Saturday, September 5, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


The contest for 3 copies of Night’s Cold Kiss by Tracey O’Hara has ended and I will post the winners later in the day along with the wonderful collection of Australian facts generated by the commenters. Thanks to everyone that played along.

The Catching Fire prize pack giveaway remains open until September 15. You can enter here.

My next guest will be Terry Spear who will be here to talk about her most recent release, To Tempt the Wolf. Terry will be visiting on September 16. A complete list of upcoming guests, blog tours and interviews can be found on the left sidebar.


Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Book Reviews has a giveaway of Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire.

There are quite a few bloggers participating in the same Catching Fire giveaway I am promoting and they include -

The Book Smugglers | Anna’s Book Blog |SciFiChick |Babbling About Books |Library Lounge Lizard | Pop Culture Junkie | The Secret Adventures of Writer Girl has an extensive list of additional sites with the giveaway.

Win a Sci-Fi & Fantasy Library of 10 books from Penguin Canada. Entry deadline: September 30, 2009. Canadian residents only.

Free Book Friday Teens has 5 signed copies of WAKE by Lisa McMann and one bonus autographed copy of FADE. Giveaway ends on Friday, September 11, 2009

My Blog 2.0, Stumbling Over Chaos and Fantasy Dreamer also all have excellent summaries of current contests.


Visit Literary Escapism for the Escapist Newsletter which is the most comprehensive summary of Urban Fantasy news available recapping the month of August and providing a convenient September release list by date. The author interview list alone is amazing.

Donna at Fantasy Dreamer has also assembled an excellent urban fantasy news report. She has the early September releases profiled with links to early reviews. Wish I’d thought of that.

Squawk Radio has an excellent post where Christina Dodd Mocks the Book of Your Heart.

Chris Marie Green/Crystal Green’s website has had a complete makeover and it’s . . . well . . . green! And speaking of websites, there is a new author group website Odd Shots featuring Ilona Andrews, Jill Myles, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh and Patrice Michelle.

A terrific article in the Seattle Times about Richelle Mead and the Vampire Academy novels.

Laurell K. Hamilton confirmed on her blog that Flirt is going to be an Anita Blake novella.


  • Rachel Vincent has posted a mini-excerpt from the first chapter of My Soul To Save in her discussion group, in the thread of the same name. For members only but it is easy to sign up.
  • Three new titles are available free for download from Suvudu this month including two fantasy titles and one urban fantasy title. They are -
    • The Changelings: Book One of the Twins of Petaybee by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
    • Full Moon Rising: A Riley Jensen Guardian Novel by Keri Arthur
    • Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
  • Lynda Hilburn has an erotic paranormal short story - Trick or Treat – that you can read for free on her website. Go to "books" and scroll to the bottom. It's for over-18 only.
  • Laura Anne Gilman says you can get an early-early look at Flesh and Fire at Pocket Books
  • You can read the first three chapters of Fire by Kristin Cashore online for free
  • You can read a preview of the second book in Marilee Brothers Unbidden Magic YA series, Moon Rise at Scribd.
Book Trailer for Leviathan by Scott Westerfield

Mr. Darcy, Vampyre by Amanda Grange Book Trailer!

Book Trailer for Lucan by Susan Kearney

The New Vampire's Handbook Trailer

Deborah Cooke/Claire Delacroix was profiled recently on about her stint as a writer in residence at the Toronto Public Library. Deborah was also interviewed by Andy Barry on the Metro Morning Show here. Definitely worth a listen.

Romance Writer Offers Tips at Toronto Library

“Canadian author Deborah Cooke is looking forward to meeting would-be writers, reading their unpublished work and coaching them on romance. That's because Cooke will be the new romance writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library”

Rest of the story here.
Author Joe Nassise announced on his blog that Tor Books will be publishing his new series, the Jeremiah Hunt trilogy which includes Eyes to See, Hands to Heal and A Soul to Lose. Joe on his blog says -
“EYES is the story of Jeremiah Hunt, a man who has given up his sight in order to see through the eyes of the ghosts that surround us, all in the hope of finding the daughter who vanished without a trace from his home five years before. It’s a bit more urban fantasy than the Templar Chronicles were, but I like Jeremiah as a character almost as much as I liked Cade Williams.”
Juno Books announced an update to its 2010 publishing schedule which now includes:
  • Jun 10: Dark Oracle, Alayna Williams (first of series) (mmp)
  • Jul 10: Fatal Circle, Linda Robertson (Circle #3) (mmp)
  • Aug 10: Shadow Chase, Seressia Glass (Shadowchasers #2) (mmp)
  • Sep 10: Sparks, Laura Bickle (Second of series) (mmp)
Molly Harper (Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men) was featured in a local hometown magazine called Bazooka. Well done with some very funny images. Download the PDF.

