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In the True Spirit of Halloween

October 29, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Books, Debs, Movies, Profiles

What comes to mind when you think of Halloween? Costumes, candy, cats that are black? Well here’s another “C” word — creativity — that applies in a most wondrous way.

But first let’s return to the end of August when, on The Red Carpet of The Debutante Ball, The Divining Wand introduced you to Sarah Pekkanen whose novel, The Opposite of Me, debuts March 9, 2010. What wasn’t mentioned then, but will be now, is that Sarah honed her writing skills as a newspaper reporter who had to be creative to cover the most challenging assignments.

This Tuesday, October 27, 2009, the about-to-become author posted Halloween is the most magical time, for Deb Sarah — an insightful perspective of a writer’s mind and a mother’s heart. You may read the essay by clicking the link or scrolling down this page. For, with Sarah’s permission, here is why every October 31st is so much more than Trick-or-Treat:

“Halloween is the most magical time, for Deb Sarah

“Years ago, I was working as a feature writer for The Baltimore Sun newspaper when an editor told me to go find a Halloween story. I think my editor had a vague idea of me interviewing a father who was trying to convince his kids to not get a violent, bloody costume — or maybe a modern Mom who wanted her daughter to dress up like a brain surgeon instead of Cinderella.

“Armed with a pen and the trusty spiral notebook that fit so well into my back pocket, I hit a Halloween costume store and did what I loved: Wandered around and watched people. Within an hour, I had my story. But instead of the interview I expected, I stumbled across something very different.

“The woman who caught my attention was a mother of five, and her two oldest kids had suddenly decided dressing up wasn’t cool in junior high school. My article became a story about a woman who was mourning the loss of childhood. She talked longingly about how she’d helped transform her older boys into anything their imagination desired in years past – once, one of her kids had morphed into a box of popcorn, with real popcorn sewn onto his hat. But the decision to leave Halloween behind was theirs alone; that was part of growing up. So she hid her sadness from them.

“Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and not just because of the chocolate. Like the Mom I interviewed, I love the fact that Halloween celebrates imagination. And the reason why I’m incredulous, ecstatic, and beyond grateful that I now write fiction is because it means I never have to leave that piece of my childhood
behind.

“As a little girl, I spent hours daydreaming, happily inhabiting the colorful stories that played out in my head. Most of the time adults didn’t understand this; to them I probably appeared spacey and unfocused. But on Halloween – on that one magical day – adults joined in the celebration with me, understanding that I really was a fairy princess, or an Olympic gymnast, or a fat orange pumpkin with skinny little legs.

“This year I bought a giant, hot-pink, fuzzy hat to wear while my husband and I take our kids trick-or-treating. I’ll put away the hat for another year on November 1, but my imagination gets to stay. Because there are characters to create – people who do and say things that completely surprise me – and scenes to craft, and moods to conjure, and it all comes from the strange, shimmering place I remember so well from my childhood. The place we all get to visit, on Halloween.”

*****

Sarah posts every Tuesday at The Debutante Ball, the same day Deb Founder Tish Cohen appeared there, in 2006 – 2007, before the debut of Town House. Many know that the book was on its way to becoming a movie when things stalled. However yesterday there was this news from Variety and Entertainment Weekly.com. Congratulations Tish!

Announcement: The winners of CJ Lyon’s new medical suspense thriller, Urgent Care are: Jeannie from Philly, PA and Peg Brantley. Congratulations to you both! Please email: diviningwand (at) gmail (dot) com with a mailing address and your book will be sent out promptly.

A Muse or A State of Mind?

October 28, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

Once again The Divining Wand asked its authors: What does your Muse look like? Or what does s/he sound like? Or what does s/he feel like? Muse(less)? What inspires you to write?

And this time the responses introduce several interesting characters, real or imagined.

Debutante Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA coming May 13, 2010):

“What does my muse look like? Well, he’s tall and skinny and always hungry. Oh, wait…that’s my husband. But actually, they are one in the same. So much of what I write is either inspired or encouraged by him. He has made the whole writing thing possible for me, and now it’s my turn to support him in the style he’s become accustom to. Luckily, that style is as a minimalist. Seriously, I couldn’t ask for a better muse – funny, sweet, a great reader/editor, and while he allows me to fail, he expects me to try my best.”

Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder):

“My muse doesn’t look like anything or anyone in particular. I think s/he is more of a state of mind I need to reach to open up my imagination and let in new ideas. The pleasure of creating something new inspires me to write. A story gets a hold of me and I want to find out what happens to the characters. I write the kind of stories that I love to read.”

Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, coming January 5, 2010):

“Picture my muse as a small petite thing, she looks elegant and beautiful, but she swears like a sailor and has been known to drink bourbon. She likes manhattans and says it is for the cherries in the drink, but I think she lies. You don’t want to see what she’s like when she’s cranky.”

Thaisa Frank (A Brief History in Camouflage, Sleeping in Velvet and Heiddegger’s Glasses coming May 1, 2010):

“My muse is a hunk whom I apparently time-share with at least one other writer. Or perhaps it is just me. When I get a title, I know I have a book or a story. Now and then it’s a key image.”

Jessica Barksdale Inclan (Being With Him, Intimate Beings, The Beautiful Being):

“My muse is my second grade teacher, or looks like her: skirt, hair up, glasses. But she also has a whistle and a yard stick, making sure I get in my chair to write! My muse is a taskmaster.”

Holly LeCraw (The Swimming Pool coming April 6, 2010):

“I just tell myself: get to the place. I know when I’m there. I can’t wait to get inspired; rather, I have to start working, and have faith that inspiration will come. Inspiration is mainly a matter of getting out of one’s own way.”

Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand’s giveaway of two copies of CJ Lyons’ Urgent Care, remains open until this evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Please leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing. The winners will be announced in tomorrow’s post.

Authors in the Spotlight

October 27, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Audiocasts, News

From an award nomination, a library celebration, a newspaper citation and more, read and hear where our authors recently have been spotlighted.

~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted (most recent Crazy Beautiful YA) has been nominated for a Cybil Award in Middle Grade Fiction for Sisters Eight Book 1: Annie’s Adventures. Congratulations Lauren!

~ Allison Winn Scotch (The Department of Lost and Found, Time of My Life and The One That I Want coming June 1, 2010) did a Real Good Reads Interview about Time of My Life, marriage, personal responsibility and her ex-boyfriends. She also spoke briefly about The One That I Want.

~ Kristina Riggle (Real Life & Liars) spoke at the Celebration of the Book at the Grand Rapids Michigan Public Library. Listen to her talk, and you’ll hear Kristina speak of great works, read from Real Life & Liars and also from her second novel, The Life You’ve Imagined coming in August 2010.

~ Therese Walsh (The Last Will of Moira Leahy) was thrilled to see the First Lines of her debut novel in Sunday’s October 25, 2009 edition of The Denver Post.

And, although not a formal member of our Authors Directory yet, Melanie Benjamin who will debut with Alice I Have Been on January 12, 2010 was featured in Maximum Shelf Awareness yesterday. This is absolutely lovely so please take a look.

Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand’s giveaway of two copies of CJ Lyons’ Urgent Care, released today, remains open until Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Please leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing. The winners will be announced in Thursday’s post.

CJ Lyons’ Urgent Care

October 26, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Book Presentations, Books

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According to medical suspense author CJ Lyons’s website, “no one is immune to danger” and the acclaim received from her two previous novels — Lifelines, Warning Signs — (notice the flashing reviews) proves that this writer has indeed found the pulse of her genre. For fans and potentially new fans, she continues to write “Thrillers with Heart” in her third book, Urgent Care, due in bookstores and online retailers tomorrow.

Having practiced as a pediatric doctor for seventeen years, this author knows about the depth of heart and writes about the life she has lived by telling the tales of the women of Angels of Mercy Hospital. These four main characters are: Lydia Fiore, MD, ER attending physician; Dr. Gina Freeman, third year Emergency Medicine resident; Nora Halloran, RN, BSN, SANE; and Amanda Mason, fourth year medical student. Meet them here and by reading the FAQ about CJ. For that’s where you’ll discover that each of these women bears a part of the author:

“Like Amanda, I was the outsider in med school, only a Yankee down South. Like Gina, I was seen as a rebel during residency and my fellowship. I once thought following the rules was the best way to save lives, like Nora, and I now, like Lydia, have learned to live by a different set of my own “’rules.’”

