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Win a Free Copy


WIN a free copy of Painted Black at Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews.

All you have to do, is click here to post a comment on Jo Sullivan’s  interview.



This is no April Fool’s joke either.  Two copies will be awarded, one ebook and one print book.  The character interview reveals more about Jo and her motivations, as well.  Here’s a look at one of her answers:

Tell us how you became a journalist and what you like about your job with Winds of Change?

When I was about five or so, my dad took me to the newspaper office where he worked in Des Moines, Iowa. It was a small paper and this was before the industry got so high tech. There was chaos and the smell of ink all around me. Or maybe I couldn’t really smell ink, but when I go back in my memory it always seems like I could. There was this high level of energy at all the desks, people talking on the phones and calling to each other across the room. Some little kids
might have been scared by it all, but it just made me happy. Or maybe hyper would be a better word. That was the first time I knew I wanted to do that when I grew up.

via Laurie’s Non-paranormal Thoughts and Reviews: Painted Black by Deb Borys: Character Interview & Excerpt.

The Prequel

Teach Your Children Well is a manuscript of mine which was originally intended to be the first in the Jo Sullivan suspense series. After way too many rejections, however, I finally moved on to Jo’s next adventure, Painted Black which proved to be a good move on my part since it actually found a home with New Libri Press and is now available in ebook and trade paperback. Someday, maybe the story of Jo’s attempt to help an old highschool crush regain custody of his son will be resurrected in the form of a prequel. In the meantime, enjoy this glimpse at Jo Sullivan in the days before she met Lexie and Cry and a creepy character named Sidney Cole.

via The Prequel « The Writers’ Resources.


Author Spotlight no.61

Morgen Bailey did a beautiful job with the Author Spotlight she posted about Painted Black.  Her site has a lot of other interesting interviews and lots of other writer/reader goodness.

Check her out: Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog

“The characters in Painted Black know how true that is. The victim in the novel, Lexie Green, was kicked out of her home when she was 12 because her mother caught her boyfriend molesting her and blamed the little girl instead of the drunk man. One of my main characters, Chris, ran away from home because they lived in such poverty he felt he was just a burden to his single-parent mother who was working two jobs and had two small children to care for. He calls his mother every once in a while to tell her he’s okay, but because she never asks him to come home she validates that she doesn’t care about him.

The street kids I write about are examples of what you call “throw away youth’” kids who were either kicked out or ran away because life at home was so terrible anything seems better than what they left behind. When there is no one who cares where you are or what happens to you, you end up treated like garbage someone just tossed out on the curb.”

via Author Spotlight no.61 – Debra Borys « Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog.

Interview up at Sylvia Browder’s Blog

You would think that one author interview would be the same as another.  But each interviewer always has at least one or two questions that asks something new.  I hope you enjoy.

Sylvia:  What is your favorite scene from the book?

Debra: One of my favorite scenes is when Jo meets Lexie. When I read it, I can actually see the Chicago Street they are standing on. The image of Lexie sitting in a booth wolfing down a burrito because she’s so hungry was inspired by a similar scene I experienced one of my first nights of volunteering in Chicago.  I was with one of the Emmaus Ministries’ staff members and we bought a late night supper for a young homeless man we met.


Trade Paperback Available

Barnes and Noble already shows Painted Black available for pre-order.  Order online or at your favorite B&N store today!!

Pre-order or get it on e-book

BARNES & NOBLE | Painted Black by Debra R. Borys, New Libri Press | NOOK Book (eBook), Paperback.

via Paperback Available for Pre-sale at BARNES & NOBLE.