Finally! Author George R.R. Martin Releases A New Chapter From Upcoming Book “Winds Of Winter”

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(PCM) Fans of “A Song of Fire and Ice” are extremely happy today, as author George R.R. Martin has released a chapter from his highly anticipated sixth novel “Winds Of Winter”.

As you know, the hit HBO series “Game Of Thrones” is based-upon Martin’s “A Song of Fire and Ice” book series and fans have been anxiously awaiting Martin’s new novel since “A Dance with Dragons” was released back in 2011.

Martin released the chapter on his website, however it is chock full of spoilers, so if you are not caught up on “Game of Thrones” you might want to skip reading it for the time being. The chapter is told from the perspective of a much more matured Sansa Stark.

The release of the new book chapter comes just days after Martin revealed that he would not be writing any episodes for “Game Of Thrones” season six, so that he focus would remain primarily on finishing up “Winds Of Winter”. Martin is hoping to have the novel completed by early 2016.

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Newly Discovered Dr. Seuss Book Is On The Way

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(PCM) Author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, may have passed away 20 years ago, however after a newly discovered illustrated manuscript a new book will soon be on the way.

Random House Children’s Books has made the announcement that they plan to publish the new manuscript titled “What Pet Should I Get?” on July 28th.

It is said that the manuscript was mostly like created between the years of 1958 and 1962 and features the same brother and sister that were featured in the Dr. Seuss classic book “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”.

There could also potentially be even more Dr. Seuss books on the way, as there were also additional ideas and manuscript discovered in his La Jolla, California home by his widow and secretary after his death back in 1991.

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Valuable Love Lessons this Valentine’s Day from a Little Golden Book

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(PCM) With hearts and flowers flowing this Valentine’s Day, it is the perfect time to apply some child-hood lessons to understand the ins and outs of love.

Since most everyone is familiar with Little Golden Books from their childhood, with the iconic shiny book spines, that were first introduced in 1942, this is a true classic treat.

These books, according to the long-time editor of the series, Diane Muldrew, have covered most, if not all of the life situations that we face. Muldrew, an editor, writer, and collector of antique books, has translated those lessons, complete with the lovely classic illustrations, into a series of charming books for adults and children.

Her latest in the series is, “Everything I Need to Know About Love I learned from A Little Golden Book,” [Random House.com/kids $9.99.]

The new book looks like a Little Golden Book, complete with colorful illustrations, and is a celebration of books that revolutionized the children’s book publishing industry some 73 years ago by making high-quality picture books available at affordable prices.

In the pages of this book we are taught: “Remember that everyone feels lonely now and then. Don’t be discouraged. New friends may be just around the corner.”

Q: What a charming and adorable book. Did you have much encouragement when you were writing it?

DIANE MULDREW: I had two books out in the series already in the Everything I Need to Know series and I fell in love while I was writing it, so I would say that’s encouragement.

Q: How did you and Little Golden Books evolve together?

DM: I read these as a child and I read a lot of them. Now I am the editor, which gave me the idea of the Everything I Need to Know series. This is aimed at baby boomers who grew up with these books and I write them as fun guides to life. I focus on the artwork people remember the most from The Pokey Little Puppy and other titles.

Q: What has the reaction been for these books?

DM: Overwhelmingly positive. The first Everything I Need to Know Book was a best seller in independent book stores, so that was pretty good feedback.

Q: When you go to a book event, what are people/fans saying about the book?

DM: The fans love all of the books. They tell me that they remember the art work that I have chosen from all of the old Little Golden Books and they appreciate the messages about living life in a simple way – and being open to friendship, life and love.

Q: Why is this a good time for an optimistic book about love?

DM: I would say that love is the ultimate optimism. Love is a choice. Love is about life and being open to life. There are so many forms of love – there is the love for your puppy, friendship, family love and romantic love. We learn about love from the time that we are children and how to bond with friends. So we have the cute little puppy waiting for his master, fairy tale love and obviously this is about romantic love.

Q: Would you call yourself a romantic?

DM: Absolutely, I would say that I am.

Q: Tell me about the timing for the series of Everything Books.

DM: The time was right for the series. I wrote first book “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From A Little Golden Book” in 2010, a few years after the big fiscal meltdown, when there was a lot of soul searching going on. I am the editor of the Little Golden Books and I feel that in their way they have always had wonderful little message and great morals to impart to the children. This lighthearted guide to life is reminding us of the messages we learned from the 50s. Every topic is relevant. Little Golden Books is the place where we first learned about family life.

Q: Tell me a little history about Little Golden Books.

DM: They have been published since 1942 and they were designed to be affordable and sold in places where families go every day such as supermarkets. We know that there is 100 percent consumer recognition.

Q: Talk about process of writing one of the Everything books.