Yet it is in CJ’s Monday, October 19, 2009, popculturedivas post, Living a Life of Crime, where the author explains why she forged a new set of rules and how she found her way “out of the darkness” as Nora finds her own way in Urgent Care.

Although the following describes CJ’s reason for “darkness,” please read the entire post:

“For my pediatric internship and residency I returned to my home state of Pennsylvania and my favorite city, Pittsburgh. During my internship year, something happened that would change me forever.

“One of my fellow interns was killed. Murdered. In the most heinous ways imaginable.

“His death hit us all. We were all very close, the twelve—now eleven—of us. We had to be—no one else understood what we were going through that first year as a doctor when you hold life and death in your hands and have no experience to follow, forced to trust your gut and your heart to make the right decisions. No one else worked our crazy hours, no one spoke our short-hand, stressed-out, sleep-deprived language.

“Then we were twelve no more.

“His killer was caught—thanks to the hard work of several law enforcement agencies. Four days later we were all back to work. He was gone.

“But not forgotten, never forgotten.

“We each found our path out of the darkness. Just like Nora finds her way in my new book, URGENT CARE.

“For me, my path was through my writing. I put aside the science-fiction and fantasy I wrote in school and turned to the gritty, dark world of crime fiction.”

And eventually — years later –that personal life experience would take on another shape and become the kernel for the backstory of Urgent Care. Here’s the synopsis:

CJ Lyons returns to the front lines of the ER and the lives and loves of four very special women. Angels of Mercy Hospital charge nurse Nora Halloran has been living with a painful secret for two long years. When a coworker is assaulted and killed, Nora must face her deepest fears and reveal all her secrets to the man she loves to stop the killer from striking again.

*****

A TV commercial that will be airing in the southeast this week:

And, of course, an URGENT CARE excerpt.

In the interview, Meet Medical Thriller Writer CJ Lyons, at Vivian’s Mysteries this past January 27, 2009, when the author was asked, “Where do your ideas for medical thrillers come from?” she replied:

“Most of my ideas come from things that frustrate me and that I want to change. Topics that I feel passionate about. LIFELINES was pure thriller, WARNING SIGNS more of a mystery but URGENT CARE (due out in October) is psychological suspense. It’s about facing the truth of your past, learning how to trust again. In it, Nora, the ER’s charge nurse, deals with her past as a survivor of a sexual assault.

“While writing it I was very cognizant of the fact that this is an uncomfortable subject for many. But I also wanted to be as honest as possible, to illuminate the courage I’ve seen in victims—and how an assault changes their lives. I can only hope that I did their stories justice and that URGENT CARE will help to inspire and empower readers.”

Even as a novelist CJ Lyons still sounds like a physician who wants to heal others, doesn’t she? Her fourth book, Isolation, to be released next year, will be Gina’s story and the finale of the quadrilogy. But it’s Urgent Care that garners the attention now and will be available for you tomorrow.

What an extraordinary individual capable of making two dream careers come true and be successful at both! For those who wish to learn even more about CJ, please visit Penguin.com (usa) where she’ll be the guest blogger this week.

Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand will be giving away two copies of Urgent Care. To enter, please leave a comment on this post before the deadline of Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The winners — based on a random drawing — will be announced here in Thursday’s post.

What Our Authors Know Now

October 22, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

Earlier this month The Divining Wand provided hindsight on what some of our authors might have done differently IF they knew then what they know now about writing as an art and a business.

Did your favorite authors answer? Perhaps you’ll discover more insight from the following:

Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die):

“I think I learn too much from every experience to wish I had done things differently. I’ve met and worked with amazing people. I’ve found my own place in the YA world, and I’ve been lucky enough to achieve success that I can be proud of. The whole journey has been fascinating and I don’t think I’d take anything back.”

Alicia Bessette (All Come Home coming in August 2010):

“Ask me again in ten years. My publishing career is pretty nascent, so I don’t have the gift of hindsight yet. But so far, I wouldn’t change a thing. The formula of gratitude, never quitting, supporting other writers, and reading a lot, seems to be working for me.”

