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Updated: Sep 17, 2012 03:20 PM EDT

Beautiful Disaster

"Beautiful Disaster" by Jamie McGuire
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Fans are always looking for the next "Fifty Shades of Grey," and they might just have it.

"Beautiful Disaster" author Jamie McGuire recently posted a teaser of "Walking Disaster," the sequel to the first "Disaster."

According to her website, "Walking Disaster" is currently available for pre-order. McGuire posted a teaser from the second book. [READ HERE]

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Atria Books said that the sequel, "Walking Disaster," is expected to release in 2013 and will continue the story from Travis Maddox's point of view.

"Beautiful Disaster" is described:

"The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

"Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs-and wants-to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis' apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match."

Beautiful Disaster" is considered to be the "young adult" version of the erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" by bestselling author E.L. James. It is #6 on the New York Times Paperback Trade Fiction list.

Abby reminds readers of the virginal Anastasia Steele. Travis reminds them of the sexy billionaire, BDSM-crazed Christian Grey. In both stories, the man takes dominance over the woman.

McGuire has sold more than 300,000 copies on her own, self-publishing first as an e-book and later as a trade paperback in October through Amazon's Createspace, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources said that Warner Bros and CBS Films are engaged in a heated bidding way to acquire movie rights to the novel, which, like "Fifty Shades," was initially self-published online, became a hit, and then got picked up by a publisher (Atria Books).

The book also got rave reviews:

I agree with other reviewers who refer to this book as the literary equivalent of black tar heroin. I couldn't put this book down, even though I probably should have. I enjoyed the book but I'm not sure why (I only curled up in the fetal position on the floor of my shower weeping manly tears of shame while muttering "why?", like twice after all).

Wow...Travis, Travis, Travis. I liked him, I hated him, I liked him again...I worried about his sanity...then I loved him. And, oddly enough, I had a lot of the same feelings about Abby! So many times I wanted to scream at her, then him, then her again! Great, complex characters. I loved this!! Wonderful story, wonderful world, wonderful author!

It's a book, and only a book, and I enjoyed it. I think I'll stop reading reviews before I read a book. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I don't want to deterred from a book again. I want to make my own decision. :) And in my opinion, I LOVED Travis! Great book, Jamie. Life is not roses all the time and everybody can change.

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