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Month: July 2010

Author News and New Authors

Author News and New Authors

Welcome to The Divining Wand’s last post of July and, while not dismissing summertime in August, there is a feeling of fall around here! That’s correct, fresh and new ideas have either recently launched or will soon, beginning with the multi-talented Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA). On Tuesday, July 27, 2010, Katie and fellow YA writers took “getting to know authors beyond their pages” to a vlog level. Here’s a portion of the Press Release for AuthorMix: “AUTHORMIX”…

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The Revealing of Julie Buxbaum

The Revealing of Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum (After You, The Opposite of Love) knows life’s universal truths and explores them with deft insight and heartfelt honesty in both of her novels. Debuting with The Opposite of Love — earning a Starred Review from Library Journal –, she followed with After You in fall, 2009. Released in Paperback last month, here’s a brief overview of that second novel: The complexities of friendship. The unraveling of a neglected marriage. And the redemptive power of literature…Julie Buxbaum, the…

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Guest Alicia Bessette on
Gladys Knight and the Pips and Me

Guest Alicia Bessette on
Gladys Knight and the Pips and Me

[When Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010) responded to the Revealing Q&A of, “What are your 5 favorite songs,” she said: For someone who craves music like it’s oxygen, answering this question is impossible. Impossible! Instead, could I offer some songs off the “soundtrack” to Simply From Scratch? They’re all performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips: “Didn’t You Know (You’d Have To Cry Sometime)” “Every Little Bit Hurts” “Every Beat of My Heart” “All I Need…

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Claire Cook and Seven Year Switch

Claire Cook and Seven Year Switch

From the Front Cover “Reading Claire Cook might be the most fun you have all summer.” –ELIN HILDERBRAND, bestselling author of The Castaways Although Elin Hilderbrand’s quote may sound somewhat exaggerated, what would be more fun this summer than sitting on a beach with your arms spread wide to embrace sand, surf, and blue sky? In fact one might imagine that’s how Claire Cook (Must Love Dogs, Life’s A Beach, and the rest in Bibliography) enjoyed her trip to Costa…

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The Revealing of Alicia Bessette

The Revealing of Alicia Bessette

Alicia Bessette may well have one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the season with Simply From Scratch being released on August 5, 2010. And critical praise from these bestselling authors only heightens the excitement. Consider: “A love-letter of a novel. There’s enough warmth here to fill your house on the coldest night. You’ll wish you knew these people, this world.”
—Justin Cronin, bestselling author of The Passage “This story of a young widow edging warily back into the world…

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Keetha DePriest Mosley and Culinary Kudzu(s)

Keetha DePriest Mosley and Culinary Kudzu(s)

From the Book’s Back Cover Kudzu. That quintessential Southern vine that seems to envelop everything in its path and can’t be deterred. Much like this indefatigable creeper, Southern culture seems to have ingratiated itself into every aspect of our daily lives. Nowhere is that presence more apparent than in the kitchen. Long have Southerners appreciated and embraced the joys and memorable times that accompany good food and good friends. Almost five years ago, Keetha DePriest Mosley [formerly Reed] (Culinary Kudzu:…

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Guest Claire Cook on Buried Dreams
and YOUR Seven Year Switch

Guest Claire Cook on Buried Dreams
and YOUR Seven Year Switch

[Bestselling, prolific author Claire Cook (Seven Year Switch, Must Love Dogs, Life’s A Beach, and the rest in Bibliography) is everywhere. Whether featured in print newspaper’s, magazine’s, or on online publication’s “must read” lists, Claire’s novels of being the best you can be resonate with a universal readership. And to think she’s become this popular with seven books in ten years. Yet why not? After living life with a buried dream, she finally “Just Did It!” by pursuing her dream…

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted and The Education of Bet

Lauren Baratz-Logsted and The Education of Bet

From the Front Flap The young man looking back at me was handsome and gave off an air of self-confidence. There was just one problem; two, actually. The barely discernible bulge in the front of the trousers had been created by a carefully balled- up pair of stockings. And the young gentleman–I–was a girl. Imagine, that “young man” describing what s/he sees reflected in a mirror is the 16-year old young woman on The Education of Bet book cover! Yes…

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What If….Therese Walsh, Holly LeCraw, and Alicia Bessette?

What If….Therese Walsh, Holly LeCraw, and Alicia Bessette?

What a day — or more — for a daydream in the summer heat of July. In fact it feels like the perfect time to wonder “what if” The Divining Wand possessed magical powers and could grant authors, who create their own magic with “what if,” the following two questions: Based only on their writing, what author would you want to be? AND If given the opportunity to have written ONE book in your lifetime, what would that title be?…

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What If….Maud Carol Markson and Lauren Baratz-Logsted?

What If….Maud Carol Markson and Lauren Baratz-Logsted?

What a day — or more — for a daydream in the summer heat of July. In fact it feels like the perfect time to wonder “what if” The Divining Wand possessed magical powers and could grant authors, who create their own magic with “what if,” the following two questions: Based only on their writing, what author would you want to be? AND If given the opportunity to have written ONE book in your lifetime, what would that title be?…

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