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The Divining Wand’s Summer TBR List

The Divining Wand’s Summer TBR List

Dear Authors/Readers/Friends — What a spectacular year it’s been here at The Divining Wand. From authors revealed, guests posts, responses to writing/literary questions, and the presentations/reviews, this Fairy Godmother — with great pride and joy — believes she has introduced the very best of the best for everyone’s enjoyment. But what about this summer? After asking the authors for their summer TBR lists, I decided it might be worthwhile to share my personal list too. Catching Up On: ~The Inner…

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Kristina Riggle and Things We Didn’t Say

Kristina Riggle and Things We Didn’t Say

From the front cover: “Impossible to put down, even harder to let go of.” __Julie Buxbaum, author of The Opposite of Love, After You In her first two books — Real Life & Liars and The Life You’ve Imagined –, Kristina Riggle wrote about ordinary individuals caught up in the dilemma of how to resolve complicated problems in their lives. However the author twists the scenario a bit in Things We Didn’t Say available for purchase tomorrow at your local…

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Summer’s TBR Lists, V

Summer’s TBR Lists, V

Thank goodness for summer and its lazy, hazy days of being carried away by a book. Reaching out to discover what our authors/friends would be reading, The Divining Wand asked them: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? And, in this final wrap-up post, the following writers replied: ~Elise Allen (Populazzi YA coming August 1, 2011): “The next book I can’t wait to get my hands on is Allen Zadoff’s My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies. I recently…

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Summer’s TBR Lists, IV and
Alison Pace’s A Pug’s Tale

Summer’s TBR Lists, IV and
Alison Pace’s A Pug’s Tale

It’s officially summer — time for relaxing and getting lost in those TBR books. While other summer book lists were being compiled and published, The Divining Wand decided to offer its own lists by asking our authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed): “Unfortunately, a lot of what was on my spring ‘”must read”‘ list has…

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Guest Kristina Riggle on
Writing in Shades of Gray

Guest Kristina Riggle on
Writing in Shades of Gray

[]In real life there are at least two sides to every story and nothing is either black or white. In today’s guest post, Kristina Riggle (Real Life & Liars, The Life You’ve Imagined, and Things We Didn’t Say coming June 28, 2011) explains how this same fact applies to people — whether real or fictional.] Writing in Shades of Gray Early in my career as a novelist, I sighed with relief that my writing no longer had to hurt anyone’s…

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Presenting Debutante Tawna Fenske
and Making Waves

Presenting Debutante Tawna Fenske
and Making Waves

By her own admission it took Debutante Tawna Fenske a while to find her literary voice (see Finding Where You Fit Is Harder Than It Looks) but — once she discovered that her humor and love of romance combined perfectly together — it was full sail ahead for her debut novel, Making Waves, available August 1, 2011. The result is a delightful, warm-hearted, endearingly twisted tale of romance and adventure, complete with hijinks….though the goal was a hijack. Yes it’s…

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Summer’s TBR Lists, III

Summer’s TBR Lists, III

With so many terrific books vying for attention, summer is the best season for a reason to relax and get lost in a new release or old favorite. And, since summer book lists are currently being published, The Divining Wand decided to ask its authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Carleen Brice (Orange Mint and Honey, Children of the Waters): “PYM by Mat Johnson SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones THE WEIRD…

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The Further Revealing of Kristina Riggle

The Further Revealing of Kristina Riggle

On June 15, 2009 the presentation/review of Kristina Riggle‘s debut novel Real Life & Liars launched The Divining Wand and last summer she graced this site again with The Life You’ve Imagined. Now, with a critically acclaimed reputation and an ever-growing fanbase, this author/friend returns with her third book, Things We Didn’t Say available June 28, 2011. Described in one sentence, Things We Didn’t Say is: A story of a frayed blended family about to come undone completely when a…

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Guest Tawna Fenske on
Finding Where You Fit Is Harder Than It Looks

Guest Tawna Fenske on
Finding Where You Fit Is Harder Than It Looks

[Good writing requires more than the ability to write a good story. In fact more often than not it’s the author’s voice and/or personal choice of genre that attracts and sustains a reader’s attention. As a writer-by-trade, Tawna Fenske (Making Waves coming August 2011) knew this and — in today’s guest post — she shares the journey of discovering her author’s niche.] Finding Where You Fit Is Harder Than It Looks I’ve been blogging at The Debutante Ball since last…

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Presenting Debutante Elise Allen and Populazzi

Presenting Debutante Elise Allen and Populazzi

To date, Elise Allen has earned and enjoyed a successfully diverse writing career in both Hollywood and New York, however it’s the upcoming publication of her solo YA novel Populazzi — debuting August 1, 2011 — that has her heart right now. Introducing herself at The Debutante Ball in the August 30, 2010 post, If It’s Monday, It Must Be Deb Elise, she wrote: “I live in L.A., and came out here immediately after college to follow my big dreams…

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