Saturday, June 27, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


My next guest is Rachel Vincent, who will be here on July 1 to talk about her fourth Shifters book Prey. She will also be popping in to answer questions, so drop in, say hi and leave a comment or question. You can read my review of the book here and I must say it was terrific and the best in the series to date. You won’t want to miss it.

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.


Meljean Brook has a contest for an ARC of the MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS anthology. Contest closes July 31st at midnight.

Marta Acosta says Dirty Sexy Books is having a contest for her first two novels, Happy Hour at Casa Dracula and Midnight Brunch. So if you need some "brain candy for a lazy afternoon," head on over there. Uhm, brains!” Contest runs through July.

Annette McCleave says - "Next Monday, Jun 29th, I'll be blogging over at Cynthia Eden's website. In honor of her June 30th release, Midnight's Master, she's hosting a blogfest called 30 Days of Demons.
Since demons play an integral part in my Soul Gatherer series, I thought it fitting to join the fun. I'll be talking about my take on demons, showing off a never-before-released excerpt, and giving away an ARC of DRAWN INTO DARKNESS. Yes, that's right--I'll be giving away an Advance Reader Copy."
Seanan McGuire is having a giveaway of an ARC of her debut urban fantasy novel Rosemary and Rue. Contest ends July 30.

The Book Smugglers has FIVE copies of Jacqueline Carey’s newest book, Naamah’s Kiss up for grabs. The contest is open to residents of the US and Canada, and will run until Sunday June 28 at Midnight (PST).

Susan McLeod’s weekly giveaway for a choice out of The Eternal Kiss : Twelve Vampire Tales of Blood and Desire or Mean Streets plus a signed copy of either The Cold Kiss of Death, or The Sweet Scent of Blood. Second commentator drawn will win the other book. Contest open to all, and finishes end of day [anywhere] Wednesday 1st July 2009.

On Monday, Vampire Wire is part of a blog tour for Stephenie Meyer's The Host. I'll be having a contest for THREE COPIES of The Host, so be sure to stop by.

Amberkatze's Book Blog has an interview & contest with Ciara & Shane from Jeri Smith-Ready's WVMP series. The winner will get to choose one of Jeri's books as a prize. Jeri will send the winner a bookplate so the book will be signed, as well as a signed BTTB cover flat and a shiny metal bookmark with engraved paw prints and quotes about dogs.

A Journey of Books blog has an interview with Rachel Vincent and an impressive contest for Rachel’s books. Open until July 2.

The League of Reluctant Adults has an interview and contest with Linda Robertson for an autographed copy of Vicious Circle. Open until Monday June 29.

The Deadline Dames has an interview and contest with Diana Rowland, debut author of Mark of the Demon, an utterly fabulous urban fantasy that you should go out and buy immediately! Two lucky readers will win an autographed copy of Mark of the Demon. All you have to do is leave a comment by midnight Eastern on Sunday, June 28.

The awesome Melissa Marr is giving away 6 autographed ARCs of MY SOUL TO TAKE and 3 un-signed copies of the LJ Smith 2 books in one omnibus (containing The Awakening & the Struggle). Click here to enter. I think you have to register and number your entry, but it's open to everyone. [Via Rachel Vincent’s blog]


On July 2 Sin City's Vicki Pettersson on CITY OF SOULS Authors On Air at Blog Talk Radio.
UPDATE: Kim Harrison will be hosting this show! At ComicCon in New York, Vicki brought down the house with her sly, take-no-prisioners humor at the "Kick Ass Female Authors and their Killer Heroines" forum. See why everyone is talking about this former Las Vegas showgirl...who is now the hottest new name in urban fiction! She's just out with CITY OF SOULS, the newest book in her Zodiac series - a real astral sign that you should listen in!

The paperback of VALOR'S TRIAL by Tanya Huff is on the Globe and Mail's Canadian Bestseller List. A great tribute from Canadian SF author Robert J. Sawyer here.

Mark del Franco has turned in Connor book 4, now entitled UNPERFECT SOULS.

Deborah Cooke updates
Just wanted to remind you all that there’s now an Out-Takes page on my Dragonfire website. The first scene to turn up there was originally in the Prologue to WINTER KISS - but it won’t appear in the final book. I like it, though, and it will tell you a bit more about Magnus. You can read it now, while you’re waiting for Delaney’s book!You definitely need to read it before you read Niall’s book, just FYI. There’s also an excerpt posted on the WINTER KISS page, which WILL appear in the book. I’ll let you know whenever I add scenes to this Out-Takes page.

