Tips for Navigating the NaNo Blues

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

We’re sharing our best writing tips this month here on The Debutante Ball, and since this happens to coincide with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo for short), I thought I’d tailor my advice for the NaNo folks out there. November is quickly running out and for many writers it’s make or break time. So what do you do if you still have 10-20k left on your word count…

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GIVEAWAY ALERT!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

November 7, 2020 The Debutante Ball is very excited to be giving away a copy of Rachel Mans McKenny’s wonderfully witty debut novel, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. To grab your copy of this marvelous book, Retweet or Share the post below to Twitter or Facebook. Or simply comment on the original article here. This giveaway ends on Tuesday and you don’t want to miss out! MORE ABOUT THE BOOK Is there such a…

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Time Management–Reflecting on the Before Times and Strategies for The New Era

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

When I sat down to brainstorm ideas for this article, it was hard not to think of all the B.C.’s invoiced. Before COVID-19, yes, but on a personal level– Before Children. When I was writing The Frozen Crown, I was working a full time job as well as remodeling an 1850’s farmhouse. (And I mean– remodeling— it needed a lot of work!) At the time I thought I was juggling…

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Interview with Simone St. James, author of The Sun Down Motel

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

This week’s interview is with New York Times bestselling author, Simone St. James whose book THE SUN DOWN MOTEL is out now! Congratulations Simone! Read below about her proudest writing moment, the talent she wished she had, her twisty road to publication, and the best money she ever spent as a writer.   ABOUT SIMONE Simone St. James is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls, Lost Among the Living, and The Haunting…

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The World of The Frozen Crown

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

You want the fantasy author to talk worldbuilding?? Welp, you all are in for it now! I could probably write a short book on the nuts and bolts of my worldbuilding process… don’t worry. I won’t do that here. Instead I’d like to focus on the all the things that inspired the world of The Frozen Crown. I knew from page one, that I wanted The Frozen Crown to feel…

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GIVEAWAY ALERT

October 12, 2020 A winner has been chosen for Diane Zinna’s powerful debut novel, THE ALL-NIGHT SUN. If you haven’t checked out her interview, be sure to follow this link to catch up! If you missed out on the giveaway, but still want to know more about THE ALL-NIGHT SUN, what Publisher’s Weekly calls, “Inventive and luminous . . . ­­­­­Zinna’s intimate debut dazzles with original language, emotional sentience, and Swedish folklore as…

Monday, October 12, 2020
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[News Flash] October 11, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

It’s finally here! Lyn Liao Butler’s cover for THE TIGER MOM’S TALE was released this week and it’s gorgeous! And make sure you sign up for Lyn’s newsletter so you don’t miss any updates.   Elizabeth Gonzalez James’ cover for MONA AT SEA was also revealed this week at Vol.1 Brooklyn. Way to go Lyn and Elizabeth!   Denny S. Bryce is interviewing Stacie Murphy, author of A DEADLY FORTUNE…

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[News Flash] September 27, 2020

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Diane Zinna was our guest author this week, talking about her novel, THE ALL-NIGHT SUN, available now. Tune in to our Instagram account this Wednesday, September 30 at 2pm ET when Elizabeth Gonzalez James will interview Zinna about her novel, Ari Aster’s Midsommar, and her path to publication! Early reviews are coming in for Greta Kelly’s THE FROZEN CROWN and they are glowing:   Ehsaneh Sadr has two great events…

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Giveaway Alert!!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

September 26, 2020 A winner has been chosen for Anita Kushwaha’s wonderful new book SECRET LIVES OF MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS. If you haven’t checked out her interview, be sure to follow this link to catch up! If you missed out on the giveaway, but still want to know more about SECRET LIVES OF MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS, what Farah Heron, author of The Chai Factor calls, “An engaging and thought-provoking read, Secret Lives of Mothers &…

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From Milwaukee to New York To Rome: Greta’s Intercontinental Path to Publication

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

If you ask most professional writers, they’ll tell you they’ve been writing since childhood, and the same is true for me. I dreamed of writing a book and getting it published for almost as long as I can remember. But how do you actually go about writing a book? I had no idea… and it showed in my writing. For more years than I can honestly count, I worked on…

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