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Month: February 2011

Anna Fields and
Confessions of a Rebel Debutante

Anna Fields and
Confessions of a Rebel Debutante

Successful playwright, television writer, and comedienne, Anna Fields dishes out a Southern-fried memoir about growing up too smart and rebellious for her North Carolina small town in Confessions of a Rebel Debutante. During childhood the author claimed the “tomboy” label, only then to describe her adolescent self as being “outspoken” and “bookish” rebelling against the strict rules at her private all-girls finishing school. Anna tried to be a proper Deb, even making it through the first Cotillion. Yet, when viewed…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, II

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, II

As every book is opened, a new adventure begins. And sometimes, somewhere among the pages, there is also found those special characters that create an immediate personal bond — the ones, if only real, would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt close to, and asked: What fictional character would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this week’s authors replied: ~Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in…

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The Revealing of Catherine McKenzie

The Revealing of Catherine McKenzie

After her success with debut novel Spin in 2010, Canadian author Catherine McKenzie’s second novel Arranged — released in early January 2011 — fulfilled her dream. For ARRANGED hit the Globe & Mail’s Canadian Bestseller list at #10 on January 22, 2011! And how appropriate for a determined, dedicated writer who campaigns and believes I bet we can make these books best sellers — books by other authors, that is. (More about this site next week.) In a two sentence…

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Guest Anna Fields on “The Murderer’s Brother”

Guest Anna Fields on “The Murderer’s Brother”

[Anna Fields, in her debut memoir, Confessions of a Rebel Debutante, writes of being strong, not following the crowd, and becoming who you really are. In today’s guest post the author shares a fictional piece — based on a novel she’s currently writing — with the hope it might comfort and help those women who have experienced physical/verbal/domestic abuse.] The Murderer’s Brother By Anna Fields Jenny Thompson was murdered in her driveway. Her husband, Eric, had been drinking all afternoon…

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Kristina McMorris and Letters from Home

Kristina McMorris and Letters from Home

From the age of nine, Kristina McMorris has been a successful actress, TV show host, entrepreneur, and public relations expert but tomorrow she embraces the role of debut novelist with the launch of her historical fiction, WWII saga, Letters From Home. Inspired by the discovery of her grandfather’s courtship letters to Grandma Jean during WWII (see Tales of the Past), Kristina soon began to ask “what if?” the couple’s relationship through their correspondence had been based on deceit. And, simply…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever

One of the most enlightening aspects of reading is being introduced, getting to know, and gaining insight/understanding to a wide variety of individuals. Somewhere among the pages are also those special characters that create an immediate personal bond — the ones, if only real, would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt close to, and asked: What fictional character would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this…

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The Revealing of Anna Fields

The Revealing of Anna Fields

According to Anna Fields’ momma: “Every one of us starts off a debutante, then becomes a rebel, but when we finally grow into our own…we’re a little bit of both.” And this is what the author proves in her debut memoir, Confessions of a Rebel Debutante recently released in Trade paperback. Here is a one sentence description: A fond, funny Southern-fried memoir about growing up a proper young lady…or not. And the following praise: “…Fields takes what should be an…

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Guest Kristina McMorris on Tales of the Past:
What we can learn from listening

Guest Kristina McMorris on Tales of the Past:
What we can learn from listening

[Wisdom, truth and our personal family history are often as near as our grandparents or other older relatives yet do we take the time to ask and listen to their richly detailed experiences? Several years ago Kristina McMorris (Letters From Home coming February 22, 2011) discovered that her grandmother held treasures and stories that could never be found in any social media content. In today’s guest post, the debut novelist shares how what she learned by listening changed her life.]…

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Sarah Pekkanen and Skipping a Beat

Sarah Pekkanen and Skipping a Beat

From the book’s front cover: “Original, engaging, and soulful.” –EMILY GIFFIN, New York Times Bestselling author of Heart of the Matter When Sarah Pekkanen debuted with The Opposite of Me last March, she did so by telling a story of twins — undoubtedly the most intense of sibling relationships. For her second novel, Skipping a Beat in bookstores next Tuesday, February 22, 2011, the author chose to examine an even more complicated relationship — marriage. Of course the storyline is…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, V

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, V

Yes or no? For every writer there are intangible elements — personal habits — that allow the mind to roam and find its comfort zone when the words aren’t flowing. To take a look at what some of these practices include, The Divining Wand asked its authors: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work when all else fails? This week provides the final responses, including one from new TDW author Catherine McKenzie: ~Stacey Ballis…

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