2014 Hugo Award Winners announced

YAY!!  Congrats to all those recognized with a Hugo Award this year!!  

Source - The Hugo Awards website

2014 Hugo Award Winners

The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, has announced the 2014 Hugo Award winners. 3587 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.
Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
“Equoid” by Charles Stross (Tor.com, 09-2013)
“The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (maryrobinettekowal.com /
Tor.com, 09-2013)
“The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu (Tor.com, 02-2013)
“We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative” by Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink)
“Time” by Randall Munroe (xkcd)
Gravity written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón, directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Esperanto Filmoj; Heyday Films;Warner Bros.)
Game of Thrones “The Rains of Castamere” written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter (HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
Ellen Datlow
Ginjer Buchanan
Julie Dillon
Lightspeed Magazine edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
A Dribble of Ink edited by Aidan Moher
SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester
Kameron Hurley
Sarah Webb
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
Sofia Samatar

Heads up y'all!  Just got this in a newsletter from Harpers...holy smokes, I couldn't be more excited!  Can't wait to read this one and tell y'all about it!!  Sounds just fab-u-lous!

New Nonfiction: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy – Karen Abbot

When Sin in the Second City was published in 2007, USA Today called Abbott a pioneer of “sizzle history”. That was enough to make me pick up the manuscript of her latest book, which brings to life the lives of four women who defied convention to play significant roles in the Civil War. The history is well drawn and well researched, the writing is energetic, suspenseful and cinematic. Yep… there’s sizzle here.
By looking at the roles women and civilians in the war, we get an interesting glimpse of the social history of the period as well. PW did an interview with Abbott and her response to the question “What surprised you the most in your research?” points to that:
I had no idea that women disguised themselves as men and enlisted in the army. What I found really fascinating was how they got away with it. It was not only that all the soldiers went to bed fully dressed, so it wasn’t odd that the woman wasn’t stripping down to her linens, but it was that fact that no one knew what a woman would look like wearing pants. They were just so used to seeing women in crinolines and bonnets and these big flowing dresses that the idea that a woman would actually put pants on was so unfathomable that they just had no idea—and that’s how they got away with it.”
The book arrives with a starred advance review and strong endorsements from some major popular historians.
In this gripping book, Abbott tells the moving and fascinating story of four women who played unconventional roles during the Civil War….Meticulously researched and fluidly written, this book draws the reader in and doesn’t let go until the four heroines draw their final breaths. Abbott provides an alternate view of this tumultuous time in history by featuring previously untold stories of the impact women and civilians had on the war effort, and she brings these individuals fully to life, with their passion for their causes, personal flaws… and heartbreak…. In the end, Abbott tells a remarkable story of passion, strength, and resilience.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“With this book, Karen Abbott declares herself the John le Carré of Civil War espionage–with the added benefit that the saga she tells is all true and beautifully researched.”
— Erik Larson
“Karen Abbott’s powerful narrative is first rate American history about a fascinating, little-known chapter of the Civil War, as well as a compulsive, thrilling saga of espionage. Brilliant storytelling, highly accessible, and impossible to put down.”
— Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove
“Abbott…[reveals] in such vivid detail the extraordinary lives of women who involved themselves so dangerously in the Civil War. This is that rare work of history that reads like a novel — and a really good one at that — and in which the truth is more thrilling than fiction. ”
— Michael Korda
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War (9780062092892) by Karen Abbott. $27.99 hardcover. 9/2/14 on sale.

Louis Zamperini dies at 97.

Louis Zamperini dies at 97.

I'm so sad, over the holiday weekend, one of my heroes died.

Mr. Zamperini, in his bomber jacket 
Sally Peterson for The Wall Street Journal

Yes, Louis Zamperini has died at 97, his family said he'd had pneumonia. I first learned about this amazing man when I read Laura Hillenbrand's biography of Louis, UNBROKEN, in 2010. It was the hardest book to read that I've ever seen. Why? Because of its beauty in recording and reporting Louis Zamperini's will to survive and to live  life to its fullest measure, in spite of and because of the horrendous, degrading and unspeakable tortures this man suffered because he was an American prisoner of war in Japan during WWII.  Laura Hillenbrand wrote a beautifully honest book about one man's struggles to overcome and to survive.

