Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Chopping block

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Aloha! This week we are supposed to address “what we cut from our books and why:” Well, technically I had almost everything deleted from my debut novel, The Atlas Of Reds and Blues. On May 17, 2010, the Georgia state police raided my home at gunpoint and confiscated, among other things, my laptop. Even though a state judge in Georgia dismissed all of the charges against my husband back in…


Deleted Scenes, Deleted Drafts

Monday, July 8, 2019

This week we’re talking about deleted scenes or pieces we cut from our novels and why we cut them. Funny thing, though, is that I don’t really have any deleted scenes for The Perfect Assassin. I have scenes I wrote in earlier drafts that don’t exactly show up in the final version, but often they’ve been rewritten and tweaked and repurposed through the process, steadily morphing from one thing to…


[News Flash] July 7, 2019

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kristen Lepionka! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Last Place You Look. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are delighted to host @KMLwrites from @UnlikeableFCPod on @DebutanteBall this week! RT & follow for a chance to win THE LAST…


Interview with Kristen Lepionka and The Last Place You Look Giveaway

Saturday, July 6, 2019

This week I’m excited to welcome my other Unlikeable Female Characters podcast co-host Kristen Lepionka to the Ball! (We hosted Wendy Heard way back in December.) Kristen Lepionka is the author of the Roxane Weary mystery series. Her debut, The Last Place You Look, won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. novel and was also nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards. She grew up mostly in a public library and…



Friday, July 5, 2019

    Damn, these debutante ladies are really teaching me some stuff. Constantly reminding me that I need to get out of my literary fiction rut and read books like this more often. This book is absolutely page-turningly fascinating and delicious in every way. Layne’s characters are so real that it feels like they might leap off the page and bite me, and I’m not sure if the bite will…


My Temper

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Temper is out now! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this, and also like it happened in a flash. This is the book of my dark, twisted heart. I wrote it for myself, because it was a book I wanted to read—a book about the kind of woman I want to be, and the woman I am already. I wrote Temper for all the ambitious bitches who want…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Temper!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

I’m so thrilled the world is now able to get their hands on Layne Fargo’s excellent novel, Temper. It is a masterful thriller, suspenseful and so well-written. It deserves all the accolades it’s going to get. I was hooked from the opening pages, it was cinematic! And I felt I was witnessing an epic battle between the two main characters, Kira and Joanna. These are two strong-willed, deeply-flawed women and…


Everybody Should Have a TEMPER

Monday, July 1, 2019

One of the things I’ve loved the most about being a part of the Debutante Ball is getting to read books I wouldn’t normally pick up. TEMPER is quite far outside of my normal wheelhouse, but it was such a suspenseful, tense, sharp, high-speed chase of a time. Kira Rascher’s been struggling to get that perfect theater role for years. When she has the opportunity to audition for a role…