Worlds Both Ancient and Magical: Books that influenced the writing of FROM UNSEEN FIRE

Monday, October 2, 2017

Reading is a crucial part of a writer’s job, so this week, we’re discussing books that influenced us. I’m choosing to interpret that as “books that influenced your upcoming publication”, because if it was just books in general, I’d be here forever. Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series: If you ever want to spend seven thousand pages immersed in the late Roman Republic (and seriously, who wouldn’t?), go swimming in…


Interview + Giveaway with Courtney Maum, Author of TOUCH

Saturday, September 30, 2017

I’m pleased to introduce everyone to one of the books I’ve talked the most about this summer, and by talking I mean to real people in real conversations in physical locations—not online. Just today I was talking about dog rentals, the run-pee app that tells you the best times during a movie to go to the bathroom, and self driving cars that come equipped with coffee machines. On the other…


An Introduction in Books

What better way to get to know a person than through the books that shaped their imaginations, right? When I say I grew up with my nose in a book, I really mean it. I took home stacks of books from the library every week and invariably read my way through the whole pile before our next visit. Couple that with the fact that I lived in a small town…

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tiffany Jackson’s ALLEGEDLY and the art of (metaphorically) flipping a dinner table

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

It’s Launch Day for Tiffany!    Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: a white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? There wasn’t a point…


Christmas Day News Flash!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

The writers at The Debutante Ball send holiday greetings to all of our readers! Congratulations to Audra from Unabridged Chick for winning a signed hardcover of Breeana Shields‘ book POISON’S KISS. We send our thanks to Lianne Stokes for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book BELOW AVERAGE. Thank you, Shelf Pleasure, for the fun live #DebBookChat on twitter!         News…


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…


Craving All the Feels? These Five (+) Books Will Get You There

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When it comes to novels’ subject matter, I don’t shy away from the brutal. Many of my favorite books are the ones which march unswervingly into dark and painful realms. I find these types of explorations are the ones which often make me feel the most, the ones which stay with me for years. I search for redemption in these tough books: in the beauty of language, in the depth…


And The Winner is … My top 5 reads? Impossible.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Best books ever? This is going to be so easy! The Art of the Deal The Bible Just kidding No, I definitely do NOT find this easy. Who came up with such a terrible blog topic? I did? Well, shit. There are so many books I love – and for so many different reasons – I’m going to need categories. (We’re supposed to list five books here, but math was really never…


Yes, I’m a Bookaholic, and These Are My Five Favorite Books

Monday, October 3, 2016

This week the Debs are going to talk about one of our most favorite topics, books!  I have been reading since the age of two, which may seem a bit ridiculous, but it’s true. I was never one for dolls as a child. I wanted to read, to explore the world through stories. Throughout my life, I have always sucked down books like they were candy. On average, I read…


Deb Amy Chooses To Read Outside The Box

I read best-sellers, bargain books, literary fiction, memoir, historical fiction, chick lit, up-market women’s fiction, (some) thrillers, cozy mysteries, cookbooks, young-adult, middle grade, humor and the occasional romance. But I’m Jewish so I don’t read Christian fiction. Or do I? Oy! Let me explain. My friend, Tina Ann Forkner, writes Christian fiction. Her novel, Rose House, was on my TBR (to-be-read) list. For over a year. I was nervous. I wanted to…

Friday, March 8, 2013