[News Flash] Announcing Your 2019 Deb Class!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Today we are breaking away from our usual Sunday News Flash to introduce our new Debutante Ball Class of 2019! We are so excited for the new Debs to take over and share their amazing books with you. So without further delay please join us in welcoming: KA Doore – THE PERFECT ASSASSIN (TOR March 2019) Layne Fargo – TEMPER (Gallery/Simon Schuster, May 2019) Stephanie Jimenez – THEY COULD HAVE…

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Characters in Search of a Plot

Monday, August 6, 2018

I don’t have a drawer of abandoned manuscripts; I have a goddamn vault. I’m not even slightly exaggerating when I say I’ve started scores of projects since the age of eleven, when I first decided I wanted to be a writer. It’s probably over a hundred, but that sounds so ridiculous, right? Like I might as well say a million. But if I were to comb through all my files…

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[News Flash] August 5, 2018

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Congratulations to Jessica Reed, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of By the Forces of Gravity by Rebecca Fish Ewan.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Emily Giffin! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of All We Ever Wanted. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview With Emily Giffin, Author of All We Ever Wanted + Giveaway https://t.co/iYyNmC7EmI pic.twitter.com/Yp7SULEImD —…

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Being An Author Is A Lot Like Teaching Long Division

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Ah…the next book. The Everest for debut authors. When you say I’m working on my second book, non-writers will say Great! Can’t wait to read it, as if that’s a guaranteed outcome. But other writers will give you a sympathetic look and say, Oh dear. How’s it going? and then possibly offer you alcohol.   I’ve discovered that writing as a career is a lot like teaching long division to…

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[News Flash] July 29, 2018

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Congratulations to Sandy McMahon, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of HEART BERRIES BY TERESE MAILHOT.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rebecca Fish Ewan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet:   Interview with Rebecca Fish Ewan (rfishewan) and #GIVEAWAY of BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY! https://t.co/YPBoIPBA0O…

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Research in The Ones We Choose

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Everyone who has been following this blog knows that I am not a geneticist. Or a scientist of any kind.  I’m a fifth grade teacher. Therefore, in order to make my main character, Paige, believable as a preeminent geneticist on the cusp of a major genetics breakthrough, I had to do a lot of research.   First, I read some books. Three were heavily influential in the development of both…

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[News Flash] July 22, 2018

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

  Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Terese Mailhot! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Heart Berries. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Terese Mailhot and GIVEAWAY for Heart Berries https://t.co/TBI42cy6jg pic.twitter.com/DHXpxl7XLl — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) July 21, 2018 News from the 2018 Debs:   Julie Clark had a full week of book…

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Julie’s Five Minutes of Zen

Thursday, July 19, 2018

I am the queen of low expectations. Especially in publishing. But I’m also a believer in setting your intentions, because the universe is listening to what you put into it, and is ready to give it back to you.   Did I expect my book to hit the New York Times bestseller list? No. I knew early on The Ones We Choose wasn’t going to get the kind of push…

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[News Flash] July 15, 2018

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Congratulations to Kris Erin Clink, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex.   News from the 2018 Debs: Julie Clark had a great time with the Oceanside Moms book club…a very special group near and dear to my heart.   Kaitlyn Sage Patterson is excited to finally be able to share that she’ll be in Greenville, South Carolina for Read Up! Greenville in October!   Cass Morris is drafting. Definitely not working…

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Hidden Gems in The Ones We Choose

Thursday, July 12, 2018

I don’t have very many hidden Easter eggs in my book…aside from locations that Angelinos might recognize — Pitfire Pizza is a real restaurant on Venice Blvd, Annesley College where Paige works is located where Pepperdine University resides, although I completely rewrote the architecture and overall vibe to match my own University of the Pacific in Stockton (Pepperdine architecture is much more modern than the brick and ivy buildings I…

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