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A Kindle Reader’s Stocking Stuffer

A Kindle Reader’s Stocking Stuffer

Delightful surprises are what make wondrous holidays and Jael McHenrty (The Kitchen Daughter) has offered gourmet ereaders a luscious treat. Her short story Croquembouche is available now for a few crumbs. What a perfect stocking and tummy stuffer. Enjoy!

Summer’s TBR Lists, IV and
Alison Pace’s A Pug’s Tale

Summer’s TBR Lists, IV and
Alison Pace’s A Pug’s Tale

It’s officially summer — time for relaxing and getting lost in those TBR books. While other summer book lists were being compiled and published, The Divining Wand decided to offer its own lists by asking our authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed): “Unfortunately, a lot of what was on my spring ‘”must read”‘ list has…

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Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

Favorite Fictional Worlds, III

As must be known by now, Eleanor Brown’s (The Weird Sisters) alternative answer for a fictional BFF inspired TDW to ask its other authors her question: In what fictional world/neighborhood would you like to live? And why? This final week features responses from the following writers, including Eleanor with a new answer: ~Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA, and Bad Girls Don’t Die: From Bad to Cursed YA coming June 14, 2011): “I’m too much of a pragmatist (okay,…

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Jael McHenry and The Kitchen Daughter

Jael McHenry and The Kitchen Daughter

Jael McHenry’s passion for cooking and writing combine together in the most unique blend of sweet and bittersweet for her debut novel, The Kitchen Daughter in bookstores tomorrow, April 12, 2011. And, let it be noted, the clever, quirky cover art is the perfect appetizer for the feast spread within the pages. The idea for the book began with the author creating a character who loves food, loves cooking, but is closed off from the rest of the world. Even…

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Guest Jael McHenry on
The Blessed Mystery of the Pre-Debut

Guest Jael McHenry on
The Blessed Mystery of the Pre-Debut

[How many successful authors have THAT drawer and/or corner in their closet where their first “Great Novel(s)” hide? Probably ninety-nine percent do and, in today’s guest post, Jael McHenry (The Kitchen Daughter coming April 12, 2011) admits to being one of them. However she also shares why — although these works will never see the light of day — this early writing has made her a debut novelist.] The Blessed Mystery of the Pre-Debut Positive reviews are always welcome and…

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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, II

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, II

As every book is opened, a new adventure begins. And sometimes, somewhere among the pages, there is also found those special characters that create an immediate personal bond — the ones, if only real, would be chosen as our BFF. With this in mind The Divining Wand wondered who the authors felt close to, and asked: What fictional character would you choose to be your BFF and why? And this week’s authors replied: ~Meredith Cole (Posed for Murder, Dead in…

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Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, II

Writing Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, II

For every writer there are intangible elements — personal habits — that allow the mind to roam and find its comfort zone when the words aren’t flowing. To take a look at what some of these practices include, The Divining Wand asked its authors: Do you have any unusual writing rituals, secrets or superstitions that always work when all else fails? And this week the following authors replied: ~Robin Antalek (The Summer We Fell Apart: “I write everyday whether I…

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Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

Winter/Spring 2011 Coming Attractions

The year of 2010 has been a glorious one here at The Divining Wand. With our authors/friends providing first-class quality through their books and more, how much better could it be? Well, beginning Monday, January 3, 2011, when Eileen Cook’s (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood YA) latest YA novel The Education of Hailey Kendrick — already earning a Kirkus starred review — is presented/reviewed, it will launch our exciting winter/spring season. Look for other…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part II

Best Writing Exercises, Part II

Once again, whether it’s to warm-up, jumpstart, or let their imaginations wander, many of our authors/friends use a writing exercise. Being interested in what works for them, The Divining Wand asked: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? The following replies lead off with Eleanor Brown, 2011 Class Member of The Debutante Ball: Eleanor Brown (The Weird Sisters coming February 17, 2011): “I have a few character interviews, gleaned from books and…

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Current and Forthcoming Attractions:
Book Trailers, Book Covers

Current and Forthcoming Attractions:
Book Trailers, Book Covers

Until recently an author’s description was the only way a reader could visualize a main character or novel’s setting. But — through the talented use of video and high tech graphics — book trailers and even book covers are tempting us with a novel’s storyline. The following are a mere handful of current and forthcoming books worthy of your attention. * * * * *