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Month: October 2009

In the True Spirit of Halloween

In the True Spirit of Halloween

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…

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A Muse or A State of Mind?

A Muse or A State of Mind?

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….

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Authors in the Spotlight

Authors in the Spotlight

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…

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CJ Lyons’ Urgent Care

CJ Lyons’ Urgent Care

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…

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What Our Authors Know Now

What Our Authors Know Now

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…

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The Revealing of CJ Lyons

The Revealing of CJ Lyons

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…

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

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

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…

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The CHRISTMAS Book

The CHRISTMAS Book

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…

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More Inspiration from Our Authors

More Inspiration from Our Authors

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,…

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Coming Attractions: A Movie and A Novel

Coming Attractions: A Movie and A Novel

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…

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