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Month: March 2010

The Revealing of Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Revealing of Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a writer for all ages, just take a look at her Amazon book pages. However you may know her best for the critically acclaimed 2009 YA novel, Crazy Beautiful, or the SISTERS 8 series for youngsters. In fact this series adds yet another addition with the upcoming release of Book 5: Marcia’s Madness on May 3, 2010. The Divining Wand is scheduled to present/review Marcia’s Madness on Monday, May 3rd but, in the meantime, “meet” Lauren by…

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Holly LeCraw Takes on THE Dreaded Question

Holly LeCraw Takes on THE Dreaded Question

As Holly LeCraw prepares for next Tuesday, April 6th and the launch of her debut novel, The Swimming Pool, she’s realized that writing her book was probably the simplest task of being an author. For she has learned it doesn’t matter how literary critics describe her novel: “Strong writing keeps the reader sucked in to LeCraw’s painful family drama debut. It is a story of deep and searing love, between siblings and lovers, but most powerfully between parents and their…

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Kristy Kiernan and Between Friends

Kristy Kiernan and Between Friends

From the book’s front cover: “A new star in contemporary women’s fiction.” __South Florida Sun-Sentinel After debuting in April, 2007 with the award winning novel, Catching Genius, Kristy Kiernan (Matters of Faith 2008) established herself as a voice for “Everywomen” facing daily life in a complicated world. Known for her gifted storytelling of timely issues, the author offers us her third novel, Between Friends, next Tuesday, April 6, 2010. Described as, A provocative new novel about birth, death, and the…

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Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, III

Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, III

Today’s post presents the third and final additions in response to this question: I wondered, what do your authors read in the way of writing books? Do they have favorites they refer to again and again? Do they read the classics like, Bird by Bird, or Writing Down the Bones, or do they favor books on craft like, Save the Cat? Reading (and writing) minds want to know! Shana Mahaffey (Sounds Like Crazy): “The best investment I EVER made was…

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The Revealing of Holly LeCraw

The Revealing of Holly LeCraw

Holly LeCraw debuts on April 6, 2010 with The Swimming Pool — a starred review from Library Journal — and the claim: “An author to watch.” There are also bestselling authors praising Holly’s novel, including Amy Tan (The Joy Luck Club and The Bonesetter’s Daughter) who says: “THE SWIMMING POOL is as riveting and psychologically complex as Hitchcockian film noir…a tale of entangled lies, complicity, betrayals, and unstoppable consequences.” The Divining Wand has scheduled a full presentation/review of The Swimming…

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Kristy Kiernan on Inconceivable Questions

Kristy Kiernan on Inconceivable Questions

Last month Publishers Weekly was the first to review Kristy Kiernan and her third novel, Between Friends coming April 6, 2010, and THE literary trade journal said: Kiernan (Catching Genius, Matters of Faith) again demonstrates her ability to portray true-to-life relationships between women. Ali Gutierrez is mother to 15-year-old Letty thanks to the egg donation of her best friend, Cora. Ali wants to have another child, but first has to convince her husband, Benny, and then Cora, to endure the…

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Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff

From the book’s front cover: “A luminous love story that readers won’t soon forget…at once heartbreaking and triumphant—an affirmation of love in all its forms.” 
 – EMILY GIFFIN, Bestselling Author of Love The One You’re With Occasionally The Divining Wand presents a bonus book, from someone other than our authors, and today it’s Jeffrey Stepakoff’s fiction debut, Fireworks Over Toccoa, which will be released on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Claimed as “The next great love story,” the novel is…

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Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, II

Our Authors’ Go-To Writing Books, II

Yes there are more of our favorite authors’ writing books for your consideration and, though duplications become more numerous, there are also thoughtful additions to this question: I wondered, what do your authors read in the way of writing books? Do they have favorites they refer to again and again? Do they read the classics like, Bird by Bird, or Writing Down the Bones, or do they favor books on craft like, Save the Cat? Reading (and writing) minds want…

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The Revealing of Kristy Kiernan

The Revealing of Kristy Kiernan

Although it’s been two years of waiting for another Kristy Kiernan (Catching Genius, Matters of Faith) book, patience will be rewarded on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 when the award-winning novelist returns to bookstore shelves and online retailers with Between Friends. As brilliant as ever, if not even better, Kristy tells a complex, provocative tale of two women facing life-altering decisions that, either way, will affect each other. Although the author is a dear friend, my words are TRUTH. Simply read…

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For Ad Hudler, It’s about Time

For Ad Hudler, It’s about Time

[Ad Hudler (Man of the House, All This Belongs to Me, Househusband) — one of the few select male authors on TDW — may appear to be in the minority yet his writing is universal. In this guest post, he addresses his struggle with procrastination and who (whether writer or reader) cannot identify with that?!] For years as a stay-at-home dad, I complained that I didn’t have enough time to write. My days were spent running errands, cleaning, cooking, fixing…

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