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  • Cristina Merrill 3:00 pm on 2018/01/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , , fifty shades freed, jasmine guillory, , judgment road, lindsay evans, on-air passion, , , sisters like us, , the wedding date   

    Romance Roundup: Bikers, Radio Hosts, and Wedding Dates 

    This week’s Romance Roundup includes a handsome radio host who is cynical about love, a tough biker guy who meets the love of his life, and two sisters with their own unique romantic situations—and a very overbearing mother.

    Fifty Shades Freed (Movie Tie-In), by E.L. James
    Recent college graduate Anastasia Steele and wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey have finally tied the knot. (As in, they got married. They’ve tied other knots, of course, but now we’re talking about THE knot.) It seems as if everything is all set for the both of them to ride off into the sunset with their best, ahem, tools and techniques, but nothing is simple in the complicated world of Christian Grey. They’ve got to deal with Ana’s crazy boss, for one, Christian’s issues, which are many, and a multitude of other things until they can reach their happy ending. Whether you’re already a fan of the books or looking to dip your manicured toe in the Fifty Shades universe, we can all agree that anything featuring Jamie Dornan’s chiseled face will cause many a double take! This is the third book in James’ Fifty Shades trilogy. (Available in paperback on January 16.)

    Judgment Road, by Christine Feehan
    There’s a new outlaw motorcycle club in the town of Caspar, and the guys in it have the women all aflutter. Enter Reaper, a guy who makes even the most eloquent of women stammer. He meets Anya Rafferty, a bartender who is working very hard to build a beautiful life for herself. She refuses to be intimated by a hot, dangerous guy like Reaper. (You’ve got this, Anya!) Reaper, a biker and a trained assassin, doesn’t want to admit it, but Anya has managed to soften his hard heart and wrap it around her little finger, and it’s not just because she knows how to make his preferred beverages juuuuust right. (This will SO get him teased in the assassin locker room!) Can these two independent souls forge a new, peaceful life together? This is the first book in Feehan’s Torpedo Ink series, which is part of her Sea Haven universea universe that is populated by sexy people with otherworldly, magical abilities. (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 23.)

    Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery
    Sisters Harper Szymanski and Stacey Bloom are having a rough time lately. Harper is divorced and struggling to make ends meet and raise her teenage daughter. On the bright side, she’s attracted the notice of Lucas, the resident Hot Cop. (Frisk us, Lucas! Frisk us all!) Stacey, a married doctor, is pregnant and totally NOT feeling those motherly fuzzies. Harper and Stacey also have one major problem in common: their overbearing mother who will never, totally, 100 percent approve of anything they do. (Like, they could save a cute, drowning puppy and it wouldn’t suffice.) Hang in there, ladies! This difficult time will pass. And through all of the stress, don’t ever forget that you always have each other! This is the fourth book in Mallery’s Mischief Bay series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, audiobook, and NOOK on January 23.)

    About that Kiss, by Jill Shalvis
    Kylie and Joe shared a kiss. A beautiful kiss. The kind of kiss that makes you rethink your life and grab your purse and run out of your office cubicle in pursuit of your real dream. The kind of kiss that you compare to all other kisses. A kiss thatsorry, could go on forever here. Ahem. Anyway, Joe never called Kylie again because he’s determined to live that bachelor life. Now Kylie needs his sleuthing skills to locate a very valuable missing item. As much as our gal would love to save face, she REALLY needs his help. (Don’t worry, Kylie. Just make sure you wear your cutest outfits during your mission! And lipstick. Always wear lipstick.) As they spend more and more time together, Kylie realizes that she still really likes Joe. As for Joe, he realizes that he would be a big dumdum to let her go. This is the fifth novel in Shalvis’ very charming Heartbreaker Bay series. (Available in hardcover, paperback, and NOOK on January 23.)

    On-Air Passion, by Lindsay Evans
    Former basketball player Ahmed Clark has found a new calling as a radio host, and his favorite thing to gripe about is romance. As in, he hates it and doesn’t believe in it and thinks lovey dovey people are fools. In his defense, he’s been stalked for many years by women who want all of his money. (And his body, surely, but yeah, mostly his money.) Then Elle Marshall is a guest on his show to promote her business. She creates the perfect date experience for couples. (Elle, what is your website’s URL again? Thanks!) Ahmed and Elle deliciously clash on the airhe’s stubborn and she’s a romanticand soon he can’t believe how much he is attracted to Elle. (Believe it, Ahmed. Elle is awesome!) Oh, and Ahmed’s listeners are also loving every delicious minute. A great woman AND high ratings? Ahmed, let go of your insecurities and realize that you have a woman worth keeping for life! This is the first book in Evans’ Clarks of Atlanta series. (Available in paperback on January 16.)

