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January 12, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Contests, Movies, News

[Since The Divining Wand’s purpose is to help readers get to know authors beyond their pages, Carleen Brice is today’s guest blogger with exciting news to share. Please welcome Carleen.]

It was a dream come true when Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) optioned my debut novel, Orange Mint and Honey. A dream made even bigger when they actually made the movie! I understand that something like only 5% of books that get optioned ever become movies.

There’s only one tiny little hitch. They changed the title. The movie is called “Sins of the Mother” and it will air Sunday, February 7th. It stars Jill Scott (“No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency”) and Nicole Beharie (“American Violet”) in a story about how a recovering alcoholic and her daughter work through their difficult past.

I was lucky enough to visit the set during one of the biggest scenes in the movie. (I was even an extra!) They do a fantastic job!

To help call awareness to the book on which the movie is based, I’m holding a contest.

Get your book club members and friends together for a watch party. Send me a jpeg of your party (that I can post online) and you’ll have a chance to win a gift basket filled with:
Autographed women’s fiction titles from me and some of my writer friends (including Connie Briscoe, Donna Hill, Therese Fowler, Bettye Griffin, Lynne Griffin, Marisa de los Santos, and others!)
Jill Scott CD
I heart black author coffee mug
I heart book club buttons (for everyone in your book club)
Orange, mint & honey treats and other goodies

I am so honored and grateful that so many authors agreed to participate and help me out. Even if you choose not to enter this contest, please do check out the works of the contributing writers. There are some great books here!

“Sins of the Mother” airs against the Super Bowl. I know lots of women watch football, especially the Super Bowl. But I’m hoping that this year maybe you’ll skip the Super Bowl and tune in to LMN. The higher the ratings for this movie, the higher the chances are you’ll see more of the work from women writers you enjoy.
Note: Please make sure you have LMN, not just Lifetime. LMN is a separate channel from the Lifetime channel.

Please visit my website or the “Sins of the Mother” based on Orange Mint and Honey Facebook event page for more details. Or if you’re on Goodreads, you can go here.

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Book Giveaway: For a chance to win a copy of Melanie Benjamin’s Alice I Have Been, please leave a comment on this post by 7:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, January 13, 2010. The winner — chosen from a random drawing — will be announced here in Thursday’s post.

Melanie Benjamin’s Alice I Have Been

January 11, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Book Presentations, Books

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There are two opposing views when it comes to writing — either write what you know or write what you don’t know. Melanie Benjamin chose what she didn’t know because it piqued her curiosity and what she learned is shared in her historical fiction debut, Alice I Have Been, to be released tomorrow, January 12, 2010.

The backstory, catalyst, motivation to write a book can be a fascinating tale in and of itself and, for this author, it certainly was when several years ago she visited the Art Institute of Chicago and viewed a traveling exhibit called “Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll.” That experience sent her into a personal wondering land as she explains in “Alice I Have Been” – Author Interview – Melanie Benjamin at Paperback Writer – Books, Author Interviews and Writing:

“I had little knowledge of Lewis Carroll – or Charles Dodgson, his real name – prior to that moment. I certainly had no idea he was a pioneer of early photography! In the exhibit there was one image in particular that stood out; it was the very worldly, very wise face of 7-year-old Alice Liddell as a beggar girl. beggar-girlThe caption said that she was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland. I hadn’t known there ever was a real little girl named Alice; I wondered what happened to her after she grew up. I wondered what happened between the two of them, Dodgson and Alice, to result in such a startling photograph. I thought that it might make a good story; it took me a while to get around to researching it but when I did, I knew right away that I had to write it.”

The truth is that it took the author four years and the urging of a good friend to realize how little she knew of the entire story behind Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and how much she wanted to know what happened to the child once she grew up. That convinced Melanie to tell the story from Alice’s point of view, giving Alice her own voice.

The Synopsis:

Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.




But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?



Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.



That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. 



For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.