Melissa Francis announced that the sequel to her recently released Bite Me! called Love Sucks has an official release date of July 27, 2010.

Chris Marie Green (Vampire Babylon) that her post-apocalyptic urban fantasy series Bloodlands will be released sometime in 2011 in a three months back to back release schedule.

In best seller list news, Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Whisper debuted at number 8 on the New York Times and Karen Marie Moning's Dreamfever debuted at number 3.

Orbit Books US has acquired two new book series of interest to fans of urban fantasy and steampunk –
First, Orbit US/UK has acquired KATE ELLIOTT in a new three-book deal. She’s doing a totally new series for us and the first book is titled COLD MAGIC. A Victorian fantasy novel set in an alternate world of trolls, dragons, and darker magic, this is a combination of steampunk and adventure fantasy at its most fast—and furious.

Orbit US has acquired KRISTEN PAINTER’s debut novel BLOOD RIGHTS, also in a three-book deal. Gothic fantasy meets a new twist on vampire fiction—full of politics, intrigue, and blood.
Back on August 24, Cassandra Clare issued a press release (see below) which I missed, about her Mortal Instruments YA series with information about the fourth title in the series - City of Fallen Angels. She also has a new website dedicated to her forthcoming Infernal Devices YA series, a prequel to the Mortal Instruments. The titles for the Infernal Devices books are The Clockwork Angel, The Clockwork Prince, and The Clockwork Princess. You can read more about them on the new website.
New York, NY, August 24, 2009—Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, has acquired City of Fallen Angels, a fourth book in Cassandra Clare’s bestselling young adult fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments, which has over 1 million books in print. The story follows Simon, a character from the first three Mortal Instruments novels, City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass, as he adjusts to life as a vampire. City of Fallen Angels will publish in hardcover in March 2011, followed by a paperback edition in July 2012.

Love, blood, betrayal and revenge — the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter—and spending time with her new boyfriend Jace. Not to mention that Simon doesn't quite know how to handle the pressure of not-quite-dating two girls at once. What's a daylight-loving vampire to do? Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city—only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realizing that the war they thought they'd won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day — if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge.


True Blood Season 2 Finale Preview

The mayhem in Bon Temps reaches a fever pitch as Maryann prepares for her ultimate bestial sacrifice, conscripting Sookie to be Maid of Honor at the bloody nuptials. Meanwhile, Sophie-Anne (guest star Evan Rachel Wood) warns Eric to keep the lid on Bills inquisitiveness; Jason leads Andy into the heroic abyss; and Hoyt has a hard time swallowing Maxines endless stream of insults. Deliberating on what may be his final move to save Sookie and the town, Sam is forced to put his trust, and his life, in a most unlikely ally.

Visit writer Catherine Carp’s Suburban Vampire blog for the latest and greatest updates on vampire movies being released, planned and in production.

I am sure everyone has heard by now but here is Paula Guran at Juno commenting on Disney’s purchase of Marvel Comics. Love the graphic.

And for those following the development of the GRRM HBO production of the Ice and Fire series, Tor has news about Lena Headey joining the cast

Blogfest is a two-week event where 40 of Simon & Schuster’s top teen authors and their fans come together to share ideas on one single blog. This year's participating authors include:
  • Holly Black
  • Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Deb Caletti
  • Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Cynthia Kadohata
  • DJ MacHale
  • James A. Owen
  • L.J. Smith
  • Allison van Diepen
  • Jessica Verday
  • Robin Wasserman
  • Scott Westerfeld


Juno Books has the new cover for Demon Possessed by Stacia Kane on their home Page. This is the third book in the Megan Chase series and releases in March 2010.

I came across this story and video via Book Ninja and SF Signal. It’s lengthy but well worth the watch.

With the arrival of digital readers some in the book world are wondering if their industry will follow the music industry's lead of online content quickly becoming king over hard copy. Chip Kidd weighs in on the subject. He's been called the "world's greatest book-jacket designer" and USA Today has labeled him "the closest thing to a rock star" in the world of book-cover design. Jian gets into Chip Kidd's craft as well.