Thank you Louis, for living life,  for reclaiming your life and for being such an inspiration to us all.

Here's my original review of UNBROKEN, the book about Louis Zamperini here and I've pasted it in below.  This was written in December, 2010.

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

By Laura Hillenbrand

On June 23, 1943 three American soldiers had been drifting in the Pacific Ocean for twenty seven days. The rafts were deteriorating, their bodies were covered in salt sores, and they didn’t know it at the time, but there would be another twenty days of drifting ahead for them. Only two of the three would survive.  One of them was former Olympic runner Louis Zamperini whose life would never be the same. 

Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken is an amazing study in resilience, defiance and strength that takes you on the journey of one man’s lifetime. Zamperini was an incorrigible child, a natural runner, and a man who would not be broken. He survived unspeakable torture and deprivation at the hands of his Japanese captors only to find himself being tortured by his memories after returning home at the end of the war.

Being over taken with the reoccurring tortures that resided in his mind, Zamperini turned to alcohol. He reclaimed his life after hearing an inspiring speaker in a tent on a street corner in Los Angeles. That speaker was Billy Graham.  Graham taught him about total forgiveness. It was then and there that Louie was able to release the hatred and take hold of his own life and destiny.

Laura Hillenbrand, author of Seabiscuit, brought the story of depression era wonder horse to us all. Now she brings us the story of Louis Zamperini, who as of this writing is ninety-three years old and residing in Los Angeles.  Hillenbrand said that she came across an article about Louis Zamperini while doing research for Seabiscuit and set it aside.  I’m glad she went back to Zamperini’s story. In one of her countless interviews with Mr. Zamperini spanning seven years, he assured Hillenbrand that “I’ll be an easier subject than Seabiscuit, because I can talk.”   Although Unbroken is over 450 pages in length, but there’s never a dull or lagging moment, just the opposite. The story flows quickly and the suspense keeps you turning the pages. 

Zamperini’s struggle to reclaim his life is beautifully told by Hillenbrand. In Unbroken, Hillenbrand captures the spark of a man determined to survive what he had to and to come out the winner he’d always been.

Wall Street Journal photo found here.

You can read the NY TIMES article about Louis Zamperini here.

YOURS FOR ETERNITY by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis

In stores now!

Yours for Eternity
Damien Echols 
Lorri Davis

From one of the greatest legal injustices of our time sprang one of the most unlikely—and unforgettable—love stories. Damien Echols was just eighteen years old when he was condemned to death for a crime he didn’t commit. His case—that of the infamous “West Memphis Three”—gained notoriety after a documentary,Paradise Lost, exposed the biased nature of the trial and Echols as the precocious, charming—and tragic—figure at its center. Lorri Davis was a landscape architect living in New York City when she surreptitiously wandered into a showing of the film, and she left forever changed. She, too, was from the South, accustomed to being the outsider in a small town. She saw much of herself in Echols, understood how he could easily have been swept up in a witch hunt, and she couldn’t get him out of her head. So she wrote him a letter—and when it arrived in Echols’s penitentiary cell in April 1996, hers were some of the first kind words of support he heard.

Over the course of a remarkable sixteen-year correspondence, Echols and Davis grew to know each other, fall in love, and marry—all without ever being able to touch each other freely or be alone together. In Yours for Eternity, their extraordinary letters provide a singular portrait of their marriage, from the first, heady days of discovery to the final, painful months before Echols’s release. Through postscripts and footnotes, Echols and Davis describe how they overcame the enormous challenges and heartbreaks throughout the years—personal setbacks, legal complications, and much more. Yours for Eternity reveals a relationship unfolding in the most exceptional of circumstances. Powerful and incredibly intimate, it is a modern-day love story for the ages.

Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched

Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched - a novel

by Kim Barnouin

Hardcover320 pages, 

Published May 2014 by Gallery Books 
Available in various e-reader formats 

Publisher's blurb:
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING VEGAN, SOMETHING BLUE . . .For the second time in just a few short months, Clementine Cooper’s professional reputation hinges on one restaurant review. Clementine’s No Crap Café is poised to score the Holy Grail of publicity—a mention in the New York Times Sunday travel section—if Clem’s veggietastic lasagna can bowl over the food critic.
Clem has no time for distractions. Or surprises. But when her meat-eating millionaire boyfriend Zach Jeffries shocks her with a sweet and romantic marriage proposal, of course she says yes! Now she has to plan the most important menu of her life while fending off her domineering future mother-in-law’s extravagant plans for the wedding.
As if there wasn’t enough on her plate, Clem decides to open a second restaurant on her parents’ farm—Clem’s No Crap Outpost— against Zach’s advice. Just when she needs his support the most, Zach grows distant. The only person who really seems to understand is Clem’s friend and biggest competition, the cute vegan chef Alexander Orr. Putting out fires in the kitchen is easy—but in her relationship? Suddenly, her time with Alexander feels . . . hotter . . . than usual, and Clem starts to wonder if the charming carnivore she’s engaged to is really the man she should spend her life with.

My thoughts?  Well, they're up next! 

Hilary Mantel's WOLF HALL has begun filming!

According to  The Guardian :

"The British actor Damian Lewis has been cast as Henry VIII in the BBC's upcoming adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, starring opposite Mark Rylance as the machiavellian Thomas Cromwell.

Lewis, 43, joins a star-studded cast that includes Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss as Stephen Gardiner – Henry VIII's loyal civil servant – Anton Lesser as Thomas More, and Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Wolsey.

Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies trace the meteoric rise of Cromwell from the lowly son of a blacksmith to a ruthless political leader. The BBC has recruited Peter Straughan, who was nominated for an Oscar for the Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy screenplay, to write the ambitious script.

The first two of Henry VIII's six wives also take centre stage in the adaptation, with Anne Boleyn played by the Little Dorrit star Claire Foy, and the ousted Catherine of Aragon being played by Joanne Whalley.

The much anticipated six-part mini series, to be aired on BBC2 next year, has begun filming in both Bristol and the Wiltshire National Trust properties of Great Chalfield Manor and Lacock Abbey.

Famed Shakespearian actor Rylance said: "I love it when an author, such as Hilary Mantel, does her research and discovers an original understanding of a very familiar piece of history. Even during our rehearsals her detailed imagination of the world of Thomas Cromwell is alive in Peter Straughan's ingenious and faithful adaptation." "

The complete article  can here read here:  http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/may/08/damian-lewis-henry-viii-bbc-mantel-wolf-hall-bring-up-bodies

Cover art copyright Picador Publishers

And the Edgar Award for "Best Novel" went to...

...Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger 

(Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)

Congrats to all of the nominees and winners!  

All of this is from TheEdgars.com, the official site for the Edgar® Awards 

For complete  information on this year's winners and nominees please visit:

The Edgar® Winners and Nominees    

Best Novel

Sandrine's Case by Thomas H. Cook (Grove Atlantic – The Mysterious Press)
The Humans by Matt Haig (Simon & Schuster)
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Simon & Schuster – Atria Books)
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (Minotaur Books)
Standing in Another Man's Grave by Ian Rankin (Hachette Book Group – Reagan Arthur Books)
Until She Comes Home by Lori Roy (Penguin Group USA – Dutton Books)

GRAVITY the book, GRAVITY the movie, Tess Gerritsen and Warner Bros.

Tess Gerritsen, author of the book GRAVITY, claims the Warner Brothers movie GRAVITY was based on her book.


Below are some interesting bits from the  DEADLINE.COM  article, please be sure to follow the link below for the full article and all updates.

Click here for the entire DEADLINE.COM article and all updates.

