Worlds Both Ancient and Magical: Books that influenced the writing of FROM UNSEEN FIRE

Monday, October 2, 2017

Reading is a crucial part of a writer’s job, so this week, we’re discussing books that influenced us. I’m choosing to interpret that as “books that influenced your upcoming publication”, because if it was just books in general, I’d be here forever. Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series: If you ever want to spend seven thousand pages immersed in the late Roman Republic (and seriously, who wouldn’t?), go swimming in…


Happy reading, #histfic fans!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about the books we’ve read during our debut year. And while I’ve read outside of my historical fiction category — some great women’s fiction, chick lit, and thrillers — I spent a lot of time cozying up with my genre. Raise your hand if you also read any of these. If you haven’t had a chance yet, click on any of the covers below…


Happy July 4th!! And my New Year’s Resolutions FLOP

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I hope you all are having an awesome day of rest and reading. Unfortunately for me, it is a day of guilt and shame because the topic of the week involves a New Year’s resolutions check-in, and I’m not feeling too good about my performance six months in. I made only four, count ’em four, very MODERATE New Year’s Resolutions this year, and my score…


Deb Ball News Flash: Another Week in the Lives of Debut Writers

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Congratulations to Kathryn Balteff, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of WRITING HARD STORIES by Melanie Brooks. We send our thanks to Margaret George for being our guest yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ Margaret George + #DebBallGiveaway of CONFESSIONS…


CAGED EYES: Happy Pub Day, Lynn K. Hall! Here’s to reading and to taking action

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS, LYNN!!  Lynn’s memoir, CAGED EYES, is by far the most important book I read in 2016 – it educated me, angered me, and made me want to DO something. That’s one of the many wonderful things about reading. There are books that entertain. There are books that make you think. And then there are books that make you get up off the couch and act.  In the wonderful NY…


Jenni L. Walsh’s Must-Read Books from 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

This week the Debs are sharing their favorite reads from 2016. I tend to read various age groups, drawn to a book because of a must-read premise, so my fave books from 2016 are both adult and young adult. Though, it just so happens all of these novels are historical fiction. Looks like I did quite a bit of reading in my own genre. Without further ado – and in…


Stories as Activism: Two of my Favorite 2016 Reads

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

  How is it possible to chose my favorite reads of the year? I can’t! So I’m not even going to try. Of course this fall I loved reading the five novels written by Crystal, Amy, Jenni, and Tiffany as well as 2016 Deb Ball writer Abby (my only regret is tearing through them all too quickly!), and one novel in particular this year reduced me to cathartic sobs –…


Crystal King’s Top 10 Reads for 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

This week the Debs are looking back at their favorite reads of 2016.  The Amazon-owned book site, Goodreads, has done a great job with allowing readers to challenge themselves to read more books. I set my challenge at 75 books this year. At the time of this writing, I’m at 79 or so with two weeks left in the year so I’ll probably polish off 4-5 more. There are a…