A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire

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Indeed it is an astonishing journey that begins with a weary Alice who leads the reader back to her Victorian childhood of privilege and means in Oxford, England. You may read both the Prologue and Excerpt from Chapter One and likely be as intrigued and impressed by reviews which include:

“Benjamin draws on one of the most enduring relationships in children’s literature… spinning out the heartbreaking story of Alice from Alice in Wonderland…Focusing on three eras in Alice’s life, Benjamin offers a finely wrought portrait of Alice that seamlessly blends facts with fiction. This is book club gold.”
—Publishers Weekly starred review, “Pick of the Week”

“Benjamin’s novel imagines the truth behind the mystery of Lewis Carroll’s relationship with his child muse, Alice Liddell. Although the shadow of inappropriateness always lingers, this is truly a love story, albeit one that could happily exist only in a fairy tale. This novel will have wide appeal as it includes history, romance, literature, and a great deal of suspense.”
—Library Journal (Joy Humphrey, Pepperdine University Law Library, Malibu, CA)

“Genuinely moving”
—Booklist

There is more Praise for this remarkable novel that reads so true and poignant. For it is young Alice — with straight dark hair and fringe — that will likely capture your heart. As the middle of three close-in-age sisters (from a very large family) she was the defiantly different one, chafing under the Victorian rules and restrictions for young girls. After all would a young Alice, who longed to be free and run through the grass in her bare feet, raise eyebrows today?

Seemingly more of a free spirit than anything else, Alice Liddell has her childhood dreams of wanting to stay young forever, while asking tall, thin, stuttering Charles Dodgson “to wait” for her. Indeed she is the perfect muse — full of adventure and wonder — who eventually pays a high personal price for what might have happened on a perfect day.

Although Alice I Have Been is historical fiction, Melanie Benjamin writes with such stunning clarity and heartfelt insight that the reader will likely believe the entire story to be true. And, though the author acknowledges where she has taken liberties — when documentation was unavailable — perhaps those liberties were the actual truths.

A truly beautiful and memorable novel on its own, the author has enhanced the reading experience by filling her website with the factual world of Alice. Please visit to learn about Victorian Oxford, Alice in Oxford, and even take a Virtual Tour of Oxford.

TRUST: You’ll be enchanted by the curious aspects of Alice Liddell’s adventures in real live and love.

TRUTH: Alice I Have Been is a keeper and may well become a classic in its own right. So remember that tomorrow you have a very important date at your favorite bookstore, don’t be late!

Book Giveaway: Please leave a comment on this post by 7:00 p.m. EST
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 for a chance to win a copy of Alice I Have Been. The winner — chosen from a random drawing — will be announced here in Thursday’s post.

The Revealing of Melanie Benjamin

January 07, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

MelanietmbNext Tuesday, January 12, 2010, Melanie Benjamin will offer readers a gloriously haunting tale when her historical fiction novel, Alice I Have Been becomes available in bookstores and from online retailers. The “Alice” of the title is Alice Liddell — muse/model — for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and her story will be presented here on Monday, January 11, 2010.

For now, though, the focus is on Melanie. Who is this author of the book described as “a love story and literary mystery?” According to the back cover of the Advance Reading Copy:

MELANIE BENJAMIN lives in Illinois, where she is at work on her next novel.

Fortunately Melanie Benjamin, who lives with her family in the Chicago area, reveals much more in the following Q&A:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: Blessed, surprising, interesting, amusing, repeat.

Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: I don’t really have one. I do believe in looking forward, always; I never look back. I suppose that’s the closest thing to a maxim I have.

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Going to bed at night knowing that I have something interesting and creative to do the next day.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Terrible things happening to my children.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be? Estes Park, Colorado.

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: Oh, goodness! I can’t answer this; I’ve never thought to do that. I’m coming up empty with this one!

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Tina Fey.

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: “Me.” “I want.” “Will you…?”

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: The ability to speak many languages fluently.

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: I don’t think in terms of achievements. I would say the trait I’m proudest of is the ability to keep working, keeping moving forward, regardless of the past.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw? A: Vanity.

Q: What’s your best quality? A: The ability to put myself in others’ shoes.

Q: What do you regret most? A: Not having the courage to go for what I truly wanted when I was younger. It took me a while to find that courage.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: I’m pretty content with who I am right now.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My work ethic, I hope.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Rhett Butler.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Nathan Radley.

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Peyton Manning – I’m a huge Colts fan! I’d probably giggle and mumble and maybe finally ask him to sign my Colts sweatshirt.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: People who write “your welcome” when it should be “you’re welcome.”

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: Reading!

Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: I’m pretty sure I’m living it right now.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Honesty, humor, intelligence.

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be? A: Peanut butter sandwiches.

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: “Long Black Veil,” “Ring of Fire,” (Can you tell I’m a Johnny Cash fan?) “Love at the Five and Dime” and “Gulfcoast Highway” by Nanci Griffith, “Desperado” by the Eagles.