DM: Once I decide on a theme I have an unusual way of working. The books are so visual and I have all of the Little Golden Books in my office. So I leaf through the books and get ideas. There are lines forming in my head or sometimes a picture will give me an idea and I will have to find the line for it. I enjoy the process a great deal.

Q: What did you personally learn about love while writing this book?

DM: Love is all always around us and we need to appreciate our friendships and be open to love, Even after a loss you need to be open to life. I wrote this book because so many people at this time in their lives know about heart break and loss, so this is encouraging them to be willing to start over again and to notice the possibilities that are around the corner. I had dealt with loss and fell in love while writing this book. It happened to me, so you just never know what’s out there; around the corner. You have to see what tomorrow brings.

Q: Have you ever sat with young children while the boys and girls were reading a Little Golden Book or the Everything books?

DM: I have spoken to a lot of people who buy the Everything books and share them with their children. A lot of my friends share my books with their children. I know they are family books.

Q: What’s next for you?

DM: I am writing “Everything I Need to Know I learned from a Disney Golden Book,” which is due out in August of this year. It is about capturing magic in your life. I am also working on “Everything I Need to Know About Family I learned from a Golden Book,” that comes out in January 2016. It celebrates the ins and outs of family life.

Q: Why do these books appeal to so many people?

DM: I think it’s because the series still has valuable life lessons. These are truly classics and the values don’t really change that much. People still have parents, friendships, and pets. We all go through that first day of school, the first birthday and other milestones. Families have changed a great deal, but the Little Golden Books have endured. I would say that the series does well because even through our culture goes through seismic changes – the way people feel does not change that much.

Q: Are you still producing new titles of Little Golden Books?

DM: Yes, we re-issue a few older ones every year and I publish a few new ones every years. Each year we put out 10-15 titles and they are combination of re-issues and new stories.

Q: As a teen-age girl and young woman what was your dream career?

DM: I wanted to be a writer and I’ve gotten to live that dream through Little Golden Books.

Q: Does the dream resemble the reality?

DM: Yes, the reality is not that different from the dream. I write books for children and adults on the side. I have learned that writing is not easy, it requires a lot of work and it can be lonely work – but that’s something that goes with the territory.

Q: What do you read for pleasure?

DM: More non-fiction than fiction. I truly have eclectic taste in books. I also love to buy and collect antique books that I find in little stores. I collect etiquette books and antique cook books.

Q: Who are two of your favorite authors?

DM: Flannery O’Conner and Mark Twain.

Q: How do you feel about how people are embracing your book, “Everything I need to Know About Love?”

DM: It’s wonderful to know people respond and understand what I are talking about and that people are having fun with them. People buy more than one copy and give them as gifts to friends and family members. It’s a nice feeling for me to know that people are sharing them with the important people in their lives.

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Past Bachelor Winner Courtney Robertson Dishes To Us About Her Tell-All-Book, The New Season Of “The Bachelor” And More!

IDidntComeHerePBc(PCM) You may remember model Courtney Robertson as the woman who won Ben Flajnik’s season of “The Bachelor” and was ultimately labeled the biggest villain in “The Bachelor” history, however with the release of her New York Times best-selling book “I Didn’t Come Here To Make Friends” she finally has the opportunity to share her side of the story.

After her season of “The Bachelor” aired Robertson was skewered in the media without really getting much opportunity to defend herself or her “actions” during the season. Her book shares a ton of insight into what truly goes on behind-the-scenes of one of America’s favorite guilty pleasure reality shows and reveals an intimate look into her life and mindset throughout the entire ordeal.

I recently had a chance to catch up with Robertson to chat about the book, her thoughts on the current season of “The Bachelor”, upcoming projects and so much more!

The book was an absolutely delicious read and I was absolutely thrilled to finally learn more about Robertson’s side of the story. I asked her about how therapeutic the writing process was with finally being to share her side of the ordeal.  Robertson responded “Thank you! It was honestly very, very therapeutic. It was very cathartic. I had good days and bad days while writing it because it’s like you are reliving the past every day. When I go through break-up’s it’s like out of sight/out of mind and I put everything in a box.With the book, I really had to take a hard look at myself and everything that wasn’t resolved.”

I revealed to Robertson that I speak with a lot of artists on the site and they have mentioned for example, when they write a song and they are in a certain mind frame, performing can be like reliving that moment time and time again. I am sure that bringing up a lot of memories for Robertson to put together the book was pretty hurtful at times.

She tells me “Yeah, it definitely was. I remember there were one or two days when I was working with my friend on it and I was like ‘I’m just going to call it a day’ because the material was getting heavy and I was like ‘I can’t wait to get this all done’. Even reading it again, it is such a long process to write a book … reading it cover to cover was like going through it and wanting to be happy with every word and every page and it is reliving it again.”

