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Month: May 2011

Guest Katie Alender on Running on Empty

Guest Katie Alender on Running on Empty

[Blank pages. At one point or another, most writers fear them. However, in today’s guest post, Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed YA coming June 14, 2011) describes two different blank pages and how one applies to us all.] Running On Empty A lot has been said about blank pages. As a writer, you can’t escape them. They’re in your job description. A first draft is nothing but blank pages….

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Camille Noe Pagán and The Art of Forgetting

Camille Noe Pagán and The Art of Forgetting

Camille Noe Pagán’s debut novel The Art of Forgetting — with its stunning cover and intriguing title — bows down from bookstore shelves next Thursday, June 9, 2011. The book, based on a seemingly simple premise of forever friends, is actually a complex, multi-layered tale that both fascinates, frustrates, and fills a reader with questions to what it means to be or who is a friend? The idea for the storyline came first from the author’s desire to write a…

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Eileen Cook’s Fourth Grade Fairy

Eileen Cook’s Fourth Grade Fairy

Truth be told, Eileen Cook (The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, and Unpredictable) is among The Divining Wand’s most popular authors with her positive, common sense, and humor-filled storytelling for all ages. Case in point is Eileen’s latest book, Fourth Grade Fairy, the first of three middle school novels. (The second in this series, Wishes for Beginners will be released on June 14, 2011 followed by the third and…

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The Revealing of Katie Alender

The Revealing of Katie Alender

When YA author Katie Alender debuted in April, 2009 with Bad Girls Don’t Die, it was considered a standalone novel. But its success had her publisher, Hyperion, thinking a three book series and the second book of that series — Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed — releases on June 14, 2011, the third (yet untitled) will follow next summer. In a very brief description: The BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE series is a chilling lineup of horror novels…

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Guest Camille Noe Pagán on Reading Saves Lives

Guest Camille Noe Pagán on Reading Saves Lives

[Reading educates, enlightens, entertains and even allows us to escape from or clarify personal problems. In today’s guest post, Camille Noe Pagán (The Art of Forgetting coming June 9, 2011) chronicles how reading also can be the ultimate lifesaver. And, on that related note, please remember that from May 16th to June 1st, the author is donating $1 per pre-order of The Art of Forgetting to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides resources and support to service members, including those…

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Meg Mitchell Moore and The Arrivals

Meg Mitchell Moore and The Arrivals

In her debut novel, The Arrivals available this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, Meg Mitchell Moore writes in the genre of a “quiet little novel” focused on everyday people leading everyday lives. Except if that book is based on a three generation family all living together in one household for the summer — and this book is –, then the storyline may not be that quiet. Ironically the idea for The Arrivals came from the upheaval of the first novel Meg…

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Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

As must be known by now, Eleanor Brown’s (The Weird Sisters) alternative answer for a fictional BFF inspired TDW to ask its other authors her question: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This final week features responses from the following writers, including Eleanor with a new answer: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed YA coming June 14, 2011): “I’m too much of a pragmatist (okay,…

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The Revealing of Camille Noe Pagán

The Revealing of Camille Noe Pagán

Journalist and former editor Camille Noe Pagan debuts as an author when The Art of Forgetting arrives in bookstores June 9, 2011. [However please note that from May 16th to June 1st, the author is donating $1 per pre-order of her novel to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides resources and support to service members, including those who’ve suffered brain injuries.] In this two sentence synopsis, the book is described as: A moving and insightful debut novel of great friendship…

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Guest Meg Mitchell Moore on One Shoe Missing

Guest Meg Mitchell Moore on One Shoe Missing

[For many authors running and writing not only complement each other, they also share numerous similarities. In today’s guest post, journalist/debut author Meg Mitchell Moore (The Arrivals coming May 25, 2011) describes what it really takes to cross a finish line and/or type “The End.”] One Shoe Missing I am certainly not the first writer to address the parallels between running and writing, and undoubtedly I won’t be the last. (Debut author Rebecca Rasmussen wrote a fabulous post on the…

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Julianna Baggott (aka Bridget Asher) and
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

Julianna Baggott (aka Bridget Asher) and
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

“This novel is dedicated to the reader. For this singular moment, it’s just the two of us.” It is with the above Dedication that Julianna Baggott welcomes the readinbg audience into her latest Bridget Asher novel The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted. And that singular moment will become hours as the author tells a multi-generational tale of: “Grief is a love story told backwards.” In fact that’s the first line in the book. According to the author, that sentence captured…

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