Monday, April 30, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Yesterday the Pulitzers were announced. To my surprise there was no winner for the Fiction category. Three novels were finalists: Denis Johnson’s "TRAIN DREAMS , calm; SWAMPLANDIA! by Karen Russell and THE PALE KING by the late David Foster Wallace. .Do you think they would have found a winner if your favorite book of last year was nominated? Who would you have recommended?
My recommendation would have been Tayari Jones SILVER SPARROW.
Also kudos to the late Manning Marable for winning the Pulitzer in Nonfiction for “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," an exploration of the legendary life and provocative views of one of the most significant African-Americans in U.S. history, a work that separates fact from fiction and blends the heroic and tragic.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Touchback is about a former high school football star turned farmer and family man, Scott Murphy (Brian Presley) who finds himself with a unique opportunity to revisit his glory days during the State championship game where he permanently injured his knee in a game-winning play. Given a second shot at his destiny, Scott seeks counsel from Coach Hand (Kurt Russell), Scott's longtime mentor on and off the field, to help him decide whether to let his fate unfold, or follow a path that will change his future. Written and Directed by Don Handfield,Touchback also stars Melanie Lynskey (Up In the Air, Sweet Home Alabama, CBS' "Two and a Half Men"),Mark Blucas (Knight and Day, The Jane Austen Book Club) and Christine Lahti (Smart People, CBS’ “Chicago Hope”).
Thursday, April 12, 2012
It's Thriller Thursday at ITW. The UK's Richard Goldwin, author of MR. GLAMOUR and APOSTLE RISING, shares A THIN LINE BETWEEN HORROR AND CRIME FICTION at The Thrill Begins Blog today. He is available live to talk with you about the two genres, the difference between UK thriller readers and American thriller writers, and much more. http://thethrillbegins.blogspot.com/2012/04/thin-line-between-crime-and-horror.html
CHRISTIAN FICTION BLOG recommends Robert Liparulo’s The 13th Tribe for Christian suspense readers:
It began when Moses was on Mt. Sinai. Tired of waiting on the One True God, the twelve tribes of Israel began worshipping a golden calf through pagan revelry. Many received immediate death for their idolatry, but 40 were handed a far worse punishment-endless life on earth with no chance to see the face of God.
This group of immortals became the 13th Tribe, and they’ve been trying to earn their way into heaven ever since-by killing sinners. Though their logic is twisted, their brilliance is undeniable. Their wrath is unstoppable. And the technology they possess is beyond anything mere humans have ever seen.
Jagger Baird knows nothing about the Tribe when he’s hired as head of security for an archaeological dig on Mt. Sinai. The former Army Ranger is still reeling from an accident that claimed the life of his best friend, his arm, and his faith in God.
The Tribe is poised to execute their most ambitious attack ever and the lives of millions hang in the balance. When Jagger’s wife and son are caught in the crossfire, he’ll stop at nothing to save them. But how can one man stand against an entire tribe of immortals?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
When the Titanic left Southampton on April 10, 1912, the world was fascinated with its size, the luxury, the symbol of prominence for the wealthy onboard, and the promise for the emigrants hoping for a better future in America. For the past 100 years since its sinking on April 15, 1912, the world has been consumed with how a ship deemed unsinkable sank, the artifacts at the bottom of the ocean, the stories of the people on board, and the history the ship held. In commemoration of this landmark anniversary, award-winning author Tricia Goyer has released By the Light of the Silvery Moon (Barbour Publishing/March 2012/ISBN 978-1-61626-551-9).
When the Titanic movie first came out in 1997, Goyer, like most of America, became fascinated with the tragedy. “The movie captured my attention. Yes, there was a love story, but the ship of dreams fascinated me even more. I checked out many books at the library and bought others on the Titanic. I didn't think of writing a novel about it. Still, I carried a love inside for that amazing ship and its passengers,” says Goyer.
Around that same time, Goyer had been working on the idea for a novel centering on a contemporary retelling of the prodigal son. While the idea did not go farther than the prologue at the time, she kept the idea in the back of her mind. Fifteen years later, when her publisher approached her about the possibility of writing a book to mark the anniversary of the Titanic, Goyer was excited about the opportunity and realized that it was time to merge the two ideas together in a unique, faith-filled tale of love and reconciliation.
Goyer’s extensive research from books, documentaries and visiting a museum dedicated to the ship all contribute to makingBy the Light of the Silvery amazingly historically accurate. With her beautiful gift of storytelling, readers are sure to feel that they have been transported back 100 years to the fateful night that changed the lives of all onboard the “Ship of Dreams.”
An interview with the author:
Q: By the Light of the Silvery Moon is a fictional story taking place on the decks of the Titanic. How do you think this setting enhanced the story?
Every author tries to weave conflict into a story—it's that conflict and tension that keep readers turning pages. Because the sinking of the Titanic is so well known, the tension is built in. As my character Amelia is being wooed by two men, the reader knows what's coming—an iceberg is ahead!
