News Flash! Sunday July 6

Deb News Deb Gail received her first review in Publishers Weekly!! In part it says: “In this heartfelt memoir, Baker proves to be both humorous… and compassionate.” For the full review go here! Deb Danielle has also received a review for Falling Under this week, from Romantic Times. “”[A] dark, complex tale of an artist’s agoraphobia, lust and personal demons . . . a very real character readers will care…

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Welcome Guest Author Amy Wallen

Joining us today will be guest author Amy Wallen, whose debut novel, LA Times bestseller MoonPies and Movie Stars, was just released in paperback. Reviews have been fabulous for her novel: “With a pitch perfect ear for comic dialogue and fine sense of the absurd, Amy Wallen writes herself a place on the porch swing of great Southern writing, as she follows the misadventures of three determined Texas ladies sworn…

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Beauty School Dropout by Deb Jenny

I long ago recognized that I am the ultimate beauty school dropout. And I’ve made peace with this. I do what little I must to get by, and don’t lose too much sleep over it. Although lost sleep could be at the root of my beauty faux pas… I’ve long recognized that we all come to the table with our pluses and minuses. Back when our oldest child was ready…

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Let’s Make a Deal! by Deb Jenny

My girlfriend calls my purse the Let’s Make a Deal purse. Remember that game show? Monty Hall would go into the audience filled with people dressed in ridiculous costumes like life-size lobsters and gigantic fuzzy dice and lugging enormous bags full of nonsense, and ask for the most unlikely item. Invariably at least one woman would have it along: the tube sock, the box of Creamettes macaroni and cheese, a…

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Welcome Guest Author Melissa Senate

Please welcome guest author Melissa Senate, whose novel Questions to Ask Before Marrying has just been released. DB: Tell me a little about your book MS: Questions To Ask Before Marrying is about very different twin sisters on a road trip from Maine to Las Vegas, where our heroine, Ruby, may or may not marry her buttoned-up fiance in an Elvis wedding chapel. (NOT if her twin, professional muse and…

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Fiction Hotties by Deb Jenny

Disclaimers: I really don’t pay much attention to pictures of authors and I’m rarely around male authors so I apologize that I’m not on the trail of author hotties. Had I been able to attend Book Expo (in LA,no less, land of the fabulous) I’d have definitely kept my eyes open for such a phenomena. But I stayed home for my son’s high school graduation, so I guess I will…

Monday, June 9, 2008

Welcome Guest Author Joanne Levy

We here at the Deb Ball are very committed to helping out other debut authors, and like to provide a venue for them to help get the word out about their novels. But we’re also huge supporters of the many talented writers who haven’t gotten the chance yet to get their books out there. Joanne Levy is one such author. A talented, witty, and dedicate writer who has won plenty…

Saturday, June 7, 2008

You’re on Your Own, Kid by Deb Jenny

There are a myriad of publishing myths that the general public believes about the book world. Of course most folks assume that if an author publishes a book, that author is rolling in cash. Now, I am technologically stunted, a Luddite in many ways, but I’m going to attempt to upload sound effects here to dispel all myths once and for all. Myth One: Authors are rich. bronx cheer sound…

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Thanks for the Memories by Deb Jenny

My firstborn will graduate from high school this week. Despite the instinctual inclination to reflect back on the past 18 years and do what another senior mom I know has done—latching on to every last thing he’s done as a senior as that final time he’d do this or that—I’ve managed to avoid getting maudlin and misty-eyed and mourn what was, rather than cheer what is and what is to…

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Go Jess Go! By Deb Jenny

When my husband was in high school he got to drive one of two cars. The first was a beat-up old orange Opel, the back of the car filled at all times with newspapers to be hauled to recycling (very advanced for the 70’s, mind you), and a humiliating-to-a-teenager bumper sticker that boasted: I MAY BE SLOW BUT I GO GO GO! His other car was the family station wagon,…

Tuesday, May 20, 2008