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: HOWARDS END by E.M. Forster; THE MARCH by E.L. Doctorow; GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell; TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee; LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott.

You’ll be hearing a great deal about Melanie and her wondrous novel in the days to come, so get to know her better by following her on Twitter and friend her on Facebook.

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Announcement: Congratulations to Trish Ryan and Renee G both winners of Eileen Cook’s Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood. Please email diviningwand (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing addresses and the books will be sent out as soon as possible.

Book Giveaway: Please remember The Divining Wand will be awarding two copies of 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband by randomly drawing from the comments left on this post before the deadline of Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. EST with the winners to be announced in Monday’s post.

Presenting Debutante Maria Garcia-Kalb and
101 Ways to Torture Your Husband

January 06, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Book Presentations, Books

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“Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman’s Scorn”
~ William Congreve

Although Maria Garcia-Kalb is excited and proud to be the first of The Debutante Ball Class of 2010 to appear in a bookstore near you with 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband, she’s also a bit dazed. After all her dream was to become a vet, a job quickly replaced by the idea of following in Barbara Walter’s’ footsteps…yet here she is a published author!

Deb Maria explained her journey as a writer when introducing herself in the September 3, 2009 post, Hello folks! Is this thing on????. When TV didn’t beckon, but FM radio did, Maria found her niche:

“Little did I know radio would be my salvation (sounds of angels singing). The second I cracked open my first live microphone, I knew I had finally found my place in the universe. I slowly discovered who I really was, growing along with my listeners who pushed me to be incredibly creative, outrageously silly, and brutally honest–which turns out is my special gift. I opened-up about my tumultuous marriage, my wacky Latino family, and my Uncle Larry’s cat who he swears was gay. I held nothing back. My life on the air was an open book, and one day I actually said ‘“I think I’m going to write a book about how annoying men can be, and how we should be allowed to strangle them at will when they behave like idiots!”’

“Years later, I found myself in the basement of our Long Island home actually penning what would become “101 Ways to Torture Your Husband.” Frankly, the end result looked more like Ted Kaczynski’s “manifesto,” and when I was done, it was so juicy I wanted to share it with every woman I know. Married, dating, engaged, internet-involved…it didn’t matter. Anyone who was forced to deal with a MAN needed to get a hold of my book and discover ways to alleviate the stress. That’s what men cause 99.9 percent of the time. Trust me, I couldn’t have written a book without having my dear spouse, but men are mostly put into our lives to remind us about Eve’s bone-headed move in paradise. Men never let us forget that, but 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband is basically payback in book form. I mean “WE” didn’t force Eve to listen to that stupid snake and scarf down the apple! Why should we suffer with no retaliation? 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband evens the score once and for all. It’s basically a handy “manual,” explaining (in detail) stuff you can do to drive your man bonkers in a most insidious way. Torture doesn’t have to be ugly. It can be fun and entertaining.”

In other words, Deb Maria’s writing is pure humor. And, on her attorneys’ advice, she even offers the following DISCLAIMER: “This is just for fun and amusement, and not intended to serious hurt your significant other in any way.”

Here’s Early Praise for 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband:

“Deliciously devilish…and downright hilarious! Love it!”__Jill Zarin, “The Real Housewives of New York City”

“A perfect blend of fantasy and laughter. I wish all my patients would read this book!”__Manhattan therapist Carrie Gelber Rosenfield, PsyD

And, according to the book’s description, readers will discover that;

“101 Ways to Torture Your Husband” is a fun, devilish manual for every wife who dreams of making her husband pay for his naughty wrongdoings.

While the title refers to “husbands,” boyfriends and lovers are also included, and can suffer the same consequences when they drive their woman insane! Sure, it’s a passive-aggressive way to seek revenge, but boy will you feel better afterwards!

How many times have you asked your husband to do a simple task like “bathe the dog” only to watch him take off with his buddies just moments later leaving you to do the dirty deed? When was the last time he did something nice for you like take the kids to the park while you relax for a whole hour? Does he ever to anything without being asked? Are you fed-up with his incredible selfishness and inconsiderate behavior? Well girlfriend, this book is for you!!

Even if you don’t execute any of the hilarious scenarios, 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband is guaranteed to lighten your mood and put a smile on your face – at least until your man comes home demanding dinner!

