Saturday, August 29, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


I wanted to apologize for the disappearing event from my calendar this past week. I had originally planned a blog tour date for Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton for this past Thursday but due to unforseen circumstances it did not happen. Sigh.

I do have a new exciting blog tour appearing here on September 1. The Promotional Blog Tour for Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins has lots of book release tidbits and some terrific giveaways.

Remember to check out Annette McCleave's guest post for her debut book Drawn Into Darkness with a contest that is still open until Monday night. Links to other blog tour locations and contests for Annette's book are also listed there too.

Tracey O'Hara's debut urban fantasy Night's Cold Kiss also released this past week and my giveaway of three copies of her book continues to run until next weekend. Interview here and contest details here.

Many, many thanks to Debbie's World of Books for the recent Zombie Chicken award and to Cherry at for a Lemonade Award. Very cool!


Maria Lima reminds me that in celebration of her recent release (Matters of the Blood in mass market), several Juno authors (and guest Kimberly Frost) have banded together to host JunoPalooza - a contest at her blog. Each author has donated a book for a prize. The contest is extended until September 4 but hurry over. Maria is also guesting at Kimberly Frost's Parapalooza contest event. The prizes include -

  • your choice of one of Lori Devoti's books
  • a copy of Vicious Circle by Linda Robertson
  • a copy of Matters of the Blood by Maria Lima (yours, truly)
  • a copy Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost
  • a copy of Dancing with Werewolves by Carole Nelson Douglas
  • a copy of Vegas Bites anthology from contributor Seressia Glass
The "Cross into Darkness" Blog Tour from Annette McCleave is offering you a chance to win a copy of Drawn into Darkness at each blog stop ... and an opportunity to score the grand prize of a silver Celtic cross (approx. value $45).

Jackson Pearce L has a contest to win an ARC of SHIVER on YouTube page. Just click the video to go there, leave a comment and you're entered to win.

A New HoN Contest! from P.C. Cast open from August 24th and closing midnight Central Time October 1st. ANYONE may enter - there are no out of the US restrictions. A wide variety of prizes.

Guest Post and Giveaway with Pamela Palmer from Darque Reviews for a chance to win a set of the first three books in the Feral Warriors series. The winner will be announced on September 1, 2009.

Penguin Canada has a terrific contest for 100 Sookie Stackhouse prize packs—a 7-copy Sookie Stackhouse Boxed Set and True Blood The Complete First Season DVD. Entry deadline September 30, 2009.

Penguin Canada also has And Another Thing Contest with An And Another Thing prizepack, which includes a FROODY t-shirt & towel, buttons, and a limited-edition half-book manuscript, signed by author Eoin Colfer. Winners to be selected by random draw each day starting on September 1 until October 12, 2009.

Meljean Brook has a Monthly Contest where she is giving away WILD THING and DEMON MOON. Last day to enter is Aug 31st. Click on the contest page for the entry form.

Tracey O'Hara has the Night's Cold Kiss - In the wild Part 2 - Contest with a difference with will run until the end of September. One prize draw a week. The first round will close for the first week midnight Saturday September 5 (Austrailan time) with a chance to win a signed book, or a totebag or a T-Shirt, or a cap. has a contest wher you could WIN one of five signed copies of Bitten by Kelley Armstrong. Contest closes September 9, 2009.

The Swivet is having An urban fantasy book giveaway bonanza! Contest closes on Thursday, September 3rd. Winner will be announced on Friday, September 4th. (U.S. only)


The Genreality blog reports that S.L. Viehl has just sold two more Lynn Viehl novels to NAL. They will be dark fantasy/paranormal romance.

Chapter Excerpts:

The Paranormal Romance Blog has Rachel Vincent on Shifters Vs. Soul Screamers

An new blog, Living Your Five, went live this week featuring YA authors, Kay Cassidy, Tera Lynn Childs, Alyson Noel and Becca Fitzpatrick and Kelly Gay.

I may have missed this earlier, but Jennifer Rardin reports that the seventh Jaz Parks novel will be called Bitten in Two.

Jackson Pearce has a new website devoted to her new novel As You Wish.

Book trailer for Christine Feehan’s Dark Slayer

Meljean Brook has a title for the 10th Guardian book: DEMON BLOOD. No details yet. She has also created a neat visual of The Guardian Timeline for her popular series.

Claire Delacroix/Deborah Cooke will be on CBC Radio One next Tuesday morning, on Andy Barrie’s Metro Morning show.
The spot is about the residency at the Toronto Public Library - it will run on September 1 because that’s the first day that the library is accepting submissions for the manuscript critique part of the residency. It’s scheduled to air at 6:15 AM. I’ve asked for a hotlink for internet streaming for those of you who aren’t early risers, or who can’t get CBC One wherever you are.
Tate Hallaway reports that sadly the Garnet Lacey Series is coming to an end -
I'm not sure what the on-line etiquette is in this situation, but it seems like important news to pass on so...

