Saturday, June 13, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Jacqueline Carey will be here this week of an interview about her newest book Naamah’s Kiss on June 17. The “Naamah’s Kiss” Kissing Contest continues with an opportunity to win the book. Three copies remain to be drawn, two on June 18 the day after the interview and the last on June 25 the day after the book launch.

Speaking of contests, you have until June 14 to enter my contest for the 10th anniversary edition of Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. Details here.

And mark your calendars because Rachel Vincent will be here July 1 to talk about Prey, the fourth Shifters book. I love this series.

July is shaping up to be a busy month for guests as well, with authors Laura Resnick (Disappearing Nightly), Mike Carey (the Felix Castor series) and the returning Rachel Vincent (YA urban fantasy, My Soul To Take). I have a fabulous Giveaway contest planned for July for the Mike Carey Felix Castor series. I’ll post more details after the first of next month.

A full list of all Author Events & Interviews as well as Giveaways can be found on my blog sidebar.


Vampire Wire is having a contest for The Strain, a new vampire novel from acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, author of Prince of Thieves and The Standoff. The contest runs through Wednesday night, June 17.

Rachel Vincent to celebrate the July 1 launch of her fourth Shifter book Prey is having a contest to win the first four books (Stray, Rogue, Pride and Prey). Details here.

The Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog has a Giveaway for a signed copy of Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson. Enter before June 23rd.

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog has a giveaway for four copies of Carpe Corpus (Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine. Winners will be selected Wednesday June 24th. Open everywhere.

You can win a signed copy of the latest WVMP Radio series installment, Bad to the Bone by Jeri Smith-Ready at Patricia’s Vampire Notes. Contest portion ends July 13 at 11:59 PM PT.

Author Suzanne McLeod continues here contest celebrating her upcoming release of The Cold Kiss of Death with a Zombie Fest Giveaway.


Ace/Roc editor Anne Sowards says she is working on a new urban fantasy anthology for January 2010 called Inked that will contain a novella by Karen Chance. She is also working on Elizabeth Vaughan's Destiny’s Star (I reviewed White Star here in April), a fantasy romance set in the Warprize universe for release in April 2010.

Katie MacAlister (Aisling Gray, Dark Ones and Silver Dragons series) says –

“I am in the process of moving the Otherworld Encyclopedia from its former site to a new one, with more traditional wiki software. The site is still in progress, but if you are interested in dipping your toes into the world of wikis, you're welcome to roll up your sleeves, register, and join the other readers who are having fun adding information about their favorite books and characters.”
L.A. Banks reveals that the current plan for the Crimson Moon series is that it will consist of six books. Banks recently turned in book four, Cursed to Death, which is slated for a September 29 release. Read an excerpt on the Crimson Moon website.

Missed from the June list of forthcoming books was Back to Life by Linda O. Johnston, a paranormal romance featuring Valkyries which blends Norse mythology and police action. Read more on Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance Blog.

Alyssa Day is ecstatic that her newest Atlantis novel, Atlantis Unleashed, has hit the New York Times best seller list. She says –
“Thank you SO MUCH to all of you for supporting me and reading my books and hanging in there when Justice took a while to come out. I am laughing and crying and am going to drink champagne now. Just wanted to share how overwhelmingly happy and grateful I am to all of you!!!!”

Here is a recent interview of Alyssa Day by Romantic Times about the series.

SF&F author Sharon Lee has suggested that June 23 be declared the official Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Day (in which I include urban fantasy as a sub-genre). I concur! Read more on her thoughts here.

Katie MacAlister is showing off the UK covers for both Playing With Fire and Up in Smoke. Very nice!

