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Thursday, July 14th, 2011
Movie News

I blogged about the book THE LUXE by Anna Godbersen when it came out. I saw the cover and fell in love with it. Here it is:

The covers for the other books in the series are equally lovely. I remember the series being pitched as “Gossip Girl meets the Gilded Age” when the first one came out. Looks like the Gossip Girl folks took that seriously because according to Perez Hilton:

Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the creative minds behind the hit CW series, have reportedly signed to produce a film adaptation of the Anna Godbersen-written young adult novel The Luxe, a 19th century class drama which focuses on four teens in New York which “features conflicts between old money and new money, the upper and lower class, and star-crossed lovers.”


Love when books get optioned for movies. I hate the whole thing where Hollywood is re-purposing movies from my youth – The Karate Kid, Footloose, etc – and much prefer new ideas. Also love when authors make money and optioning a book can be a big moneymaker.

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Anticipated Reads

Huffington Post has an article on the 20 Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2011. I checked the list and wasn’t actually anticipating any of them, but I did find two interesting:

THE LEFTOVERS by Tom Perrota – I’ve read three of his previous books and liked his writing. This one is about something called the Sudden Departure. I’m in!

What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?

That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

Kevin Garvey, Mapleton’s new mayor, wants to speed up the healing process, to bring a sense of renewed hope and purpose to his traumatized community. Kevin’s own family has fallen apart in the wake of the disaster: his wife, Laurie, has left to join the Guilty Remnant, a homegrown cult whose members take a vow of silence; his son, Tom, is gone, too, dropping out of college to follow a sketchy prophet named Holy Wayne. Only Kevin’s teenaged daughter, Jill, remains, and she’s definitely not the sweet “A” student she used to be. Kevin wants to help her, but he’s distracted by his growing relationship with Nora Durst, a woman who lost her entire family on October 14th and is still reeling from the tragedy, even as she struggles to move beyond it and make a new start.

THE MAN IN THE ROCKEFELLER SUIT by Mark Seal – I’ll read this one simply because I read a lot – and I mean a lot – of true crime and I find this guy oddly fascinating.

The story of Clark Rockefeller is a stranger-than-fiction twist on the classic American success story of the self-made man-because Clark Rockefeller was totally made up. The career con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller was born in a small village in Germany. At seventeen, obsessed with getting to America, he flew into the country on dubious student visa documents and his journey of deception began.

Over the next thirty years, boldly assuming a series of false identities, he moved up the social ladder through exclusive enclaves on both coasts-culminating in a stunning twelve-year marriage to a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed she’d wed a Rockefeller.

The imposter charmed his way into exclusive clubs and financial institutions-working on Wall Street, showing off an extraordinary art collection-until his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, which exposed his past of astounding deceptions as well as a connection to the bizarre disappearance of a California couple in the mid-1980s.

I’ll likely skip the rest on the list.

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011
Next Up

I am at the end of a deadline right now but have found the book I want to read as soon as I’m done – Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. Here it is:

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

I get all tingly just looking at the cover. I’m in!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011
Maya Banks Giveaway

Contest Day #2…

I enjoy reading books by Maya Banks. The writer in me is more than a little envious that she writes erotic romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense and now Scottish historical romance so well. The reader in me is thrilled.

My favorite series so far is KGI, her romantic suspense series centered on the Kelly family. If you haven’t read these books, now is your chance to try them. I’m giving away the first in the series, THE DARKEST HOUR. Here’s a peek:

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.

His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he’s built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond… until he receives anonymous information claiming Rachel is alive.

To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.

I am giving away a print copy of the book. To enter, leave a comment about Maya, her books, romantic suspense or any relevant thing. I will choose a winner on Sunday and post the name in a separate post with all the week’s winners. Good luck!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
Jill Sorenson Giveaway

I am in the final days before a deadline – before two deadlines, actually – so this seems like the perfect time to do a few contests. I’ll give away a few of my books and a few books by other people. To kick off, let’s start with Jill Sorenson

Jill writes amazing romantic suspense. They’re gritty with strong atmosphere, but what I like most is how she doesn’t take the easy road. Her characters are pretty flawed. Some have done some bad things. But somehow she pulls it off. And, disclosure time, Jill and I live near each other. I get to see her a few times a year and she is really nice. So, I like her and her writing – it’s a win/win!

Today I’m giving away her newest single title, THE EDGE OF NIGHT. Here’s a peek:

To support her small daughter, April Ortiz does what she has to do—which means waiting tables in a skimpy outfit at a popular nightclub in the gang-infested area of Chula Vista. When one of her co-workers is found raped and murdered, April does what she knows she shouldn’t—she defies the neighborhood code by giving the police a hardcore gang member’s name.

