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What Kind of Books Are Our Authors?

November 24, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Fun, Profiles

In the September 17, 2009 post, What Kind of Book Are You?, this Fairy Godmother indulged in and shared a Blogthings Quiz. Yet what you didn’t know then was that our authors had taken the same quiz and, since this is a happy holiday week, what better time to share what kind of books our authors are!

Remember the results of What Kind of Book Are You? best describes the person and may not be what our authors favor in reading or writing.

You Are Action Adventure

You are lively and spirited. You like to be in the middle of the action, and you have a ton of energy.
You are very driven, and not just with your career. You like to play hard as well!

You are bold and brave. You’re always looking for the next great adrenaline rush.
It’s likely that you are athletic or at least pretty physically active. It’s hard for you to sit still.

Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA coming May 13, 2010)

You Are Fantasy / Sci Fi

You have an amazing imagination, and in your mind, all things are possible.
You are open minded, and you find the future exciting. You crave novelty and progress.

Compared to most people, you are quirky and even a bit eccentric. You have some wacky ideas.
And while you may be a bit off the wall, there’s no denying how insightful and creative you are.

Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA)
Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in the Water coming May 11, 2010)
Therese Fowler (Souvenir, Reunion)
Lauren Baratz-Logsted (most recent Crazy Beautiful YA)
Eve Brown-Waite (First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria)
Emily Winslow (The Whole World coming May 25, 2010)

You Are Humor

You love to laugh at life, and if possible, get others to laugh along with you.
You believe there’s always a humorous side to everything. And your sense of humor ranges from upbeat to very dark.

You are outrageous and very honest. You’re often the only one willing to say what everyone else is thinking.
You are witty and verbally talented. You like to play with words and say things in interesting ways.

Melanie Benjamin (Alice I Have Been coming January 12, 2010)
Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA, coming January 5, 2010)
Jenny Gardiner (Sleeping with Ward Cleaver, Winging It: Twenty Years of Caring for a Vengeful Bird Determined to Kill Me coming March 16, 2010)
Kristina Riggle (Real Life & Liars)
Trish Ryan (He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not: A Memoir of Finding Faith, Love, and Happily Ever After, A Maze of Grace: A Memoir of Second Chances coming in June 2010)
Allison Winn Scotch (The Department of Lost and Found, Time of My Life and The One That I Want coming June 1, 2010)

You Are Mystery

You are a natural problem solver. You like figuring out the best way to do something.
You are very intuitive. You are good at picking up on people’s moods and predicting the future.

You can’t help but being a bit of a detective and a snoop. You always want to know what’s going on.
And while you may have the scoop on everyone you know, you’re not a gossip. You’re a pro at keeping secrets.

Alicia Bessette (All Come Home coming in August 2010)
Barrie Summy (I So Don’t Do Mysteries, I So Don’t Do Spooky Ages 9 – 12, coming December 8, 2009)
Wendy Tokunaga (Midori By Moonlight, Love in Translation)

You Are Realistic Fiction

You are an outgoing person and very interested in others. You have many relationships that are important to you.
You are always willing to lend an ear to a friend with a problem. And you’re even pretty good at giving advice!

Some may accuse you of loving drama, but you just seem to find yourself in the middle of it.
You are a true people person. You find the lives of others to be fascinating. You’re up for hearing anyone’s life story.

Tish Cohen (Town House, Inside Out Girl, Little Black Lies YA)
Kristy Kiernan (Catching Genius, Matters of Faith and Between Friends coming April 6, 2010)
Judy Merrill Larsen (All the Numbers)
Holly LeCraw (The Swimming Pool coming April 6, 2010)
Randy Susan Meyers (The Murderer’s Daughters coming January 19, 2010)
Sarah Pekkanen (The Opposite of Me, coming March 9, 2010)
Therese Walsh (The Last Will of Moira Leahy)

Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand will be giving away two copies of Love in Translation. To enter, please leave a comment on this post before the deadline of Saturday, November 28th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Due to the busy holiday week, this contest is being extended and the winners — based on a random drawing — will be announced here in the Monday, November 30th post.

Two Young Adult and Chick Lit Interviews

November 03, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Interviews

Although this Fairy Godmother doesn’t do the standard interview, thank goodness for those who do and for our interviewed authors whose responses take us beyond their pages. Between last week and today two YA authors and a Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction writer have been interviewed in the most thoughtful and charming fashion. Read and discover:

Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die) talks about turning her debut novel into a series, featuring two more books, in Old People Writing for Teen’s post, Chills & Spills: An Interview with Katie Alender. This YA author also discusses how important she feels book trailer videos really are and her years of making online friends/acquaintances.

