November is National Novel Writing Month

Writers rejoice!  NaNoWriMo.org is the site for you.  On November 1 participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000 word novel, by 11:59 pm on November 30th.  It is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel.  You will get pep talks, inspirational letters, written by well-known authors.  This year’s Pep Talkers are Jim Butcher, Kami Garcia, Tamora Pierce, Veronica Roth, Brandon Sanderson and Chuck Wendig.  There are forums to help you along the way, web badges, special offers from sponsors and in January/February they will take writers to the next level: revision and the publishing process.  To sign up go to NaNoWriMo.org and free your inner story!

Ultimate Game of Thrones Fans

While you are waiting for season 5 in the Spring of 2015, how about learning Dothraki?  David J. Peterson is a linguist who has created the alien languages for the Syfy series Defiance and Dominion and CW’s Star-Crossed.  He has written the Living Language Dothraki:  A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO series Game of Thrones which will be available in October 2014.  It is published by Living Language and it contains a book with over 3,000 words and a CD.  So amaze your friends and get ready for another exciting season.

Diana Gabaldon Fans

Outlander is going to be a new TV series on Starz.  It premieres on Saturday, August 9th at 9:00 pm ET.  The episode titles are:  August 9th “Sassenach,” August 16th “Castle Leoch,” August 23rd “The Way Out’ and August 30th “The Gathering.”

A New Thriller Debuts This Summer on Fox TV

It is called Wayward Pines  and it is about a Secret Service agent, played by Matt Dillon, who goes to Wayward Pines, Idaho in search of  two missing federal agents.  Wayward Pines seems like a perfect American town but no one ever leaves there and there is no contact with the outside world….The program is based on the novel Pines by Blake Crouch and  directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

Get a jump ahead by reading the series:  Pines, Wayward, and The Last Town.

Where have all the people gone?

Can life go on, when a bizarre global phenomenon causes the disappearance of friends, neighbors, colleagues and loved ones?  That is the premise of the new HBO series The Leftovers scheduled to premiere on June 15th.  It is based on the novel The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta, for those who can’t wait to find out what’s going on.

Resurrection Fans

Resurrection, an ABC TV series, about dead people who return to life is based on the book The Return by Jason Mott.

Finally the 4th season of Game of Thrones is almost here!

Mark your calendar the 4th season will begin on April 6th.  You might want to take a look at Game of Thrones A-Z: An Unoffical Guide to Accompany the Hit TV Series by Martin Howden and Beyond the Wall:  Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire:  From a Game of Thrones to A Dance With Dragons edited by James Lowder to refresh your memory and to gain new insights about our favorite show.

Political Thrillers

Politics run amok in these fiction titles:

The American   by Andrew Britton

The Sixth Man   by David Baldacci

Against All Enemies   by Tom Clancy

The Last Refuge   by Ben Coes

The Last Man   by Vance Flynn

Trigger Point   by Matthew Glass

Covert Warriors   by W.E.B. Griffin

Red Cell by Mark Henshaw

Fly by Night   by Ward Larsen

House Blood   by Michael Lawson

The Facility   by Simon Lelic

Ice Fire    by David Lyons

Another Time, Another Life   by Leif G.W. Persson

The Accomplice    by Charles Robbins

The Tehran Initiative   by Joel C. Rosenberg

The Other Woman   by Hank Phillippi Ryan

The English Girl   by Daniel Silva

Black List   by Brad Thor

Gentle Reads Authors

“Gentle reads” are books containing little strong language, explicit sex or violence and tend to have happy endings:

Nancy Atherton

M.C. Beaton

Maeve Binchy

Terri Blackstock

Lilian Jackson Braun

Wanda E. Brunstetter

Elizabeth Cadell

Melody Carlson

Jennifer Chiaverini

Catherine Cookson

A.J. Cronin

Lori Copeland

Diane Mott Davidson

Ted Dekker

Clyde Edgerton

Richard Paul Evans

Fannie Flagg

JoAnne Fluke

Dorothy Gilman

Elizabeth Goudge

Philip Gulley

Cathy Marie Hake

Kristin Hannah

Robin Lee Hatcher

Beverly Jenkins

Jan Karon

Terry Kay

Garrison Keillor

Karen Kingsbury

Thomas Kinkade

Julie Klassen

Beverly Lewis

Debbie Macomber

Joan Medlicott

Janette Oke

Sharon Owens

Frank Peretti

Tracie Peterson

Rosamunde Pilcher

Miss Read

Francine Rivers

Ann B. Ross

Kim Vogel Sawyer

Lauraine Snelling

Nicholas Sparks

LaVyrie Spencer

Mary Stewart

Eudora Welty

Karen Witemeyer

P.G. Wodehouse

Can’t Get Enough of Mr. Darcy?

If Pride and Prejudice, books or movies, leaves you looking for Mr. Right, then here are some spin offs of the classic Austen book:

Pemberley Shades     by D.A. Hunt

Pemberley Chronicles   by Rebecca Ann Collins

The Darcy Connection    by Elizabeth Aston*

The Darcys & the Bingleys    by Marsha Altman

The Confessions of Fitzwilliam Darcy    by Mary Street

Duty and Desire:  A Novel of Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman   by Pamela Aidan*

Darcy & Elizabeth:  Nights and Days at Pemberley    by Linda Berdoll

The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy   by Mary Slater

Mr. & Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy   by Sharon Lathan*

Impulse and Initiative:  What If Mr. Darcy Didn’t Take No For an Answer?   by Abigail Reynolds

Independence of Miss Mary Bennet   by Colleen McCullough

An Unequal Marriage    by Emma Tennant 

                                                     Some Modern Spin Offs

Undressing Mr. Darcy    by Karen Doornebos*

Austenland   by Shannon Hale

Unleashing Mr. Darcy    by Teri Wilson

Me and Mr. Darcy   by Alexandra Potter

The Trials of the Honorable F. Darcy    by Sara Angelini

*Author has other titles about Mr. Darcy

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