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Kendall and Kylie Jenner to Release YA Novel in June

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Television, Features,

Kendall and Kylie Jenner's bookKendall and Kylie Jenner are to release their novel in June.

The reality TV stars have turned into budding authors after penning thrilling young adult book Rebels: City of Indra, which is based on two young girls Lex and Livia, who embark on a journey together, but later realize their biggest danger might be each other.

"Kylie and I love the creative challenge and are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to share this story," Kendall, 18, said.

Kylie, 16, added, "We can't wait to share these characters and the world we created with readers everywhere. We are so excited!"

The brunette beauties have teamed up with writer Maya Sloan for the novel, which is "set 200 years in the future," for publisher Karen Hunter at Simon & Schuster. However, the youngsters - who have their own clothing line - have held back some of their creative ideas as they want to write a series based on Lex and Livia. "We want to do something so different, something that we really love," Kendall said.

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J.K. Rowling to Release Second Novel Under Pen Name

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J.K. RowlingJ.K. Rowling is set to release her second novel under the pen name Robert Galbraith.

The Harry Potter author wrote her first novel, The Cuckoo's Calling, under the alias last year and she's now working on a sequel to the bestselling crime novel, called Silkworm, which will be released later this year, according to publishers.

The 48-year-old writer had aimed to keep her crime writing venture a secret but her solicitor at the time revealed her pen name to the public and has since been fined and ordered to pay Rowling damages - which she donated to charity.

Silkworm will be the author's third book for adults, as she also released Casual Vacancy under her real name in 2012. Her newest crime story will feature private detective Cormoran Strike - who first appeared in The Cuckoo's Calling - and he, along with his assistant Robin Ellacott, will unravel the death of writer Owen Quine after being hired by his wife to investigate his disappearance.

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Jan Strnad: The Summer We Lost Alice

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials, DC Comics, Independent,

Summer We Lost AliceI’ve talked before about my friendship with Jan Strnad - we go way way to the days when Jesus rode a dinosaur, and he was the guy who taught me the secrets to writing comics.

Jan’s cred includes a ton of collaborations with Richard Corben, some of the best of the old underground comix, the occasional work for Marvel and DC (Sword of the Atom), a run on Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics, animation writing (Darkwing Duck), indy comics (Dalgoda) and novels.

I read and enjoyed the heck out of his first novel, Risen, and I’m pleased to report that he’s got a new one coming out this month. Jan’s always been drawn to darker, fantastical material, and The Summer We Lost Alice continues down that path as a supernatural mystery.

Here's what it says at Jan's website:

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Sandra Bullock Gets Extremely Loud?

Sandra Bullock winning her Oscar is in negotiations to star in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

The 46-year-old star, who this year won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in , is in talks alongside Tom Hanks to star in the project, an adaptation of the 2005 dramatic novel by Jonathan Safran Foer.

If Bullock signs on to star in the movie, it will be her first film since her Academy Award-winning performance. The film tells the tale of an intelligent nine year old - who has yet to be cast in the Stephen Daldry-directed project - who begins searching for a lock to match a key given to him by his father prior to his death in the New York terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Bullock and Hanks would play the child’s parents in the movie, which if locked would see them filming in January 2011. Screenwriter Eric Roth has adapted the book, which being lined up to produce.

Fictionwise Offers Free eBooks

The StandAfter reading that Fictionwise is releasing 3 free Stephen King ebook novels for free with rebate if you pay with credit card or Paypal, we went more in depth and found that they are also offering others at no cost. Selections include the classic “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne, “Ghost Rider: Stories” by Jonathan Lowe, and a sample of the Oxford Paperback Thesaurus ( 348 pages.) Join their club and there are more hot deals. Most books come in eReader, Mobipocket, and Microsoft Reader.

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Bestselling Novels Moving to the Big Screen

Bestsellers headed for the boxofficeWe’ve come to accept the following as fact - if we enjoy a book, sooner or later, Hollywood will ruin it for us.  Not even chick lit is safe anymore.  Don’t get me wrong, I will be there on opening night for The Jane Austen Book Club, even though that inner librarian impulse is puckering her lips and telling me to reject adaptations outright always.  And we’ll suck it up when we recommend the read to a friend and she says, “Oh, I saw that one!  It was great.” 

However, lately, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by adaptations like The Devil Wears Prada and the most recent Harry Potter film, which, rather than raping the material and leaving it for dead, actually did it justice, and were good films in the same go.  So, maybe Hollywood is shaping up, maybe Jane Austen will smile down on Friday’s theatrical release instead of completing the roll into the next grave that started when Mansfield Park opened.

Regardless, if you want to picture your own characters before their faces become replaced by Evan Rachel Wood and Zac Effron, you’d better get on the following titles, because they’ve been optioned:

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