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Holiday Greetings!

From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

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…

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Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward

Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward

Meeting and greeting their readers at book signings/speakings, book clubs, or through a random encounter is a thrill for any author, yet what usually makes the most lasting and satisfying impression? Reading fan mail, of course! To know their work has successfully reached out to affect someone…well, that’s why writers write. And, with that in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What’s been your best/most memorable fan mail? Here are several responses: ~ Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch): “I…

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Presenting Debutante Alicia Bessette
and Simply from Scratch

Presenting Debutante Alicia Bessette
and Simply from Scratch

Throughout the year she’s watched, applauded, supported her fellow 2010 Class Members dance across the ballroom floor to launch their books and celebrate with tours/signings. However this Thursday, August 5, 2010 it’s Debutante Alicia Bessette’s turn to take a bow when her first novel, Simply from Scratch, appears in local bookstores and ships from online retailers. Of course, truth be told, this book is not Alicia’s first published “composition.” As a self-trained musician, she’s been playing the piano since childhood…

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Guest Alicia Bessette on
Gladys Knight and the Pips and Me

Guest Alicia Bessette on
Gladys Knight and the Pips and Me

[When Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010) responded to the Revealing Q&A of, “What are your 5 favorite songs,” she said: For someone who craves music like it’s oxygen, answering this question is impossible. Impossible! Instead, could I offer some songs off the “soundtrack” to Simply From Scratch? They’re all performed by Gladys Knight and the Pips: “Didn’t You Know (You’d Have To Cry Sometime)” “Every Little Bit Hurts” “Every Beat of My Heart” “All I Need…

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The Revealing of Alicia Bessette

The Revealing of Alicia Bessette

Alicia Bessette may well have one of the most highly anticipated debuts of the season with Simply From Scratch being released on August 5, 2010. And critical praise from these bestselling authors only heightens the excitement. Consider: “A love-letter of a novel. There’s enough warmth here to fill your house on the coldest night. You’ll wish you knew these people, this world.”
—Justin Cronin, bestselling author of The Passage “This story of a young widow edging warily back into the world…

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What If….Therese Walsh, Holly LeCraw, and Alicia Bessette?

What If….Therese Walsh, Holly LeCraw, and Alicia Bessette?

What a day — or more — for a daydream in the summer heat of July. In fact it feels like the perfect time to wonder “what if” The Divining Wand possessed magical powers and could grant authors, who create their own magic with “what if,” the following two questions: Based only on their writing, what author would you want to be? AND If given the opportunity to have written ONE book in your lifetime, what would that title be?…

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What Better Season for Turning These Pages

What Better Season for Turning These Pages

On March 4, 2010 The Divining Wand’s post presented, Our Authors’ Spring/Summer Book Releases. Now, at the July 4th mid-summer break, let’s review those books you may have missed and belong in your TBR tote bag. MARCH Presenting Debutante Sarah Pekkanen and The Opposite of Me Jenny Gardiner and Winging It APRIL Kristy Kiernan and Between Friends Holly LeCraw and The Swimming Pool Matthew Quick and SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR MAY Lauren Baratz-Logsted and Marcia’s Madness Meredith Cole and…

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More Blogs Favored by Our Authors

More Blogs Favored by Our Authors

How about learning more of the enlightening, entertaining blogs that our authors favor on a daily basis? You might enjoy following along with: Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): ~ The Divining Wand – http://thediviningwand.com ~ The Debutante Ball! – http://www.thedebutanteball.com Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA and Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA ): ~ LOL Cats – http://icanhascheezburger.com/ ~ LOL Dogs – http://ihasahotdog.com/ ~ I love food sites, this is one of my…

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Our Authors Journey, IV

Our Authors Journey, IV

Beginning with a late January post, The Divining Wand has revealed how its successful authors have traveled their personal road to publication. And now the remaining five answer the questions of how they handled rejection and what kept them going to reach their destination? Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): “Years passed between the day I really got serious about writing, and the day I signed a publishing contract. There is no general time-line for when you…

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The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, I

The Facts and Factors of A Novel’s Word Count, I

A recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page sounded simple enough and an overwhelming number of authors responded to answer: Here’s another question for your authors: What is the word count of most of their novels? I know that we here all sorts of estimates of what a novel should be, 70,000 to 100,000 words. But what is the actual count for the novels featured here, and do your authors think about word count as they’re…

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