Saturday, October 3, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Several giveaways are still open for anyone that hasn't already entered.
Fire Giveaway ends Sunday night Oct 4.

Jaime Rush Giveaway ends Tuesday night Oct 6.

Release Giveaway ends Monday night Oct 5.

Dragons of the Hourglass Mage Giveaway ends Sunday October 11

Lots of great guests planned for the month of October and adding new guests for November. Chloe Neill author of the Chicagoland Vampire urban fantasy series will be here this week to talk about her next book in the series Friday Night Bites. The following weeks sees down under debut author Erica Hayes here for an interview about her first Shadowfae Chronicles book Shadowfae.

A complete list of upcoming guests can be found on my left sidebar.


  • Kelley Armstrong: is celebrating the release of Frostbitten and is giving away 50 "gifts"( a book, t-shirt, CD set etc) & 500 bookplate/bookmark sets.
  • Suburban Vampire is having a contest to win one of THREE autographed copies of Van Jensen's soon-to-be-released graphic novel Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer. Ends Tuesday, October 13, 8:00 AM Pacific Time.
  • Kelley Gay has a haiku themed contest. for four urban fantasy novels, all set in the south as well as a coverflat of her debut novel. Included are THE ACCIDENTAL DEMON SLAYER by Angie Fox, A RUSH OF WINGS by Adrian Phoenix, MARK OF THE DEMON by Diana Rowland and an ARC of THE BETTER PART OF DARKNESS by Kelley. Contest ends Friday, October 9th at midnight.
  • Patrice Michele has a giveaway of her Scions series over at the Odd Shots group blog.
  • Nicole Peeler has a giveaway of an ARC of her forthcoming book Tempest Rising. Ends Sunday October 4.
  • Vampire Wire is giving away two copies of the just released second season DVDs of "Blood Ties."  The contest runs through Sunday night, October 18.
  •  Suburban Vampire is also giving away two copies of the just released second season DVDs of "Blood Ties."  The contest runs through Sunday night, October 18.
  •  Peace Love and Pat  is having a contest for The Bride of Casa Dracula and J.R. Ward's new book, Covet. The contest runs through October 18.
  •  OCD, Vampires, and Rants, oh my! is having a giveaway of Hunting Memories and Blood Memories by Barb Hendee.Contest closes Oct 6. 
  • The Story Siren has a giveaway for several YA ARCs including Scones and Sensibility (ARC) by Lindsay Eland, The Dark Divine (ARC) by Bree Despain and Darklight (ARC) by Lesley Livingston. Contest deadline is October 13, 2009 @ midnight eastern time.
  •  EosBooks: #Dawnbreaker has a contest to win a signed library of Jocelynn Drake's Dark Days series.Tweet @avonbooks or @eosbooks ur fav Mira/Danaus moment AT DAWN all week!
  • Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has a giveaway of Alice Sebold's Lovely Bone.Contest ends on Sunday, October 11th at 8 PM CST.
  • Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings also has a contest with Chloe Neil. The giveaway is a $25 Gift Card to her Cafe Press store, and one copy of Friday Night Bites or Some Girls Bite, winner's choice.The contest is open to everyone and closes at 8:00 a.m. CST on Monday, Oct. 5th.
  • as part of Steampunk Month has its first giveaway. Twenty (20) copies of George Mann’s The Affinity Bridge. Contest runs until noon EST on Thursday, October 8th.
  • Lucky Canuck has a giveaway of Must Love Hellhounds. Ends October 13, 2009 @ 11:59 p.m. MST.


  • Jessa Slade has a short story "Boys Night out" a prequel to her debut Seduced by Shadows novel available at Borders.
  • In celebration of the release of Kelley Armstrong's newest book Frostbitten, Suvudu is offering up a "Recruit",  a short story prequel to Frostbitten.
  • Lucy A. Snyder has a substantial PDF extract of her book Chimeric Machines up on her website
For a terrific recap of urban fantasy news for the month of September check out Literary Escapism's Escapist Newsletter (Vol 3 Issue 10). Guaranteed you'll find plenty of news you haven't seen.

