Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Kick-Off!

Hey everyone! I am super thrilled to announced that Celebrating Debutantes blog event is back. And this year we have one massive event for all of you.

To those who are not aware what Celebrating Debutantes is all about, this blog event is where we features here at Blackplume and Fragments of Life new authors and their debut novels. Last year event was a huge success. So Precious and I decided to have a run again, but instead of splitting the event into two parts we are doing one huge event instead.

We’ve lined up lots of features for everyone starting today, June 1st, 2017 to September 2017. Yes, you read it right! The event will run for more the three months! Which means more new authors and books to discover, and lots of interesting and exciting features for everyone. And of course tons of giveaways too.

We have many talented new authors on board this year with their fresh debut novels and we are really excited for everyone. We hope that this event will be a perfect venue for readers to find new literary discovery, and for new authors to showcase not only their first published work but also share a little about themselves to readers. Because who doesn’t want to get to know more about the genius behind the favorite book we love to read? I don’t about you, but for me, there’s a thrill in discovering great new authors for the very first time. It’s like finding a hidden gem and sharing it to fellow readers which gives me excitement.

In this years event, we will be featuring diverse set of debut young adult, new adult and middle grade novels — from fantasy, science-fiction, contemporary, romance, lgbt, mystery, thriller, retelling, historical, and many more. You will definitely find your new favorite from our list. So, without further ado, here’s our debutantes this year.

Celebrating Debutantes 2017 Participants

Siren Sisters by Dana Langer
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Sand Runner by Vera Brook
Rules for Thieves by Alexandra Ott
Poison Kiss by Breeana Shields
The Wingsnatchers by Sarah Jean Horwitz
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Post High School Reality Quest by Meg Eden Kuyatt
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl
The Someday Birds by Sally J Pla
Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant
The Gravedigger’s Son by Patrick Moody
It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
Soulmated by Shaila Patel
Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn
Under Locker and Key by Allison K. Hymas
The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale
The Takedown by Corrie Wang
#Famous by Jilly Gagnon
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
The Wishing Heart by Jennifer Welker
Girl Out Of Water by Laura Silverman
Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green
The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
How To Stage A Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly
The Castaways by Jessika Fleck
Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchelle
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
The Secrets of Islayne by Kari Lynn West
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Food
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
Devils Within by S.F. Henson
Seeking Mansfield by Kate Watson
The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle
Lost Boys by Darcey Rosenblatt
You Don’t Know Me But I Know You
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke
Kat Greene Comes Clean by Melissa Roske
Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett
In 27 Days by Alison Gervais
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes
Dare Mighty Things by Heather Kaczynski
Now Is Everything by Amy Giles
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle
The Good Byline by Jill Orr
The Tiger’s Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency #1) by K. Arsenault Rivera
The Temptation of Adam by Dave Connis
How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore
Sketchy Tacos by Megan Gonzalez
Golden by Katie Robinson
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott
When Planets Fall by Abby Reed
League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis
Lemons by Melissa savage
Being Fishkill by Ruth Lehrer
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
Speak Easy, Speak Love by Mckelle George
Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot
Among the Red Stars by Gwen Katz
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan
The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City by Jodi Kendall
Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge by Kristin Gray
The Last to Die by Kelly Garrett
The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz
Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence
Muddy Waters by Sara O. Thompson
The Tragically True Adventures of Kit Donovan by Patricia Bailey

The list above will be linked to the actual spotlight post. So don’t forget to come back to check out all these amazing debut authors and their novels, as well as enter the giveaways for a chance to win lots of prizes. For the mean time, enter the giveaway below.


What’s up for Grabs?

  • Finished Copy / Pre-orde of any debut novels featured in Celebrating Debutantes 2017 (Intl)
  • Surprise Prize Pack (PH Only)

The Rules:

  • Open Internationally to anywhere Book Depository ships / PH Residents
  • For International prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • For PH giveaway, we will be sending the prize via local courier
  • There will be one (1) winner for International entries and another one (1) for PH entries
  • Winners will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winners will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends on June 30th, 2017

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

Celebrating Debutantes 2016: The Distance To Home by Jenn Bishop (Movie Cast and Giveaway)

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second Wave

I’m super thrilled to have author Jenn Bishop here on the blog today as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2016 event. Jenn will be sharing to us her casting pick for her debut middle grade novel The Distance to Home.

To know more about Jenn Bishop and The Distance to Home, check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the guest post, as well as links where to find Jenn and where to buy copies of the book.

Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a signed copy of the book from Jenn.

Here’s Jenn with her casting pick for The Distance to Home

While the odds are that my debut middle grade novel, The Distance To Home, will probably not be made into a movie anytime soon, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend a bit of time here and there fantasizing about it. It’s most writers’ dreams to see something they created in their head up on the big screen. So, if it ever does come to pass, here’s my ideal casting. (Also, these people are not allowed to grow up because that would ruin everything!)


