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!
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.
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.”
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.
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, an ABC TV series, about dead people who return to life is based on the book The Return by Jason Mott.
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.
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” are books containing little strong language, explicit sex or violence and tend to have happy endings:
Lilian Jackson Braun
Wanda E. Brunstetter
Diane Mott Davidson
Richard Paul Evans
Cathy Marie Hake
Robin Lee Hatcher
Ann B. Ross
Kim Vogel Sawyer
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