Dear Lucy Maude

    In many ways, The Dream Peddler is a love letter to L. M. Montgomery. I can’t think of any author whose work I spent more time reading during my adolescence. Eventually I collected every novel she ever wrote, and read many of them over and over. Back then I never gave any thought to the opportunities to read something new that I was squandering every time I picked…

Friday, February 15, 2019
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The Comp I Kept

Friday, January 25, 2019

    I know you’ll all be shocked when I announce that I did not use comp titles in my query. I did not. I don’t think I was taking any particular stance in this; it’s just that I had a very hard time to come up with any, and very few agents actually required them. I described my book and sent my query off without them, and that seemed…

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Interview with Barbara Ridley + WHEN IT’S OVER giveaway

Saturday, January 12, 2019

We are so excited to welcome Barbara Ridley to the Debutante Ball this week! Barbara was born in England but has lived in California for more than 35 years. After a successful career as a nurse practitioner, which included publication of academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, she is now focused on creative writing. Her work has appeared in journals such as Writers Workshop Review, ArsMedica, The Copperfield Review, Blood and Thunder and Stoneboat.  WHEN IT’S…

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2018 Hit List

Friday, December 28, 2018

    An American Marriage by Tayari Jones** From the publisher: Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. In this deft exploration of…

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Interview with Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar + THE MAP OF SALT AND STARS giveaway

I’m so thrilled to welcome my friend Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar to the Debutante Ball this week! Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar is the author of the novel, The Map of Salt and Stars (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2018) and a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) and of American Mensa. Joukhadar’s work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review Daily, The Kenyon Review, The Saturday Evening Post, and elsewhere, and…

Saturday, December 1, 2018
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Attacus Atlas & Other Inventions: A Circuitous Route

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Circuitous Route:   The reflection of the world is blues, that’s where that part of the music is at  – Jimi Hendrix I have no way to express how stunned I am, sitting here today, holding my newly hatched ARCs. It is surreal to see this book in galley form, it is surreal to see my family hold my debut novel in their hands. By all accounts I should…

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Interview + Giveaway with AJ Pearce, Author of Dear Mrs. Bird

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Awhile back, I did an interview in which I mentioned how much I loved the book Bridget Jones by Helen Fielding. A short time later I received a package in the mail containing a copy of a historical fiction title called Dear Mrs. Bird, written by a debut British author named AJ Pearce. The publisher mentioned that despite this book being WWII-era historical fiction, the protagonist and the voice of…

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Interview with Jacinda Townsend, Author of SAINT MONKEY

Saturday, December 2, 2017

I’m excited to introduce our readers to Jacinda Townsend! I first heard of her at my MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she is a visiting facility member. I didn’t have the chance to work with her personally (she advises the fiction students, and I was in the creative nonfiction track) but I heard so many good things about her that I asked if she would participate in our…

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Interview with Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb+ Giveaway of LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I’m so excited to introduce you to Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor! I have been a fan of both of these writers for several years now, and to have them collaborate on a book together is every historical fiction reader’s fantasy. Their book LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS has been getting rave reviews: Gaynor and Webb’s first collaboration is beautifully told […] the authors fully capture the characters’ voices as each…

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Interview with Hazel Gaynor + #DebBallGiveaway of THE COTTINGLEY SECRET

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, we’re thrilled to welcome one of my favorite historical fiction authors, Hazel Gaynor, to sit in our hot seat and chat about her newest novel THE COTTINGLEY SECRET! The New York Times bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies…

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