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The Fault in Our Stars Claims No. 1 Spot on the Google Play ‘Books of the Year’ List

Google Play LogoWhat were the most popular books at the Google Play store? According to a post on the Official Android Blog, these bibliophiles “loved reading stories — real and imagined — of love, adventure, and, OK, sometimes lust.” John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars was named number one on the “Books of the Year” list.

Veronica Roth captured two spots; Divergent landed at number three and Insurgent landed at number five. E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey came in second and Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave came in fourth. Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books for your reading pleasure.
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Teaser Trailer Unveiled For ‘Insurgent’

A teaser trailer has been unveiled for the Insurgent movie adaptation. A Facebook announcement has drawn more than 6,800 “likes.” The video embedded above features actress Shailene Woodley reprising her role as Beatrice “Tris” Prior. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the second movie in the Divergent film franchise will hit theaters on March 20, 2015.

NaNoWriMo Tip #2: Get Some Pep

Kami GarciaNeed some pep in your step? Every year, the organizers behind National Novel Writing Month reach out to authors to write “pep talks” so that participants can turn to a source of encouragement as they work on this daunting task.

Some of the writers who have contributed essays this year include Divergent trilogy author Veronica Roth250 Things You Should Know About Writing author Chuck Wendig, and Beautiful Creatures series co-author Kami Garcia (pictured, via). Here’s an excerpt from Garcia’s piece:

“Give your friend Doubt a name, and then block his calls. I’m not a fast writer. I type with three fingers, and there’s a video on YouTube to prove it. The way I finish my novels is one word at a time. Don’t focus on 50,000 words or 30 days. Just write one word at a time, and focus on hitting your word-count goal one day at a time.”

This is our second NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. To help GalleyCat readers take on the challenge of writing a draft for a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, we will be offering advice throughout the entire month.

Opening Round Begins For The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards

goodreads 2014Bibliophiles can make their voices heard on some of their favorite books that were published this year. Opening round has begun for The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards.

Goodreads users can submit their votes in 20 different categories: fiction, mystery & thriller, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, science fiction, horror, humor, nonfiction, memoir & autobiography, history & biography, business books, food & cookbooks, comics & graphic novels, poetry, debut Goodreads author, young adult fiction, young adult fantasy, middle grade & children’s, and picture books. Each category contains 15 nominees. Readers also have the option to write-in votes. Click here to learn about the full details

This initial period will run from November 3rd to 8th. The second period, the semifinal round, will follow from November 10th to 15th. At the end, the final round will last from November 17th to November 24th. The winning titles will be unveiled on December 2nd. Past winners include The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (fiction), Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (mystery & thriller), and Allegiant by Veronica Roth (young adult fantasy).

‘HarperCollins Presents’ Podcast Series Launched

harpercollins1HarperCollins Publishers has launched a new global podcast network called “HarperCollins Presents.”

Here’s more from the press release: “Each week the HarperCollins Presents podcast series will feature an exchange of ideas from leading authors and creatives – from home-grown heroes to global stars. It will take listeners behind the scenes, explaining the mysteries of the creative process and inspiring fans to think differently.”

The podcasts can be downloaded from iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher. Currently, fans can listen to episodes featuring Coraline author Neil Gaiman, Divergent author Veronica Roth, and Rooms author Lauren Oliver. The executives behind this series plans to create new content with filmmaker David Cronenberg, the Kay Scarpetta series author Patricia Cornwell, and the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series author Alexander McCall Smith.

VIDEO: Veronica Roth Shares Details About the Collector’s Edition of ‘Divergent’

HarperCollins will publish a collector’s edition of Divergent on October 21, 2014. In the video embedded above, author Veronica Roth shares details about this book.

Roth reveals that she wrote two essays for this project; one is about an alternate beginning with Tobias “Four” Eaton as the star protagonist and the second focuses on Caleb Prior. Other special features include fan art, an excerpt from the Divergent movie script, and a poster.

HarperCollins to Sell English Language eBooks in China

harpercollinsHarperCollins Publishers will begin selling English language eBook titles in China through a partnership with  with JD.com and China National Publications Import and Export (Group) Corporation (CNPIEC). This is the first time that the publisher has sold eBooks to consumers in China through a local retailer.

At launch, about 800 HarperCollins backlist eBooks will be available through JD.com. This includes: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

“JD.com has been a key partner in selling HarperCollins print books in China for years and we are happy to work with them on our e-book business,” stated Chantal Restivo-Alessi, Chief Digital Officer for HarperCollins Publishers. “By expanding our international e-book distribution we’re opening up a new market for our authors’ works.”

Veronica Roth, Edan Lepucki, & Gayle Forman Debut on the Indie Bestseller List

9780062345219We’ve collected the books debuting on Indiebound’s Indie Bestseller List for the week ending July 13, 2014–a sneak peek at the books everybody will be talking about next month.

(Debuted at #1 in Children’s Fiction Series) Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth: “Readers first encountered Tobias as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias’s life. The first three pieces in this volume—”The Transfer,” “The Initiate,” and “The Son”—follow Tobias’s transfer from Abnegation to Dauntless, his Dauntless initiation, and the first clues that a foul plan is brewing in the leadership of two factions. The fourth story, “The Traitor,” runs parallel with the events of Divergent, giving readers a glimpse into the decisions of loyalty—and love—that Tobias makes in the weeks after he meets Tris Prior.” (July 2014)

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Naomi Watts Joins the ‘Divergent’ Cast

InsurgentAcademy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts has joined the Divergent movie cast.

In the remaining three installments of this film franchise, Watts will play the Factionless group leader Evelyn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, shooting for the Insurgent adaptation has already commenced in Atlanta, GA.

Actors Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, Kate Winslet and Miles Teller have returned to reprise their roles from Divergent. Earlier this year, Lionsgate announced that Oscar winner Octavia Spencer signed on to play Amity faction leader Johanna. Recently, author Veronica Roth sat with Vulture and confirmed that the filmmakers intend to cast an actor to play the character Uriah for Insurgent.

Why Do Authors Put Characters They Love in Difficult Situations?

BEA - Veronica Roth & Alex London (1)More often than not, authors tend to think very highly of the characters they create. Veronica Roth has publicly declared her love for the protagonists of the Divergent series.

During a panel at BookExpo America, Proxy author Alex London asked this question: “Why do you do horrible things to characters you love?” Roth responded that being a writer feels like a very “exaggerated” version of parenthood.

Roth allows Tris and Four to feel great pain because “authors do that to their characters” the same way parents let their offspring fall off a bicycle; it helps them to learn and grow as people. What do you think?

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