What Sophomore Book?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This week we’re blogging about our second book efforts. I’m here to weigh in as the Deb Ball Team slacker! Yes, I’m the only one of the five who does not have a second book in at least a completed draft form… …and I’m okay with that. I’ve already written a few times here about my struggle to write my follow-up memoir to Caged Eyes. I believe in this second…


The LIMELIGHT Timeline: Piece of cake? Not exactly.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Question: So you’ve published your first novel, SMALL ADMISSIONS. I hear you’re working on a second. Has it been easier this time around? I hear the second book is a piece of cake. Answer: A piece of cake? Seriously? Ha. LIMELIGHT TIMELINE April 2015: Sign contract for SMALL ADMISSIONS! Yay! Celebrate. May 2015: Time to start thinking about that new book! Do that, meaning… sit and think. Gaze off into space….


A Glimpse Into Summers to Come

Thursday, July 27, 2017

*** Calling Debut Authors! Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Debutante Ball! Read this post to learn more. Hurry! The deadline is July 28! *** This week the Debutantes are talking all about summer, and what that means for our writing life. I chuckled as I read Amy’s post about fitting it all in during her chaotic summer months. I’ve got to imagine, with two kids and as a stay-at-home mom, I’ve got…


News Flash: Seeking Debs for the Class of 2018!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Calling All Debut Authors! Want to be part of a lovely, tight-knit group of writers? Want to go through your debut year as a member of The Debutante Ball? We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 class! Information on who is eligible and how to apply can be found right here! Congratulations to Marilyn Grable, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE THIRD NERO by Lindsey Davis. We were so excited…


Escape from New York: 5 Things To Love About Kent, Connecticut

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

I live in New York City. And as everyone knows, New York is one of the most wonderful, loud, smelly, crowded, lovely, hideous, chaotic, sweaty, hip, annoying, exciting, cool places to be in the whole world. I love it. And I also occasionally hate it. And when I just plain can’t stand it anymore and need a break (and everyone needs a break from time to time), I go to Kent, Connecticut…


A Behind The Scenes Look: Editing BECOMING BONNIE

Thursday, April 13, 2017

This week, the Deb’s are chatting about the editing of our novels. As writers, we pick up tricks of the trade as we go along. We never stop learning and improving. I like that about our industry. While revising my novel, BECOMING BONNIE, I felt like I had ample opportunities to grow (i.e. it required lots of editing). But it was in that messy, chaotic state of tackling my edits…


2017 is the Year of the Crystal

Monday, January 2, 2017

It’s also the Year of the Amy, the Tiffany, the Lynn and the Jenni, because it’s the year when our books will shake the world! This week the Debs are writing about our New Years dreams, resolutions, hopes, goals, and ambitions.  On April 25th, my dream will come true. I’ll truly be a published author. It’s the start of what I hope will be a long, lucrative career. But, unless…


News Flash: Happy New Year from the Debs!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

HAPPY 2017 FROM THE DEBS, PAST AND PRESENT!!! 2017 Deb Amy Poeppel was the Debutante Ball guest yesterday. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Amy’s book SMALL ADMISSIONS. Or you can enter to win a CD, signed by Carly Robins, the wonderful narrator, and Amy. Simply RETWEET on Twitter: Interview with Amy Poeppel + #DebBallGiveaway of SMALL ADMISSIONS https://t.co/x0rYrBQrUi pic.twitter.com/aL5pIXPL12 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) December 31, 2016 Or you can also…


The End of the Trail by Bonnie Parker

Thursday, December 15, 2016

This week on the Deb Ball we’re writing about jobs, hobbies, or trips that connect to our books. While I haven’t written many poems recently, back in my youth it was something I did frequently. It was a way for me to express myself, a way to let out emotions, a way to understand something that was happening to (or around) me. After the death of my first grandparent, I…


When It Comes to Distractions, Sometimes a Gal Needs to Rant

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This week’s Deb posts are all about how we write through distractions. Or don’t. It’s funny, the Deb gals and I often chat throughout the day, and, the other day, I was venting to them about a distraction happening right then and there. Their response: that’s your post for this upcoming week. Unedited. So here we go, my recent rant… including almost-expletives, my cap lock key, and heat-of-the-moment expressions: Speaking of distractions,…