Reviews: An Object Lesson in Subjectivity

Monday, May 14, 2018

Reviews — Who are they for? Honestly? I have no gods-damned idea. The standard line is “Reviews are for readers, not writers,” but I’m not sure they’re even that. Maybe in aggregate — if a book has a large number of ratings, the average may be some sort of an indication of overall merit. And maybe some of the large, reputable reviewers serve that reader-informing purpose — I’m thinking of…

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So, We’re All In Agreement; ALLEGEDLY is Amazing

Thursday, January 26, 2017

This week, we’re celebrating the release of ALLEGEDLY by our very own Tiffany D. Jackson. If you haven’t yet read Crystal, Amy, or Lynn‘s posts, please do so. They are great and this book deserves every second of attention. And, that’s not just me saying so, though I did have this to say about the book… The books I enjoy most are the ones where I feel like I’m experiencing…

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January News Flash! Read All About It!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Fox, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE MARRIAGE LIE! We send our thanks to author Susan Rivers for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY. Or you can enter to win a copy by retweeting on twitter: Enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY by Susan Rivers! RT to Enter,… https://t.co/BNDrO2xDYO pic.twitter.com/BATTaQbqzz —…

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Deb News Flash: Past and Present

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Congratulations to Elle G. for winning a copy of THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis!  News from former Debs 2016 Deb Louise Miller is “thrilled, honored & crazy-happy” that THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING was in last Sunday’s NYT Book Review!!!!! – Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/books/review/female-protagonists.html?_r=0 2014 Deb Lori Rader-Day, author of LITTLE PRETTY THINGS and THE BLACK HOUR will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference. Congratulations, Lori!…

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Reviews: Read ‘Em & Weep (Or Laugh)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Not long after TINY PRETTY THINGS went into copyedits, Dhonielle and I chatted about reviews. We know the drill: Do not engage. And that was the plan from the start. But in our heads, we couldn’t help but compose our own worst review. It would say things like: “These girls are unlikable.” “This book is too long.” Or maybe: “I figured out who did it.” Whatever. Then we got by (relatively)…

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Reviews: They Aren’t For You

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Reviews. I love them and I hate them. I read them. I search for them. I scream at them. I get why we need them. I don’t buy anything or stay anywhere without looking at reviews, so I shouldn’t expect anything less when it comes to my book. I know I shouldn’t look. That’s the first advice you get when you start writing — don’t look at the reviews. More importantly,…

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News Flash: Conferences, Reunions, & All That Deb Love

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Congrats to Sheila, who won a signed copy of Death of an Irish Diva from Mollie Cox Bryan! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day is at her very first Malice Domestic this weekend, moderating a panel on sleuthing duos (THE BLACK HOUR relies on a duo), but the big news is that she got her first real review: Booklist gave The Black Hour a starred review! They called it an “unputdownable…

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News Flash: Blurbs, New Sites, and Reviews

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Congrats to Hannelore, who won a copy of GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN by guest author Marci Jefferson! From the 2014 Debs… Lori Rader-Day got her first blurbs! Lynne Raimondo (author of Dante’s Wood), said THE BLACK HOUR is “a brilliant suspense debut, rich in psychological nuance,” while Catriona McPherson (author of the Agatha Award-winning Dandy Gilver mystery series and As She Left It) said it was “Utterly compelling. The…

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“Firsts” are like buttholes. Everyone has got one.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

They are! Seriously, firsts really are like buttholes. There are several reasons why, but let’s keep it clean. To start, everyone must experience them at some time or another. First bounced check, first car impounding, first eviction notice…Ok, I promised to keep it clean! Firsts are hard, scary, and often make you feel like you want to dive under your covers and never come out. But sometimes firsts are exciting,…

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News Flash, August 16

Deb Kristina‘s REAL LIFE & LIARS is the book of the month at Literary Life & More bookstore in Grand Rapids. Meanwhile, the blog Bookfinds calls the novel “amazing” and says, “It is the kind of book you want to curl into on a rainy Sunday and finish in one sitting.” Read the whole review here. Deb Eve will be promoting FIRST COMES LOVE, THEN COMES MALARIA in Delaware this…

Sunday, August 16, 2009
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