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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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Favorite Fictional Worlds, I

Favorite Fictional Worlds, I

When Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters) responded earlier this year with an alternative answer for her fictional BFF, it was simply too good (and intriguing) to pass up. And so, with a grateful nod to Eleanor, TDW asked its other authors: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This week the following writers replied: ~ Joëlle Anthony (Restoring Harmony YA): “I would definitely want to live in Deep Valley, Minnesota with Betsy and Tacy and the…

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

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

Today’s post is the continuation of how authors responded to a recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page: 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 writing? Also…

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News From and About Our Authors

News From and About Our Authors

This rare Monday, without a book to present/review, is a perfect time to catch up on our authors and their recent (or upcoming) releases. Congratulations to Therese Walsh (The Last Will of Moira Leahy) Although this debut novel crossed over many genres, The Last Will of Moira Leahy has become a RITA finalist in RWA’s Best First Book category, 2010. While yours truly described it as an “adult fairy tale,” if Romance Writers wish to embrace “Moira” as romantic, so…

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More of Our Authors’ Journeys

More of Our Authors’ Journeys

In the past weeks — and those yet to come — The Divining Wand’s posts have been filled with success. New/debut book releases are fulfilled dreams for authors and rewarding enjoyment for readers yet, remember, “getting published” doesn’t just happen. The January 25, 2010 post, Our Authors’ Journeys, told how long it took before Kristy Kiernan, Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Kristina Riggle, and Emily Winslow were published? And how they handled rejection, what kept them going as they kept writing? Today’s post…

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Holly LeCraw and The Swimming Pool

Holly LeCraw and The Swimming Pool

From the book’s front cover: “Holly LeCraw’s THE SWIMMING POOL is a complex, astonishingly well-crafted, and completely compelling debut.” – ANITA SHREVE, author of Testimony When Holly LeCraw becomes a novelist tomorrow — April 6, 2010 — with her highly anticipated debut, The Swimming Pool, she will have accomplished a life-long dream. Now most writers constantly dream that dream but, on her website’s On Writing page, Holly confesses her mixed feelings about whether she wanted to be a writer: “I…

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Our Authors’ Best Writing Advice

Our Authors’ Best Writing Advice

Two months ago, several of our authors/friends shared words of wisdom that help guide them through the writing process. And, in today’s post, many more answer: What is the best advice about writing that you’ve received/read AND put to use? Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): “It’s so hard to narrow it down to the individual pieces of advice, because I’ve absorbed all of them into the “stew” of my writing process. “Just do it” is a big one….

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