Jaci Burton advises that the Forbidden Fantasies hardcover anthology has just been released in trade paperback today with stories by Jaci Burton, Sahara Kelly, Cheyenne McCray, Lorie O’Claire, Jaid Black, Sherri King, Ann Jacobs and Jory Strong. Here’s the blurb –

Indulge yourself with this collection of unforgettably steamy adventures. In Bossy & Clyde, USA Today bestselling author Jaid Black's psychic artist Kandrea Kane doesn't predict the erotic energy her architect's masculine touch will ignite in her voluptuous body. Then Werewolf Chantal Devlin gets a red-hot sexual release from a night of anonymous ecstasy in Jaci Burton's delectably dangerous tale of mistaken identity, Legend's Passion. Ann Jacobs entices readers into an Eternal Triangle with an erotic trip to a Cajun paradise that unlocks forbidden desires in a mortal master and his sensuous vampire submissives. Sexy DEA agent Santiago puts fiery-haired Tess on her naughtiest bedroom behavior in New York Times bestselling author Cheyenne McCray's Wild Ride. From outer space to Regency England, these irresistibly naughty original stories -- and four tempting others -- from eight award-winning, bestselling authors will thrill you and make you long for more....
Jackie at Literary Escapism has a fabulous scoop on a new anthology called My Zombie Valentine to be released in January 2010. Stories by Katie MacAlister, Angie Fox, Marianne Mancusi and Lisa Cach.

And here is more information on Jackie Kessler’s forthcoming YA novel Hunger from an interview she did with C. T. Adams and Cathy L. Clamp -
In fall 2010, HUNGER will launch (from Harcourt/Graphia). HUNGER is about an anorexic teenage girl who becomes the new Famine of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It’s a hard look at eating disorders (and to a lesser degree, world hunger), and it focuses on the protagonist’s struggle with internal demons and external forces. This is my first-ever YA novel, and it’s also completely different than anything else I’ve written. If I had to pigeonhole it into a genre, I’d call it “magic realism.” If I write one important story throughout my entire career as a novelist, this one’s it.
Beginning July 5, The Galaxy Express will feature a series of daily guest posts from authors and Skiffy Rommers on a variety of science fiction romance related topics. Heather Massey says –
“I’ll also bring you news directly from the conference courtesy of my correspondents—SFR bloggers who will be smack dab in the thick of things. I’ll be posting conference links as they relate to SFR and there might be a few surprises here and there as well.”
An interesting discussion on Genre Definitions and What To Do With Them by Carrie Vaughn over at the Genreality Blog.

Richelle Mead has a brand new website dedicated to the Vampire Academy YA urban fantasy novels. She says -
“First: the good folks at Razorbill (my VA publishers) have made a brand new Vampire Academy Website, which is a lot nicer than the 1995-quality HTML one I have on my own site. Go check out their hard work! There's VA wallpaper there, plus countdown widgets for Blood Promise.”
Jeaniene Frost reveals more details on the forthcoming Unbound anthology, a dark fantasy anthology releasing August 25th.
"Kim Harrison reveals a hidden adventure, as Jenks and Bis investigate a strange haunting...and find far more than they ever expected. Melissa Marr delivers her first adult story, featuring a young woman struggling to escape the supernatural fate of her family. Jeaniene Frost goes to New Orleans, where Bones must face down a ruthless pair of serial killers, while Vicki Pettersson returns to Sin City and the war between Light and Shadow, and one man's fight for his soul. Jocelynn Drake's tale is set in Savannah, where a strange murder calls the balance between human and nightwalker into question." My contribution to the anthology is Reckoning, a prequel written entirely in Bones's point of view. Let me stress that "prequel" means Cat isn't in this. The story is set about three or four months before Bones first meets Cat. Since this is a dark fantasy anthology, Night Huntress readers shouldn't expect to see Bones at his most romantic, either. Actually, in this story, Bones is at his most badass. I wrote much of Reckoning while listening to Sweet Dreams by Marilyn Manson on repeat. Get the picture? ;-)

Also on the New York Times best sellers list this month is Yasmine Galenorn whose Demon Mistress debuts at #16 in the paper on June 21st, 2009.

Patricia’s Vampire Notes has a great guest interview with Jeri Smith-Ready called OCD and Vampires where she also reveals some tidbits about the next WVMP book –
“The only one whose compulsion remains a mystery--to our main character Ciara, at least--is Monroe, the enigmatic 40s blues player. His unique idiosyncrasy will be revealed in Book 3, tentatively titled BRING ON THE NIGHT (coming in 2010)."

