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Presenting Debutante Emily Winslow and
The Whole World

Presenting Debutante Emily Winslow and
The Whole World

With a BFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon University’s elite drama conservatory, and an MA from Seton Hall University’s Museum Professions program, Emily Winslow adds novelist to her professional background when her literary mystery, The Whole World, debuts tomorrow May 25, 2010. And the title of novelist may be the most personally rewarding for this member of The Debutant Ball (Class of 2010 ) who moved to Cambridge, England three years ago. Although her husband grew up in the city,…

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Presenting Debutante Joëlle Anthony and Restoring Harmony

Presenting Debutante Joëlle Anthony and Restoring Harmony

While getting to know Debutante Joëlle Anthony through her Friday posts, visitors to this season’s Debutante Ball have been treated and enlightened by somewhat of a Renaissance woman. Truly it’s difficult to imagine a challenge this writer can’t resolve (in a practical or unique way) and one needs only to read her YA novel, Restoring Harmony, debuting tomorrow — May 13, 2010 — for proof positive. Of course by introducing herself with “Deb Joëlle’s real talent is…,” expectations were set…

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Presenting Debutante Sarah Pekkanen and The Opposite of Me

Presenting Debutante Sarah Pekkanen and The Opposite of Me

From the book’s front cover: “Fresh and funny and satisfying. A terrific book about sisters that actually made me laugh out loud.” —JENNIFER WEINER #1 bestselling author of In Her Shoes and Best Friends Forever ***** When Sarah Pekkanen (The Debutante Ball Class of 2010) introduced herself in the September 1, 2009 post, So nice to meet you!, she told a bit of her own life backstory before ending with these thoughts: “I can’t tell you how honored I am…

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In the True Spirit of Halloween

In the True Spirit of Halloween

What comes to mind when you think of Halloween? Costumes, candy, cats that are black? Well here’s another “C” word — creativity — that applies in a most wondrous way. But first let’s return to the end of August when, on The Red Carpet of The Debutante Ball, The Divining Wand introduced you to Sarah Pekkanen whose novel, The Opposite of Me, debuts March 9, 2010. What wasn’t mentioned then, but will be now, is that Sarah honed her writing…

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A Love Story of Two Authors who Made Their Dreams Come True

A Love Story of Two Authors who Made Their Dreams Come True

Almost every aspiring writer, if asked, would probably describe their working life as a solitary one, perhaps even a lonely one on occasion. They’re usually not complaining, merely stating a fact of the hours that turn into weeks, months and years spent writing THAT novel. Which novel? The debut one of course — the one that will launch their career and realize their dream. What happens, though, when a husband and wife share the same dream? Do they live on…

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The Revealing of Ivy Pochoda

The Revealing of Ivy Pochoda

Ivy Pochoda knows how to make an entrance into the literary world and sweep readers off their feet. Simply write an elegant and totally original first novel – complete with a lovely “must open” cover — and then schedule its debut for Tuesday, September 15, 2009 when bookstores await their busiest day in years. The Divining Wand believes that many customers will purchase his book and hers — The Art of Disappearing. It was that cover, the words “by a…

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On The Red Carpet with Debutante Maria Garcia-Kalb

On The Red Carpet with Debutante Maria Garcia-Kalb

As this week on The Red Carpet with The Debutante Class of 2010 winds down, the energy level is about to rise up a notch or two when we greet Maria Garcia-Kalb (101 Ways to Torture Your Husband coming January 18, 2009). TDW: Hello, Maria, how elegant you look on The Red Carpet. Maria: It’s the black, I always wear black, unless there’s an appropriate animal print. TDW: Well you make a statement as does your book. Although it’s your…

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On The Red Carpet with Debutante Alicia Bessette

On The Red Carpet with Debutante Alicia Bessette

Here it is mid-week on The Red Carpet with The Debutante Class of 2010 and we’re about to meet Wednesday’s Deb, Alicica Bessette (All Come Home due Summer 2010). TDW: Alicia, you’re just lovely. Please share what this fashion statement. Alicia: I’m wearing what I wear most days: yoga pants; one of several soft cotton tops I’ve owned for years; and dented, scratched eyeglasses that I just haven’t gotten around to replacing. My hair is rumpled, and I’m barefoot. TDW:…

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On The Red Carpet with Debutante Sarah Pekkanen

On The Red Carpet with Debutante Sarah Pekkanen

In our second day on The Red Carpet with The Debutante Class of 2010 we have Tuesday’s (posting) Debutante Sarah Pekkanen (The Opposite of Me, March 2010). TDW: Welcome, Sarah. You look glorious. Please give the details of what you are wearing. Sarah: Thank you, but you’re too kind. Oh, no one can actually see me, can they? Good. In that case, I’m wearing a size-six sleek black dress and sky-high heels. No, let’s make it a size four. My…

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