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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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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, 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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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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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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Katie Alender and From Bad to Cursed

Katie Alender and From Bad to Cursed

When Katie Alender wrote her debut YA novel Bad Girls Don’t Die as a stand alone book, she tied it up with a relatively happy ending. In fact two years ago, this presentation/review — Presenting Debutante Katie Alender and Bad Girls Don’t Die — noted: It’s a book about strong teenage females who have their own problems and find their own solutions, doing so without being dependent and reliant on males. The author’s heroine, Alexis, figures out that she has…

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Camille Noe Pagán and The Art of Forgetting

Camille Noe Pagán and The Art of Forgetting

Camille Noe Pagán’s debut novel The Art of Forgetting — with its stunning cover and intriguing title — bows down from bookstore shelves next Thursday, June 9, 2011. The book, based on a seemingly simple premise of forever friends, is actually a complex, multi-layered tale that both fascinates, frustrates, and fills a reader with questions to what it means to be or who is a friend? The idea for the storyline came first from the author’s desire to write a…

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Eileen Cook’s Fourth Grade Fairy

Eileen Cook’s Fourth Grade Fairy

Truth be told, Eileen Cook (The Education of Hailey Kendrick YA, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, and Unpredictable) is among The Divining Wand’s most popular authors with her positive, common sense, and humor-filled storytelling for all ages. Case in point is Eileen’s latest book, Fourth Grade Fairy, the first of three middle school novels. (The second in this series, Wishes for Beginners will be released on June 14, 2011 followed by the third and…

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Meg Mitchell Moore and The Arrivals

Meg Mitchell Moore and The Arrivals

In her debut novel, The Arrivals available this Wednesday, May 25, 2011, Meg Mitchell Moore writes in the genre of a “quiet little novel” focused on everyday people leading everyday lives. Except if that book is based on a three generation family all living together in one household for the summer — and this book is –, then the storyline may not be that quiet. Ironically the idea for The Arrivals came from the upheaval of the first novel Meg…

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Julianna Baggott (aka Bridget Asher) and
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

Julianna Baggott (aka Bridget Asher) and
The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted

“This novel is dedicated to the reader. For this singular moment, it’s just the two of us.” It is with the above Dedication that Julianna Baggott welcomes the readinbg audience into her latest Bridget Asher novel The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted. And that singular moment will become hours as the author tells a multi-generational tale of: “Grief is a love story told backwards.” In fact that’s the first line in the book. According to the author, that sentence captured…

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