So Long

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

My book has been out in the world for over a month. I’ve been writing on this blog for nearly a year. It’s seemed interminable and lightning-fast all at once. And now, here we are at the end. Or is it the beginning? That’s the main thing I’ve learned during my debut year: we put so much importance on our first books, counting down until launch day and obsessing over…

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[News Flash] August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Stephanie Burgis! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Snowspelled. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are delighted to host @stephanieburgis on @DebutanteBall this week! RT and follow for a chance to win a copy of SNOWSPELLED #giveaway https://t.co/LLODXlNW38 @KA_Doore @LayneFargo…

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Celebrate Yourself

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

In the months leading up to my book launch, I told my friends that since I had the world’s smallest wedding ceremony (held in my apartment, 7 guests in attendance), the day of Temper‘s release was going to be My Special Day. I was only sort of kidding. You only release your first novel once, and so many writer friends had told me that launch day itself could feel anticlimactic, even…

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[News Flash] August 11, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lana Wood Johnston! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Technically, You Started It. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are so excited to host @muliebris on @DebutanteBall this week! RT and follow for a chance to win Technically You Started…

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Learn Her Wrath

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

My second novel is slated for fall 2020. It’s not a sequel, but let’s just say it has some themes in common with Temper: like rage, revenge, women making men sorry for their bad behavior (and if they can’t make them sorry, they’ll make them suffer). Learn Her Wrath stars Dr. Scarlett Clark, a college professor with a secret life as a serial killer. She hunts abusive men on the campus…

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[News Flash] August 4, 2019

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Breanna Teintze! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Lord of Secrets. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): So excited to host @BreannaTeintze this week on @DebutanteBall! RT & follow for a chance to win #giveaway of LORD OF SECRETS https://t.co/Om3jOpQueY @KA_Doore…

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About a Girl

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What a perfect way to wrap up my year of reading Debutante Ball novels! I absolutely loved Stephanie’s debut novel They Could Have Named Her Anything and its unforgettable heroine Maria Rosario. No way can I top the eloquence of her recent LitHub piece about learning to write girls with agency, so I’ll shamelessly quote from it: “Through a friendship that is ultimately destroyed, Maria’s life expands in ways she…

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[News Flash] July 28, 2019

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Erin A. Craig! Pick up a copy of her amazing YA Gothic debut House of Salt and Sorrows Tuesday, August 6th, wherever books are sold! We are delighted to host @Penchant4Words this week on @DebutanteBall! Check out @LayneFargo’s interview and read all about Erin’s forthcoming novel HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS https://t.co/rjPW1cwDKy @KA_Doore @estefsays @MFournierWatson @devislaskar pic.twitter.com/pjeyiLtX4u — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July 27,…

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Interview with Erin A. Craig, Author of House of Salt and Sorrows

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The best part of being a writer is getting to be friends with people you also fangirl over, and I am the BIGGEST fangirl of Erin A. Craig and her upcoming debut novel House of Salt and Sorrows! I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book, and it’s the spooky Gothic fantasy of my dreams. Erin A. Craig has always loved telling stories. After getting her B.F.A….

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A Peek Inside the Drawer

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Like most writers, I have a bunch of manuscripts in the proverbial drawer. There’s my first book, the X-rated dystopian thriller Screw Your Courage, which (rightfully) got rejected over 100 times. There are the partially-written sequels to that book (I know, I know). There’s an attempt at an erotic romance, about a female bass player, a bad boy rock star (also with the surname Mercer; I definitely borrowed heavily from…

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