So what are some of the author’s clever means of torture? Well there’s burying the remote in the backyard; having lunch with an ex; picking a fight during the (football/basketball/baseball) game; booking a male masseuse for your next massage; deleting his DVR recordings…and many more. Aha, you “get” the idea that such torture is designed to annoy and frustrate him to the point that he’ll “never misbehave again.”

Perhaps, although Deb Maria has that covered too by including risk factors that rank the degree of a torture tactic and how long it will take your man to learn his lesson. This allows you to select what would be the most appropriate torture — be it mental, physical, quick, slow or miscellaneous.

On the last page of her “manual,” the writer recaps why torturing your husband is permissible. However the true conclusion may well have been written in Debutante Maria Garcia-Kalb’s December 17, 2009 post, Dedications can make for altercations. Please read the entire piece, though the most significant and loving sentiments are:

“Just in case you haven’t figured it out, “101 Ways to Torture Your Husband” is all about my dear hubby. Yes, its about “torturing” him of course, but in the end, every single page in my book was inspired by this man who’s been everything to me; friend, lover, father, therapist, co-parent, and at some point (in the hopefully very distant future) he’ll become my annoying nursing home roommate. Lord give me strength.”

101 Ways to Torture Your Husband is available for purchase now. Read and enjoy it…as long as you truly love someone!

Book Giveaways: The Divining Wand will be awarding two copies of 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband by randomly drawing from the comments left on this post before the deadline of Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. EST with the winners to be announced in Monday’s post. Please remember that the Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood Giveaway contest remains open to all who comment on this post. The deadline for comments is 7:00 p.m. EST tonight with the the winners to be announced in tomorrow’s post.

The Revealing of Maria Garcia-Kalb

January 05, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

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Debutante Maria Garcia-Kalb officially becomes a “published” writer on January 18, 2010 — the release date of her humorous book, 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband. Ironically, though, the book is already out and available for purchase online or at your local bookstore. A presentation/review of 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband will appear here tomorrow. However, today, let’s go beyond the brief bio of this award-winning radio broadcaster — currently an on-air personality on WKJY-FM 98.3 “K-JOY” in Farmingdale, NY.

Maria is described as: As a self-proclaimed relationship expert, Garcia-Kalb strives to encourage harmonious unions..with just a touch of torture.

She has a lot of experience to share, the mother of one has been married to her husband Andrew for 12 years (and counting!)

While the above is obviously true, there is so much more as Maria reveals:

Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: surprising, amusing, confusing, enchanted, hectic, hysterical, full, blessed.

Q: What is your motto or maxim:
A: “New rules can always be established.”

Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A:Good health to enjoy the good times. That’s perfect happiness for me.

Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: Fear is not something I think about.

Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: Chatting with Oprah about my book! Haha

Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: My grandmother (not famous, but we were very much alike.)

Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: My Dad, who’s patience astounds me.

Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: “I’m on a diet.”

Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: I know its cliche, but I wish I could sing…specifically opera.

Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: My son Ethan, who just turned 7.

Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Me? Flaws?? Hahaha..
Actually, I can be an awful procrastinator.

Q: What’s your best quality?
A: I always try to see the good side in people.

Q: What do you regret most
A: Waiting so long to write my first book.

Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: Don’t laugh, but I’d love to be Madonna — for about a week.

Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My giant goofy smile.

Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: Wonder Woman

Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Darth Vader

Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: I’m not big on sports at all, but I guess I would enjoy meeting Tiger Woods and say “Dude, what were you thinking???”

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Close talkers with bad breath!

Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A: SLEEPING

Q:What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Professional bed tester.

Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Fun-loving, considerate, kind

Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Chinese take-out.

Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: This is soooo hard! It depends on my mood. Right now I’m gonna say:
Naked Eyes – “Always something there to remind me”; Dean Martin – “Volare”; The Cure – “Pictures of you”; Madonna – “Holiday”; Elvis – “Love Me Tender”

Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch; “The Fountainhead” Ayn Rand; “Animal Farm” by George Orwell; “The Complete Stories and Poems” of Edgar Allan Poe; “Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss(I couldn’t help it!) 🙂

For more of Maria, please follow her on Twitter and become a Facebook friend.

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Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand will be awarding two copies of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood via a random drawing of all comments left on this post. The deadline for comments is 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 with the the winners to be announced in Thursday’s post.

