News Flash: Bingeing on Halloween candy, WIPs & books!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Congratulations to Wendy Dosch and Sheila Korman, winners of THE GOOD GIRL by guest author Mary Kubica! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of a copy of Shelly King’s debut novel, THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING!   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley has been very busy binging on Friday Night Lights and Halloween candy—oh, and writing some in her new novel. Amy E. Reichert has been binging on amazing…

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News Flash: WIPs, #WeNeedDiverseBooks & catch up with past Debs!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Congratulations to Melissa Engaldo, winner of LEAVING TIME by guest author Jodi Picoult! Check back next Sunday for the winners of THE GOOD GIRL, by this week’s guest author Mary Kubica …     From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley is head down, hard at work on her WIP. She is also trying very hard not to stay up until 3 a.m. binging on Friday Night Lights. Amy E. Reichert is…

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Five Writing Contests You Should Enter

Monday, October 13, 2014

I’ve never won a writing contest. To be fair, I only entered one. In elementary school. When I lost, I may or may not have reacted like this: BUT, I think writing contests are great — especially for writers who are looking for more name recognition and or looking to be paid for their work (read: the majority of writers). So, I’ve compiled a list of five writing competitions that…

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News Flash: Reviews, WIPs & Celebrations!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Congratulations to Carrie Mansfield, winner of the signed copy of BETWEEN by guest author Megan Whitmer! Check back next Sunday for the winner of THE MOMENT OF EVERYTHING, by this week’s guest author — and fellow Deb —  Shelly King…   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley flew to the brrrrrrrrrrrr state of Minnesota (OK, it was 60 degrees, but that’s sweater weather for this Atlanta girl!) this weekend for the Heartland…

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The Early Works of Colleen Oakley (in Crayon)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Most esteemed writers from history seem to have a bound tome called “The Early Works of [Insert Esteemed Author Name Here]”. I am not esteemed or historical (that you know of; I could have travelled in time through some magical stones from 1700s Scotland in a reverse form of Outlander, but that would mean that I left Jamie McTavish behind, and let’s be clear — I would never, ever do that. Ever.) Anyway, since…

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News Flash: Conferences, Pre-orders, and Book signings!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Congratulations to Amy Mays, Lauren Stacks Yamaoka, and Michelle Westenbroek — winners of FIVE DAYS LEFT, by guest author Julie Lawson Timmer! Check back next Sunday for the winners of FOREVER, INTERRUPTED, and AFTER I DO, by this week’s guest author Taylor Jenkins Reid…   From the 2015 Debs… Colleen Oakley spent Friday and Saturday this week in Norfolk, Va. at SIBA, the conference for the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. It…

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The Fantastic Five

Monday, September 15, 2014

This week on the Ball, we’re sharing the five people who made our book possible. Since there are roughly 4,798,560,972 people who made my book possible, whittling it down is about as easy a task as trying to fit into my high school Abercrombie jeans (which would likely require baby lotion, garden shears, duct tape, and a heavy-duty liposuction machine). In other words, impossible. So, because I’m limited to five,…

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News Flash: New sales, waiting games, and bookish events!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Congratulations to Elizabeth Bevins, winner of the signed copy of Randy Susan Meyers‘ Accidents of Marriage! Check back next Sunday for the winners of FIVE DAYS LEFT, by this week’s guest author Julie Lawson Timmer…   From the 2015 Debs… In case you missed it, the Debs were featured this week sharing their most influential books on Shelf Pleasure. What’s on your list? Colleen Oakley is celebrating a fantastic review of…

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The making of my first (but not really first) novel: Before I Go

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hi! I’m Colleen, the first 2015 Deb to kick off this new season on the Ball. And I have a confession: Before I Go is not my first novel. (Whoa. I know — you weren’t expecting that kind of bombshell on a Monday morning. My apologies.) My first novel is languishing on my Mac desktop, never to be read by the general public. And that’s a good thing. Although, it…

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News Flash: Meet the New Debs!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Congrats to Toni, who won a signed copy of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU from Celeste Ng! Make room on the dance floor… it’s time to announce The Debutante Ball Class of 2015! Please help us congratulate and welcome this extremely talented and accomplished group of debut authors. Here they are, in order of publication dates. We’re so excited to welcome them to the Ball!   Shelly King is a native…

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