Jenny Gardiner Grogs! Intro by Deb Kristy

Please welcome the lovely and talented Jenny Gardiner to our soiree. Jenny’s debut novel, Sleeping With Ward Cleaver, recently won the American Title III contest (and deservedly so) and will be published in February 2008 by Dorchester. Jenny writes, with sharp-edged humor and intelligence, about women on the brink. She’s married (20 years!) with three kids, and is an animal lover to boot, with two dogs and a bird that, despite its…

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Let It Run All Over Me by Deb Kristy

Raised on the beach as I was meant that learning to swim was a priority. I barely remember learning, I just remember always knowing how to do it, as natural as breathing. The saltwater of the Gulf of Mexico buoyed me, and I felt safe there, at ease, at home. But just after my eleventh birthday, the freighter Summit Venture rammed the Sunshine Skyway bridge’s southbound span, collapsing the center…

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The Lesson of the Red Pine by Deb Kristy

We’ve been smelling smoke for weeks down here in South Florida. Too long of a dry season has turned our brush to tinder, and lightning strikes, for which we are a world leader, seem to prove that Mother Nature is a pyro at heart when they don’t come along with the typical afternoon showers. Hundreds of acres have blackened, and homes have been destroyed. We are lucky enough that we…

Saturday, June 9, 2007

I Said CARE! by Deb Kristy

What I’m reading now? Well, I’m reading a lot now. I’m always reading a lot. I read the back of the Pantene bottle while I’m washing my hair; I read the toothpaste label while I’m brushing my teeth; I read license plates while I’m driving. What? Anyway, as far as books go, I usually have several going at once. One is always on my bathroom counter. I hold it open…

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Rumors (and not of the Fleetwood Mac Variety) by Deb Kristy

There is a terrible and untrue rumor out there about moi, Debutante Kristy. The rumor goes something like this: “Oh that Kristy, she’s so organiiiized!” (Said in your best Cyndi Lauper voice.) Let us put this vicious rumor to rest once and for all, shall we? You see, The Debutante Ball has a topic each week, and that has worked out quite nicely since we started dancing. But we’ve discussed…

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The Wonderful World of Webkinz by Deb Kristy

What I love about our new Pop Culture topic is that there’s so much material to choose from! So I’ve been paying attention this week. I’ve been scanning the National Enquirer in the Publix check-out line, I’ve pored over People magazine, I’ve eavesdropped on fourteen-year-old girls (btw, I have NO idea what they were talking about). And I’ve found that the pictures of Mariah Carey and Courtney Love and their…

Saturday, May 19, 2007

From a Slightly Discombobulated Deb Kristy

So it’s a free-for-all this week at the Ball and I haven’t had one big idea come to me yet. I’ve been– happily– busy getting the proposal for my new book out to my editor. It left my desk on Thursday, so I am now catching up on life and had a moment to give careful consideration to today’s post. And yet I still couldn’t decide upon one topic. So…

Saturday, May 12, 2007

If I don’t Believe am I still a Bull? Or just full of it? by Deb Kristy

So I know this post is a little later than my usual Saturday post, but it was on purpose. Really. See, I had to wait until today in order to bring you this: Powered by  May 5, 2007 Daily Taurus horoscope Your concept of reality may be more based on your emotions than on facts, dear Taurus. This is one of those days when this sort of paradigm of…

Saturday, May 5, 2007

Please Pass the Butter by Deb Kristy

I like my name. It has a certain rhythm to it (can anyone spell rhythm correctly the first time?) and I like the symmetry of the two K’s. I also like the fact that if you fake an Irish brogue, you can say my last name correctly on the first try. Go ahead, try it: Keeeer-nin. Just makes you ache for a black and tan doesn’t it? But like most…

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Cocktails and Victorians by Deb Kristy

There are some people in the world who are nearly too good to be true, and yet as time goes by you realize that they are, indeed, as lovely a person inside as they are out. I’ve been lucky enough to meet one of those people, and happily enough for the reading community she had her second novel published on Tuesday, April 10th. A POISONED SEASON is Tasha Alexander’s brilliant…

Saturday, April 21, 2007