Full Circle by Deb Joelle

They say a good writing technique is to go full circle in a story. Like ending your book with something similar to the opening  – the same setting, the same conversation, or even the same line. Since I began my reign as a Deb with a recipe for butter, I thought I’d leave you with a recipe that you could use that butter in – an original cookie recipe for…

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hasta la Bye Bye!

Bye ya’ll!!  It was a blast being part of The Debs!  Please visit my website for updates or just to say hello!  www.101WaystoTortureYourHusband.com When we first took over as the “New Debs,” it felt like the year ahead was an eternity. I was in the middle of moving from South Florida to Manhattan, my entire life was in complete upheaval, and I was shocked (and honored) to be welcomed to…

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Signing off … and signing on

A year ago, when my first-ever post for the Debutante Ball went live, I was on vacation with my husband’s family in Duck, North Carolina — away from my computer and totally paranoid that something would go wrong. (My words wouldn’t post, or an error-riddled version would appear instead, or …) But thankfully, my inaugural blog published without a glitch, and I was welcomed by my fellow Debs and our…

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

See you soon…

Writing this final post is conjuring all sorts of emotions in me. I’ve loved my year as a Debutante – loved connecting with my fellow Debs and the women who have gone before us, loved chatting with the readers and bloggers who have been kind enough to leave comments — and yet, it feels right to turn over the reins to a fresh new group of debut authors. (And, by…

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So long, farewell…by Emily Winslow

Sharing my debut year here on this blog has been a huge privilege. I loved sharing the experience with my fellow debs. I loved “meeting” book bloggers, other writers, and readers in the comments. I learned how to blog, how to use WordPress, how to tweet. I’m grateful. If you want me, you can find me at my website and my blog. Starting next Monday, The Debutante Ball has a…

Monday, August 23, 2010

News Flash – August 22

Although the cover is yet to be revealed, galleys for Deb Sarah’s second book, SKIPPING A BEAT, will arrive this week! The book is already up for sale on amazon and barnesandnoble.com Deb Joelle is excited to say that due to some enthusiastic parents, funding has been found and she will become a writer in residence this year at the local elementary school. She will develop and teach a program…

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Deb Ball Welcomes Sean Ferrell

Every once in a while we like to mix it up here at The Deb Ball and ask a guy to wear the tiara for the day, so please welcome debut author, Sean Ferrell. Doesn’t he look like the tiara-wearing type? To celebrate his debut, we’re giving away a copy of Numb to one lucky commentor. You have until midnight tonight to leave a comment and be entered into the…

Saturday, August 21, 2010

If You Liked Restoring Harmony by Deb Joelle

This is a fun topic. Now I can tell you about a bunch of books I love that inspired me. If you liked Restoring Harmony, might I suggest: By Nevil Shute (Adult Fiction) Pied Piper Trustee From the Tool Room Round the Bend By John Rowe Townsend (YA fiction) The Islanders Noah’s Castle Hell’s Edge By Mary Stewart (Adult Fiction) The Ivy Tree By Gennifer Choldenko (Middle Grade Fiction) Al…

Friday, August 20, 2010

Giggle-liciously Funny!

This week we’re supposed to be writing about books similar to our own, and discussing their merits.  Honestly, I’ve never come across a book as crafty and hilariously insidious as mine (shameless self-promotion) but I do happen to have some favorite funny books which I turn to on many occassions looking to laugh like a fool and find renewed writing inspiration. Here (in no particular order) are my top 10 giggle-licious…

Thursday, August 19, 2010

If you like my book, you may also like …

dessert, cooking shows, and/or baking winter sports such as snowshoeing, skiing and sledding breakup songs by Gladys Knight and the Pips volunteering illustration, painting, sculpting, photography, pottery, and the artistic process in general spending time with children belonging to a library or church small communities sisters supporting special causes New England New Orleans dogs, especially greyhounds catching up with old friends falling in love or realizing you love someone memories….

Wednesday, August 18, 2010