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 to stories of incredible love and as I have grown older, it’s often those stories that still move me the most, particularly when the story is about love lost. To celebrate Valentines Day, I give you my five favorite fictional couples.

King Arthur & Guinevere

When I was 12 I read Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon. It was a book that shaped so much of my early ideas of love, of religion, of feminisim and of story itself. Within the book there is deep love, and incredible betrayal, told from the point of view of the women of Camelot. It is a big book, but I remember that it wasn’t big enough for me. I never wanted the story to end. I have ever been smitten with the story of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot, ever since.

Rhett & Scarlett

I have to confess that I saw Gone With the Wind on television long before I ever read the book. I think that this is one of the rare instances where both the movie and the book are stellar. The casting of the movie was perfect and the on-screen chemistry between Vivian Leigh and Clark Gable still resonates with viewers today. And while I can’t ever picture the characters as anyone other than those who played them in the movie, the book still reaches into your heart and rolls it over and over, wrenching you with the “My dear, I don’t give a damn (‘Frankly’ was added for the movie).”  And it leaves you hanging, wondering if she’ll be able to get him back.

Almásy & Katharine

Michael Ondaatje’s novel, The English Patient, is a gorgeous and masterfully wrought story of forbidden love. I wept at so many points in this novel and again when I saw the film, which differed a bit from the book, but still captured the spirit of the war-torn lovers Almásy and Katharine. She is married to another, but their passion is impossible to ignore. I’ve seen the film twice now and have decided that I never want to see it again. The memory of the book and the incredible story told on film just wrecks me–completely wrecks me.

The Doctor & Rose


The only non-bookish couple on the list (although there are many books that have resulted from the BBC Doctor Who series), The Doctor and Rose win the prize for the couple that shredded my heart in such a way that I’m not sure it will ever be the same again. That their relationship could have that sort of effect on me and millions of others is a testament to the writers of the series. She was his ultimate companion and he was a flawed, unwilling lover. With The Doctor living forever and Rose doomed to a human death, he struggled to protect his hearts from what would inevitably be heartbreak. Or was it?

Buttercup & Wesley 

Since all the other love stories I mention end in heartbreak, I thought it a good idea to close with the couple I consider to be the ultimate love story. The Princess Bride is probably the only movie that I know nearly all by heart. I’ve seen it at least a hundred, if not more times. And the book itself is also delightful. Nothing can tear them apart. Not the ocean, not pirates, not the R.O.U.S.s in the Fire Swamp, or even Prince Humperdinck.

Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for awhile.


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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Interview with Jessica Chiarella + #DebBallGiveaway of AND AGAIN

Today on the Debutante Ball, we’re chatting with Jessica Chiarella. Her debut novel, AND AGAIN, was one of the first books I read in 2016. It is a novel that still haunts me a year later, particularly in a world that seems increasingly fraught with difficult choices. The idea of starting over with a blank slate…
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That Green-Eyed Witch, Invidia

This week the Debs are talking about envy – struggling with it, learning from it.   In ancient Rome, Invidia was the name for the goddess of retribution and envy, whom the Greeks called Nemesis. The ancients described her as a witch with a poison tongue and green eyes with double pupils. The word itself,…
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2017 is the Year of the Crystal

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author….
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Interview with Amy Poeppel + #DebBallGiveaway of SMALL ADMISSIONS

It is my distinct pleasure to interview fellow Deb Amy Poeppel for this week’s post. I was lucky to be able to meet Amy early on in our journey for the Debutante Ball. We instantly clicked over dinner and cocktails, talking about everything under the sun–our books, the publishing process, our families and so much…
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