it’s hard to believe you’ll get to the other side. But, just like I finally managed to get that baby out…

Monday, June 15, 2009
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In which Deb Kristina celebrates the release of LITTLE GIANT

One test of a good book, for me, is whether I’m still thinking about it after I turn the last page. Deb Tiffany’s Little Giant of Aberdeen County passes that test with a perfect 4.0. This is the kind of book where, when I describe it to people, their eyes get a little wider and they say, “Ooooh.” Truly Plaice is a singular heroine, a woman who can’t stop growing…

Monday, January 5, 2009
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News Flash, January 4

Our first launch approaches! Stop by the Ball all week as the 2009 class sends Deb Tiffany’s The Little Giant of Aberdeen County out into the world! Little Giant has debuted at #9 on the San Francisco Chronicle Best Seller List! Speaking of the Little Giant launch, loyal reader Larramie celebrates Deb Tiffany and her book tomorrow, Monday, January 5, over at Seize a Daisy! Thank you, Larramie! Check out…

Sunday, January 4, 2009
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