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Month: November 2009

Richard Doetsch’s The 13th Hour

Richard Doetsch’s The 13th Hour

Hear the clock ticking? Unlike Jack Bauer and company, who always have 24 hours to find the evil mastermind and save the world, Richard Doetsch (The Thieves of Heaven, The Thieves of Faith) only gives his main character 12 hours to prevent a horrific crime from destroying his personal life in The 13th Hour to be released on December 29, 2009. Billed as “A THRILLER,” this novel takes the reader on a unique race against time by posing the question,…

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The Revealing of Barrie Summy

The Revealing of Barrie Summy

Yes that’s a picture of Barrie Summy, a young Barrie — of course — but since she’s the author of humorous middle-grade mysteries…well it seems appropriate. Barrie debuted with I So Don’t Do Mysteries exactly one year ago and her second book, I So Don’t Do Spooky will be released on December 8, 2009 and is scheduled to be presented here on Monday, December 7th. According to her “official” bio on the backflap book jacket cover: Barrie Summy grew up…

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What Kind of Books Are Our Authors?

What Kind of Books Are Our Authors?

In the September 17, 2009 post, What Kind of Book Are You?, this Fairy Godmother indulged in and shared a Blogthings Quiz. Yet what you didn’t know then was that our authors had taken the same quiz and, since this is a happy holiday week, what better time to share what kind of books our authors are! Remember the results of What Kind of Book Are You? best describes the person and may not be what our authors favor in…

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Wendy Nelson Tokunaga’s Love in Translation

Wendy Nelson Tokunaga’s Love in Translation

Love in Translation, Wendy Nelson Tokunaga’s second novel available in bookstores tomorrow, November 24, 2009, is simply that — her love story to Japan and all things Japanese. Of course if you read last Wednesday’s post, Love in Translation: Backstory and Song, you already know the how and why the author has a passion for all things Japanese and that she freely admits her writing naturally focuses on the country and its culture. However, though Wendy imbues the novel with…

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On Our Authors’ Keeper Shelves

On Our Authors’ Keeper Shelves

Those books, the cherished ones, that our authors reach out to reread may inspire, comfort or simply entertain. Yet whatever they do, these novels have become priceless companions in our authors’ lives and writing. How does your personal keeper shelf stack up to: Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA coming May 13, 2010): “For rereading, I always turn to Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy-Tacy series or a Nevil Shute novel. You cannot go wrong with either. Hmmm…I may have to go read…

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Love in Translation: Backstory and Song

Love in Translation: Backstory and Song

Next Monday, November 23rd Wendy Tokunaga’s second novel, Love in Translation, will be presented here and the following day it will be released to bookstores and online retailers. Although likely to be shelved with “chick lit” or women’s fiction, this book is filled with much more than categorizes either genre. Therefore, with the hope of providing fascinating and lovely glimpses of this coming attraction, The Divining Wand is delighted to welcome author Wendy Tokunaga as today’s guest blogger. ***** It’s…

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Back to Our Authors’ Present

Back to Our Authors’ Present

With the theme/trend of time travel becoming popular in books, movies, TV shows, etc., authors might wonder “what if” on their journey to publication. Yet how did the following writers respond when asked, If you knew then, what you know now about writing as an art and business, what might you have done differently? Melanie Benjamin (Alice I Have Been coming January 12, 2010): “I’m not sure I’d do anything differently; I honestly believe that I wouldn’t be where I…

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For Your Health and Well-Being

For Your Health and Well-Being

It’s time to welcome back Lisa Davis — founder, director, host, etc. — of It’s Your Health, the radio program “dedicated to providing strategies for healthier living.” In this post Lisa focuses our attention on two very different, yet two very personal health-related matters that require making physical and emotional commitments. Please also note that both programs will air LIVE tomorrow, Tuesday, November 17th, beginning at 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. followed immediately by the second show at 10:00 – 10:30…

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A Muse by Another Name….

A Muse by Another Name….

Ah, the Muse returns or does s/he? Having asked the following authors to describe their inspiration — either in physical appearance or otherwise — you’ll discover their muses are known by many names. Alicia Bessette (All Come Home coming in August 2010): “Music is my most influential muse. And absolutely everything inspires me to write. Sunshine, flavors, funerals. Live performances of any kind, overheard conversations. Apple-picking, sitting in a darkened movie theater, running my hand along silk scarves that hang…

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The Revealing of Wendy Tokunaga

The Revealing of Wendy Tokunaga

Wendy Tokunaga debuted two years ago with her highly praised novel, Midori By Moonlight. In this writing, the author told a tale based on her personal “experience in studying the Japanese language and culture; living, working and playing in Japan; and her cross-cultural marriage.” Yet her main theme and character focused on why some people feel the need to trade in their native culture for a new one. In less than two weeks the writer’s second novel, Love in Translation,…

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