Saturday, October 17, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


October continues to be a busy, busy month. Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy is profiling some of her favourite urban fantasy blogs this week and will feature SciFiGuy tomorrow. Thanks Abigail! She has already showcased a couple of my favourite blogs including Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings and Tynga's Reviews. Stop on by and check them out.

Next Saturday (Oct. 24) Carolyn at Book Chick City interviews me as part of her month long All Hallows Eve event. Lots happening over there and she has terrific urban fantasy reviews so drop on by.

Erica Hayes was guest this week and you can still enter the giveaway for her debut novel Shadowfae here. Contest ends tomorrow night. I also interviewed fantasy author R.A. Salvatore on Wednesday which you can view here and enter a giveaway for one of five copies of his newest book The Ghost King. Contest runs until next Sunday night. Remember to check out the links for other stops on his blog tour. Also posted this week is my Hugely Honkin' Halloween Contest for 5 chilling books.

This coming week I start the week up with a guest post on Monday from the incredible Roxanne Rhoads, freelance writer, erotic romance author and poet, story strumpet, tome loving tart, sexual connoisseur, creature of the night (absolutely love that profile). Roxanne will be talking about the Lure of the Vampire and her newest release Eternal Desire. There's a cool giveaway too!

Wednesday my guest will be Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Crosspoint Chonicles and the Path fantasy series. Diana will be here to talk about her debut urban fantasy Bitter Night, the first in the Horngate Witches series. Stay tuned for my review of this terrific book on Tuesday.

You can check the Author Events and Interviews section of my left sidebar for the most current schedule of upcoming guests.


Very funny blog post by MaryJanice Davidson - I Carve (for the) Elderly

Richelle Mead reports that the Vampire Academy series has been banned in Texas

Rachel Vincent had some great news this past week for fans of her Soul Screamers YA series -
Last week I accepted an offer from my publisher for four new books—the fourth and fifth Soul Screamers novels to HQTeen and two more adult novels for MIRA books. I can’t discuss the adult books yet except to say that they will not be Shifters novels. However, I can say that the fourth Soul Screamers book is fully outlined, and I expect to have it written in short order—as soon as I turn in the ALPHA manuscript and edits for My Soul To Keep, which I expect any day.

I had no idea that Scott Westerfeld (Leviathan) was married to Justine Larbalestier (Liar). Here's an interview with Scott where he discusses writing with his wife.

From PenguinAustralia (October 06) - Jessie W, our VA Roving Reporter spends a day with Richelle Mead in Sydney, Australia. They take in a book signing, the tour after party and even an exclusive one on one interview with Richelle.

Seduced By Shadows book trailer video:

USA Today's bestselling books for the third quarter (from the top 20):
2. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
3. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
5. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
6. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
7. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
17. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Kelley Armstrong's Frostbitten debuted at #12 on the NYT list. 
Lynn Viehl's Shadowlight debuts at #17 on the NYT list.

C.E. Murphy updates her forthcoming publications -
  • ”Cairn Dancer” (short story for THE PHANTOM QUEEN AWAKES, December 2009, Morrigan Books)
  • ”Blended” (short story for RUNNING WITH THE PACK, May 2010, Prime Books)
  • "Perchance to Dream” (short story for DRAGON’S LURE, Spring 2010, Dark Quest Books)
  • DEMON HUNTS (novel, June 2010, Luna Books)
  • TRUTHSEEKER (novel, Fall 2010, Del Rey Publishing)
  • WAYFINDER (novel, Fall 2010, Del Rey Publishing)
  • RATTLESNAKE DANCES (novel, Spring 2011, Luna Books)



Authors Talk Media:
Poster for the forthcoming Daybreakers vampire movie,

Carrie Vaughn talks about - my favorite werewolf movies

Vampire Diaries Episode 7 Teaser Trailer:


The VampChix are holding the Vamp Bash from October 25-31 and have a truckload of sway to give away as part of the events and celebrations. Here are some of the goodies already assembled -

