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Month: March 2011

Guest Lori Roy on Grandma’s Tarantula

Guest Lori Roy on Grandma’s Tarantula

[Every writer has their own distinctive voice that comes from somewhere beyond their style and develops over time. In today’s guest post, debut novelist Lori Roy (Bent Road coming March 31, 2011) explains where her [captivating] voice came from.] Grandma’s Tarantula I’m eight, maybe nine-years-old, and am running through Grandma’s backyard. But really it isn’t a yard. It’s all dirt—brown, loose dirt that blows in the wind—no grass. Kansas summers are dry. My hair is parted down the back, a…

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Suzanne Anderson and
Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure

Suzanne Anderson and
Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure

The lovely, idyllic cover of Suzanne Anderson’s ebook debut, Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure [Kindle Edition], holds the promise of a children’s story filled with adventure. And, on one level, that hold true even though the other story told in this book within a book format provides a dramatically opposite tale. In her ambitious, action-packed, suspenseful first novel, the author combined the following two thoughts: 1. A brilliant, talented person knowing she suffered from Alzheimer’s and would slowly lose her mind. 2….

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, IV

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, IV

Since a best friend forever could be made at anytime as well as any place, it’s not surprising that they even might exist within a book’s pages. True, these are merely characters yet — if only real — would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt bonded to, and asked: What fictional character would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this week’s authors replied: ~Claire Cook (Seven…

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The Revealing of Lori Roy

The Revealing of Lori Roy

Lori Roy and her debut novel Bent Road, releasing March 31, 2011, have been praised by the best and eagerly awaited by many. This literary suspense novel is simply described as: One family’s struggle with a past never laid to rest. Then hailed with the following three starred reviews: “[Bent Road] will keep readers wondering right until the last page.”– Kirkus (Starred Review) “Roy’s exceptional debut novel is full of tension, complex characters, and deftly gothic overtones….Highly recommended.” – Library…

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Guest Suzanne Anderson on
Procrastinating? Do the Thing You Fear

Guest Suzanne Anderson on
Procrastinating? Do the Thing You Fear

[Putting off until tomorrow, what could be done today is a common human habit. But why do too many of those tomorrows stretch beyond weeks, months, or even years? In today’s guest post, Suzanne Anderson (Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure [Kindle Edition]) — having experienced her share of procrastination — offers a daring solution. ] Procrastinating? Do the Thing You Fear I have a problem with procrastination. I procrastinate about everything. Buying my first house took me fifteen years. I’m currently trying…

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Catherine McKenzie and Arranged

Catherine McKenzie and Arranged

Although not the book’s subtitle, the question of WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? appears on the front cover of Catherine McKenzie’s (Spin) second novel Arranged. And its answer is told within the pages. With an insightful and wry perspective on modern romance, the author puts a twist on those thirtysomethings — or any age groups — looking for a home, family and marriage. Because, after all, it is finding someone/anyone to share that ultimate relationship that presents a…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, III

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, III

At times a book offers a surprise bonus — those special characters that create an immediate personal bond and, 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: ~Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters): “Less than specific people, there are entire fictional worlds I’d like to live in…

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The Revealing of Suzanne Anderson

The Revealing of Suzanne Anderson

For the past two and a half years, Suzanne Anderson has held court at her blog, Table 1, with a contemporary perspective on cultural, literary, and political news. Of course she’s also shared a lifetime dream — that of becoming a published author. Motivated by Karen McQuestion’s attitude and success for writing, then sharing her novels as ebooks at Amazon, Suzanne took the leap on October 1, 2010 and self-published Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure [Kindle Edition]. Here is a one sentence…

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Guest Catherine McKenzie on
Can I make a book a bestseller?

Guest Catherine McKenzie on
Can I make a book a bestseller?

[Catherine McKenzie (Arranged, Spin) had one of those “Aha” moments that Oprah frequently talks about and, also like Oprah, she decided to recommend a few books worthy of more attention. In today’s guest post, the author explains the who, why, and where of her cause and how you can help as well as benefit too.] Can I make a book a bestseller? Authors these days are bombarded with a constant message: social media is the place to be to sell…

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