The Debutante Ball Welcomes Delilah S. Dawson

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Delilah S. Dawson is a native of Roswell, GA and the author of the steampunk paranormal romance Blud books for Pocket, including WICKED AS THEY COME, WICKED AS SHE WANTS, and the upcoming WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT, as well as three e-novellas. Her short story THE THREE LIVES OF LYDIA is in the CARNIEPUNK anthology out this summer with Gallery Books, and her first YA is out next year with Simon…


On Fathers, Fictional and Otherwise

Monday, June 17, 2013

We’re talking about fathers and father figures this week, in honor of Father’s Day. I’m one of the people for whom this is an awkward topic. My Dad died a little over twenty years ago, and although I’m not actively sad anymore, he’s not here to send gifts and cards to. Or to call or visit, or any of those things. When I say I’m not sad, don’t get me…


Deb Kerry has a hard time playing favorites

Monday, June 10, 2013

My favorite book? That’s easy: I mean – seriously. Ask an author for their favorite book and what do you expect? Like any proud mother, I think my book baby is the most beautiful one in the world . it should be at the center of the universe and on every bookshelf… Ahem. Okay, so maybe not so much. When it comes to the idea of favorite books, I tend…


Deb Kerry is Diving In

Trust or fear. When you look at this picture is your initial reaction one of, “Dude! I totally want to do that?” Or do you shudder and snuggle closer into your armchair? I think we all have sort of a built in knee-jerk tendency to go one way or the other. Some of us proceed more cautiously through life, weighing every risk and always choosing on the side of greatest…

Monday, June 3, 2013

Deb Kerry Needs a Buddy System

Hi, my name is Kerry Schafer and I am a procrastinator. There ought to be a group for that. Procrastinator’s Anonymous would be a brilliant idea, I think – except that nobody would ever show up. It’s unfortunate there’s no money to be made from this skill, because I could make a killing. Housework? Right after I read this chapter. Bills? I’ll get to it just as soon as I’m…

Monday, May 27, 2013

Deb Kerry Used to be Crafty

Once upon a time I used to engage in a whole bunch of different creative projects. I made cross stitch pictures for weddings and Christmas gifts. I crocheted afghans and knitted baby sweaters. At Christmas I made gifts for everybody (well, okay, not everybody. But lots of people.) Gingerbread houses? You betcha, and none of that buy-the-kit business. My kids wore cute little hand knitted sweaters with pictures of trucks…

Monday, May 20, 2013

Happy Book Birthday to The Glass Wives

I am privileged this morning to invite you to party week here at the Deb Ball, where we are celebrating the release of The Glass Wives by one of our illustrious Debs – Amy Sue Nathan. I’m sure you’d like to see a picture of the cover, so let’s start there: Very pretty, isn’t it? Sort of peaceful and companionable. But appearances can be deceiving. Evie and Nicole Glass share…

Monday, May 13, 2013

Deb Kerry Loves Cover Art

I love book covers. This is one of the reasons why I prefer paper books to electronic. When done well, they draw us straight to the books we love. When done badly – well – things happen. Mismatches occur. People pick up books they think will be one thing, but turn out to be another. Or they don’t pick up the book at all because the cover doesn’t pull pull them…

Monday, May 6, 2013

Deb Kerry’s Truth or Lie Game

This week is I’ve Got a Secret week here at the Ball – with the caveat that it’s a shareable secret. Which led my brain down a twisted and convoluted pathway of “is anything still a secret if I post it on the web?” When does a secret stop being a secret? Yes, my brain is like that, which occasionally makes life difficult. And here is my response to the…

Monday, April 29, 2013

Deb Kerry Chooses Writing Over the Palantir

I’m going to be honest here today – I’ve started and deleted this post five times already and I still don’t quite know how to say what is on my mind. Last week, somewhere in between the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the explosion at West Texas, I had to take our beloved family dog for his very last ride. I sat on the floor beside him and and…

Monday, April 22, 2013