It's September and time for new fall programming. There are several adaptations
this fall and one of my favorites is L.J. Smith's SECRET CIRCLE (The CW,
Sept. 15). The books are about a young girl who becomes part of a coven of
witches. I've only seen the pilot, but I can tell you that the show varies from
the book in a big way. Kevin Williamson, who adapted VAMPIRE DIARIES, is also
doing this one. He stays true to the idea of the witches, but makes some
necessary changes to help with the pacing of the show. That said, if you're a
fan of the books, you will like the show.
There are two fairy tale adaptations coming later in the fall, Once Upon a
Time (Oct. 23, ABC) and Grimm (Oct. 21 NBC). The two dramas couldn't
be more different. Grimm is about a police detective who begins to see
strange things around him. Itís part procedural, part paranormal and a lot of
fun. The same can be said of Once Upon a Time. The show begins in a
fairy tale world and goes back and forth between our world and the one where
all your favorite fairy tale characters are real. I liked both of these pilots
and Iím curious to see where they go next.
I have a ton of books to tell you about for September, so let's get going:
"I've taken up kayaking this summer and I'm out on the water every
chance I get," says author Eve Silver. "On calm days, the water's like a
mirror, reflecting the blue of the cloudless sky. I'm out there with the quiet,
the calm, and my thoughts. I love those moments. They're like little presents I
can unwrap bit by bit. Lokan Krayl, the hero of my September release, BODY OF SIN, knows a bit
about the quiet, but I suspect he doesn't feel as I do about those moments when
he's alone with nothing but his thoughts. Because back when I started the
Otherkin/Sins series, Lokan was betrayed, murdered, his soul condemned
to a vast nothingness where he was trapped with only his thoughts and, at
times, not even those. Lokan was lost to the world, and sometimes lost to
himself. The first three books in the series were all about his brothers,
Dagan, Alastor and Mal, united in their desire to bring Lokan back. And now
he's back in BODY OF
SIN...with a vengeance."
Shana Galen's book LORD AND LADY SPY was
inspired by a movie. "I got the idea when I was watching Mr. and Mrs.
Smith on cable a few years ago. I was so intrigued by the idea of a married
couple who knew virtually nothing about one another. I started thinking, what
if Mr. and Mrs. Smith were Lord and Lady Smythe. And what if the year wasn't
2005, but 1815? And that's how Adrian and Sophia's story began!"
When researching a book one never knows what she might
discover. That's what Jenny Brown says about her new book STAR CROSSED
SEDUCTION. "While researching the lives of soldiers in the English army
stationed in India during the Regency period," Brown says, "I learned that they
were still expected to wear wool uniforms despite the heat. So according to one
book on the history of the British soldier in India, to keep cool they would
line their uniforms with fresh cabbage leaves. Fortunately for me, by the time,
we meet the hero of STAR
CROSSED SEDUCTION, he has just returned to England on leave and has no need
of vegetable undergarments. He's freezing in London's most untropical climate,
even in his heavy wool uniform --which, cruel author that I am, I make him take
off, piece by piece, very slowly, later on in the book."
Author Christie Craig's new book has been
getting a great deal of publicity because the title, DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS is
also used by the state of Texas. But that doesn't keep the book from being one
heck of a fun read. Craig says she puts animals in books "because they humanize
us. A man can be downright unlovable but have him love a puppy or a kitten and
suddenly he's a hero. Dallas O'Connor is dead set against falling in love after
getting burned by his ex when he and his PI partners were wrongly convicted of
murder. But helping wrongly accused Nikki Hunt may lead to a change of heart.
Especially, if Dallas' dog, Bud, short for Budweiser, has his way."
"Our novella, THE UNQUIET is filled with other-worldly tales by J D
Robb, Mary Blayney, Patricia Gaffney, Mary Kay McComas, and myself," says Ruth Ryan Langan. Since we're all good friends, it's just fun to
write one of these novellas each year for our publisher, Jove, and to see their
always-fascinating cover concept. This year's cover is no exception. With
blood red letters on a gray brick background, it lets the readers know that
they're in for a startling, thrilling, amazing ride."
Speaking of scary fun, Janis Susan May's new horror novella, LURE OF THE MUMMY is
out. "It takes place in my beloved Cairo and concerns a man who acquires a
votive cat mummy sacred to Sekhmet, the lion-headed goddess," May says. "I got
the idea for the story during my trip to Egypt last year, when I actually was
offered a votive cat mummy by a street hawker. It looked authentic, but there
are a lot of good fakes. Plus, I think it's illegal to buy a real mummy, and
then there's the problem of how on earth do you get it home. I still think
about it, though, because it would make such a great companion piece to the
skull on my desk."
A trip to a London museum helped to inspire some scenes in Caroline Linden's book
ONE NIGHT IN LONDON.
She was on a family vacation and was trying to keep her children
entertained. "When we got home from London," she says, "I still had a few
chapters of my book to finish up, including a lighter scene where the hero and
heroine go out and have fun together--and luckily, there was already an art-
related subplot. I looked up an art collection they could have seen, found
images of paintings that belonged to the collection during the story's time
period, and made up slightly snarky new titles for some of them. My proper hero
was shocked, and then amused, by the heroine's irreverence, and it turned into
one of my favorite scenes in the book."
More books for you to check out in September include Cindy Kirk's IF THE RING FITS, STAND IN MOM from Megan Kelly, SINS OF THE ANGELS: Book
One of the Grigori Legacy by Linda Poitevin and THE WOUNDED HEART by Adina Senft. The lovely
Jenny Gardiner has a
story in the upcoming dog anthology, I'M NOT THE BIGGEST BITCH IN THIS RELATIONSHIP, and part of the
proceeds go to the Humane Society of the United States.
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