News Flash–Sunshine Edition

News Flash
Sunday, June 5, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Miller-Young, winner of Antonia Crane’s SPENT! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Julie Christine Johnson’s IN ANOTHER LIFE From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller had the delightful task of listening to clips of actors reading and offering her opinion on who would make the best Livvy for THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING audiobook! Jennifer S. Brown had a completely relaxing Memorial Day…


Hell, Yes, I Have Regrets

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

I confess: I’m jealous of Louise and Jenny, with their nonexistent and paltry lists of regrets. Because I do have regrets. Not so much on the real life side of the equation, where I share their look-forward-not-back attitude, but on the authorial side. And, being as how one of our missions here on the Ball is to offer guidance by reverse example, I am going to list them all right here…


A Woman of Letters

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

When I was a young lawyer fresh out of law school, I was one of ten women in a class of forty incoming associates at a large law firm. On weekends, the male associates got invited for golf outings with the partners at their private clubs. Naturally, they were also assigned to the “best” partner mentors — the ones who represented the most lucrative clients and worked on the highest-profile…


Who’s Your Role Model? A Long Overdue Homework Assignment

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

When my kids were in elementary school, every couple of years they’d get an assignment that asked, “Who’s your role model?” I always wanted them to pick me. Me, their mother. You know, the one who wiped their noses and packed their lunches and drove them to soccer practice and found their cleats at the bottom of the laundry bin. They never picked me. They always picked their dad. Well,…


NEWS FLASH–Daffodil Edition

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

  Congratulations to Jennifer Huelsebusch, winner of  our very own Jennifer S. Brown’s MODERN GIRLS! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, Emily Liebert’s SOME WOMEN. From the 2016 Debs: A quick note about our book giveaways–to enter a book giveaway, simply share our giveaway link on our Facebook page or retweet one of our giveaway tweets from our Twitter feed! (US only.) Louise Miller THE CITY…


Joining the Hive to Write Book Two

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A month ago, I wrote a post about how difficult it was for me to write a new novel during this anxious period before my first book launches. I hadn’t looked ahead on the Debutante Topics Calendar, obviously, because “writing book two” is the assigned subject of this week’s posts. Fortunately, I don’t need to rehash that earlier lament, because — though progress on Book Two is still glacial and…


NEWS FLASH–Valentine Edition

Sunday, February 14, 2016

  Congratulations to Rhonda, winner of Wendy Ortiz’s EXCAVATION-A MEMOIR! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS, by Michelle Gable! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller was thrilled to see that Library Journal chose THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING as one of the Pre Pub Alert pics for the month of August! Jennifer S. Brown is catching up on…


News Flash–Deb in Progress Edition

Sunday, January 31, 2016

  Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway–Connie Mayo’s THE ISLAND OF WORTHY BOYS   From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is off in launch party planning daydreams (and knee-deep in emails to venues and caterers.) Jennifer S. Brown is working on lining up speakings and readings. If you’d like her to visit your book group, either in person or via Skype, she’d love to…


My Only Resolution for a Year of Living Loudly

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

There are years when the engine of time runs silently, the calendar pages slipping by almost without notice until I look around and ask where all the seasons have gone. 2016 will not be one of those years. In 2016, I will feel all the gears, rumbling heavily and irrevocably under my feet. In 2016, my eldest child — my beloved, brilliant, independent and uncompromising daughter — will graduate from…


Desperation and Doggedness: Why I Didn’t Stop Writing

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

This week we’re talking about the time we almost quit writing; the time we nearly tossed our computers out the second story window; the time we wrote terrible, angsty poetry. Our darkest time as writers, in other words. My story is fairly simple. The closest I came to quitting was after the MFA workshop I described last week — the one where my teacher called my writing (among other things)…