Dream Big

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I think most of my fellow Debs are sharing more realistic writing dreams this week. I have those, of course. I used to say that all I wanted was to see my book on the shelf at the Chicago Public Library one day. I even took a picture of the spot where it would go: And I still want that! I’m going to be ecstatic to cross that item off…


Dreams or Delusions

Monday, January 14, 2019

A year ago, if you’d asked me my wildest dreams about my debut year, I would’ve gotten starry eyed and mentioned B&N’s most anticipated lists, LGBTQ awards, fanfiction, and fanart. Interviews and large convention invites. My favorite authors recognizing me. Then, if you’d pressed, I might have whispered things like the Hugo awards or what do you know about the Campbell? After a year of really being in publishing and…


[News Flash] January 13, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Barbara Ridley! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of When It’s Over. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): So excited to have @barbara_ridley on the @DebutanteBall this week! RT & follow for a chance to win a copy of her #novel WHEN IT’S…


A TBR For 2019

Friday, January 11, 2019

  This week, I thought I might try to focus on picking one book to represent each genre I like to read in order to keep my list here from being a thousand books long. I may fudge a little, since many of the books I’m anticipating could fall into more than one category.   YOUNG ADULT:  On the Come Up by ANGIE THOMAS I know this pick could not be…


What Layne Can’t Wait to Read in 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

I tweeted about my most anticipated 2019 books as part of the #Debut19Chat on Twitter last month, but I’ll expand my list from there so I have a nice round Top 10 (in order by publication date). Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry (January 15th) – This feminist revenge thriller by my agent sister is already one of my favorite books of 2019. And bonus: if you’re in the Chicago…


Some More Books to be Excite About in 2019

Monday, January 7, 2019

There are so many amazing books coming out in 2019 I can barely handle it. I’ve posted on my own blog about all the fantasy and sci-fi coming out from debuts and I more recently put together a Twitter thread highlighting all the queer/QUILTBAG adult debut novels out this year: https://twitter.com/KA_Doore/status/1081211445356957698Click through for the whole list. So let’s just say I’m more than a little excite and that there’s a…


[News Flash] January 6, 2019

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Nicole Chung! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of All You Can Ever Know. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/UB2PEJh6Tk Thrilled to have @nicole_soojung as our @DebutanteBall guest! RT & follow to win a copy of her amazing #memoir ALL YOU CAN…


Interview with Nicole Chung + ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW giveaway

Saturday, January 5, 2019

We are thrilled to welcome Nicole Chung to the Debutante Ball this week! Nicole Chung is the author of the memoir ALL YOU CAN EVER KNOW, which has been long-listed for the PEN Open Book Award and named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, TIME, Newsday, Library Journal, BuzzFeed, Real Simple, Paste Magazine, Chicago Public Library, and Seattle Public Library, among many others….


Does a Ladder Matter?

Friday, January 4, 2019

      It’s coming home to me how often I start these posts with some comment about how I “don’t really do” whatever the topic of the week happens to be. I don’t live life with balance, I don’t dispense advice, I don’t blah blah blah. So let me hit you with a big surprise: I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. Truly, I don’t know that I’ve ever heard…


So Resolved

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year to my fellow Debs and all our readers! Hope your 2019 is off to a great start. I’m the kind of Type A weirdo who makes resolutions all year long, but for the start of 2019 I’m trying to keep it relatively simple and focus on the following: Writing consistently – I’ve tried word count goals, time goals, etc. in the past, but this year I just…