Tish Cohen (Town House, Commonwealth Regional Finalist, Inside Out Girl, Little Black Lies):

“As an art: spent every spare second reading, dropped out of business school, done more people watching. As a business: I don’t think I’d change much. Maybe I’d have been more aware that female readers like a female protagonist.”

Jenny Gardiner (Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: Twenty Years of Caring for a Vengeful Bird Determined to Kill Me coming March 16, 2010):

“I’d probably not have made such a fool of myself with some of the submissions I sent early on to agents and editors. But we all have to start somewhere and I grew more savvy as I learned more about the business. I don’t regret that I started out so naive because it there’s a certain optimism that comes with that ignorance that ultimately gets suppressed with the reality of the industry and that blind sense of great potential is very motivating.”

Trish Ryan (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Love, and Happily Ever After, A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances coming in June):

“I just finished my second book, A MAZE OF GRACE: A MEMOIR OF SECOND CHANCES, which will be out in June. This book was much harder to write than my first, largely because I was so terrified of losing the ideas I mentioned above that I spent the first few weeks of work frantically jotting every thought that crossed my mind down onto post-its, napkins, and any other loose paper I could find. But because I didn’t write out the whole ideas, most of those fragments were indecipherable by the time I got back to them. So on the art side of writing, my new motto is “Take the time to write the WHOLE thing down…or don’t bother.”

On the business side, I’ve learned that you just never know what’s going to happen next. Publishing changes so rapidly: people, business goals, timelines. You just can’t get attached to any one person or plan to make a book succeed.”

The Revealing of CJ Lyons

October 21, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

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The first sentence of this bestselling author’s website Bio page reads:

CJ Lyons has lived most of her life on the edge.”

TRUTH: That is an understatement! For, by reading on, you’ll discover that:

“Trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, she has assisted police and prosecutors with cases involving child abuse, rape, homicide and Munchausen by Proxy. She has worked in numerous trauma centers, on the Navajo reservation, as a crisis counselor, victim advocate, as well as a flight physician for Life Flight and Stat Medevac.”

And then there are CJ’s further adventures both in the US and abroad.

Her writing comes from being a story-teller and creating dramatic tales about “people discovering the courage to make a difference. This is what drove her into writing thrillers with strong relationships and led her to coin the term: Thrillers with Heart.”

CJ’s first medical suspense novel, Lifelines, debuted in March 2008 and became a national bestseller. The second in the Angels of Mercy series, Warning Signs, followed in January 2009 and her third book, Urgent Care, will be released next Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

Urgent Care will receive a full presentation here on The Divining Wand next week but, for now, it’s time to reveal CJ Lyons.

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Daring to dream by taking leaps of faith

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: No rules, just write!

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Actually, my current life is pretty darn close–living the way I want, doing a job I love, friends and family to share successes with and who listen when I need a sympathetic ear, things to strive for but also content with what I have and who I am right here and now.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Becoming bored or boring

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Right here, right now

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Katherine Hepburn

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: The Dalai Lama

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Patience…..I have none, seem to be missing the gene for it!

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: As a pediatrician, saving lives; as a writer becoming a National Bestseller

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Lack of patience.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: Sheer stubbornness–I’m half Irish, half Italian, so it comes naturally.

Q: What do you regret most?
A: Believing what others thought instead of believing in myself

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Gene Krantz–the man who brought Apollo 13 home

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: Did I mention being a tiny bit stubborn?

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: The Stainless Steel Rat

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Francis Dolarhyde

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Jesse Owen–wouldn’t be able to say anything, I’d be awe-struck, but it would be a privilege to shake his hand.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People wasting my time with meaningless blather.

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Walking on the beach and watching the dolphins frolic

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: I’ve already lived it–being a pediatric ER doc. But for one I haven’t tried yet, it would be to become a film editor–I can name my favorite editors and I can often see exactly how/when a movie needs trimmed or cut differently.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Vision, Passion, and Commitment

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Dark Chocolate

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: Can’t narrow it down and it depends on my mood–I listen to everything from head-banging heavy metal to zydeco to Celtic ceili music.

