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From: Larramie
To: TDW Authors/Readers/Friends

Happy New Year!

December 30, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Authors' Holidays, Reader's Holiday Greetings


In counting down to a new year, I thank everyone for the wondrous 2010! The Divining Wand grew into its own by not only showcasing authors and their books but also — as hoped — connecting readers with authors well beyond their pages. And how fortunate am I to have made such great friends among all?!

May 2011 bring us dreams come true, more good friends, and great reading! Although, if you could see my ARC TBR Shelf, the latter hope is a given. 🙂

Cheers to your New Year! Celebrate well. . . .

Larramie

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 29, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

Kindness Is Always In

Alicia Bessette, author of Simply from Scratch, is a sweetheart. After being introduced to her here at The Divining Wand, I so enjoyed getting to know her through her writing and through the lovely characters in her novel.

In addition to writing, Alicia and her husband, author Matthew Quick, have the Quest for Kindness, a blog devoted to stories of kindness. I love the spirit of that, and I was moved to write my own story there about kindness. I visit the web site frequently and am always, always uplifted and gratified by the stories I read there.

The Quest for Kindness and the characters Alicia Bessette creates are a breath of fresh air in a world with so much snark, disdain, and sarcasm. Thank goodness for such lightness and brightness of spirit.

I wish Alicia all the best of kindnesses throughout the new year.

Keetha DePriest Mosley

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 28, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

Happy Holidays to Pamela Ferdinand

“We read to know that we are not alone.”
— C.S. Lewis

Here is my holiday wish for you, Pamela, as you have given so much to me in your book Three Wishes. Your wonderful story closely matches my own. However, I don’t know anyone in my life that had given up on love but then found a wonderful man at 39 and had a first baby at 41 – until I read your book. How lucky you are to have your friends! And how lucky I am to have your book.

So here’s five holiday wishes for you…

• To find simple, loving, quiet time with your family this holiday season.

• To find the patience you might have forgotten you had — because let’s face it, no matter how much we wanted these beautiful late-life children, we could use the extra patience on some days and especially around the holidays.

• To remember that life is often an interplay of those things we can control and those we can’t – and the outcome can be better than we had imagined.

• To find more opportunities to grant wishes for your wonderful friends, in all sorts of ways.

• To have one grand adventure in the New Year, say, eating coffee ice cream in New Zealand while taking a break from a pottery class!

Best wishes,
Stacey

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 27, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

To all of the authors who take the time to contribute to The Divining Wand:

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays! Thank-you for providing me with hours of entertainment throughout 2010. I wear many hats in my everyday life: mom of three boys, wife, daughter, sister, employee, friend, chef, and chauffer, and reading provides me with an escape, a few moments to myself, and a unique way to experience new things. When I’ve had a long and tiring day I long to escape under the covers with a book. And when I’m there? The tension of the day evaporates.

I’ve read on your blogs that writing can be a frustrating and often solitary pursuit, that some days the bad outweighs the good. I’ve heard that with every rejection or bad review the desire to pour your heart onto a page for everyone to read can seem insane. Thank-you for sticking with it- without you I wouldn’t have the magic of words at my fingertips.

Jonita Fex

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To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 23, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

Happy Holidays to Kristina Riggle!

I hope this holiday season brings you many things: Fun-filled days with your family. The happy music of giggling children. The scent of cookies made with loving, little hands. A beautiful, white Christmas, without any blizzard warnings, to accompany the merry jingle of Santaís sleigh bells.

In the coming year I hope your writing comes easily and plentifully. May your characters have a multitude of problems to work through, yet be a joy to write about. I hope your creative well will always be full and your books a fabulous success. Thank-you for giving us all the pleasure of reading your novels.

Janel

The Gift of Magic

I’m a seasonal person. I even have dishtowels for spring (robin’s–egg-blue and mint green stripes) and for fall (pumpkin orange and bright yellow), as well as holiday ones packed away with the Christmas decorations.

I’m the same way with books. When I read The Art of Disappearing by Ivy Pochoda, it happened to be in the fall. How lucky was I that the book fell in my lap in October, the perfect time for a book of magic and whimsy with a hint of melancholy?

The novel makes me think of that old Van Morrison song: “Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance/With the stars up above in your eyes/A fantabulous night to make romance…And all the night’s magic seems to whisper and hush/And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush.”

I thank Ivy for the dreamy and other-worldly trip. It was quite a ride.

Here’s to her own holiday moondance!

Keetha DePriest Mosley

To Beth Hoffman

Dear Beth,

Thank you for always being so lovely and adorable. I’ve seen you at panels/signings twice now, and you’re irresistibly kind and charming and funny and interesting. As I’m reading CEECEE, I can see and hear you on every page, and that makes me smile.