Debutante Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA coming May 13, 2010) reveals how much the manuscript for her debut novel evolved in Pamela Jane’s post, An Interview with Joellle Anthony. Like Katie, this about-to-become YA author chats about enjoying meeting authors and readers online — it’s natural.

And Allison Winn Scotch (The Department of Lost and Found, Time of My Life and The One That I Want coming June 1, 2010) is the subject of The Chick Lit Club’s featured November Interview. Think you know all about Allison? Well here you’ll learn new news about the TOML movie, thoughts on her former relationships, a sneak peek at The One That I Want — including its main character –, favorite celeb interviews and even more.

All three of these interviews are fascinating, revealing and well worth your time…please take some to enjoy.

What Kind of Book Are You?

September 17, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Fun

Among the most popular posts appearing on my Seize a Daisy blog had to be those containing a Blogthings Quiz. These were quick, fun and revealing with the results willingly shared and compared but this Fairy Godmother never expected to discover one that was appropriate for The Divining Wand…until recently. For what could be more worthy of this site than “What Kind of Book Are You?” My results are both ironic (for some who claim not to know me) as well as true:

You Are a Mystery

You are a natural problem solver. You like figuring out the best way to do something.

You are very intuitive. You are good at picking up on people’s moods and predicting the future.

You can’t help but being a bit of a detective and a snoop. You always want to know what’s going on.

And while you may have the scoop on everyone you know, you’re not a gossip. You’re a pro at keeping secrets.

So now do share: What Kind of Book Are You? And remember the type of book which describes you best may not be what you favor in reading or writing.

[Note: Once again, with only two comments entered in the Book Giveaway for The Art of Disappearing, it felt unfair to choose only one winner. And that means both Suzanne and Keetha will be receiving copies of Ivy Pochhoda’s debut novel. Congratulations! Please contact me with your mailing address as soon as possible.]

Authors Beyond Their Pages and in the Media

August 13, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Audiocasts, Interviews, Movies, News

Our authors are definitely out and about, garnering attention in print, audio and film. Just in case you’ve haven’t heard, here’s some of their latest news.

Judy Merrill Larsen (All the Numbers) shared her baking talent in the August 5, 2009 St. Louis Post Dispatch article, Novelist is creative in the kitchen, too.

Taking to the airwaves, Carleen Brice (Orange Mint & Honey and Children of the Waters) recorded Carleen Brice Podcasts Children of the Waters from the legendary Tattered Cover bookstore.

And Allison Winn Scotch (Department of Lost and Found and Time of My Life is still giddy over the Variety article that proclaims: Eastman Makes Time for “Life”. How exciting!

Indeed these are three more ways to get to discover and enjoy authors well beyond their pages…

Please note that the giveaway for a copy of TETHERED by Amy MacKinnon will remain open until Sunday evening at 7:00 pm EDT. Leave a comment in the post directly below to be entered in the random drawing! The winner will be announced in Monday’s post.

Beyond Audrey Niffenegger’s Pages

July 22, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Books, Interviews, Movies

For those who read Suzanne Anderson’s A View From Table One, The Divining Wand — A New Spell Is Cast, you may be thinking, “Ah, Larramie was granted her own wish.” Because in that interview I was asked:

“Are there any favorite/dream authors you’d like to feature or review at DW?”

And I replied:

“My second all-time favorite novel is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, in fact I read the book at its release and reread it again four months later. The movie adaptation debuts in a few weeks, on August 14th, and her new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, will be available September 29, 2009. But Ms. Niffenger — in addition to being a writer — is also an artist and professor in the Interdisciplinary Book Arts MFA Program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. And, from one TV interview I watched on her, she appeared rather shy.

“However back on March 10, 2006 at the blog, Writer Unboxed, there was the terrific post: INTERVIEW: Audrey Niffenegger by Therese Walsh (debut author of The Last Will of Moria Leahy to be published October 13, 2009).

[Note: That was then, this is now.]

“Audrey Niffenger will be busy and certainly the object of attention in the coming months…I don’t think The Divining Wand would fit into her schedule.” 😉

Now, while that still holds true, I’ve taken some liberties and allowed Borders to assist in discovering this author well beyond her books’ pages.