Clean-cut cop Noah Young wants a shot at breaking this case more than anything in the world—that is, until he meets the unforgettable April Ortiz. When April gives Noah the tip, a spark ignites. As the fire between them threatens to blaze out of control, the two are dragged down further into the dark mysteries of the graffiti-lined streets, taunted by a crazed killer who could strike again at any time. .

I am giving away a print copy of the book. To enter, leave a comment about Jill, her books, romantic suspense or any relevant thing. I will choose a winner on Sunday and post the name in a separate post with all the week’s winners. Good luck!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
New To Me

I’ve seen the book THE TROUBLED MAN by Henning Mankell everywhere lately. Many of the reviews say he’s a better writer than Stieg Larsson (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO). I haven’t read Mankell, so I can’t comment on that assertion. I can say I read an article about him in Entertainment Weekly and was intrigued from the first paragraph. The paragraph:

Henning Mankell has been beaten by French police and arrested by Israeli commandos. He’s worked on a Swedish merchant ship, at a Paris musical-instrument shop, and as the artistic director of an African theater company. He spent years living in the middle of a long, bloody civil war in Mozambique. And he’s managed to find time to write some 40 books, which are available in 41 languages and have sold almost 40 million copies around the world. “I have been accused of many things in my life,” says the 63-year-old Swedish author. “But never of being lazy.”

Can’t argue with that. I actually feel kind of lazy now. Back to work…

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
Crime Pays

There was an article in the UK’s Guardian over the weekend about how much the top British and American crime novelists have earned. These are the highest earnings of all time (I think). The income figures include books, film rights, etc. I was a bit surprised some of the folks have earned this much, but that’s probably envy talking.

The U.S. list:
John Grisham $600m
Dan Brown $400m
Patricia Cornwell $300m+
Robert Ludlum $300m
Michael Crichton $300m
Michael Connelly $250m
Thomas Harris $150m
Elmore Leonard $100m
Ed McBain $75m
James Ellroy $50m

The British list:
Ian Fleming £100m+
Agatha Christie £100m
Jeffrey Archer £70m
Jack Higgins £50m+
Ken Follett £50m
Dick Francis, just under £50m
Ruth Rendell £30m+
Lee Child £30m
Ian Rankin £25m
Alexander McCall Smith £20m

I’d be happy to earn a fraction of those numbers. Heck, I’m thrilled when anyone anywhere buys one of my books. Can’t really imagine this level of sales.

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Jill Shalvis Winner

Thanks to all who entered to win a copy of Jill Shalvis’ THE SWEETEST THING and to those who put in bids at Operation Auction. Jill is feeling better and her book is amazing, so the winner is a very lucky reader. And that person is….

StacieDM (comment #9)

Congratulations! Email me with your address and I’ll get the book out to you.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
So Much!

And what I’m talking about is so much goodness! Let’s run it down…

Today is release day for my dear friend, Jill Shalvis. Her amazing book THE SWEETEST THING (I got an early read on this one and…yowsa!) comes out today. Jill is in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy so you should buy two copies. No, really, that makes sense in my head. Since I love the book so much I’m giving a copy away (on Thursday). Post a comment here for a chance to win. In case you’re not familiar with the book, here it is:

Two Men Are One Too Many . . .

Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life.

But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can’t control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she’s lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor.

And have you checked out Operation Auction? The items up for bid are AMAZING. I’ve been outbid about a thousand times on a bunch of items, but I am determined to win something! If you’re interested in my books, you can bid on my Hawaii-set books HERE. You get all of them plus a bunch of Hawaii goodies. If you prefer my Intrigues, you can win ALL of them, including early e-copies of the upcoming LOCKED & LOADED and THE BIG GUNS by going HERE. These don’t come out until August and September, so you get a first look.

Please go to Operation Auction and bid then send a good thought Jill’s way for a speedy recovery.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011
Operation Auction Is On!

OPERATION AUCTION is open!! The auction runs through April 1st. New items will be added as the week goes on, so check back frequently.

This auction is for Fatin, a valued member of the romance community as well as my assistant and friend, and her children. Her husband was killed on March 8th. TO read more about that awful day, go here.

The items up for auction are incredible. Books, agent and editor critiques, goodies and so much more. I’m donating two books bundles: (1) all of the books in my Harlequin Intrigue Mystery Men series (including the two that are not out yet); and, (2) all of the books in my Hawaii-set single title romance series. I’ll let you know as soon as those auctions are posted. In the meantime, please visit the auction and bid. You’ll win something great and do something important at the same time.