Interview with Julie Pennell + #DebBallGiveaway of THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB

Saturday, August 5, 2017

We are in for such a treat! I am so happy to welcome Julie Pennell as our special guest on The Debutante Ball today. Originally from the south, Julie is a fellow New Yorker, a wonderful writer, and the author of one of my favorite books THE YOUNG WIVES CLUB. I devoured Julie’s book over a weekend and loved every page. Listed in Southern Living’s “Best New Summer Books,” this…

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A Wished For Child

Friday, August 4, 2017

I’m pretty excited about today’s post! Mary’s name is one of my favorite Easter eggs in Allegedly! During edits, I actually debated with the copy editor over the following excerpt. The name Mary has several different meanings but this one fit the story best:   I thought it was very fitting to have Mary’s Momma, a deeply religious woman, name her after one of the most loyal women in the…

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Bonnie Parker: From Doll to Gangster’s Moll

Thursday, August 3, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their character names, which is a fun topic, in general, but even with a book based on real-life figures, I had a great time with naming my characters. BECOMING BONNIE is the untold story of how Bonnelyn Parker became half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. My novel’s been referred to as a “female Breaking Bad,” and I’m down…

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Pro-Tips: How To Name Your Characters

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Are you struggling to come up with cool, original names for your characters? Here are some solutions. If you’re writing about your family members and you don’t want them to know, switch their names around. For example, if you have a husband named David and a dog named Tucker, reverse them. Have a toxic ex-boyfriend in your life? Cleanse yourself by naming the worst person in the entire fictional universe…

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Can You Guess How To Pronounce Apicius?

Monday, July 31, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about their character names.  Writing a book set in Ancient Rome means that I have to work with a lot of names that are probably unfamiliar to people, such as Thrasius, Sotas, and Ruan. And, ironically, when I included ancient Roman names that have survived the centuries, such as the name Melissa, my readers told me that the name felt too out of place….

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Heading into August: Deb Ball News Flash

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Congratulations to Kim Lynch, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of STOLEN BEAUTY by Laurie Lico Albanese. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Fiona Davis! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE ADDRESS!! You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @FionaJDavis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE ADDRESS https://t.co/ObwDPVOpqL pic.twitter.com/BfdfoNle9Q — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July…

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Interview with Fiona Davis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE ADDRESS

Saturday, July 29, 2017

  It is such an honor to welcome wonderful Fiona Davis to The Debutante Ball! Fiona is the author of one of my favorite books THE DOLLHOUSE (now available in paperback!), and her new book THE ADDRESS is coming out this Tuesday, August 1st! Congratulations, Fiona! As someone who absolutely loved THE DOLLHOUSE, I cannot wait to get my hands on Fiona’s latest! THE ADDRESS tells the story of two women,…

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The Joys of Summer Rest

Friday, July 28, 2017

I absolutely love summer and every that goes along with it, including my favorite activity: rest. Nothing beats doing absolutely nothing while sitting by the pool, on a beach, or just chilling in the park. After the type of tumultuous debut year we’ve had, we deserve to take a breath and enjoy the sunshine. Which technically means I haven’t done much writing. And that’s ok. When you become a debut, you are…

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A Glimpse Into Summers to Come

Thursday, July 27, 2017

*** Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! The deadline is July 28! *** This week the Debutantes are talking all about summer, and what that means for our writing life. I chuckled as I read Amy’s post about fitting it all in during her chaotic summer months. I’ve got to imagine, with two kids and as a stay-at-home mom, I’ve got…

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Summer Turns Me Into a Dirt-Bag Trail Runner

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I wait all fall, winter, and spring for summer. I watch the snow melt on the peaks just west of my house, waiting for the days when I can go on high-country trail runs or climbs without bringing snow shoes and avalanche beacons. I recognize I’m extremely privileged to take off for weeks at a time in the summer to camp and run in the mountains. For me, summer means…

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