    The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory
    Alexa Monroe has the elevator ride of her life when she gets stuck in one with the very hunky pediatric surgeon Drew Nichols. (Now THAT’S an argument against taking the stairs!) They soon agree that Alexa will be Drew’s Plus Oneand his pretend girlfriendat his ex-girlfriend’s wedding. (Drew, we’ll play whatever role you want us to play any day of the week!) After the wedding, they each need to go back to their respective jobshe’s a doctor and she’s the chief of staff for her city’s mayor. Can they balance their busy schedules with their burning desire for each other? Alexa and Drew, yes you can! (Seriously, there are apps for everything. They will help you both keep your relationship organized. But not too organized, wink wink!) (Available in paperback and NOOK on January 30.)

    What new romances are you curling up with this week?

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  • Ross Johnson 3:30 pm on 2018/01/10 Permalink
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    16 Books Coming to the Big Screen in 2018 

    People sometimes say that they’ll wait for the movie version. That’s not us—we look forward to the movie precisely because we loved the book so much. On that score, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2018. Here are 16 books coming to the screen this year.

    12 Strong, based on Horse Soldiers, by Doug Stanton (January 19)
    Led by Chris Hemsworth, this film follows Stanton’s non-fiction account of a small band of Special Forces who, vastly outnumbered, captured Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan before finding themselves besieged. Michael Shannon and Michael Peña also star.

    Maze Runner: The Death Cure, based on the novel by James Dashner (January 26)
    The Maze Runner trilogy is set to conclude with this adaption of the final book (if you don’t count the ongoing prequel series). The truth behind WCKD and the tests will be revealed, but not before the Gladers run one more maze in the legendary Last City.

    Fifty Shades Freed, based on the novel by E. L. James (February 9)
    You know the score by now: Christian and Ana’s R-rated naughtiness is going to get complicated. Classed as an erotic psychological romantic thriller, the big finish sees the two happily married until Ana’s old boss begins stalking and threatening her, and Christian’s former dom and lover (played by Kim Basinger) pops back into town.

    The War with Grandpa, based on the novel by Robert Kimmel Smith (February 23)
    The multiple award-winning children’s novel is getting a film adaption with an all-star cast, including Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, and Uma Thurman. The novel is the story of Peter and the grandfather he adores—until grandpa comes to live with the family and takes over Peter’s room. From there, it’s war. With DeNiro in good form, it sounds like the movie will be fun.

    Every Day, based on the novel by David Levithan (February 23)
    Levithan’s young adult novel follows Rhiannon, a 16-year-old who develops a relationship with a traveling spirit named A. Every day, A wakes up in a different body and thus lives a variety of human experiences. Rhiannon encounters the traveller when A wakes up in the body of Justin, her troubled boyfriend. If the filmmakers can translate Levithan’s humanistic and empathetic style to the screen, it should do well.

    Annihilation, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer (February 23)
    Multi-talented director/novelist/screenwriter Alex Garland is helming the adaption of VanderMeer’s first Southern Reach novel. The series is all about the mystery of Area X, a region of the southern U.S. that’s been cut off for decades by a strange barrier. Each expedition into Area X has produced wildly different results and observations, with the most recent trip leaving only one grievously injured survivor, husband to a biologist played in the movie by Natalie Portman. She volunteers for a new expedition into the zone in order to figure out what exactly happened. There’s been some behind-the-scenes scuffling about the finished film being overly cerebral (and diverging greatly from the source material), but that doesn’t necessarily make for a bad film.

    Red Sparrow, based on the novel by Jason Matthews (March 2)
    Matthews’ novel goes deep into the intertwined worlds of Russian and American espionage to tell the story of Dominika Egorova, an operative trained from an early age in the arts of infiltration and seduction, and whose synesthesia allows her to see the world in unique ways. She might sound a bit like Marvel’s Black Widow, but there are no superheroics in Matthews world. Jennifer Lawrence stars.

    A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle (March 9)
    It’s not the first adaption of L’Engle’s beloved, influential, and controversial 1962 science fantasy novel, but this one should make a much bigger splash than the earlier television production. For starters, multiple-award winner Ava DuVernay is directing an all-star cast, led by Oprah Winfrey. Newcomer Storm Reid stars as Meg Murray, who fights to save her father from captivity on a distant planet.

    Love, Simon, based on Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli (March 16)
    Greg Berlanti, best known these days for his work writing and producing the various DC shows on the CW, is directing the adaption of Albertalli’s coming-of-age story about a closeted high schooler coming to terms with his sexuality. Simon has an online relationship with a boy he knows as “Blue,” but the correspondence is uncovered by one of his classmates who blackmails Simon into setting him up with a girl named Abby.

