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Month: June 2010

The Revealing of Claire Cook

The Revealing of Claire Cook

Bestselling author Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs, Life’s A Beach, and the rest in Bibliography) is celebrating the publication of her seventh book, Seven Year Switch — selected by US TODAY and The New York Times as their Top Summer Book Picks. Publishers Weekly might have had the initial endorsement when beginning its review of the novel with, “Roll out your beach blanket for this sweet summer read about making mistakes and moving on.” The Divining Wand has scheduled a…

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Guest Keetha DePriest Mosley on Creating Time

Guest Keetha DePriest Mosley on Creating Time

[Time can be elusive. One might think that living in a small southern town — as opposed to a big city — that the pace would be slower and offer more time. But, in today’s guest post, Keetha DePriest Mosley [formerly Reed] (Culinary Kudzu: Recollections & Recipes from Growing Up Southern, More Culinary Kudzu: Recollections & Recipes from Growing Up Southern) explains that even she’s had to learn to create and embrace life’s moments.] It’s funny about living in a…

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Robin Antalek and The Summer We Fell Apart

Robin Antalek and The Summer We Fell Apart

Just as that luscious lemon tree gracing the cover of Robin Antalek’s debut novel, The Summer We Fell Apart, requires nurturing, careful tending, and a deep root system, so too does a family tree. Without a solid trunk, both trees’ branches will grow but will they mature and remain forever attached? Whether or not the author considered the lemon/family tree symbolism — in addition to the symbolism that appears in the book — is unknown. However, without question, the following…

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More Blogs Favored by Our Authors

More Blogs Favored by Our Authors

How about learning more of the enlightening, entertaining blogs that our authors favor on a daily basis? You might enjoy following along with: Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): ~ The Divining Wand – http://thediviningwand.com ~ The Debutante Ball! – http://www.thedebutanteball.com Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA ): ~ LOL Cats – http://icanhascheezburger.com/ ~ LOL Dogs – http://ihasahotdog.com/ ~ I love food sites, this is one of my…

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The Revealing of Keetha DePriest Mosley

The Revealing of Keetha DePriest Mosley

Today The Divining Wand takes special pride in introducing a cyber friend/reader/and regular visitor to this site in the role of author. Keetha DePriest Mosley (formerly Reed) made her debut on September 1, 2007 with Culinary Kudzu: Recollections & Recipes from Growing Up Southern and followed a year later with its sequel, More Culinary Kudzu: Recollections & Recipes from Growing Up Southern. Categorized as Cooking/Essays, the books are described as: “A charming mix of tips and ideas for entertaining and…

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Guest Robin Antalek on Raising (Writing) Good Characters

Guest Robin Antalek on Raising (Writing) Good Characters

[Robin Antalek, in her debut novel The Summer We Fell Apart, (Facebook) introduces the reader to four main characters — all siblings in a dysfunctional family. In today’s guest post she describes the toil and toll required to birth, develop, and then let each one go out into the world…even beyond the book’s pages.] During the process of writing The Summer We Fell Apart I was a mess. These characters and their lives were so demanding of my emotional well-being…

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Trish Ryan and A Maze of Grace

Trish Ryan and A Maze of Grace

Memoirist/Essayist Trish Ryan took readers along on her quest to find “Mr. Right” in her debut memoir, He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Love, and Happily Ever After, and tomorrow — June 22, 2010 — she continues to share her life’s journey in A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances. The idea for chronicling the continuation of the author’s now five years of married life came at the insistence of a friend…

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Our Authors Journey, IV

Our Authors Journey, IV

Beginning with a late January post, The Divining Wand has revealed how its successful authors have traveled their personal road to publication. And now the remaining five answer the questions of how they handled rejection and what kept them going to reach their destination? Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): “Years passed between the day I really got serious about writing, and the day I signed a publishing contract. There is no general time-line for when you…

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The Revealing of Robin Antalek

The Revealing of Robin Antalek

Soon after Robin Antalek debuted with her first novel, The Summer We Fell Apart, on January 5, 2010, it was selected as a TARGET Breakout Book. Perhaps you’ve already read it and understand the reason for these insightful words: “A preoccupied playwright father and a cult-actress mother are the stars of the Haas family in Antalek’s well-crafted and cunning debut novel…. a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and to the importance of family ties regardless of family…

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Guest Trish Ryan on Your Life, Starring You!

Guest Trish Ryan on Your Life, Starring You!

[Trish Ryan (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Love, and Happily Ever After), — like many recent featured authors — admits to having a messy but interesting life. Ever likable, vulnerable, and oh so human, Trish shares both the joys and blahs of her first five years of marriage in A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances to be released on June 22, 2010.] Your Life, Starring You! Thoughts on being the…

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