For those that follow the blog via their reader, you might miss the sidebar posting for the 'Author Events & Interviews' so this week I am doing a quick recap of some of the great guests that are dropping by over the next few months. As I firm up dates, I add them to the sidebar so remember to check in for updates.
- 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 12 - Author Jory Strong will be here to talk about Spider-Touched the follow-up to her debut novel, the urban fantasy romance Ghostland.
- August 25 - Canadian author Annette McCleave will be guest posting to tell us about her debut paranormal romance novel Drawn Into Darkness.
- August 27 - Barbara Bretton's blog tour visits to talk about Laced with Magic the follow up to last years charming Casting Spells.
- September 30 - Author Jaime Rush (aka Tina Wainscott) will be visiting to talk about Out of the Darkness, the second book in her Offspring series.
- October 21 - I will be interviewing author Diana Pharaoh Francis about her new urban fantasy Bitter Night: A Horngate Witches Book.
Tynga’s Urban Fantasy Reviews is giving away a copy of THE VAMPIRE'S SEDUCTION by Raven Hart. Contest runs until August 15.
The Book Smugglers are having a huge event - Young Adult Appreciation Month with lots of giveaways (and interviews). All of the contests listed run until Sunday July 26 at midnight (PST). Follow the links for entry rules. Here are the links and giveaways so far -
- A copy of THE SUMMONING by Kelley Armstrong
- A copy of Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
- A copy of WINGS by Aprilynne Pike.
- A copy of STARGAZER by Claudia Gray
- A copy of ONCE DEAD, TWICE SHY by Kim Harrison
My Blog 2.0 recaps and links to a slew of terrific contests.
Vampire Wire has a contest for one set of Mike Carey's Felix Castor series: Vicious Circle, The Devil You Know, Dead Man's Boots and five copies of Dead Man's Boots.
AUTHOR AND BOOK NEWS:
Diana Rowland says the third Demon series book is going to be called PROMISE OF THE DEMON.
Literary Escapism has more news, interviews and contests here.
Orbit Books has been running an event on their website to come up with the worst SF&F book cover ever. First they asked their readers to first come up with titles for the Worst Book Cover and they received 350 suggestions. Orbit has picked the final list which has gone to poll for final selection. Orbit's US art director will then "create" the cover. Here are the 5 finalists for worst book title for worst cover. They all seem terribly terrible which I guess means that they are good.
- The Thing with the Glass Buttock
- Rise of the Fallen, Book Seven, The Pre-Antepenultimate Battle
- A Stain Upon The Vastness
- Across a Trembling Sea the Cyborg Fairies Dance
- An Old Dragon, A Dead Witch, and a Fat Guy: The Third Book of Stories that Go Nowhere.
C.T.Adams & Cathy Clamp will be hosting an exclusive interview with Laurell K. Hamilton on Monday, July 27th. She will be talking about some of her favorite things and give some insight into how she creates the Anita Blake books.
Jaye Wells reveals that THE MAGE IN BLACK, the sequel to RED-HEADED STEPCHILD has an official release date of April 1, 2010. She also has a prequel story in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF VAMPIRE ROMANCE 2 called “Vampsploitation” which also sets up some back story for THE MAGE IN BLACK. Book three in the series is tentatively titled GREEN-EYED DEMON.
The Laurell K. Hamilton website has a new look.
Jennifer Rardin is celebrating the new mass market release of ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST releasing August 1 with, an installment story - The Daemon Wars: May’s Training Day. This one features Granny May (before she ever dreamed of grandkids, or even motherhood) and the demon G’onasc. Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3.
Wired has a fun article on The Top Ten Things You Don't Know ABout Romance Writers that came out of the recent RWA conference.
In more Laurell K. Hamilton news Penguin Books has launched part two of their Project Paranormal featuring seven video segments including "Man on the Street" inteviews as well as interviews with LKH's art director and editor. From the Penguin website -
Episode Two of Project Paranormal takes readers to the heart of the paranormal genre with a behind-the-scenes look at #1 New York Times bestselling author Laurell K. Hamilton. Readers will have the opportunity to hear the genesis of the series from Laurell herself through an in-depth interview, as well as a discussion of her latest bestseller Skin Trade. In addition, interviews with the cover art director behind the many looks of Laurell's novels, as well as her editor, give readers the chance to learn first-hand what makes the Anita Blake series unique, both inside and out.Congratulations to Rachel Vincent whose cover for MY SOUL TO TAKE was featured on the cover of USA today last week in an article about the new Harlequin Teen line of YA books. Here is the original article.
Cherie Priest on the Clockwork Century website has announced that BONESHAKER will be released a month earlier than originally planned and will be available in September.
Romance author Tereisa Medeiros has a terrific posting on WHY SHE WRITES ROMANCE NOVELS!!!
Melissa Marr reveals that the fourth book in the Wicked Lovely series is officially titled RADIANT SHADOWS
. . . which is a total plot based title while still appeasing the PTB's requirements of contrasty words.An interesting article on how "urban fantasy has become the darling of the shelves".- Tor Books Now Offering Urban Fantasy Novels, But They Always Have, Too!
A similar piece in The Examiner on paranormal.
If you want to weigh in over at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist, he has a post going on about Why Urban Fantasy Probably Doesn't Get.Much Respect... Mostly the same tired old arguments about covers and romance from people that for the most part seem to have only a passing familiarity with the genre but are more than eager to offer their 'opinion'. Ah the blogosphere - gotta love it.
Katiebabs from BABBLING ABOUT BOOKS, AND MORE! reflects on Does Winning an Award Really Matter? after her return from the RWA conference. Great stuff!
