Saturday, June 20, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report

Interviews and Events at

Winners of the second part of the Naamah's Kiss “Kissing Contest” were announced earlier in the week. I still have not heard from KalidaViraga. Please contact me at scifiguy(at) with your shipping information. If I have not heard from you by the final draw on June 25 I will draw a new name. Remember the Namaah's Kiss “Kissing Contest” continues until June 25 with 1 more copy remaining to be given away, so everyone's name is still in the hat. Contest details here.

My next guest is Rachel Vincent, who will be here on July 1 to talk about her fourth Shifters book Prey (which I finished last night and it is terrific – the best so far) She will also be popping in to answer questions , so drop in, say hi and leave a comment or question.

I also have a great line-up of additional guest postings and interviews scheduled throughout the summer including –

  • July 8 - Laura Resnick will be guest posting about her new fantasy book The Purifying Fire from Wizards of the Coast.
  • July 16 - Mike Carey author of the Felix Castor series will be here to talk about the July 23 launch of Dead Man's Boots, the third book in the series.
  • July 29 - Rachel Vincent will be guest posting about her first YA novel My Soul to Take.
  • August 5 - Author Dakota Banks will be guest posting to tell us about her debut urban fantasy novel Dark Time: Mortal Path Book 1.
  • August 25 - Canadian author Annette McCleave will be guest posting to tell us about her debut paranormal romance novel Drawn Into Darkness.
A full list of all Author Events & Interviews as well as past guests can be found on my blog sidebar.


My Blog 2.0 has a giveaway for a copy of Diana Rubino’s latest release, a time travel romance novel, Traveling Light. Open until June 24.

Unmainstream Mom Reads is giving away 3 copies of Santa Olivia and Naamah’s Kiss by Jacuqeline Carey. Contest runs until July 4.

Alpha Heroes has 5 copies of Naamah’s Kiss to give away. Contest ends June 23rd.

Rachel Vincent has a signed copy of Prey and the necklace Faythe wears on the covers of Rogue, Pride, and Prey, described by the manufacturer (Guess) as a, “silver-tone chain link choker.” Contest ends June 23rd.

Drey’s Library has a giveaway for Urban Shaman (Walker Papers #1) by C.E. Murphy. Ends 6:00 p.m. CST June 25th.

Popin’s Lair has a giveaway of Bloody Good by Georgia Evans. Giveaway ends on June 30.

Bitten by Books has an impressive event scheduled - 6/22 Release Party, Chat and Kindle 2 Contest with Author Rachel Vincent

P.C. Cast has a contest for a signed set of the House of Night books, tee shirts, and jewelry.

Author and Book News

Marta Acosta in her newsletter says her new book is a romantic comedy, which will come out in June 2010, and centers on Nancy Carrington-Chambers, Milagro's best friend from Fancy University.
Nancy attempts to get her party planning business off the ground, but things go wildly awry. Milagro makes a few appearances in the story, because I have way too much fun writing Milagro/Nancy dialog.
Jocelyn Drake tells us that if you are a member of the Science Fiction Book Club, they will be releasing an omnibus version of Nightwalker and Dayhunter in July. If you would like both books combined in a single, lovely book, hop over there as soon as possible and get your copy.

Marjorie Liu also reveals that she is also contributing a Hunter Kiss novella to the recently announced anthology Inked for January 2010.

Here is the book trailer for Annette McCleave’s debut paranormal romance Drawn into Darkness coming September 1, 2009. Annette will be guest posting here in August.

Eos Books is offering Vicki Pettersson’s entire first book, THE SCENT OF SHADOWS: The First Sign of the Zodiac, online for free. Click here. Vicki Petterrson’s next book in her Sign of the Zodiac series, City of Souls comes out in July. As many know Vick was a Vegas showgirl before becoming an author and she has this fun promotional video –

Go behind the Black Dagger Brotherhood with JR Ward in Project Paranormal...

Lovely posting from author Alyssa Day (Atlantis Unleashed) titled The first few days in the life of a brand-new New York Times bestseller

Here’s the book trailer for the upcoming Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara.

Dakota Cassidy (the Accidental series paranormals) is chatting with The Knight Agency Thursday, June 25th @ 9pm ET about her newest release Kiss and Hell. Lots of giveaways planned for the chat. Details here.

Kelley Armstrong's Canadian publisher is reissuing the Otherworld series in trade paperback, with these 4 starting in August

Jennifer Rardin is publishing online a mini-mission for Jaz. Parts 1-4 of Scouting Jasmine have been posted here. Part five will be up Monday.

