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Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward

Fan Mail: An Author’s Most Memorable Reward

Meeting and greeting their readers at book signings/speakings, book clubs, or through a random encounter is a thrill for any author, yet what usually makes the most lasting and satisfying impression? Reading fan mail, of course! To know their work has successfully reached out to affect someone…well, that’s why writers write. And, with that in mind, The Divining Wand asked its authors: What’s been your best/most memorable fan mail? Here are several responses: ~ Alicia Bessette (Simply from Scratch): “I…

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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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Book Trailer, Giveaways, and an Honorary Chair

Book Trailer, Giveaways, and an Honorary Chair

Fall, it’s brimming with energy as are our authors — some of whom already have new ventures to share. Wendy Tokunaga (Midori by Moonlight) whose second novel, Love in Translation, will be released November 24, 2009, premieres the Book Trailer and notes Advance Praise for Love in Translation: “A delightful novel about love, identity, and what it means to be adrift in a strange land. This story of a search has an Alice in Wonderland vibe; when Celeste climbs down…

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Amy MacKinnon’s Tethered, Again

Amy MacKinnon’s Tethered, Again

On this day last summer, Amy MacKinnon debuted with her suspenseful and haunting novel, Tethered, while yesterday brought the release of Tethered in paperback edition. This is good news for all readers seeking an unforgettable book. It’s also another tribute to Amy’s long journey to publication. Throughout her well documented journey, she shared both her self-doubt about readers’ desire to accept the story’s dark subject matter and her dedication to remember the “forgotten children” who silently die of abuse or…

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And the Winners Are…

And the Winners Are…

After three days of three posts presenting three new book releases, the time has come to announce the three winners. And they are: Jill who receives Mia King’s Table Manners Kristan who receives Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life Terri who receives Lara Zieln’s Donut Days Jill, Kristan, and Terri, please email me with your snail mail addresses at: diviningwand (at) gmail (dot) com Thank you all for playing and please continue to visit for one never knows which…

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Lara Zielin Offers Up Donut Days

Lara Zielin Offers Up Donut Days

For many today may feel like one of those “dog days of summer,” but on the eve of her debut as a YA novelist Lara Zielin is only thinking Donut Days. Yummy title, isn’t it? And how appropriate that it comes from someone who grew up in Eau Claire (French for “clear water”), Wisconsin and thought that “’clear water’ in French was Evian.” Yes Lara is an engaging, witty and charming young woman who radiates enthusiasm and a visit to…

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Here’s Time of My Life, Again

Here’s Time of My Life, Again

Our lives are filled with “what if’s” and “givens,” the latter being an event destined to happen. And, after reading the ARC of Time of My Life a year and a half ago, I knew its success was a “given.” Allison Winn Scotch had touched a universal memory nerve – that chord of imagination our mind plays for us whenever we may not be having the time of our lives. And yet the truth of this novel answers not “would…

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Mia King and Table Manners

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Two and a half years ago Mia King debuted as a novelist with Good Things and immediately had fans wanting more of her heroine Deidre McIntosh’s story. Writing in a style that made Deidre’s life and environment oh so real, the author — after publication of her second novel Sweet Life — turned her attention back to Deidre, her friends and even Marla. Indeed she discovered there was much more story to tell and, better yet, this book (although a…

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Coming Attractions

Coming Attractions

As promised, all the pages on this site soon will be filled to serve their purpose. Some — like Book Presentations — have been created naturally by applicable posts, however please either click on the link, Debuts, or the Debuts Tab and you’ll find a much more specific, ever-changing page. Divided into Debut Novels and New Releases (by already published authors), this page, complete with cover art and publication dates, should be your guide as to coming literary attractions. And,…

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Books That Made Our Authors, Authors

Books That Made Our Authors, Authors

In whatever one chooses to do in life, there’s usually a catalyst or defining moment when a career and/or life’s direction becomes a given. And, working on that premise, it would be reasonable to wonder what one book had most influenced our authors’ careers. So they were asked and the following take us beyond their pages: EILEEN COOK (Unpredictable, What Would Emma Do? (YA)) “One book? Yikes. I’m not sure I can narrow it down to one. Without a doubt…

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