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Month: January 2012

Guest Daniel Pyne: What I Write

Guest Daniel Pyne: What I Write

[The decision to reopen The Divining Wand was based on the goal of offering more diversity in both books and authors. For example, today’s guest showcases other forms of storytelling to prove how a writer can transition between formats and highlight his natural talent. Enjoy!] Daniel Pyne has been at home in the world of film, TV, and books for over 30 years. His long list of screenwriting credits include The Manchurian Candidate, Fracture, Any Given Sunday, and Miami Vice….

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The Revealing of Erika Liodice

The Revealing of Erika Liodice

Author Erika Liodice dreams, creates to succeed, and inspires others to do the same. With passion and determination, she became a debut novelist in late November, 2011 when her first novel Empty Arms was published as an ebook in Kindle and NOOK Book editions. And only last week Empty Arms was released in paperback. One might say that Erika’s arms now hold her dream come true. The story is based on a life built on secrets, half truths, evasion, and…

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted: Why Do I Write?

Lauren Baratz-Logsted: Why Do I Write?

[ After 11 years as an independent bookseller and buyer Lauren Baratz-Logsted (most recent The Twin’s Daughter, Sisters 8 complete series, The Bro-Magnet published in both Kindle and NOOK Book) decided to try her hand at writing and, as is known, discovered success. And, while a complete page lists what she writes, today Lauren answers the question of why.] WHY DO I WRITE? The Cliff Notes version? Because I have stories to tell. The expanded version? The truth is, there…

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Instant Reading Gratification:
Three ebooks at the Ready

Instant Reading Gratification:
Three ebooks at the Ready

[Now that ereaders have become more popular than ever The Divining Wand believes that occasional recommendations of ebooks would be a welcome feature. Today, starting off the series of Instant Reading Gratification, there are two comedic novels and one timely drama. May you enjoy!] Dee DeTarsio (The Scent of Jade) continues to amuse in a thoughtful way with ROS, described as: DeTarsio’s literary talents shine with tenderness and humor as she once again takes readers into the heart of women’s…

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Picture the Book: PURE

Picture the Book: PURE

When Julianna Baggott appeared on The Divining Wand last May, she had written the lovely romance The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted as one of her Bridget Asher novels. That was then and oh how time and books change. For on Wednesday, February 8th, the author’s highly anticipated, riveting, breakout novel PURE — the first volume in her post-apocalypse thriller trilogy — will be released. Fox 2000 has already acquired the film rights to PURE and the reviews are amazing:…

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Catherine McKenzie: Why I Write

Catherine McKenzie: Why I Write

[Although Canadian author Catherine McKenzie’s debut novel was a national bestseller in Canada, SPIN is finally being launched here in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. That’s great news for all readers since it was praised by Publishers Weekly as: “[A] charming debut…With fresh, fast-paced storytelling and a personable, self-deprecating protagonist, McKenzie whirls a perfectly indulgent tale.” Arranged, the author’s second novel, will also have a U.S. publication on May 15, 2012. Catherine was born and raised in Montreal,…

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The Revealing of Sarah McCoy

The Revealing of Sarah McCoy

Author Sarah McCoy (The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico) draws upon the unlikely connection between her past (Germany) and present (El Paso, Texas) residences to create the historical novel, The Baker’s Daughter available next Tuesday, January 24th. Here are a few selections of glowing praise for the book: “A beautiful, heart-breaking gem of a novel written just the way I like them, with the past coming back to haunt the present, endearing heroines and a sunny, hopeful ending. You’ll…

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Picture the Book:
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Picture the Book:
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

[If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a Book Trailer can tell! The feature of Picture the Book is thus offered to spotlight storylines in vivid fashion. Enjoy.] Following the award-winning success of her debut novel, Letters From Home,Kristina McMorris once again recounts WWII in Bridge of Scarlet Leaves releasing on February 28, 2012. The book focuses on love and loyalties tested in a country divided: Los Angeles, 1941. Violinist Maddie Kern’s life seemed destined to unfold…

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Author Kim Arbor: So Why Does She Write?

Author Kim Arbor: So Why Does She Write?

[Have you ever wondered why authors write? It’s not the easiest, stress-free, or stable and secure career choice yet it remains a dream/goal shared by so many. Throughout the next weeks, months, and onward, The Divining Wand will have authors explain their personal reasons. Introducing this series is Kim Arbor, the pen name of an award winning, New York published novelist who has both an MFA in Creative Writing and a serious addiction to gummy bears. Kim is the author…

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Eileen Cook Takes Pleasure in Unraveling Isobel

Eileen Cook Takes Pleasure in Unraveling Isobel

In pushing The Divining Wand’s restart button, one has to smile at how comforting it is to be greeted by Eileen Cook’s (The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA, Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, and Fourth Grade Fairy, Gnome Invasion, and Wishes for Beginners ages 9 -11) “almost” annual new release. And what a NEW release it is. Described as: “A darkly comic novel that blends paranormal mystery and romance with humor,” Unraveling Isobel…

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