I hope you have a lovely holiday season with your friends and family — including your “fur babies”! May 2011 bring you all happiness, prosperity, and peace.

Happy holidays!
Kristan

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To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 22, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

Seasoned Greetings to Melissa Senate
–author of The Love Goddess’ Cooking School!

Dear Melissa,

After devouring your delicious new novel, and inhaling each and every ingredient of your recipes, (that I’ll never be able to recreate, but a girl can dream, can’t she?) I wanted to share my favorite winter cookies–that I believe earn me invites to holiday parties.

Ginger Krinkle Cookies

As I dug out the brown sugar-stained recipe card my mom typed out on an old Olivetti typewriter hundreds of batches ago, I realize I start baking with a happy memory. I love making Ginger Krinkles almost as much as eating them! Almost.

2/3 Cup vegetable oil 2 tsp. baking soda
1 Cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg 1 tsp. cinnamon
4 Tablespoons Molasses 1 tsp. ginger
2 Cups flour additional 1/2 cup granulated sugar for dipping

Mix oil and sugar, add egg and beat. Stir in molasses. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture. Drop spoonful of dough into sugar and form balls. Bake at 350 degrees on ungreased cookie sheet for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Dee DeTarsio

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To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 21, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

My Christmas Greeting to Eileen Cook

Who doesn’t love Eileen Cook? She’s smart and funny and one of my favorite virtual writery friends.

We first met through our blogs. It’s my guess, because I can’t recall with accuracy, that I most likely stalked her and not the other way around. Yet, she was always generous with her knowledge and time, most specifically about query letters.

She was so incredibly generous that she actually offered to help me hone one of those letters. WHOA! I’m happy to report, that Eileenified query got me lots of requests. An agent, who rejected it, corresponded with me concerning the manuscript and offered amazing advice on how to tweak it. I believe it was because of Eileen’s help that the agent’s initial curiosity was peaked and the conversation began.

I like to think that I take Eileen’s generosity of her craft with me, especially as I find my own niche. I will never forget that she not only offered, but was true to her word, to help a fellow blogger/writer polish a letter that amazingly opened a few doors (by rough draft #5, I’m sure she was questioning her offer). I find that as I grow as a writer, I look for opportunities to help those behind me; an Eileen Cook paying-it-forward if you will.

In honor of Eileen’s quirky blog and her where-did-she-find-that links, I’ll end with a link to a story that appeals to the runner in me. “Join us this winter for a 5k run….in a gorilla suit.”

Hope this gave you a laugh Eileen, and if it didn’t, would it help to know I am seriously contemplating participating?! Thanks for all you have done, not only for me, but for all of those lucky enough to call you friend via stalking your blog.

Merry Christmas!

Patti

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 20, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

To all authors

Believe it or not, 2010 was the year I discovered this wonderful thing called the book blog. I know for many that seems strange, but before this year I tended to use my computer for pretty basic things: work, email or occasionally checking Facebook. Then one day I stumbled upon a book blog and fell in love! Here was a whole community of people who were as obsessed with reading as I was. Who knew?! While discovering all these exciting reviewers I also began to learn more about the authors I had already grown to love as well as discover new authors to begin mooning over. One of the most interesting and informative blogs I have found is the Divining Wand and, through it, I have learned so much about authors who are now my favorites that I feel like we are almost friends (I swear if I met some of the authors in a coffee shop I wouldn’t be able to help myself from going up and starting a conversation like I just spoke with them yesterday). I also got the opportunity to win books by some of these old and new friends of mine, which helped me discover so much more about them.

Something that has surprised me most of all is how open, warm and giving these authors are. I had always thought of the writers of the books I absorbed as out there somewhere, being witty, intriguing and far too busy and important to think of the people reading their creations. Lo and behold, I find authors like Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Pekkanen continually reaching out to their readers and not only answering their questions but also giving the reader opportunities to win MORE books to fall in love with! I also found authors, like Melanie Benjamin and Kate Morton, who were willing to send out bookplates to people who could not make it to a book signing but coveted a signed copy anyways (a signed copy of a book, to me, just makes it that much more precious). When I have read a book and emailed or wrote a message on Facebook that I loved it so many times the authors actually wrote back that they appreciate the sentiment! This might seem like something small, but I have learned that this reciprocal appreciation means so much to the people involved. To know that an author hears me and appreciates my love for their books is truly touching. And, it seems, hearing that someone out there loved your books seems to touch a cord as well. I never thought of the authors working day and night on something so important to them and then having to release it into the world in hopes it finds a home. To find that it not only found a home, but a loving, cozy space to live seems to confirm that what they are doing is important and needed. For all you authors out there, my new and appreciated friends, what you do IS important and needed. In the kind of world we live in a little escapism, enjoyment and even at times emotional release is so appreciated. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the hours of joy you have given me, and the hours of joy to come. I hope you all have a Happy Holiday!

