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Month: April 2011

Guest Meg Waite Clayton on
Thoughts on Perfect Necks and Imperfect Friends

Guest Meg Waite Clayton on
Thoughts on Perfect Necks and Imperfect Friends

[Although quick to note that her novels are not autobiographical, Meg Waite Clayton (The Wednesday Sisters) admits that she falls back on her own emotions and experiences while writing. And, in today’s guest post, the author offers how her past shine through in The Four Ms. Bradwells.] Thoughts on Perfect Necks and Imperfect Friends Lovely neck on that The Four Ms. Bradwells book jacket, isn’t it? Pretty much the perfect neck. The perfect young neck in perfect white pearls on…

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Jael McHenry and The Kitchen Daughter

Jael McHenry and The Kitchen Daughter

Jael McHenry’s passion for cooking and writing combine together in the most unique blend of sweet and bittersweet for her debut novel, The Kitchen Daughter in bookstores tomorrow, April 12, 2011. And, let it be noted, the clever, quirky cover art is the perfect appetizer for the feast spread within the pages. The idea for the book began with the author creating a character who loves food, loves cooking, but is closed off from the rest of the world. Even…

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Go-to Writing Books, III

Go-to Writing Books, III

Before, during and after a work-in-progress, a published/debut author has likely read more than a few books on the art and craft of writing. Yet not all motivation or inspiration comes from books on writing, in fact favorite novels are just as likely to be kept close at hand. With this in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What books do you keep nearby or go back to as you’re working? And this week the following authors — including…

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The Revealing of Meg Waite Clayton

The Revealing of Meg Waite Clayton

Following the success of her national bestseller The Wednesday Sisters, Meg Waite Clayton returns with another tale of friendship in The Four Ms. Bradwells available in local bookstores and at online retailers now. A Literary Guild Book Club Fiction Selection
 and A Mystery Guild Selection, the book’s one sentence description promises: A page-turning novel that explores the secrets we keep, even from those closest to us, and celebrates the enduring power of friendship. And its early Praise confirms: “This is…

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Guest Jael McHenry on
The Blessed Mystery of the Pre-Debut

Guest Jael McHenry on
The Blessed Mystery of the Pre-Debut

[How many successful authors have THAT drawer and/or corner in their closet where their first “Great Novel(s)” hide? Probably ninety-nine percent do and, in today’s guest post, Jael McHenry (The Kitchen Daughter coming April 12, 2011) admits to being one of them. However she also shares why — although these works will never see the light of day — this early writing has made her a debut novelist.] The Blessed Mystery of the Pre-Debut Positive reviews are always welcome and…

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Darien Gee and Friendship Bread

Darien Gee and Friendship Bread

How appropriate for Darien Gee aka Mia King (Good Things, Sweet Life, Table Manners) to write the novel, Friendship Bread, with her given name. For the truth is — as Darien’s guest post, The Book That Inspired a Novel, — explains this story is a personal gift, literally growing out of an Amish Friendship Bread starter kit from her daughter. And, like the division of the starter kits, the novel took on a life of its own. Darien recalls: “As…

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