The Longest Ride Chapters Revealed

In case you've missed it, we have just started revealing the first two chapters from my upcoming novel, The Longest Ride, and those of you that help us fill in the missing words will have a chance to win an advanced copy BEFORE it hits stores September 17th!

For Twitter fans, simply use #TheLongestRide in your tweets and every word from your message will count towards unlocking the hidden words below. Facebook users just need to like or comment. Roll your mouse over each blank space to see how many times that word needs to be used to unlock it. Five lucky Tweets, and five Facebook users will be selected at random as winners. Visit my site to watch and help the reveal unfold

Last, as a thank you to all my mailing list subscribers, both chapters will be sent directly to you once they are unlocked and I invite you to check back to my website on September 9, for information on how to win one of many signed copies of The Longest Ride.

Deliverance Creek Gets A Green Light

We have wonderful news to announce: Lifetime has officially ordered a two-hour TV pilot for Deliverance Creek from Nicholas Sparks Productions! 

"Written by Melissa Carter, the period project is set at the end of the Civil War and centers on Belle Barlowe who attempts to defend her family’s land by any means necessary. When the corrupt bank that runs their town pushes Belle into becoming an outlaw, the stakes become personal, setting off a chain of events that force her to question whether it’s better to be good or to survive."

Get more info and industry details by visiting

Back-to-School with Nicholas Sparks

Looking for a way to engage your children and/or your students with reading? Your local Walmart may now be stocking three books from Nicholas's ‪‎Novel Learning Series‬: The Last Song, The Notebook and Dear John. Make a point to swing by the back-to-school section to check out the books in person or go online to order these and other titles in the series from your favorite e-retailer.

The Novel Learning Series provides unique learning aides that help teenagers with critical thinking and comprehension skills development and provide a fun and enjoyable way to educate our youth.

To find out what other titles are offered, to watch Nicholas's introductory video and to sign up for the NLS mailing list, visit

Brazil, US Tour and TV News

Happy (almost) Fall!  I’m traveling through Brazil as I write this, so I want to give a special recognition to my Brazilian fans: thank you for coming out to see me! For those of you in the States, I hope to see you soon, too, as I’ll be hitting the road on September 17th, when my next (and 17th) novel will be published. In just a few short weeks, I’ll be kicking off my book tour at the Target store in my hometown of New Bern, North Carolina. Visit my website to pre-order the book and to find my full tour schedule.

If you’re not in one of the cities where I’ll be on touring, don’t worry: you can still win a signed copy the week before the book is released. Stay tuned to my website, Facebook, and Twitter on September 9 and 10th for details of a special scavenger hunt at select, participating bookstores, and for other opportunities to win a copy of The Longest Ride. And if you want a sneak peek at the first two chapters, check my website on September 3rd!  This might be my favorite book that I’ve written since The Notebook, so I really can’t wait to share it with you.

As you read, you may even recognize the name Marcia Peak, who is a character in the book. That’s because the real-life Marcia Peak was the winner from Godiva’s The Sweetest Story Ever Told sweepstakes, which was held ahead of Valentine’s Day in 2012.  Marcia was the Grand Prize Winner, and in addition to winning a lifetime supply of chocolate from Godiva, she also got to be a character in The Longest Ride. Thank you, Marcia, for loaning me your name!

It’s not only book news that I have to share with you. I’m excited to announce that Lifetime Television is planning “Deliverance Creek”, a two-hour period film that will serve as a backdoor pilot for an hour long drama to air on the network next year.  The show takes place at the end of the Civil War and follows Belle Barlow, a young woman who is faced with uncertainty as she attempts to defend her family’s land by any means—even if it means becoming an outlaw.  I’ll keep you posted as this show develops.

Hope to see many of you on the road!  I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new book!

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