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Lauren Baratz-Logsted: Why Do I Write?

Lauren Baratz-Logsted: Why Do I Write?

[ After 11 years as an independent bookseller and buyer Lauren Baratz-Logsted (most recent The Twin’s Daughter, Sisters 8 complete series, The Bro-Magnet published in both Kindle and NOOK Book) decided to try her hand at writing and, as is known, discovered success. And, while a complete page lists what she writes, today Lauren answers the question of why.] WHY DO I WRITE? The Cliff Notes version? Because I have stories to tell. The expanded version? The truth is, there…

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Instant Reading Gratification:
Three ebooks at the Ready

Instant Reading Gratification:
Three ebooks at the Ready

[Now that ereaders have become more popular than ever The Divining Wand believes that occasional recommendations of ebooks would be a welcome feature. Today, starting off the series of Instant Reading Gratification, there are two comedic novels and one timely drama. May you enjoy!] Dee DeTarsio (The Scent of Jade) continues to amuse in a thoughtful way with ROS, described as: DeTarsio’s literary talents shine with tenderness and humor as she once again takes readers into the heart of women’s…

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Summer’s TBR Lists, III

Summer’s TBR Lists, III

With so many terrific books vying for attention, summer is the best season for a reason to relax and get lost in a new release or old favorite. And, since summer book lists are currently being published, The Divining Wand decided to ask its authors: What’s on your summer “must/want to read” list? This week the following writers replied: ~Carleen Brice (Orange Mint and Honey, Children of the Waters): “PYM by Mat Johnson SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones THE WEIRD…

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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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Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, V

Fictional Characters as Best Friends Forever, V

No matter the age or stage in life, a best friend forever could be made at any time and the same appears to hold true for bonding with fictional characters. Whether it’s in a children’s book or a chapter in a YA or adult novel, there are those characters who — 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…

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted and
The Twin’s Daughter, Petal’s Problems

Lauren Baratz-Logsted and
The Twin’s Daughter, Petal’s Problems

Twins, particularly identical ones, are a story unto themselves and for Lauren Baratz-Logsted (The Education of Bet YA, Crazy Beautiful YA, Sisters 8 series Book 5: Marcia’s Madness) they became the inspiration of her most recent YA novel, The Twin’s Daughter. As the author explained: “I love anything to do with twins and I wanted to write a story about a side of the story I’d never seen: that of someone who’s a child of an identical twin.” The child/teenager…

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Guest Lauren Baratz-Logsted on Mixed Emotions

Guest Lauren Baratz-Logsted on Mixed Emotions

[What does an author feel after successfully completing a long-term writing project? In addition to euphoria and relief, there’s usually the question of what’s next? In today’s guest post Lauren Baratz-Logsted (most recent The Twin’s Daughter YA, and middle grade addition The Sisters Eight Book 6: Petal’s Problems, The Education of Bet YA, Crazy Beautiful YA, Sisters 8 series Book 5: Marcia’s Madness) describes her feelings on writing the final book of the Sisters 8 series — a project that…

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The Further Revealing of Lauren Baratz-Logsted

The Further Revealing of Lauren Baratz-Logsted

As one of The Divining Wand’s most prolific authors, Lauren Baratz-Logsted (The Education of Bet YA, Crazy Beautiful YA, Sisters 8 series Book 5: Marcia’s Madness) was first revealed here on March 31, 2010. Since that was almost a year ago — or four published books later –, it felt definitely time to catch up with this writer and her most recent YA novel The Twin’s Daughter, and middle grade addition The Sisters Eight Book 6: Petal’s Problems. Both were…

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted and The Education of Bet

Lauren Baratz-Logsted and The Education of Bet

From the Front Flap The young man looking back at me was handsome and gave off an air of self-confidence. There was just one problem; two, actually. The barely discernible bulge in the front of the trousers had been created by a carefully balled- up pair of stockings. And the young gentleman–I–was a girl. Imagine, that “young man” describing what s/he sees reflected in a mirror is the 16-year old young woman on The Education of Bet book cover! Yes…

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What If….Maud Carol Markson and Lauren Baratz-Logsted?

What If….Maud Carol Markson and Lauren Baratz-Logsted?

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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