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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hello everyone--

Well, it's hard to believe, I know, and those of you who regularly follow these posts will really not believe it, but I have finally...finally decided to take a small step into the new millenium. Drumroll please: I have a facebook page that's just for my readers. :) My publishers has been putting a fair amount of pressure on me to do this, and as you can imagine, I was more than reluctant. I mean, I just figured out how to load photos on this blog and links are just flat beyond me. (All of your excellent guidance notwithstanding). But, here I am, launching into cyberspace. Feels something like hurtling actually. I did a bunch of research on all the hows and whys and why nots, but in the end, like all jumps into the unknown, sooner or later, you just have to close your eyes and leap.

You're probably laughing right now, or at least smiling. But I hope you'll check it out and let me know what you think. You can find it on facebook.com. Just run a search for Kristin Hannah and look for my publicity photo. One quick keystroke and you can join in the conversation. I don't really know what will be happening on the page or how it will unfold, but I think it'll be the place to find out the facts and events about my books. We all know that I get so caught up in just yakking on the blog that I sometimes forget to tell you all that I have books coming out.

I know I forget because Kim keeps telling me. So she will be very happy that I've alerted you all to the presence of the facebook readers site. I guess technically its called a fan site, but I'm really uncomfortable with that word. I much prefer readers because that's what we all are. Also, Kim would want me to tell you to watch out for this month's reissue of On Mystic Lake in trade paperback. I think it's a lovely cover...what do you all think?

Well, that's the big news for today, I guess. Other than that, I'm not doing a whole lot besides writing...again. Yep, that's right, I've started the book for 2011. I know that sounds like a long time away, but I have to tell you, when you count your progress a word at a time, that deadline can come up with amazing speed.

When I finally decide I'm done for the night, I think I'm going to stay up late watching one of my comfort films. You know the kind I mean, one of those movies that you just watch over and over and love every time. Lately, for me, that's been the Keira Knightly Pride and Prejudice. I know that there are probably a lot of BBC purists out there who can't imagine loving the shorter version, but I just adore it. Tomorrow maybe I'll watch The English Patient. Anyone have any other comfort movie recommendations?

Enjoy the rest of the beautiful summer week--

aloha,
Kristin

35 Comments:

Blogger april said...

I'll go check it out right away!

I love that version of Pride & Prejudice. After that movie and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I'm finally going to motivate myself to read the original classic. Of course, I bumped up rereading Harry Potter first, but that process will take me awhile.

My comfort movie changes, but the last one was The Holiday. I had it on my DVR and watched it every night. We also like the teen movies like 10 Things and Clueless and that genre. Fun, light with a happy ending.

July 21, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Lisa - TX Firefly said...

Please tell me you'll keep blogging with us here, and we won't lose you to Facebook "H-E-double hockey sticks" (as my daughter said when she was 13 and ssooooo wanted to say something daring - HA). It's Hell, for those that didn't figure it out.

I think I'm the only person in the world - ok, maybe just my circle of friends - who refuses to Facebook. I don't know why but I don't like it a bit. I see their lives falling a part because of he said/she said junk, like we were in high school. I see people hooking back up, who really and truly should not be. I see people knowing way too much about other people's personal business. I guess it's not personal anymore though, if you post it for all to read.

Anyway, I know I'm the Facebook Scrooge. I'll accept the title. =) I will grudgingly admit, that if there is anything that could tempt me to change my mind, it would be something to do with reading and one of my very favorite authors. Uuuuggghhhh, we'll see how long I last. HA!

I am currently reading a DSteele book (Honor Thyself), which I tend to do when I want a predictable romance, that I can read very quickly. After that, I have Rebecca Wells new book (..... Calla Lilly Ponder) and Greg Isles new book - The Devil's Punchbowl, I believe it is titled. I gave them both to my mom like an hour after buying them, so she would have something to read on a trip this weekend. So, I'm anxious for her trip to end and I can get them back.

Kristin - my favorite comfort movie is Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. LOVE LOVE LOVE it !!! Have you seen it?

Tata for now .... Lisa

July 21, 2009 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger sandcastle said...

Hi Kristin,
I find it ironic that i chose this morning to google your website and found out that you have launched your "reader" page on facebook.
I just finished reading true colors very early this morning. I finshed at 1 am. I loved this novel as I do all your books. The characters were wonderful. I often found myself laughing out loud and crying as the story unfolded.
It is a God given talent to be able to write like you do and I feel honored to be able to read what you so freely share with your readers. I wish you continued success. Warmly. Michele Collard

July 21, 2009 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger april said...