Marjorie Liu has announced that the title of the next Hunter Kiss novel will be A Wild Light.

Innsmouth Free Press has now posted their free online Fall 2009 Fiction Issue. Innsmouth Free Press is a fictional newspaper publishing faux news pieces – lovingly called Monster Bytes – in a Lovecraftian/Cthulhu Mythos universe, as well as original short fiction stories. The current issue contains a story by the Campbell Award winning author Mary Robinette Kowal. Editor Silvia Moreno-Garcia explains -

Women seldom appear in Lovecraft’s fiction. His world is a male world, with few female characters dotting the edges of the story. There is Asenath Waite, but she is possessed by the spirit of her father; Lavinia Whateley gives birth to Wilbur and quickly exits the story. The female realm holds little interest to Lovecraft.
That is why five of the six stories in this issue of Innsmouth Free Press look at women, and not just any kind of women, but terrible women. Femme fatales, monstrous creatures, all staring at us from the darkest corners of our imagination.
Canadian urban fantasy author Sean Cummings wrote to tell me that he has put together and is participating in a new group blog called "Good Girls - Bad Juju" that includes -
A lot of interesting posts already. Drop by and check it out. I've added it to my reader already.

Diana Rowland as she says in her own words has posted "a umber of pictures of my writing lair (along with proof of my nerdiness)" at my Flickr set.Nice setup!

According to Simon's Urban Fantasy Blog authors Scott Westerfeld, Holly Black, and Cassandra Clare are doing a brief group tour here in Canada. Here are their stops.

Tour Dates:

November 4th, 7pm
Chapters Pointe-Claire
6321, auto route Transcanadienne, bureau 1410
Pointe-Claire, Quebec

November 5th, 7pm
Chapters Rideau
47 Rideau Street,
Ottawa, Ontario

November 6th, 7pm
Trinity St. Paul's United Church
427 Bloor Street West
Tickets $5.00 at

Fantasy Book Critic does an in-depth spotlight on October genre releases.

Deborah Smith, editor and author at BelleBridge Books advised me that their YA author Kalayna Price (Once Bitten) has just signed a multi-book deal with Ace/ROC. Kalayna has also turned in the sequel to Once Bitten. SF Scope had this to say about the deal but you should head over there for the full story and overview of what the series is about -
Kalayna Price sold Grave Witch and two sequels to Jessica Wade at Penguin USA, in an auction conducted by agent Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

The Sunburst Award Committee announced that the winner of its 2009 adult award was The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson and the winner of its 2009 young adult award was Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

The craziness continues with Galleycat reporting that Del Rey Books just bought Porter Grand's "Little Women and Werewolves" - remixing the classic novel with a wolfish twist.Here's a description of the forthcoming werewolf version:
"In this retelling of Louisa May Alcott's classic, the beloved little women must keep not just the wolf, but the werewolves, from the door...and the kindly old gentlemen next door and his grandson may have some secrets to hide--or share with the March girls."

Jim C. Hines ways in on the issue of cover snark surrounding the Zombie Racoons and Killer Bunnies anthology with DAW’s Zombie Rabbit Cover of Doom.

Michele Hauf announced a tentative list of titles she will have out next year including "The Vampire's Tango" (Nocturne Bites - April), HER VAMPIRE HUSBAND (HQN - April), THE BONE CONJURER: Rogue Angel  (GE - May), "Halo Hunter" (Nocturne Bites - June), and ANGEL SLAYER (Nocturne - June).

MOON RISE trailer: More Magic, Moonstones, Demons and Star Seekers:

Official Trailer for INTERTWINED by Gena Showalter

My Wicked Vampire - Nina Bangs Book Trailer:


Unique Features has acquired screen rights to "Shiver," a bestselling supernatural romance novel by Maggie Stiefvater that is the first of a three-book series.

John Scalzi has posted a couple of articles about  his consulting work on Stargate Universe -

Screen Gems and Constantin Film announced today that Resident Evil: Afterlife has begun production in Toronto and will be shot and released in 3-D.