Turns out Tess Gerritsen has strongly believed for a few months that her 1999 Gravity novel and the 2013 Alfonso Cuaron-directed film of the same name might have a lot more in common than she first assumed. Shifting from her previous stance that all the two shared was a title, the best selling author yesterday sued Warner Bros for more than $10 million and breach of contract overthe Gravity movie. Here’s perhaps why. “In February 2014, Ms. Gerritsen received startling new information from a reliable source,” said a statement posted on the author’s blog late last night. “She was told that at least one individual who was key to the development of the film Gravity had also been connected to her project while it was in development, and would have been familiar with her novel.” No names are given nor what the individual in question’s role was.In yesterday’s filing in federal court, Gerritsen, upon whose books TNT‘s flagship drama series Rizzoli & Isles is based, never provided a true smoking gun as to how her novel about a female astronaut trapped in space ended up as a 2013 movie with a similar main character with seemingly nothing to do with her. The hugely successful writer did claim in her court filing that recently she was “informed and believes, and on that basis alleges, that writer/director Alfonso Cuaron was attached to the Gerritsen Gravity Project and worked on developing the Book into a Picture.” New Line purchased the movie rights to Gerritsen’s Gravity novel for $1 million 15 years ago and was working to make it into a film for several years. The complaint goes on to say about Cuaron’s supposed participation that “Gerritsen was not told of this attachment at the time.” So, the question is now is it Cuaron being referred to in the blog post or someone else?

COLD SHOT by Mark Henshaw

Reading this one now!  ANOTHER thrilling tale from Mark Henshaw,  author of RED CELL.

Coming in May, 2014

Cold Shot

A Novel

This ingenious thriller follows two CIA analysts on the hunt for a dangerous Iranian nuclear scientist hell-bent on building a bomb right on America’s doorstep.

The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Questions immediately arise: Who is this man, and which ship did he come from? Who tortured him? Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke have traced the dead man back to an Iranian ship currently bound for Venezuela—and the ship appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board.

The Iranians’ plan quickly becomes clear—they’re building a nuclear bomb in politically unstable Venezuela, away from the UN’s prying eyes. Stryker and Burke must tread carefully, though, because diplomacy in Venezuela is tricky at best. A civil war is at stake if word gets out. Can they stop the Iranians before it’s too late?

From current CIA analyst and Red Cell think tank veteran Mark Henshaw, Cold Shot is a fascinating, thrilling, and richly detailed journey into the intelligence world that only a true insider could create.

- See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Cold-Shot/Mark-Henshaw/9781476745572#sthash.lzQLMj0i.dpuf

Inherit The Dead: A Novel


Touchstone Hardcover / Simon & Schuster
On sale: NOW

Price $25.99

Various formats at various prices

Blurb from the publisher:  


More than twenty New York Times bestselling authors team up to create a first-rate serial novel—a collaboration among some of the most popular mystery and thriller writers in the English-speaking world today, producing a “well-told mystery that stands on its own two (or 40) feet” (Booklist).

Readers will enjoy an introduction by Lee Child, an afterword by Linda Fairstein, and chapters by bestselling authors Mary Higgins Clark, John Connolly, Charlaine Harris, CJ Box, Mark Billingham, Lawrence Block, Ken Bruen, Alafair Burke, Stephen L. Carter, Marcia Clark, Max Allan Collins, James Grady, Heather Graham, Bryan Gruley, Val McDermid, SJ Rozan, Jonathan Santlofer, Dana Stabenow, Lisa Unger, and Sarah Weinman. What’s more, the editor, Jonathan Santlofer, has arranged to donate any royalties in excess of editor and contributor compensation to Safe Horizon, the leading victim assistance agency in the country—making it a worthy and winning triumph.

Pericles “Perry” Christo is a PI with a past—a former cop, who lost his badge and his family when a corruption scandal left him broke and disgraced. When wealthy Upper East Side matron Julia Drusilla summons him one cold February night, he grabs what seems to be a straightforward (and lucrative) case.

The socialite is looking for her beautiful, aimless daughter, Angelina, who is about to become a very wealthy young woman. But as Christo digs deeper, he discovers there’s much more to the lovely “Angel” than meets the eye. Her father, her best friend, her boy­friends all have agendas of their own. Angel, he soon realizes, may be in grave danger…and if Christo gets too close, he just might get caught in the crossfire.

This classic noir tale twists and turns down New York’s mean streets and along Hamptons’ beaches and back roads during a bitterly cold and gray winter where nothing is as it seems and everyone has something to hide.


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