A Complex Cover for a Complex Book + An Excerpt from BECOMING BONNIE

Thursday, November 17, 2016

This week’s Deb Ball topic is book titles and covers! Like many authors, getting my cover for BECOMING BONNIE was a moment I eagerly awaited. But, unlike a lot of authors, I didn’t have a strong visual of what I wanted. This is weird for me; I’m a really visual person. But, nope, my imagination kept coming up empty. I think, in part, my blank slate of expectations was because the…

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Deb News Flash: Past and Present

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Congratulations to Elle G. for winning a copy of THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis!  News from former Debs 2016 Deb Louise Miller is “thrilled, honored & crazy-happy” that THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING was in last Sunday’s NYT Book Review!!!!! – Check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/16/books/review/female-protagonists.html?_r=0 2014 Deb Lori Rader-Day, author of LITTLE PRETTY THINGS and THE BLACK HOUR will be a keynote speaker at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference. Congratulations, Lori!…

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Yes, I’m Needy, And Other Confessions From Jenni L. Walsh

Thursday, October 13, 2016

This week we’re doing confessions. If you missed Crystal, Amy, or Lynn’s posts, get after them next (and look out for Tiffany’s tomorrow). But right now, I’m about to drop some truth on ya. Yes, I’m needy, and other confessions from Jenni L. Walsh: I loved TWILIGHT. I did, though so many times writer/reader friends give me a “for real?” look. I flew through the series prior to beginning my author adventures,…

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As Meghan Trainor Would Say, “I’m all ’bout that… premise”

Thursday, October 6, 2016

For me, the numero uno factor in deciding whether or not to read a book is premise. It’s true. Not age group. Not genre. But a gripping concept that I have to experience for myself. So what has gripped me? This week, we’re sharing our faves books, so without further ado (and in order of reading) these are the books that pop to the forefront of my mind from the…

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A Good Idea, A Game Plan, And Flexibility For The Win

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My path to publication had a few detours, pit stops & unexpected turns. But here I am: months away from my book babe hitting shelves. And, I can enthusiastically say my agent, Stacey Glick, is the mastermind behind my dream coming to fruition. I’ll prove it with a quick look at my journey (my second journey, to be honest, because I was previously agented for a different project), starting with my query…

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Calling All Nap-Time Writers And Vampire Moms

Thursday, September 22, 2016

For me, writing is less about where and more about when. One day (I’m visualizing here), I’ll be a full-time author and have hours and hours to write while my kiddos are in school. I’ll ignore the housework (I’m really good at that already), plop my butt down in my writing nook, at the dining room table, on the couch, or maybe I’ll get comfy in bed, and get oodles of #amwriting…

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From One-Page Stories to Full-Length Novels

Thursday, September 15, 2016

With classes underway across the country, I’m reminded how school helped shape who I am today. Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be something “creative”, but at the time I couldn’t quite pinpoint what “name” would be attached with that dream.   Throughout elementary school, I wrote a ton of one-page stories. Never fail, the storyline followed the same progression: girl meets boy, girl marries boy, girl and boy…

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Bonnie Parker: Promised the American Dream but Given the Great Depression

Thursday, September 8, 2016

I’m very excited for my inaugural post, and for the opportunity to introduce myself and my debut novel, BECOMING BONNIE. So, Hi, I’m Jenni, kid wrangler by day and author by night. And, as you may’ve guessed from the title, my novel is about Bonnie Parker, as in half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo. At some point during my adolescent years, I saw the Bonnie and Clyde film from…

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Press Release: Announcing the 2017 Debs

Sunday, September 4, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: The 2017 Debutante Ball to feature a down-in-the-dumps dumpee, an accused black teen, a rape survivor, an ancient Roman gourmand, and an American outlaw. September 4, 2017 – Founded in 2006, The Debutante Ball celebrates the journey of five female, debut authors on their paths to publication. The collaborative, daily blog has helped to introduce the careers of industry elite, such as New York Times bestselling authors Eleanor…

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