Kelley Armstrong says the release date for Tales of the Otherworld is April 2010. View the cover here.

Laurell K. Hamilton gets USA Today coverage of the newest Anita Blake novel Skin Trade in an article here.

Maria Lima says she is busy working on Book 4 of her Blood Lines series, tentatively titled Blood Heat, The cover for the third book Blood Kin can be viewed here.

Ace has partnered with Dabel Brothers to bring a second series of Patricia Briggs to the comic crowd. The Mercy Thompson series has already been adapted by Dabel Brothers. The Alpha and Omega series will debut in August as a four part comic series to be fully encapsulated in a graphic novel to be released in November.

The first 6 chapters of City of Souls by Vicki Pettersson, the fourth book in her Sign of the Zodiac series can be read here.


C. T. Adams and Cathy L. Clamp are currently running a contest asking for suggestions as to the world name for an upcoming series they are working on. It will be a back-to-back release of three books coming in 2010. They'll take all suggestions, even silly ones. The winner will (obviously) get the series named what they suggested, will receive an autographed ARC of the first book and . . . if they're so inclined, will become a character in the SECOND book (which they're writing right now!) Send your ideas to: catadamsfans(at) Here is what they have to say -
“The thing is we have no idea what to name the series. Book titles we can handle (well, we're not really GOOD at them, but we usually muddle through) but we need to come up with something that "brands" the series and makes it POP. So, here’s a summary, help us out: “

Celia Graves has always been an underdog. A resilient woman, she came through a difficult childhood with both physical and mental scars, but has carved out a fairly happy life for herself. She is 28 years old and single with a black sense of humor. She has always believed herself to be “vanilla human” in a supernatural world, with no psychic or metaphysical talents as she failed all of the standard tests administered in school miserably. While many would consider this a handicap, she definitely doesn’t as she saw the difficulties her sister had with an out-of-control gift and has seen first-hand the dark side of what people will do to try to force someone to use their magical or psychic talents for financial gain.

She is self-employed as a bodyguard in Southern California and thus gets to rub elbows with all nature of people including the rich and famous. She particularly specializes in protection from monsters and metaphysical threats. Her method of protecting her clients involves specialized weapons, methodical planning, and her knowledge of the paranormal. She's an admitted "gadget geek" and tends to buy expensive metaphysical toys to scout out danger.

Celia is attractive, with silver-blonde hair and storm gray eyes. She considers herself to be “doing all right” in the looks department but “not having won the genetic lottery.” Since she spends a great deal of her time in the company of actors and “stars” she truly isn’t exceptional looking. She has never bothered with charms to enhance her looks. She is well above normal intelligence and most of her friendships are relationships that were forged in college. So were the loves of her life. She has two VERY different men who are on-again/off-again. Randy is a werewolf, very fair, yet secretive and distant. Bruno is an Italian stud, but is lighthearted and a very powerful mage. Celia was once engaged to Bruno, but rumor has it she's Randy's "chosen", the other half of his shapeshifter power---and hence, his greatest weakness.

But Celia isn't as "vanilla" as she seems. Her Grandfather was from a race of sirens, residents of the ocean and possessing unique abilities. When Celia is bitten by a vampire, who attempted to bring her over, it didn't kill her. Instead she's changed . . . different, unlike anything the world has seen. What will that mean for her? She doesn't know. All she knows is that humans, vampires and sirens alike consider her an "abomination" who should be put down before she makes others like her. Unfortunately, she has a job to do and not even fangs or the pull of the ocean are going to stop her from protecting her clients . . .


  1. Doug,

    Thank you for all the wonderful info. :)


  2. Thanks for the shout out :-) That new cover for LA Banks' book looks fantastic!

  3. Hi Doug!

    Thanks for all the great info, checking out sites now!

    Dottie :)

  4. Wow, whatta round up! You do the genre proud.

    Thanks for the linkage to my July SFR event!

  5. You're welcome Michelle!

    Suzanne it is a lovely cover isn't it. You must be getting excited about your book launch :)

    As always Dottie!

    Heather - thanks and thanks. If you ever need to crosspost an event, just let me know.


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