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Month: January 2010

Living in a Modern Day Tales of the City

Living in a Modern Day Tales of the City

Once again, from The Divining Wand’s Q&A page, a reader asks: Larramie, in yesterday’s interview with Shana Mahaffey (Sounds Like Crazy), I was very intrigued by this line: “Shana lives in San Francisco, California, in part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an informal cooperative of family, friends, and five cats.” What, pray tell, is an ‘Edwardian (cooperative) compound’ ??? Below, in a lovely post, is Shana’s explanation. *********** The Pierce Street Compound “Shana lives in San Francisco,…

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Richard Doetsch: What Makes This Author Tick?

Richard Doetsch: What Makes This Author Tick?

After a month in bookstores and — two months since the late November post, Richard Doetsch’s The 13th Hour, appeared here — the thriller is doing well. And the author of The Thieves of Heaven, The Thieves of Faith asked for the opportunity to revisit The Divining Wand to say: “Thanks to those initial readers of The 13th Hour, to pick up a book and take a chance is not an easy thing. The promise of a cover or inner…

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Our Authors’ Journeys

Our Authors’ Journeys

Every writer has a story. It’s that personal story of writing, selling, and becoming a successful published author. There is no timeline, no easy way; instead it comes down to facing the challenges and being strong enough to Just Do It! How long did it take before our authors/friends finally got published? And how did they handle rejection, what kept them going? Read a bit of the following personal stories Kristy Kiernan (Catching Genius, Matters of Faith and Between Friends…

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For Your Health and Well-Being

For Your Health and Well-Being

Please welcome back Lisa Davis — founder, director, host, etc. — of It’s Your Health, the radio program “dedicated to providing strategies for healthier living.” To begin the new year, this post features two authors that focus on changing/improving both physical and mental/emotional states with their well-researched yet very practical books. Please note that the first program will air LIVE tomorrow, Tuesday, January 26th, from 9:30 – 9:45 a.m., while the second chosen author interview is scheduled for next Tuesday,…

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Needed: Professional Advice before the Query?

Needed: Professional Advice before the Query?

The Divining Wand’s Q&A page has been active again with another “writing” question. However please remember that all questions, including those about authors and their books, are welcome too. *********** I am in the middle of a novel in progress, which I put away for 12 months, and which I have dusted off and begun work on. My goal is to finish it by the end of this year (Dec. 2010). My question: Would it be useful to hire a…

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The Revealing of Shana Mahaffey

The Revealing of Shana Mahaffey

Shana Mahaffey debuted on October 6, 2009 with Sounds Like Crazy, an original, heartfelt, and healing novel about a woman suffering from dissociative identity disorder. Yes this is a main character limited by her many characters. A full presentation/review of Sounds Like Crazy is scheduled here for Monday, February 1, 2010, but today let’s meet this first-time author from her “official” bio: Shana Mahaffey lives in San Francisco, California, in part of an Edwardian compound that she shares with an…

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Words from and about Our Authors

Words from and about Our Authors

There’s news that you need to know, can use, and look forward to, regarding the following Authors: Alert! If you haven’t heard yet, Carleen Brice (Orange Mint and Honey, Children of the Waters) has announced, “The universe heard your cries of not wanting to miss the Super Bowl. ‘”Sins of the Mother”‘ will now air on Sunday, February 21st.” Remember that’s on the LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK! ***** January Magazine, December 31, 2009, listed Best Books of Fiction: 2009 and among…

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Randy Susan Meyers’ The Murderer’s Daughters

Randy Susan Meyers’ The Murderer’s Daughters

Randy Susan Meyers debuts tomorrow — Tuesday, January, 19, 2010 — with her highly anticipated and widely acclaimed novel, The Murderer’s Daughters. And, while a poignantly bittersweet cover depicts the title’s characters running alone across a boardwalk, please know that their steps are only the beginning of a 30 year journey of accepting the past and moving on to the future. For as the back of the Advanced Readers’ Edition proclaims: THEIR MOTHER ASKED THE IMPOSSIBLE. THEIR FATHER DID THE…

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Practical Advice from Our Authors

Practical Advice from Our Authors

Were you aware that The Divining Wand has a Q&A page where you can ask questions and/or make comments about any author you wish? Interestingly enough exactly six months after the site’s launch, the first question was posted: I have the beginnings of a fabulous nonfiction book but I don’t have the time to finish writing it because I need to work- what I really need is to stop working and finish writing it. I am an educator of 12…

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The Revealing of Randy Susan Meyers

The Revealing of Randy Susan Meyers

Randy Susan Meyers debuts next Tuesday, January 19, 2010 with The Murderer’s Daughters, a compelling, brutally honest, yet sensitive story about all the victims of domestic violence. A full presentation of the novel is scheduled to appear here on Monday, January 18, 2010 but, in the meantime, meet Randy in her official, two-sentence bio: I’ve published short stories in the Fog City Review, Perigee: Publication for the Arts, and the Grub Street Free Press. I was born and raised in…

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