Tell Me Your Favorite Period in History!

japan reviewerToday I am guest blogging about my favorite romance periods in history at Japan Reviewer with Why Have One When You Can Have Two? Because you know me, I have multiple favorites. It’s so hard to pick just one when two are great. :) This is why in a romance novel I would have both the vampire lover and the duke. Haha. I hope you will join me and tell me your favorite period in history. Can you guess mine? See you in the comments!

You’re Invited to a Safe Haven Event + Contest!

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Event: http://www.fathomevents.com/#!safe-haven

Date: Thursday, January 17th

Time: 8:00 PM ET/ 7:00 PM CT/ 7:00 PM MT/ 8:00 PM PT

Special Fathom Features: Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and intimate interviews with the filmmakers, author, and actors from Safe Haven discussing the book becoming a major motion picture.

Run Time: 90 minutes

No. 1 New York Times Best-Selling Author

Nicholas Sparks Discusses Upcoming Film

Safe Haven in Live Cinema Fan Event

NCM® Fathom Events and Relativity Media Present One-Night Event

with Oscar®-Nominated Director Lasse Hallström, Stars Josh Duhamel and Julianne Hough and Author in Select Cinemas Nationwide

on Thursday, Jan 17, 2013

Centennial, Colo. – Dec. 20, 2012 – Unveiling a sneak peek into one of the most anticipated film adaptations of 2013, NCM® Fathom Events and Relativity Media present “A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven: Filmmakers, Author and Stars Bring the Book to Life,” broadcast live to select cinemas nationwide on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT and tape delayed at 7:00 p.m. MT / 8:00 p.m. PT/Alaska and Hawaii. This special one-night event, broadcast live from LA Castle Studios in Burbank, Calif., will feature the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks in a live discussion and Q&A session with fans about the cinematic adaptation of his best-selling novel, Safe Haven. Moderated by Extra TV host Maria Menounos and featuring appearances from the film’s stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life as We Know It) and Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages, Footloose) as well as Oscar®-nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules), producers Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga) and Wyck Godfrey (The Twilight Saga), fans will be treated to exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage of the eagerly- awaited film.

Tickets for“A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven: Filmmakers, Author and Stars Bring the Book to Life” are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 500 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

“This event promises to be an exciting new way to connect with fans around the country – a first for me and the talented creative team behind Safe Haven,” said Sparks. “I can’t wait to talk about the unique collaboration with Josh and Julianne, who transformed the characters in my book into living people whose loves and losses will come to life soon on the big screen. It’s been a privileged experience working with Lasse, Marty and Wyck on this film and now my readers will have a chance to share in that experience as well.”

Safe Haven will be distributed by Relativity Media in theaters nationwide on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013. When a mysterious young woman (Hough) arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex (Duhamel), a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller. The film is directed by Oscar®-nominated Lasse Hallström, based on the novel by Sparks from a screenplay by Dana Stevens and Gage Lansky and also stars Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) and David Lyons (J.J. Abram’s Revolution). Bowen, Godfrey, Sparks and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) served as producers.

“Nicholas Sparks’ books always translate so well to the big screen, including such hits as The Notebook, Dear John, The Last Song – among many others,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. “Fans will get a look at how these bestsellers are transformed into blockbusters before Safe Haven hits theaters in February with this special event which features the film’s Oscar®-nominated director and the film’s stars.”

For more information, please check out the Safe Haven movie Facebook and Twitter.

Giveaway: 1 print copy of the movie-tie-in edition of Safe Haven. Enter by leaving a comment! Open to US readers. No PO Boxes. Last day to enter: January 17, 2013.

Are You Attending RWA Annual Conference 2012?

rwaorlandoGuest blog by Hannah Abbey

Over 2,100 professionals will meet in Anaheim, California, for the annual RWA conference this year. The RWA Annual Conference is an event that brings together romance novel writers, editors and agents in the industry. The conference provides those involved in the romance novel industry with an opportunity to network with one another and share ideas on new books. Here are a few of the benefits it offers:

Attending Luncheons and Seminars Throughout the Weekend:

Throughout the weekend, professionals have the opportunity to attend a variety of luncheons, seminars and workshops to improve their skills. Various romance novel authors are available at the conference for book signings and photographs. The RWA Annual Conference has a laid-back vibe that is perfect for attendees who want to reconnect and simply enjoy each other’s company.

Special Events at the RWA Annual Conference 2012:

The “Romance of the Cocktail” workshop is sure to be one of the most popular seminars of the weekend. The “Romance of the Cocktail” workshop gives attendees the chance to learn about the romance stories surrounding cocktails. One will learn the recipes for making everything from a classic martini to a vodka cranberry drink.

Buying Tickets Ahead of Time:

Those who want to ensure they have tickets to the event can purchase tickets ahead of time through an online payment system. Attendees can use credit cards with the lowest interest rates to ensure they pay a reduced cost to be able to attend this spectacular event. An attendee may want to find the best credit card program to ensure that he or she receives rewards back after paying for a plane ticket, lodging and other expenses for the weekend. The events will be held at the Anaheim Marriot hotel, and people who are planning on attending the conference are able to receive discounted rates on rooms.

Scheduling Appointments:

Authors will find that attending the RWA Conference can be a very valuable experience in advancing their careers. Authors will be able to meet with editors to discuss book proposals and will also be able to share their work with editors. Editors may be able to read through scripts and offer advice for authors. Authors can benefit from the exposure that their latest novels will gain at the RWA Conference. Even though it might be expensive for authors to attend the RWA Conference, it can be worthwhile for them in the long run to attend and build a professional network.

Save the Date:

Romance Writers of America®
32nd Annual Conference
Anaheim Marriott®
Anaheim, California
July 25-28, 2012

What are you most looking forward to doing?

Photo Credits: A writer afoot

Blog and Reading Resolutions for the New Year

Happy New Year everybody!

I hope your 2011 was great and that your 2012 is even better!

Last year I challenged myself to read 150 books and I did it! I actually read 155, 5 over my goal! This year I’ve asked myself to meet that goal again and here’s my widget to watch my progress:

2012 Reading Challenge

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How many books will you challenge yourself to read this year? Did you complete your goal in 2011?

BLOG STATS FOR 2011:

Blog Resolution: Reach 400K Unique Pageviews in 2012.

Top 5 Countries to View LRP in 2011:

Waves! Thank you so much for making LRP international!

Top Viewed Pages in 2011:

Some of these are not surprising! I believe Harry Potter has been number 1 for a long time. That post really resonates or strikes a nerve with people.

Blog Resolution: Post something that beats the Harry Potter post in views in 2012.

BIGGER AND BETTER!

I want 2012 to be bigger and better for you the reader so I’m turning this post over to you. Tell me what you want to see more of or less of. Is there a feature idea you’d like to see? Certain authors you want us to interview? Books we got to review? A regular movie review during the week? Should it be only current movies in theaters? Do you want more cover model posts? In short, what would make this blog more fun and fab for you?

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