Interview with Kaite Welsh + #DebBallGiveaway of THE WAGES OF SIN

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, we’re thrilled to welcome a fellow debut Kaite Welsh, from across the pond, to chat about her novel THE WAGES OF SIN! A “nail-biting debut” [Fabulous magazine] set in 1890s Edinburgh, Kaite Welsh’s THE WAGES OF SIN features a female medical student-turned-detective, and will thrill fans of Sarah Waters and Antonia Hodgson. Sarah Gilchrist has fled from London to Edinburgh in disgrace and is determined to become…

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News Flash: Author Events – The DEBS are in the house and on the stage!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Congratulations to Laurice McClung, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer. We were thrilled to have Orly Konig as our guest yesterday. If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of THE DISTANCE HOME or enter to win a copy by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: RT to Enter! Interview w/ @OrlyKonig + #DebBallGiveaway of #TheDistanceHome https://t.co/Kb44xasqQh pic.twitter.com/rg6Y0f9BHF — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) May…

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Interview with Melodie Winawer+ #DebBallGiveaway of THE SCRIBE OF SIENA

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I am delighted to welcome one of my Touchstone Books sisters, Melodie Winawer, to the Deb Ball. We both have books set in Italy and have a curiosity and love for cooking history. Her novel, THE SCRIBE OF SIENA, is her first, but what a fantastic first it is! I loved this time-travel, medieval Italian tale with its trifecta of love, science and art, combining together for some fantastic historical fiction….

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Bring on the Giggle Juice

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I’m Bonnelyn Parker! I’ve taken Jenni’s fun character test a few times now, and I can’t help it, each time I come up most similar to Bonnelyn. We’re both determined, grit-filled ladies (Is it okay I say so myself?), though maybe we’re both naïve at times too. We’re both flawed, to be sure. I’ve mentioned this quote a few times when talking about Becoming Bonnie, but I love it so…

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It’s DEB JENNI’S LAUNCH WEEK and Crystal King is ‘Bonnie Parker’ from BECOMING BONNIE

Monday, May 8, 2017

This week, for the launch of BECOMING BONNIE (YAY!), Jenni has asked each of the Debutantes to take a quiz that tells them which member of Bonnie and Clyde’s gang they are. Before I dig into the details, I need to throw a few HOORAYS! into the air about this wonderful book and the even more wonderful author behind it all. Jenni is my other historical fiction sister out of the Debs…

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How To Make A Curse Tablet Like Thrasius From FEAST OF SORROW

Thursday, April 27, 2017

You’ve probably heard us shouting it this week but… Crystal King’s novel FEAST OF SORROW is now available! It’s the kind of historical novel–about the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius and his slave Thrasius–where you aren’t simply dipping a toe into the world, you are fully emerged. Crystal’s vivid descriptions and nuances of Ancient Rome are simply immersive. So much so that I often felt like I was reading either…

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Romans Had Refrigerators?? Feast of Sorrow Enlightens

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

It’s the morning after Feast of Sorrow’s book launch, and I bet Crystal is waking up thinking, “Holy Cr@p! My book is out!” Except, I don’t know, maybe she isn’t cursing to herself because she’s a slightly more polite person than I am! Don’t pinch yourself, Crystal! It’s real. Launch day arrived, and Feast of Sorrow is now out into the world. As a fellow writer who also spent the better part…

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Happy Pub Day, Crystal! FEAST OF SORROW has launched!!!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

“King’s descriptions of the food and entertainment are exquisite, her characters are beautifully drawn, and events and people of the times are deftly woven throughout . . . A delight to the senses, King’s debut novel is to be savored and devoured.”  – Library Journal, starred review The first order of the day is to send a big, heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Crystal King on the release of her…

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Interview with Alyssa Palombo + #DebBallGiveaway of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Today on the Debutante Ball, I’m excited to welcome Alyssa Palombo, a fellow historical novelist, whose book THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN FLORENCE is inspired by Sandro Botticelli’s muse, Simonetta Cattaneo. Here’s what it’s all about: A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is…

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The Becoming of BECOMING BONNIE (Aka Deleted Scenes)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

This week, we’re sharing deleted scenes from our novels. BECOMING BONNIE has a bit of an interesting history, besides being inspired by history. When my agent and I pitched editors, the novel was originally for young adult audiences. We ended up with two offers, one from a young adult publisher and another from an adult publisher. I went with Tor/Forge, the adult publisher, and BECOMING BONNIE went through quite the transformation….

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