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Month: January 2010

Support Women’s Fiction and We All Win

Support Women’s Fiction and We All Win

[Since The Divining Wand’s purpose is to help readers get to know authors beyond their pages, Carleen Brice is today’s guest blogger with exciting news to share. Please welcome Carleen.] It was a dream come true when Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) optioned my debut novel, Orange Mint and Honey. A dream made even bigger when they actually made the movie! I understand that something like only 5% of books that get optioned ever become movies. There’s only one tiny little…

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Melanie Benjamin’s Alice I Have Been

Melanie Benjamin’s Alice I Have Been

There are two opposing views when it comes to writing — either write what you know or write what you don’t know. Melanie Benjamin chose what she didn’t know because it piqued her curiosity and what she learned is shared in her historical fiction debut, Alice I Have Been, to be released tomorrow, January 12, 2010. The backstory, catalyst, motivation to write a book can be a fascinating tale in and of itself and, for this author, it certainly was…

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The Revealing of Melanie Benjamin

The Revealing of Melanie Benjamin

Next Tuesday, January 12, 2010, Melanie Benjamin will offer readers a gloriously haunting tale when her historical fiction novel, Alice I Have Been becomes available in bookstores and from online retailers. The “Alice” of the title is Alice Liddell — muse/model — for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and her story will be presented here on Monday, January 11, 2010. For now, though, the focus is on Melanie. Who is this author of the book described as “a love…

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Presenting Debutante Maria Garcia-Kalb and
101 Ways to Torture Your Husband

Presenting Debutante Maria Garcia-Kalb and
101 Ways to Torture Your Husband

“Hell Hath No Fury Like a Woman’s Scorn” ~ William Congreve Although Maria Garcia-Kalb is excited and proud to be the first of The Debutante Ball Class of 2010 to appear in a bookstore near you with 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband, she’s also a bit dazed. After all her dream was to become a vet, a job quickly replaced by the idea of following in Barbara Walter’s’ footsteps…yet here she is a published author! Deb Maria explained her…

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The Revealing of Maria Garcia-Kalb

The Revealing of Maria Garcia-Kalb

Debutante Maria Garcia-Kalb officially becomes a “published” writer on January 18, 2010 — the release date of her humorous book, 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband. Ironically, though, the book is already out and available for purchase online or at your local bookstore. A presentation/review of 101 Ways to Torture Your Husband will appear here tomorrow. However, today, let’s go beyond the brief bio of this award-winning radio broadcaster — currently an on-air personality on WKJY-FM 98.3 “K-JOY” in Farmingdale,…

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Eileen Cook’s Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

Eileen Cook’s Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood

On Saturday, January 2, 2010, Eileen Cook (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? YA), returned to twirl around the Debutante Ball with the post, Graduate Deb Eileen Cook is back with a new book!. And, within that post, she confessed: “My third book is coming out this week and I’ll admit I still am amazed and thrilled. I feel so very fortunate to have the chance to do what I love. I practically can’t wait for someone to ask me what…

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Welcome to 2010! May it bring us all the best in reading our authors’ best writing…TRUST: There is a great deal to look forward to just in the next few weeks. Also I offer a thousand thank yous to our friends/authors who shared memories these past three weeks in Happy Holidays. Hopefully you enjoyed their posts, being entertained and learning more about our writers…well beyond their pages. Cheers for more in a Merry New Year!