The Debutante Ball Welcomes Allison Winn Scotch!

Today we are thrilled to welcome author Allison Winn Scotch to the Ball! Allison is the bestselling author of Time of My Life. A former freelance magazine writer, she has written for Glamour, Parents, and Men’s Health, and has a robust online presence with more than 15,000 Twitter followers. She lives in New York City and is currently at work on several screenplay projects, as well as her next book. Her fourth book, THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME,…

Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Debutante Ball Welcomes Leigh Evans

**Remember you can comment for a chance to win a free book by our guest author of the week**   Leigh Evans was born in Montreal, Quebec but now lives in Southern Ontario with her husband. She’s raised two kids, mothered three dogs, and herded a few cats. Other than that, her life was fairly routine until  she hit the age of 50. Some women get tattoos. Leigh decided to…

Saturday, December 29, 2012

When it comes to unexpected friendships, Deb Kelly could write a book.

Full disclosure: I have the flu. Fuller disclosure: I have the flu, I just made a pot of steaming egg drop soup, and there is a huge stack of holiday cards waiting for me to inscribe. Fullest disclosure: friends, I am dashing this baby out at the last possible second. Sometimes you have to choose between being the best blogger ever and sending out heartfelt personalized holiday cards a week…

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Internal Conflict and Deb Kelly’s Dining Habits

When I was in AP English in high school we learned about the types of conflict in a story. There was man vs. man (duh), man vs. nature (yawn), and man vs. himself. You will understand just how literal-minded I can be in that I actually believed that man vs. woman was the great overlooked conflict in literary criticism. I wrote a paper to that end. It got a merciful…

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In Which Deb Kerry is Conflicted

In my real life, I am a conflict avoider. Conflict is so messy – it brings up unhappy emotions, and people get mad or cry and in my mind, despite all my counselor training, I tell myself that if only I were different and better and more accepting, the conflict wouldn’t be necessary. Which is totally absurd, of course. It’s not possible to go through life as a reasonably authentic…

Monday, December 10, 2012

Newsflash: December 2, 2012

Congrats to Julia, winner of last week’s giveaway! From the 2013 Debs… Deb Kerry finished Book Two of the Books of the Between, currently titled WAKEWORLD, and sent it off to her editor. Deb Dana is less than one week away from her UK book launch, which means that in a matter of days, people will be able to buy her book in a store. Surreal. Deb Kelly finished her edits! Whew….

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Deb Ball Welcomes Dame Dana!

The face to your left may be familiar. It’s true, she does look a lot like Deb Dana. But today at The Ball we have Deb Dana’s across-the-pond alter ego Dame Dana, author of soon-to-be-British classic The Secret Supper Club. Yes, this is the same book as The Girls’ Guide to Love and Secret Supper Clubs but with more vowels and fewer quote marks. Which means diehard fans of this…

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Deb Dana’s Mom, this one’s for you

Did anyone else sort of lose their minds when they saw that pie picture from Deb Dana’s post yesterday? I did. The pies were so sexy! The meringues on them were so perfectly browned. And the lust is compounded by the fact that we’re just one day from Thanksgiving and all its culinary pleasures. But Thanksgiving itself can be sort of a stressful cooking day, even without perfect pies, and…

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

For Deb Kerry, Thanksgiving Comes A Little Late

I’m in a strange place when it comes to Thanksgiving, an awkward sort of betwixt and between. It’s a holiday that doesn’t quite fit – a slipper one half size too small, a sock with an intrusive seam.  Not that I don’t like the holiday – who could complain about turkey and mashed potatoes and dressing and cranberries and a day off work to spend time with family being thankful…

Monday, November 19, 2012

Deb Kelly uses other writers.

It’s been a busy week in my house. BLB is walking and I am editing. Not at the same time. So when I saw that today’s post was going to be on inspiration, I got pretty excited about finding this great article I read about Nora Roberts about five years ago. Maybe ten. I’d post the article and add a few thoughts and boom, post ready, millions of blog readers…

Wednesday, November 14, 2012