When “I Didn’t Come Here To Make Friends” was released it made it to the top of the New York Times best-sellers list, so I was curious to know if Robertson was surprised by the reaction to her book. She tells me ” You know, I was a little surprised. Obviously, I was hopeful for that, so when I got the news I was just ecstatic. It was just a painful journey and process so for me it was the most positive thing to come from the whole experience.”

When asked if there was anything she was surprised to learn about herself during her time on “The Bachelor” or during the process of writing the book, Robertson reveals “Oh, yes definitely. When I went on the show I was 28 and now I am 31 and I think with writing the book I really learned a lot about myself and patterns and relationships and break-ups, so especially in that sense. Looking back, if I did the show again I would do it totally differently, but that’s not how life works”, she says with a laugh.

I mentioned to Robertson that her and I are around the same age and I could never imagine having a lot of the personal details of my life out in the public domain, so I imagine that has to be very difficult for her.  She comments ” Yes, definitely it was hard. I went on the show and I really didn’t think it through and I didn’t picture that negativity would come from it. People had a certain idea about me and that is why I really wanted to write my book. I didn’t even do interviews after my season finished airing, so people really didn’t get to see me unedited. Writing the book really helped with that! 

It was hard and I still deal with it, I mean, I’ll be out in public and mostly everyone is so nice but occasionally you’ll see someone staring at you hatefully, and not everyone is going to like you.” Laughingly she adds, “Sometimes I just want to be like ‘Sorry’!’ It’s all positive now so that feels really good”.

When discussing what is probably the most misunderstood thing about her, Robertson says “You know when I was joking and saying “winning” on the show all the time, I didn’t feel like it was a competition and I wanted to “win” this person, I actually really was falling for him and I kind of made some bad jokes. It wasn’t about winning the show. I had never really watched full seasons of the show, but I think if I would have I would have been more careful in the interviews.”

In Robertson’s defense “Winning” was definitely the catch-phrase at the time when actor Charlie Sheen was having his infamous meltdowns. She adds “Yeah, it was right after all that Sheen stuff came out, so it wasn’t about “winning” Ben. I was really ready for marriage and thought that he could be the one and we fell for each other so there were real feelings involved.”

When discussing the current season of “The Bachelor” which is airing now, Robertson says “There are a lot of sob stories this season. Especially with that girl Kelsey and the dead husband story. These girls are just going straight for it and the one thing I would say is just watch the alcohol intake. I always tell people that, I mean the days are so long, you are filming pretty much all day and sometimes you don’t have time to eat. Then there is alcohol and that can be a little bit of liquid courage, so you definitely want to make sure you are eating before you drink.”

Robertson goes on to say “When I watched my season for the first time when I wrote the book, there’s a couple of interviews where I’m like ‘opps, Courtney, you look a little tipsy’! I think with this season they are all pretty good girls and he has a really good selection. It is getting to the point now where you can see the stand-out contestants.”

I told Robertson that while reading the book I was thrilled to learn about what goes on behind-the scenes and I don’t think viewers realize just how lonely it can get for these girls. Robertson comments “Yeah, I don’t think you realize how long it actually takes. I was gone for 2 and half months and the only time I got to talk to my family is when I was home for the hometowns and everything that we talked about was on-camera, and that was the hardest part of the whole experience for me. I remember thinking ‘oh, I wonder what is going on in the world and not even knowing what was going on in the news because you can’t watch TV.”

She laughing adds, “After the show I having lunch with one of the producers I was friends with and I remember asking her if it was okay to use the bathroom and she was like ‘Courtney, you don’t have to ask permission anymore! I took me a week or so to realize that I had my freedom back and it was amazing”.

When asked if there was point in time where she regretted being on the show, Robertson responds “Definitely. I think after Ben and I broke up and we suffered a nasty public break-up and I moved on pretty quickly. I think if it would have worked out I wouldn’t have had that feeling, but then it started to go away and it was like the typical break-up. First I was sad and then I was mad and regretting it, but in the end I learned a lot from that situation and I try to focus on the positive. I always tell people that if I had to do it over again, of course I wouldn’t do it, knowing what I know now. You live and you learn.”

I also asked Robertson if she felt that the way the tabloids ran with their break-up story possibly made things worse for them or if it even would have played out the same way. She responds “It was not intentional for me to move on so quickly, I mean, I started dating Ari and that’s I was in the past, if I broke-up with someone, I began dating someone else and I truly didn’t realize people care so much. One stranger took a photo of us and sold it to TMZ and that’s what made it so nasty. Then Ben came out and said ‘Opps, I dodged a bullet’ and some other really hurtful things and then I reacted so I think if that wouldn’t have happened we probably could have been friends.”

We also spoke about the influence of social media and it’s instant gratification and people get caught doing things, even if they are innocent and things tend to get blown way out of proportion. Robertson comments “You can’t escape anything. For awhile, I was like ‘I just want to have fun, I was with him for eleven months and I ready to move on. I think maybe in a way I knew that I had to completely burn that bridge down so that I wouldn’t cross it again”. 

