Amy’s Reading (and Bad Mood) Update

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

So far 2017 has been a terrific year for great books. But I’ll be perfectly honest: This has NOT, in my opinion, been a terrific year politically. In fact, these days I spend most of my time feeling horrified, disgusted, appalled, and sad. I read the news (online and in print) throughout the day and appreciate journalists more than ever. Staying on top of current events is overwhelming and depressing….

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My 2017 in Books – What I’ve Read, What I’ve Loved

Monday, August 14, 2017

I read really fast–about 800 words a minute. It means that I devour books. I can easily read a 250 page book in a couple of hours. When I fly to Italy I usually read 1.5-2 books one way on the flight. For someone like me the Kindle is one of the best inventions ever, and my husband is grateful for the slightly smaller piles of actual books in our…

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Deb Ball News Flash: Slow Down, Summer!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Kaitlyn Sage Patterson to The 2018 Debutante Ball!! Kaitlyn  will be joining Cass Morris, Kimmery Martin, Lara Lillibridge, and Julie Clark as they take The Debutante Ball by storm! Want to know more about these fabulous women and their forthcoming books?? Stay tuned for our BIG welcome post on Saturday, September 2nd! ***** Congratulations to Kelley Blair, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB by Julie…

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Interview with Brandy Colbert + #DebBallGiveaway of Little & Lion

Saturday, August 12, 2017

I am BEYOND excited to introduce our next guest-the phenomenal Brandy Colbert! I first stalked Brandy when she released one of my favorite books POINTE as I’m a sucker for any books with black ballerinas and seeing myself on the page. I’m proud to call her a friend I can go to for the best advice on navigating the rough publishing waters. Her new title LITTLE & LION, just came out this…

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Déjà vu: A Poem

Friday, August 11, 2017

Write a first draft. Edit. Trash parts. Write a second draft. Edit. Eat cookie dough and cry. Write a third draft. Edit. Edit some more. Cry some more. I hate this. I suck at being a writer. Maybe I should be a plumber. This shit sucks. Whatever. Sends to editor. Drinks away the pain. Editor sends letter. He likes! Really? Oh. Makes some adjustments. I mean, I guess this isn’t…

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Jenni L. Walsh’s Three Tips for Book Two

Thursday, August 10, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their second books. I feel very blessed to continue my career as an author. It’s a dream come true and a profession I highly enjoy. That, of course, doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with challenges. So I’ve cobbled together three quick-ish (they got longer than I expected…) tips for tackling a sophomore book and beyond, based on my own publishing journey. Results may…

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What Sophomore Book?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This week we’re blogging about our second book efforts. I’m here to weigh in as the Deb Ball Team slacker! Yes, I’m the only one of the five who does not have a second book in at least a completed draft form… …and I’m okay with that. I’ve already written a few times here about my struggle to write my follow-up memoir to Caged Eyes. I believe in this second…

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The LIMELIGHT Timeline: Piece of cake? Not exactly.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Question: So you’ve published your first novel, SMALL ADMISSIONS. I hear you’re working on a second. Has it been easier this time around? I hear the second book is a piece of cake. Answer: A piece of cake? Seriously? Ha. LIMELIGHT TIMELINE April 2015: Sign contract for SMALL ADMISSIONS! Yay! Celebrate. May 2015: Time to start thinking about that new book! Do that, meaning… sit and think. Gaze off into space….

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The Second Time Around

Monday, August 7, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about what’s ahead–second books.  A few days ago I wrote the last word on the first draft of a book called THE SECRET CHEF, about Bartolomeo Scappi, the cuoco segreto (literally secret chef but meaning private chef) to several Renaissance cardinals and a few Popes. It’s a different era than FEAST OF SORROW, which is set in ancient Rome, so it meant that I…

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News Flash: Announcing the 2018 Debs!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

BIG NEWS! The 2017 Debs are thrilled to announce The Debutante Ball Class of 2018! We will be doing a detailed introduction soon, but we are so excited to share the names of next year’s Debs. Please join us in welcoming: Julie Clark Kimmery Martin Cass Morris Lara Lillibridge Please join us in welcoming these wonderful writers to the Deb Ball family! ******** Congratulations to Cora Hannold, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway…

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