08 January, 2013

S.G. Rogers Guest Post and Giveaway: From Paperback To Popcorn

Welcome S.G. Rogers to Read My Mind today! She's here to talk a little about her favorite fantasy books turned movies.

About The Author:
Originally from Southern California, S.G. Rogers has lived in Asheville, North Carolina and Laurel, Mississippi. She earned her first black belt in Tae Kwon Do from martial arts champion Billy Blanks.

Later on, she earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido from Master Myung Kim. Currently residing in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, S.G. Rogers writes fantasy and romantic fantasy stories.

She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer and the occasional gator. Although she’s most often drawn to speculative fiction, she’s been known to break away to write other genres.

Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss.

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From Paper to Popcorn: S.G. Rogers’ Top 10 Fantasy Books-Turned-Movies

1) Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (1986). This marvelous novel became an animated movie of the same name in 2004.

2) Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum (1900). The classic story became a unforgettable Technicolor film in 1939.

3) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was published by J.K. Rowling in 2000. The movie version was released in 2005.

4) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was published by J.K. Rowling in 2003. The film of the same name was released in 2007.

5) The Princess Bride was a 1973 novel written by William Goldman. The book was adapted into a first-rate movie in 1987.

6) The Time Machine was a novella written by H.G. Wells in 1895. Although there have been many adaptations, my favorite is the 1960 version starring Rod Taylor.

7) Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote the Barsoom series of novels beginning in 1911. John Carter (2012) was a very enjoyable adaptation.

8) A Christmas Carol was a Victorian-era novella written by Charles Dickens in 1843. My favorite adaptation is the 1970 movie musical with Albert Finney.

9) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court was a novel written by Mark Twain in 1889. In 1949, it became one of my favorite movies starring Bing Crosby.

10) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe was published in 1950, and was written by C.S. Lewis. The 2005 film has some marvelous special effects.

Here's an excerpt from the beginning of TOURNAMENT OF CHANCE to whet your appetite!


“Today is a momentous occasion,” said King Chance, after he’d settled himself on a cushion. His booming voice resonated across the field. “Let the finalists for the Tournament of Chance come forward.”

“Your Majesty, I present Lady Felicia of the Valley and Heather of the Jagged Peaks,” announced Sir Fitzelle.

Felicia glided toward the king as if to greet an old friend, but Heather hung back. Now that the moment had arrived to actually meet the king and queen, her feet were frozen to the ground. Suddenly wishing for
invisibility, she forced herself to move toward the king’s canopy. All eyes swiveled in her direction as she stood next to Felicia. Murmurings and titters rippled through the royals at Heather’s appearance. Although Felicia ignored her altogether, the queen openly laughed, as did many of the courtiers. A rosy blush crept toward Heather’s hairline.

The king beamed at Felicia. “How splendid to see you again, dear girl.”

“And you, Your Majesty,” Felicia responded. Her smile showed the lovely dimples in her cheeks.

Queen Chelsea frowned — far less pleased to see Felicia than was her husband. King Chance next focused his attention on Heather. His welcoming expression did not slip one bit, but Heather was taken aback. His eyes resembled those of a cold, poisonous snake.


When a beautiful commoner enters the Tournament of Chance archery competition, her thwarted victory sparks a revolution in the oppressive kingdom of Destiny. Although Heather never believed the legends about the restoration of Ormaria, after three shape-shifting Ormarian wizards awaken from a long magical slumber, she joins their perilous quest to regain the throne.

Heather battles vicious predators and angry trolls to free the wizards’ magic, but at a horrendous cost. She is unexpectedly torn from the arms of the man she loves and hurled back in time to fulfill a prophecy not yet written. The ensuing maelstrom tests Heather’s survival skills, wits, and endurance.

Will she become an unwritten footnote in history, or can she trust the magic to lead her back to her one true love?

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Thanks to Kathy at Book Blasts and Blog Tours, as well as the author of TOURNAMENT OF CHANCE, S.G. Rogers, there is also a $25 GC Giveaway! Just enter via the rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
Good Luck!

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Ends 1/23/12

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