Craving All the Feels? These Five (+) Books Will Get You There

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When it comes to novels’ subject matter, I don’t shy away from the brutal. Many of my favorite books are the ones which march unswervingly into dark and painful realms. I find these types of explorations are the ones which often make me feel the most, the ones which stay with me for years. I search for redemption in these tough books: in the beauty of language, in the depth…

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News Flash: Recommended Books, Second Books, and Banned Books

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Congratulations to Susan Roberts for winning a copy of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN by Anjali Mitter Duva!  We send our thanks to Dana Kaye for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book YOUR BOOK, YOUR BRAND: THE STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO LAUNCHING YOUR BOOK AND BOOSTING YOUR SALES. You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) September 30th to win a copy of YOUR BOOK, YOUR BRAND (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on…

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Let’s Pretend I Was Calm and Sane as I Queried Agents

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I’d love to write a post for today about how easy it was to find an agent. It’d go like this: I whipped up a few query letters, shipped them off, continued to write another book without any angst at all, and then magically one day a phone call and offer of representation changed my life. Simple! No big deal! Alas, that’s not how life unfolded. In reality, it took 61…

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News Flash: Busy Week for the Debs – From Ultramarathons to Open Mics

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Congratulations to Theresa Snyder for winning a copy of THE ASSISTANTS by  Camille Perri!  We send our thanks to Anjali Mitter Duva for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her novel FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN.  You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) September 30th to win a copy of FAINT PROMISE OF RAIN (US only). We’ll select and contact the…

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My Muses: Mountains and Memorabilia

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

We’ve only been writing for the Debutante Ball for three weeks now, but already I am ruing my decision to follow Amy Poeppel’s Tuesday posts. She is hysterical! What a tough act to follow. I hope you caught her post yesterday about where she likes to…do it. Yes, that’s right, this week we are discussing where we like to write. I may not be quite as funny as Amy, but I…

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News Flash: September 18

Sunday, September 18, 2016

We send our thanks to Camille Perri for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her novel THE ASSISTANTS. You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) Friday, September 23rd to win a copy of THE ASSISTANTS (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  From the 2017 Debs: Jenni L. Walsh had a “this is getting…

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MFA, Schm-MFA…and Other Reasons Why I’m the Unlikeliest of Authors

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I’ve always been a reader. My first word was “book,” and some of my most treasured childhood memories are from the days I spent cozied up with Roald Dahl stories. By the time I was thirteen, I discovered Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury, gateway authors into the science fiction world. My geekiness soared tenfold. Perhaps those authors give the impression I was a sophisticated child reader; my big sister…

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A Memoir A Decade and a Half in the Making

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

By happenstance, today marks five months until my memoir, Caged Eyes: An Air Force Cadet’s Story of Rape and Resilience, hits shelves. As my publicist said, “It’s go time,” and I can’t think of a more amazing way of celebrating than beginning my year here on The Debutante Ball. To say this memoir has been a long time in the making is a comical understatement. The first time I thought…

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Press Release: Announcing the 2017 Debs

Sunday, September 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: The 2017 Debutante Ball to feature a down-in-the-dumps dumpee, an accused black teen, a rape survivor, an ancient Roman gourmand, and an American outlaw. September 4, 2017 – Founded in 2006, The Debutante Ball celebrates the journey of five female, debut authors on their paths to publication. The collaborative, daily blog has helped to introduce the careers of industry elite, such as New York Times bestselling authors Eleanor…

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The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2017!

Champagne toast
Saturday, September 3, 2016

Please return next Saturday for the Deb class of 2017’s first guest, Lee Kelly, author of A CRIMINAL MAGIC. We’re excited to announce the new blog schedule as of Monday, September 5th. We know the 2017 class will continue the Deb traditions in fine form, and we look forward to following their journeys over the next year! So please join the fabulous 2017 Deb Class next week as they introduce…

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