Autographed Books:
  • Bloody Good - Rosemary Laurey
  • The Vampire...In My Dreams - Terry Spear
  • Devour Me - Lydia Parks
  • Dark Harvest - Linda Hilburn
  • Matters of the Blood - Maria Lima
  • All I Want For Christmas is a Vampire - Kerrelyn Sparks
  • Retribution - M. Flagg
  • Eternal Desire - Roxanne Rhoads
  • Immortal Bad Boys - Linda Thomas-Sundstrom
  • Casa Dracula - Marta Acosta
  • Shadowfae - Erica Hayes
  • Midnight Cravings/Kiss Me Deadly - Michele Hauf
Electronic Books:
  • Sealed In Blood - Margaret Carter
  • Desire To Die For - Jessica Lee
  • Release - Nicole Hadaway
  • The Vampire Oracle/Heart and Soul - Yolanda Sfetsos
Unsigned Books:
  • I Burn For You - Susan Sizemore
  • The Goth Bible
  • Dreams of Decadence (antho)
  • Haunt of Jackals - Eric Wilson
  • Twilight - Meyers
  • Vampire Haiku - Ryan Mecum
  • How to Catch and Keep a Vampire
  • Blood Price - Tanya Huff
  • Vampires - Joules Taylor
Non-Book Items:
  • Blood Ties DVD season 2 (3)
  • Dark Shadows DVDs (2)
  • The t-shirt! (with the vamp silhouettes that form a bat)
  • Fang-Tastic Book bag - Roxanne Rhoads
  • Bite Me magazine (2)
  • $20 GC to

The Author Hour: Your Guide to Fantastic Fiction is an online radio show hosted by Matthew Peterson. Matthew will be interviewing 50+ world-renowned fantasy, science fiction, and speculative fiction authors. Here is just a sampling of some of the fantasy and urban fantasy authors scheduled. For the complete list visit

Oct 22: Strong Female Characters / Romantic Elements
  • Diana Gabaldon (International bestselling author of the Outlander series, 15+ million sold)
  • Meg Cabot (#1 NYT bestselling Princess Diaries, Airhead, Allie Finkle's Rules, 15+ million sold)
  • Shannon Hale (NYT bestselling/Newbery Honor author of Princess Academy, ALA Teens' Top Ten)
  • Kristin Cashore (Graceling, Publishers Weekly and SLJ Best Book of the Year)
Oct 29: Faeries
  • Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (NYT bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles)
  • Melissa Marr (NYT bestselling author of Wicked Lovely, Ink Exchange, and Fragile Eternity)
  • Maggie Stiefvater (NYT Bestselling author of Shiver, Ballad, & Lament)
  • Aprilynne Pike (NYT bestselling author of Wings, optioned Disney movie with Miley Cyrus)
Nov 19: Vampires
  • Charlaine Harris (NYT bestselling Sookie Stackhouse series / True Blood on HBO)
  • L. J. Smith (The Vampire Diaries, now a TV series)
  • Laurell K. Hamilton (#1 NYT bestselling author of Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter & Meredith Gentry)
  • P. C. and Kristin Cast (NYT bestselling author of House of Night series)

Dec 3: Urban Fantasy/Supernatural 
  • Sherrilyn Kenyon (AKA Kinley MacGregor, #1 NYT bestselling author, 20 million books in print)
  • Kelley Armstrong (NYT bestselling author of The Otherworld series and Darkest Powers series)
  • Charles de Lint (award-winning author of over 60 books)
  • Patricia Briggs (#1 NYT bestselling author of Mercedes Thompson and Alpha and Omega series

Listen to the live show Thursdays at 9 a.m. pacific / 12 p.m. eastern.


Hush, Hush chalk street art by Chalkmaster Dave [via Simon's Urban Fantasy Blog]

Most recently is Twisted Princesses - zombie-fied princesses, to be exact. I think Sleeping Beauty and Snow White are my favorite. Look at the dwarves! [Via Kelling Meding]

Richelle Mead has a couple of foreign edition covers featured for her Vampire Academy series.

