Saturday, July 18, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Rachel Vincent will be visiting July 29 to talk about the imminent launch of her young adult urban fantasy My Soul To Take (August 1, 2009). You can download the prequel novella My Soul To Lose here.

On August 5, urban fantasy author Dakota Banks will be here to talk about her debut novel Dark Time: Mortal Path. You can read an excerpt here.

The Felix Castor Contest continues until July 23 – giveaway of three GRAND PRIZES of the first three books in Mike Carey’s Felix Castor series. Details here. My interview with Mike this week is here.

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway over at Vampire Wire where I am giving away an ARC of Erica Hayes Shadowfae. And of course you can also read the Marta Acosta`s interview with moi.

It's Book Blogger Appreciation Week this September so go and vote.

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


C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp have posted excerpts from Chapters ONE, TWO and THREE of the forthcoming Sazi series book (#7) Cold Moon Rising.

Guest Blog and Contest with Seanan McGuire at The League of Reluctant Adults.

Tate Hallaway author of the Garnet Lacey paranormal romance series talks about world-building at Victoria Janssen blog.

Cherie Priest now has the first chapter of her forthcoming steampunk novel Boneshaker posted on Clockwork Century website which has some updated content in the “Stories” and “World” sections

The Book Smugglers are having a YA Appreciation Month. From July 19th through August 16th they are talking everything Young Adult, plus on August 15th you will be able to leave a link to your blog to talk about a Young Adult book or topic.

This week Locus Magazine announced that Charles N. Brown, the influential sci-fi and fantasy literature magazine founder and editor, died in his sleep on July 12. Additional tributes to Charles by urban fantasy writer T.A. Pratt and science fiction author John Scalzi can be found here and here.

Also this week Canadian SF writer and poet Phyllis Gotlieb passed away at the age of 83. The Sunburst Award is the top honour for Canadian science fiction and is named after her novel of the same name. Tributes to Phyllis from the CBC, Sci Fi Wire, Cory Doctorow and Locus can be found here, here, here and here. I’ll be doing a profile of Phyllis Gotlieb on my blog tomorrow.

Jim Hines (The Stepsister Scheme) reports that he has a short story “Heart of Ash,” a dryad/werejaguar/urban fantasy tale destined for a DAW anthology A Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters by Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes (Feb 2, 2010). It will be interesting to see who the other contributors are.

A Publishers Weekly article Might of the Living Dead: A ghoulish genre gets new life by Stefan Dziemianowicz accurately explains the history of the zombie in fiction and explores its current popularity. Read between the lines and you’ll also realize why zombies may be hot right now, but aren’t going to be a sustained subgenre.

And then Juno editor Paula Guran tells us Why zombies are NOT the “next vampires”.

Anne Sowards (senior editor for Ace/ROC) calls Tate Hallaway’s new YA series THE VAMPIRE PRINCESS OF ST. PAUL, kind of TWILIGHT meets THE PRINCESS DIARIES with a fresh fun voice. Might be the next big YA hit.

From a recent appearance in Chicago, Charlaine Harris revealed some interesting tidbits [via Loving True Blood in Dallas] about Sookie #10 including -

  • She is getting ready to sign a contract for THREE more Sookie books.
  • Alcide will appear in the first chapter of the next book.
  • While she loves Quinn, he won’t be appearing in the next book. But he will appear again at some point.
  • We’ll be seeing Eric’s sire in the next book.
  • Killed off Claudine because she wanted to wrap up the fairy storyline. She says she tried to make her brave until the very end to give her a good send off.
  • Bubba will appear again but she’s not sure when. She says he’s out wandering around looking for stray cats right now.
  • Bill will still be seriously ill from the silver poisoning in the next book.
Ellen Kushner announced the resurrection of the shared world urban fantasy anthology BORDERTOWN -

Terri Windling’s groundbreaking urban fantasy shared world is back in an all new Borderlands anthology, WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN, to be edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner, featuring new stories from many of the original writers including Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Midori Snyder and Charles de Lint, as well as new work by writers who were inspired by the original series, including Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Kelly Link and more.[Random House Children’s Books will publish.]…The title is tentative, and so is the pub date, but we think it’s Summer 2011.

BRANDED BY FIRE by Nalini Singh hit #14 on the New York Times bestseller list.

The STRANGE BREW anthology edited by P.N. Elrod is #29 on the extended New York Times bestseller list.

Library Journal has some urban fantasy review of SKIN DEEP by Mark del Franco, HIGH BLOODS by John Farris, THE ENCHANTMENT EMPORIUM by Tanya Huff, THE RED TREE, by Caitlin Kiernan and DARKNESS CALLS by Marjorie Liu.

Publishers Weekly has an interesting article Spreading 'Fire’ - a remarkable publisher collaboration resulted from GRACELING author Kristin Cashore's move to Dial for her sequel FIRE.

Mario Acevedo was named Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Writer of the Year for 2009.

