Interview with Vanessa Hua + A River of Stars giveaway

Saturday, October 27, 2018

  I’m so happy to welcome Vanessa Hua to the Debutante Ball this week! Vanessa is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of the short story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, and the national bestseller, A River of Stars, which O, The Oprah Magazine calls “a marvel” and The Economist says is “delightful.” For two decades, she has been writing, in journalism and in fiction, about Asia and the Asian diaspora. She has received a Rona Jaffe…

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Letter from an Editor

Friday, October 26, 2018

  There are a lot of ways to approach this topic, now that I think about it. We revise our work so many times before it’s published, with feedback from so many different people. After I wrote The Dream Peddler, I went through it twice, then I gave it to a few beta readers, and went back in with their feedback in mind. Then I began to query, and I’ve…

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First Drafts: Messy, Fickle Beasts

Friday, December 1, 2017

As of this post, I’ve written four complete novels, six detailed synopses, and roughly one million poems and short stories. And I’m here to tell you that while first drafts do get easier, they never stop being messy, fickle beasts. In fact, I was just talking a friend about this very subject. My first (trunked) novel was an exercise in meandering. I had no deadlines, no critique partners, and I…

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An Introduction in Books

What better way to get to know a person than through the books that shaped their imaginations, right? When I say I grew up with my nose in a book, I really mean it. I took home stacks of books from the library every week and invariably read my way through the whole pile before our next visit. Couple that with the fact that I lived in a small town…

Friday, September 8, 2017
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News Flash, January 18

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County has been chosen as the inaugural book pick for the Twitter Mom’s Book Club! If you’re a mom and you Twitter, join in the reading fun! Deb Tiffany will be appearing at A Great, Good Place for Books in Oakland, CA on 22 January at 7:00 PM. If any of you are in the East Bay, come stop by and say hi! Ex Deb…

Sunday, January 18, 2009
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The Book that Changed My Life by Guest Author Allison Winn Scotch

We are very pleased to have Allison Winn Scotch, a friend of the Debs, as our guest author today. Her second book Time of My Life hit the New York Times bestseller list. Hi Debs! Thank you for having me here! I’m psyched to chime in today! Okay, so, we’re discussing the book that changed me life, and, well, I have a weird one. I have read lots and lots…

Saturday, December 6, 2008
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News Flash, November 16

Deb Kristina would like you to check out her newly redesigned website at http://www.kristinariggle.net and pay special attention to the “Contact & Media” page where you can sign up for a monthly e-mail newsletter. Some of you already have done so, and thank you! Deb Kristina is also very excited to see her ARCs (advanced reader copies) of REAL LIFE & LIARS have arrived. It’s exciting to have tangible evidence…

Sunday, November 16, 2008
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News Flash, October 19

We experienced some technical difficulties Thursday and Friday, but we’re back online! So be sure to check out Deb Tiffany’s post: “The Hard and the Sweet” and Deb Eve’s post: “Sweet and Soggy Days”. Deb Tiffany was recently interviewed by Publishers Weekly for a Q and A feature. Look for it in an upcoming issue. Also, she is happy to report that The Little Giant of Aberdeen County will be…

Sunday, October 19, 2008
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News Flash, October 5

We at the Ball were thrilled with the response to Joanne Rendell‘s guest post last week which quoted a frustrated Nathaniel Hawthorne, thus: “America is now given over to a damned mob of scribbling women.” We set up a CafePress store featuring T-shirts and other items that declare our pride in being Damned Scribbling Women (or, for the guys, Equal Opportunity Readers). Thanks Joanne for the inspiration, and the store…

Sunday, October 5, 2008
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News Flash, September 28

Posed for Murder is now available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble, Deb Meredith is very pleased to report. Last weekend, Meredith met lots of booksellers at the New England Independent Booksellers Association conference. She had a great time, and her feet are just starting to recover! Deb Kristina just heard the release date for Real Life and Liars will be June 16, 2009, which is almost exactly nine months…

Sunday, September 28, 2008
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