First of all there’s a fascinating essay, The Story from the Static: On Writing and Painting which describes Ms. Niffenegger’s creative process.

Then you can watch a Video of Audrey Niffenegger being interviewed on her forthcoming book, Her Fearful Symmetry.

Finally may you enjoy the Film Preview of The Time Traveler’s Wife in theaters August 14.

Again thank you Borders for waving your divining wand!

News, Reviews and An Interview

July 09, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Books, Interviews, News

There’s a bit of everything to report for the end of this week, beginning with Holly Kennedy (The Silver Compass, The Penny Tree and The Tin Box), offering some writing inspiration (or maybe just a break away from it all) to fellow authors. Where? Hawaii! For details, please visit Holly’s blog and read Hawaii bound for writing inspiration. Now those are authors who will be going far beyond their pages!

Mia King has received this first “official review for Table Manners due out on August 4, 2009:

“In this the follow-up to Good Things, Deidre McIntosh must figure out the right ingredients to make the recipe for her life work. As she does this, King provides a feast for the imagination, since much of the plot revolves around food. There’s no real doubt that this will end with a happily ever after, but the reader will enjoy getting there. There’s a treat at the end, where several mouthwatering recipes await.”__Sandra Garcia-Myers, Romantic Times

The novel garnered four stars which, according to their guide, translates into compelling — page-turner.

Reviews and blurbs for Crazy Beautiful also have Lauren Baratz-Logsted smiling. Scheduled for release on September 7, 2009, the novel’s early praise includes:

“Somehow, this romance transcends all of its potential pitfalls to create a powerful story about recovery and friendship.”__Kirkus

“Lauren Baratz-Logsted doesn’t write icky, gooey love. She writes stark, broken, gorgeous love. When you need a retreat, when you need to feel something, or when you just need a breather from your own freaky life, this is the love story you’ll run to. Crazy Beautiful has two hearts, one soul. I can’t wait to read it again.” ~ Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of WAKE

“Written in spare, evocative, prose, Lauren Baratz-Logsted crafts a beautiful story of love and redemption so gorgeously rendered I was enthralled from the very first page. This book is simply breathtaking—and one you’ll want to return to again and again!”- Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of EVERMORE

“CRAZY BEAUTIFUL is gripping, with moments of sheer brilliance.” ~ Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of CRANK and IMPULSE

And for anyone interested in how this site came to be (as well as a little about me), please visit Suzanne Anderson’s A View From Table One to read The Divining Wand — A New Spell Is Cast. Suzanne has been a great friend and enthusiastic cheerleader and I send her a hundred thank yous!

In Their Own Words

July 08, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Audiocasts, Facebook and Twitter, Interviews

Eve Brown-Waite, debut author of First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How A Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and A Third World Adventure Changed My Life was recently interviewed at The Diva Toolbox. And you can listen to the interview here. You can also find her helpful, tongue-in-cheek article, Travel Tips for Women, which advises what every woman should pack when traveling to the Third World!

Now although Jenny Gardiner (author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver spent yesterday and today in Orlando, Florida, USA, it might have seemed a bit like the Third World. The good mom that she is, Jenny tells us — via Facebook and Twitter:

“What we do for our kids…long lines, plenty of heat, noise galore, all so she can do what she’s wanted to do for 8 years — have a go at trying out for Amer. Idol. Auditions are in about 6 cities this summer–they’re earlier than usual and maybe halfway done. Kim — we’re there till Thurs night (at the stadium all day Thurs).

“Icky stage mom desperate for lost youth cut in front of us to have face time w/ camera. Botox has frozen her face in a half-smirk/half-kiss look. Must not have gotten the memo on aging gracefully.

“Someone is drumming. A lot. Who brings drums to a singing competition?

“So registration went pretty well. We were done by 9 — yay! Just as the heat started getting oppressive. Info on what NOT to bring tomorrow, in case you had to ask: air mattresses, fireworks, hibachi grills, illegal drugs, weapons, including swords, forged or carved, from any of the middle ages. I’m wondering if someone once actually tried to bring a medieval sword in, and if so, why?

“Oh and the group song everyone will sing all day long at auditions on Thursday is one I already loathe, so after hearing it re-sung about 2000 times I will especially hold it in my heart fondly…It is Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. We’re supposed to know the lyrics by then, by the way. Right-o…”

With fingers crossed for Jenny’s daughter, our fingers are also crossed that a few of the characters the author “meets” in Orlando will appear someday in one of her books. 😉