Saturday, April 25, 2009

Urban Fantasy News and Tidbits

Author Events

A reminder that Diana Rowland will be guest posting here on Wednesday April 29th to talk about her urban fantasy debut novel Mark of the Demon (my review here) and I will have an interview with fantasy author John Marco on Tuesday, May 5. His new young adult fantasy novel Starfinder launches the same day (my review here).

Contest Alerts

Author News and Updates

Chloe Neill (Some Girls Bite) is introducing a interesting new feature on her blog The Daily Snark - WIP (Work in Progrss) Thursday. If you're a writer, drop by, leave a comment, and let her know what you're working on. Each Thursdy, she will pick one commenter and feature their WIP on the blog.

Chloe's WIP: I'm currently (1) awaiting the third of four rounds of edits on FRIDAY NIGHT BITES, and (2) I'm in the final stages of drafting FIRESPELL, the first book in my new young adult series.
If you would like an opportunity to chat with Chloe here are the details for an event next week.
Where: The Knight Agency Forum
When: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 9:00 p.m. est.
How: Visit the chat room, and type in a username and password. Your computer must be Java-enabled to chat.

Kmont at Lurv à la Mode has a great new author spotlight on Seanan McGuire who has a new urban fantasy series coming out beginning with Rosemary and Rue which releases September 1, 2009 followed by A Local Habitation in March 2010 and An Artificial Night in September 2010. The series features amazing Chris McGrath covers. Seanan McGurie on her website says the titles are from Shakespeare's plays and that several more books are planned.

The first three books are finished. I'm currently revising book four, Late Eclipses, while writing book five, The Brightest Fell. There are definitely at least two more after that: Ashes of Honor and Tributes in the Dust.

Yasemine Galenorn talks about her works in progress and advises that she has Bone Magic (book seven in the Otherworld series) coming January 5, 2010 and Inked, an anthology with an Otherworld novella in it (Etched in Silver—the story of when Camille and Trillian first met and how they became sexually bound to one another). And in June 2010, Night Myst the first in her new Indigo Court urban fantasy series. will be released. Yasmine can be reached via her website at, and via MySpace: She is also the co-founder of the Witchy Chicks.

C.E. Murphy is working on Demon Hunts, book five of the Walker Papers. Book four, Walking Dead, will be out in September 1, 2009.

Rachel Vincent has an excerpt from the upcoming Prey (July 1, 2009) online. Check out her post on the Deadline Dames for more information.

Illustration Academy Website

If you are a lover of illustration, Irene Gallo the Art Diector at Tor brings this to our attention -

The Illustration Academy just revamped their website with lots of cool goodies to steal away your time. Galleries of the instructors and students, podcasts, and mini demo videos. Includes Jon Foster, George Pratt, Gary Kelley, Sterling Hundley, Anita Kunz, and others. They also started a blog and, considering the artist at their disposal, it has potential to be an amazing daily stop.

George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones to Film in Northern Ireland

Lots of news floating around this week about the announcement that the first book in George R.R. Martin's Ice and Fire series ewill be filmed in Northern Ireland commenicing in October. Here are a few of the links borrowed from Tor and Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. You can also check out the Winter Is Coming website - the "official" source for news and rumours about HBO's Game of Thrones.

SteamPunk Magazine

If you like steampunk, be sure to check out the SteamPunk Magazine website where you can download Issue #5 of this awesome magazine.


  1. Wow, thanks for all the great info! I can see I'll be making quite a few visits to these links. :-)

  2. Thanks for the info about Steampunk Magazine! I hadn't heard of them yet.

  3. Wow! All kinds of neat things! I'm going off to explore them now :)

  4. Renee so many cool places to visit, I wish I had more time to collect them...

    Catherine it has some great content and steampunk content is scarce.

    Lady_tink . . . adventurer!

  5. Wow Doug!!

    Thanks for all the news! And the contest links!

    I'll be back to check out you guest blogs and interviews, sounds great!

    Dottie :)

  6. Thanks for the link to Steampunk Magazine and the update about C. E. Murphy(I dunno how I missed this!).

  7. Thanks Dottie - look forward to you dropping in a leaving a comment.

    Pissenlit I love the Walker Papers storeis - it's been too long since the last one. She has so many series going.


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