Saturday, September 12, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Shameless plug here. Today is the last day for voting in the BBAW awards. If you haven’t voted yet here’s the link, and of course if you feel so inclined cast a vote for in the Best Speculative Fiction Blog or Best New Blog categories. I’m thrilled that I made the shortlist and am included with some awesome blogs.

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 Wednesday, September 16.

Jocelynn Drake will be here the following week for an interview about Dawnbreaker, the highly anticipated third book in her Dark Days series. I’ve also added young adult fantasy author Kristin Cashore's blog tour for the Graceling companion novel Fire. Kristin will be visiting September 28 as part of a 15 stop event. And to round out the month author Jaime Rush (aka Tina Wainscott) will be visiting to talk about Out of the Darkness, the second book in her Offspring series on September 30.

A complete list of upcoming guests, blog tours and interviews can be found on the left sidebar.


Vampire Wire has a contest for TWO COPIES of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker by Leanna Renee. The contest runs through next Sunday night, September 13.

Diana Rowland is having a Caption Contest to win a copy of Mark of the Demon or Blood of the Demon. Ends Monday Sept. 14.

Love Vampires has TEN signed copies of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Bad Moon Rising to giveaway to TEN lucky readers. This giveaway is only open to residents of the UK and EU.

For more contest summaries visit Fantasy Dreamer and check out her Contest/Giveaways summary on the right sidebar.


Marjorie Liu  announced that the tentative title of the tenth Dirk & Steele novel (June 2010) is THE STARS BELOW.

Congratulations to Mario Acevedo who was crowned this last week as the 2009 Writer of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers

Jim Butcher reports that he will have Harry Dresden stories in P.N. Elrod's next supernatural anthology, Dark and Stormy Knights, and Gardner Dozois' anthology, Starcrossed Lovers.

Jacqueline Carey on her website says that readers have asked about a sequel to Santa Olivia. She says -
No definitive news yet, but I have a proposal in and I'm working on it. All I can say at this point is that turning Loup and Pilar loose on an unsuspecting world is a lot of fun! Hopefully, I'll have more to report next month.
Lynn Viehl at Paperback Writer hits 2000 posts today and Lynn has provided a list of her top 10 posts over the last 5 years. Definitely worth checking out.

Lots more urban fantasy news at two of my favourite blogs - Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings and Literary Escapism.


View the trailers for all the new fall sci-fi shows  [via SCI FI Wire]

It’s a ways off (2011) but werewolf fans can looks forward to Growl [via Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings]
"A traveling underground fight club called 'The Brawlers' arrive at a derelict ghost town tucked away in the Colorado Rockies. They meet the town's only residents, the Maxilla family who want to buy on to the fight card. But the Maxilla family's true intentions for the Brawler crew is soon revealed in teeth and claws. Some will be hunted, some will be feed, and some will become part of the family...whether they like it or not."
Anne Soward's points out that a lot of vampires keep diaries, not just Stefan [The Vampire Diaries]. Check out this humour piece.

Authors Marta Acosta and Maria Lima shares their thoughts on the season opener of Supernatural.


Tez Miller has cover art for Tara Kelly: Harmonic Feedback (US), Carrie Ryan: The Dead-Tossed Waves (US), Lili St. Crow: Betrayals (US), Maria V. Snyder: Sea Glass (UK), Susan Beth Pfeffer: This World We Live In (US) and Anton Strout: Dead Matter (US).

Interestingly the cover for Betrayals has changed again from two earlier versions shown below. This newest is by far the best.

Brooke Reviews also had details on the new Anton Strout book Dead Matter, the 3rd Simon Canderous book. Releasing February 23, 2010.

Covers featured here at


Vote for your favourite fantasies at 101 of the Best Fantasy Books. Graceling is on the ballot, as are hundreds of other books. Voting closes on September 14. Note that there's a box at the bottom for write-ins. [via Kristin Cahsore’s This is My Secret]

Dragon*Con coverage by CNN

Steampunk news via SF Signal

Dear Author speaks out on the topic of The Pioneers of Paranormal Romance.

Author Harry Connolly points out the latest in Raygun Technology in this YouTube video -

The Art of Books from Lynn Viehl with lots of links.

Revenge Sometimes Gets Hairy from Ilona Andrews at the Odd Shots blog

Science Fiction Romance for Dummies with Heather Massey (The Galaxy Express) at Dirty Sexy Books.

Patricia Altner from Patricia's Vampire Notes is interviewed by Jo at Ink and Paper.

Samhain Publishing's paranormal and SF/fantasy author blog  Beyond the Veil asks the question What Is It With Zombies? Terrific article with lots of links.

Use the Zombie Bite Calculator to figure out how long you have before you are infected after being bitten [via Pimp My Novel]. My results -


  1. Terrific round up (as always), and thanks for linking to my interview! I have to give credit to DSB blog owner Rebecca who asked great questions.

  2. There's always something new here. I'm going to check the steampunk links. Thanks!

    I agree with you on the newest Betrayals cover - it is the best out of the three.

  3. Heather I always love your interviews and essays on SFR. There are lots of cross-over readers that enjoy UF, PNR and SF & SFR (including me).

    Donna I think we are going to see lots more links and steampunk material coming out. It's been around for awhile but I think it will be one of the genres that busts out next year.

  4. Thanks for pimping :-) By the way, Tara Kelly's Harmonic Feedback isn't paranormal or sci-fi - it's mainstream YA.

    Have a lovely day! :-)

  5. You have been voted for (I just found this post, but they left a few categories open this morning, including the one you're in). :-)

    Good luck - hope you get the award!

  6. Doug,

    I love the newest Lili St. Crow book. :)

    Thanks for all the info.


  7. Doug, thanks again for mentioning my whereabouts - I was SO thrilled to vote for you at BBAW, congratulations on the extremely well-deserved nomination. Blessings!

  8. You`re always welcome Tez. Thanks for the update.

    Thanks S.W. I appreciate it!

    Michelle is that Redemption Alley?

    Thanks Leanne!


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