Eileen Cook’s Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

January 04, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Book Presentations, Books

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On Saturday, January 2, 2010, Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA), returned to twirl around the Debutante Ball with the post, Graduate Deb Eileen Cook is back with a new book!. And, within that post, she confessed:

“My third book is coming out this week and I’ll admit I still am amazed and thrilled. I feel so very fortunate to have the chance to do what I love. I practically can’t wait for someone to ask me what I do, so I can tell them. It’s almost enough to make me like going through customs at the airport: ‘“What’s my occupation? Why, as a matter of fact, I’m a novelist.”’

Without question Eileen is a terrific novelist and her venture into the YA genre with What Would Emma Do? earned her high praise. And tomorrow, January 5, 2010, she follows with her second YA release, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood.

Indeed the title and book cover art could be considered intriguing or even eye-brow raising, however the backstory might prove even more so. After all where did this idea come from? Well according to the author:

“The topic of revenge was interesting to me in two ways. One, I enjoyed the book The Count of Monte Cristo and was intrigued to see how it could play out in a high school setting and the book is all about revenge. Secondly, I think it’s a common experience to imagine getting revenge on someone who has done us wrong. Reading gives us a great chance to live out things we would never do in real life, so tackling revenge seemed an interesting area to explore. Reading about revenge can be cathartic, and in this case, hopefully funny. ”

In addition to her English major, Eileen also has a background in counseling — not surprising as she continues to explain the storytelling process:

“As I wrote the book I realized that it wasn’t really about the process of getting revenge. Helen is struggling with letting go of the past. Lauren, and what happened in 8th grade colors how she sees everything. It holds her back from being who she really could be. She has to decide what it will take to get over what happened. Will revenge actually make her feel better? Is there such a thing as evening the score — or does life have to take care of itself? Is there really anything she can do to Lauren that will change where things are now? As I began to explore these topics with the characters I found myself really interested to see how they played out. I think so many of us have things that happened in the past that we hang onto even though they may be keeping us from doing great things. I wanted to make the story a great over the top fun read, but I hope readers walk away thinking about what might be holding them back and learning to let go.”

Based on a literary classic and all the above questions, the story evolved and became condensed into this synopsis:

Popularity is the best revenge.

In the final weeks of eighth grade, Lauren Wood made a choice. She betrayed her best friend, Helen, in a manner so publicly humiliating that Helen had to move to a new town just to save face. Ditching Helen was worth it, though, because Lauren started high school as one of the It Girls–and now, at the start of her senior year, she’s the cheerleading captain, the quarterback’s girlfriend, and the undisputed queen bee. Lauren has everything she’s ever wanted, and she has forgotten all about her ex-best friend.

But Helen could never forget Lauren. After three years of obsessing, she’s moving back to her old town. She has a new name and a new look, but she hasn’t dropped her old grudges. She has a detailed plan to bring down her former BFF by taking away everything that’s ever been important to Lauren—starting with her boyfriend.

Watch out, Lauren Wood. Things are about to get bitchy.

Actually an even better introduction is Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood, Chapter One. And, of course, there’s also the Book Trailer Video:

TRUTH: Eileen Cook is a novelist who raises her status with every book. Last week she announced the signing of a two book deal with her publisher.

TRUST: Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood is smart, clever, realistic with a bit of fictional fun, and characters who jump off the page and enter the world as totally believable, including Helen with her revenge-seeking plan.

Simply put this YA novel is brilliant and impressively insightful thanks to the author’s deft hand in handling “meanness,” hypocrisy,” and “revenge” — which is more about “growing up and letting go.” In fact it’s for all ages because, no matter one’s years, maturity has been known to slip when someone gets under our skin…or worse.

Revenge may not be sweet, yet Eileen Cook’s Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood definitely is. Please treat yourself, your daughter, your niece to a tale of human behavior: the good, the bad, and the most valuable — being true to oneself!

Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand will be awarding two copies of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood via a random drawing of all comments left on this post. The deadline for comments is 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 6, 2010 with the the winners to be announced in Thursday’s post.

Happy Holidays

January 01, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Uncategorized

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Welcome to 2010! May it bring us all the best in reading our authors’ best writing…TRUST: There is a great deal to look forward to just in the next few weeks.

Also I offer a thousand thank yous to our friends/authors who shared memories these past three weeks in Happy Holidays. Hopefully you enjoyed their posts, being entertained and learning more about our writers…well beyond their pages.

Cheers for more in a Merry New Year!