How to Write Useful Reviews

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

For a long time, if I didn’t like a book enough to give it 4 or 5 stars, I wouldn’t leave a review. I’d quietly ignore the book, feeling like I was helping out the author by doing nothing instead of giving a three-star review.It turns out, ignoring a book is one of the worst things you can do for it. Sites like Amazon count the number of reviews in order…

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News Flash: Some past Deb excitement and present Deb updates!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Congratulations to Laurice McClung for winning a copy of Elizabeth Brundage’s book ALL THINGS CEASE TO APPEAR. We send our thanks to Breeana Shields for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of POISON’S KISS or enter to win a signed hardcover by retweeting: Enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win @BreeanaShields‘ #PoisonsKiss! RT to Enter, Ends 12/23 https://t.co/kmjqtgOXy1 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 17,…

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News Flash: Another election, but this one’s about books!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

We send our thanks to Thelma Adams for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, THE LAST WOMAN STANDING or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) November 18th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  2016 Debs: Missing the election? You can still get…

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News Flash: Checking in with the 2016 Debs

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Congratulations to Jeremy Simons for winning a copy of YOUR BOOK, YOUR BRAND by Dana Kaye!  Thank you to Suzanne Rindell for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, THREE-MARTINI LUNCH, or enter our giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) October 14th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck! …

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The Fat Lady’s Singing: The End of My Deb Year

Goodbye!
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

“Tomorrow’s gone—we’ll have tonight!” ―Dorothy Parker This is it. I have no more tomorrows. This is my final Deb Ball post. Feels strange as I’m starting so many other things: my older child became a teenager last week, and in just three weeks, he will become a bar mitzvah. My younger is starting her first year in middle school. My whirlwind book tour ramps up in October. The Jewish new…

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A Rock Star Year as a Debut Author

MODERN GIRLS at the Tenement Museum
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This week, I stumbled upon a blog that had a negative review of MODERN GIRLS. I’ve been quite fortunate; while I have received the occasional poor review, for the most part, people have been extremely kind. And this reviewer was fairly kind in her dislike of my book. What do I do when I read a bad review? I get this giggly feeling inside: Someone read my book and felt…

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What You Should Be Reading

My to-read book pile
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Like Louise, I have a towering stack of to-be-read books. The pile is threatening my bed and I’ve had to stack up the overflow on the shelves. I keep the TBR books faced out so I can always grab them. Of course these piles are deceptive because it doesn’t show the twenty or so unread books I also have on my Kindle. You can see by these piles that I…

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Reinvention on Launch Day: THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING

THE CITY BAKER'S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise Miller
Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Today is launch day for our Louise. I feel emotional, not just because I’ve known Louise longer than any of the other Debs or because, as a local, I will be able to celebrate in person with Louise tonight (which I will, with great joy!), but because Louise is the last to launch during our season as Debs. While we still eagerly await the launch of Abby’s book come January,…

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NEWS FLASH–More Books to Launch Edition

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Congratulations to Patty Smith, winner of Heather Young’s THE LOST GIRLS! Check back next week, where we will announce the winner of this weeks giveaway, our own Aya de Leon’s UPTOWN THIEF! From the 2016 Debs: Louise Miller is thrilled that The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living was featured in Read Simple Magazine’s The Best New Books to Read This Month article! She is a little teary, all the time, as she approaches her…

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A Different Side of NYC: The Launch of UPTOWN THIEF

Uptown Thief by Aya de Leon
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This week we celebrate the launch of Aya’s book, UPTOWN THIEF, which is a thrilling story of a Robin Hood–style madam in New York, Marisol, who steals from rich alpha males and runs a high-class prostitution business to fund her health clinic for women with nowhere else to turn. I’ve written elsewhere about reading out of genre, and I will say that UPTOWN THIEF is not a book that I…

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