Guest Blogs

Top 5 YA Dystopian Book to Movie Adaptations

Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent Series-Collector's Edition) by Veronica RothWith the increasing popularity of the young adult dystopian genre in literature, comes the inevitable Hollywood film adaptations that keep fans satisfied and on the edge of their seats with each new installment. What makes these dystopian worlds so popular are the powerful messages hidden beneath the surface that resonate with audiences of all ages. In recent years, films of old and new dystopian novels have made it to the big screen to continue to show us this universe. Here are some of the best and most popular adaptations so far:

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Author Kalli Lanford Guest Blog and Amazon Gift Card Contest

Gamma Rift (Entangled Embrace) by Kalli Lanford In Gamma Rift, the main character, America, gets a free trip, not to the moon, but to Enestia, a planet three galaxies away from earth. Unfortunately she didn’t book this excursion. She was abducted by aliens, and although Enestia is a beautiful planet with its moss-covered ground and expanse of lush, tall trees, the king of the planet is going to make sure her trip does not include a return ticket.
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Is Dark Places Gillian Flynn’s Second Hit Film or First Flop?

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian FlynnWhen it comes to writing gripping fiction that translates seamlessly to the screen, Gillian Flynn is hitting it out of the park. Her 2012 novel Gone Girl became one of the most acclaimed films of 2014 with Flynn penning the screenplay herself, cementing her a place in both the literary and film world as an auteur of dark, twisting-and-turning thrillers that please both audience and critics alike.

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PRESS RELEASE: Apptronica Releases Community Compilation Album To Benefit Nepal

As some of you may know, Clif is my husband and he takes care of all things technical here at Bitten by Books. He is also a very talented musician and runs a music label that has over 15 musicians worldwide. Clif is very active in the electronic iOS music world. He along with 25 other musicians have created an wonderful and unique benefit album to support the relief efforts for the people of Nepal.

Below is the official press release with more information about the groups efforts. I encourage you to contribute and buy a copy of this album and share this with other music lovers. You can listen to the tracks and purchase it here: set the price of your donation from $1.00 or more. Every penny helps.
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Author Alexander S. Brown Guest Blog and Amazon Gift Card Contest

Syrenthia Falls by Alexander S. Brown After I wrote my short story book Traumatized, I wanted to tackle a novel. When writing Syrenthia Falls, many things changed from the original idea, such as the pacing and the time-span in which the events took place. The original idea had been to cover a complete school year, and when I finished Syrenthia Falls, I had condensed that time period down to the length of a month. By doing this, none of the story was lost, and I discovered short and sweet was better for my first novel.
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Just in Time for Black Friday: Top 5 YA Holiday-Themed Reads

Holiday Princess: A Princess Diaries Book by Meg CabotReaders young and old know books make great holiday gifts, especially when the book itself celebrates the holidays! Here are a few YA books that can be enjoyed while curled up away from the cold.

If you know a girl who loves the Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot, she’ll likely enjoy the installment Holiday Princess. Cabot has Princess Mia share her thoughts about how a princess can best get through the rush and bustle of this time of year. Mia’s friends, whom readers will know from earlier books, also join in. The book is a guide to the holidays Read More »

The Vampire Chronicle Convos: Lestat is Back! and Halloween Contest

keep calm Lestat is back!Well, dear readers, the time is almost here. Prince Lestat will be out on 10/28 and I am beyond excited (and hoping my pre-order shows up on my doorstep a day or so early). I have really enjoyed all of our talks and want to thank all of you for hanging in there with me. As a thank-you, Bitten by Books is holding a Halloween contest this week with some fun and spooky prizes. Just enter using the contest widget below!
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The Vampire Chronicle Convos: Other Works by Anne Rice

The Mummy or Ramses the Damned by Anne RiceHello, dear readers.

Can you believe that Prince Lestat is almost here? I am obviously very excited, and this time I thought we could talk about some of Anne’s other works. If you want to see what else we have covered so far, please check out the other convos. You can go back and read parts onetwothreefourand five, six and seven. Do not forget to come back next week, as we will be celebrating the release of Prince Lestat and having a fun Halloween giveaway.
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The World of Weir: Introduction to the Sorcerers Guest Blog and Contest

World of Weir Tour Week 5

Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.
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Horror Books and Movies Based on True Tales

Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter Book 3) by Thomas HarrisThere has long been a debate going on in the world of horror aficionados: which is scarier, books or movies? Those who argue for books reason that readers can create the scenes of terror within their own mind, using their own fears, for the ultimate customized fright. With film, everything is clearly painted for you, but movies also have the advantage of exposing viewers to scenarios they couldn’t possibly have imagined before. There are also, however, those serendipitous moments when a horror book gets made into a film and both go on to become classics. Given Hollywood’s penchant for adapting Read More »

The Vampire Chronicle Convos: Blood and Gold, Blackwood Farm and Blood Canticle

Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, No. 8) by Anne RiceWelcome back, friends and vampire lovers! This is the seventh installment of our chat series about Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, leading up to the release of a new Vampire Chronicles book, Prince Lestat, and a fun Halloween giveaway here at Bitten By Books. If you want to increase your chances for that giveaway you can find you can go back and read parts onetwothreefour, and five, and six.
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The Vampire Chronicle Convos: The New Tales of the Vampires – Pandora and Vittorio the Vampire

Vittorio, the Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires) by Anne RiceHello again, dear readers.

I hope fall is treating you well in your part of the country (went from summer to fall in about a day here in Chicagoland). Thank you for joining me for the sixth Vampire Chronicles installment. If you want to catch up you can find parts one, two, three, four, and five here. Of course, this is all to celebrate the much anticipated release of Prince Lestat at the end of this month. We will be celebrating with a fun Halloween giveaway, so make sure to participate.
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Author Cynthia Cooke Guest Blog and Amazon Gift Card Contest

All Bets Are On (Entangled Covet) by Cynthia Cooke Hello Readers!

Today I am talking about my new release — All Bets Are On! This book was a kick in the pants to write. The heroine is a somewhat introverted girl who doesn’t get out much, and her BFF insists on setting her up with a guy on an Internet dating site. At first glance he seems harmless, even a little geeky. Okay, so he might be drooling a little in his picture. The perfect easy date, right?
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