Interview with Mary Pauline Lowry, author of THE ROXY LETTERS and WILDFIRE

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

We are so excited to welcome Mary Pauline Lowry, author of the hilarious novel, THE ROXY LETTERS, now in paperback, and WILDFIRE, a novel about a woman who joins an elite firefighting team in the American West. She speaks to us about her favorite books when she was young, what success means to her, and her own time as an elite firefighter on a hotshot crew.    ABOUT MARY Born…


[News Flash] May 10, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

This week we were very excited to speak with Olivia Black, author of KILLER CONTENT and NO MEMES OF ESCAPE. Read more about her love of cozy mysteries here. And MONA AT SEA by Elizabeth Gonzalez James is The Rumpus Book Club selection for June! Another great review for WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES by Denny S. Bryce, this time from the Historical Novel Society! Read the full review here….


The Purge! (or, Getting that first draft out of your system)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Ernest Hemingway famously said all first drafts are garbage, except he used a way more *effluent* term instead of garbage. This is something that I’ve, at various times, thought was completely true, completely false, and now believe is somewhere in the middle. First drafts are your best effort at the time, and I hate to say anyone’s best effort at the time is no good. I’ve also read lots of…


[News Flash] May 2, 2021

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

This week we were excited to interview Antoinette Walker, Co-Founder of The Chaptr, an exciting new monthly book subscription box and book club rolled into one that just launched last week! Read her interview here. And for more information about their subscription box, make sure to visit their website and follow them on Instagram. And congratulations to Ehsaneh Sadr because A DOOR BETWEEN US is Chaptr’s first pick! Just in time…


[News Flash] April 26, 2021

Monday, April 26, 2021

Thanks to Amanda Skenandore, author of THE SECOND LIFE OF MIRIELLE WEST, for joining us this week. Read her full interview here. And THE TIGER MOM’S TALE by Lyn Liao Butler is included in Penguin Random House’s list of books celebrating Asian voices! Way to go Lyn! Denny S. Bryce (author of WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES) spoke with former Deb Ball guest, Vanessa Riley, about diversity in historical fiction…


[News Flash] April 19, 2021

Monday, April 19, 2021

Many thanks to Pamela Skjolsvik for joining us to speak about her delightful novel of an eternally menopausal vampire, FOREVER 51. Read the full interview here. And join Pamela on April 21, as she discusses her book with the Litchicks Book Club. Follow Litchicks for more information. And Elizabeth Gonzalez James made a trailer for her debut MONA AT SEA! Congratulations to Greta Kelly who received a starred review in…


My favorite bookstore: East Bay Booksellers

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Independent Bookstore Day is on April 24th, and so we’re celebrating our favorite indie sellers here at the Deb Ball. I’ve loved many bookstores in my life, starting with Half Price Books in my hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, to The Raven in Lawrence, Kansas where I attended graduate school, to Green Apple Books in San Francisco. But my favorite favorite of all my favorites has to be East Bay…


[News Flash] April 13, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Many thanks to J.S. Dewes for joining us this week to talk about her novel, THE LAST WATCH. Read her interview here. And please join her Tuesday 4/20 at 7pm CT for a conversation with John Scalzi hosted by A Room of One’s Own. For more exciting events please visit her website. And join Greta Kelly and Genevieve Gornichec this Friday at 6:30 CT as they talk about THE FROZEN…


[News Flash] April 5, 2021

Monday, April 5, 2021

A huge congratulations to Denny S. Bryce whose novel WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES is out in the world! And check out Denny’s interview with Elizabeth, up now on the Debutante Ball Instagram page.    Author, Marjan Kamali, included A DOOR BETWEEN US by Ehsaneh Sadr in her reading roundup this week at WGBH Boston. THE FROZEN CROWN by Greta Kelly is one of Buzzfeed’s picks for SFF books with…


[News Flash] March 29, 2021

Monday, March 29, 2021

Thanks to Leila Rafei for chatting with us this week about her novel, SPRING. Join Laila on May 26 when she will be reading with the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. More details here. And congratulations to Denny S. Bryce, whose novel WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES is coming out tomorrow March 30th!! Join her tomorrow night at 7pm EST for her launch party, including jazz-age decadence, prizes, and more!  …