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Smugglers Stash and News

Hello, good morning and welcome!

Another week ahead of us and plenty of cool things to come but first….

A Couple of HUGE Announcements:

We have just received some AMAZING news! Joel Sutherland, speculative fiction author extraordinaire, has made the final ballot for the 2009 Stoker Awards. His psychological horror novel, Frozen Blood is up for Superior Achievement in a First Novel (along with David Oppegaard‘s Suicide Collectors, another author we’ve read and interviewed here). We’ve read and loved Joel’s short story work, in Fried! Fast Food, Slow Deaths and The Beast Within, and were blown away by his fantastic debut novel effort with Frozen Blood. And so, we offer our sincere heartfelt congratulations to this new author, and have our fingers, toes, and any other appendages crossed for Joel!

For those interested in giving Joel’s hopefully soon-to-be-award-winning horror novel, it is now available online at Amazon.

In other spectacular news, debut author Carrie Ryan has announced that the movie rights to her zombie young adult novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth have been purchased!!!! Here’s the Publisher’s Weekly tidbit:

Alan Nevins of Renaissance Literary & Talent has just closed film rights on Carrie Ryan’s YA novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Nevins, who brokered the deal on behalf of Jim McCarthy at Dystel Literary, sold the book, which Delacorte Books for Young Readers published in March, to Seven Star Pictures (K-11, forthcoming). Nevins said the book, a zombie thriller set in colonial times about a girl who lives in a religious community in the woods and is equally worried about a zombie invasion and her planned marriage, is in line to “do for zombies what Twilight did for vampires.” Supposedly Seven Star is developing the project for an-as-yet-unnamed A-list starlet, and fast-tracking the project with a first draft of the screenplay already in the works.

Hell. YES.

As The Forest of Hands and Teeth is already one of Thea’s favorite reads of 2009, we couldn’t be more excited for Carrie and for the film. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Carrie’s evocative, haunting, soon-to-be-a-hit-movie debut, go forth and do so. Immediately.

Contest Winner

The winner of our recent contest: Keeper of Light and Dust by Natasha Mostert is

Jo, congratulations! Please send your snail mail address to contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com.

This week on The Book Smugglers

On Monday, Ana will be rambling about her reviewing process in another piece for our series Smugglers Ponderings.

On Tuesday, Ana reviews Always a Scoundrel by Suzanne Enoch

On Wednesday, Thea reviews Diamond Star by Catherine Asaro

On Thursday we will review Strange Angels,the new YA book by Lili St.Crow

And finally on Friday, we will do a joint review of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies:

And finally, a piece of advice:


We can’t even begin to tell you how much we loved the movie and how it is made of awesome. We loved the storyline, the science made sense, the surprises (!!!!!!!) and above all, the acting. Every single one of them was spot on: Spock and Kirk more than anyone else. There is this one scene….no, we shall not tell, but know this: it kicks ass. Plus, Young!Kirk? HOT!!!

That’s it for today folks: we leave you with this message:

Live Long, and Prosper (and go watch the movie already!)

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • katiebabs
    May 10, 2009 at 7:07 am

    The Strange Angels cover is lovely. I will remain silent on what I think of P&P with zombies *coughgagmecough* till Ana’s wonderful review.
    And I am with your Smuggle gals. I had no interest to see the Star Trek movie and went last night and OMG what a rockin fabulous movie!! GO SEE IT EVERYONE.

    Spock is hot. I think Zachary who plays the evil Sylar from the show Heroes is amazing and taking over a role from a cult icon.

  • FantasyDreamer
    May 10, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I just bought The Forest of Hands and Teeth, since I’ve been reading so many good reviews on the blogosphere, I didn’t want to be missing out on what sounds to be a good read.

    Going with the family to see Star Trek this afternoon, will be my son’s second time (he went Friday) to watch it and he is excited to see it again. Sounds like I will NOT be disappointed. 😆

  • Kristen
    May 10, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Can’t wait to read Thea’s review of Diamond Star! I love Catherine Asaro’s Skolian books.

  • janicu
    May 10, 2009 at 9:04 am

    ROFL. “for everything that is sacred and holy”. Yes I will watch this movie soon… *hand tent*.

  • Samantha
    May 10, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Looking forward to the great stuff this week!

    Also LOVED Star Trek, too!

  • Tiah
    May 10, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Star Trek was an awesome movie, totally worth paying a babysitter for! I loved Scotty, Simon Pegg is so good!

  • carolyn crane (aka carolyn jean)
    May 10, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Oh, YES! The Star Trek movie was SO fantastic! My man and I were actually moved to tears several times because it was so just that awesome. Sigh.

  • orannia
    May 10, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Congrats Joel and Jo!

    And am hoping to see Star Trek at some point! I saw Wolverine on the weekend…and one of the trailers prior to the movie was for the Terminator movie! It looks good…although I haven’t even seen the others *runs*

  • Bridget Locke
    May 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    *ahem* Just know I am expecting a full review of Star Trek from you, ladies. You’re my go-to site for just about everything anymore. *sigh*

  • KristieJ
    May 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I have to wait a couple of weeks to see it as it’s part of the birthday gift for my sister – so I WILL be seeing it 🙂

  • Heloise
    May 11, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Have I lost my mind? I saw Star Trek and just didn’t love it. I thought everyone was terrific except *cringes* Kirk. His best scene is in the bar with Uhura, but otherwise I thought he lacked charm. So I couldn’t really buy the friendship between him and Spock.

    What can I say. 🙁

  • KMont
    May 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    LOL, that Diamond Star cover reminds me of some of the costumes Will Ferrell and Jon Heder wear in Blades of Glory. 😛

    Star Trek. O.M.G. That is all. Well, and I bow to it. Daily.

  • Jo
    May 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks so much for Keeper of Light and Dust, I’m thrilled! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Kate
    May 13, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Oh, HELLS yes, Star Trek. I’m going to catch up on my first series viewing and go watch it AGAIN. Yes, I cried at the beginning, with Kirk’s father. Argh.

    Geez, and did anyone else recognize Karl Urban a.k.a. Eomer as Bones??? I had to watch the credits to catch that one. He was great.

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