Maisie Williams


I’m going to cheat a little here, since this actress is now too old to play Quinnen, but when I was first drafting TDTH, I always had Maisie Williams in my head as I imagined Quinnen. I love her spunk and intensity. (Quinnen is a little less murdery than Arya Stark — juuust a little.)

Maude Apatow


I think Maude Apatow would make a great Haley.

Gaten Matarazzo


Like many other kidlit authors, I completely devoured Stranger Things when it appeared on Netflix and from the first instant Gaten Matarazzo appeared on screen I knew he would make the perfect Casey.

Tristan Wilds


This was a hard one, mostly because my image of Hector in my mind is based more on athletes I’m familiar with than actors. But I think Tristan Wilds comes closest.

EVERWOOD Image #EW04-51-13A-1-4 Pictured: Chris Pratt as Bright Abbott Photo Credit: © The WB/Lance Steadler


So, in truth I kind of want to go back in time and have Chris Pratt from his Everwood days play Brandon.

Ansel Elgort

But if a time machine is off the table, I think Ansel Elgort for Brandon could do a pretty good job.

Olivia Colman


Somehow Mom was the hardest for me to cast! In the end, I settled on Olivia Colman.

Peter Krause


Peter Krause. Done!

Ellar Coltrane


Ellar Coltrane would make such a good Zack.

Thank you so much Jenn for sharing to us your casting pick for The Distance to Home. Those brilliant actors/actresses makes me more excited to meet Quinnen and the rest of the characters. I love Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones series and I can imagine her on a different role. I think she is sporty enough to be Quinnen. She is really a brilliant young actress.


Author Jenn BishopJenn Bishop is a former youth services and teen librarian. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied English, and Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Jenn lives just outside of Boston, where she roots for the Red Sox.


Find Jenn

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Book Details:

The Distance To HomeTitle: The Distance to Home
Author: Jenn Bishop
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Pages: 240
Format: Hardcover, eBooks

Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They’re headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley.

This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound?

Book Links:

Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Goodreads | Publisher


What’s up for Grab?

  • Signed hardcover copy of The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop

The Rules:

  • Open to US and Canada addresses only
  • There will be one (1) winner only
  • Winner will be chosen by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends September 04, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!

Treat yourself to a complete #CelebratingDebutantes2016 experience. Click the image below for the full list of schedule and links to each second wave feature post!

CD2016 Second Wave Collage

Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Second Wave Kick-Off!

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second Wave

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 is back!

Early this year Precious and I launched the first wave of Celebrating Debutantes  – a blog event that features debut authors and their novels. Today we are thrilled to open the second wave of #CelebratingDebutantes2016. This second part of the event will run from August 4, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Two months of book love, features, giveaways, and fun. Which means more authors to follow and books to discover. Maybe your next favorite novel is one of them or maybe more.

Below is the list of novels and authors we will feature in the coming days. So watch out and follow the event. Also, don’t forget to check the giveaway below for international & PH readers.

Celebrating Debutantes 2016 Second Wave participants:

Tokens and Omens by Jeri Baird
The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
Frayed by Kara Terzis
Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee
The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw
Life Before by Michele Bacon
In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J Keller Ford
100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen
The Distance To Home by Jenn Bishop
Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
Never Ever by Sara Saedi
The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison
Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley
Doreen by Ilana Manaster
How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather
Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh
The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen
The Fray Theory: Resonance by Nelou Keramati
The Crown’s Game by Everlyn Skye
The Weight of Zero by Karen Fortunati
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
The Art of Holding On and Letting Go by Kristin Bartley Lenz
The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes by Wade Albert White
Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel
Lucky Strikes by Louis Bayard
The Cat King of Havana by Tom Crosshill
Ripple by Heather Smith Meloche
Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
Resurrecting Sunshine by Lisa A. Koosis
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
A Bond Of Venom and Magic by Karen Tomlinson
Girls in the Moon by Janet McNally
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jesicca Cluess
At First Blush by Beth Ellyn Summer
Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen
Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie
Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth
Until I Break by Kara Bietz
If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

CD2016 Second Wave Collage


What’s up for Grabs?

  • A book of your choice from the list of Second Wave Celebrating Debutantes 2016 participants (International)
  • Surprise Prize Pack (PH Only)

The Rules:

  • Open Internationally to anywhere Amazon / Book Depository ships / PH Residents
  • For International prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • For PH giveaway, we will be sending the prize via local courier
  • There will be one (1) winner for International entries and another one (1) for PH entries
  • Winners will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winners will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends on September 30, 2016

To enter fill out the rafflecopter form

Good Luck!!!