Saturday, October 10, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


If you missed it earlier in the week, the contest with this weeks interview guest, urban fantasy author Chloe Neill (Friday Night Bites) is still going strong until October 12 at Midnight here. The giveaway for 5 copies of Dragons of the Hourglass Mage by Margaret Weis ends tomorrow so get your entry in quickly if you haven't already done so.

I have two fabulous guests this week beginning with Erica Hayes whose debut urban fantasy novel Shadowfae hits shelves October 13. Erica will be here with a guest spot on Monday.

Wednesday I am interviewing R.A. "Bob" Salvatore about his newest book The Ghost King. Check out the "Promotions" section below for a complete list of Bob's other tour stops.

I have also recently added Julie Kenner (The Blood Lily Chronicles) and Kathryn Smith (Nightmare Chronicles) to upcoming author events on Nov. 4 and Nov 24 respectively. Both are here to talk about their exciting new series. You can see the full schedule on my left sidebar.

  • Maggie Stiefvater has a huge contest going - BALLAD Contest extended to Halloween
  • Anna's Books Blog  is offering one lucky winner a set of Linda Wisdom's the Hex Books. Which include: 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover, Hex Appeal, Wicked by Any Other Name & Hex in High Heels. To enter leave a comment along with you email address. Winners will be announced on October 14th.
  • Sunny has a contest for a copy of her newest book Lucinda Dangerously. Open until the end of October.
  • My Blog 2.0 has a contest for Dak Time by Dakota Banks. Open until Oct. 15.
  • Fresh Fiction is hosting a contest to win a copy of Jocelynn Drake's latest book DAWNBREAKER, plus a halloween basket of sweets! The contest runs through October 26th. See details and enter here.
  • Enter a contest to win one of FIVE COPIES of "Supernatural: Season Four" at Film School Rejects. [Via Vampire Wire]
  • Fantasy Book Critic has a giveaway of The Midnight Guardian by Sarah Jane Stratford
  • Twenty copies of Boneshaker by Cherie Priest being given away at until noon EST on Wednesday, October 14th
  • Diana Rowland has a giveaway of Speak of the Devil by Jenna Black, Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre, Darker Angels by MLN Hanover,Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire, The Trouble With Demons by Lisa Shearin and Norse Code by Greg van Eekhout. Move quickly, contest ends Sunday, October 11th.
  • Patricia's Vampire Notes is having an October Halloween contest with a ton of giveaways. 
  •  Roxanne Rhoads at Fang-tastic Books has a Kick Butt First Line Contest with Jamie Rush with some awesome prizes


Jocelynn Drake, Terri Garey and Jamie Rush will be on Authors On Air on October 15 at 2 PM Eastern time.

Katie MacAlister has the definitive Steamed post on her blog with background, an excerpt and more on her forthcoming steampunk book.

From Shelf Awareness -
Sourcebooks' new young adult imprint, Sourcebooks Fire, will launch next spring with seven titles, including a bestselling paranormal romance series from the U.K., a novel based on the true life story of teenage sisters who invented the séance in 1848, a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of the civil war and a YA supernatural thriller set in New York City.

"The things you discover as a teen--your favorite novels, your favorite poetry, your favorite bands--these stay with you for the rest of your life," said Fire editor Dan Ehrenhaft. "They matter. They make a mark. They really do burn. That moment of discovery is what Sourcebooks Fire is all about."
Publishers Weekly had more on the story with some titles -
In its debut season, Sourcebooks Fire will release seven titles, including Beautiful Dead Book 1: Jonas by Eden Maquire, first in a bestselling paranormal romance series from the U.K. (March 2010); Recognized by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, a novel based on the true-life story of teenage sisters who invented the séance in 1848 (June 2010); We Hear the Dead by Dianne K. Salerni, a romantic mystery set against the backdrop of the Civil War (May 2010); and The Turning Book 1: What Curiosity Kills by Helen Ellis, a supernatural thriller set in New York City (May 2010), among others.
Sunny's Newsletter arrived this week and she had this to say about her Mona Lisa and Lucinda paranormal series -
LUCINDA, DANGEROUSLY will probably be the last book set in the Monère-demon world for awhile. Although plans aren't completely certain yet, I'm hoping to take a break from both Mona Lisa and Lucinda, and delve into a new paranormal series that has been brewing in my mind for a couple of years now. Perhaps when that itch has been satisfied and written out I'll be eager to return and continue Mona Lisa's story.

Lou Anders at Pyr-o-mania has a list of Pyr's SF and Fantasy titles through August 2010.


  • First Chapter of the forthcoming Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler.

