Saturday, April 4, 2009

Urban Fantasy Bits and Bites

New Urban Fantasy Series from Fantasy Author Tad Williams
From SFScope via A Dribble of Ink, it appears that Tad Williams has sold a new urban fantasy series to DAW. Working titles for the books seem to be Sleeping Late on Judgment Day, Happy Hour In Hell, and Angels Rush In.
Bialer’s assistant, Lindsay Ribar, says that “as this is his first urban fantasy series, each book will be significantly shorter than his usual epic fantasy fare.”

Here is the blurb for the first book in the series –

“Doloriel is an angel. He doesn’t know who he used to be back on Earth, but now he works as an afterlife investigator for the Heavenly Host, making sure the souls being judged haven’t inflated their claims. It’s a minor job, but a cool one, since it means he often gets to go back to Earth to investigate, wearing a body and calling himself Bobby Dollar—or Bobby D. Doloriel’s latest assignment as Bobby D is supposed to be routine: figure out what happened to a recently disappeared soul, finish the paperwork, and make it look good for the folks upstairs. But a series of not-so-coincidental encounters—including one with a terribly attractive demon named Sennaie—makes him sure that there’s more at stake here than one missing soul.

“Knowing that he’s in over his head, Bobby D tries to pull out, but his bosses won’t let him. Somehow, his identity—more specifically, his identity from his former life back on Earth—is the key to the entire mystery, and he has to find out who he was before he becomes an unwitting pawn in a game of power that could end in the destruction of the entire human race.”

Marta Acosta Announces New YA Urban Fantasy
From Marta’s Vampire Wire blog -
If you'd like to read the first chapter of my young adult novel, The Shadow Girl of Birch Grove, it's now online. This novel has a vampire theme, but it's eerier and more somber than my Casa Dracula series. I'll be posting a few more chapters in the coming weeks.

Check it out, it looks very promising. Marta is looking for feedback and comment.

Kelley Armstrong Interview – Something a Little Different
Kelley Armstrong was interviewed recently by the Toronto Sun newspaper for of all things the ‘New Homes and Condos’ section. Check it out here.

Richelle Mead YA News
Richelle announced on her blog that she has signed with Razorbill (Vampire Academy's publisher) for seven more young adult books. In a later post she outlined the sequence –
  1. Vampire Academy
  2. Frostbite
  3. Shadow Kiss
  4. Blood Promise
  5. Untitled so far
    Note: That was supposed to be it for Rose's story. Now, with the new contract for seven more books, things will continue like this:
  6. Untitled so far (still about Rose) END ROSE'S SERIES
7-12 - Brand new series, possibly with Vampire Academy characters but unknown right now.

Blood Groove by Alex Bledsoe
I missed this title in my roundup of April releases. Coming 4/28/2009.

When centuries-old vampire Baron Rudolfo Zginski was staked in Wales in 1915, the last thing he expected was to reawaken in Memphis, Tennessee, sixty years later. Reborn into a new world of simmering racial tensions, the cunning nosferatu realizes he must adapt quickly if he is to survive.

Finding willing victims is easy, as Zginski possesses all the powers of the undead, including the ability to sexually enslave anyone he chooses. Hoping to learn how his kind copes with this bizarre new era, Zginski tracks down a nest of teenage vampires. But these young vampires have little knowledge of their true nature, having learned most of what they know from movies like Blacula.

Forming an uneasy alliance with the young vampires, Zginski begins to teach them the truth about their powers. They must learn quickly, for there’s a new drug on the street—a drug created to specifically target and destroy vampires. As Zginski and his allies track the drug to its source, they may unwittingly be stepping into a fifty-year-old trap that can destroy them all . . .

C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp News
The next book in the Sazi series Cold Moon Rising is coming in August and Serpent Moon will follow that in 2010. They also announced that they will be starting a new series appearing back-to-back for three months in 2010 in trade paperback editions. Not certain if the books are coming out under their new pen name of Cat Adams or not. Reviews Next Week
In an effort to get a little more organized I am trying to schedule my reviews ahead of time. Of course you know what they say about the best laid plans …

  • Monday - White Star by Elizabeth Vaughn
  • Tuesday - Pride by Rachel Vincent
  • Wednesday - The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
  • Thursday - Destiny Kills by Keri Arthur
  • Friday- Unseen World by Sean Cumming


  1. The Tad Williams sounds really interesting! Neat Armstrong interview too :) Haven't decided if I'm going to read Richelle Mead's series or not...

  2. Lady_tink I suspect the Tad Williams stories will come off more like de Lint type of urban fantasy than contemporary urban fantasy, but will likely be good nevertheless. I think even Kelley found the interview amusing.

  3. Just finished book 2 of the Vampire Academy series, and it's really great! However, I sort of like the idea that it will have a definite end to the series, and then on to the next new one. While I'm a total series addict, lately I've been able to appreciate it when an author can create a larger series arc, including a finale. It makes for really satisfying reading. And, of course, I'll really look forward to reading RM's new series.

    Looking forward to your reviews of White Star, Pride, and the new Charles de Lint!

  4. Hi Renee it seems Richelle has really hit her stride turning out some great books and series. All of the upcoming reviews were for books enjoyed - no clinkers among them :)


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