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Rebecca Rasmussen and The Bird Sisters

Rebecca Rasmussen and The Bird Sisters

Acclaimed as magical, graceful, and poetic, Rebecca Rasmussen makes a spring debut with her novel, The Bird Sisters on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. And, with birds on the wing to our homes, what perfect timing! Lyrical in her writing, the author is also precise and clear about the focus of her story. The book’s idea came from two questions: Rebecca’s curiosity about her grandmother’s family history, and what does it mean to be home and to stay there? For Rebecca,…

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James King and Bill Warrington’s Last Chance

James King and Bill Warrington’s Last Chance

Although his journey to publication took more than 30 years, James King reached his destination — not only by becoming an Amazon Breakthrough Winner — but by writing his debut novel Bill Warrington’s Last Chance about the journey of life. The author, a corporate communications writer by day and aspiring novelist by night, had three unpublished novels in his desk drawer when he was inspired to write the character of Bill Warrington based on a neighbor/friend who had passed away…

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Chandra Hoffman and Chosen

Chandra Hoffman and Chosen

Having been an orphanage relief worker in Romania, and the director of a US adoption program in Portland, Oregon, Chandra Hoffman writes what she knows in her debut novel, Chosen. However as the author says, “The story is fiction–but the themes are real, from my own life, from the message boards, from those I have been privileged to witness, and, maybe, even from yours….” With the domestic adoption scene of Portland as a backdrop — and also taking on a…

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Thaisa Frank and Heidegger’s Glasses

Thaisa Frank and Heidegger’s Glasses

[Note: Although this presentation/review was originally posted on May 17, 2010 for Heidegger’s Glasses debut on May 25th, Thaisa Frank’s first novel was delayed until its launch this Monday, November 1, 2010. For those readers/visitors, as yet unfamiliar with the author, please see The Revealing of Thaisa Frank. Also may everyone read about the special Book Giveaway.] According to The New York Times, the fiction of Thaisa Frank (A Brief History in Camouflage, Sleeping in Velvet) works “by a tantalizing…

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Guest Chandra Hoffman on Dawn Chorus

Guest Chandra Hoffman on Dawn Chorus

[Given that Chandra Hoffman’s debut novel Chosen is about family, her guest post could not be more appropriate. Every writer needs someone to believe in them and, here, Chandra shares “a tribute to my mother-in-law who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008, but who taught me much about balancing the art of balancing motherhood and the writing life.”] Dawn Chorus My mother-in-law died in the early hours of August first, while the East Coast birds sang their dawn…

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Guest Jenny Nelson
On Food, Florence, and Inspiration

Guest Jenny Nelson
On Food, Florence, and Inspiration

[Ah sweet memories — particularly those deep, heartfelt ones that inspire authors to wrap a novel around them. In today’s guest post, Jenny Nelson describes how her first trip to Italy began a love affair and ultimately a setting for her debut novel, Georgia’s Kitchen.] On Food, Florence, and Inspiration The first time I went to Florence I was 20 years old and had just finished two semesters in Mardrid, where I majored in “mucha marcha,” the distinctly Madrileño art…

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Kate Ledger and Remedies

Kate Ledger and Remedies

From the front cover “Remedies is an immediately gripping, expertly woven tale of pain and healing. Ledger is a brilliant writer; the book is dazzling, but more importantly, it is moving.” – Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of Barefoot What Kate Ledger has elegantly and eloquently written in her debut novel, Remedies, is a “witty,” “complex,” “humane,” and “intense” story of a marriage/family in crisis. And those are a few reasons why Remedies garnered: *A Starred Review from…

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