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Month: March 2012

Seize a Daisy….

Seize a Daisy….

To celebrate spring The Divining Wand is seizing more than a few daisies and taking a spring break for the next two weeks. When new posts return on Tuesday, April 3rd, some weeks will feature two days of authors and their books while other weeks will offer readers/visitors the usual three. Why? It’s simply a matter of highlighting spring releases and preparing for the overwhelming arrival of summer reading. In the meantime, seize a daisy and enjoy spring!

The Revealing of Peter Golden

The Revealing of Peter Golden

Journalist, biographer, and historian, Peter Golden has spent a career breathing insight and life into award-winning non-fiction. Now, however, he has turned his creative talents to fiction with the novel Comeback Love to be released Tuesday, April 3, 2012. The premise: What would you do if you had a second chance with the one that got away? The synopsis: Over thirty-five years ago, Gordon Meyers, an aspiring writer with a low number in the draft lottery, packed his belongings and…

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Sarah McCoy: Why I Write

Sarah McCoy: Why I Write

[In mid-January The Divining Wand had the pleasure of featuring Sarah McCoy (The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico) a week before the release of her second novel The Baker’s Daughter and before her hectic book tour. Although much was learned about the author in The Revealing of Sarah McCoy, the true core of Sarah’s heart and personality shines through in today’s guest post.] Why I Write It may surprise some to learn that for a greater portion of my…

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What and Why Krys Lee Writes

What and Why Krys Lee Writes

[A few weeks ago debut author Krys Lee (Drifting House) revealed: Q. What is your greatest achievement?
 A. Being responsible for getting a North Korean refugee to safety from the Chinese border area to South Korea will probably always remain the most important thing I’ve ever done. A distant second would be writing Drifting House, a story collection that got major publishers excited enough to begin a bidding auction between eight major publishers. Krys indeed helped a man find freedom…

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Picture the Book:
The Song Remains the Same

Picture the Book:
The Song Remains the Same

“What if” Allison Winn Scotch (The One That I Want, Time of My Life, and The Department of Lost and Found) — whose writing is naturally inspired by music — crafted a novel that revolves around how deeply music affects/recalls memory? Fortunately the NYT bestselling author has done just that and her fourth novel, The Song Remains the Same will be released next month on Thursday, April 12, 2012. Part-thriller/mystery, the book questions and answers: Who are we without our…

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Sarah Pinneo: Why I Write

Sarah Pinneo: Why I Write

[In The Revealing of Sarah Pinneo, Sarah (The Ski House Cookbook) — debut fiction author of Julia’s Child — explained that her greatest fear(s) “will eventually become the basis for a novel.” Is that the reason Sarah writes? Well, in today’s guest post, the novelist describes working out fears and much more. Enjoy!] Why I Write Writing appeals to me because it is the Rumpelstiltskin career: you spin gold from straw. Before I became a full-time writer, I worked on…

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Sarah Pekkanen Interviewed By Jodi Picoult

Sarah Pekkanen Interviewed By Jodi Picoult

[With the hope of offering something different to The Divining Wand, today’s post was submitted by Sarah Pekkanen (Skipping a Beat and The Opposite of Me) whose third novel, These Girls releases on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. Being interviewed by NYT Bestselling author, Jodi Picoult, (most recent, LONE WOLF), was not only a thrill for Sarah, it also delves beyond a fellow author’s blurb of praise.] Jodi Picoult interviews Sarah Pekkanen about writing, motherhood, and the magic of female friendships……

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The Revealing of Rachel Bertsche
and Why She Writes

The Revealing of Rachel Bertsche
and Why She Writes

[Introduced in the post, Picture the Book: MWF Seeking BFF: My Year Long Search for a New Best Friend, relocated Chicago writer/editor Rachel Bertsche chronicled her search for a new, “closer in proximity” friend in MWF Seeking BFF: My Year Long Search for a New Best Friend. Due to email snafus, Rachel’s Q&A was MIA but can now be presented along with her guest post on why she writes. Yes, a double post plus a Book Giveaway and now, without…

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