First of all, may I have a moment of silence while I speak the benediction? "Gucci, Gucci, Garnet. You were a good series."
Yes, Garnet Lacey is no more. The book I finished this year, HONEYMOON OF THE DEAD, will be coming out in May of '10 as scheduled. However, my editor turned down the proposals my agent and I sent for books 6, 7 and 8.

You can ask Tracy O'Hara questions about her new book Night's Cold Kiss if you Tune into Romance Radio this Thursday, 5 pm ET to listen live.

Terry Spear is on Blog Tour for To Tempt the Wolf.


True Blood Season 2 Episode 11

New Moon Trailer 2

Fall 09/10 SciFi/Fantasy TV Listing from

Robots & Vamps has the Supernatural Season 5 promo.


Irene Gallo and Tor have a great article on the artwork for Cherie Priest's Boneshaker - Jon Foster: Boneshaker and sketches. Also posted over at Clockwork Century.

Rachel Vincent revealed a revised Anthology cover for Immortal because it now includes her new story 'Binge'. For details and an excerpt, including several pages from her story, click here.

Rachel Vincent explores a new corner of her Soul Screamers universe with the story of a leanan sidhe capable of inspiring the musician she loves to new creative heights—or draining him, and his power, dry.

"Binge" takes place in Kaylee's world, but features characters/creatures she will (probably) never meet in the series. Although one of them is mentioned, in My Soul to Lose, I think. Originally Nash had a cameo (he knows one of the characters in this story) but his small part got cut to make room for more actual story.

This is a YA vampire romance anthology, but my "vampires" are very, very non-traditional. And non-literal. There's no blood sucking at all, and no fangs, and they aren't dead. Their vampirism is more... symbolic. But the girls in this story have some pretty scary abilities, and a fascinating (at least to me), twisted kind of relationship.

I can't even begin to explain how much fun I had writing this story, and working with this editor. (Leah Wilson) She let me go way over the initial wordcount so that I could expand and explain the world and the characters, and I can't wait for everyone to meet them!

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has And now for a slight change in pace: fantasy covers on the chopping block.

Meljean Brook reminds us to nominate your favorite 2009 covers at the Cover Cafe! They are also running polls on covers that have been nominated.

Michelle's Book Blog has information on the new series and book cover for Hunting Julian by Jacquelyn Frank.

Lurv a la Mode has a cover spotlight on The Reckoners by Doranna Durgin.

Cover art featured here at SciFiGuy this past week included:


Donna at Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has a great post with ne releases, and author news.

John Ottinger III has posted the first part of his latest installment of Inside the Blogosphere, where he asks bloggers a single question. This time the question was: If you could live in an SF/Fantasy/Horror world, in which one would you live? Why? Part One and Part Two.

If you haven't seen the link at Smart Bitches Trashy Books you need to visit DocTurtle’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Madlibs where you get the answer to the question - "What do you get when you take a math professor who is curious about romance, the crahkalicious Black Dagger Brotherhood, and the internet?"

Galleycat addresses the question What's Urban Fantasy? What's Paranormal Romance? and Paula Guran at Juno has this to add Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Galleycat and the Obvious.

Jeff VanderMeer points us to The Steampunk Bible and Steampunk Slideshow

Check out this Steampunk slideshow with text I put together, commissioned by Film In Focus to coincide with their updates on the animated film 9.
More UF and PNR news at Literary Escapism here, here, and here.

This dog goes where no dog has gone before.[Via SciFi Wire]

Amazon reader Christie P. has put together an exhaustive list of paranormal romance series (alphabetical by author), if you're looking to pad your TBR list. [via Chloe Neill's The Daily Snark]


Marjorie Liu: in an interview at Romance Novel TV, talking about Darkness Calls. This was filmed at the Jacob Javits center during Book Expo America.

Leanne Hieber at Romance Novel TV.

From War Rocket Ajax Caitlin Kittredge talks about dialogue and writing in comics.

P.C. Cast in a video captured on her recent UK (Ramsgate) tour.

P.C. Cast in Ramsgate - Click here for more free videos

PC and Krissy Cast loved their first Author Talk experience so much, they just had to get another! These New York Times' Bestsellers talk about their new book, Tempted, which hits bookshelves October 22, 2009, but you can hear about it from the author herself here! And the rumors are true...see which author bares all!


  1. Thanks for these fantastically informative posts. :)

  2. I always look forward to your weekend report, I always find something here to nose around in.

    Thanks for the mention! :)

  3. Doug,

    Thanks again for the wonderful info...I look forward to this every weekend. :)

    And thank you for mentioning my blog. :)


  4. Hey TJ thaks !

    Any time Donna, you post some great articles and finds.

    I always hope there is something there for everyone Michelle. I appreciate your support.


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