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What If….Emily Winslow, Tish Cohen,
Eve Brown-Waite?

What If….Emily Winslow, Tish Cohen,
Eve Brown-Waite?

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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Tish Cohen and The Truth About Delilah Blue

Tish Cohen and The Truth About Delilah Blue

From the book’s front cover: “A beautifully written, finely wrought, race-to-the-end novel about finding your family, finding a life and finding yourself. Tish Cohen is the next great thing in women’s fiction.” __Allison Winn Scotch, New York Times bestselling author of The One That I Want and Time of My Life The multi-talented, insightful Tish Cohen (Town House, Inside Out Girl, Little Black Lies YA) offers readers a coming-of-age, coming-to terms book tomorrow — June 8, 2010 –, with her…

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Guest Tish Cohen on Honest Choices

Guest Tish Cohen on Honest Choices

[In today’s guest post the always lovely and ever prolific Tish Cohen (Town House, Inside Out Girl, Little Black Lies YA) talks honestly about the choices she made to get where she is…. Her third adult novel, The Truth About Delilah Blue, will be released next Tuesday, June 8, 2010 and The Divining Wand has scheduled a presentation/review of the book next Monday, June 7, 2010. And now, without further ado, here’s Tish.] During my childhood, not many days passed…

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

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

A recent question posted on The Divining Wand’s Q & A page sounded simple enough and an overwhelming number of authors responded to answer: 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…

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Our Authors’ Spring/Summer Book Releases

Our Authors’ Spring/Summer Book Releases

Have you heard, new books are coming? That’s been my refrain throughout the winter but it’s only the truth. And the new releases begin appearing next Tuesday when Sarah Pekkanen (hmm, ever heard of her?) debuts with The Opposite of Me. Rather than tell of all the others, let me show you what will soon be in bookstores as well as here on The Divining Wand. March 9, 2010: Sarah Pekkanen debuts with The Opposite of Me March 16, 2010:…

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Our Authors’ Favorite Love Stories, II

Our Authors’ Favorite Love Stories, II

Although pre-empted by yesterday’s Olympic post, here is the continuation of our authors’ favorite love stories. Katie Alender (Bad Girls Don’t Die YA): “My favorite love story is ‘”Pride & Prejudice.”‘ Nobody can do it like Jane Austen! And one of the great things about loving that book is that there are umpteen movie versions to choose from when you need a girls’ day on the couch with some popcorn and a glass of wine! (The audiobook is also great…

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Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process, II

Our Authors’ True Love of the Writing Process, II

As promised here is a continuation of authors’ responses to the question of: What do you love most about the writing process? Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch coming August 5, 2010): “For the most part, my writing process is arduous. Often when I’m struggling to find the right words or simply the courage to keep on typing, I hear Matt typing away in the next room, or hear him lean back in his chair and sigh. I’m married to a…

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Happy Holidays from Meg Clayton, Ad Hudler, Melanie Benjamin, and Tish Cohen

Happy Holidays from Meg Clayton, Ad Hudler, Melanie Benjamin, and Tish Cohen

‘Tis the season to be jolly or — more appropriate — to be joyful despite all the busyness. Today our authors offer a special recipe, wishlists, and a best gift given. *********** Meg Shares Page’s Post-It Turkey Dressing Growing up, I was never a big fan of dressing, or gravy or anything, really, but the holiday turkey and the pies. For my oldest son’s first Thanksgiving, though, we trekked to Nashville to have Thanksgiving with my mom-in-law, and I tasted…

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Happy Holidays from Barrie Summy, Tish Cohen, and Therese Walsh

Happy Holidays from Barrie Summy, Tish Cohen, and Therese Walsh

The greetings continue with another recipe and favorite movies, music…even books! *********** Barrie’s Butter Tarts Growing up, we spent most weekends from May to October and a month in the summer at our cottage. Besides the regular activities like water skiing, swimming, board games and reading in the sun, my family loved a trip to Don’s Bakery in Bala, Ontario for delicious, mouth-watering butter tarts. Now, I live in San Diego, a land bereft of butter tarts, and I’ve been…

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