News Flash: Meet the New Debs!

Congrats to Toni, who won a signed copy of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU from Celeste Ng!

Make room on the dance floor… it’s time to announce The Debutante Ball Class of 2015!

Please help us congratulate and welcome this extremely talented and accomplished group of debut authors. Here they are, in order of publication dates. We’re so excited to welcome them to the Ball!


headshotShelly King is a native Southerner who packed her bags and moved to Silicon Valley at the beginning of the Internet boom. She’s worked for a long line of high tech companies in a number of different jobs, most recently as a social media strategist and information architect. Her stories have been published in the GW ReviewEpiphanySlow Trains, the Dos Passos Review, and the Coe Review. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, two big dogs, and a disapproving cat. Her first novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING (Grand Central) is out September 2, 2014!


colleen2Colleen Oakley‘s articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook and Martha Stewart Weddings. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, two kids and the world’s largest lapdog named Bailey. Before I Go is her debut novel and is out in January 6, 2015 from Gallery/Simon & Schuster.


-2 An entertainment and lifestyle journalist published by The New York Times, People, ABC News, MSN, Cosmopolitan and other major national media, Sona Charaipotra currently curates a kick-ass column on YA books and teen culture for and is the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book development company. She studied journalism and American Studies at Rutgers before getting her masters in screenwriting from New York University (where her thesis project was developed for the screen by MTV Films) and her MFA from the New School. When she’s not hanging out with her writer husband and two chatter-boxy kids, she can be found poking plot holes in teen shows like Twisted and Vampire Diaries. Her debut, the YA dance drama TINY PRETTY THINGS (co-written with Dhonielle Clayton), is due May 26, 2015 from HarperTeen.


Karma_CL Buchanan Photography-11 2Karma Brown is a National Magazine award-winning journalist and freelance writer, who probably spends too much time on her laptop in coffee shops. When not writing, she can be found running with her husband, coloring (outside the lines) with her young daughter, or baking yet another batch of banana-zucchini muffins. Karma lives outside Toronto, Canada with her family and their mischievous labradoodle, Fred. Along with magazine articles, Karma writes upmarket women’s fiction and her debut novel, COME AWAY WITH ME (MIRA/Harlequin), will be out July 2015.


-1Amy E. Reichert is the author of THE COINCIDENCE OF COCONUT CAKE (Gallery / Simon & Schuster, summer 2015). She earned her MA in Literature from Marquette University, and honed her writing and editing skills as a technical writer (which is exactly as exciting as it sounds). As a newly minted member of the local library board, she loves helping readers find new books to love. She’s a life-long Wisconsin resident with (allegedly) a very noticeable accent, a patient husband, and two too-smart-for-their-own-good kids. When time allows, she loves to read, collect more cookbooks than she could possibly use, and test the limits of her DVR.


Aren’t they delightful? Welcome them, and get ready for a whole new class of Debs starting September 1!

Author: Lori Rader-Day

Lori Rader-Day is the author of the mystery THE BLACK HOUR (Seventh Street Books, July 2014). She grew up in central Indiana, but now lives in Chicago with her husband and very spoiled dog.

14 Replies to “News Flash: Meet the New Debs!”

  1. Congratulations, ladies! May you have as much fun twirling around the dance floor as I did back in 2012. I wish you all an exciting and stress-free (well, as much as possible *grin*) debut year!

  2. Here are my thoughts:

    1) Has it really been a year? Really?

    2) No mystery writers this time around? What’s up with that?

    3) Y’all better start blogging more on your personal blogs, so we can stay in touch.

    4) It’s been a fun year.

    1. Anthony! An era is ending 🙁 but I’m glad to pass the Ball on to such a great crew. Lori and I tried to entice mystery writers. Unfortunately, the ones I know are debuting right now (August) or don’t feel they have the time … Thanks for hanging with us!

      I do plan to get back to my personal blog.

  3. Congratulations and great big cheers, ladies! As a Deb alum, I can assure you this next year will be made all the more wonderful because of the friendships and bonds you will make with your Deb sisters. Enjoy every minute!!

  4. Thanks so much for all the congrats! I’m crazy excited to be in the class of 2015. And Anthony, I think all books are a mystery at heart, so hopefully you won’t be disappointed.

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