Devon Monk Book 4 of the Allie Beckstrom Series now has a title: MAGIC ON THE STORM.

Alyssa Day says - "I'm thrilled to share that I have a new 3-book deal for more Atlantis books!"

YA author Melissa Marr has closed her first adult deal with her longtime publisher, HarperCollins. Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House brokered the deal for two books for mid-to-high six figures. Jennifer Brehl at HC took North American rights. Heifetz described the first book, Graveminder, as “Six Feet Under laced with ancient Irish evil and a dash of Faulkner”; the second book is currently untitled. Marr’s teen books Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange, dark paranormal titles featuring fairies who coexist uneasily with the few humans who can see them, earned starred PW reviews and were Book Sense Picks."

From Publishers Marketplace: Erica Hayes's SHADOWSONG, in which a knife-wielding banshee gangster's quest for revenge on the assassin who ruined her life is interrupted when a deluded fairy sorceress steals her magical song, again to Rose Hilliard at St. Martin's, in a two-book deal, by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency (World). Erica Hayes on her blog says - "Yeah, that's my series, now to be a glorious four books long. Mighty pleased, I am..."

Bone Shop is a free, serialized online prequel novella about the early adventures of Marla Mason (Crime boss. Sorceress. Badass.) by T.A. Pratt. Chapter One: Coming June 29th. Supported by donations from readers. Pay whatever you like.

Lilith Saintcrow has good news! Night Shift, the first Jill Kismet book, is now part of Hachette Book’s Open Book program!

RhiReading has an excellent post summarizing the many urban fantasy and paranormal romance anthologies releasing in the next few months. Check it out. June was anthology month as well and Rhianna reviewed First Blood, Weddings From Hell, Shifter, My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon, The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, and Hotter Than Hell, with more planned.

Destined for an Early Grave Jeaniene Frost Book Trailer

Yasmine Galenorn has an update on her blog about her new series and the title of the eighth book in the Sisters of the Moon series. She says - "So yes, I did finish Night Myst, and it’s on my editor’s desk and I so hope she likes it because I love it. I’m going to start work in about a week on Harvest Hunting—Delilah’s third book."

Interesting Anne Rice interview with comments on True Blood [at via Loving True Blood in Dallas]

Carrie Vaughn talks about the Uncanny Valley and liminality here. Fascinationg stuff. Interesting observation that applies to urban fantasy.


Sneak peak of Episode 3 of True Blood.



I found debut author Skyler White via Tez Says. Here is the cover for her first urban fantasy novel and Falling, Fly (although the website describes it as A dark fable of desire between a fallen angel & a self-medicating neuroscientist in a steampunk hell.). Coming in March 2010. Another second novel Deus Inversus is due in 2011. You can visit her blog here.

The angel of desire is damned.

Olivia is a vampire bored with modernity. Tattooist, boyfriend, black-metal singer: everyone you don’t love tastes the same. She returns to Ireland’s subterranean L’Otel Matillide – the Hotel of the Damned — to bury her hope with her severed wings.

In this flame-papered, inertia-powered hotel, Olivia encounters Dominic O’Shaunnessey, a revolutionary neuroscientist secretly plagued by impossible visions. Dominic, convinced that Olivia is delusional and not damned, urges her to enroll in his research. His medication, he asserts, can cure her of mythology. She counters that his hallucinations are past-life memories and part of an ancient curse of repeated, remembered incarnations.

In a secret Hell where billionaires and burned-out rock stars mingle with ancient and allegorical beings, Olivia and Dominic discover the only force consistent between their opposing realities is the deep, erotic gravity between them. Bound to each other finally in a knot of interwoven freedoms, Dominic and Olivia — the vision-touched scientist and the earth-bound angel, reborn and undead — encounter the mystery of love: it is both fall and flight.


I also found debut author Nancy Holzner via Tez Says (way to go Tez!). She has a mystery novel releasing in August (Peace, Love, and Murder) and the start of a new urban fantasy series beginning with Deadtown in December 29, 2009. No synopsis available yet, but quite an impressive list of blurbs from other urban fantasy writers. You can see the complete list on her blog here.