Riverworld is receiving its second incarnation from the Syfy channel in 2010.  The movie is loosely based on the series of books from science fiction author Philip Jose Farmer that included To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971), The Fabulous Riverboat (1971), The Dark Design (1977), The Magic Labyrinth (1980) and Gods of Riverworld (1983). Having seen the first movie and watched the trailer for the second I am not sure they have brought anything new to the story, but I guess we will have to wait and see. Here's the blurb and the two trailers.
Matt, an American journalist, and his fiancée, Jessie, are killed in an explosion, but reawaken in a very unusual afterlife—a mysterious planet with an endless river terrain. Everyone who has ever lived on Earth has been resurrected simultaneously in this strange new world. Determined to find Jessie, Matt joins forces with an intrepid crew including a 13th century female warrior and Riverboat captain Mark Twain. Embarking upriver, their adventure begins, all the while tracked by the watchful eye of a mysterious alien force. Starring Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica), Laura Vandervoort (Smallville), Mark Deklin (Life on Mars), Peter Wingfield (Highlander) and Alan Cumming (X-Men 2).

Original Riverworld (2003)

And here is yet another spoof of the Twilight movie by Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn from G4tv com.

A cool new image from James Cameron's Avatar from Sci Fi Wire.


Yasmine Galenorn reported that Tony Mauro, has his 2010 calendar ready to go. She says -
It’s beautiful—and it has alternative poses of Camille from Dragon Wytch and Delilah from Night Huntress in it, as well as ten other gorgeous, fantastical women. Check out Tony’s site - if you buy it from his site, he says he’ll autograph the calendar!
[COVER ART] Keri Arthur’s MOON SWORN & Rachel Caine’s KISS OF DEATH at Tez Says as well as [COVER ART] Mark Del Franco’s UNPERFECT SOULS; Keri Arthur’s FULL MOON RISING & KISSING SIN

Lurv à la Mode does a Cover Spotlight: Romancing the Paranormal.

Covers featured at this week include:


New Releases, Author News & More for 9/29/09 at Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings

Ilona Andrews Bookselves

October is Steampunk month on  They've started with a number of cool posts already, you can follow the fun here.

And you can see Greg Manchess' step-by-step progression of our rocket, Stubby, into the lighter-than-air goodness of the H.M.S. Stubbington.

Borders Sci-Fi has a number of interesting posts from Ann Aguiire and Ilona Andrews.

Check out the SFR Linkfest for October, 2009 at The Galaxy Express.

For a terrific video check out this post at Smart Btiches, Trashy Books where a group of Canadian students do a video for the Black Eyed Peas… in one take.

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist has this week's New York Times Bestsellers (September 29th).


  1. The Riverworld movie looks interesting. I will have to remember to make Tivo record it when it comes out.

  2. Wow, so much going on! Thanks Doug. I am, as always, amazed and appreciative of the updates. I'd miss out on a whole lot without your Urban Fantasy Weekend report.

  3. And thanks for including my interview with Terry Spear :)

  4. Seriously? They are remaking Little Women with werewolves? Why? Do publishers think that the current lineup of amazing UF/PNR authors are not good enough to get new readers and they need to bastardize the classics to get them? That may be harsh, but seriously. Why do we need Little Women with werewolves? I would much rather see Shanna Swendson get her fifth Katie Chandler novel published than a remake on a classic.

  5. Sean you're welcome. I am enjoying the posts on the new site. Keep em coming :)

    Janicu the books were something. I hope they do a good job on the remake, but I was disappointed that the first movie pilot never made it to series.

    You're welcome as always Cybercliper. Each week seems to bring a whole new mix of goodies.

    Thanks Abigail! Terry is a great guest. Glad you got to interview her.

    Jackie I totally agree. Of course I haven't actually read any of these re-inventions but frankly they hold little appeal. I know nothing about the authors but they all strike me as lazy efforts. Regardless of sharp, funny or creative contributions to the original story whatever they may be, it strikes me as capitalizing on a known property and already having half your book written for you. They all strike me as the "Pet Rocks" of literature.


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