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Ray Bradbury’s SOMETHING WICKED THIS
WAY COMES, Mark Helprin’s WINTER’S TALE, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s MISTS OF AVALON, Joseph Campbell’s MYTHS TO LIVE BY, Katherine Neville’s THE EIGHT

Strong, smart and full of surprising answers, don’t you agree? To learn more about CJ, please follow her on Twitter and become a friend on Facebook.

What of Our Debut Authors, Ivy Pochoda and Therese Walsh?

October 20, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Uncategorized

Five weeks ago today, Ivy Pochoda became a debut author when The Art of Disappearing appeared on bookstore shelves. And, although the day before the novel’s release The Divining Wand posted — Ivy Pochoda’s The Art of Disappearing –, it was Ivy’s own post, Let the Games Begin written on the same day, that really tells her story.

Yes it’s all about a dream coming true after years on a journey of writing, finding an agent, selling the manuscript and publishing THE book. Yet have you ever wondered what happens next? How about more hard work and a chaotic schedule. Here’s a note from Ivy received a few days ago:

“Hi there.

This has been a crazy month. The readings, the reviews, and rest of it have been superb. I’m heading into my last leg of appearances until the New Year, so I thought I’d send out the dates. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in attending, I’d love to see you!”

For those fortunate to either live or be visiting Massachusetts and Vermont this week, you might want to stop in at one of these book readings/signings:

Today, October 20th, 2009 — 7:00 pm
Reading at Porter Square Books
Porter Square Shopping Center
25 White Street
Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 — 7:00 pm
Reading at Norwich Bookstore
Norwich Square
291 Main Street
Norwich, VT

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 — 7:00 pm
Reading at Northshire Bookstore
4869 North Main Street
Manchester Center, VT

For the rest of us there’s WritersCast, the voice of writing that offers Ivy Pochoda: The Art of Disappearing. Please do listen to this fascinating interview.

One week ago today, Therese Walsh became a debut author with the release of her novel, The Last Will of Moira Leahy. Again the day before the book appeared on store shelves The Divining Wand posted, Therese Walsh’s The Last Will of Moira Leahy, while Therese celebrated her day by writing a reflective post, over the weekend, entitled, How a debut novel affects its author.

Yesterday, Monday, 19, 2009, Therese launched her WOW! Women on Writing book blog tour at The Muffin and plans to travel the Internet for interviews and discussions from today, October 20th – Friday, November 13th. Simply scroll down the WOW post to view her blog stops for, at several of these sites, there will be a chance to win a copy of her novel.

Two different authors, two different novels and two different ways of debuting all poised toward one goal — another novel and a writing career! Remember them, read them, follow them and one day you’ll be able to say you “knew them when…”

The CHRISTMAS Book

October 19, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Uncategorized

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After six consecutive Mondays of presenting new releases or debut novels, there is a lull in the flurry of publication…at least for our authors. Yet what perfect timing since it allows this Fairy Godmother to carry on a tradition that began on my former blog — Seize a Daisy — and present this year’s The Christmas Book by Neiman Marcus.

The luxury, Dallas-based retailer, known for offering its customers, the ultimate in cutting-edge, dream-fulfilling gifts, has done it again by providing lush, high-quality items for everyone’s wish list. For example there’s a His and Hers Icon A5 Sports Aircraft, a customized Cupcake Car, and a sustainable design art chandelier. This year’s featured car is the 2010 Jaguar XJL Supercharged Neiman Marcus Edition. Hmm, a but too much even for a wish list? Well the store appears to have taken the economy into account and more than 40% of the gifts are under $250.

When first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card for the store’s best customers. Building on that tradition through the years, the book has managed to maintain its personal touch while evolving into a legendary holiday source for unique and magical gifts.

Indulge in a bit of daydreaming and browse through The Christmas Book…it’s eco-friendly!

More Inspiration from Our Authors

October 15, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

A few weeks ago The Divining Wand asked its authors: What does your Muse look like? Or what does s/he sound like? Or what does s/he feel like? Muse(less)? What inspires you to write?

Here are more of their primarily Muse(less) replies:

Therese Fowler (Souvenir, Reunion):

“I love this question, because it reminds me that writers are so diverse in what motivates and inspires them. There is a romantic ideal that presumes we all have muses, but as you know, that’s not always the case–and may not even be the case often. Of all the writers I know, only a few have ever mentioned a personified muse.

