Wow, What a Whirlwind Debut Year!

Monday, August 21, 2017

This week the Debs are recalling their debut years.  This year has been one of the most amazing and craziest of my entire life. It’s been a dream come true in so many ways. Let me count them out. The writing/editing/publishing process –  WOW what an eye opener this has been. Everything from learning the mechanisms of how it all works, to edits and copy edits and more edits and…

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Interview with Lindsey Davis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE THIRD NERO

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Lindsey Davis, the author of over thirty novels. Her latest, THE THIRD NERO, is out on St. Martin’s Press. I have been a huge Lindsey Davis fan for many years, long before I embarked upon my own foray into the world of ancient Rome. Some of her most loved novels are those about Marcus Didius Falco, an ancient Roman “private-eye.” She…

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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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How To Make A Curse Tablet Like Thrasius From FEAST OF SORROW

Thursday, April 27, 2017

You’ve probably heard us shouting it this week but… Crystal King’s novel FEAST OF SORROW is now available! It’s the kind of historical novel–about the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius and his slave Thrasius–where you aren’t simply dipping a toe into the world, you are fully emerged. Crystal’s vivid descriptions and nuances of Ancient Rome are simply immersive. So much so that I often felt like I was reading either…

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Jenni L. Walsh Loves Ancient Rome & Crockpots

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This week, in honor of Crystal’s soon-to-be-published novel FEAST OF SORROW, which gave me such a vivid and enticing glimpse into Ancient Rome, we are attempting to recreate meals inspired by the Apicius Cookbook (aka the man who created the first ever book of recipes). So far this week, Amy and Lynn have done a stellar job. And me… well, I’d like to apologize in advance to all the foodies and Ancient Rome enthusiasts out there…

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How Testing (and Tasting!) Recipes Shaped My Novel

Monday, April 17, 2017

This week the Debs are testing out the recipes of Apicius, ahead of Crystal’s launch week. I was SO excited when my fellow Debs all agreed to do a fun experiment for this week–to make a recipe inspired by the ancient gourmand, Apicius, who is the protagonist in my forthcoming (only 8 days away!!) novel, FEAST OF SORROW.  The world’s oldest known cookbook bears the name Apicius, and while it…

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Talking to the World’s First Gourmand

Monday, April 3, 2017

This week the Debs take on the point-of-view of their characters.  After a bumpy litter ride across the Palatine Hill in Rome, I arrive at the palatial home of the ancient gourmand, Marcus Gavius Apicius, to find out what makes him tick. We settle into plush couches in a corner of the villa’s expansive garden. Me: Tell us when and where you were born?  Apicius: I was born on the Ides of…

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An Old Knives Tale

Monday, March 27, 2017

This week the Debs are sharing deleted scenes, shifts in their books and all sorts of behind the curtain tidbits.  When I began writing FEAST OF SORROW, I was writing a very different book, about a celebrity chef with a special set of magical knives. I wanted an origin scene for those knives and this is what happened. I kept some of this in the book, but most of it…

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Interview with Margaret George + #DebBallGiveaway of CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome best-selling historical novelist, Margaret George, whose book, THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO, just arrived in bookstores this week. Here’s what it’s all about: THE CONFESSIONS OF YOUNG NERO takes us from the earliest childhood memory of Nero, when his mad uncle Caligula tried to drown him, to the Great Fire of Rome, which would test his emperorship as nothing before. The first of…

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2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

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. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…

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