News Flash: September 18


We send our thanks to Camille Perri for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her novel THE ASSISTANTS.

You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) Friday, September 23rd to win a copy of THE ASSISTANTS (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck! 

From the 2017 Debs:

Jenni L. Walsh had a “this is getting real” feeling this week; her book is officially listed on Macmillan’s site! It’s a small step, and there’s a lot of information that still needs to be added to the page, but BECOMING BONNIE is there – for the world to see. It also includes all the ways in which you can bring Bonn home 😉

Tiffany D. Jackson just finished her 2nd pass pages. THANK GOD! Will be flying to Chicago next weekend early, to hole up in her hotel room and finish the first draft of her second novel.

Lynn K. Hall is distracting herself from pre-publication jitters by working on her next book project. Meanwhile she’s finished reading all of her fellow debutante’s books, and wow – every single one is amazing. She’s a bit stunned to find herself in such talented company.

Amy Poeppel is still in Germany, working away on her new novel. She is remotely planning a New York City galley party for SMALL ADMISSIONS, taking place sometime in mid-October. Recent read: Abby Fabiaschi’s I LIKED MY LIFE, a novel that had Amy weeping on a train in front of all the other passengers. (See Goodreads for a review and preorder!)

Crystal King finished the first pass edits of her typeset pages which she took with her when she visited the super awesome staff at Touchstone Books at the Simon & Schuster offices in NYC. While she was there, she filmed an interview video that will be used for later promotion for FEAST OF SORROW. She also read Abby Fabiaschi’s I LIKED MY LIFE (but, fortunately, didn’t weep in front of other people). She’s now read all the Debutante Ball books and is even more excited to share the Deb stage with these super talented women!

News from Former Debs and Guests:

We were so excited to hear from former deb Elise Allen that the third book in her Gabby Duran series will come out over the summer of 2017! The FIRST book in the Gabby series — GABBY DURAN AND THE UNSITTABLES — was chosen as one of the SSYRA Young Readers Awards books for the 2016-2017 school year, grades 3-5. It’s a very cool program, focused on getting kids to enjoy reading books for pleasure. Each year the SSYRA chooses a short list of books in 4 different age ranges. Then over the course of the school year, kids all over Florida are encouraged to read as many of the books as they can. Here’s Gabby on this year’s list:

Barbara Claypole White has her fourth novel, ECHOES OF FAMILY (Lake Union), coming out on September 27th. It’s a book about music, madness, and English village life.


Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began.
Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic-depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she’s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she runs with her husband Darius and her almost-daughter Jade … until another fatality propels her back across the ocean to confront the long-buried past.
In her picturesque childhood village, the first person she meets is the last person she wants to see again: Gabriel. Now the village vicar, he takes her in without question, and ripples of ‘what if’ reverberate through both their hearts. As Marianne’s mind unravels, Jade and Darius track her down. Tempers clash when everyone tries to help, but only by finding the courage to face her illness can Marianne heal herself and her offbeat family.
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Author: Amy Poeppel

Amy Poeppel grew up in Dallas, Texas and left the south to attend Wellesley College. Since then, she has worked as an actor, a high school English teacher, and most recently as the Assistant Director of Admissions at a school in New York City. Her three fabulous boys are all off in Boston attending school, and she and her husband now split their time between New York and Frankfurt, Germany. A theatrical version of SMALL ADMISSIONS was workshopped at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. She later expanded it into her first novel.