Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Night With Nicholas Sparks And A Giveaway

There has been a lot of buzz in the last few days about the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel, SAFE HAVEN, Safe Haven media tie-inwhich hits theaters this Valentine’s Day. A special one-night event will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and intimate interviews with the filmmakers, author, and actors from SAFE HAVEN discussing the book becoming a major motion picture.

The special event will begin at 8 p.m. (ET) at various movie theatres throughout the U.S. and run for approximately 90 minutes. 

This special one-night event, broadcast live from LA Castle Studios in Burbank, Calif., will feature the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sparks in a live discussion and Q&A session with fans about the cinematic adaptation of his best-selling novel, SAFE HAVEN

Moderated by Extra TV host Maria Menounos and featuring appearances from the film’s stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Life as We Know It) and Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages, Footloose) as well as Oscar®-nominated director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules), producers Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga) and Wyck Godfrey (The Twilight Saga), fans will be treated to exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes footage of the eagerly- awaited film.

Thanks to Marissa and the good folks at Grand Central Publishing, I have a movie-tie-in edition of SAFE HAVEN to giveaway. If you haven’t read the book yet, check out my review of the audio version of the story. It’s a story that will stay with you. Please see the end of the post for the giveaway guidelines.

Tickets for “A Night with Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven: Filmmakers, Author and Stars Bring the Book to Life” are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 500 select movie theaters across the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. 

“This event promises to be an exciting new way to connect with fans around the country – a first for me and the talented creative team behind Safe Haven,” said Sparks. “I can’t wait to talk about the unique collaboration with Josh and Julianne, who transformed the characters in my book into living people whose loves and losses will come to life soon on the big screen. It’s been a privileged experience working with Lasse, Marty and Wyck on this film and now my readers will have a chance to share in that experience as well.” 

An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to love again, SAFE HAVEN is based on the novel by Sparks, the best-selling author behind the hit films The Notebook and Dear John. When a mysterious young woman (Hough) arrives in a small North Carolina town, her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex (Duhamel), a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller. The film is also stars Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) and David Lyons (J.J. Abram’s Revolution). Bowen, Godfrey, Sparks and Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) served as producers. 

Now for the giveaway guidelines. To enter, send me an e-mail (mcbookshelf@gmail.com) with the subject line, “Win SAFE HAVEN.” Your message should include your name and mailing address. The contest is open to residents of the U.S. only and no post office box addresses can be accepted. And, just so you know, I don’t share this information with anyone other than the publisher nor use it for any other purpose. The deadline to enter this giveaway for a movie-tie-in edition of SAFE HAVEN will be 8 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Thanks everyone for stopping by today. Have you read SAFE HAVEN? Have you seen other movies based on Nicolas Sparks’ books? Do you think the movies followed the books accurately?


  1. Mason - Thanks for letting us know about this. It ought to be a terrific event!

  2. I both read and saw The Notebook and, while the movie did a fair job of capturing the story, it didn't tear me up the way the book did.

  3. I have a copy of The Notebook, but have yet to watch it. Haven't read the book.

  4. I agree, the books tug at your heartstrings more than the movies do.


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