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!

Back to School with The Novel Learning Series

I’m busy at work on my next novel, and looking ahead to an exciting fall. With the publication of The Longest Ride on September 17th, I’ll be touring the country and hope to see many of you in your hometowns.

While I can’t tell you just yet about the book I’m currently writing, I do have some news for parents of teenagers: I am honored now to announce that Walmart will be including the Novel Learning Series as part of their back-to-school sale, beginning the week of July 22nd and continuing through Labor Day. For those of you who don’t yet know about the Novel Learning Series, it’s an initiative I started with my brother Micah to create educational editions of my books, with ACT and SAT-style reading comprehension questions and writing prompts interspersed throughout the text. The hope is to engage teens with contemporary, accessible novels while also providing them with a deeper understanding of the stories and preparing them for greater success in the classroom and on college entrance exams.

I truly believe that reading is a lifelong passion that doesn’t only improve students’ grades but enriches their lives, and I’m honored that Walmart will carry the Novel Learning Series in its stores. I’m even more humbled that you’ve loved my novels, and I hope your teenagers will, too. You can check out the Novel Learning Series when you’re at Walmart equipping your teen for the school year ahead, and in the meantime you can read more about it here online, here.

As always, I thank you for reading.

The Longest Ride Tour Annoucement

Subscribers to my mailing list were among the first to hear the exciting news about my book tour and now I'm happy to be able to post it for you here too! As you know, my next book, The Longest Ride, publishes on September 17, 2013. My publisher has just released the cities where I’ll be touring. Here’s the full list:

Tuesday, September 17 - New Bern, NC
Thursday, September 19 – New York, NY
Friday, September 20 – Charlotte, NC
Saturday, September 21 – Cary, NC
Friday, September 27 – Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, September 28 – Washington, D.C.
Monday, September 30 – Miami, FL
Tuesday, October 1 – Seattle, WA
Wednesday, October 8 – Savannah, GA
Thursday, October 9 – St. Louis, MO
Friday, October 10 – Kansas City, KS

Detailed information on each venue is posted here on the tour page at my website. For those fans that always travel to my kickoff signing in New Bern, please note that we have a new location this year. I’ll be signing at one of my favorite stores (and certainly my wife’s favorite store) in New Bern: Target!

Hope to see all of you on the road!

Exciting Updates for The Longest Ride and a Gift from Shutterfly.com

2013 has already been a very busy year for me. Safe Haven, the movie based on my fifteenth novel, was released on Valentine's Day, and thanks to all of you, it was the Number 1 movie for that day! If you haven't seen it yet, it is coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray on May 7. 

I'm currently trying to rest and enjoy some time with my family before my schedule heats up again. I'll be hitting the road this fall on tour for my next book, The Longest Ride, which will be released on September 17. This will be my seventeenth novel, and it's written in the tradition of my first novel, The Notebook, with two parallel love stories: one couple who has been together for decades, and another couple meeting for the first time. Are you interested in winning a hand-numbered limited edition advanced readers copy of The Longest Ride months before the book is released?  If so, come back tomorrow, Thursday, May 2nd at 2PM EST for a special cover reveal and giveaway.

Meantime, I want to thank all of you for being such great supporters of my movies and books. As a token of my gratitude, I've talked to my friends at shutterfly.com and they are offering all of my mailing list subscribers a special limited time only gift (just in time for Mother’s Day): an 8x8 20-page photo book with hard photo cover that you can customize with your own photos. 

As you may know, I've long been a fan of shutterfly.com myself. They helped me put together my Christmas card this year, we've partnered up for tips on storytelling and writing Valentine's Day one-liners and recently, they designed a photo book for the movie release of Safe Haven

Thank you again for all of your support. Happy Spring, and Happy Photo Booking!

Filming for Safe Haven Has Begun!

I’m writing from beautiful, sunny California, where I’m doing my best to escape the humidity of summer on the East Coast for a few days, and where I’m hard at work on my next book. After such a busy spring, touring throughout the U.S. and Europe to promote the film release of The Lucky One and the international publications of The Best of Me, it’s nice to have a little time to unwind with my family and focus on crafting my next story.

Not that it isn’t going to be a busy summer! The film adaptation of Safe Haven started shooting in North Carolina last week. I’m beyond thrilled to again be working with director Lasse Hallström and producers Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey on another movie. Safe Haven will star Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel as the leads Katie and Alex—and I have to say, they have an immediately apparent chemistry perfect for this story. The film couldn’t have been better cast. I’m really looking forward to joining them on set next month!

Win a visit to the set of Safe Haven
Below, Julianne Hough, Josh Duhamel and Mimi Kirkland spend time together between shooting and rehearsing for Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven, directed by Lasse Hallström.

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Speaking of which, Relativity Media, the studio behind the film, is going to pick one lucky winner to send to the set in Southport, NC this summer, so perhaps I’ll see you there! The prize includes transportation, hotel accommodation, and even a little spending cash to be sure you get the most out of your stay. To enter, and to learn more about the sweepstakes, visit SafeHavenSweeps.com.

For a Good Cause
If you want another chance to win a visit to the Safe Haven set, you should check out a sweepstakes that my charity foundation, the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, is hosting online. By donating as little as $10, you’ll have another chance to win a trip to the set, while at the same time supporting Hope for Warriors and the Epiphany School. For more information about these great causes and this great opportunity, visit our fundraising page at Crowdrise.com. Hurry! This sweepstakes ends on Saturday, June 30th.

Save the Date
On that note, after our great success raising funds for the foundation with the Celebrity Golf Weekend this past April, we have decided to host another fundraising weekend in my hometown of New Bern, North Carolina. Save the date! The second annual Nicholas Sparks Foundation Celebrity Golf Weekend will be April 19th through April 22nd, 2013.

New Edition of Safe Haven
Before you see the Safe Haven movie—which comes out February 8, 2013—you should of course read the book if you haven’t already! Luckily, my publisher is releasing a new edition of Safe Haven this week, so be sure to pick it up. For those not familiar with the story, it follows the mysterious and beautiful young Katie as she tries to carve out a new life for herself in the small town of Southport, where her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Despite her determination to avoid forming personal ties, she becomes drawn into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a handsome store owner, and another with her neighbor, Jo. As Katie lets her guard down, she finds herself increasingly charmed by the rhythm of life in the small town—and by its inhabitants. But before Katie can find a path into the future, and let herself fall in love again, she will have to confront the dark secret in her past that continues to haunt her. It was a satisfying story to write, and I hope you’ll agree that it’s as fulfilling a read!

For My Fans Abroad

I’d like to say how glad I was to meet many of my international fans on my recent European tour. It was so exciting to be able to attend some of the European premieres of The Lucky One film and also to give readings and book signings in the UK, Germany, Poland and Italy. I always love to meet my readers from all over the world, and would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of you for your support!

I hope everyone has a great summer. Stay cool!

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