Book Trailer: Deep Kiss of Winter Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter


"Does running from zombies in your dreams count as a workout?"
Alyxandra Harvey


What the Authors are Saying:

Producer Rob Tapert tells ShockTillYouDrop that Dark Days, the sequel to the vampire movie 30 Days of Night, is up in Vancouver, Canada, getting ready to shoot, with principal photography slated to begin in the next couple of weeks.[via SciFi Wire]

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus directed by Terry Gilliam and starring Christopher Plummer, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law to name a few. Looks amazing.


R.A. Salvatore Blog Tour:

Monday, 10.12.09

Tuesday, 10.13.09

Thursday, 10.15.09
  Elitist Book Reviews

Friday, 10.16.09
  Sci-Fi Fan Letter

Suvudu (7:00 to 8:00 p.m. EST)

Saturday, 10.17.09
  Fantasy Book Critic


Smart Bitches Trashy Books have spotted a new urban fantasy cover trend

Cover spoof madness over at the Odd Shots blog all week with -

Josh Jasper over at the Publishers Weekly Genreville blog is talking about Science Fiction and Fantasy cover art. Worth a look.

Casey Daniels talks about last minute cover changes for her book Dead Man Walking at the Something Wicked blog.

Found this forthcoming historical urban fantasy book mentioned at Genreville. Moonshine by Alaya Johnson releases in February 2010.

Imagining vampires at the heart of the social struggles of 1920s, Moonshine blends a tempestuous romance with dramatic historical fiction, populated by a lively mythology inhabiting the gritty New York City streets.

Zephyr Hollis is an underfed, overzealous social activist who teaches night school to the underprivileged of the Lower East Side. Strapped for cash, Zephyr agrees to help a student, the mysterious Amir, who proposes she use her charity worker cover to bring down a notorious vampire mob boss. What he doesn’t tell her is why. Soon enough she’s tutoring a child criminal with an angelic voice, dodging vampires high on a new blood-based street drug, and trying to determine the real reason behind Amir’s request—not to mention attempting to resist (often unsuccessfully) his dark, inhuman charm.
The following covers were previewed at SciFiGuy this past week:

Tez Says revealed the cover for Battle of the Zombies by Mark Henry who commented that it is preliminary.

Literary Escapism featured the cover for the fourth Accidental Friends book by Dakota Cassidy Accidentally Demonic.


Writings Of A Wicked Book Addict has  Nightlight : A Twilight Parody and a nice List of Paranormal Series

 John at SF Signal posted this video of a spoof ending of The Wizard of Oz done by Mad TV.

SF Signal does one of their Mind Meld features asking the question - "What Book Introduced You to Fantasy?" Responding authors include Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Laura Resnick, Karen Miller, Gail Z. Martin, Jane Lindskold, Patrick St-Denis, Kate Elliott, Violette Malan, Ken Scholes, David Anthony Durham, Alma Alexander and Hal Duncan.

Vote on which Lynsay Sands Argeneau hero you like the most at Avon Books.

Congrats to Nicola at the Alpha Heroes blog who received a review blurb credit in Meljean Brook's Demon Forged. Wow!

Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has New Releases, Author News & More for 10/6/09

And remember that it is Steampunk month at with daily posts. Click the graphic below for a complete summary of the articles to date.


This is a new feature I am thinking of introducing. What do you think? Want to see more of your favourite authors?

Maggie Stiefvater at a signing for Flux.

Jessica Slade at first stock signing October 8, 2009.


  1. I think a candid authors post would be funny.

    Great update.

  2. Doug,

    Great info - as always. :)

    I don't know how I feel about a sequel to 30 Days of Night - I didn't like the vampires from the first movie. Oh well.....

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  3. The alternate ending to Wizard of Oz was AWESOME! THANK YOU for posting that one.

  4. I'm looking forward to your guest Erica Hayes, read her short story and I'm on pins and needles for her release Shadowfae! And the booktrailer for Deep Kiss Of Winter...loving it!!!

  5. Aww, thanks for the shout-out! I'm pretty tickled, as you might imagine!

  6. I like the Candid Camera idea! Definite stick with it =)

  7. If you stopped sleeping and started freebasing red bull, could you start a daily UF Report?

  8. Hi Doug!

    Thanks for the linkage!! Much appreciated.

    Great info, there sure was a lot this week, I love the covers previewed.

    Dottie :)

  9. Thanks for the vote Elnice. I plan on keeping my eyes open for interesting or funny author candids.

    Michelle. 30 Days was pretty dark but different from the typical horror fair. I liked the ending too.

    Janicu I busted a gut watching that. The actress doing Dorothy had the inflection and tone down perfectly.

    Leontine you'll enjoy Erica's guest spot. I also have a review of Shadowfae going up tomorrow.

    Nicola I am thrilled for you! I hope it is the first of many.

    Thanks Mishel. I'll have to scurry off and scour the Internetz!

    Abigail I am not sure even that would get the job done. Now maybe if I had an assistant and an editorial staff and ...

    Your welcome Dottie. Sorry I haven't been by to comment more frequently.


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