Saturday, August 1, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


August is a busy month here as SciFiGuy. Dakota Banks will be visiting to talk about her new debut novel DARK TIME on Wednesday, August 5. There will be free swag for every commentator and two signed copies of the novel will be up for grabs. I reviewed the book here.

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 13 - A special post from the Harlequin Teen team featuring profiles, covers and more about the paranormal releases we can expect to see in their new line of YA novels.

August 19 - Australian author Tracey O'Hara will be visiting to talk about her debut novel NIGHT'S COLD KISS the first in her Dark Brethren series. The book releases August 25.

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.

I am experimenting with my Sunday postings and will largely be featuring scence fiction and fantasy. Tomorrow I will have a review of WARBREAKER by Brandon Sanderson and a giveaway of a copy of the book. Also a review of Charles de Lint's MEDICINE ROAD. For fans of Stargate Atlantis, I will also have a giveway tomorrow for a copy of STARGATE ATLANTIS FANS’ CHOICE BLU-RAY DISC.


Literary Escapism has a giveaway for Jenna Black's Speak of the Devil.

Lurv à la Mode is having at contest for Jory Strong’s Ghostland Series.

Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Blog has a giveaway for the first 3 Books of Janny Wurts' "The Wars of Light and Shadow" series.

Rachel Vincent has a contest for a terrific prize pack including The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan, Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr, Strange Angels by Lili St.Crow and The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong. Ends August 5.

The Deadline Dames are also giving away two copies of My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent.

Book Love Affair has a huge contest for two prize packs -

PRIZE PACK A (signed ARC of C. E. Murphy's WALKING DEAD, STORM FRONT by Jim Butcher, and a sampler from Ace and Roc containing: Faith Hunter, Mark Del Franco, Patricia Briggs, Rob Thurman, Ilona Andrews, Steven R. Boyett, and Julie Kenner) and
PRIZE PACK B (signed ARC of Seanan McGuire's ROSEMARY AND RUE, SANTA OLIVIA by Jacqueline Carey and a sampler from Daw containing: John Marco, Tanya Huff, Julie Czerneda, Seanan McGuire, Mercedes Lackey, and Jim C. Hines). Contest end August 13.

Kelly Gay has a contest to Win an ARC of her debut novel THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS. Contest ends Friday, August 7th.

YA Book Nerd is participating in the Harlequin Teen Blog Tour and has a contest to win a copy of either MY SOUL TO TAKE or INTERTWINED, or a Harlequin TEEN T-shirt. Contest ends Monday so scoot over quickly.

My Blog 2.0 has lots of links to contests here.

Smart Bitches Trashy Books reported this terrific contest sponsored by Patricia Briggs:

To celebrate the 2nd anniversary of her message boards, Patricia Briggs’ online community is organizing a crazy month of giveaways. Starting Sunday, July 25th and running through Tuesday, August 25th, there will be a give away each week. You can enter each week for a new chance to win the books for that week, but please, only one entry per week. The giveaway will culminate with five grand prizes: three copies of Hunting Ground, the second book in the urban fantasy Alpha & Omega series; the hard cover compilation of the Mercy Thompson graphic novel mini series, Homecoming, and a single edition, Mercy’s Garage mug. There are some limits on international shipping, so please check each week’s giveaway for exact details.

The current schedule of books to be given away (subject to change):

  • Week 1 : Dragon Blood, Dragon Bones (US edition)
  • Week 2 : When Demons Walk (US edition), Steal the Dragon (US edition, new cover art), Cry Wolf
  • Week 3 : Moon Called (US edition), Blood Bound (US edition), Iron Kissed (US edition), Bone Crossed (UK edition), issue #4 of the Mercy Thompson comic mini series, Homecoming
  • Week 4 : Three copies of Hunting Ground, a hardcover compilation of the GN, Homecoming, and a test model of a Mercy’s Garage mug.

You do need to be a board member to join. Joining is free and it takes only a few minutes to register and join in the celebration.


Rachel Caine announced a brand new series, which will start in 2011. The first book is called DEAD SEXY, the start of a new series.