Jill Myles at Odd Shots talks Sex On the Beach…or um, elsewhere and does a number on a Nalini Singh's Blaze of Memory.

J.R. Ward's UK cover of Lover Mine (8th book in Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series to be released in May) at Babbling About Books.

Mad Hatter's Bookshelf has the cover and description for Thomas E. Sniegoski's third Remy Chandler novel Where Angels Fear to Tread and the cover for The Good, The Bad, and The Uncanny the latest Nightside book by Simon R. Green.

Scooper Speaks features the cover and blur for Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley which will introduce her newest series, Shifters Unbound.

Leontine at Leontine's Book Realm featured this sexy Sarah McCarty cover this week. Visit Leontine's blog for the book description.

Dark Wolf's Fantasy reviews featured this cover for The Dead That Walk, a new zombie anthology that contains stories by Stephen King, Nancy Holder, Clive Barker and many more. Check out the post for a list of the full contents. has a series of posts on the steampunk art of Leviathan (Scott Westerfield) here and here.

The following covers were previewed at SciFiGuy this past week:


At Suvudu - The Trouble with Zombies

Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy does a terrific Character Profile of  Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson

This New Yorker humour piece on PR and Authors is hilarious. [via Shartyrant]

Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings does its usual excellent urban fantasy recap of New Releases, Author News and More - 10/13/09

Tez Miller has a list of November 2009 Releases.

Steampunk Month continues at and you can find a summary of this weeks postings here.

Cake Wrecks has some delicious Steampunk sweets. Awesome.


Testicles do not taste like chicken.
- John Brown (author Servants of a Dark God)

Great fiction, from my point of view, happens when beautiful lies smash up against essential truths.
- Marjorie Liu


Kim Harrison at Dreamhaven signing.

Ilona Andrews dog Luka with Demon Forged

Gail Carriger at Borderlands signing.


  1. I think Meyer has taken over every single book list for the past 2 years. Wow!

    As always, your weekend report is very appreciated.

  2. Thank you for putting all this together :) It makes Saturdays even better!

    Tara SG

  3. KB and lets not talk about Charlaine Harris and how many spots she hold down on the NYT lists :)

    Thanks Tara, I appreciate the feedback!

  4. Hi Doug!

    Great recap! Much appreciated!

    Dottie :)

  5. I love chalk art and that's a great piece on Hush, Hush - which is a beautiful cover.

    October is a busy month, a lot going on and you track of all it so well. And you thank for the mentions. :)

  6. Love the Daybreakers poster. Can't wait to see it.

  7. Hi SciFiGuy,
    I am really looking forward to your guest blogpost authors next week and thanks for the link to my place :) I'm defintely checking out the Vamp Bash...sounds awesome.

  8. Doug, what a great posting! Where do you find all this stuff???

  9. Thanks Jessica, Michelle and Dottie! There was lots of interesting stuff around and about this past week.

    Donna I am amazed at what chalk artists can do, especially when you consider it is done as temporary street art.

    Abigail Daybreakers has a great cast and I hope a decent script. Looking forward to it.

    Leontine the Vamp Bash is going to be fun and boy there's a lot of prizes so I am hoping it gets lots of support.

    Why Sean I use my supernatural abilities of course!

  10. Simply amazing. Great collection Doug! My little news posts are starting to look so inferior compared to your weekend reports. :)

  11. I appreciate the compliment Jackie. But your monthly newsletter is the gold standard set for the rest of us. And you do reports throughout the week which I wish I had more time to do. The more of us the merrier I say :)

  12. I'm insanely excited about the new Green and Sniegoski books! And I love the cover!

    Awesome report! :)

  13. Hi Wendy. I always look forward to a new Darkside but honestly have never read anything by Sniegoski. Sigh.

  14. As always, thanks for the great list of links. I love those steampunk cakes!

  15. Thanks Lynn. I wonder if people actually have the nerve to eat those works of art.

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