Here's a look at the titles we love that hit shelves this week.
We're so starstruck by this latest batch of exciting book-to-film deals, we have to share. Find out which of your favorite books are heading to a screen near you:
Holly Goldberg Sloan and Olympus Pictures Team Up
YA novel Counting by Sevens by Holly Goldberg Sloan is making its way to Hollywood thanks to Olympus Pictures. The movie rights were sold to Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan at The Mazur/Kaplan Company and Olympus Pictures’s Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech. Quvenzhane Wallis, the breakout star from Beasts of the Southern Wild, is attached to star.
After Finds Home at Paramount
Anna Todd’s After has found a home with Paramount and the studio has enlisted Step Up’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot to produce. After releases this month and is a revamped version of Todd’s popular Wattpad One Direction fanfiction.
Katniss Returns Home in new Mockingjay Preview
We know Monday is not the most exciting day of the week, but we're pretty excited about today because we're shining our Debut Author Spotlight on romantic suspense author C.J. Kyle. C.J.'s novel, Silent Night, earned a 4-star rating from our reviewer Bridget, who said, "Kyle's debut novel blends the charm of a small-town romance and a dark, unsettling murder mystery with significant success." Kyle tells us how she went from aspiring to published author:
Name: C.J. Kyle
Book: Silent Night
Current Home: Florida
Author Icon(s): Julie Garwood, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Heather Graham, Sharon Sala
Favorite Word: Compassion
Was this the first book you ever wrote?
Good gravy, no.
How did you start writing?
After reading enough good books that inspired me, it was time to start telling my own. With young kids underfoot, I filled their nap times with writing instead of cleaning the house and found my passion.
What was it like when you got “The Call”?
With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of publishing's most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!
Historical Fiction - Switching between the present and 1940, Lindsay Hatton’s Aquarium tells the story of first loves and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Classic author John Steinbeck makes an appearance as well as his friend and biologist, Ed Ricketts. We're intrigued!
Paranormal Romance - Rebecca Zanetti is set to return with a brand new series, a spin-off of her Dark Protectors Realm Enforcer books, launching with Wicked Ride. The series will star a male witch who must infiltrate a motorcycle club in Seattle to track down a dangerous enemy. Along the way, he runs into a sexy cop. Coming in 2015.
Did you spend your whole week being Cody Walker's Woman?
Here's what you missed on the RT site!
P.C. and Kristin Cast's hit House of Night series is, woefully, coming to an end with Redeemed, the twelfth and final installment, which released this week. As we bid adieu to Zoey Redbird, PC and Kristin are hosting an exciting giveaway that includes a bundle of goodies fit for a goddess — and copies of the book!
Two lucky winners will each win one gift bundle and one hardcover copy of Redeemed. The gift bundle includes:
-Sinful Colors nail polish trio (3-piece set)
-An aromatherapy oil sample from 21 Drops
-Jamberry nail wraps
-A Baby Blue Designs handmade choker
-A solid perfume sample from For Strange Women
This giveaway is open to U.S. readers only and will conclude next Friday. To enter, fill out the widget below! Good luck and happy reading!
The Internet is full of hilarious gems and memorable words of wisdom from the masses. Authors, readers and publishers on Twitter are no exception and continuously put smiles on the faces of Twitter users daily in 140 characters or less. We've started compiling out favorite Tweets. Here are some of the standouts of the week:
I picked up Black Lies after seeing it was one of the bestselling self-published books last month, and I now know why. I’m already a fan of Alessandra Torre, after telling pretty much every single person I met at RWA this year about how much I loved The Girl in 6E (it’s awesome, go read it), which we awarded our Seal of Excellence for July. So after seeing so many reviews raving about her self-published standalone, reading this was a no-brainer. Black Lies didn’t break any new ground, but it had a juicy twist that, while it’s a familiar one, I did not predict.
As we head into colder weather, we need all the heat we can get. Luckily, Lea Griffith's cover for Never Enough, the second installment in her All or Nothing series, has plenty of fire to go around. So, without further ado, here we go!
Dixie Mafia boss Dante Shaw always gets what he wants. And what he wants is police detective Savannah Cavanaugh. A Dom whose games have become as cold and empty as his heart, Dante instantly recognizes the dedicated cop during a visit to The Underground — only this time Savannah’s wearing nothing but a thong and high heels. Until now, waging a war of vengeance against his own syndicate had been all that mattered. But after embracing the perfect sub, Dante reconnects with his deepest emotions — and realizes he’s trapped between heaven and hell.
Savannah is no rookie. She knows how quickly this could all come tumbling down. And yet she can’t fight her deep attraction to Dante, nor can she deny him the one thing he craves most: her total submission. In the shadow of danger, Savannah finds a love she never could have expected. But she’s mixing business with pleasure — and her business is the law. How far will she go to surrender to a man for whom pleasure is never enough?
There's an undeniable need for strong heroines in books, particularly in YA lit. But what makes a heroine strong? Is she witty and blunt? Can she wield a sword? Or is it her intelligence and ability to level the playing field, so to speak? In Sara Raasch's debut, Snow Like Ashes, Meira must prove her worth in order to help save her people and her kingdom. And while Meira is strong, she's also equal to her peers, which elevates her to a new level. Today, Sara discusses her heroine and what makes her an equal player.
In Snow Like Ashes, one of the things my main character, Meira, desperately wants is to matter.
She’s spent her entire life in a refugee camp, one of a handful of survivors who escaped the brutal takeover that enslaved the rest of the Kingdom of Winter 16 years ago. This upbringing planted a powerful desire in Meira: to rescue her people. And while everyone else in her life works relentlessly to do just that, she is constantly told she isn’t needed to help. There are stronger fighters; there are quicker spies; there are safer tasks for her to do. She’s young, and she isn’t the most skilled soldier — but she is fiercely dedicated to the cause, despite the constant barrage of rejection.