Spotlight on Little White Lies (Jennifer Lynn Barnes), Guest Post & Giveaway!
Today we're excited to spotlight Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes!
Read on for more about Jennifer, plus a guest post, and giveaway!
Meet Jennifer Lynn Barnes!
Jennifer Lynn Barnes has written more than a dozen acclaimed young adult novels, including The Naturals series: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood and the e-novella, Twelve. A former debutante herself, Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. Jen received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is currently a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma. You can find her online at www.jenniferlynnbarnes.com [jenniferlynnbarnes.com] or follow her on Twitter @jenlynnbarnes.
Meet Little White Lies!
I’m not saying this is Sawyer’s fault,” the prim and proper one said delicately. “But.”
Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother’s “society” might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life—her father’s identity—she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn’t expect to find is friendship, but as she’s drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn’t the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother’s glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer’s search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.
~ Guest Post ~
The Top Five Things Every Debutante Needs
By Jennifer Lynn Barnes
When I was a senior in high school, my mom asked me to do a debutante year. On television, a debutante ball usually consists of just that—a ball. But in my case, being a debutante meant participating in a full year of parties and events leading up to the ball itself. To say that I was a reluctant debutante would be something of an understatement. I was a volleyball player, a dancer, yearbook editor, taking a full load of AP classes, and filling out a whole parcel of applications to Ivy League colleges. The idea of trying to fit parties, dress-fittings, and all things debutante into my schedule was not immediately appealing, but I did it for my mom—and ultimately, I didn’t regret it.
Years later, I sat down to write a book about a similarly reluctant debutante. Sawyer Taft grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. When her very wealthy, estranged grandmother offers to pay for college if she does a debutante year, she agrees… but only because she wants to figure out which one of the high society men is her biological father. Sawyer’s mother got pregnant during her debutante year, and Sawyer has a list of suspects to investigate as she’s going through all of the debutante motions. The longer she stays in high society, the more Sawyer begins to suspect that the skeletons in her own family’s closet are just the beginning.
In honor of the release of Sawyer’s story, Little White Lies, I give the Top Five Things Every Debutante Needs.
- Confidence. On the day of the debutante ball, all eyes will be on you as you walk (probably in heels) down some kind of runway or aisle to be presented to society. Confidence is a must. Even if you’re chanting “don’t fall, don’t fall, don’t fall” in your head, being a debutante means knowing that if you do fall, you’ll get back up again—with a smile. Even more importantly, a debutante has to be confident in her own intelligence and worth. There’s no shortage of people in the world who will look at a debutante—or any teenage girl, really—and immediately judge her for being a teenage girl, underestimate her, and dismiss her. In Little White Lies, the people who do this to our debutante protagonists do so at their own peril, because these are debutantes who know exactly how intelligent and capable they are, and they’re not above using the fact that people underestimate them to their own advantage.
- The protagonist of Little White Lies doesn’t think much of the dozens of rules that govern how a proper debutante is supposed to behave, but she does come to realize that knowing the rules is the first step to knowing how to get around them… and when to break them in a grand and fantastic fashion to make a point.
- The ability to smile and say “bless your heart.” This is the all-purpose response to veiled (or not-so-veiled) insults, passive-aggressiveness, ignorance, malice, and more. With the right delivery, one little “why, bless your heart” goes a long way.
- Bobby pins. In addition to their intended purpose with respect to keeping one’s hair in place, these come in handy whenever a debutante finds herself in need of picking a lock. (And, yes, as a former debutante, I have been known to pick some locks this way myself)
- Female friends to share the experience with. A debutante year is a thing best survived in groups. Little White Lies is, in many ways, the story of a teenage girl who has never had close female friends before making those bonds for the first time. So much media focuses on competition between girls, but there is no “winner” in debutante season. It’s an experience that you’re meant to go through together.
Little White Lies
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Freeform | On Sale November 6, 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 9781368014137 | $17.99 | $18.99 Can. | 400 pages | Ages 12 and Up
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The cover is lovely and will be sure to grab your YA readers. I genuinely like the synopsis and think it will make a good story. I have read other books by this author and enjoyed them. Good luck with the novel. Thanks for highlighting this book.
The cover is so cute, I love that it's pink! I've read some good reviews on this and the plot sounds really interesting, I want to read it!