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Month: February 2012

The Revealing of Krys Lee

The Revealing of Krys Lee

Krys Lee grew up wanting to be an author and began her career writing poetry but, when the stories needed to be told no longer fit in a poem, she turned to short stories. Recently released, her debut collection, Drifting House, is described as: An unflinching portrayal of the Korean immigrant experience from an extraordinary new talent in fiction. Spanning Korea and the United States, from the postwar era to contemporary times, Krys Lee’s stunning fiction debut, Drifting House, illuminates…

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Interview with Kristina McMorris on
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Interview with Kristina McMorris on
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

[In mid-January, The Divinning Wand post, Picture the Book: Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, provided a sneak peek into Kristina McMorris’ (Letters From Home) second novel, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, releasing today to critical acclaim. Publishers Weekly declared [it] a “gripping story [that] hits all the right chords,” while Kirkus Reviews praises the book as a “sweeping yet intimate novel.” Described in one sentence, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves tells this story: A young woman secretly elopes with her Japanese American boyfriend…

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The Revealing of Sarah Pinneo

The Revealing of Sarah Pinneo

Journalist and author of The Ski House Cookbook, Sarah Pinneo turned her sights to fiction and recently became a debut novelist with the January 31, 2012 release of Julia’s Child. The book has been described as: A delectable comedy for every woman who’s ever wondered if buying that six-dollar box of organic crackers makes her a hero or a sucker. JULIA’S CHILD is a warmhearted, laugh-out-loud story about motherhood’s choices: organic vs. local, paper vs. plastic, staying at home vs….

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Seré Prince Halverson: Why Do I Write?

Seré Prince Halverson: Why Do I Write?

[ In Seré Prince Halverson’s revealing Q&A, the debut author of The Underside of Joy claimed: “I became a writer because I loved to write, and I was blessed with an utter lack of any other talent.” Today, the author digs even deeper and shares precisely why she writes. ] Why do I write? This question, Why do I write?, comes to me about a month after my debut novel, The Underside of Joy, was published and about twenty years…

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Interview with Eileen Cook on
Her (e)Book Do or Di

Interview with Eileen Cook on
Her (e)Book Do or Di

[In the last four years, Eileen Cook (The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA, Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, Fourth Grade Fairy, Gnome Invasion, and Wishes for Beginners ages 9 -11, and most recent Unraveling Isobel) has been productive and prolific, entertaining adult, YA, and middle grade readers. However, at the end of January, Eileen debuted her first ebook — and first adult novel since Unpredictable — with Do or Di available on Kindle…

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Picture the Book: MWF Seeking BFF:
My Year Long Search for a New Best Friend

Picture the Book: MWF Seeking BFF:
My Year Long Search for a New Best Friend

In relocating to Chicago writer/editor Rachel Bertsche almost had it all: a newlywed husband, elite writing credits, loving family and friends….who now, alas, lived too far away. And, though the love of her life was her best friend, he was a guy! Rachel needed a new girl friend and thus began her organized quest chronicled in her debut, MWF Seeking BFF: My Year Long Search for a New Best Friend. And through sharing her pursuit, she also found praise: “Friendship…

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Erika Liodice: Why I Write

Erika Liodice: Why I Write

[Given Erika Liodice’s success in writing/publishing her debut novel Empty Arms in Kindle Edition, NOOK Book and Paperback, one might think that becoming an author was a childhood dream. Yet, in today’s guest post, Erika tells how her journey to novelist began on the path to self-discovery.] Why I Write Growing up I often heard people say, “I found myself at college.” It led me to the delusion that finding oneself was some sort of transcendental experience involving rays of…

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Dee DeTarsio’s Valentine to Marian Keyes

Dee DeTarsio’s Valentine to Marian Keyes

[Dee DeTarsio (The Scent of Jade and ROS) wears her favorite author’s heart on her sleeve. As a result, in this Valentine’s Day guest post, Dee takes the opportunity to explain/share her feelings of “reader love.”] This Is Dedicated to The One I Love “To Marian Keyes – and to the Marian Keyes in every woman – that smart, funny, sad, put-upon, brave part of your soul that makes this world a brighter place.” I am stalking Marian Keyes. She’s…

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The Revealing of Seré Prince Halverson

The Revealing of Seré Prince Halverson

According to debut novelist, Seré Prince Halverson: “I became a writer because I loved to write, and I was blessed with an utter lack of any other talent.” If true, what a gift the author’s one talent is as it shines through her recently released The Underside of Joy. A one sentence description of the book notes: Set against the backdrop of Redwood forests and shimmering vineyards, Seré Prince Halverson’s compelling debut tells the story of two women, bound by…

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Julianna Baggott: Why I Write

Julianna Baggott: Why I Write

[Julianna Baggott (complete listing of her books) is an author who writes across genres, believing they complement rather than are separate from each other. Available today is the author’s riveting, breakout novel PURE — the first volume in her post-apocalypse thriller trilogy. It’s based on Julianna’s background of magical realism. That is what she writes and, in this guest post, she explains why.] Why I Write I’m answering this question late at night — in a usually loud house now…

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