True Confessions of an Epic TBR Stack

Monday, August 15, 2016

This is my To Be Read Stack. Oh, wait, did you think I meant this is my only TBR stack? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. What I meant to say was, this is the TBR stack that lives on top of the other TBR stacks. In the room that is, in fact, just one giant TBR stack of books. Here are some true confessions about my own personal library: I haven’t read much in…


Things I Never Regret

Monday, May 30, 2016

Our theme this week is regrets, but here is the thing–i’m not big on regret. We are all human and we all make choices both good and not so good and we learn from them. I am a firm believer that every experience in your life has made you who you are now. So, instead, i’ve decided to share a few things I never regret doing: hanging out with friends and family eating…


When My Husband Read My Novel by Lynda Cohen Loigman + Hardcover Book Giveaway

THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE by Lynda Cohen Loigman
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Thrilled to host this guest post by Lynda Cohen Loigman, whose hardcover debut I inhaled in two days. Moving and evocative, THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE is a gripping, multigenerational story, woven around the deepest of secrets.The year is 1947. In the midst of a Brooklyn blizzard, two babies are born, minutes apart in a two-family brownstone. The mothers are sisters by marriage: dutiful, quiet Rose, who wants nothing more than to…


THE LOST GIRLS, Found By…..?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This week on the Ball, we’re letting our wildest author fantasies run amok. By day we’re stressed-out, excitable writers who are trying to write our next book while selling our first book. We’re simultaneously afraid we’ll never write another book as good as our first and convinced our first is gutterslop nobody will buy. The Imposter Syndrome has its claws in deep, and we wonder if our book deals were…


On Bookwormery . . .

To Kill a Mockingbird
Thursday, February 4, 2016

I have never been a good sleeper, especially at night when the expectation is highest. It’s a curse in many ways, but a blessing in one: those who don’t sleep, read. Waking up the rest of the house with television is not an option, so from a young age I turned to books to laugh and cry and learn and get me through long nights. Because I was always hooked…


Louise’s Writing Resolutions

Monday, December 28, 2015

I love New Years resolutions. That time in between the rush of Christmas and the New Year is the perfect time to reflect and to make plans. 2015 was a thrilling year I won’t forget. I signed with my agent in January, sold THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING (and a second book!) in March, and to several other foreign publishers in the spring. I spent the summer revising…


My 2016 Pre-order List

Thursday, December 24, 2015

I LOVE to pre-order! It’s like having a Secret Santa with yourself. Books long ago selected magically appear on your doorstep like a much needed, but totally unexpected hug. Plus, it’s the best way to support your favorite authors. Pre-orders influence buy counts, print runs, foreign sales, and more. Every serious readaholic has a list of authors they stalk for new material. Today I’m offering up the 2016 books I’ve pre-ordered…


Kristy Woodson Harvey Shares Her Summer Reads + Giveaway of DEAR CAROLINA

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I’m a northern girl, so there’s a lot about southern living I don’t understand, like collard greens and unsweetened ice tea. Kristy Woodson Harvey’s touching book, DEAR CAROLINA, made me fall in love with every part. I adored the lovingly described canned goods, the colorful phrases that one would only hear in the south, and the overall goodness of the characters. These people know that family isn’t based on blood, but on…


Summer Reading

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

There’s a great irony about writers and reading. The more you write, the less time you have to read. I used to devour a book a day, now I’m lucky if I can get to a book a week, but I keep trying. I keep stocking up on books and adding to my to-read list. I took great joy in going through my to-read mountain and pulling out some books I want to…


Books I Love: A Brief Meltdown

Monday, February 3, 2014

This week we talk about our book loves, about the books we wish we’d written. Uh, all of them? Also, the one I’m still writing? OK, I’ll play the game. Wait, this is a trick. You’re just trying to get me to say what my favorite books are, which is an impossible question. Impossible. Fine. This is a very finely edited list, which will balloon out at the end when…