Cover Spotlight: Fantasy Kitchen Sink from Lurv à la Mode. These two titles in particular quite interested me.

Book Cover : Ghouls Gone Wild from Michelle's Book Review Blog (And other ramblins')

Pop Culture Junkie runs a regular feature where you can submit book covers where the same stock images have been used. Hmm sounds like a great idea for a contest/challenge. [via Publishers Weekly]. Lucienne Divers on her Authorial, agently and personal ramblings blog also found the article and had this set of covers to add.

Cover art featured here at SciFiGuy this past week included:


Shiloh Walker’s essay on e-piracy and how it hurts both authors and readers.

All About Books talks about The Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Debate

Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express does a guest post at Dear Author on The Case for Steampunk Romance. On her own blog Heather provides Steampunk Articles and Free Reads!

Gail Carriger (Soulless) came across this find - Exhibition Hall (possibly the first Steampunk fanzine)

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight most pirated fiction of 2009 [via SCI FI Wire]

Of interest to book bloggers, Jane at Dear Author reflects on Paid Reviews

For the entire month of October, Book Chick City will be celebrating All Hallows Eve with interviews, giveaways and guest posts - including a spooky guest post from Smexy. Go HERE for more information. Looks like a lot of fun!

Jim C. Hines has a very funny LOL Book cover on his blog. Hint: It’s a Patricia Briggs cover.

Article and photos of Neil Gaiman’s personal library [via John Scalzi].

An interesting article from Lynn Viehl on The Art of Post-it Notes with a link to a video you must see.

The Fantasy & SciFi Lovin' News & Reviews blog wants to rename their blog and is having a contest to find a new name. Lots of books for prizes. Check it out here.


Seanan McGuire podcast at Book Banter

Louisa Edwards with Jill Monroe and Gena Showalter at Author Talk


  1. Doug,

    Thank you for my weekend book news fix. :)


  2. Wow - so much! Thanks for the mention, and for all the great info. Especially the lookalikes link. There are a couple that have been amusing me lately...

  3. Hi Doug!

    Great overview of everything going on out in the blogosphere!

    Thanks for the mention!

    Dottie :)

  4. Ahhhh.....I can sleep now. You are astoundingly informative! Thank you for doing this each weekend.

  5. This is why I love your Blog - you give me the3 skinny on all that's happening. AWESOME

    And again thanks for running that fabulous giveaway contest. I realy enjoyed reading everyone's answers. And I even learned a thing or too myself.

  6. Super Duper Fantabulous Weekend Report! Loved it. Thank you Doug! :) I appreciate all your hard work!

  7. It's going to take me all weekend to read this. I love it! What a great blog!

  8. Welcome as always Michelle!

    Chris I think I am going to have a look-alikes contest for UF as I can work out the details.

    Thanks Dottie and NP!

    My pleasure Vickie!

    Tracey the contest was a lot of fun. I am working on the final Contest post now.

    Shucks Rachael, you're gonna give me a swelled head.

    Thank you Kristen and congrats on your new Orbit deal. I look forward to more details when you have them.

  9. How does an author get a review from you on a great fantasy novel, Gateway to DreamWorld?

    Synopsis: On their way home from baseball tryouts, Brad Colby and his two sons are involved in a terrible car accident that leaves six-year-old Pete in a coma. When Pete awakens, the family is crushed to learn that he is paralyzed.

    Meanwhile, Pete’s eight-year-old brother, Jason, has been having powerful dreams that lead him to a mysterious realm known as DreamWorld. Jason discovers that all of his desires can come true in DreamWorld, but the time is fast approaching when he will have to choose between his two worlds.

    And when more devastating news strikes at the heart of the Colby family, Jason and Pete set out on a desperate attempt to find the Gateway to DreamWorld and save their family. With time running out on their dangerous path, will Jason and Pete’s fear of the Unknown keep them from reaching the paradise of their dreams?

    I invite you to order your copy now from or Barnes& at a discounted price.

    Spreading the word to your friends who enjoy reading a good book and be one of the firsts to pick up your copy of Gateway to DreamWorld.

    Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy the fantasy.

  10. Well bks2plz for one thing you DON'T get a review opportunity by spamming a bloggers comments area. Not nice and not the proper etiquette.

  11. Wow! Thanks for all the info. I see so many books listed here that I want to check out - especially the new steampunks. And thanks for the mention, too!


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