Colleen Turner

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 16, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

AN ODE OF TO OUR COOKING AUTHORS
AND A RECIPE FOR CHOCOLATE BOURBAN PECAN PIE

By Suzanne Anderson

My love of cooking and books about cooking probably stems from my earliest memory of reading MFK Fisher’s Gastronomical Me, back when I was in my early twenties.

My pleasure in cooking grew when I moved to New York City and lived just a few blocks from the Union Square Farmer’s Market, a place that I looked forward to exploring every Saturday morning. It was there that I discovered lobster bisque delivered each week by a man from Maine. This lobster bisque became the inspiration for one of the best evenings I’ve ever spent with my father, a five hour odyssey in the kitchen with three lobster tails, and four cookbooks, and our attempt to recreate the taste of the lobster bisque I’d discovered in New York.

All of which is to explain why I always perk up when Larramie features a cooking themed novel on The Divining Wand. I know that I will not only find a book that combines my two great loves, cooking and reading, but chances are great that in the author who wrote the book, I will find a kindred spirit, one who knows the joy that can be created in the kitchen to nourish the souls of those we love.

I want to thank Stacey Ballis for writing GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT

I want to thank Jenny Nelson for writing GEORGIA’S KITCHEN

I want to thank Melissa Senate for writing THE LOVE GODDESS’ COOKING SCHOOL

I want to thank Jenny Gardiner for writing SLIM TO NONE

I want to thank Alicia Bessette for writing SIMPLY FROM SCRATCH

And I want to especially thank Keetha DePriest Mosely for writing and publishing CULINARY KUDZE: RECOLLECTIONS & RECIPES FROM GROWING UP SOUTHERN and MORE CULINARY KUDZU: RECOLLECTIONS AND RECIPES FROM GROWING UP SOUTHERN.

Since this is a cyber celebration of the wonderful authors we’ve met on The Divining Wand, allow me to bring the pie.

Not just any pie. My famous Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie, which I’ve made five times in the past month to share with friends and family. Actually this recipe was originally adapted from a recipe I found on Allrecipes.com for Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie submitted by Anital.

Here’s my version:

Ingredients

1 (9 inch) deep dish frozen pie shell
1 cup white sugar
1 cup rice syrup – I use this in place of Karo syrup because the flavor is milder
1/2 cup butter
4 large or extra large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup bourbon
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks
1 cup (or more) chopped pecans

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees F).
2. In a small saucepan gently heat butter, rice syrup, and sugar, stirring constantly until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves. Cool slightly before adding to other ingredients, so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs.
3. In a large bowl beat together the eggs, bourbon, vanilla, and salt. Slowly add the sugar mixture into egg mixture, starting with one spoonful at a time to temper the mixture and avoid cooking the eggs. Whisk until well combined.
4. Toss chocolate chunks and pecans in the bottom of the pie shell. Pour egg/sugar mixture into pie shell to cover pecans and chocolate chunks…don’t worry, as the pie cooks, the pecans will float to the top and magically arrange themselves in a beautiful pattern on the surface of the pie.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until set and golden. May be served warm or chilled.
Cook’s note: I’ve also melted the chocolate into the sugar mixture at the start of the recipe. Both methods work well.

Merry Christmas Divining Wand authors and readers…..and here’s to a New Year of many more great discoveries on THE DIVINING WAND!

And a special holiday thanks to Larramie, TDW’s tireless creator!

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

Holiday Greetings!

December 15, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Reader's Holiday Greetings


[During this Season of giving and sharing, The Divining Wand’s readers would like to thank their authors/friends for this past year and wish them Holiday Greetings. The next few weeks will feature universal as well as personal nods to writers who share with us throughout the year. Happy Holidays!]

Happy Holidays to all of the authors featured on The Divining Wand!

Thank-you for sharing your books and thoughts with fellow readers and writers. You are all inspiring. I’m sending a special note to Santa this year: Please send unlimited inspiration, chocolate, yummy snacks, any coveted writing supplies, an abundance of caffeinated beverages and continued success to all of The Divining Wand authors. Happy Holidays to all of you and your families!

Janel

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To Randy Susan Meyers:

Thank you for sharing yourself with us through THE MURDERER’S DAUGHTERS. This book, above many others I’ve read this year, epitomized both the vulnerability and power present in each of our lives, and that it’s up to us to claim that power. You will always have a fan in me.

Happy Holidays!

Erika Robuck