Ignorance Is Bliss

Friday, January 20, 2017

At the beginning of this month, like most New Year resolutions, I promised that I would take better care of myself. I would eat better, do yoga, meditate, and write in my gratitude journal. It’s Jan 20th, 2017. The inauguration of Satan himself is happening today. The world is imploding. ALLEGEDLY drops in four days. I’ve barely eaten a salad. Cookies are my life now. Aside from life events, launching…


“These are a few of my favorite things….”

Friday, December 23, 2016

HAPPY HOLIDAYS MY LOVES! I can’t believe it’s already Christmas. This year has flew by! Madness! I know this week we’re talking about novels we loved this year but I found it a bit difficult since most of the books I read are books coming out in 2017. But I did get to a few, some YA, some adult, and even some non-fiction that I loved!   Bloggers Can’t Be…


Newsflash: Debs at Work

Sunday, December 4, 2016

We send our thanks to Carolyn Menke for being our guest on The Debutante Ball yesterday! If you haven’t already, please pick up a copy of her book, RETURN TO ME. You can also enter a giveaway to win a copy! Simply RETWEET on Twitter, and/or SHARE on Facebook using the hashtag #DebBallGiveaway by noon (EST) December 9th for your chance to win (US only). We’ll select and contact the winner on Friday. Good luck!  2016 Deb Aya…


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, Distraction99.com, 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…