The Deep Irony in Asking Me to Write About Balance

Y’all. I didn’t get home until almost 7 last night. I’ve only spent one entire day at home since August 13th, and I am a homebody. I (try to) maintain a full-time job, a healthy marriage, and I’m currently actively working on THREE manuscripts. And that’s not taking into account the dogs, or exercise, or eating real, healthy food on a regular basis. I clearly did not get the memo…

Friday, September 22, 2017
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If Only I Had Known

Monday, July 10, 2017

Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! THE DEADLINE IS JULY 28! This week the Debs are discussing how hindsight is 20/20. “To paraphrase Oedipus, Hamlet, Lear, and all those guys, “I wish I had known this some time ago.” ― Roger Zelazny, Sign of the Unicorn This last year has been a crazy one in the world of…

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Interview with former Deb Aya De Leon + #DebBallGiveaway of THE BOSS

Saturday, June 3, 2017

It is with great pleasure that we welcome back former Deb Aya De Leon to The Debutante Ball for our Saturday interview! Aya, author of UPTOWN THIEF, has a brand new book that came out last week – Congratulations, Aya!!! Want to know more about Aya and THE BOSS? Here’s the scoop! Justice Hustlers Book #2 THE BOSS (2017): Tyesha Couvillier seems to have escaped her disastrous past on Chicago’s South Side. She’s…

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The Conundrum of a Unique Book Like Caged Eyes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This week we’re writing about publishing as women, and of course I’m here to put my usual memoirist’s spin on the topic: I’m not just publishing as a woman; I’m publishing a deeply personal woman’s story. Youch! I know, how dare I? In Crystal’s Monday post, she mentioned that she wonders how people would respond differently to her novel if she used initials as a pen name, that way readers…

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Gender Bias In the World of Writing

Monday, May 22, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about being a woman writer–how does gender play a role in the business of writing? The world of publishing, reading and writing is fraught with gender bias at every twist and turn. Case in point: The publishing industry is overwhelmingly white and female, US study finds – Keep in mind that these are the people choosing the books that get printed. Male authors accounted for…

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Debutante Ball News Flash: Crystal’s book has launched!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Congratulations to Laura Bryant, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE FOREVER SUMMER by Jamie Brenner. It was wonderful having our very own Crystal King as our “guest” yesterday on The Debutante Ball. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of FEAST OF SORROW or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @crystallyn + #DebBallGiveaway of FEAST OF SORROW https://t.co/aTwQSnPXnX pic.twitter.com/PmDSZRSRv0…

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An Ode To Bread! And Cheese! And Cookie Dough!

Friday, March 24, 2017

There are twenty more days of lent to go and I am STARVING…and failing. For the Holy Season, I decided to try going paleo, which involves giving up process foods, focusing mostly on meats and veggies. Hard to do when you constantly out and about or making appearances at book festivals, where they serve nothing but sandwiches, chips, and cookies. And cheese! Who knew cheese lived in everything! I ordered a kale…

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How Caged Eyes Was Meant to Be

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Okay, I’ll admit it: a few months ago, I told a little fib. In my post, “Feeling Some Envy? Great!! Get to Work,” I may have said something about not being very susceptible to jealousy. I only admitted to a few instances, and I overlooked a time when I was ripe with envy. Several years ago, when I was fresh out of the Air Force Academy and making the decision…

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What Makes a Literary Agent Tick?

Monday, March 6, 2017

This week the Debs are sharing stories about their agents, editors and or publishers. Note, this is a repost of a blog post I wrote on Sep. 26, but fit perfectly for this week’s Deb topic. A few months ago, I wrote a big long article on the Grub Street blog on how long it took me to find an agent and how I eventually connected with the amazing Amaryah Orenstein at…

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Tiffany Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY and the art of (metaphorically) flipping a dinner table

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

It’s Launch Day for Tiffany!    Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? There wasn’t a point…

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