If You’re Not Riddled With Self-Doubt, You’re Not Doing it Right

Thursday, November 30, 2017

This isn’t my real first draft. This is a fake one I created for demonstration purposes. Check out that word count and deadline. Are you stressed out yet?   First drafts. They are a nasty business. They will cut you down, make you weep, and doubt everything about yourself. Sounds fun, right?   I’m fortunate enough to be working on a first draft right alongside one of my favorite critique…

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[News Flash] November 26, 2017

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Congratulations to @DianneCasey11, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Christopher Meades! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of HANNA WHO FELL FROM THE SKY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Christopher Meades + Giveaway of HANNA WHO FELL FROM…

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All Roads Lead to This One

Thursday, November 23, 2017

This is exactly where you’re supposed to be. This quote is posted on the wall next to my bed. Long ago I gave up trying to think about what if’s, because that usually what if’ed my kids out of existence. And while I’m thrilled to get them out of the house for the day, I still like them home by bedtime.   So instead, I’m going to talk about the…

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[News Flash] November 19, 2017

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Congratulations to L Simonton, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of CRAVE by Laurie Jean Cannady.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guests, Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Last Christmass in Paris. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview + Giveaway with @msheatherwebb and @HazelGaynor https://t.co/3NUlPWDXY4 pic.twitter.com/pbLh848qPb — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 18, 2017  …

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And the Winner is…No one! And Everyone!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I’ll admit, I’ve never done Nanowrimo. I think it’s a great idea—a community of writers, coming together to encourage each other to do the hardest thing a writer faces: putting the words on paper. The timing has never worked out for me, though. For some reason, I’m always in some stage of revision every November. And really, I’m so type-A about my writing schedule that every day of the year…

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[News Flash] November 12, 2017

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Congratulations to Leonora Morales, winner of EVERYBODY’S SON by Thrity Umrigar!   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Laurie Jean Cannady! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of CRAVE. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview with Laurie Jean Cannady + Giveaway for CRAVE https://t.co/ixgkkVb3mR pic.twitter.com/JF4vuktcwn — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 11, 2017   News…

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Julie’s Real Author Bio

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Writing an author bio is challenging for many debut authors, who often don’t have many/any publishing credits to list. It’s always a toss-up on what tone you want to strike—brief and professional? Or longer and folksy? You want to be real, but not too real. This week I decided to write the author bio that could never make the final cut.   Version 1: Julie Clark grew up in Santa…

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[News Flash] November 5, 2017

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Thrity Umrigar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Everybody’s Son. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to win a copy of EVERYBODY’S SON by @ThrityUmrigar https://t.co/f5tURCTkiz — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) November 4, 2017 News from the 2018 Debs:   Kimmery Martin just received word that she is keeping her original…

Sunday, November 5, 2017
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The Other Side of Fear

Thursday, November 2, 2017

In 2012 I lost one of my best friends to cancer. Sharon was only forty-two years old, and left behind an amazing husband and two young kids. It happened fast. In May she was healthy, driving up to Los Angeles to take me out for my birthday. By August it had metastasized to her liver and bones, and by the following March, we’d lost her. It changes you, to watch…

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[News Flash] October 29, 2017

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Congratulations to Lee Elliott, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of SEVEN DAYS OF US, by Francesca Hornak.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kellye Garrett, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series! Thanks, @kellyekell, author of the DETECTIVE BY DAY series, for visiting with us this week! Take a look! https://t.co/EWBRnOHcGN pic.twitter.com/8miQIhzDm0 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) October 29, 2017 Former Debutantes in the News: Former Deb Sarah Pekkanen has some…

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