Reinvention on Launch Day: THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING

THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise Miller
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Today is launch day for our Louise. I feel emotional, not just because I’ve known Louise longer than any of the other Debs or because, as a local, I will be able to celebrate in person with Louise tonight (which I will, with great joy!), but because Louise is the last to launch during our season as Debs. While we still eagerly await the launch of Abby’s book come January,…

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A Different Side of NYC: The Launch of UPTOWN THIEF

Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This week we celebrate the launch of Aya’s book, UPTOWN THIEF, which is a thrilling story of a Robin Hood–style madam in New York, Marisol, who steals from rich alpha males and runs a high-class prostitution business to fund her health clinic for women with nowhere else to turn. I’ve written elsewhere about reading out of genre, and I will say that UPTOWN THIEF is not a book that I…

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The Debut of THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young

THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

As the Tuesday blogger, I feel like I’m personally introducing Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS into the world, never mind that we’ve been talking about it on the blog for eleven months now and it’s been reviewed everywhere. But it’s Tuesday and today is the day that you can walk into any Barnes & Noble and most indie bookstores and pick up your own copy of THE LOST GIRLS or…

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Fun Facts About ME

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wow, this topic. Seriously — “Fun Facts About Us”? What incredibly bad timing. We’re in the middle of the Republican National Convention, a four-day, red-white-and-blue extravaganza designed to stroke the ego of the world’s biggest narcissist. How can five profoundly insecure newbie authors possibly compete with that level of self absorption?? Well. I guess if any of us can do it, it’s probably me. So here goes. Seven fun, self…

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Hello from the Other Side

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

We’re starting to get applications for the five spots we’ll soon vacate here on the Ball, so this seemed an appropriate time for a cautionary tale or two for our successors, and anyone else on the cusp of their debut novel year. The five of us largely blundered our way through this experience like drunkards in the dark, relying on internet forums and obsessive Googling to figure out how this…

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Dear Debut Author

Monday, July 11, 2016

Dear Debut Author, First off, congratulations! You have sold your first book! Your dream is coming true! Ahead of you is an absolutely thrilling, roller coaster of a year (or two), filled to the brim with new experiences and new people. You will do all the things that only writers daydream about—you will get your author photo taken and it will feel glamorous. You will receive blurbs from writers you…

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My New Year’s Resolution and Finding the Moments That Matter

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Before I wrote this post – an update on my New Year’s resolution – I reread my post from the first week of January. Honestly, I’m kind of impressed with my January self. Poised on the edge of a tumultuous year, I managed to find a moment of introspection that would prove all too rare in the months that followed. In six weeks my oldest child will go to college….

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How to Plan a Launch Party That Won’t Make You Craz(ier)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

After I signed my book deal it didn’t take long before I started hearing about something called a “launch party.” Most of the authors I met seemed to agree that a book’s arrival in the marketplace warrants a shindig of some sort. Big or small, they said, a launch party is a great way to celebrate your achievement and promote your book at the same time. Being a fan of…

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Interview with THE BOOK OF SPECULATION author Erika Swyler, and a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

THE BOOK OF SPECULATION by Erika Swyler
Saturday, June 18, 2016

I can’t remember how I first met Erika Swyler. I know it was online, because we haven’t met yet in person. I think I was probably fan-girling over her marvelous debut, THE BOOK OF SPECULATION, which was one of my absolute favorite books last year. It was also one of TARGET’S favorite books–they chose it as the Target Club pick for the month of June! Erika has become a friend…

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Interview with Patricia Park, author of RE JANE, and a book giveaway!

RE JANE by Patricia Park
Saturday, April 23, 2016

I first heard Patricia Park read from RE JANE at her graduation reading from the Novel Incubator program, and immediately fell in love. RE JANE: A NOVEL is a modern-day interpretation of JANE EYRE set in New York and Seoul. It was named Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of the newly designed paperback, or RETWEET/SHARE this post to enter to win…

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