Interview with Jacinda Townsend, Author of SAINT MONKEY

Saturday, December 2, 2017

I’m excited to introduce our readers to Jacinda Townsend! I first heard of her at my MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she is a visiting facility member. I didn’t have the chance to work with her personally (she advises the fiction students, and I was in the creative nonfiction track) but I heard so many good things about her that I asked if she would participate in our…

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Interview with Laurie Jean Cannady + Giveaway for CRAVE

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I first met Dr. Laurie Jean Cannady at HippoCamp—Hippocampus Magazine’s 2016 writer’s conference. I have to admit that I was so awestruck to meet her in person that I didn’t talk to her for more than 96 seconds.  Writers are my rockstars, and I’m easily intimidated. It’s not that she was that terror-inducing as a person, it’s just that I loved her book, CRAVE: SOJOURN OF A HUNGRY SOUL so…

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Interview + Giveaway with Thrity Umrigar, Author of EVERYBODY’S SON

Saturday, November 4, 2017

I was first introduced to Dr. Thrity Umrigar’s work last spring when she and I both had the honor of having pieces we wrote performed in Lit Cleveland’s staged reading, Crossing Borders: Immigrant Narratives, a part of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Humanities Festival. Intrigued to discover that my local writing community included a writer of her caliber, I ordered her latest novel, EVERYBODY’S SON. Umrigar’s book is a complex and…

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Interview with Julie Pennell + #DebBallGiveaway of THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB

Saturday, August 5, 2017

We are in for such a treat! I am so happy to welcome Julie Pennell as our special guest on The Debutante Ball today. Originally from the south, Julie is a fellow New Yorker, a wonderful writer, and the author of one of my favorite books THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB. I devoured Julie’s book over a weekend and loved every page. Listed in Southern Living’s “Best New Summer Books,” this…

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Interview with Fiona Davis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE ADDRESS

Saturday, July 29, 2017

  It is such an honor to welcome wonderful Fiona Davis to The Debutante Ball! Fiona is the author of one of my favorite books THE DOLLHOUSE (now available in paperback!), and her new book THE ADDRESS is coming out this Tuesday, August 1st! Congratulations, Fiona! As someone who absolutely loved THE DOLLHOUSE, I cannot wait to get my hands on Fiona’s latest! THE ADDRESS tells the story of two women,…

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Interview with Melodie Winawer+ #DebBallGiveaway of THE SCRIBE OF SIENA

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I am delighted to welcome one of my Touchstone Books sisters, Melodie Winawer, to the Deb Ball. We both have books set in Italy and have a curiosity and love for cooking history. Her novel, THE SCRIBE OF SIENA, is her first, but what a fantastic first it is! I loved this time-travel, medieval Italian tale with its trifecta of love, science and art, combining together for some fantastic historical fiction….

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Interview With Crystal King + #DebBallGiveaway of FEAST OF SORROW

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Today it is our very own Crystal King’s turn to sit in the Deb Ball guest chair! By now you have heard the exciting news: Crystal’s debut novel, Feast of Sorrow, released this week from Touchstone. Set amongst the scandal, wealth, and upstairs-downstairs politics of a Roman family, Crystal King’s seminal debut features the man who inspired the world’s oldest cookbook and the ambition that led to his destruction. On…

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Interview with Jamie Brenner + #DebBallGiveaway of THE FOREVER SUMMER

Saturday, April 22, 2017

What a thrill to have author Jamie Brenner as today’s guest on The Debutante Ball! Jamie, the author of one of my favorite books THE WEDDING SISTERS, has a new book coming out this Tuesday, April 25th called THE FOREVER SUMMER.  Booklist calls THE FOREVER SUMMER “An engaging and emotional read with characters who stay with you […] a good fit for fans of Elin Hilderbrand.” In THE FOREVER SUMMER,…

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Interview with Jennifer Latham + #DebBallGiveaway of DREAMLAND BURNING

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome a fellow historical novelist, Jennifer Latham, whose book, DREAMLAND BURNING, is one I’ve had my eye on for a while and also one that’s accumulating one starred review after another (Congratulations, Jen!!). Here’s what it’s all about: When seventeen-year-old Rowan Chase finds a skeleton on her family’s property, she has no idea that investigating the brutal century-old murder will lead to a…

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Interview with Lynn K. Hall + #DebBallGiveaway of CAGED EYES

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m honored to welcome our very own Lynn K. Hall, author of CAGED EYES, an insider’s account of misogyny and rape in the US military and her extraordinary path to recovery and activism.   Desperate to realize her childhood dream of being an astronaut, Lynn K. Hall was an enthusiastic young cadet. For Hall, the military offered an escape from her chaotic home—her erratic mother, absent biological…

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