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Month: December 2010

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!] To Karen McQuestion, the author of A Scattered Life: I’ve spent some time reading up on your story and it is such an inspiration to anyone who has ever found their…

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From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!] A Gift Slipped Between the Pages, Every Time Sometimes, and it’s a joy each time it happens, I’m reading along and the book is so engrossing and so perfectly wonderful that…

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Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

The year of 2010 has been a glorious one here at The Divining Wand. With our authors/friends providing first-class quality through their books and more, how much better could it be? Well, beginning Monday, January 3, 2011, when Eileen Cook’s (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA) latest YA novel The Education of Hailey Kendrick — already earning a Kirkus starred review — is presented/reviewed, it will launch our exciting winter/spring season. Look for other…

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Jenny Gardiner and Slim to None

Jenny Gardiner and Slim to None

Novelist/memoirist Jenny Gardiner’s (Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: Twenty Years of Caring for a Vengeful Bird Determined to Kill Me) most recent book Slim to None [Kindle Edition] was epublished in April 2010, but the delicious news is that it’s now also in Paperback, available for everyone to enjoy. Although the cupcake on the book’s cover easily identifies the story as “food themed,” Jenny’s novel is as unique as are all the others in that category. How unique? Well…

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The Revealing of Dee DeTarsio

The Revealing of Dee DeTarsio

After experiencing only tepid mainstream publishing success, Dee DeTarsio decided to publish two of her novels as ebooks on Amazon.com. And, since it first appeared for purchase online, The Scent of Jade [Kindle Edition] has enjoyed a fast-growing, international fan base. The novel is described in this one sentence: “Romancing The Stone” meets “Survivor” in this delightfully quirky novel from television producer and writer, Dee DeTarsio! 
 And has earned no less than five star customer reviews, such as the…

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Alice Eve Cohen and What I Thought I Knew

Alice Eve Cohen and What I Thought I Knew

As a playwright, solo theater artist, writer for Nickelodeon and PBS, multi-talented Alice Eve Cohen has been honored with fellowships and grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. She also teaches at The New School in New York City and one would believe Alice knows a lot. And that was true until 1999 when her body turned everything she thought she knew to be true into falsehoods and unknowns. Seven…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part VI

Best Writing Exercises, Part VI

As The Divining Wand’s quest to discover how our favorite authors/friends perfect their natural skills comes to an end, the last — but not least — responses appear to: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? This week’s replies offer a variety of exercises and also introduce e-book author Dee DeTarsio and about-to-become authors, Rebecca Rasmussen and Lori Roy. Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart): “I write even without pad and…

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Guest Jenny Gardiner on e-publishing

Guest Jenny Gardiner on e-publishing

[Jenny Gardiner (Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: Twenty Years of Caring for a Vengeful Bird Determined to Kill Me) has recently turned to e-publishing with Slim to None. In today’s guest post the author explains why e-publishing, and why now?] Shortly after I received my Kindle e-reader for my birthday last December, I was reading in bed at midnight, not loving the book I had downloaded, but wanting to continue to read something. So with the magic of my…

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