Self-Inflicted Torture

Friday, October 21, 2016

While researching for ALLEGEDLY, I interviewed girls raised in group homes or spent years in juvenile prisons. Some I talked to over the phone, some I met in person. I needed to fully absorb their experiences in order to accurately portray the main character Mary’s realities, subsequently forcing her to endure some horrific experiences. There is one encounter that Mary experiences in her jail cell, a story told verbatim by…


Interview with Mindy McGinnis + Giveaway of THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Look who we got in the guest chair today! None other than authoress Mindy McGinnis. As her bio state: “McGinnis delivers a dark and riveting contemporary YA novel that blends the unflinching honesty of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak with the relentless pacing and alternating perspectives of Gone Girl.” Whew! Impressive!     If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of the stunning, unforgettable page-turner THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES!! Or retweet on Twitter,…


News Flash: September 18

Sunday, September 18, 2016

We send our thanks to Camille Perri for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her novel THE ASSISTANTS. You can still enter the GIVEAWAY: RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook by noon (EST) Friday, September 23rd to win a copy of THE ASSISTANTS (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  From the 2017 Debs: Jenni L. Walsh had a “this is getting…


I’m Not Just A Girl…

Friday, September 9, 2016

Four years ago this October, a hurricane named Sandy arrived to NY with a dream. Of course, we had seen hurricanes before but were cocky in our assumptions that nothing Mother Nature birthed could truly touch us. Until the waters swallowed up our streets and the winds knocked off our crowns. Sandy succeeded where her predecessors failed. After Sandy made her debut, my office on Wall Street was closed for…


Interview with Emily Ross, author of Half in Love with Death

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Emily Ross is the author of HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH (Merit Press December 2015), a young adult psychological thriller for readers of all ages. When her beautiful older sister, Jess, disappears on a summer night in Tucson in 1965, fifteen-year-old Caroline feels like she might as well have disappeared too. The only person who pays attention to her is Tony, her sister’s older boyfriend, who soothes Caroline’s desperate heart every…



Saturday, March 21, 2015

I first discovered NOVA REN SUMA via her kickass writerly blog,, which I read religiously in my MFA days. The site is uplifting and introspective, with stellar writing from Nova and writer pals. Then I read her stunning book IMAGINARY GIRLS, and I knew she was a voice to be reckoned with. So I’m thrilled to welcome her this week to the Debutante Ball. She stopped by to chat…


Guest Saturday with YA Author Liz Czukas + GIVEAWAY

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sometimes you want an adorable, funny, all-around delightful book about teenagers doing teenagery things– and our guest this week, Liz Czukas is a master. Her latest book, TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS, arrives in stores Tuesday, December 9. According to Liz, TOP TEN CLUES YOU’RE CLUELESS is what happens when you spend too much time watching the high school students who work at your regular grocery store (not in a creepy…


On Writing Communities, Competition And Finding Your Tribe

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I’ve always heard of this legend, the solitary writer, head down at her desk, never looking for the light or sharing her words. And I have to say, that was never me. From the start, to me, writing was a collaborative craft. I remember sharing stories with my kid sister across our bunk beds — about frogs and princesses, our favorite Bollywood stars, and eventually even New Kids On the…


The Fabulousness That Is Deb Elise’s POPULAZZI! (Giveaway!)

Guess what? It’s time to celebrate Deb Elise Allen’s Populazzi! I met Deb Elise when I was in LA, but we only got to talk for about three minutes, and we were so excited we forgot to take a picture, but I loved her immediately, and reading this book only cemented that. Let me catch you up with a back-of-the-book summary first: Cara has never been one of those girls:…

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Don’t Judge a Book By Its (Really Great) Cover

One of the perks of being part of The Debutante Ball is being able to read advance reader copies of some wonderful books. It’s like being introduced to a whole new crowd of friends or tasty foods you might never have ordered or cities you’d never thought to visit. Elixir, by actress and author Hilary Duff (and co-written by Deb Elise) is a perfect example. I’m well past “Young Adult,” age though I…

Wednesday, October 13, 2010