Q: This novel has appropriate timing, releasing on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. How heavily did you research the Titanic before writing By the Light of the Silvery Moon?
You should see my stack of books on the Titanic; it's as tall as me! I've read through many books—not just recently but over the last fifteen years. I've watched many documentaries, too. I've been fascinated by the Titanic for a while, and I was excited about the opportunity to write this novel.
My whole family also visited the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Missouri. It was amazing! They had a complete model of the Titanic, and numerous artifacts like life vests, watches, and purses. They had models of the staircase, the staterooms, and the decks. Each of us received boarding passes of actual passengers and we read about their lives as we went along. My passenger—a young mother—didn't survive. Probably the most emotionally powerful element was a water tank that held water at the temperature of the frigid ocean so many people plunged into. I put my hand into it and after ten seconds it was aching. The museum brought to life what I'd been reading about.
Q: Did you take steps to ensure the story remained historically accurate or did you let your imagination run wild?
I worked hard to ensure the story remained historically accurate. All the time is true—when the ship launched, when they reached France and Ireland, when they set out in the open ocean, when the first ice was spotted, when the lifeboats were launched, etc. I researched the layout and decorations of the ship. I even made sure things like what they ate and the musical entertainment were correct. I included real passengers within my story, too.
My creativity came in with my primary characters. There was no Amelia Gladstone or Damian and Quentin Walpole on the Titanic. They are purely figments of my imagination.
Q: By the Light of the Silvery Moon parallels the story of the prodigal son from the Bible. How is this story different than the Biblical version?
This story is different because it's set on the Titanic for starters! I did try to keep the heart of the prodigal son story—the emotions of the brothers and the love of the father especially. While the Bible doesn't describe if the brothers ever reconciled, there is some level of reconciliation in my novel—but I don't want to give too much away!
Q: How is By the Light of the Silvery Moon different from other novels you’ve written?
This is the first novel I've written about an event so widely known. There are THOUSANDS of books written on the Titanic. I am certain that experts can find little things I may not have researched enough. . .like the correct size of the linen napkins or things like that. As I wrote, there were those doubts and worries if Titanic die‐hard fans would enjoy the story as much as I enjoyed it, but in the end I had peace. I love the story, and I loved bringing the prodigal son story to life. Yes, there is room for one more story about the Titanic—especially when it can highlight the love of God.
Q: What do you hope readers take away from By the Light of the Silvery Moon?
I hope they'll understand more about the Titanic. As with all my novels I believe that bringing history to life honors those from the past.
I also hope their understanding of God's love and forgiveness and open arms will grow, too. As someone who didn't grow up having a relationship with my father, the love of my heavenly father can be hard for me to grasp. For readers who have the same experience, I hope they'll take away a deeper understanding of God's undying love.
On April 6, 2012 Atlanta had Think Like a Man fever as the cast of Screen Gems upcoming romantic comedy hit the city for a full day of promotional activities. After various morning radio interviews, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Terrence J, Romany Malco and La La Anthonyheaded over to Clark-Atlanta University for a stop at WCLK 91.9 and then a press conference with numerous AUC (Atlanta University Center) campus media. The cast then went over to Morehouse, where TLAM director Tim Story and Rainforest Films producer Will Packer joined them for a lively pep rally featuring giveaways, a dance contest, a Greek stroll and a fun Q&A.
THINK LIKE A MAN opens nationwide on April 20. Visit the film at www.thinklikeaman-movie.com
Continue reading on Examiner.com THINK LIKE A MAN PROMO PARTY on MOREHOUSE CAMPUS - Atlanta Christian fiction | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/christian-fiction-in-atlanta/think-like-a-man-promo-party-on-morehouse-campus#ixzz1rjV8XiCS
Monday, April 09, 2012
This week’s Monday Mention at Christian Fiction Blog is Rachel Hauck’s THE WEDDING DRESS
One dress. Four women. An amazing destiny.
Charlotte Malone is getting married. Yet all is not settled in the heart of Birmingham's chic bridal boutique owner. Charlotte can dress any bride to perfection-except herself. When she discovers a vintage mint-condition wedding gown in a battered old trunk, Charlotte embarks on a passionate journey to discover the women who wore the gown before her.
Emily in 1912. Mary in 1939. And Hillary in 1968. Each woman teaches Charlotte something about love in her own unique way. Woven within the threads of the beautiful hundred-year-old gown is the truth about Charlotte's heritage, the power of faith, and the beauty of finding true love.
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Wednesday, April 04, 2012
Celebrate with Crystal by entering her iPad2 Giveaway (a GREAT tool to keep track of your budget!) and RSVPing to the Live Webcast Event on 4/5!
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- A Brand new iPad2
- The Money Saving Mom's Budget by Crystal Paine, audio edition
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