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The Revealing of Sarah Pinneo

The Revealing of Sarah Pinneo

Journalist and author of The Ski House Cookbook, Sarah Pinneo turned her sights to fiction and recently became a debut novelist with the January 31, 2012 release of Julia’s Child. The book has been described as: A delectable comedy for every woman who’s ever wondered if buying that six-dollar box of organic crackers makes her a hero or a sucker. JULIA’S CHILD is a warmhearted, laugh-out-loud story about motherhood’s choices: organic vs. local, paper vs. plastic, staying at home vs….

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The Revealing of Seré Prince Halverson

The Revealing of Seré Prince Halverson

According to debut novelist, Seré Prince Halverson: “I became a writer because I loved to write, and I was blessed with an utter lack of any other talent.” If true, what a gift the author’s one talent is as it shines through her recently released The Underside of Joy. A one sentence description of the book notes: Set against the backdrop of Redwood forests and shimmering vineyards, Seré Prince Halverson’s compelling debut tells the story of two women, bound by…

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The Revealing of Erika Liodice

The Revealing of Erika Liodice

Author Erika Liodice dreams, creates to succeed, and inspires others to do the same. With passion and determination, she became a debut novelist in late November, 2011 when her first novel Empty Arms was published as an ebook in Kindle and NOOK Book editions. And only last week Empty Arms was released in paperback. One might say that Erika’s arms now hold her dream come true. The story is based on a life built on secrets, half truths, evasion, and…

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The Revealing of Sarah McCoy

The Revealing of Sarah McCoy

Author Sarah McCoy (The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico) draws upon the unlikely connection between her past (Germany) and present (El Paso, Texas) residences to create the historical novel, The Baker’s Daughter available next Tuesday, January 24th. Here are a few selections of glowing praise for the book: “A beautiful, heart-breaking gem of a novel written just the way I like them, with the past coming back to haunt the present, endearing heroines and a sunny, hopeful ending. You’ll…

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The Further Revealing of Kristina Riggle

The Further Revealing of Kristina Riggle

On June 15, 2009 the presentation/review of Kristina Riggle‘s debut novel Real Life & Liars launched The Divining Wand and last summer she graced this site again with The Life You’ve Imagined. Now, with a critically acclaimed reputation and an ever-growing fanbase, this author/friend returns with her third book, Things We Didn’t Say available June 28, 2011. Described in one sentence, Things We Didn’t Say is: A story of a frayed blended family about to come undone completely when a…

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The Revealing of Tawna Fenske

The Revealing of Tawna Fenske

Considering Tawna Fenske’s diverse background and double entendre humor, it’s not unexpected that her debut novel — Making Waves being released on August 1, 2011 — would prove a guilty reading pleasure. For Making Waves is the first in a trio of quirky romantic comedies from Sourcebooks, Inc. with the second book, Believe it or Not due out January 2012, followed by Let It Breathe in August 2012. In a one sentence descriptive tease of Making Waves, it’s noted: A…

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Guest Elise Allen on YA = Your Age

Guest Elise Allen on YA = Your Age

[A few days ago the entry on my desktop calendar read: “Years do not make age.” __George Sand. And, in today’s guest post, Elise Allen — debuting with her YA novel, Populazzi on August 1, 2011 — serendipitously proves the truth of that quote.] YA= Your Age Okay, maybe not your age specifically. I don’t know how old you are, and I swear I’m not trying to wheedle it out of you. I do want to talk about why YA…

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Summer’s TBR Lists

Summer’s TBR Lists

Summertime and the living is easy. Fish are jumping and the books are piled high. A-h-h yes, summer is the best season for a reason to relax and get lost in a book. And, since summer book lists are currently being named and made, The Divining Wand decided to ask its authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in the Water): “I always feel like I’m…

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The Revealing of Elise Allen

The Revealing of Elise Allen

Having earned success as a busy, popular, collaborative writer, Elise Allen is preparing to launch her solo career as a novelist with her YA book, Populazzi coming August 1, 2011. But first Elise will savor her two Daytime Emmy Nominations for being a writer of Dinosaur Train — the PBS animated show. Then it will be all about her book, Populazzi, focusing on many an adolescent’s wishful thinking of: WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you had the chance to erase…

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The Revealing of Katie Alender

The Revealing of Katie Alender

When YA author Katie Alender debuted in April, 2009 with Bad Girls Don’t Die, it was considered a standalone novel. But its success had her publisher, Hyperion, thinking a three book series and the second book of that series — Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed — releases on June 14, 2011, the third (yet untitled) will follow next summer. In a very brief description: The BAD GIRLS DON’T DIE series is a chilling lineup of horror novels…

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