Interview with Kristen Lepionka and The Last Place You Look Giveaway

Saturday, July 6, 2019

This week I’m excited to welcome my other Unlikeable Female Characters podcast co-host Kristen Lepionka to the Ball! (We hosted Wendy Heard way back in December.) Kristen Lepionka is the author of the Roxane Weary mystery series. Her debut, The Last Place You Look, won the Shamus Award for Best First P.I. novel and was also nominated for Anthony and Macavity Awards. She grew up mostly in a public library and…



Friday, July 5, 2019

    Damn, these debutante ladies are really teaching me some stuff. Constantly reminding me that I need to get out of my literary fiction rut and read books like this more often. This book is absolutely page-turningly fascinating and delicious in every way. Layne’s characters are so real that it feels like they might leap off the page and bite me, and I’m not sure if the bite will…


My Temper

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Temper is out now! It feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this, and also like it happened in a flash. This is the book of my dark, twisted heart. I wrote it for myself, because it was a book I wanted to read—a book about the kind of woman I want to be, and the woman I am already. I wrote Temper for all the ambitious bitches who want…


Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: Temper!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

I’m so thrilled the world is now able to get their hands on Layne Fargo’s excellent novel, Temper. It is a masterful thriller, suspenseful and so well-written. It deserves all the accolades it’s going to get. I was hooked from the opening pages, it was cinematic! And I felt I was witnessing an epic battle between the two main characters, Kira and Joanna. These are two strong-willed, deeply-flawed women and…


Everybody Should Have a TEMPER

Monday, July 1, 2019

One of the things I’ve loved the most about being a part of the Debutante Ball is getting to read books I wouldn’t normally pick up. TEMPER is quite far outside of my normal wheelhouse, but it was such a suspenseful, tense, sharp, high-speed chase of a time. Kira Rascher’s been struggling to get that perfect theater role for years. When she has the opportunity to audition for a role…


[News Flash] June 30, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Katherine Forbes Riley! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Bobcat. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are thrilled to have @kforbesriley as our guest author this week on @DebutanteBall!! RT & follow for a chance to win a copy…


Jealous Bitch

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

I love jealousy. No, really. I think jealousy is great. Jealousy points you toward the things you want and clarifies your goals. It’s like a big neon sign saying THIS, this right here is what you want. So go get it! You can waste time hating the author with the six-figure advance and buzzy movie deal, or you can realize that the queasy twist in your stomach has nothing to…


[News Flash] June 23, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Loan Le! You can follow Loan’s website and sign up for her newsletter for updates on when A PHO LOVE STORY, out in 2020! Today we’re talking to Loan Le, author of A PHO LOVE STORY, on the writing process & the inevitability of change: “One book doesn’t define our writing style.” — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) June 22, 2019 News…


Fangirling So Hard

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Last week I talked about three amazing women who are my writing community colleagues and friends. This week I’m going to share three women who I wish were my author friends because I think they’re the absolute coolest. I’ve actually met two of them in real life – and yes, I fangirled SO freaking hard.   Gillian Flynn What thriller author doesn’t fangirl over Gillian? She’s who we all want to be…


[News Flash] June 16, 2019

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Fran Dorricott! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of After the Eclipse. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): we are thrilled to host Fran Dorricott @FranWritesStuff this week @DebutanteBall – RT & follow for #Giveaway of sapphic psychological thriller AFTER THE…