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It’s Been Divine!

It’s Been Divine!

To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun? __Katherine Graham Although I only recently discovered the above quote, it expresses my life as a blogger for the past six years. What began as a desire to help get the word out about one debut author took on its own energy, gathering more authors/books every year. A bookcase — standing across the room — is a testament to the fact. The shelves…

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Interview with Erika Robuck on Hemingway’s Girl

Interview with Erika Robuck on Hemingway’s Girl

Let’s simply begin with the TRUTH. Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck (Receive Me Falling) is a captivating, beautifully written historical fiction novel that feels completely real. Impressive in its detail, the storytelling — focusing on a young Cuban girl and Ernest Hemingway — not only breathes life into both characters, but provides the reader with a remarkable understanding of the complex, (tortured) writer. A love story without the romance, Hemingway’s Girl might well be the most entertaining, engaging book for…

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The Revealing of Erika Robuck

The Revealing of Erika Robuck

Historical fiction author Erika Robuck’s (Receive Me Falling) stunning novel Hemingway’s Girl releases next Tuesday, September 4th after a glorious spring/summer buzz. Seriously, as early as May 24th, Cindy Adams in her New York Post article Lots to read as summer kicks off noted the book and then critical raves followed. “Robuck brings Key West to life, and her Hemingway is fully fleshed out and believable, as are Mariella and others. Readers will delight in the complex relationships and vivid…

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The Divining Wand’s Summer TBR List

The Divining Wand’s Summer TBR List

Dear Authors/Readers/Friends — The summer solstice occurred in the Northern Hemisphere yesterday evening so welcome to the first full day of summer and the beginning of my vacation! Last June this literary Fairy Godmother felt The Divining Wand had featured “the very best of the best for everyone’s enjoyment,” however the books appearing here — during the first six months of 2012 — have been even better! Please look through the archives and choose to read something that’s already been…

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Kristina Riggle: Why I Write

Kristina Riggle: Why I Write

[Having written/published three successful novels in two years, Kristina Riggle (Real Life & Liars, The Life You’ve Imagined, and Things We Didn’t Say) has become a critically acclaimed and well-known/loved author who ends her third career year with Keepsake, releasing next Tuesday, June 26th. Perhaps the best word to describe Kristina’s writing is “real.” And there’s good reason for that since it’s who she is and why she writes.] Why I Write Why do I write? “I love it” is…

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Anita Hughes: Why I Write

Anita Hughes: Why I Write

[Happy Debut Day to Anita Hughes as her terrific summer novel, Monarch Beach, appears on bookstore shelves and ships from online retailers today! Although this is the novelist’s first published book, Anita admits in today’s guest post to making up stories since childhood. Could that explain why she writes?] Why I Write As a young girl, I always had a notebook filled with the beginnings of a novel. My favorite part of writing was naming my characters, and then I…

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Dawn Tripp: Why I Write

Dawn Tripp: Why I Write

[Without question Dawn Tripp (The Season of Open Water, Moon Tide) is a literary artist weaving both subtle shadows and bold, clear-cut emotions into her most recent novel, Game of Secrets, just released in paperback last week. The author’s poetic, yet realistic prose can transport readers’ minds into a different state of consciousness — a state that Dawn seeks for herself in explaining why she writes.] Why I Write 10th grade English. It was winter, snow falling through the windows…

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Joshua Henkin: Why I Write

Joshua Henkin: Why I Write

[As a novelist Joshua Henkin (Matrimony, Swimming Across the Hudson) has written of family and his latest book, The World Without You — releasing a week from today, Tuesday, June 19, 2012 –, features the same subject. Indeed, families are ripe with complex storylines but, in Joshua’s case, family might also explain why he chose to write.] Why I Write I was recently at my twenty-fifth-year college reunion, and I was on an authors panel where the group of us…

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The Revealing of Anita Hughes

The Revealing of Anita Hughes

Born in Sydney, Australia, Anita Hughes began her writing career at age eight, when she won a national writing contest in THE AUSTRALIAN newspaper, and was named “One of Australia’s Next Best Writers.” Fast forward to the present with Anita, now living in California, taking her bow as a novelist when Monarch Beach debuts on Tuesday, June 19th. Best described as a novel about one woman’s journey back to happiness after an affair splinters her perfect marriage and life—what it…

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The Revealing of Joshua Henkin

The Revealing of Joshua Henkin

Author Joshua Henkin (Swimming Across the Hudson) follows up on his successful New York Times Notable Book Matrimony with The World Without You available on Tuesday, June 19th. The book is briefly described in the following sentence: A moving, mesmerizing new novel about love, loss, and the aftermath of a family tragedy. Too sweeping and general? Please take note of these *starred* reviews: “When conventionalists claim, ‘They don’t write novels like that anymore,’ this is the sort of novel they…

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