What Layne Can’t Wait to Read in 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

I tweeted about my most anticipated 2019 books as part of the #Debut19Chat on Twitter last month, but I’ll expand my list from there so I have a nice round Top 10 (in order by publication date). Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry (January 15th) – This feminist revenge thriller by my agent sister is already one of my favorite books of 2019. And bonus: if you’re in the Chicago…

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[News Flash] January 6, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Nicole Chung! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of All You Can Ever Know. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/UB2PEJh6Tk Thrilled to have @nicole_soojung as our @DebutanteBall guest! RT & follow to win a copy of her amazing #memoir ALL YOU CAN…

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So Resolved

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year to my fellow Debs and all our readers! Hope your 2019 is off to a great start. I’m the kind of Type A weirdo who makes resolutions all year long, but for the start of 2019 I’m trying to keep it relatively simple and focus on the following: Writing consistently – I’ve tried word count goals, time goals, etc. in the past, but this year I just…

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[News Flash] December 30, 2018

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Chelene Knight! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Dear Current Occupant. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): Delighted to have award-winning Canadian author @PoetChelene as our @DebutanteBall guest! RT & follow to win a copy of her amazing #memoir DEAR CURRENT OCCUPANT…

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Layne’s Top Reads of 2018

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

So many amazing books came out this year, it was tough to choose! But these are my top 10 favorite books released in 2018, in the order I read them, most recent to least: Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – I enjoyed Schwab’s Vicious when I read it a few years ago, but to be honest I never totally understood its obsessive cult following. But for me, her long-awaited sequel Vengeful…

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[News Flash] December 23, 2018

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Reyna Grande! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of A Dream Called Home. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We had a fascinating conversation with @reynagrande this week about art & publishing that you should read right now. RT & follow for a…

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No Days Off

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

This week we’re supposed to write about self-care, relaxation, and the importance of not writing. Well, I spend a lot of time not writing. More than I should. Often, I’m procrastinating – thinking, oh I’ll just do this one thing… okay 5 things… okay how the hell is it 5pm and I haven’t written a word today?? But I don’t spend a lot of time truly relaxing and taking care…

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[News Flash] December 16, 2018

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Wendy Heard! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Hunting Annabelle. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): So psyched to feature #PitchWars mentor + @UnlikeableFCPod host & all-around fave person @wendydheard this week on @DebutanteBall! RT & follow for a chance to win…

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Interview with Wendy Heard and Hunting Annabelle Giveaway

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Thrilled to welcome Wendy Heard to the Deb Ball this week! Wendy Heard is an author of psychological thrillers. She was born in San Francisco but has spent most of her life in Los Angeles, which is on fire more than she would honestly prefer. When not writing, she can be found haunting local bookstores, hiking the Griffith Park trails, and (apparently) writing about herself in the third person. You…

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My Writing Library

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

I’ve been waiting for this week on the Debutante Ball! I love to read craft books. They’re not a substitute for actually doing the work of course, but I turn to them whenever I need an extra boost or perspective shift. In no particular order, here are my current favorites: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott – This book taught me about shitty first drafts, and without Anne’s wise words on…

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