THE ONES WE CHOOSE: Smart Family Drama

Monday, May 7, 2018

I feel like Julie’s book and Lara’s both drove home a similar message for me: You do not owe toxic people a place in your life. It really pleases me to see more fiction preaching that, even as it acknowledges how hard making that choice can be. The Ones We Choose is such a smart family drama. Julie has brilliantly balanced her characters’ emotions with fascinating scientific details. Her main…

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[News Flash] May 6, 2018

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Congratulations to Rachel Dacus, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Clarissa Goenawan’s RAINBIRDS.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Catherine McKenzie! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE GOOD LIAR. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway of THE GOOD LIAR https://t.co/T32dvuwUgD pic.twitter.com/YuzQK6msHw — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) May 5, 2018 Former…

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The Dreaded Self-Promotion

Thursday, May 3, 2018

  I don’t know any writer, anywhere, who wakes up in the morning thrilled with the prospect of a day filled with self-promotion. As a group, we tend to prefer dark rooms, pajamas, and oversized coffee mugs filled with wine.   And yet, part of our job is to put on a happy face (and pants) and promote our books. Publishers expect it. Editors and agents demand it. And yet…so…

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[News Flash] April 29, 2018

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Clarissa Goenawan! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Rainbirds. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Clarissa Goenawan + Giveaway for RAINBIRDS https://t.co/aW8geoWzeo — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 28, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Julie Clark is gearing up for the release of The Ones We…

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Julie’s MFA Program in Books (Favorites in Parentheses)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

  I don’t have an MFA. I have a masters….in education administration. Occasionally, I will wonder if I shouldn’t do some kind of low-residency program, just to see what-all I don’t know. But that sounds depressing, not to mention time-consuming. How many Raymond Carver short stories can a person read in one lifetime? Probably a lot.   As far as I know, they don’t offer MFA degrees in upmarket women’s…

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[News Flash] April 22, 2018

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Congratulations to @KateRockLitChik, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of Meg Wolitzer’s THE FEMALE PERSUASION.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kelly de Dos! If you haven’t already, check out her wonderful essay, The Wrong Kind of Fat Girl and retweet to share the love: The Wrong Kind of Fat Girl. An Essay by @kdevosauthor. https://t.co/Y1dC1akEIw pic.twitter.com/3XXIq6Ox9Y — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 21, 2018   News from the 2018 Debs:   Kaitlyn Sage Patterson…

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Cass’s Literary Debut…and it’s Incredible

Thursday, April 19, 2018

  From Unseen Fire is a literary blend of historical fiction and fantasy that will blow your mind. The city of Aven is so richly imagined, no detail goes unfinished. Cass has filled every corner of this world until it practically breathes. There is political intrigue, love, revenge and redemption. And while there is a strong argument to be made for Cass’s gift in writing her secondary characters so well…

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[News Flash] April 15, 2018

We hope you enjoyed Zoraida Cordova’s charming and fascinating interview last week.   Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Meg Wolitzer! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of THE FEMALE PERSUASION. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet: Interview with Meg Wolitzer + GIVEAWAY For THE FEMALE PERSUASION https://t.co/2kLgVOISKQ pic.twitter.com/7hJeiE46DL — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 14, 2018   News from the…

Sunday, April 15, 2018
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In Which Julie Live-Texts Reading The Diminished With Kaitlyn

Thursday, April 12, 2018

In a world where everyone is born a twin, Vi and Bo are the outcasts. Vi because her twin died in infancy, and Bo because he was single-born, and thus destined to rule. There is love and betrayal and fierce allies in a world that slightly ours, and yet couldn’t be more different. It’s better. Mostly. Maybe. I REALLY NEED TO READ BOOK TWO TO ANSWER THIS QUESTION.   One…

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[News Flash] April 8, 2018

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Congratulations to @BeetlePup, winner of our #DebBallGiveaway of THE BIRDS OF OPULENCE by Crystal Wilkinson. Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Zoraida Cordova! Check out her charming and fascinating interview here: Interview with Zoraida Córdova https://t.co/vgBhfjQpp7 pic.twitter.com/eXjq9N5JA7 — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) April 7, 2018 News from the 2018 Debs:   Lara Lillibridge started the week with a release party in Rochester, NY, and ended it with a celebration in Cleveland. In…

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