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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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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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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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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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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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Eleanor Brown: Why I Write

Eleanor Brown: Why I Write

[Last January 20, 2011, Eleanor Brown debuted with her “delightful” novel The Weird Sisters (presentation/review) and, within a week, she became a New York Times bestselling author. Amazing? Well actually the story of “sibling rivalry, the power of books, and the places we decide to call home” deserved every bit of acclaim and attention. For those who have yet to enjoy this reading experience, today is your day as The Weird Sisters is released in its paperback edition. Also Eleanor…

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Picture the Book:
The Mother-Daughter Show

Picture the Book:
The Mother-Daughter Show

Natalie Wexler is the author of an award-winning novel, A More Obedient Wife, and a journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, the American Scholar, the Gettysburg Review, and other publications. Her latest novel, The Mother-Daughter Show, was published in December, 2011, to glowing praise: “A terrific read. Funny and heartbreaking and so credible I laughed out loud.” Susan Shreve, author of Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR’s Polio Haven. “A wise and…

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Guest Danielle Younge-Ullman on Inspiration

Guest Danielle Younge-Ullman on Inspiration

[Danielle Younge-Ullman debuted in July 2008 with Falling Under (do read presentation/review) — a book this Fairy Godmother described as painfully breathtaking and brutally exquisite. And it remains so in its Kindle Editon and NOOK Book format. Today, in this guest post, the author focuses on her inspiration for the novel, and what makes the story passionately honest.] Inspiration It’s kind of a pretty word, a word that suggests something beautiful, like a butterfly landing on your fingertip, or a…

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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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