Guns and Pumpkins

Monday, August 20, 2018

I have two favorite bloopers from the writing process of From Unseen Fire. They’re both historical screw-ups — massive, glaring anachronisms. One of them, we caught in the midst of main edits. I headdesked pretty hard over it. It was one of those idiomatic phrases that just slipped out without my brain being aware of its passage — a dangerous thing for a writer, really, but let’s face it, something…

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[News Flash] August 19, 2018

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, AJ Pearce! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Dear Mrs. Bird. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview + Giveaway with AJ Pearce, Author of Dear Mrs. Bird https://t.co/ZjLl2IHt48 pic.twitter.com/1q3gI0S4P1 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) August 18, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris is launching a campaign…

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No One Minds Cake

Monday, August 13, 2018

My launch party took place at the awesome Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia — the place which is, more or less, my hometown. I wasn’t born there, but it’s where I spent my formative years, where my parents still live, and where I recently returned after leaving Roanoke. If you’re ever in the Richmond area, definitely stop by — it’s my favorite kind of indie store, quirky and charming and…

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[News Flash] Announcing Your 2019 Deb Class!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Today we are breaking away from our usual Sunday News Flash to introduce our new Debutante Ball Class of 2019! We are so excited for the new Debs to take over and share their amazing books with you. So without further delay please join us in welcoming: KA Doore – THE PERFECT ASSASSIN (TOR March 2019) Layne Fargo – TEMPER (Gallery/Simon Schuster, May 2019) Stephanie Jimenez – THEY COULD HAVE…

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Characters in Search of a Plot

Monday, August 6, 2018

I don’t have a drawer of abandoned manuscripts; I have a goddamn vault. I’m not even slightly exaggerating when I say I’ve started scores of projects since the age of eleven, when I first decided I wanted to be a writer. It’s probably over a hundred, but that sounds so ridiculous, right? Like I might as well say a million. But if I were to comb through all my files…

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[News Flash] August 5, 2018

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Congratulations to Jessica Reed, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of By the Forces of Gravity by Rebecca Fish Ewan.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Emily Giffin! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of All We Ever Wanted. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview With Emily Giffin, Author of All We Ever Wanted + Giveaway https://t.co/iYyNmC7EmI pic.twitter.com/Yp7SULEImD —…

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Book Two: Blessing or Curse?

Monday, July 30, 2018

When I sold From Unseen Fire, I got that coveted thing: a multi-book deal. Three, in fact! A guarantee that the story would go on, and we could stop trying to sell the blatant lie that the first book was “a standalone with series potential”. How magnificent! I could traipse merrily into Book Two in a state of security and confidence. After all, I’d already written some scenes, back when…

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[News Flash] July 29, 2018

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Congratulations to Sandy McMahon, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of HEART BERRIES BY TERESE MAILHOT.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rebecca Fish Ewan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview with Rebecca Fish Ewan (rfishewan) and #GIVEAWAY of BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY! https://t.co/YPBoIPBA0O…

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Finding the Details that Fill a World

Monday, July 23, 2018

I. Love. Research. I mean, if you’ve read From Unseen Fire, you could probably guess that. As much as I’m a writer, I’m also a historian. It was my second major in undergrad, and my Master’s degree certainly relies heavily upon it as well. I live with my head as much in the past as the present, and while it’s not always the Roman past, for the past seven years,…

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[News Flash] July 22, 2018

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

  Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Terese Mailhot! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Heart Berries. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Terese Mailhot and GIVEAWAY for Heart Berries https://t.co/TBI42cy6jg pic.twitter.com/DHXpxl7XLl — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July 21, 2018 News from the 2018 Debs:   Julie Clark had a full week of book…

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