Inspiration, though: we all have that! Mine is based in nature: human nature primarily, and then the natural world. It’s the concert of those two forces that compels me to observe, select, and then set down my stories onto paper.

When I’m feeling unmotivated, I know I simply need to get outdoors and let my mind relax and become receptive again.”

Randy Susan Meyers (The Murderer’s Daughters coming January 19, 2010):

“My Muse looks like the public library. When I was a child, I almost lived there. The library was the safest place I knew and it held a world of happiness. It was a miracle to me that I could go in the my little Brooklyn library, plunk down my rapidly softening from overuse card, and be allowed to take home six—SIX!—books. I read fast, so in a few days I’d be back for my next six.

Books make me happy. The idea of being side by side with my beloved authors, that’s my Muse. I consider books sacred objects, and feel tremendously blessed that my novel will be published in January.

I write because it allows me to combine the activities I most love: making sense of the world, story-telling, and scrambling words until, hopefully, I’ve reached the right combination to tell a tale people will love reading.”

Barrie Summy (I So Don’t Do Mysteries, I So Don’t Do Spooky Ages 9 – 12, coming December 8, 2009):

“I don’t think I have a Muse. Or maybe I do, but we’re both so harried that we haven’t taken the time to sit down and chat over a cup of coffee. I’m the person who travels everywhere with a laptop. While I’m waiting for my kids to finish that last set at swim team, I’m in the car or on the pool deck, writing the end of a scene. During warm-up time at a gymnastics meet, I’m the mother on the bench with her head bent over, typing away like a fiend. Once I start reading and marking up hard copy, I travel everywhere with a large cloth bag filled with manuscript pages, a dictionary (my favorite is The Flip Dictionary), a zippered pencil case with highlighters and pencils and pens. However, I recently discovered a new coffee shop and will be writing there in the evenings. I think, perhaps, my Muse and I will finally meet. And I suspect she has beautiful highlights, visits the gym regularly and always eats a healthy diet. All the things I’d like to be.

What inspires me to write? Well, I’m very cranky when I’m not writing. My family will totally attest to this. And I have these stories in my head, fighting to get out and onto a hard drive. All in all, it’s easier to write than not to.”

Wendy Tokunaga (Midori By Moonlight, Love in Translation coming November 24, 2009):

“So many things can inspire me. A snippet of an overheard conversation in a coffee house, a thought that suddenly pops into my head while walking along the beach trail, or an article I’ve read in a newspaper or magazine. Sometimes doing research on a project can trigger ideas for a completely different one.”

Announcement: The winner of the Book Giveaway of Therese Walsh’s The Last Will of Moira Leahy is Robyn! Congratulations Robyn, please email: diviningwand (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address and I’ll have the book sent out to you.

Coming Attractions: A Movie and A Novel

October 14, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Advance News, Books, Movies

Two popular authors shared exciting news last week and, if you missed it, here’s your opportunity to get caught up:

~ As you may remember Carleen Brice’s (Children of the Waters) debut novel, Orange Mint & Honey was optioned by the Lifetime Movie Network. About a month ago it was cast with Jill Scott as Nona Dixon and Nicole Beharie portraying Shay with the movie title changed to “Sins of the Mother.” Last Friday Carleen visited Vancouver where the film is being shot, then yesterday — Tuesday, October 13, 2009 — posted Pictures from Vancouver on the The Pajama Gardener blog. No news yet of an airdate, but please stay tuned.

~ Last Thursday Allison Winn Scotch (The Department of Lost and Found, Time of My Life) posted a picture too — that of her next book cover for The One That I Want being released June 1, 2010. The cover:

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Here’s a brief synopsis: What if you could see into the future? What if you didn’t like what was revealed? Would you still choose to see it?

And you can read more here.

Two Coming Attractions = A Lot to Look Forward to!

Book Giveaway continues with a chance for you to win a copy of The Last Will of Moira Leahy. To enter, leave a comment on this post describing what made your younger self feel powerful, brave, or invincible. The deadline for all entries is THIS evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winner to be announced on tomorrow’s post.