A Tribute to the 2017 Debs: My Highlight Reel

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

With gratitude, sadness, excitement, and pride, I say good-bye to The Debutante Ball. I have so much respect for the incoming 2018 Debs, Cass, Kimmery, Kaitlyn, Lara, and Julie, so it feels wonderful to hand the Deb Ball over to these accomplished, smart women writers. I wish them all the very best. And I send my thanks once again to the 2016 Debs for allowing me the honor of participating…

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Final News Flash for the 2017 Debs

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Congratulations to Megan Armstrong, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET by Hazel Gaynor. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kerry Anne King! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of I WISH YOU HAPPY! You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ Former Deb @kerryschafer + #DebBallGiveaway of WORLD TREE GIRL & I…

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Didn’t See That Coming: My Debut Year’s “OMG” Moments

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

For about thirty years, I hoped that I would write and publish a book. And then it happened. Thirty years is a long time to anticipate something, and yet, the year has been full of surprises. There were a lot of things that I was anxious about from the outset, but there were many that I never expected. I’ve had loads of “OMG” moments — both good and bad. Here…

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News Flash: Reading, Writing, and The Writer’s Digest Conference

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Congratulations to Anna May Russell, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Hazel Gaynor! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @HazelGaynor + #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET! https://t.co/07xLoV4SS3 pic.twitter.com/M4ytY643a5 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) August 19,…

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Amy’s Reading (and Bad Mood) Update

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

So far 2017 has been a terrific year for great books. But I’ll be perfectly honest: This has NOT, in my opinion, been a terrific year politically. In fact, these days I spend most of my time feeling horrified, disgusted, appalled, and sad. I read the news (online and in print) throughout the day and appreciate journalists more than ever. Staying on top of current events is overwhelming and depressing….

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Deb Ball News Flash: Slow Down, Summer!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Kaitlyn Sage Patterson to The 2018 Debutante Ball!! Kaitlyn  will be joining Cass Morris, Kimmery Martin, Lara Lillibridge, and Julie Clark as they take The Debutante Ball by storm! Want to know more about these fabulous women and their forthcoming books?? Stay tuned for our BIG welcome post on Saturday, September 2nd! ***** Congratulations to Kelley Blair, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB by Julie…

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The LIMELIGHT Timeline: Piece of cake? Not exactly.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Question: So you’ve published your first novel, SMALL ADMISSIONS. I hear you’re working on a second. Has it been easier this time around? I hear the second book is a piece of cake. Answer: A piece of cake? Seriously? Ha. LIMELIGHT TIMELINE April 2015: Sign contract for SMALL ADMISSIONS! Yay! Celebrate. May 2015: Time to start thinking about that new book! Do that, meaning… sit and think. Gaze off into space….

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News Flash: Announcing the 2018 Debs!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

BIG NEWS! The 2017 Debs are thrilled to announce The Debutante Ball Class of 2018! We will be doing a detailed introduction soon, but we are so excited to share the names of next year’s Debs. Please join us in welcoming: Julie Clark Kimmery Martin Cass Morris Lara Lillibridge Please join us in welcoming these wonderful writers to the Deb Ball family! ******** Congratulations to Cora Hannold, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway…

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Pro-Tips: How To Name Your Characters

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Are you struggling to come up with cool, original names for your characters? Here are some solutions. If you’re writing about your family members and you don’t want them to know, switch their names around. For example, if you have a husband named David and a dog named Tucker, reverse them. Have a toxic ex-boyfriend in your life? Cleanse yourself by naming the worst person in the entire fictional universe…

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Heading into August: Deb Ball News Flash

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Congratulations to Kim Lynch, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of STOLEN BEAUTY by Laurie Lico Albanese. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Fiona Davis! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE ADDRESS!! You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @FionaJDavis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE ADDRESS https://t.co/ObwDPVOpqL pic.twitter.com/BfdfoNle9Q — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July…

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