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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Happy reading, #histfic fans!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This week the Debs are talking about the books we’ve read during our debut year. And while I’ve read outside of my historical fiction category — some great women’s fiction, chick lit, and thrillers — I spent a lot of time cozying up with my genre. Raise your hand if you also read any of these. If you haven’t had a chance yet, click on any of the covers below…

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Interview with Laurie Lico Albanese + #DebBallGiveaway of STOLEN BEAUTY

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I’m so happy to welcome my friend, author Laurie Lico Albanese to The Debutante Ball! I met Laurie through a writer group we both attend, and I adored her right off the bat. A fellow Atria author, Laurie recently published her novel STOLEN BEAUTY which instantly became a favorite of mine, and I have been recommending her book to everyone ever since. A book The Wall Street Journal called “a work of…

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Interview with Greer Macallister + #DebBallGiveaway of GIRL IN DISGUISE

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, we’re thrilled to welcome bestselling author Greer Macallister to chat about her novel GIRL IN DISGUISE! For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not. In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a woman mostly danger and ruin-unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with…

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Interview with Lindsey Davis + #DebBallGiveaway of THE THIRD NERO

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Lindsey Davis, the author of over thirty novels. Her latest, THE THIRD NERO, is out on St. Martin’s Press. I have been a huge Lindsey Davis fan for many years, long before I embarked upon my own foray into the world of ancient Rome. Some of her most loved novels are those about Marcus Didius Falco, an ancient Roman “private-eye.” She…

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Interview with Emily Hauser + #DebBallGiveaway of FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Emily Hauser, whose debut novel, FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, captivated me immediately. I met Emily in the most random way…through Twitter. We connected because both of our books are set in the ancient world and it’s yet another time that I have been grateful for the connective power of the Internet. Emily made a big mark on my own novel, FEAST…

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