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Thursday Night Links of Audio / Video

Steve Martin and Stephen Colbert read a sex scene from Danielle Steele. It’s at the 4 minute mark. [Thanks Lori!]


  • The author of the book that inspired the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” (described by Jon Stewart as the most depressing feel good movie of all time) has a book deal. Vikas Swarup sold “Six Suspects”, a murder mystery to Toni Plummer at Thomas Dunne Books. I haven’t read “Q&A” yet but I did buy it. Oh, so many books, so little time.
  • Google Books is now mobile so those iPhone/iTouch/Smartphone users now have over 1.5 million public domain books at the ready.
  • Nathan Bransford posits the question of who determines “good” in literature. The public? The scholars? The critics? The writers? My answer is time, only time can determine whether a classic is indeed a classic.
  • A Wisconsin truck driver, John Coster-Mellon, has written the definitive how to guide on building an atomic bomb. Apparently the key ingredient is nuclear fuel. Coster-Mellon wrote the guide after spending years pouring over declassified documents, studying photos and interviewing people. Coster-Mellon’s book is “a trusted guide” for nuclear experts. I’m not sure why Coster-Mellon isn’t on some nuclear defense team instead of driving truck. Note to self: find Coster-Mellon and look at his bomb shelter.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Sherry Thomas
    Feb 05, 2009 @ 20:52:09

    Wow, I had no idea Google Books weren’t mobile before. The heroine from my contemp reads out loud from a century-old travel book digitized by Google Books–from her iPhone–while on vacation in Italy.

    How lucky for me that Google has made that possible now. :-)

    I think I should have someone a little more plugged in go over my manuscript with a fine-toothed comb for such things that a plank-in-the-mud (TM Janine) Luddite like me is sure to get wrong.

  2. GrowlyCub
    Feb 05, 2009 @ 22:21:33

    Wait, what contemporary, aren’t you supposed to be finishing that historical??? Or did you turn it in? :) No, no, I’m not a slave driver, but since the book is already number 147,866 on the Amazon rankings…

  3. GrowlyCub
    Feb 05, 2009 @ 22:40:40

    Make that 91,118 in the rankings… I’m a bit slow tonight.

  4. Robin
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 02:23:36

    And I didn’t think I could love (okay, so it’s mostly lust, lol) Steve Martin any more than I already did. Silly me.

  5. Tae
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 03:04:31

    that clip is brilliant, I’d be more interested in Ms. Steele’s books if Stephen Colbert read them aloud.

  6. Sherry Thomas
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 07:15:31


    Yes, turned in the book. Just waiting on copyedits now.

    And doesn’t everyone have side projects? ;-) For what it’s worth, the book features the great-great-grandson of Gigi, Camden, Stuart, & Verity.

  7. Michele
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 07:37:30

    Thanks for the Colbert clip. I think Steve Martin is one of the funniest people on the planet though Colbert isn’t too far behind him.

    But now whenever I write a sex scene I’m going to be thinking about these guys reading it aloud.

  8. GrowlyCub
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 08:54:22

    Sorry, Sherry, didn’t mean to be a pest, I just was totally enthralled by the excerpt of ‘Not Quite A Husband’ and want to read it soonest.

    Is it still on track for a May publication?

  9. AnneD
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 09:18:55

    Colbert for President!

  10. Lori Borrill
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 09:44:28

    described by Jon Stewart as the most depressing feel good movie of all time

    I’ve been trying for months to summarize my reaction to that movie. Jon Stewart said it perfectly.

  11. Sherry Thomas
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 11:48:02


    Yes. It is on track.

  12. Lynne
    Feb 06, 2009 @ 18:21:21

    @Sherry Thomas: If it’s any consolation, Sherry, I’m a total technophile from way back, and I *still* have to double and triple check the techie elements in my stories. Technology moves ahead so fast that even someone who does tech stuff for a living and as a hobby can’t always keep up.

    If the story’s good, I tend to give authors a fair amount of slack on technology, particularly when it’s something cool that should’ve been invented by now anyway. :-)

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