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Month: August 2009

Presenting Debutante Tiffany Baker and The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

Presenting Debutante Tiffany Baker and The Little Giant of Aberdeen County

[Note: This week The Divining Wand spotlights The Debutante Ball Class of 09 by featuring their original “Presentations,” along with subsequent professional recognition and/or personal rewards. With only two weeks left to watch them waltz around the Ballroom floor, let’s toast Debs Tiffany Baker, Meredith Cole, Eve Brown-Waite, Katie Alender and Kristina Riggle: Bravo for their debut offerings and cheers to their careers!] On the Book’s Back Cover: Praise for The Little Giant of Aberdeen County “Baker’s bangup debut mixes…

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Authors Beyond Their Pages and in the Media

Authors Beyond Their Pages and in the Media

Our authors are definitely out and about, garnering attention in print, audio and film. Just in case you’ve haven’t heard, here’s some of their latest news. Judy Merrill Larsen (All the Numbers) shared her baking talent in the August 5, 2009 St. Louis Post Dispatch article, Novelist is creative in the kitchen, too. Taking to the airwaves, Carleen Brice (Orange Mint & Honey and Children of the Waters) recorded Carleen Brice Podcasts Children of the Waters from the legendary Tattered…

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Amy MacKinnon’s Tethered, Again

Amy MacKinnon’s Tethered, Again

On this day last summer, Amy MacKinnon debuted with her suspenseful and haunting novel, Tethered, while yesterday brought the release of Tethered in paperback edition. This is good news for all readers seeking an unforgettable book. It’s also another tribute to Amy’s long journey to publication. Throughout her well documented journey, she shared both her self-doubt about readers’ desire to accept the story’s dark subject matter and her dedication to remember the “forgotten children” who silently die of abuse or…

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Cecilia Samartin’s Vigil

Cecilia Samartin’s Vigil

On occasion The Divining Wand will go beyond its own Authors pages to spotlight an author — likely unfamiliar to most – yet not without her circle of fans. And today is such an occasion as we Meet Cecilia Samartin (Broken Paradise, Tarnished Beauty) whose third novel, Vigil, was released on July 21, 2009. Described as a powerful writer and compared to such literary giants as Isabel Allende and Paul Coelho, Cecilia Samartin was born in Havana, Cuba in the…

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And the Winners Are…

And the Winners Are…

After three days of three posts presenting three new book releases, the time has come to announce the three winners. And they are: Jill who receives Mia King’s Table Manners Kristan who receives Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life Terri who receives Lara Zieln’s Donut Days Jill, Kristan, and Terri, please email me with your snail mail addresses at: diviningwand (at) gmail (dot) com Thank you all for playing and please continue to visit for one never knows which…

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Lara Zielin Offers Up Donut Days

Lara Zielin Offers Up Donut Days

For many today may feel like one of those “dog days of summer,” but on the eve of her debut as a YA novelist Lara Zielin is only thinking Donut Days. Yummy title, isn’t it? And how appropriate that it comes from someone who grew up in Eau Claire (French for “clear water”), Wisconsin and thought that “’clear water’ in French was Evian.” Yes Lara is an engaging, witty and charming young woman who radiates enthusiasm and a visit to…

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Here’s Time of My Life, Again

Here’s Time of My Life, Again

Our lives are filled with “what if’s” and “givens,” the latter being an event destined to happen. And, after reading the ARC of Time of My Life a year and a half ago, I knew its success was a “given.” Allison Winn Scotch had touched a universal memory nerve – that chord of imagination our mind plays for us whenever we may not be having the time of our lives. And yet the truth of this novel answers not “would…

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Mia King and Table Manners

Mia King and Table Manners

Two and a half years ago Mia King debuted as a novelist with Good Things and immediately had fans wanting more of her heroine Deidre McIntosh’s story. Writing in a style that made Deidre’s life and environment oh so real, the author — after publication of her second novel Sweet Life — turned her attention back to Deidre, her friends and even Marla. Indeed she discovered there was much more story to tell and, better yet, this book (although a…

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