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Month: August 2010

Guest Tanya Egan Gibson on Unknowable

Guest Tanya Egan Gibson on Unknowable

[How well do you know your friends? Do you know them as well as favorite fictional characters? In today’s guest post Tanya Egan Gibson (How to Buy a Love of Reading) reflects on how by reading and knowing characters, we’re motivated to close the human “gap” of getting to know and understand the truth of real-life people. ] Unknowable At the beginning of The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway says he wishes for “no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into…

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Katharine Davis and A Slender Thread

Katharine Davis and A Slender Thread

Katharine Davis (East Hope, Capturing Paris), a self-described “late bloomer,” postponed her writing career until the age of fifty. And then — after teaching French in the Washington, D.C. area, working at the National Gallery of Art, and raising two children — she decided what she wanted next in life. Writing novels won hands down and with her third book, A Slender Thread, having recently been released on August 3, 2010, there’s no question that Katharine (Winner of the Maine…

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Welcoming New Authors, Introducing 2011 Debs

Welcoming New Authors, Introducing 2011 Debs

With Labor Day only a weekend away, it’s a time for change and new beginnings. During the summer TDW welcomed new authors to the site and, once again, I’m proud to announce the addition of the following four writers soon be seen on these pages: ~Melissa Senate (The Mosts YA, The Secret of Joy, the rest in Bibliography, and The Love Goddess’ Cooking School coming October 26, 2010) ~Stacey Ballis (The Spinster Sisters, Room for Improvement, the rest in Bibliography,…

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The Revealing of Tanya Egan Gibson

The Revealing of Tanya Egan Gibson

Tanya Egan Gibson debuted with her first novel, How to Buy a Love of Reading, in May, 2009 to the following praise: “Brimming with literary allusions, commentary on the rich and famous, and the necessary ingredients for a successful novel, Gibson’s ingenious debut succeeds on many levels.” __Booklist The book was released in paperback late last month and here’s a brief synopsis: Literary references abound in Tanya Egan Gibson’s debut novel, How to Buy a Love of Reading. Filled with…

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Guest Katharine Davis on
Where Novels Come From

Guest Katharine Davis on
Where Novels Come From

[Katharine Davis (East Hope, Capturing Paris) — like all authors — gets ideas for her writing from everywhere at any time. In today’s guest post, however, she explains how a chance encounter evolved into her latest novel, A Slender Thread.] Where Novels Come From I’m often asked where I get the ideas for my novels. Capturing Paris, my first book, came from a dream I had about a woman glimpsed in the Paris subway. My second novel, East Hope, came…

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Kate Ledger and Remedies

Kate Ledger and Remedies

From the front cover “Remedies is an immediately gripping, expertly woven tale of pain and healing. Ledger is a brilliant writer; the book is dazzling, but more importantly, it is moving.” – Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of Barefoot What Kate Ledger has elegantly and eloquently written in her debut novel, Remedies, is a “witty,” “complex,” “humane,” and “intense” story of a marriage/family in crisis. And those are a few reasons why Remedies garnered: *A Starred Review from…

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What’s Next for Our Authors?

What’s Next for Our Authors?

Throughout this past year The Divining Wand has presented and, perhaps, introduced you to new favorite authors. Yet, after reading and enjoying their novels, how many wonder what’s the next book and when? Here’s a sneak peek into the future from several TDW authors: ~Therese Fowler (Souvenir, Reunion): “EXPOSURE, set for a late-April release, preceded by REUNION in trade paperback, probably mid-March. There is an EXPOSURE excerpt posted on my website. Cover art for both titles is in the works…

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The Revealing of Katharine Davis

The Revealing of Katharine Davis

Katharine Davis (East Hope, Capturing Paris) — Winner of the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance 2010 Award for Fiction — celebrated the release of her third novel, A Slender Thread, two weeks ago. The book described as A gripping novel of two sisters who must reimagine the future-before they’re ready to let go of the past., has also earned the following praise: “Luminous and deeply affecting . . . In this novel of the complex bonds of sisters and the…

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Guest Kate Ledger on
REMEDIES: A Novel/The Journey of Writing

Guest Kate Ledger on
REMEDIES: A Novel/The Journey of Writing

[Kate Ledger, in her debut novel Remedies, tells a brilliantly complex story of physical and emotional pain. In today’s guest post, she explains how an initial fascination with medical knowledge led her on a ten year writing journey to an even richer, deeper, more painful subject requiring a remedy. ] REMEDIES: A NOVEL/The Journey of Writing I’d always wanted to be a fiction writer, even as far back as my childhood. But in my mid-20s, after a graduate program in…

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Kristina Riggle and The Life You’ve Imagined

Kristina Riggle and The Life You’ve Imagined

In the follow up to her successful debut of Real Life & Liars, Kristina Riggle presents us with another thoughtful, touching, bittersweet read — The Life You’ve Imagined, releasing tomorrow, August 17, 2010. This second book also proves that the author’s natural gift is her talent to write a quiet little novel that whispers, nudges, and reminds how much of life is filled with hope. However the irony is that the idea for this storyline came out of Kristina’s seemingly…

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