Dealing with Toxicity: Tough Relationships in Lara Lillibridge’s GIRLISH: GROWING UP IN A LESBIAN HOME

You do not owe toxic people a place in your life. Whoever they are, whatever they tell you, whatever strings they think they can tug on, you don’t owe them. This is something I thought about a lot while reading Girlish. Lara’s life looks nothing like mine, but a lot of the feelings resonate. I know what it’s like to be gaslit. I know how confusing, disorienting, and infuriating that…

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[News Flash] April 1, 2018

Congratulations to @ReadRedRead, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of one of Lindsay Ribar‘s books! Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Crystal Wilkinson! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with @CrystalWilki + #Giveaway for THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE https://t.co/NNAdMbwPmw pic.twitter.com/UT5ZxRnNFW — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) March 31, 2018  News from the…

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Interview with Crystal Wilkinson + GIVEAWAY For THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE

Crystal Wilkinson was a guest lecturer my first semester of my MFA at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She spoke eloquently about circular, fragmented, and braided forms. She spoke about how Point of View can circle overhead like a bird, coming to rest over different people. I wrote it all down very carefully, because I was not particularly good at writing linear stories and it was the first time I heard…

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Kaitlyn’s Favorites

This week we’re writing about our favorite things, and this, my friends, is a topic I’m well versed in. I love to love. So, without further ado and in no particular order, my favorite things. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. I have extremely dry skin and have since I was wee, and this stuff is the only thing that can keep me from drying out like a tumbleweed. Chai with lots of black…

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Julie’s Favorite Things

I love a lot of things…and people…but here is my list in no particular order. Barbecue potato chips. On Valentine’s Day, instead of giving me chocolate, my students bought me many bags of barbecue potato chips because they know that’s what I love! A great book that I can’t wait to pick up every day. The fact that both of my boys see themselves as “writers” and are working on…

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Kimmery’s Favorite Thing

  Look, I know I am supposed to write something every week, but today writing is hard. I’m on vacation. And it’s especially hard to write now, not only because I’m in chill mode but also because I’m out of the country with no wifi and some kind of stone-age 2G network on my phone. This article is taking twenty hours to upload. I’m going to do my best, though,…

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My Most Favored Things

I have many favorite things—I’m a lover of tchotchkes and have been collecting things since I was a child. For today’s post, I will take some pictures of my some of my favorite things with another one of my current favorite things, my brand new iPhone 7+. But first, let me tell you the top three most amazing things about my iPhone. (iPhone haters, just scroll to the bottom) It…

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Whiskers on kittens, certainly

This week, the Debs are discussing our favorite things, and I’ve decided to resurrect and cobble together some good old-fashioned surveys to the purpose: Favorite fast food restaurant? Five Guys Favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip Favorite chocolate candy? Snickers Favorite fruity candy? Jujubes Favorite flavor Starburst? Strawberry (there is no other correct answer to this question) Favorite Asian dish? Chicken fried rice Favorite food of all time? Beignets…

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[News Flash] March 25, 2018

Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of NOT THAT I COULD TELL by Jessica Strawser. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Lindsay Ribar! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway for a WINNER’S CHOICE—select your choice from The Art of Wishing, The Fourth Wish, Rocks Fall Everyone Dies, or The Pros of Cons!  You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview w/…

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Interview w/ Lindsay Ribar + Winner’s Choice Giveaway!

This week, I have the pleasure of welcoming to the ball one of my oldest friends within the publishing industry, Lindsay Ribar. Lindsay was actually one of the first people who ever knew anything about From Unseen Fire, as she was one of the agents I pitched the book to back at a Harry Potter convention in 2012! I was brave enough to pitch to her, honestly, only because her younger sister…

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