News Flash: Kicking off the New Year with Heather Webb’s Launch!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Congrats to Lourdes, who won a copy of GABY, LOST AND FOUND by Angela Cervantes! From the 2014 Debs… Heather Webb had a wonderful launch week celebrating the release of her debut novel, BECOMING JOSEPHINE. And she had a birthday in there, too! Lisa Alber got back to work on her work-in-progress, the second in the County Clare mysteries. She’s thinking a research trip to Ireland is in her future. Susan Gloss got…


The Debutante Ball welcomes Deb Alum Sarah Jio!

Deb Ball alum Sarah Jio‘s first novel, The Violets of March, was published by Penguin (Plume) on April 26, 2011 and was chosen as a Best Book of 2011 by Library Journal. Her second novel, The Bungalow, was published on December 27, 2011, also from Penguin (Plume). Her third novel, Blackberry Winter, was just published. Her fourth novel, The Last Camellia, will be published in May 2013. Sarah recently sold…

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Deb Ball Welcomes Back Sarah Jio

A 2010-2011 Deb, Sarah Jio is the author of The Violets of March (Penguin/Plume), which was called “engrossing” by Redbook and “absorbing” by Woman’s Day and was a Library Journal Best Books of 2011 honoree. Her second novel, The Bungalow, will be published on December 27. Sarah recently sold her third, Blackberry Winter, and fourth, The Last Camellia, to Plume. She is the health and fitness blogger for Glamour and…

Saturday, December 17, 2011

News Flash: September 18, 2011

Congrats to Carolyn, winner of a copy of Laura Goode’s Sister Mischief!   From the 2012 Debs… Deb Joanne Deb Joanne is very excited to refer to herself in third person. She thinks it makes her sound sophisticated and important, even when she has no real news to tell you about. Deb Rachel was thrilled to read the first review of MWF Seeking BFF this week! Apparently, this whole book thing…

Sunday, September 18, 2011

News Flash: September 11, 2011

Congratulations to Shakespeare, winner of a signed copy of Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood! Winners of Deb Joanne’s bookshelf sharp-eyes challenge: Tania and because I can hand-deliver her copy of FADE, I picked a second winner – Zoe who will receive her choice of my duplicate books – PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King Thank you all for playing along. I hope you had fun! See below for…

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Deb Sarah Says (Sniffle) Goodbye … and Hello

I can’t believe this is my very last Debutante Ball post. I’m not good with goodbyes. Sometimes when my husband leaves the house for the store (one mile away) to get milk, I get teary-eyed. Yes, I just typed that. What if he gets into a car accident and leaves me alone to raise three boys? Clearly, I have some things to work on. But, truly, this year as a…

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Deb Elise Sings Pomp and Circumstance

Is it just that I’m the YA author here, or does everyone else also think each Group Goodbye is high school graduation all over again? Group Goodbye.  You know what I mean, not like saying goodbye to far-flung relatives after a vacation.  Those people stay tethered to you, and you know you’ll all get together in the same way sometime in the future. I’m talking about saying goodbye to a…

Monday, August 22, 2011

Deb Sarah Steals Character Traits for Her Books From Friends & Family

Recently, an old friend of mine sent me a note on Facebook (come on over and find me on my author page—I’d love to see you!). Her message went something like this: “OMG, I read the part about XYZ on page XX of The Violets of March, and I know where you got that!” And yes, she was right! If you know me well, you will be able to pick…

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Deb Sarah Congratulates Deb Tawna, and Has a Confession…

Happy book birthday to Deb Tawna’s Making Waves! I’m giggly and all kinds of shades of chartreuse because, um, I’m a total romance novel virgin! Yes, I did peek at the pages of friend’s romance novels in high school, but can you believe that in my 33 years I’ve never been properly introduced to the genre? So, Deb Tawna, you are my first! Like Deb Elise, I have had the…

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Deb Sarah Is Having a POPULAZZI Love Fest!

I was soooo excited to read fellow Deb Ball sister Elise Allen’s debut novel, Populazzi (which I, oddly, always want to spell with two “p’s”—which makes zero grammatical sense!) for so many reasons: a.) in the lost years between junior high and high school, I was a little shy, a little unsure of myself, and, like Elise’s main character, Cara, totally the type of girl whose diaries are uneventful (though…

Thursday, July 28, 2011