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These Are A Few of My Favorite Things

This week the Debs are singing songs from the Sound of Music…wait, no, that’s just Deb Crystal. But we are talking about some of our favorite things–the things that make us happy, that make us smile, that make us laugh. The Roman orator and philosopher, Seneca, once said, “True happiness is… to enjoy the present…
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Interview with Margaret George + #DebBallGiveaway of CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome best-selling historical novelist, Margaret George, whose book, THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO, just arrived in bookstores this week. Here’s what it’s all about: THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO takes us from the earliest childhood memory of Nero, when his mad uncle Caligula tried to drown him, to the…
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What Makes a Literary Agent Tick?

This week the Debs are sharing stories about their agents, editors and or publishers. Note, this is a repost of a blog post I wrote on Sep. 26, but fit perfectly for this week’s Deb topic. A few months ago, I wrote a big long article on the Grub Street blog on how long it took me…
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Writing Historical Fiction – My Process

This week the Debs are writing about technology. What do we use to help our writing, what couldn’t we live without? What do we love and hate about technology? How do we use social media? Do we stress over it? I have written a zillion articles on social media since I work in community and…
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I, Sejanus

This week, to celebrate the Oscar awards, the Debs are writing about our celebrity dream readers.  Every year I attend the GrubStreet Muse & the Marketplace writing conference the first weekend of May. They usually have a session called Literary Idol, which is a bit like American Idol, with a panel of editors and agents…
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Five Fictional Couples That Will Tumble Your Heart

This week, to celebrate (or revile!) Valentine’s Day the Debs are talking all about love. True love, real love, fictional love, breakups, relationships, star-crossed sorts of love. To me, one of the most amazing things about books is that a good story will truly move you. At a very young age I found myself drawn…
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Books That Change The World – Like CAGED EYES

This week on the Debutante Ball we celebrate the publication of Lynn K. Hall’s important and moving memoir, CAGED EYES: AN AIR FORCE CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE. To start out her pub week, Lynn shares a bit of her story in a moving New York Times Op-Ed, When a Rape Goes Unreported.  This…
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I Liked My Life (and Still Do)

Sometimes publishers like to change things up on us authors. That happened when 2016 Deb Abby Fabiaschi’s publisher changed the publication date of her fantastic novel, I LIKED MY LIFE, to several months after her Debutante year was over. But we Debs stick together! To that end, we are thrilled to be able to celebrate…
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The Truth About Tiffany D. Jackson and ALLEGEDLY

This week the Debs are celebrating the launch of Tiffany D. Jackson’s incredible debut book ALLEGEDLY, available at booksellers on Tuesday, January 24th! Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life…
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