I was curious if there is a question that she wishes someone would ask that they never have to which Robertson tells me with a laugh “I have been asked pretty much everything. Sometimes I get blindsided with some of the questions because I never did the interviews until I did my book tour and that was something that I had to learn on the fly. I am actually kind of shy, so that’s been really hard for me. I don’t like being on camera and I don’t like seeing myself. 

And I don’t know if I’ve ever told anyone this or not, but I’ve never Googled myself or anything like that so … out of sight/out of mind.”

She goes on to say “I haven’t even read the book reviews on Amazon, but my friends have told me that they are mostly positive and that is what I learned from the whole fiasco, and it is kind of a blessing and curse, because when the show was airing and the media frenzy was happening, I wasn’t reading or watching the season, so in my mind I was like ‘it’s catastrophic and worse that it actually was’ but then I realized it was not that bad.”

These days it always seems like media is ready to move on to the next big thing. Robertson says “It surprising. I don’t get recognized in public anymore, the instant recognition is gone. Once in a while I get ‘oh, hey, I think we’ve met before’ and I kind of play along like, ‘yeah, maybe’, but people will just forget. It’s funny how people just forget about things.”

Robertson also revealed that to this day some journalists still attempt to get a reaction out of her, sometimes without even having read the book. She revealed that during a recent radio press tour, one journalist, who actually had read the book literally called her a butt hole!  Can you imagine a grown woman calling someone a butt hole? The woman claimed that she had read the book when Robertson asked and nastily told her ‘You reap what you sow” …Ouch!

Robertson also tells us that she has been writing a lot and that she is currently at work on  a second book. She says “I am working on getting back to normal life. I’ve been going on some commercial auditions and that’s about it. Dating, nobody seriously right now, and that is going to be part of the next step and the next chapter.”

When asked about the premise for the next book, Robertson tells me “It is still pretty early on, but just basically real life stories and real life stuff picking up where the first book left off.”

I am definitely excited to see what other stories Robertson has to share!  Her first book “I Didn’t Come Here To Make Friends” is available online and at book retailers nationwide. And for the record, we can say she is most definitely not a butt hole!

 

 

 

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Author Harper Lee Set To Publish Her Second Novel

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(PCM) Reclusive, 88-year old author Harper Lee best known for her first and only novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” that was published back in 1960, has announced that she will finally be publishing her second novel later this summer over fifty years later.

The title of the new book will be “Go Set A Watchman” and will be released via her publisher, Harper. It has been reported that the new novel, which was actually completed in the 1950’s, takes place when Scout Finch, the heroine of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, is grown up and looking back on her childhood. It is said to feature many of the same characters and in the book Scout will return from New York to Maycomb, Alabama to visit her father Atticus.

“To Kill A Mockingbird” has remained a staple in pop culture for five decades and even won Lee the Pulitizer Prize for literature when it was released. The novel has sold over 40 million copies across the globe. According to her publisher, the new novel, “Go Set A Watchman” was actually completed prior to the release of “To Kill A Mockingbird”.  Lee was asked by an editor to rework the story for Scout’s perspective and the completed edits became the famous “To Kill A Mockingbird” story.

Lee was under the assumption for many years that the manuscript for “Got Set A Watchman” had either been lost or destroyed until it was recently located by her friend and lawyer Tonja Carter. After it was discovered, Lee shared it with a few close friends and colleagues who determined it worth of publication. Harper plans to produce about 2 million copies of the new book.

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Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Christian Bale to Star in Adam McKay’s ‘The Big Short’

TheBigShort(PCM) An adaptation of Michael Lewis’s non-fiction book about the financial crisis of 2008, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, is currently being developed by Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company, and Pitt plans to star in the film alongside Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale.

Variety broke the casting news, reporting that Adam McKay, writer-director of Step Brothers and Anchorman 2, will pen the screenplay and possibly direct the drama.

Released in 2010, Michael Lewis’s non-fiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine spent 28 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

Stay tuned for more updates on The Big Short and read the book’s official description below!

The #1 New York Times bestseller: a brilliant account—character-rich and darkly humorous—of how the U.S. economy was driven over the cliff.

When the crash of the U. S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine, and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can’t pay their debts. The smart people who understood what was or might be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking.

The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his #1 best-selling Liar’s Poker. Who got it right? he asks. Who saw the real estate market for the black hole it would become, and eventually made billions of dollars from that perception? And what qualities of character made those few persist when their peers and colleagues dismissed them as Chicken Littles? Out of this handful of unlikely—really unlikely—heroes, Lewis fashions a story as compelling and unusual as any of his earlier bestsellers, proving yet again that he is the finest and funniest chronicler of our times.

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