Sunday, April 26, 2009

Today: Presenting Author Deborah Leblanc

There are so many of you who have taken the time to write up a praise blurb, or post about Tender Graces, or write up a review, or email me your thoughts, et-cetera. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. So, I'm going to spend some time bragging and talking up all of you! Today, I'm starting with my good friend, Author Deborah Leblanc. She is not only a powerhouse of a business woman and author, she is a good friend to writers, educators, children, and schools--and to me. Add to that her supernatural thrillers that will send chills down your spinal column and raise up your goosebumps, and you have a one-of-a-kind writer, friend, and mentor.

Here's her blurb about Tender Graces (Thank you Deb!): Every so often, if you're fortunate enough, you'll find a book that not only captures your attention and imagination, it captures your heart. Kathryn Magendie's characters are so vivid and memorable, and the story so poignant, one hates for TENDER GRACES to end. The voice of the West Virginia mountains holds true in every aspect of Magendie's work, which leaves one begging for more and wondering where this gifted writer has been hiding all these years! Deborah LeBlanc, Author of Family Inheritance, Grave Intent, A House Divided, Morbid Curiosity, and Water Witch

Some information and links on Deb Leblanc.

Author Deborah Leblanc Home page

From her Bio page:
"People often ask if I consider myself to be an author or a writer. My answer is always the same. Neither. If I consider myself anything at all, it’s a storyteller who happens to write her stories on paper.

My love for storytelling came from my grandmother, who, in my opinion, was the best tale-spinner on the planet. I remember sitting at the foot of her rocker, utterly spellbound as she told story after story, all of them fact, not fiction mind you, of supernatural events that some uncle, aunt, or cousin had encountered ‘back in the day.’ Being Cajun, it was only natural that her entire body played a part in the telling of the tale. Her hand gestures were emphatic, her eyes widening or narrowing for effect, her entire body tensing and leaning forward as she reached the spookiest part of the tale. I remember wishing I could be just like her..." for more click on Deb Leblanc's bio page.

Literacy Inc. is a non-profit organization started by author Deborah Leblanc Literacy has been a national concern for years as evidenced by the foreword noted in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, “…too many children in America are segregated by low expectations, illiteracy, and self-doubt…But if we succeed in educating our youth, many other successes will follow throughout our country and in the lives of our citizens.” Click for more on Literacy Inc.

Her books.

And her contest extravaganzas!

And the Pen to Press Writer's Retreat. Angie Ledbetter and I attended P2P last year and stayed at the beautiful Monteleone Hotel in the New Orleans French Quarter. Pen to Press is returning in 2010.

Go Deb Go! And thank you for your support.

Let's all support one another. I appreciate you all. I'll be back with more "braggin' "


Angie Ledbetter said...

Oooo, yeah, I'm first today!


I'm seconding and thirding everything Kat says about Deb. I'm so blessed that both these writer women are in my writer group. I've read all of Deb's books, and can promise you'll enjoy them even if you're not into paranormal suspense because of the great (and fully developed) characters. The Louisiana scenery ain't half bad neither. LOL.

And Deb's Pen-to-Press Writers Retreat? If you're in the ms-writing stage or ready to query & pitch, you'll thank yourself for attending! *smooches*

TheWritersPorch said...

Kat....I have her book " A House Divided" in my TBR stack!You know I read mainly Mississippi, Louisiana and North Carolina authors!They just seem to
"get it write" I say! I'm adding "Tender Graces" to the stack too!

TheWritersPorch said...

Well...I've been shopping at Amazon! I got "Tender Graces", "Water Witch" and "Grave Intent" along with free shipping!!
Now I need to stop everything and do NOTHING but READ !!!!

Travis Erwin said...

I've met Deborah. Even did a bit of two-stepping with her a few years back when she was one of the presenters at my local writer's conference. A great lady and a pretty good dancer as well.

Deb Shucka said...

Hooray, another great author to get to know!

Jessica said...

Great review! I think I've heard of Deborah before too.

Brian Mongold said...

Another great author to get to know. :) I love what she says about Kat and Tender Graces. It's definitely the way I see Kat and Tender Graces thus far. In the middle of packing and moving, but I'll dig further into TG soon!