All good things must come to an end and the Fifty Shades of Grey (as told by Christian) trilogy is no exception. Over the weekend, author, E. L. James announced the final book’s release date in a “Save the Date” style teaser along with the promise of an upcoming cover reveal. The author announced that the final book in the trilogy, Freed: Fifty Shades Freed as Told By Christian, will be released on June 1.
Sourcebooks, which is the largest women-owned book publisher in North America, is launching a new innovative imprint with author, E. L. James. James, who is the author of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, will have her backlist moved to Sourcebooks as part of the deal, effective April 1, 2021. The new imprint is said to focus on entrepreneurial female authors, such as James herself, that have taken a hands on approach to publishing.
Fifty Shades of Grey took the world by storm when it was first released in 2012. What began life as Twilight fan-fiction morphed into phenomenally successful book and film trilogy, as beloved for its silliness and steaminess, as it was reviled for what many deemed its sub-par prose. However, no matter what side you are on, the fact remains that author E.L. James is at it again.
James has confirmed that her new novel The Mister is on the way this spring. It tells the story of Maxim, a privileged British man who inherits a large fortune and falls in love with a mysterious woman named Alessia.
The title was revealed in an exclusive interview with Today, which included a steamy excerpt from the novel. James described the story as “a Cinderella story for the 21st century”.
“Maxim and Alessia have led me on a fascinating journey and I hope that my readers will be swept away by their thrilling and sensual tale, just as I was while writing, and that, like me, they fall in love with them.”
The book is scheduled to be released on April 16th. It is available for pre-order on Amazon now.
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While researching last week’s 14 Shocking Facts About Agatha Christie, I was shocked to learn that the esteemed writer once held a Guinness World Record.
When I think of Guinness World Records, my mind automatically goes to the bizarre titles such as the the world’s longest fingernails, the most hotdogs eaten at a county fair, and so on. Thinking of Christie fitting into one these categories was surprising, but it got me thinking of which other authors held Guinness World Records. I was not disappointed. Here are eight authors whose success helped them earn a Guinness World Record.
The Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie, is certainly one of the most fascinating authors in history. On top of holding the record as the first British woman to surf while standing up, the prolific writer also holds the title for penning the world’s thickest book. In 2009 HarperCollins published a collection of Christie’s Miss Marple stories—comprised of twelve novels and twenty short stories. The collection featured a staggering sixty-eight crimes committed, sixty-eight secrets, twenty-two false accusations, twenty-one romances, and 143 cups of tea consumed. One lifetime’s worth of entertainment added up to a whopping 4,032 pages, weighing more than fifteen pounds, and priced at $1,500 dollars.
British author Bertha Wood managed to fulfill her dream of writing a book in the later half of her life. Published on her 100th birthday in 2005, Wood published her first book (a memoir of her life), Fresh Air and Fun: The Story of a Blackpool Holiday Camp. Wood’s impressive feat acts as inspiration for people who haven’t quite gotten around to fulfilling their dreams. As she proves, you have plenty of time.
American author Dorothy Straight became a published author at the ripe age of four. Let that sink in. While most four year olds were daydreaming, watching TV, or playing outside, Straight wrote How the World Began, which was published two years later by Pantheon Books.
If your first guess was Agatha Christie, Stephen King, or one of the other popular authors whose names are well-known around literary circles, you’d be wrong. American author and founder of the Church of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard published 1,084 books between 1934 and 2006. In addition to writing books on scientology, Hubbard covered a range of genres including sci-fi, fantasy, travel, mystery, western, and romance.
J. K. Rowling’s hugely popular Harry Potter series took the world by wand, forging one of the most fervent fandoms in history. The series became more popular as it went on, so perhaps it’s no surprise that the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, managed to become the fastest-selling fiction title when it sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24-hours of its release.
Considering the enormous popularity of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (and the preceding books in the Harry Potter series), it probably won’t come as a surprise to find out that J. K. Rowling earned this title. Rowling has reportedly earned over $1 billion dollars for her novels and related earnings.
Miraculously, E. L. James shielded herself from the innumerable criticisms leveled at the Fifty Shades books with her massive paycheck. Between June 2012 and June 2013, James earned $95 million, surpassing James Patterson who earned $91 million for his work during those twelve months.
Indian author Vickrant Mahajan earned this record when, at a book signing for his book, Yes Thank You Universe, the author signed a record-breaking 6,904 books. Can you imagine how bad his hand must have cramped? Ouch.
Which award-winning title surprised you the most? Let us know in the comments below!
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