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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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NewsFlash: The Debs are at their desks and on the road!

Congratulations to Kathy Roberts, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Lynn Hall’s CAGED EYES: AN AIR FORCE CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE We send our thanks to Jennifer Latham for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of DREAMLAND BURNING or retweet the following tweet to enter to win a hardcover copy! Interview with Jennifer Latham + #DebBallGiveaway of #DreamlandBurning!…
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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.

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NewsFlash! Lynn K. Hall’s Memoir Has Launched!

Congratulations to Bonnie Karoly, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Abby Fabiaschi’s I LIKED MY LIFE! We send our thanks to our very own Lynn K. Hall for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of CAGED EYES: AN AIR FORCE CADET’S STORY OF RAPE AND RESILIENCE Or you can enter to win a signed hardcover by retweeting…
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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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NewsFlash! Deb Party Weekend!

Congratulations to Krysti from YA & Wine, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Tiffany D. Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY! We send our thanks to our very own Abby Fabiaschi for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of I LIKED MY LIFE. Or you can enter to win a signed hardcover…
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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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NewsFlash: Tiffany’s ALLEGEDLY has launched!!

Congratulations to Haley Harrigan, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Jessica Chiarella’s AND AGAIN! We send our thanks to our very own Tiffany D. Jackson for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of ALLEGEDLY. Or you can enter to win a signed hardcover by retweeting this tweet on…
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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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NewsFlash From The Busy Debs

Congratulations to Kathy Roberts, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE SECOND MRS. HOCKADAY! We send our thanks to author Jessica Chiarella for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of AND AGAIN. Or you can enter to win a copy by retweeting this tweet on twitter:   Interview with…
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