Possible Movie Deal for E L James, Author of the Fifty Series?!?

An article is being circulated on twitter that has her fans beside themselves with glee.

Here is the article from Publisher’s Weekly

British Erotica Series Catches Hollywood’s Eye
By Rachel Deahl

One of the things Hollywood scouts are buzzing about coming off the holidays is, surprisingly, an erotica series by a British TV executive which  has garnered strong word-of-mouth via GoodReads and other fan sites. An insider said the series, called Fifty Shades of Grey (which is also the title of the first book), is “being compared to Nine and a Half Weeks” and is making the rounds among producers in Los Angeles. Author E.L. James published the books without an agent through a small former writers community called The Writer’s Coffee Shop, and told PWshe has sold approximately 30,000 copies since releasing the first book in May, 2011.

James is represented by film British film and TV agent Valerie Hoskins and, still, does not have a literary agent. Hoskins confirmed that there is “huge buzz” on the books, largely from American producers and, now, from a few larger American publishers. The books are out in trade paper and e-book, and available through a number of outlets, inclduing the Kindle store. The series, which is set in the U.S., follows a woman named Anastasia Steele, who is studying literature, and who becomes romantically (and sexually) entangled with an entrepreneur named Christian Grey.

The Writer’s Coffee Shop, which was initially founded in 2009 as a community-based literature fan site, established a publishing division in 2010. The publishing division, which releases genre fiction, culls titles from content directly uploaded to its Web site, and lists 11 books in its fall 2011 catalog. When asked why she opted to publish through such a little-known outfit, James said she liked the idea of going small. “I didn’t try any larger, more conventional forms of publishing, preferring to dip my toe first into the publishing world with a small, very supportive publishing house.”

I haven’t seen a response yet from Ms. James or TWCS, so I don’t know if or how much is true but a movie deal is being discussed then my reaction is HELL YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ll let you know if I hear anything else.

Tamie Xo

Review: Ghosts of Our Pasts by Sophia Duane

  A love beyond understanding. A loss unfathomable. A grief unbearable.

He was her anchor. Her hero. And in the blink of an eye he was gone. Emily Martin has spent the past ten years creating a life of comfort. As a successful owner of a small gourmet food store in SoHo, her fierce independence is a brutal lesson learned as the result of a tragic loss in her youth.

After years of giving away only pieces of her heart, Emily realizes that this leaves her with nothing in the end. While love is fraught with risk, turning away from love may be the biggest risk of all…

Will Darcy once held the world and his future in the palm of his hand. Engaged to marry the love of his life and on the cusp of a brilliant financial career, he loses everything in a horrifying act of violence that still ripples through his life almost ten years later.

Frozen in grief and a shell of the man he once was, he surrounds himself with the beautiful things she loved. But that only reminds him of all he’s lost. As life tumbles forward around him, Will has to make a decision—live in the pain of the past or reach out to grasp a new chance at life and love.

Thrown together by fate, two wounded souls in the heart of a wounded city must do what neither of them have done in years: open up and learn to love.

Here’s what I thought:

When I receive an e-ARC from publishers or authors, as I did with this book  it’s always a little scary. What if I don’t like it enough to want to review it? Fortunately for me this happens rarely, and in this case I definitely liked it enough to review it. The author is Sophia Duane and the publisher is TWCS.

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