Michele Hauf is creating a new site, Vamp Chix, to add to the fun for all things Vampirish. So if you know of great vampire book you'd like to see reviewed or if you have a great vampire review, please visit Michele's new site and leave her a comment or two. [via My Blog 2.0]

Heaven knows I don’t go around involving myself in the eBook debate, but this takes the cake - Amazon deletes 1984 from Kindles, Orwell rolls in grave. Frankly I think Amazon should be charged with breaking and entering and theft. [via SCI FI Wire by Scott Edelman]

For fun coverage and lots of photos of the RWA National conference check out Katiebabs excellent Babbling About Books blog.

Stacia Kane has a brand spanking new website here.

Jaye Wells author of Red-Headed Stepchild talks with Robin Miura and the Raleigh Write to Publish Group at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Tez Says has cover art for the paperback edition of WHITE WITCH BLACK CURSE and the next book in the Hollows series BLACK MAGIC SANCTION.

Covers featured this past week here at include Darker Than Night by Kim Lenox, Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland, High Bloods by John Farris, Zombie Raccoons and Killer Bunnie (anthology), and Inked (Anthology).

Lurv a la Mode has some great coverage of YA Fantasy covers this week.

Here’s the cover for OUT OF THE DARKNESS, Book 2 of the Offspring series, by Jaime Rush coming in October 2009

In one minute Zoe Stoker goes from tattoo artist to a woman with assassins hot on her trail. All her life she's felt like a freak, and now the Offspring, people who also have extraordinary psychic abilities, are her only hope. As their group grows stronger, and the enemy gets more dangerous, one sexy loner pushes her to the brink of love.

Terri Garey reveals the cover for SILENT NIGHT, HAUNTED NIGHT (Nicki Styx, Book 4) coming Oct 27, 2009. An excerpt is available here.

Here is DARK SIDE OF DAWN, the cover for the second book in Kathryn Smith’s newest series, The Nightmare Chronicles. Available November 24, 2009.

Not my cup of tea but the “sequel” or follow-up to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been announced - Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. There’s a book trailer video too!


OCD, vampires, and rants, oh my! has an Immortality Bites giveaway with one complete set of Michelle's Immortality Bites series, signed by the author, including an ARC of TALL, DARK & FANGSOME.

Check out Jocelynn Drake’s Contest Extravaganza where she plans on giving away amazing autographed books from the likes of: Rachel Vincent, Vicki Pettersson, Jeaniene Frost, Jenna Black, Tracey O'Hara and Kim Harrison.

Confessions of a Wandering Heart is holding a contest for an ARC of THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS by Kelly Gay. You have until July 30th to enter.

And this from Fang-tastic Books - Free Book Friday: Blood Price and Blood Ties Season One on DVD. Blogger Roxanne Rhoads explains –
For this week's Free Book Friday I have something very special courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. Not only do I have Blood Price, Book One in the Blood Books series by Tanya Huff I also have Season One of Blood Ties the the television show on DVD. This is a great prize pack (thanks again Eagle Rock) and all you have to do to win is leave a comment and tell me why you like Tanya Huff's Blood series or the Blood Ties show (if you have ever read the books or watched the show). If not just tell me why you are into vampires. And if you don't win this Blood Ties prize pack this time, don't worry I have a couple more I'll be giving away at a later date so you might get another chance. A winner will be announced next Wednesday!
Nalini SinghI has an ARC of MUST LOVE HELLHOUNDS to give away. If you'd like to go in the draw, email your name and address to (nalinisinghwrites AT gmail DOT com) with "Hellhound ARC Contest" in the subject line, by midnight, August 5th, 2009 NZ time.


True Blood Episode 5 Preview

The Winter is Coming blog reports that Sean Bean may be cast as Eddard Stark in the HBO adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones pilot. [via Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist]


  1. I am having a giveaway would you mind addind it to your list?
    I am giving The Vampire's Seduction by Raven Hart over here:

  2. Doug,

    Wonderful post as always. :) Thanks for all the info.

    Have a wonderful day.


  3. I always look forward to your weekend report. I usually find out a new tidbit or three. Thank you because I know this is a lot work.

  4. Hey Doug

    I think the clarification on the Charlaine books is sookie #10 is being written and then the new contract is for 3 more

    Love love love your blog ....

    * we saw he last month in Shreveport and that's what she said then too ...

  5. Great info. Why do I like the Blood books? One word--Henry. :)

  6. Hi Tynga I will make sure that gets on next weeks report. NP.

    Thanks Michelle. You too!

    Appreciate it Donna!

    Dallas, I'll make that change, should have checked the facts, but you know how the time goes...

    Hi Jordan you and lots of folks. Henry won the Sexiest Vampire poll over at Vampire Wire a little while ago. Thanks for dropping in :)

  7. Thanks for the public acknowledgment :-)

  8. Holy cow man. How are you finding all this stuff? Between the two of us, we rarely have overlapping information.

    Although, seriously, I cannot believe I missed the cover launch for the next Harrison novel.

  9. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE the Terri Garey cover!!! Very sexy! Great Weekend Report!!

  10. Always Tez!

    Hey Jackie the Harrison cover is all the work of Tez who rapaciously combs the publisher catalogues. I am sure she finds covers long before the authors and editors know about them :) Or maybe there is some time machine factor here as she is always living in tomorrow seeing as how she is on the other side of the world.

    Thanks Rachael!!!


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