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

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…
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The Conundrum of a Unique Book Like Caged Eyes

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…
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Gender Bias In the World of Writing

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

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

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,…
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What Makes a Literary Agent Tick?

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

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…
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SMALL ADMISSIONS has launched: A Dozen Reasons I’m having a Wonderful Day

As of today I am a published author. I can’t even tell you how weird it is for me to write that. I’m no spring chicken, and this has been a long, like decades-long, journey for me. I started writing in earnest when my youngest was 4. He’s old enough to drive a car now,…
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