#$@!!! (or, Naughty Me) by Deb Lisa Daily

I am a swear word aficionado. I wasn’t always like this. When I was eleven, my mother made me chew Ivory Soap for yelling “damn” when my brother ran over my foot with his bicycle. This was referred to “cleaning your mouth out with soap” around my house, as in, “watch that filthy language, or I’ll clean your mouth out with soap.” ** Note to parents, this is an especially…

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
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Q & A with Amanda Eyre Ward by Deb Danielle

I am honored and pleased to welcome Amanda Eyre Ward as my guest on The Debutante Ball today. Amanda is the award-winning author of SLEEP TOWARD HEAVEN (2003), HOW TO BE LOST (2004) and FORGIVE ME (2007) and has also published a number of short stories. SLEEP TOWARD HEAVEN won the Violet Crown Book Award and was optioned for film by Sandra Bullock and Fox Searchlight. HOW TO BE LOST…

Thursday, October 18, 2007
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Pearls, Pens, Theme Songs and Huli Huli Chicken

Dear 2008 Debutantes, I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year, and I’d like to leave two thoughts with you – my version of a legacy, so to speak: Theme Songs Huli Huli Chicken First, about the theme songs: if you haven’t already found a theme song for your debut novel, think about getting one. For GOOD THINGS, my theme song is Imogen Heap’s “Goodnight and Go.” I literally…

Thursday, August 2, 2007
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The End … Well, Almost by Deb Mia

It hit me today. I’m no longer a Deb. I mean, I am and always will be a Debutante in spirit, but in the strictest sense of the word, I no longer qualify. My “debut” has passed – my “debut” novel, GOOD THINGS, came out this past February. I didn’t realize how much I would miss it, now that it no longer applies. *sniff* But you know how it goes…

Thursday, July 19, 2007
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Unfinished Business by Deb Eileen

I love starting projects. I get all excited planning the project, it’s a chance to buy new office supplies, I have big dreams for how I want it to turn out and every time about ¾ of the way through….pffft. Pffft is the sound of my enthusiasm running out. Currently, in my house I have all of the following: – one sock knit, one sock just started – the yarn…

Friday, June 29, 2007
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Guest Post by Danielle Younge-Ullman

How do you protect your writing time…or not? Hello Debs and readers, and welcome to my first blog. The lovely and talented Tish has asked me to fill in for her, so I am here as a guest. I noticed that last week there was a fire theme and this week there seems to be a water theme. I’ll try to work water in somewhere, but I really want to…

Tuesday, June 12, 2007
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Eat Read Love By Deb Anna

The way I read is similar to the way I eat: sporadic, thoroughly disorganized, and just as likely to occur in the car on the way somewhere as while I’m sitting down. And just so you know, I’m not joining Deb Kristy in the “reading on the road” club — trust me, my driving is dangerous enough without that. I listen to a lot of books because I know I’d…

Monday, June 4, 2007
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Black Balloons by Deb Jennifer

In a little over a year, I’ll be 40.  Yep, FORTY.  Back when I was a kid, a teenager, even in my twenties, this was completely impossible to imagine.  40 is where you have a party with black balloons.  Friends give you cards with pictures of tombstones and jokes about being “over the hill.” Some people avoid this by staying “39” as long as possible.  Me, I’m going to embrace 40. …

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
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News Flash! April 15, 2007

Ale! Deb Anna sold the Italian rights to her book, Party Girl, which means that Italians will be able to read all about the misadventures of a ragazza facile (that’s ‘party girl’ to you and me). Debs on the Road! Deb Kristy will be in Tennessee and Kentucky this coming week. Come see her if you’re near-by! Details here… Debs on the Web!  Promise Not to Tell has the honor of being…

Sunday, April 15, 2007
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Dolores, Dolores, Dolores by Deb Mia

I have a lot of favorite literary characters, but for some reason Dolores Price is coming to mind. Remember Dolores from Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone? For the record, I loved her before she was discovered by Oprah. Okay, just so we’re clear. I think what did it for me was her humor and her innocence, but then when her innocence is lost, as a reader I can’t abandon her…

Thursday, March 22, 2007
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