The New Deb Line-Up Begins Monday — Please Welcome the Class of 2015!

champagePlease return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2015’s first guest author and giveaway!

We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 1st. We know the 2015 class will continue the deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year!

Please join the fabulous 2015 Debs next week as they introduce themselves and their upcoming debut novels. Woohoo!

And now, raise a toast to:

Mondays: Colleen Oakley

colleen2Colleen Oakley‘s articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook and Martha Stewart Weddings. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, two kids and the world’s largest lapdog named Bailey. BEFORE I GO is her debut novel and is out in January 6, 2015 from Gallery/Simon & Schuster.


Tuesdays: Amy E. Reichert

-1Amy E. Reichert is the author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE (Gallery / Simon & Schuster, July 2015). She earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.

Wednesdays: Karma Brown

Karma_CL Buchanan Photography-11 2Karma Brown is a National Magazine award-winning journalist and freelance writer, who probably spends too much time on her laptop in coffee shops. When not writing, she can be found running with her husband, coloring (outside the lines) with her young daughter, or baking yet another batch of banana-zucchini muffins. Karma lives outside Toronto, Canada with her family and their mischievous labradoodle, Fred. Along with magazine articles, Karma writes upmarket women’s fiction and her debut novel, COME AWAY WITH ME (MIRA/Harlequin), will be out June 2015.

Thursdays: Sona Charaipotra

-2 An entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by The New York Times, People, ABC News, MSN, Cosmopolitan and other major national media, Sona Charaipotra currently curates a kick-ass column on YA books and teen culture for and is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company. She studied journalism and American Studies at Rutgers before getting her masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films) and her MFA from the New School. When she’s not hanging out with her writer husband and two chatter-boxy kids, she can be found poking plot holes in teen shows like Twisted and Vampire Diaries. Her debut, the YA dance drama TINY PRETTY THINGS (co-written with Dhonielle Clayton), is due May 26, 2015 from HarperTeen.

Fridays: Shelly King

headshotShelly King is a native Southerner who packed her bags and moved to Silicon Valley at the beginning of the Internet boom. She’s worked for a long line of high tech companies in a number of different jobs, most recently as a social media strategist and information architect. Her stories have been published in the GW Review, Epiphany, Slow Trains, the Dos Passos Review, and the Coe Review. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, two big dogs, and a disapproving cat. Her first novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING (Grand Central) is out September 2, 2014!

Please say “hi” and welcome our upcoming class!

Author: Lisa Alber

Lisa Alber is the author of KILMOON, A COUNTY CLARE MYSTERY (March 2014). Ever distractible, you may find her staring out windows, dog walking, fooling around online, or drinking red wine with her friends. Ireland, books, animals, photography, and blogging at Lisa Alber's Words at Play round out her distractions. Visit her at

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