The New Debs: Please Welcome the Class of 2019!

This week, we take a break from our traditional Saturday Guest Author posts in order to introduce you to the new class of Debutante Ball authors! We are so excited for them to begin their tenure starting tomorrow! Layne Fargo will be taking over the weekly News Flash. Layne Fargo has Master’s degrees in theater and library science, which seem slightly less useless now that she writes very dramatic books….

Saturday, September 1, 2018
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Anna Mirabilis et Terribilis

Monday, August 27, 2018

Debuting is hard. This past year has felt, in many ways, like a crucible of anxiety. There’s so much build-up, so many expectations, and then such detritus left behind when the rush ebbs away. For someone already inclined to fret, this pretty swiftly became a Problem, and so a lot of the past year has been spent learning new techniques for managing my instincts for self-flagellation. Last week, my extended…

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[News Flash] August 26, 2018

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Congratulations to @grobiemum, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of DEAR MRS. BIRD by AJ Pierce. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Jennifer Klepper! You can buy her debut, UNBROKEN THREADS here.   News from the 2018 Debs:   Cass Morris spent this week with her extended family, who reminded her what a cool thing it is that she published a novel. They also asked a lot of questions about when Book Two will…

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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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