Based on a novel by …

It’s Oscar Sunday!!!

Yes, I am that excited about it. Not only do the Academy Awards celebrate the best in cinema, but they’re also the highlight of the Red Carpet season.

But, truth be told, the literary world plays a very important role in the Academy Awards. So many nominated movies are “based on a novel by …” and this year is no exception. Wild, Gone Girl and Still Alice are just a few of this year’s nominees that started as a novel.

In particular, there is a strong tie between Best Picture winners and the written word. From 1930’s Best Picture (All Quiet on the Western Front) to last year’s winner (12 Years a Slave), there is quite a history of Best Picture winners based on literary works.

But I have to admit, there is one standout to me. No Oscar-winning film pays homage to its source like Gone With the Wind. It truly is a visual interpretation of Margaret Mitchell’s words.

Will another movie title be added to the book-loving list tonight? I’ll definitely be tuning in to see who the Academy Award goes to …

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Love don’t cost a thing … or does it?

SpotlightFullCoverFrontMore than 10 years ago, J.Lo. taught us that love don’t cost a thing.

Well, perhaps that’s not necessarily true. In this case, love will cost you 99 cents.

To celebrate Valentine’s Day, several books offered by The Writer’s Coffee Shop will go on sale – including Spotlight! From Feb. 14-15, you can get the Spotlight ebook for 99 cents.

So, if you haven’t read Lily’s story, this is a great opportunity to get it. Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter for more details and links!

After all … 99 cents seems like a small price to pay for a little romance …