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New ebooks from TDW Authors

New ebooks from TDW Authors

Although so many print books are releasing this winter/spring season, The Divining Wand also has authors offering new selections for Kindle readers. Please consider the following that could be yours in a minute. * * * * * Dee DeTarsio (The Scent of Jade [Kindle Edition]) is at her best with a second novel, The Kitchen Shrink. From TV writer Dee DeTarsio, a new novel featuring the humor, vulnerability, honesty and flaws of a suburban heroine… If your life is…

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Go-to Writing Books, V

Go-to Writing Books, V

Before, during and after a work-in-progress, a published/debut author has likely read more than a few books on the art and craft of writing. Whether it’s for motivation or inspiration, favorites must exist to be read and reread — including fiction and poetry — whenever the need arises. With this thought in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What books do you keep nearby or go back to as you’re working? And, for the final week of this question,…

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Writing, Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, IV

Writing, Rituals, Secrets, and Superstitions, IV

True or False? 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 discover the truth, as well as 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 among the authors who replied are returning TDW favorite Therese Fowler…

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From: Readers/Friends
To: TDW Authors/Friends

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!] To Karen McQuestion, the author of A Scattered Life: I’ve spent some time reading up on your story and it is such an inspiration to anyone who has ever found their…

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Best Writing Exercises, Part V

Best Writing Exercises, Part V

In The Divining Wand’s seemingly never-ending pursuit to discover how our favorite authors/friends perfect their natural skills, they were asked: What have been some of the best writing exercises you’ve used in your writing process? This week’s responses suggest that less is best. Also please welcome another new author, Meg Mitchell Moore! Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt): “None, really.” Karen McQuestion (A Scattered Life, Easily Amused, and Celia and the Fairies for ages 7 – 11): “I tend to be…

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Karen McQuestion and A Scattered Life

Karen McQuestion and A Scattered Life

Although much has been written about Karen McQuestion’s extraordinary journey to publishing success (including Guest Karen McQuestion on Keeping the Faith), the most important story remains between the covers of her debut novel, A Scattered Life. After all that was the Kindle book optioned for film, adored by ebook readers, and put Karen — not only on the literary map — but in The Wall Street Journal as well. So what’s it all about? Simply put, the novel’s story is…

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Guest Karen McQuestion on Keeping the Faith

Guest Karen McQuestion on Keeping the Faith

[Karen McQuestion (A Scattered Life, Easily Amused releasing today, and Celia and the Fairies for ages 7 – 11 coming November 2, 2010) believed she was born to write and write she did, novel after novel for almost ten years. The only problem was they weren’t being published. In today’s guest post, the author describes what happened in her literary version of, “If you build it, they will come.”] Keeping the Faith I didn’t set out to become a self-publishing…

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The Revealing of Karen McQuestion

The Revealing of Karen McQuestion

Karen McQuestion (A Scattered Life, Easily Amused coming September 21, 2010, and Celia and the Fairies for ages 7 – 11 coming November 2, 2010) proclaims to be “the luckiest writer in the world.” Why? Because her dream(s) of being published are coming true…one book following the other. The author explains: “After years of trying to get published traditionally, I self-published my books on Amazon’s Kindle in 2009. Sales were great, and as a result, I now have five books…

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Welcoming New Authors, Introducing 2011 Debs

Welcoming New Authors, Introducing 2011 Debs

With Labor Day only a weekend away, it’s a time for change and new beginnings. During the summer TDW welcomed new authors to the site and, once again, I’m proud to announce the addition of the following four writers soon be seen on these pages: ~Melissa Senate (The Mosts YA, The Secret of Joy, the rest in Bibliography, and The Love Goddess’ Cooking School coming October 26, 2010) ~Stacey Ballis (The Spinster Sisters, Room for Improvement, the rest in Bibliography,…

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