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January 6th, 2011



Posted at 08:58 am
Big Blend Radio

A few weeks ago I said I'd done a radio interview and that the person asking the questions had brought up the issue that YA wasn't necessarily just for YA readers, that more mature readers could enjoy the books.

Here's my interview. Thought you might like to hear what was said about widening the reading audience for our books. I loved the opportunity to speak about that.


November 16th, 2010

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Posted at 04:12 pm
Debs in New York!

Hey Debs fans,

In case you haven't heard, a bunch of us will be in New York this Saturday, hanging out at Books of Wonder, signing books and chatting with readers. I suspect there will also be swag. Stop by and grab a book for yourself or early holiday shopping, and maybe score some inside info on our upcoming releases!

Full details...

Who: Megan Crewe, Jenny Moss, Jon Skovron, Rhonda Stapleton, J.A. Yang, and Michelle Zink
Where: Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, NY
When: Saturday, November 20th, 6pm - 8pm

Hope to see you there!

October 3rd, 2010



Posted at 10:02 am
Debs Speak Loudly: Winners

The Debs thank everyone who spoke loudly during this Banned Book week, and stood up for our freedom to read. All winners have been notified in our 100 TWENTY BOY SUMMER giveaway.

If you entered with your Livejournal or Facebook account, please check the message systems to see if you won, and to provide your contact information.

If you haven't claimed your prize by October 5th, we will regretfully have to award your prize to another entrant.

September 23rd, 2010



Posted at 08:30 am
Celebrate the Freedom to Read ~ Win 1 of 100 Copies of Twenty Boy Summer

Banned Books Week
has special significance for the Debs this year. Our own Sarah Ockler and her debut novel, TWENTY BOY SUMMER, are under challenge right now in Republic, MO, along with Kurt Vonnegut's SLAUGHTERHOUSE 5 and Laurie Halse Anderson's SPEAK.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER is a moving novel about grief and love. Anna and her best friend Frankie plan to spend their vacation at the beach, in search of their first romance. But what Frankie doesn't know is that Anna already had her first love- the summer before, with Frankie's brother Matt. Their romance was a secret, a secret sealed when Matt died unexpectedly. Now this summer, the secret is going to have to come out.

As Debs, we're biased- we think TWENTY BOY SUMMER is extraordinary. But we're not the only ones:

"Anna's authentic voice and some lyrical writing will satisfy fans of Sarah Dessen, while the mix of romance, drama, and tragedy will be a draw for teen readers of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult."
- Heather Brooks, Booklist

"Ockler's debut is often poetic and the girls' friendship authentic, making for a poignant summer read."
- Publishers Weekly

"Ockler deftly combines the sadness of the situation and her characters with humor and lightness… This humor along with several sweet and sensitively written love scenes will surely make this intelligent, heartfelt novel a favorite of many older middle school and high school girls."
- Paula Brehm-Heeger, VOYA

"Ockler’s strong debut has a plot predicated around a tragedy, but the story rises above gloom and doom and is just a lovely, heartfelt novel."
- Romantic Times
Twenty Boy Summer

Now you can decide for yourself. To celebrate the freedom to read, the Debs and Little, Brown are giving away ONE HUNDRED copies of TWENTY BOY SUMMER in paperback throughout Banned Books Week. To enter, just leave us a comment in this post between now and October 2, 2010 about the freedom to read. We'll select ONE HUNDRED winners on October 3rd.

Anyone may enter, open internationally. If you're not using a LiveJournal account to enter, please include an e-mail address where we can notify you if you win. Because the challenge is taking place in Missouri, if you're from MO, let us know in your comment, and we'll give you an extra entry.

Whether you enter or not, we do hope that you'll celebrate your freedom to read this week- write a blog post, write a letter to an editor, read a banned book and always, always speak loudly!

March 29th, 2010



Posted at 09:02 am
Carrie Ryan's Book Signing

It was great to meet Carrie at her book signing in San Francisco. And here are some other Debs who also got together for dinner and the signing. (L to R) Cheryl Herbsman, Daisy Whitney, Sarah Quigley, Malinda Lo, and me.

March 20th, 2010



Posted at 04:15 pm
I haz book trailer!

When I was least expecting it ....

... my FB friend Fausto sent me a book trailer for My Invented Life!

You can check it out here!

Fausto is not only a talented videographer, he's also writing his first YA novel.

I'm his newest fan.

March 18th, 2010

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Posted at 02:14 pm
Great Interview!

Congratulations, Carrie! Great interview in PW:


March 9th, 2010


Posted at 08:01 am
Flirting With Disaster releases today!!!

Hi, all! I'm thrilled to announce that the second book in my STUPID CUPID trilogy is now out! You can find FLIRTING WITH DISASTER in most neighborhood bookstores. Or, check out my website here for links to your favorite online bookstore!

YAY, thanks for celebrating with me!!!

March 4th, 2010


Posted at 01:58 pm
2010 books--what are you eager to read?

So, people--what 2010 books are you chomping at the bit to read? Let's get some frothy-dog excitedness going!! :D

February 20th, 2010

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Posted at 06:46 pm
I'm Giving Away Deb Reads!

Hankering for a good Deb book to read? Zip over to my blog & leave a comment. I will ship to the US and Canada.

I'm giving away A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL by Kristin Walker here. (Plus, she's got a cringe-worthy sunburn story to share.)

You can win THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET by Erin Dionne here. (Erin also shares some relationship advice.)

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