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Thursday, January 16, 2014

And the Winner is...

It's that time of year again when the Oscar nominations have been announced and everyone is flocking to the theaters to see the chosen films and actors. My predictions for our 2014 winners? I’ve listed them below.

Let's first talk about books...

I have often thought how much fun it would be to be a member of the Academy of Arts and vote for the year's best film. How much more fun would it be to select the book upon which the potential Oscar winner is based? Well, listen up, all you film moguls, directors, and producers out there in Movieland, I have a few suggestions: two incredibly good novels from last year and one that will be released this coming February.

Let's start with Angela Correll's Grounded , a "feel good" contemporary women's novel about returning to your roots and finding true love. It's a charming, tender story that would make a delightful movie. I can just picture the sweeping scenes filmed on location in the rolling Blue Grass hills of Kentucky with Cate Blanchett playing the lead and a crusty Emma Thompson as her feisty grandmother. Maybe Emma might also lend her directing talents to the filmmaking, as well.

The Midnight Rose by one of my favorite authors, Lucinda Riley, is an historical novel that will take you back to the pre-World War I era. Its interesting and intriguing plot twists and turns will keep you up reading well into the night. With one of its main protagonists a Hollywood film star shooting on location in the English countryside in the early 21st Century, this is sure to be a movie-within-a-movie blockbuster hit. Let's see—Cate Blanchett, once again, as the lead actress, Colin Firth as her love interest, and Richard Chamberlain as the quirky Lord of the Manor. Judi Dench, of course, must play the housekeeper.

And then there's Stillwater, Nicole Lea Helget's third novel set in Minnesota territory during the 1800s on the cusp of the Civil War that is to be published next month. The two fraternal twins, Clement and Angel are separated at birth and raised apart in totally opposite environs, yet are inexplicitly connected. This historical novel with its mystical overtones is as rollicking and robust as the Wild West once was, complete with the best cast of lively characters I've met in a long time. The adult leads? Might I suggest Daniel Radcliffe as Clement and, perhaps, Jennifer Lawrence to play his sister? Meryl Streep would make a great Sister St. John.

Here's the link to http://www.authorexposure.com/ so that you can read my reviews. Of course, you'll have to read the books first before we, er, they go into production...

Okay, here are my current Oscar picks for 2014:

- Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
- Best Actress: Judi Dench (Philomensa)
- Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
- Best Supporting Actress: June Squibb (Nebraska)
- Best Picture: Philomena

Happy watching, everybody, and, of course, happy reading!
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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,