Though Jason Mott's second novel won't hit shelves until September 30, the film rights were snapped up earlier this month by Lionsgate. The Wonder of All Things (MIRA) tells the story of a young girl whose miraculous healing powers are discovered by the media after a horrible accident. (read more)
Though the novel isn't YA, its teenaged heroine makes the film likely to appeal to fans of recent book-to-film blockbusters like The Hunger Games or the upcoming The Giver, and Lionsgate also cites films with a supernatural twist, like The Green Mile.
Mott's first novel, The Returned, was adapted into a popular ABC-TV series.
Any ideas about who should be cast as 13-year-old Ava?
House of Glass by Sophie Littlefield
MIRA • $14.95 • ISBN 9780778314783
Published on February 25, 2014
Jen Glass lives with her husband and two children in a beautiful home in a suburb of Minneapolis. From the outside, the family couldn't look better. But on the inside, things are falling apart: Jen and her husband, Ted, are barely speaking; their teen daughter is sullen and distant and their young son has developmental delays. Just when Jen thinks things can't get any worse, they do. One night, two men break into the Glass home, but the routine robbery becomes something much worse when the family is held hostage in their own basement. Jen and Ted must overcome their differences in order to make sure their family survives the days to come.
Jen put her hand on the brass knob. Later, she would remember this detail, the warmth of the old brass to her touch, the way she had to tug to clear the slight jam.
Standing in the hallway was her beautiful daughter, her face exquisitely frozen, her lips parted and her long-lashed eyes wide with terror.
On her left, a man Jen had never seen before held Teddy in his arms, her little boy flailing ineffectively against his grip.
On her right, a man who looked unnervingly like Orlando Bloom pressed a gun to Livvy's head.
What are you reading this week?
So many readers are would-be authors, and many of us are curious about the publication process. How do people with day jobs manage to write an entire book? What is it like for them emotionally while they attempt to find an agent? In a guest post for BookPage, debut author Nelle Davy provides a behind-the-scenes look at her publication experience. Nelle has an interesting perspective, because she works on the other side of publishing, too.
Nelle's novel, The Legacy of Eden, went on sale a week ago. It's the story of the dramatic rise and fall of an Iowa family, inspired by I, Claudius.
An insider’s look at the publication process
guest post by Nelle Davy
As someone who works in the publishing industry, the only thing that surprised me when publishing my own book was how challenging I found it. I have worked in publishing for five years now, first as an international sales assistant at Pan Macmillan and then as an assistant at a talent agency in the books department. I am used to getting submissions of my own and seeing them go from a manuscript to a bound book on the shelf. I have even rejected manuscripts before, so of course I knew the pitfalls and the difficulties of the publishing process—but going through it yourself is something else entirely.
It is hard and horrible and personally cutting, especially as I was surrounded by a litany of authors either watching their own dreams come true or fall away.
Inspired by I, Claudius, my novel, The Legacy of Eden, is an epic, sweeping tale of a dynasty rotten to the core, driven by ambition, lust—and hatred. I wanted to take the kernel of the idea from I, Claudius—aspiration and its devastating effects on a family headed by an amoral matriarch—and move it into a modern setting. When I first began writing The Legacy of Eden, I was working at Pan Macmillan, typing it up during my lunch breaks one minute and then working on sales targets for authors the next. But because of where I worked and what I did, I was determined that I would be published on my own merit and not because of my profession. I never said where I worked in any of my submission letters and it was also partly why I wrote under my married name, so I was separated from my work life. That way, if my manuscript was called in by an agent, it was really because they wanted to read it and not because they were intrigued by who I worked for or what I did.
However, I had to experience what it was like coming up through the slush pile (the term publishers and agents give to unsolicited manuscripts, of which they get tons every single day). It was incredibly harsh. It took me just under a year to get an agent and then four months to get a publisher, so in total the process was 18 months. This is by no means the average, and it was also doubly awkward when publishers I was working with started rejecting my book. But I think things happen for a reason, because what I learned going through all that has made me kinder and more understanding to my own authors; I can really empathize with their worries and concerns. But I have been incredibly lucky with my own publishers, who have been nothing but supportive and enthusiastic about The Legacy of Eden.
Thanks, Nelle! Read more about The Legacy of Eden on the author's website.
One of the most unflinching books in October is Rebecca Coleman's The Kingdom of Childhood. It dares to examine the relationship between a teacher and her student, and our reviewer called it "psychologically disturbing," "controversial" and "a natural pick for book clubs."
The unsettling depiction of lust and desire has my skin crawling just from watching the trailer:
The Kingdom of Childhood is out now! Readers who love dark, serious literature will love it, especially during the creepiest month of the year! Will you read it?
Leslie Tentler just spent the weekend on the road touring in support of her first novel, Midnight Caller (MIRA). In a guest post, she talks about the experience of signing at Books-A-Million stores in Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, near her hometown.
My father was a bit of a celebrity in my small hometown in Eastern Tennessee. He coached high school football there for over two decades and to this day, I can’t watch "Friday Night Lights" without getting homesick. The show is authentic. It takes me back, every time.
My parents are both gone now (my mother was a well-loved teacher there, as well), and I do wonder what they would think about the release of my first novel. Both would be proud, I believe, although I recall many years earlier telling my mother of my dream to be a published author. She said, “Just don’t write anything that would embarrass me,” which to her I’m sure meant no profanity or adult situations, and no violence.
I failed on all three counts but I still think somehow she would be proud.
Coming home for two local book signings and a local television show was more overwhelming than I expected. As someone who has lived and worked in Atlanta for many years now, I’ve drifted away from childhood friends. I have to admit to envying my former classmates who remain in our town and are adult friends with many of the same people they knew as kids. I miss that closeness that I’ve never been able to recapture as a “big city” girl.
It was this same group of friends who planned a “girls’ night out” that included me on the Friday prior to my first book signing. I was admittedly nervous. I’ve changed. I’m older and have gotten out of shape while pumping out the first book and the two others that form the Chasing Evil trilogy. I feel like a mom who’s given birth to three babies back to back. One toddling around, one just beginning to crawl and the third a newborn still in my arms. I’m pretty sure I have metaphorical spit-up on my shoulder.
But what I see that night are friendly, familiar faces who are just happy to be together and are also excited for me. “The girls” show up for my signing the next afternoon, even though quite a few of them have already bought and read the book. Still, they buy another at the bookstore. It’s a surreal experience and also a deeply touching one.
Two nights before my first hometown signing, I go to one of the bookstores with my former stepmother who has taken me out to dinner. She politely asks me if the store will mind if she buys all the copies on the shelf that night for family and friends. I tell her I’m pretty sure they won’t and that they have more copies in the back for the signing. As she pays at checkout, I have tears in my eyes.
The weekend visit to my hometown was a whirlwind, filled with interviews, time with family and long-lost friends, and me, writing notes in people’s books in the shaky handwriting I’m so ashamed of. But they don’t seem to mind that it looks as though a second-grader signed it. At this moment, I want to throw my arms around each of them and ask if I can sleep in their spare bedroom or on their couch; stay for just a few more days.
I’m not ready to go back to Atlanta, but Monday has arrived.
Thanks Leslie! For more info on her appearances, check her website. Look for the second book in the Chasing Evil trilogy, Midnight Fear, in August.
We're pretty sure the answer to this question is "no"—which is why we're sharing our very first invite to a twitter launch party with you.
Novak will be chatting about the book with fans using the hashtag #bnparty. Fans will have the chance to ask questions about Novak's work and win prizes—including an iPad.
Have you ever attended a twitter launch party? Will you drop by this one? Tell us in the comments!