Lori Devoti from Shapeshifter Romance talks about Does Paranormal Romance Rate its own sub-sub-genres?
Richelle Mead has posted an excerpt of Chapter 1 of BLOOD PROMISE the next Vampire Academy book. Apparently there are spoilers so reader beware.
Vampire Wire is featuring covers for some great books releasing in the next few months. Check them out here.
John at Grasping for the Wind is compiling a second edition to his SF/F/H Book Reviewers Linkup Meme. If you’d like your review blog to be included, be sure to stop by and fill out a submission for his database before August 16, 2009. The information and form can be found: HERE. [via Darque Reviews]
Book View Cafe is proud to announce that we will be releasing our first original fiction project; THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY. In THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY, the Book View Café’s lineup of powerful authors will combine creative forces to create an anthology of stories set in an unforgettable alternate world of steam-powered science, fantastic magic, and dark conspiracy. We will be posting regular updates on the progress of the project here on the blog, and on Twitter. We’ll also be providing sneak-peeks of the stories, interviews with the authors and other special previews. The project will be edited by Phyllis Irene Radford with Laura Anne Gilman acting as Editor-in-Chief. The list of authors for THE SHADOW CONSPIRACY includes the heart of the BVC linup:
- Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff
- Amy Sterling
- Sarah Zettel
- Brenda Clough
- Jennifer Stevenson
- Kathi Kimbriel
- Nancy Jane Moore
- Pati Nagle
- Sylvia Kelso
- Phyl Radford
- Judy Tarr
- Sue Lange
- Steven Piziks
- Sarah Smith
- Seanan McGuire
FEATURED AUTHOR: JOSS WARE
Earlier this week author Colleen Gleason let everyone know that there was a new author in town. Joss Ware writes paranormal post-apocalyptic romance and her first novel BEYOND THE NIGHT releases January, 2010 to be followed by EMBRACE THE NIGHT ETERNAL ( February 2010) and ABANDON THE NIGHT (March 2010). The series is called Awakening Heroes. Here are the blurbs for the the books -
Book 1 - Beyond the Night
A man with no future...
When Dr. Elliott Drake wakes from a mysterious fifty-year sleep, the world as he knew it is gone. Cities are now desolate, and civilization is controlled by deadly immortals. Stranger still is Elliott's extraordinary new "gift" – he has the power to heal, but it comes with fatal consequences. A woman with a past
Jade barely escaped the immortals and is now hell-bent on revenge. She trusts no one... until Elliott. His piercing gaze and tempting touch shatter her defenses, but the handsome doctor seems to have dangerous secrets of his own. Is it safe to trust him with her heart?
If they are to survive in this dark new world, Jade and Elliott must work together to fight the forces that takes them beyond danger.
Beyond desire.Book 2 - Embrace the Night Eternal
Beyond the night.
Simon Japp will never forget his violent past. But when civilization is all but destroyed, he sees his chance for redemption. Blessed with a strange "gift," he's determined to help the resistance against the Strangers, the mysterious force that stalks them at every turn. He can't afford to get distracted, even by the stunning, soft-spoken woman fighting by his side...
Sage Corrigan has learned to be careful where she places her trust. But she sees something good in Simon, even if he can't see it in himself. Posing as lovers to infiltrate a group key to their fight, they find that their staged affection soon develops into a desire that will leave them fighting for their lives in the night eternal...
Book 3 - Abandon the Night
Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent only wants one thing: revenge. Harnessing a strange new "gift," he embarks on a deadly mission to find the the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: his father. Only one thing stands in his way – a mysterious, arrow-wielding beauty...
Zoe Kapoor is on her own quest for vengeance, searching for the monstrous fiends who murdered her family. Soon she and Quent join together, journeying through the ruins of the world they once knew as a desperate desire builds between them. Drawing closer to an enemy they never imagined, Zoe and Quent must abandon all fear, abandon all regret, abandon the night ... if they want to stay alive.
A Dribble of Ink has an update on the casting for HBO's A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.
True Blood Episode 6 Preview
George Romero, who invented the zombie genre as we know it back in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, finally has a title for his newest zombie feature, Survival of the Dead. The movie is set to premiere this September at the Toronto International Film Festival, according to a press release on the festival's official website. [via SCI FI Wire]
The zombie-like film CARRIERS is coming this September [via Mark Henry atThe League of Reluctant Adults]
Determined to elude the deadly virus, Danny (LOU TAYLOR PUCCI), his brother Brian (CHRIS PINE), his girlfriend Bobby (PIPER PERABO) and Dannys school friend Kate (EMILY VANCAMP) speed across the Southwestern U.S. to reach a place of possible safety.
The UK hit show Being Human premieres tonight on BBC America at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT featuring a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost as roomies. This six part series has great writing which reflects the more contemporary interpretation of the supernatural as found in urban fantasy. Not to be missed.
Amy at Romance Book Wyrm shows off the cover for HEART'S BLOOD, Book 2 in the steampunk blood magic universe with a release date of December 29, 2009.
Literary Escapism has a number of new covers including COMING UNDONE by Lauren Dane and THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan.
New covers featured here at SciFiGuy.ca this past week included -
- The New Dead edited by Christopher Golden
- Rogue Angel: The Spirit Banner by Alex Archer (Joe Nassise)
- Apocalypse Happens by Lori Handeland
- A Tale of Two Demon Slayers by Angie Fox
- By Blood We Live edited by John Joseph Adams
- Come Hell or High Water by Michele Bardsley