I'm so jealous of people JUST discovering Kristin Hannah's books. I mean, I felt like I was late in the game and I started with Once in Every Lifetime and was definitely hooked by my third, If You Believe which is a book I've purchased for, I think, every one of my friends. And now I just wait impatiently.

Someone on Susan Elizabeth Phillips's bulletin board just discovered one of the more recent books and asked for recommendations. She's not interested in the historicals so I gave her my picks. I'll keep an eye out to see if she continued with them. I suppose if she does, I'll have to break down and read the books she gave me (the Robyn Carr series).

July 21, 2009 at 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Just finished reading Firefly Lane, loved this book from beginning to end. I'm also a child of the 70's and enjoyed the music references. I don't think I've ever cried as hard reading a book, had a headache when I was done, from sobbing. I also enjoyed True Colors, but Firefly was my fav...I think I've now read 7 of your books, and plan on more. Totally enjoy your talent, keep it up.

July 21, 2009 at 11:55 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Kristin,
I also am jealous of the people who are just now discovering your books. I bought my friend Firefly Lane the same time I bought it for myself and since she has never read any of your books, I don't think she was too motivated to read it. She is in some weird series now, but trust me, she'll come around :) I finished Firefly Lane and True Colors in about 2 days. The stories in each book allure me every time. It's good to hear that you're on facebook. I'll be checking out your page now! And good to hear that you're writing again. I'm starting to write something myself but I'm finding myself in quite a trap...But keep doing what you do and thanks for the inspiration!

Oh and the Holiday is also a favorite, as well as Fried Green Tomatoes.
Love, Kristin M

July 22, 2009 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Naomi said...

I just friended you on Facebook. Welcome to the new millennium, Kristin! I'm looking forward to another venue we can use to build community and keep up with you. I have yet to read On Mystic Lake so I'm going to pick up the rerelease.

Comfort movies - I have so many. Serenity, The Fifth Element, Chocolat, Love Actually, Ever After just to name a few. I fell down the stairs on my way out of the building I work in last night so I'm at home resting today. I put in Love Actually after lunch and it was just what the doctor ordered.

July 22, 2009 at 6:35 PM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

Lisa,

I'm so with you. I am not doing facebook or twitter for that matter. I have read about so many problems with the security on facebook and people's computers getting hacked of their personal information. Just not worth it for me; not to mention the people I know that spend waaaay too much time on it that it takes the place of real contact with people. I am not saying Kristin or anyone here is like that, there are always a few that can't get enough of something. I do see why the publishers would want to reach out to so many with this. I just won't be one of them.

For movies, I really like While You Were Sleeping.

July 22, 2009 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Patricia T. said...

I applaud your leap into cyberspace for Kristin! I am not literate and have stayed away from facebook. But it gives you more exposure and that is good.

I agree with Lisa, please don't give up blogging with us! When I began reading your books 15 yrs ago, I never dreamed that you would be approachable. And, as your books continue on the NYT best seller list, I wouldn't be surprised to see one of your stories make it to the screen -- my first choice would be "On Mystic Lake," because it is such a unique and compassionate story that really stands out. And, I like the new cover. I have given it to many friends over the years.

It's interesting to hear how long it takes for you to bring a book to life. Can't imagine how you feel when the story you live with for a year is completed, goes throug editing and final drafts, and a cover selected.

By the way, a book caught my eye in Walmart today, "The Girls of Ames" -- a 40-year relationship among a group of high school friends. I was so envious that I didn't have a life-long friend while reading "Firefly Lane," but can't image a group of women maintaining such a long relationship.

And, I am attending my 40th high school reunion Saturday night and am a bit nervous. There is just something about high school. Wish me luck.

Blessings,
Patricia

July 22, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
Anonymous sheila said...

WOOO! Facebook!! I think that's awesome - facebook is my favorite method of online communication. I can see my cousin's baby photos, stay up to date with my aunt in France, and coordinate study groups all in one place. Be warned, it can be a little time consuming if you let it. Really though, great way to connect with people!

My comfort movie is Memoirs of a Geisha. Have you seen it?

Hope you're having a good time writing the new book. Keep cool in the heat wave that is supposed to hit us soon!

July 22, 2009 at 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Marion B said...

Just fi nished reading "True Colors ". Awesome ! After being a longtime Danielle Steel fan, I branched out several months ago to Kristin Hannah & read "Between Sisters" & "Comfort & Joy". I'm hooked ! Am going to our local library today & finding several more Kristins to read. Reading at bedtime used to be a sedative for me.... not any more! I could never imagine what it would be like to have the talent of writing. Thank goodness, others do have that God-given talent.... and we readers can be blessed by reading their words. Keep up your wonderful work, Kristin.....from, Marion B. Mom, Grandmom, nurse & faithful reader

July 23, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous donna said...

