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Is there a little more of Sookie after final Charlaine Harris vamp book? July 24, 2012

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Yes. There might be a tiny bit more!

Charlaine Harris says on her Facebook page that she’s done writing the final installment in the Sookie Stackhouse series:

DEAD EVER AFTER is complete. I know I’ll have to do rewrites on a few sections after I read my editor’s notes, but the story is all there. Now to think about Australia and New Zealand!

And in response to the hundreds of comments on her FB page after announcing this she says:

The last book in the Sookie series will be published next May, and there may be some form of coda for avid readers, letting everyone know what the future of key characters will be.

Soooooo — pretty interesting. Let’s see if she gives us that addendum. Or not. I don’t know if I want it. If she doesn’t wrap it up in the book, is it worth knowing? What do you think? Do you want the coda? Or are you willing to let Sookie and the other characters RIP?

Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Outlander’ headed for cable TV series! July 17, 2012

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It’s true. We’re gonna get a cable TV series for OUTLANDER! Let the casting calls begin. OK — it’s a little too early for that but here’s what Diana Gabaldon posted on her Facebook page today:

Yes! It _is_ true; while final contracts aren’t yet signed, we do have a deal with Sony Pictures for development of a cable-TV (as in HBO, Netflix, Starz, Showtime, whatever…that kind of thing) series.

Want more deets? Deadline Hollywood reports that Ron Moore   — developer/executive producer of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will write the series adaptation. Sony Pictures TV bought the rights. The project, according to Deadline Hollywood, will be taken to cable networks this week. The complete story from Deadline Hollywood is HERE.

Here’s what Ron Moore (@RonDMoore) and Diana Gabaldon (@Writer_DG ) are saying on their Twitter feeds about the deal:

New queen of dystopian novels? July 10, 2012

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Marie Lu

Will Marie Lu’s debut novel LEGEND,  which introduced the YA audience to a new dystopian world and two star-crossed teen lovers June and Day, make her the next “it” author in Hollywood?
“Twilight” producer Wyck Godfrey thinks so. He purchased the film rights and CBS Films has snapped it up.
LEGEND is set  in Los Angeles where we meet teens Day and June. Day — who grew up in the slums of the city — is a  criminal blamed for the murder of June’s older brother. June — the rich kid — is a military-officer-in-training who is sent out to hunt Day.
Here’s what Lu said about her series and what she’s going to be doing at Comic-Con.  (The second book — PRODIGY — comes out Jan. 29, 2013.)
Q: Why write a dystopian series?

A: I think being born in 1984 somehow meant I was destined to write a dystopian series! I also find it fascinating to explore these worlds in fiction because they echo the dystopias that exist and have existed in the real world. We’re often asked, “Do you think these terrifying societies could ever exist in real life?” They have existed, and still exist today. The United States had an eugenics movement in the early 20th century, and then placed millions of Japanese-Americans in concentration camps during WWII; we had Nazi Germany and China’s Cultural Revolution; North Korea’s regime is still around. Dystopian stories are fascinating because they remind us how warped our reality can be.

Q: A “don’t miss” for you at the Con?
A: I’m going to have to knock some people over to get a seat at the Legend of Korra panel on Friday morning, because I’m a big A:TLA and Korra fan. “Remixed Fairy Tales and Superhero Lore” is also one that will be amazing fun! And, of course, there’s the Firefly 10-year reunion. No explanation needed.

Q: Anyone you’d like to bump into at the Con?
A: I was lucky enough to chat with George R.R. Martin last year at a party, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it happens again this year! Also, if I were to stumble across Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino, I might just collapse from Too Much Joy.

Lu  will be signing books at the Penguin Teen booth on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Penguin will be giving away limited edition Comic-Con editions of “Legend” throughout the show.

‘Paranormalcy’ author won’t be bringing Tasey to Comic-Con July 9, 2012

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Kiersten White, the New York Times best-selling author of the popular PARANORMALCY series, isn’t just going to be speaking on a panel and signing books at Comic-Con. She’ll be bouncing around the floor  as HarperTeen’s official Comic-Con correspondent.

Kiersten White

And why not. She’s a natural. Anyone who has read White’s YA flirty, action-packed PARANORMALCY and SUPERNATURALLY knows she’s got a quick wit and great imagination. After all, she dreamed up Evie, the teen-age girl who can see through the glamours of paranormal creatures. That makes her a valuable asset of the IPCA — the International Paranormal Containment Agency — where she uses her pink “rhinestone-studded Tasey” to bag and tag paranormals, who are later made into useful members of society. (Apparently Evie, is the only human on the planet who can see through paranormal glamours.)

Here’s an interview I did for my news org — U-T San Diego — with White, who lives in San Diego. She talks about the convention we tried to get her to leak any deets  on the final book in the trilogy — ENDLESSLY — due out July 24.
Q. First impression of Comic-Con?
A: It’s funny because I had never wanted to attend Comic-Con. My husband described it as 100,000 people in the same building plus costumes, which is startling similar to a recurring nightmare of mine. But in reality, I adored it. There’s a certain joyful type of energy at the con. It’s so much less about comics than it is about fandom — about being willing to say you LOVE something and aren’t afraid to look a little silly celebrating just how much you enjoy it. Being around that many people geeking out at the same time was a blast.
Q. Fave Comic-Con moment?
A. I had just been complaining that I hadn’t seen a single celebrity when none other than Ultimate Nerd Deity himself, Nathan Fillion, walked right past me. Ask and ye shall receive. Other than that, any event where I get to chat and hang out with fans (of my books and others) is always a blast.

Q. What will you be doing at Comic-Con? (Showing off Tasey?)
A.  I’m going to be running around embarrassing myself on camera, mostly. My publisher, HarperTeen, has made me their official Comic-Con correspondent. They claim it’s because I’m quick-witted or some nonsense like that, but really it’s because they know I have no problem making an idiot of myself for internet consumption. I’ll be interviewing other authors, making a guest appearance at HarperTeen’s preview panel on Saturday night, and speaking on a panel of other urban fantasy authors Sunday afternoon, after which I’ll be signing. Sadly, I will be leaving my pink Taser at home because I have a strict policy of not getting arrested at public events.

Q. On a “can’t miss” for you at this year’s Comic-Con?
A. It KILLS me, but my authorial duties conflict with The Hobbit panel. Hopefully my husband can get in. I think he’s never been prouder of my career than these two summers when it has netted him free passes to Comic-Con. Cruelly dashed Martin Freeman and Peter Jackson hopes aside, I’m really looking forward to meeting author and reader friends new and old. Plus I get to introduce my HarperTeen team to carne asada French fries. They’ll never want to go back to New York!

Q. What can you tell us about ENDLESSLY — just a hint for us Evie fans?
A. In spite of adorably hopeful emails from teen fans, ENDLESSLY is my last book with Evie as a narrator. There are surly dragons, trippy unicorns, surprise tasings, Faerie Realm misadventures, old friends, new enemies, and possibly the destruction of the whole world. You know, the standard teen experience.

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