The author group blog GENREALITY has a new look. Check it out.

Read excerpts from THE STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL TALE OF MISS PERCY PARKER by Leanna Renee Hieber.

P.C. Cast has announced GODDESS OF CAMELOT, a new book in her Goddess Summoning series will be out in 2010. Author Jill Monroe will coauthor GODDESS OF CAMELOT.

Kim Harrison announced that the Hollows Goes Graphic. From her blog:

Best part? I’ve discussed it with my editor, and we are going to tackle this from Ivy’s point of view. I swear, the woman scares me, but it’s been a couple of years since the novella in DATES FROM HELL, and I think I’m ready to try it again. Um, and Kisten is still alive... It will be a prequel of the year where Ivy and Rachel worked together at the I.S. from Ivy’s point of view. I wanted the chance to see Ivy go from flat-out disappointment,to grudging respect, to an unlooked for love. I wanted the chance to see more of the vampire politics. I wanted to see something more comfortable and concreate in terms of crimes solved, but more complex in regards to personal relationships. We’ll see if I can swing it. I’m game.
Two sample chapters from Seanan McGuire's ROSEMARY AND RUE are now online.

Michelle Rowen announced a new book deal -
I’m very, very happy to report that I have accepted a deal with Penguin to write two urban fantasies about…wait for it…VAMPIRES!
However, these will not be fun-loving, wise-cracking vampires like in my Immortality Bites series. These are the scary kind. NIGHTSHADE is the title of the first of two books following my heroine whose normal life is turned upside down when she finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time (to say the very least) and becomes a key player in the brewing war between humans and vampires. There’s a bit of romance in here, too, with a mysterious, battle-torn dhampir who becomes our valiant heroine’s protector — or possibly her executioner. We’ll have to see how things go.

The “feel” of these books will be a lot like my Michelle Maddox book, COUNTDOWN, only they’re supernatural thrillers rather than futuristics. First person from the heroine’s point of view. Edgy, scary, exciting, and fast-paced!
Despite this similarity, I will be permanently retiring the name Michelle Maddox and writing these new books under the pen name Rachel Connor. I’ve already snagged the URL, although nothing will be up for quite a while. I’ve always loved the name Rachel, and Connor is a nod to both the Terminator franchise (T2 is one of my fave movies of all time) as well as Angel’s son (all roads lead to the Buffyverse).
Anne Aguirre reveals that she has finished revisions on two projects: NIGHTFALL (apocalyptic paranormal romance) and BRONZE GODS (steampunk).

Sherilyn Kenyon's new website has been launched.

Author Caitlin Kittredge has signed a deal for four new urban fantasy novels including three more Black London novels and an unspecified novel.

Read a recent interview with C.E. Murphy.

Jennifer Rardin has updated the links and posted new insallment for The Daemon Wars: May’s Training Day.

Faith Hunter announced that two more books may be on their way - another Jane Yellowrock (SKINWALKER) novel and one to be decided that might be a Rogue Mage book.

Gena Showalter Interviews Melissa Francis on Author Talk:

From Michele Hauf -

Have you checked out the VampChix blog lately? It's coming along nicely! We've got a lot of followers already. Patricia Altner signed on to do a monthly update on new vamp reads. Roxanne Rhoads will be doing a once or twice monthly post on vampire series. And Anna Dougherty signed on to review movies, both new and classic a couple times a month. We've got interviews coming up with Amanda Ashley, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and just snagged Eric Wilson (wrote an inspirational vamp story; yes, you'll find it in the religion section), and Susan Sizemore, too.

An interesting post at The World in a Satin Bag by Hagelrat about bookstore misfiling peeves especially how is affects urban fantasy.

New MY SOUL TO TAKE book trailer:


True Blood Season 2 Episode 7 Preview:

For all the True Blood news in the blogosphere stop over at the Loving True Blood in Dallas blog.

Catherine Karp at Suburban Vampire has a terrific update on forthcoming Vampire and Werewolf movies.

