Saturday, June 6, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Canadian science fiction and fantasy author Tanya Huff was here this week to discuss her newest book, The Enchantment Emporium, a terrific urban fantasy and not to be missed. If you missed it, you can view the interview here.

Jacqueline Carey will be returning for an interview on Naamah’s Kiss, her newest Kushiel novel on June 17. Check out my Naamah’s Kiss Kissing Contest for an opportunity to win the book. Five copies are up for grabs. First draw is this coming Thursday.

And mark your calendars for Rachel Vincent who will be here July 1 to talk about Prey, the fourth installment in her Shifters series.

In honor of Amazon Ink's release Lori Devoti is running a contest and you can win an autographed, first edition copy of Kat Von D's (star of The Learning Channel's "L.A. Ink" and one of the most talented and popular tat artists working today) "High Voltage Tattoo" a graphic perspective on today's global tattoo culture and Mel's (the protagonist of Amazon Ink) favorite headgear-a Wisconsin Badger cap! See Lori's Web site for details.

The Book Smugglers has another flash giveaway good until Midnight tonight with another two fabulous batches of books.

Anna’s Book Blog continues her month long series of giveaways celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the blog. The next contest starts Monday.

Janicu's Book Blog is giving away an ARC of Soulless by Gail Carriger.

Author Seanan McGuire has a contest for an ARC of her debut urban fantasy Rosemary and Rue. Details here.

If you are in the US, EOS books is looking for Advance Readers for Dawnbreaker by Jocelynn Drake. Details here.

Carolyn Jewel is over at Patti O'Shea's blog pimping My Forbidden Desire and giving away a copy of My Wicked Enemy. So check it out. Leave a comment.Rachel Vincent kicking off the forthcoming release of her fourth Shifter book by giving away a complete, signed set of all four (available) Shifters books. That's Stray, Rogue, Pride, and Prey. Details here.

To celebrate the new release date for Darkness Unleashed, Alexandra Ivy is giving everyone a chance to win an autographed copy of the coverflat! Details here.

Susan McLeod continues here promotion for the release of her second novel The Cold Kiss of Death with a contest for signed copy of the book plus a signed copy of The Sweet Scent of Blood and more. Details here.

Darque Reviews has a contest for the first three Marked series books by S.J. Day.Chloe Neill has an interview over at A Novel Idea where you can comment to win a signed copy of Some Girls Bite. Contest ends Sunday so make haste.

Fang-tastic Books has a giveaway for a copy of In Over Her Head by Judi Fennell.Author C.E. Murphy has a giveaway for a copy of Fantasy Medley. Details here.

C.E. Murphy’s agent is celebrating her 16th year of being an agent by running a contest for ARCs and books written by her clients all this week. Go read her instructions carefully and participate.

Acclaimed fantasy author David Eddings passed away this past week. Tributes here, here and here.

Jim Butcher sold a collection of Dresden Files stories, including some originals, to Anne Sowards for Roc via Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Agency. [Source: Locus]

Jackie Kessler’s YA Hunger, "about an anorexic teenager who becomes the new Famine of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse," sold to the Graphic imprint of Harcourt. A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Eating Disorders Association. [Source: Locus]

From the P.C. Cast blog – “The rewrite of Tempted is almost finished, and then I'll be working on the text part of the illustrated Fledgling Handbook.

An interview with Rachel Caine over at SF Signal.

Lurv à la Mode shows off the cover for Darkness Burning by Delilah Devlin, the third book in her Dark Realm paranormal romance series. Visit Delilah’s website here.

Richelle Mead tells us on her blog that the third Dark Swan book (aka the Eugenie series) will be called Iron Crowned and the fifth Vampire Academy book, out in April, will be called Spirit Bound.

Author Judi Fennell whose debut In Over Her Head was just released will have Wild Blue Under and Catch of a Lifetime following in November ’09 and February ‘10.

Lynn Viehl has another very funny post called The Twenty Most Annoying People You Meet at a Writer's Conference over at her blog.

As always lots more news for the week not covered here to be found over at Literary Escapism. Essential reading so check it out.

Erica Hayes: Featured New Author

Tez Says revealed the cover from Erica Hayes 2nd Shadowfae Chronicles book, Shadowglass due for release April 2010. Book 1, Shadowfae hits shelves October 13, 2009. You can visit her blog here and website here.

Book Trailer for Shadowfae:

Steal souls. Live in hell. Never die.

In a city infested with psychotic fairies and run by sadistic vampire mafiosi, life as a soul-sucking succubus rarely involves lacy lingerie, hot guys or great sex.

Instead, Jade must spend her nights seducing gangsters and murderers, or simpering as a trophy girl for hell's minions.

So when she discovers a forbidden ritual that promises to break hell's thrall and set her free, she's got nothing to lose, even if it involves seducing the four most repellent souls in town.

But when you're cheating hell, there's always a catch...

A seductive magic mirror, deep in a demon's lair. A simple warning: don't stare at the glass. A light-fingered fairy who can't resist.

For Ice, a compulsive fairy thief, life is a wild party of mayhem, fae trickery and magical confidence scams. She's never cared about rules or warnings, so when she filches a demon's beguiling magic mirror, she can't resist taking a peek.

Malicious enchantment strikes, and Ice can no longer tell a lie. If she can't undo the spell, she'll have to turn respectable. Two words: no way.

It sounds simple, especially when Indigo, a frosty metalfae thief, agrees to help her, as he too has fallen foul of the mirror's mischief. But when the mirror's victims start turning up dead, it seems someone doesn't want Ice or Indigo cured. As they draw closer to answers — and to each other — Indigo remains stubbornly silent about the nature of his enchantment. Is he the killer's target? Or does he harbour a more chilling secret?


  1. Thanks for all the news and links!

  2. Thank you for posting about my Soulless ARC contest!

  3. Thank you for the great report and wonderful links. :)

  4. I didn't have a chance to post the other day but wanted to say ty for posting about all these great contests! I entered quite a few of them. :)

  5. Thanks for posting so many great links - especially all those contests!

  6. Shadowfae Chronicles sound pretty good and love those book covers, very sexy. Thanks for the roundup!

  7. Always welcome Chris!

    Janicu the more the merrier. I am always happy to post a link in my Weekend Report. Send me notices in advance if you like so I don't miss them.

    I thought the weekend needed a little sprucing up Hilcia - thanks!

    Rachael I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Good luck on winning a few, there are some great prizes.

    Wanderer you bet!

    Fantasy Dreamer I hope to have Erica Hayes guest in October. Very catchy covers Reminds me a bit of L.A. Banks series.


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