“DEADTOWN is a perfect blend of mystery, fantasy, humor and even modern-day social issues. It’s Boston as you’ve never seen it . . . where the shapes shift, the zombies gnaw, and the blood flows warm through the oh-so-delicious veins of the area known as Deadtown. Victory Vaughn gives evil a run for its money.”
Anton Strout, author of DEAD TO ME


Jennifer Rardin shows of some very striking covers of her Jaz Parks books in German editions here.

New cover for Ecstasy Unveiled by Larissa Ione, the fourth book in the Demonica series. [via Lurv a la Mode]

New cover for Scorched by Sharon Ashwood [via Tez Says]

A new cover for Crimson & Steam by Liz Maverick, the ninth Crimson City series novel. I love the stories in this shared world of shapeshifters and vampires in futuristic Los Angeles. Other authors that have contributed to the series include Marjorie Liu, Patti O’Shea, Carolyn Jewel and Jade Lee. You can read more about the series here or visit Liz’s website here.

As if peace might be achieved so easily. Darkness is rising: a mysterious plot shall force every inhabitant of Crimson City to take sides. Deliverance exists, but first must come a tale of impossible passion and discovery, of Marius and Jill in a race against time leading back to the city’s paranormal beginnings, to Victorian London, to an era of invention and a world of *CRIMSON & STEAM*

A new cover for Bad Blood by Marianne Mancusi (writing as Mari Mancusi) the newest entry in her YA urban fantasy Blood Coven series. You can visit her at her blog here or her website here.

A Blood Coven Vampire Novel

Sunny McDonald is in the ultimate forbidden relationship. Her boyfriend Magnus is a vampire, and the leader of the Blood Coven. Their differences have never been an issue, until now…

When the Blood Coven decides that Magnus needs a mate to be his co-ruler, Sunny’s humanity puts her out of the running. The Coven’s chosen candidate is Jane Johnson, a magna cum laude graduate of Oxford University who just happens to look like a vampiric celebutante.

Sunny is suspicious of a Rhodes Scholar who can’t answer the most basic poly-sci questions, but Magnus brushes it off as petty jealousy. Still, when the Blood Coven goes to Las Vegas for a vampire convention—where Magnus and Jane’s bonding ceremony will be the main event—Sunny and her sister Rayne secretly tag along. And Sunny’s not going home before she learns the truth about Jane. Because not everything stays in Vegas—especially bad blood…

A new cover for Wicked Enchantment by Anya Bast, the first book in a new series coming in January 2010.

When you’re a half incubus, your reputation precedes you…

All eyes are on Gabriel Mac Braire the day he makes his first appearance in the Seelie Court, including those of Aislinn Finvarra. Despite deep bitterness over her last failed relationship, Aislinn cannot help but be curious about the half incubus who is known to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors abound of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms.

So when the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn herself to act as his guide in the court, she is understandably on guard. She’s fallen under the spell of far less persuasive men before. In addition, Gabriel might be more than he seems and his true mission is far from innocent.

This time, Aislinn must protect not only her heart, but her very life…


  1. Your weekend reports are the best! Keep up the good work.


  2. Ooh, my WordPress stats show I that 13 page view referrals from your website - thanks, lad :-)

  3. Thanks for the shout out! Much appreciated :-)

    Suzanne xx

  4. Jacqueline thanks for the support!

    Tez glad to do my part :)

    Suzanne wishing you all the best for the upcoming book launch!

  5. Thanks so much for the mention! I recently posted the back cover copy for Deadtown on my site. Here's what it says:

    They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders — but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

    Vicky’s demanding job keeping the city safe from all manner of monsters is one reason her relationship with workaholic lawyer (and werewolf) Alexander Kane is in constant limbo. Throw in a foolhardy zombie apprentice, a mysterious demon-plagued client, and a suspicious research facility that’s taken an unwelcome interest in her family, and Vicky’s love life has as much of a pulse as Deadtown’s citizens.

    But now Vicky’s got bigger things to worry about. The Hellion who murdered her father ten years ago has somehow broken through Boston’s magical protections. The Hellion is a ruthless force of destruction with a personal grudge against Vicky, and she’s the only one who can stop the demon before it destroys the city and everyone in it.


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