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Atria Books Inks Deal With New York Times Bestselling Self-Published Author Colleen Hoover

NEW YORK, Aug. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Atria Books announced today a two book deal with bestselling self-published author Colleen Hoover. Both books, SLAMMED and POINT OF RETREAT, will be released immediately as Atria ebooks with an Atria trade paperback editions to follow in September.

SLAMMED, Hoover’s first novel, was originally self-published as an ebook and trade paperback in January 2012. Throughout the spring and summer, it has been steadily rising on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, recently appearing at No. 8 on the Times list. The ebook has sold over 179,000 copies in the U.S. Collectively, the book has received over 2,000 overwhelmingly positive reader reviews on BN.com, Amazon.com and Goodreads. Her website and blog receives over 100,000 visitors. SLAMMED is the heart-wrenching story of a young woman who falls in love with a new neighbor with a passion for slam poetry and the obstacles they encounter.

The second book in the series, POINT OF RETREAT, was originally published as an ebook and trade paperback in February 2012. It is currently No. 18 on the Times list. The ebook has sold over 122,000 copies in the U.S.

Judith Curr, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Atria Books, says, “We are thrilled to welcome Colleen to Atria where we have prided ourselves on building the long term careers for our authors. The readers’ reviews point to their love of Colleen’s characters and storylines, which makes her the perfect addition to our women’s fiction program.”

Atria won the rights to the books after a heated bidding war. The deal, for World rights, was negotiated by Atria Vice President, Senior Editor Johanna Castillo with Jane Dystel of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.

Atria Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information about Atria, visit our website at http://imprints.simonandschuster.biz/atria.

SOURCE Atria Books


'Beautiful Creatures' author Margaret Stohl sells film rights to 'Icons'

Film rights for Margaret Stohl's upcoming solo novel Icons have been sold to Alcon Entertainment, the same company behind the upcoming adaptation of Beautiful Creatures, which Stohl co-authored with Kami Garcia.

Stohl announced the news officially on Friday, after rumors first hit Variety. Icons is the first in a new young adult book series, described as being "set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts, in order to save the future." (OP: bwah? that's vague)

Stohl told readers she had many options for selling the film rights to Icons, but went with Alcon for the same reason she stuck with publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

"I trust these guys," Stohl wrote. "I respect these guys, and - of course - I really like these guys. Most importantly, they really seem to love my new book. At the end of the day, that's what it's all about."

The first Icons book is set for release in May.


From Goodreads:

Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

She's different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.

Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions -- which they've always thought to be their greatest weaknesses -- may actually be their greatest strengths.

Bestselling author Margaret Stohl delivers the first book in a heart-pounding series set in a haunting new world where four teens must piece together the mysteries of their pasts -- in order to save the future.


Producer shares ‘City of Bones’ set construction picture

Martin Moszkowicz, of Constantin Films shared an image of a ‘City of Bones’ set under construction today via Twitter.

Filming is set to begin next week in Toronto with some scenes being shot in New York City where the story takes place.

‘City of Bones,’ is the first book in Cassandra Clare’s Internationally bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. Constantin Films owns all film rights to all of Clare’s books including the rest of The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and The Dark Artifices. They also have purchased rights to her recently announced middle grade series The Iron Trial, which she is co-authoring with Holly Black.

Yesterday we learned that the recent rumors were true and actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play Valentine Morgenstern. Clare also revealed on Twitter, "They're done. The casting director (bless her for bringing all the hotness) is wrapped up. We're cast, basically. They start.” The roles of Raphael and Alaric have yet to be announced but should be soon.

Be sure to visit the official Mortal Instruments movie site for a list of the entire cast.

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