Saturday, June 28, 2014

Real-Life Masters and Johnson Come to Life! On July 9, Life.Com will offer several photos of the sex researcher as well an an original essay adapted from my book

The real Masters and Johnson are coming to Life. 
   On July 9, plans to run a photo essay featuring the magazine's original 1960s pictures of the real-life researchers, William Masters and Virginia Johnson -- including several previously-unpublished candid photos of the two never seen before.
    These Life photos were taken for a 1966 feature published just as Masters and Johnson became famous. I'm writing an original 1,200-word essay to go with these photos. It talks about Masters and Johnson as portrayed in my book and, of course, our wonderful Showtime series created by Michelle Ashford. 

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This time last year, when Virginia Johnson passed away at age 88, I spoke with CBS News about her legacy. It would be only a few weeks before the Showtimes series debuted. Here's the segment introduced by Charlie Rose.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

"Masters of Sex" Actress Allison Janney Wins Award For Role In TV Series Based on The Book

Allison Janney, Joyce P. McGurrin and author
on the set of "Masters of Sex" during filming of Season 1
Congrats to Allison for a great performance!

(CNN) -- Allison Janney doubled down at the 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards. The actress was the only performer to score two wins, one for guest performer on Showtime's "Masters of Sex" and in a tie for supporting comedy actress for CBS' "Mom," which she shared with Kate Mulgrew from Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black." The fourth annual ceremony was held Thursday at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and honored the best in television.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Free Book Giveaway For "When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys" -- Enter To Win in GoodReads Contest, Deadline June 22

Click HERE To Enter Contest for Free Copy

   Time is running short to enter to win "When Lions Roar: The Churchills and the Kennedys" as part of the Goodreads promotional contest ending June 22. (Hope all my friends and fans of "Masters of Sex", my last book made into a Showtime series of the same name, like this new book, full action and remarkable characters at crucial time in the 20th Century).

Here some of the recommendations:
"Many great personalities appear to history in cutout. Thomas Maier reminds us that few of them succeed outside an intricate network of public and private relationships, beginning with their families. In weaving together the stories of these two, Maier has made the best sort of collective biography: expansive, intimate, captivating and, evidently, a labor of love." -Ken Weisbrode, author of Churchill and the King: The Wartime Alliance of Winston Churchill and George VI

"A highly enjoyable and expertly-told account of two of the most important political families of the twentieth century." -Richard Toye, author of Churchill's Empire: The World that Made Him and the World He Made"Thomas Maier has achieved the remarkable feat of offering rich new insight into the lives, achievements, and failures of two famous families, the Churchills and the Kennedys. If you think you know everything there is to know about the Churchills and Kennedys, you're wrong. Maier examines his subjects as no biographer has before. It is a monumental accomplishment." -Terry Golway, author of The Irish in America andMachine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

Thursday, June 5, 2014

In New EW Cover, Art Imitates Life on the Couch! New Sony BluRay/DVD of Season 1 Appears This Month, with Doc about the Book turned into TV series; Season 2 debuts July 13

You gotta love how much this terrific new cover from Entertainment Weekly, featuring actors Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, resembles this photo of the real Masters and Johnson from my book. Ok, Bill and Virginia are not locked in an embrace but they do look like they're sitting on the same 1950s couch. And in both renditions, Dr. Masters is wearing his trademark bow-tie! Of course, Lizzy does a great job of channelling her inner Virginia Johnson, too!

... And let's not forget, the author gets to chat it up about Masters of Sex in the new Sony Blu-Ray Package released June 24 by Sony. Here's what the press release says:

Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features:
The Real Masters: A Conversation with Thomas Maier 
-Masters of Sex is based upon the biography of Masters and Johnson by acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier. In this featurette, Maier shares some of the most amazing discoveries he made about the lives of Masters and Johnson while researching them for his book. Maier also talks about the extraordinary influence that Masters and Johnson have had on American culture in general.

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