Hi Kristen - I just wanted to agree with what Lisa said - please do not give up posting here on your blog. There is something about Facebook that I don't care for either - too much information being given out to too many people. Hard to describe. I just feel this is a more intimate setting with people who really, really love your books and we all feel we are friends of yours! All the best,
Donna from Connecticut

July 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Peach Blossom Photography said...

As far as comfort movies go, I like all the classics. Yes, I am a BBC P&P purist. I can't stand the Keira Knightly one. Anyways, I also love Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Eyre (the one with Timothy Dalton), and Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare movies like Othello and Hamlet. I am trying to read Mansfield Park right now, but it's going slowly. Loved the movie, but the book is more boring in the beginning. I am a big fan of Jane Austin. Oh, speaking of that, if you love Jane Austin then you have to watch Becoming Jane (great movie) and The Jane Austin Book Club.

July 24, 2009 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Lisa - TX Firefly said...

Kristin & Kim,

I am not sure if you are a Danielle Steel fan. I mentioned that I like her books when I want a warm-fuzzy, feed good, fast read.

I want both of you to read Honor Thyself. It reminds me of your relationship!

It's about a movie star, trying to write a novel, and find herself at the same time. A tragic accident turns the challenge into a chore, and you feel the courage and sadness in trying to start again. The relationship between the star/author and her assistant, is truly touching. It's a connection that the reader can feel, and appreciate how rare it is.

It made me think of you two, and I think you would agree.

=) Toodles!

lw

July 24, 2009 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger Patricia T. said...

Hi Kristin -- I checked out your facebook page and really liked it. It inspired me to create my own. I left you a short message yesterday on your facebook, and later was shocked and a little embarassed to discover that my photo appeared in three places including your photo album. Don't know what I did to mess up, so I deleted my photo from the photo album -- which deleted my message. Obviously I am not savvy in using facebook. But, your facebook photo and link ended up on my facebook page, which will enable my friends to check you out -- that makes me happy! :)

Patricia

July 24, 2009 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

April---

The Holiday! Of course. I love watching that movie, even though I sort of don't like it. I love the scenery and Cameron's clothes, and frankly, Jude Law's character wows me. Can't beat a sexy, wounded widower with two adorable girls...

aloha,
k

July 24, 2009 at 8:20 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Lisa---

LOL!!! I haven't heard HE double hockey sticks since I was a kid. And since my dad and brother and all my cousins played hockey, we heard it a lot. Fear not that you will lose me to Facebook. It's interesting, but i love talking to you guys on the blog, and what we have to say is alot deeper and more meaningful. But facebook is fun, too. MAybe you should jump in, too!

aloha,
k

July 24, 2009 at 8:22 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Michelle--

Thanks so much and welcome to the blog conversation. We have a great group of people here who are joined by warm hearts, strong opinions, and a love of reading.

hope you stick around and enjoy it!

aloha,
K

July 24, 2009 at 8:23 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Cheryl--

Another child of the seventies, welcome! The era and remembering it was one of the best parts of firefly. I loved looking at old photos of myselfl and smiling at the hair, the makeup, the shoes, the clothes...all of that might have been a little crazy, ah, but the music still rocks.

July 24, 2009 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Kristin---

This is vaguely disconcerting; it's like I'm writing to myself, and since I'm in the middle of a book, that's entirely possible.

Glad you enjoyed Firefly...hope your friend does, too--

aloha,
K

July 24, 2009 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Naomi--

Did you join the fansite? That's the one that supposedly will have all the good information. I can't even seem to get my photos posted, but I'm working on it. And yes, Chocolat! I'm glad to hear that someone else loves the Fifth Element. Although, I have to say, I love Twelve Monkeys more as a mindbending romance.

aloha,
k

July 24, 2009 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

LIsa,

LOVE LOVE LOVE While you were sleeping. Also, just saw the proposal and it was darn good. Although I have been to Sitka, and that was not Sitka. :) Movie magic. Tell us more about the security on facebook. What have I stumbled into?

aloha,
k

July 24, 2009 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

oops---that last post was to Lynn, not Lisa. Sorry Lynn!

Still, I want to hear about the security issues, if you don't mind sharing. Of course, it's too late for me now. Isn't that how life goes?

July 24, 2009 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Dear Patricia--

Am laughing out loud about the inadvertent photo postings. That is SO something I would do. I'm taking a bunch of you-know-what from friends now because I can't seem to figure out how to post photos at all. Apparently the facebook blank photo page is "spooky." Who knew?