    Ready Player One, based on the novel by Ernest Cline (March 30)
    Just a few months after the release of historical drama The Post, Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated adaption of the Cline novel is coming to the big screen.  It’s the story of a dystopian future world in which there’s not much to do but hang out in a virtual space called the OASIS. The creator dies and promises ownership of the realm to anyone who can find his hidden easter egg. Like the book, the movie promises a plethora of 80s pop-culture references.

    Guernsey, based on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (April 20)
    Note to the producers: the original novel’s title is better, if tough to squeeze onto a marquee. Shaffer and Barrows popular novel introduces Juliet Ashton, a London writer looking for a new book subject following the Blitz. Unexpected correspondence draws her into the funny, eccentric, charming, and weird world of occupied Guernsey.

    Where’d You Go, Bernadette, based on the novel by Maria Semple (May 11)
    A new Richard Linklater film is always an event for true movie buffs. The Before Midnight/School of Rock/Boyhood director is taking on Semple’s funny, quirky novel about an agoraphobic mom who goes missing. Her daughter Bee, who had been preparing for a family trip to Antarctica, searches through documents and correspondence in order to figure out exactly what happened.

    Crazy Rich Asians, based on the novel by Kevin Kwan (August 17)
    Kwan intended his 2013 novel, based partly on his childhood in Singapore, to provide a contemporary view of Asian culture for Americans. Probably not a bad idea. It’s the story of a marriage between the incredibly rich Colin Khoo and his fashion icon fiancée. The original book has been followed by two sequels thus far, so a successful film could potentially kick off a franchise.

    Boy Erased, based on Boy Erased: A Memoir, by Garrard Conley (September 28)
    Conley’s 2016 memoir, describing his experiences in gay conversion therapy, serves as a testimonial to the dangers of such programs, as well as a nod toward the belief systems that encourage them. Conley was the son of a Baptist minister in a small town who was outed during college and pressured into conversion therapy. It didn’t go well. Lucas Hedges stars, with Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman as his parents.

    The Girl in the Spider’s Web, based on the novel by David Lagercrantz (October 5)
    Bear with me now: this is the fifth film adaption of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, about world-class hacker Lisbeth Salander and investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist. It’s based on the fourth book in the series, the first not to have been written by Larsson, but it’s also reboot of the David Fincher’s series of American adaptations, which only ever got around to adapting the first book. In short, it’s a whole new start, so don’t worry about it! The Crown’s Claire Foy takes over as Lisbeth, with Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez directing.

    First Man, based on First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, by James R. Hansen (October 12)
    Hansen’s 2005 biography focuses largely on Armstrong’s life before and after the moon landing, charting his upbringing and involvement in the space program, as well as life as one of the most famous people in the world. Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy star.

    What’s on your book-to-movie calendar for 2018?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 7:41 pm on 2015/06/01 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , fifty shades freed, , grey: fifty shades of grey as told by christian,   

    On June 18, the Fifty Shades of Grey Saga Continues…From Christian’s Point of View 

    E.L. James has announced that on June 18th, she will publish Grey, in which the unforgettable story of Fifty Shades of Grey will be told from the perspective of everyone’s favorite sexy, enigmatic billionaire: Christian Grey.

    Fans know Christian as a man who prides himself on maintaining control at all times—that is, until he makes the acquaintance of the young, beautiful, and naïve Anastasia Steele, and his icy exterior begins to melt. As Ana soon discovers, there is more to Christian Grey than meets the eye. His troubled past, ruthless determination, and unorthodox way of looking at the world make him a complex and unforgettable romantic hero.

    Fifty Shades of Grey offers a detailed narrative of Christian and Ana’s relationship through Ana’s increasingly worldly eyes, but Christian’s point of view is inscrutable—both to Ana, and to readers. Guarded and cautious, Christian rarely loses his composure. He’s not a man who freely shares his thoughts and feelings. You can’t blame readers for wanting more insight into what has made Christian Grey who he is, and they’ve made their desires known: thousands of them have written to James asking her to tell Christian’s side of the story, and she has dedicated the new book “to those readers who asked…and asked…and asked…and asked for this.” You can’t always get what you want—but isn’t it delicious when you do?

    James observes, “as anyone who has ever been in a relationship knows, there are two sides to every story.” Grey promises to offer a spellbinding counterpoint to Ana’s perspective—an erotically charged examination of the other side of a complicated romance that has captured the imaginations of millions of fans.

    Grey will be available in stores on June 18 (Christian’s birthday!). You can pre-order it now. 

     
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