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My Second Novel ORANGE MOUND Pushed Back to March 2013

In news that will surprise absolutely no one, my sophomore novel ORANGE MOUND has been pushed back. That’s right, Dear Readers. Y’all are gonna have to wait on my next literary masterpiece.

Orange Mound has been pushed back for a variety of reasons: it’s still going through edits, we’re revamping our marketing plan, yada yada yada. In the end, we want to ensure that we publish the best possible work for your reading enjoyment. I don’t want y’all to pick up my novel and say it’s crap. And if you do, I at least want you to say that it’s good-looking crap, haha.

The new release date for Orange Mound has not yet been solidified, but I can tell you that it will be sometime in March 2013.

Cheers!

Miranda Priestly Returns! Lauren Weisberger to Write The Devil Wears Prada Sequel

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger

Welp, I guess it’s time to go back to the well. One of my favorite contemporary authors, Lauren Weisberger, recently landed a deal to write Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, a sequel to her bestselling 2003 novel, The Devil Wears Prada

Check out some info from the press release:

Eight years after saying goodbye to Runway, and escaping the clutches of Miranda Priestly, it seems as though Andrea “Andy” Sachs has the perfect life. The lowly assistant is herself now tabloid fodder. She edits The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine on newsstands, and works side-by-side with Emily, her old Runway colleague and new BFF.  Andy is madly in love with Max, a dashing scion of a storied media company, and planning to tie the knot.  But Andy is still haunted by her days atRunway, and the specter of Miranda Priestly.  Andy can hardly know that all her efforts to build a bright new life will lead her directly to the one she fled — and into the path of Miranda.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Has Sold 10 Million Copies

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

You women love that mommy porn, huh?

It’s too late to deny it. Wanna know how I know? GalleyCat reports that E.L. James’ erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold a cool, combined total of ten million books (paperbacks, eBooks, and audiobooks) in six short weeks.

SIX WEEKS!

So sayeth Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group president Anthony Chirico:

This is an astonishing number. The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing. BookScan data indicates that the trilogy has captured twenty-five percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks.

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Dominique Morisseau Receives Playwrights Of New York Fellowship

Dominique Morisseau

According to Shadow & Act, playwright Dominique Morisseau has been awarded the Playwrights of New York (PONYFellowship. Make no mistake, this is no small feat; in fact, my fellow Memphian, and writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall is a past recipient of this award.

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Paulo Coelho to Sell eBooks for 99 Cents

Paulo Coelho

According to GalleyCat, HarperCollins is offering ebooks from bestselling novelist Paulo Coelho for a mere 99-cents in the United States and Canada. The prices are now in effect at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble. The only book not included in this sale is The Alchemist.

Coelho said on his blog that he wanted to make his digital books cost as much as a song in iTunes. Further, he went on to say that purchasing all his discounted books would cost $10.89 as opposed to $74.19 at regular prices.

He says, “For years I have been advocating that free content is not a threat to the book business. In lowering the price of a book and equaling it to the price of a song in iTunes, the reader will be encouraged to pay for it, instead of downloading it for free.”

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Poster: These Are Your Kids on Books

Poster: These Are Your Kids on Books

The above posted was designed by Mike Anderick for Denver, Colorado nonprofit literacy group Burning Through Pages.

The group’s goal is to “introduce new and updated literature to Denver’s youth [because] the literature assigned by public and private schools, while important, contains dated prose and often antiquated ideals. While the classics are classics for a reason, they are not always easily relatable to the current generation reading them.”

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Rihanna to Play “Villainous Role” in The Fast and the Furious 6

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If you know me, you know why this news excites me.

Shadow and Act reports that Bajan pop singer and living wet dream Rihanna may star in the upcoming sixth (and maybe seventh?) installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. They source The Daily Sun, which says RiRi “has been cast to play a villainous role in the upcoming blockbuster The Fast and the Furious 6.” The article goes on to say that Rihanna impressed producers with her performance in Peter Berg’s Battleship, which releases later this summer.

Number one, I’ve been addicted to Fast Five since I first saw it earlier last month. (Yes, I know, late pass.) It’s certainly the best out of the entire franchise and I’m pumped for the next few installments.

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