Anyway, I'm glad you're loving the books, and like you, I saw that book about the girls from ames and wanted to read it. Has anyone taken the plunge???

aloha,
K

July 24, 2009 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Sheila---

Are you taking the summer off from classes??? Enjoying yourself?

aloha,
k

July 24, 2009 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Dear Marion B---

Welcome to the conversation known as the firefly blog! I'm so glad you've just discovered my books. That is an amazing thing for me; I've been writing for two decades, but Firefly is out there like an actualy bug net, collecting new people. I'd love to hear which books are your favorites. Between Sisters will be coming out in trade paperback next month will a cool new cover.

Now, see, that's something I should have posted on facebook and this blog and I forgot. Dang it. :)

aloha,
K

July 24, 2009 at 9:09 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Dear Donna--

Fear not! As I said to Lisa, I, too, like the intimacy of this blog. It's so much more personal and I really look forward to hearing from all of you about things that really matter. Facebook is a whole different thing. That being said, because I'm so bad at self promotion, there's definitely information on facebook that I forget to mention. Keeping track on the fansite might not be a bad idea. :)

aloha,
K

July 24, 2009 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Dear Peach Blossom photograph--

I know, I know. The BBC purists. Kim is one herself. And don't get me wrong, I love that one. But truth be told, I love the angst Darcy shows in the newer version. So, shoot me. :)

aloha,
K

do love sense and sensibility, tho!

July 24, 2009 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Dear Lisa---

LOL! Now you're practically forcing me to read Honor thyself. I did love the cover, so maybe when I finish the new book (first draft--or hit a roadblock, whichever comes first), I'll read it.

aloha,
k

July 24, 2009 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Owen's Artwork said...

My favorite comfort movie is Love, Actually. I generally don't enjoy watching movies more than once, but I could watch this one over and over! Anyone else like that one?

July 25, 2009 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger april said...

I totally agree on the same points about The Holiday. I can't stop watching, but Cameron Diaz's character bugs me and I don't buy that they connect so quickly. Timelines are so important to me in movies.

Owen's Artwork, I love Love, Actually. It's one of the few that the husband I both enjoyed. I own it, but I don't think I've rewatched it in its entirety yet.

As for Facebook, if you don't go crazy with applications, I think you can be relatively safe. Also, I have my settings pretty strict so even friends of friends can't see anything. I have it set so my profile picture can't be seen though I change that setting often. I do let my friends see almost anything. I think it just takes some work to see what settings are available and keep up with them.

I love it as a marketing tool. I wonder how Suzanne Brockmann's virtual meet and greet will go this week. I get emails and notes from Julia Quinn and Eloisa James about upcoming releases, covers, bestseller news. I like that I don't have to go looking for information, it just shows up in my newsfeed. That said, I don't know if it works the same with a fanpage without having a message sent - maybe. I get messages from the fansite of Coldplay often.

July 27, 2009 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Owen's Artwork---

Love Actually is a great choice. I know there are issues, and people have different opinions, but I adore Hugh Grant. Which brings me to Four Weddings and a Funeral, which seems to get better with each viewing. Any character who quotes David Cassidy when declaring his love has my undying adoration. :)

welcome to the blog!
aloha,
k

July 27, 2009 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Dear April--

Okay, you've gotten my attention: what is an application? I've probably been blindly doing something that I shouldn't be. And what's a virtual meet-and-greet?

I totally agree with you about timelines on a movie or book? Sometimes a movie can have instant chemistry in a way that books can't sometimes match. I think we were supposed to love Cameron Diaz instantly, but I din't somehow. She had to grow on me. You know who I did love instantly? Diane Keaton in Something's gotta give.

aloha,
K

July 27, 2009 at 9:14 PM  
Blogger april said...

An application is any time someone sends you a quiz or something you have click "Allow" to run.

I'm not sure what the virtual meet-and-greet is, but Suzanne Brockmann is doing one through Facebook tomorrow for the release of her new book. It's live from 12-9 EST and involves Q&A or some such with her.

I'm not a huge fan of Cameron Diaz anyway. I like a few movies, but something about her doesn't click with me whereas I have a longer history with Diane Keaton so it's easier to like her instantly. I think that's why. I feel the same way about Meryl Streep. When she plays a nice character, I instantly like her and want to be her friend... and when she's bad, she plays EVIL. Awesome.

LOVE LOVE LOVE 4 Weddings and a Funeral. The boy and I both enjoy it. We love the whole ensemble. He actually likes British humor. We can both be a little dry in our humor so it works well.

July 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Lynn said...

Okay, April has good info on the facebook security. If you google facebook and security or security issues on facebook, you will get a lot of information. At least then you can know what exactly to watch for and what might be problematic.

July 29, 2009 at 7:32 PM  

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