New UK cover - CARPE CORPUS from Rachel Caine . She also says that her U.S. publisher (NAL Jam) is going to put out a special trade paperback omnibus 2-in-1 edition of GLASS HOUSES and THE DEAD GIRLS' DANCE, in November, to coincide with the release of FADE OUT.

Lynn Viehl says Lara Adrian’s publisher Random House, has put up Kiss of Midnight, the first novel in her Midnight Breed series, for free download in .pdf, Kindle and Sony formats. If you'd prefer to read it online, you can find it at Scribd here.

Anna’s Book Blog featured some new covers including Christine Warren’s Big Bad Wolf (The Others #8 - an extended version of the ebook Fur Factor) coming September 29, 2009 and Hunter’s Need (Hunters Book #11) from Shiloh Walker coming December 1, 2009.

Seanan McGuire has posted an impressive list of current projects on her blog.

15 Worst Romance Opening Lines via OCD, Vampires, and Rants, oh my!

Chloe Neill (Some Girls Bite/Friday Night Bites) has a fun guest piece over at John Ottinger's Grasping for the Wind today called The Significant Other's Guide to Dating a Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer. Good stuff! There is also a 4 item giveaway for - a signed copy of SOME GIRLS BITE, an "I Heart Cadogan" bumper sticker, a Cadogan House bar coaster and a SOME GIRLS BITE magnet. Contest closes June 27.

New cover art this week - Embers by Laura Bickle.

Kim Harrison sold three new Hollows novels, plus a world guide and a story collection, and another novel to Diana Gill via Richard Curtis. [via Locus]

Jim Butcher sold a collection of Dresden Files stories to Anne Sowards at Roc via Jermil Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. [via Locus]

Cherie Priest sold urban fantasy Bloodshot and sequel Hellbent to Anne Groell at Ballantine Spectra via Jennifer Jackson. [via Locus]

Daniel Abraham, writing M.L.N. Hanover, sold two more books in his Black Sun's Daughter series to Jennifer Heddle at Pod via Shawna McCarthy. [via Locus]


Here is an extended preview of the Vampire Diaries debuting this fall on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Movie preview because Mark Henry says “Hell, yes!”


Sourcebooks Landmark Announces New Major Release:

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre

NAPERVILLE, IL (June 10, 2009) — Sourcebooks Landmark, the leading publisher of Jane Austen-related fiction, is excited to announce a major release in the category: Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by international bestselling author Amanda Grange.

Amanda Grange’s style and wit bring readers back to Jane Austen’s timeless storytelling, but always from a very unique and unusual perspective, and now Grange is back with an exciting and completely new take on Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Mr. Darcy, Vampyre.

“Amanda Grange is our internationally bestselling author of Mr. Darcy's Diary,” says Sourcebooks acquisitions editor Deb Werksman, “and we were so excited when she came to us last year with this brilliant vision for an altered Darcy. Amanda starts where Pride and Prejudice ends and introduces a dark family curse so perfectly that the result is a delightfully thrilling, spine-chilling, breathtaking read. A dark, poignant and visionary continuation of Austen’s beloved story, this tale is full of danger, darkness and immortal love.”

Sourcebooks has announced an on-sale date of August 11, and a 75,000 copy first print run.


  1. Mr. Darcy, Vampyre sounds very interesting. Kinda funny too, how the Zombie version of Pride and Prejudice was released not too long ago, and now Mr. Darcy, Vampyre is coming out. I'll definitely check this one out though, I may like zombies but vampire fiction is one that I love.

    Thanks again for recapping what is going on and thank you for linking to my giveaway!

    ~ Popin

  2. Thanks for linking to my book trailer. And isn't Vicki just lovely. I love this showgirl 101 promo and she will be speaking to Kim Harrison on The Beyond Author Radio Channel July 2.

  3. PopinFresh, I suspect I might enjoy this one over the Zombie version, but than I haven't read Pride and Prejudice and am sure I would miss all the finer nuances.

    Hi Tracey, your book looks terrific so it's my pleasure. And thanks for the heads up on Vicki's radio appearance!

  4. Hey Doug! Great round-up!

    Thanks for posting my trailer, too. I'm looking forward to guest blogging in August.

    Just thought I'd mention the link to the 15 worst romance opening lines appears to be broken. I found them anyway...ugh. :-)

  5. Hi Annette your trailer has a great mix of intriguing images and music. Very nice. Looking forward to August too! Fixed the link - thanks for letting me know.

  6. Doug,

    Thanks for the all this wonderful info. :) More books to add to the list and lots of fun stuff as well.

    The trailer for Zombieland was a hit. I watched it and laughed, called my daughter in, watched it again and laughed some more. :)


  7. Michelle I love zombie movies to begin with but a zombie satire is even better. This is so over the top it promises to be good no matter how bad it may be.


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