From the Entertainment Weekly website -

This week’s Entertainment Weekly delivers the ultimate guide to vampires. You’ll find interviews with the authors behind Twilight and True Blood, our list of the 20 greatest bloodsuckers ever, and Anne Rice’s pick for the best new vampire — as well as a talk with her about how she revolutionized the vampire legend decades ago with Interview with a Vampire.

An article in the New York Times by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan ( THE STRAIN) talk about the popularity of vampires and Why Vampires Never Die.


I needed an excuse to show this great cover again. so here is the blurb to go with Angie Fox's cover for the third Demon Slayers book - A TALE OF TWO DEMON SLAYERS. The release date is set for January 26, 2009.

Last month, I was a single preschool teacher whose greatest thrill consisted of color-coding my lesson plans. That was before I learned I was a slayer. Now, it’s up to me to face curse-hurling imps, vengeful demons, and any other supernatural uglies that crop up. And, to top it off, a hunk of a shape-shifting griffin has invited me to Greece to meet his family.

But it’s not all sun, sand, and ouzo. Someone has created a dark-magic version of me with my powers and my knowledge—and it wants to kill me and everyone I know. Of course, this evil twin doesn’t have Grandma’s gang of biker witches, a talking Jack Russell terrier, or an eccentric necromancer on its side. In the ultimate showdown for survival, may the best demon slayer win.
Orbit Books announced that illustrator Sharon Tancredi has won award for Nicole Peeler's TEMPEST RISING. Also revealed is the title of the sequel will be TRACKING THE TEMPEST.
Congrats to Sharon Tancredi, the fabulous illustrator of TEMPEST RISING by Nicole Peeler - She is being honored for her work on the cover by inclusion into the prestigious Communication Arts Illustration Annual. It’s in “unpublished” because the book doesn’t come out until November, but the buzz is already building for our new half-selkie heroine, Jane True.
The UK cover for Tempted by P.C. Cast from her blog.

Cover: Shadow Blade by Seressia Glass

For Kira Solomon, normal was never an option.

Kira’s day job as an antiquities expert, but her true calling is as a Shadowchaser. Trained from youth to be one of the most lethal Chasers in existence, Kira serves the Gilead Commission dispatching the Fallen who sow discord and chaos. Of course, sometimes Gilead bureaucracy is as much a thorn in her side as anything the Fallen can muster against her. Right now, though, she’s got a bigger problem. Someone is turning the city of Atlanta upside-down in search of a four-millennia-old Egyptian dagger that just happens to have fallen into Kira’s hands.

Then there’s Khefar, the dagger’s true owner—a near-immortal 4000-year-old Nubian warrior who, Kira has to admit. looks pretty fine for his age. Joining forces is the only way to keep the weapon safe from the sinister Shadow force, but now Kira is in deep with someone who holds more secrets than she does, the one person who knows just how treacherous this fight is. Because every step closer to destroying the enemy is a step closer to losing herself to Shadow forever. . . .

Tez Says has cover art and assorted Kelley Armstrong Canadian reprints.

This week Jackie Kessler showed off the UK cover for BLACK AND WHITE co-authored with Caitlin Kittredge

Cover art featured here at SciFiGuy this past week included:


  1. This weekend report is packed! Thanks for sharing your information.

    I'm looking forward to your interview with Tracey O'Hara, Night's Cold Kiss is on my must read list.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out :-)

    And it's great that you'll be hosting the lovely Miz Tracey! I think Night's Cold Kiss comes out in Canada about 10 days before the US's August 25th release date, so you'll get to be ahead of the pack :-)

    If you want, you can post on your blog a photo of me and T together - let me know, and I'll forward the photo URL ;-) Fresh from February this year!

    Have a lovely day! :-)

  3. Tracey has been wonderful Donna. I just got her ARC last week and have yet to read it but plan to get to it this week.

    Hi Tez I emailed you and I would love to use your photo! I had no idea it was launching early in Canada. Duh!

  4. HarperCollins Canada says it's out on 7th August - which is even earlier than I thought!

  5. Oh, awesome! I've been trying to find out something about Shadow blade by Glass for a while now! I think I'm going to add it to my post for today, it's perfect. Thank you for bringing it to our attention!


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