I Owe You The Moon

  There are a great many people to whom I owe a hefty debt of gratitude for the fact that in just a few months I’ll be able to walk into my local indie and see a piece of my heart on the shelf. Each and every one of those people (Hopefully! Good glory, you would not believe the nightmares!) will be thanked in my acknowledgments. But there are a…

September 15, 2017
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An Introduction in Books

What better way to get to know a person than through the books that shaped their imaginations, right? When I say I grew up with my nose in a book, I really mean it. I took home stacks of books from the library every week and invariably read my way through the whole pile before our next visit. Couple that with the fact that I lived in a small town…

September 8, 2017
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Interview with DEB Tiffany Jackson + #DebBallGiveaway of ALLEGEDLY

January 28, 2017

I am so thrilled to present fellow Debutante Tiffany Jackson, author of the newly launched YA novel ALLEGEDLY, to the guest chair. I’m so fortunate that Tiffany lives in New York, as I have had the opportunity to meet her in person, share a drink (or two), and get to know this lovely, smart, fabulous author. I read her compelling, suspenseful book and loved every page and every twist and turn. Thank you, Tiffany!…

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Allegedly: “Searing and True.” YES!

January 25, 2017

By now, you’ve heard our exciting news: it’s launch week for Tiffany D. Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY!! ALLEGEDLY has been killing it in trade reviews. In fact, it’s earned FOUR starred reviews. (That’s sort of a big deal.) And for great reason. My favorite is this line from Kirkus: “Searing and true.” Those two words sum up Allegedly so succinctly. Allegedly is a book that will make you feel, which will stay with…

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

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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The Truth About Tiffany D. Jackson and ALLEGEDLY

January 23, 2017

This week the Debs are celebrating the launch of Tiffany D. Jackson’s incredible debut book ALLEGEDLY, available at booksellers on Tuesday, January 24th! Orange Is the New Black meets Walter Dean Myer’s Monster in this gritty, twisty, and haunting debut by Tiffany D. Jackson about a girl convicted of murder seeking the truth while surviving life in a group home. Like clockwork, Momma arrives at 2:35 every other Sunday, right after…

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Ignorance Is Bliss

January 20, 2017

At the beginning of this month, like most New Year resolutions, I promised that I would take better care of myself. I would eat better, do yoga, meditate, and write in my gratitude journal. It’s Jan 20th, 2017. The inauguration of Satan himself is happening today. The world is imploding. ALLEGEDLY drops in four days. I’ve barely eaten a salad. Cookies are my life now. Aside from life events, launching…

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“These are a few of my favorite things….”

December 23, 2016

HAPPY HOLIDAYS MY LOVES! I can’t believe it’s already Christmas. This year has flew by! Madness! I know this week we’re talking about novels we loved this year but I found it a bit difficult since most of the books I read are books coming out in 2017. But I did get to a few, some YA, some adult, and even some non-fiction that I loved!   Bloggers Can’t Be…

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Newsflash: Debs at Work

December 4, 2016

We send our thanks to Carolyn Menke for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, RETURN TO ME. You can also enter a giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook using the hashtag #DebBallGiveaway by noon (EST) December 9th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  2016 Deb Aya…

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Self-Inflicted Torture

October 21, 2016

While researching for ALLEGEDLY, I interviewed girls raised in group homes or spent years in juvenile prisons. Some I talked to over the phone, some I met in person. I needed to fully absorb their experiences in order to accurately portray the main character Mary’s realities, subsequently forcing her to endure some horrific experiences. There is one encounter that Mary experiences in her jail cell, a story told verbatim by…

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