Saturday, October 24, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


A reminder of some of the giveaways that are still open including 5 copies of R.A. Salvatore's The Ghost King which ends Sunday at Midnight. His interview and contest details here.The Hugely Honkin' Halloween contest remains open until November 1. Details here. If you missed the guest post with paranormal romance writer Roxanne Rhoads and a giveaway of Eternal Desire you can get the details here. The giveaway closes Sunday at Midnight.  Diana Pharaoh Francis debut urban fantasy novel Bitter Night releases this coming Tuesday. Check out my interview and giveaway with Diana. Details here.

I have some terrific guests and interviews lined up over the next couple of weeks touching on three of my favourite genres - fantasy, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

  • Wednesday, October 28 - Author Gail Z. Martin will be visiting as part of her blog tour to launch Dark Lady's Chosen, the fourth book in her fantasy series Chronicles of the Necromancer. I love fantasy series that embrace vampires and shifters as part of their world-building. You can read my review of Dark Haven (Book 3) here. Check back for my interview and a very cool contest that includes asigned copy of a limited edition ARC of The Blood King and a signed copy of Dark Haven.

  • Monday, November 2 - Romance author Susan Blexrud will be visiting to talk about her writing and her newest paranormal romance Real Men Have Fangs.

  • Wednesday, November 4 - Julie Kenner will be visiting to introduce her new urban fantasy series The Blood Lily Chronicles and the first book Tainted.Tainted hits store shelves this coming Tuesday.

Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates.

I'd also like to give a big warm thanks to Elnice at Ellz Reads for gifting me with a Heartfelt Award. Elnice loves books and we share a common passion for YA, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. She does lots of reviews, interviews and giveaways so stop on by and say hi!


Mari Mancusi announced that her YA vampire series Blood Coven, has a new website! [via The Story Siren]

All Things Urban Fantasy has the news on Blood Song (The Blood Singer, Book 1), a new series by Cat Adams.

Maria Lima launches Blood Kin this week (10/27), the third book in her Blood Lines series and will be guesting at Amberkatze's Book Blog (10/25) and Vampchix (10/26) and for the release week will also be running a contest on her blog (details posted here).

Toni Andrews (Mercy Hollings series) has a new blog here so update your readers.

Terry Spear reports that she has sold Dreaming of the Wolf (Book 7) and Taming the Highland Wolf (Book 8) in her werewolf romance series to Sourcebooks.

Marta Acosta confirms that she has turned in book four of the Casa Dracula series. Radar is officially turned on.

Lynn Viehl at Genreality does a wonderful post on what it means to conclude a series. Lynn talks about wrapping up her StarDoc series after 9 years.

Book Trailer for Shadowland the third book in The Immortals series by Alyson Noel.

This Maggie Stievater book Trailer was featured on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books earlier in the week. You should drop by and read some of the comments. Fresh and original.

I meant to feature this last week but for those that missed it elsewhere here is the book trailer for the next House of Night book Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast.

Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter interview at WREG-Memphis during their Deep Kiss Tour:

From Katie MacAlister -
The Vampire Also Rises (which will be out November 2010). As some of you may remember, this book will be the start of a new series, one that combines Dark Ones with some other types of beings. More importantly, it will introduce into an adult relationship the two protagonists from Got Fangs and Circus of the Darned--Benedikt and Francesca, more commonly known to readers as Ben and Fran.
Jackie Kessler has the back cover copy to go with the new cover for Shades of Gray.

Larissa Ione has finished the first draft of Sin Undone (Demonica book 5 — tentative title).

Charlaine Harris appearance and interview on CNN October 20. [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]

Angry Robot Books announced some of next years planned releases including a steampunk title, The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar (Jan. 2010) and two urban fantasies - Dead Streets (Nekropolis #2) by Tim Waggoner and King Maker (The Knights of Breton Court #1) by Maurice Broaddus, both in March 2010.

Editor Kerrie Hughes talked a little about a new anthology recently in an interview at Flames Rising.
In CHICKS KICK ASS, you’ll read stories from 13 paranormal authors. 11 of them are NYT bestsellers and include Rachel Caine and Rachel Vincent, two of my favorite paranormal authors. I’m pretty excited! No romance, just action.



Molly Harper talks about some of her favourite bad Halloween movies

True Blood won a bunch of honours at the Scream Awards [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]
  • Alexander Skarsgard wins Best Villain, presented by Straw Dogs co-star, Kate Bosworth.
  • Stephen Moyer wins Best Horror Actor Male, presented by Liv Tyler.
  • Anna Paquin wins Best Horror Actor Female, presented by Jackie Earle Haley.
  • True Blood wins Best Television Show, presented by the cast of The Vampire Diaries. and A Dribble of Ink both have excellent updates on the casting for the HBO production of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones.

Good news, fans of The CW's Vampire Diaries: The network has ordered a full season of the teen vamp drama, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times.[via SciFI Wire]

Here's a trailer for the forthcoming vampire flick The Bleeding [via Michelle Hauf]. Looks fun but oh so cheezy.

Here's an updated trailer for The Wolfman coming next February.

Here's a sneak preview of Season of the Witch with Nicholas Cage and Ron Perlman coming next spring [via Stephen Hunt at SF Crowsnest]

The Vampire Diaries Episode 7 Preview


Starts tomorrow!

Ink Oink Art Inc. has just released Escape Clause, a speculative anthology featuring twenty-six short pieces of fantasy, science fiction and unusual horror. Learn more at their website.

Contributing author Sean Grigsby brought this interesting zombie anthology to my attention. It releases Monday from Living Dead Press.

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a...zombie? That's right; this anthology explores what would happen at Christmas time if there was a full blown zombie outbreak. Reanimated turkeys, zombie Santas, and demon reindeers that turn people to flesh-eating ghouls are just some of the tales you will find in this merry undead book. So curl up under the Christmas tree with a cup of hot chocolate, and as the fireplace crackles with warmth, get ready to have your heart filled with holiday cheer. But of course, then it will be ripped from your heaving chest and fed upon by blood-thirsty elves with a craving for human flesh! For you see, Christmas is Dead! And you will never look at the holiday season the same way again. Edited by Anthony Giangregorio With stories from Scott Baker, Rob Rosen, Rick Moore, Keith Luethke, Anthony Giangregorio, Peter Naggi, Tom Hamilton, Marc Wiggins, Lance Looper, Sean Grigsby, Kevin Cockle, Kelly Hudson, Paul Snider, Val Muller, Jack Burton and David Bernstein


Kim Harrison shows the re-issue cover of her fantasy First Truth written as Dawn Cook which now shows her byline as Kim Harrison as well.

Last week I showed a still image of some chalk art of the cover for Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick done on a Toronto streetcorner. Here's a video of its creation -

Tez Says has updated cover art for No Werewolves Allowed by Cheyenne McCray.

Cover art featured here this past week at included:
Anton Strout via Facebook revealed the cover for the anthology A Girls Guide to Guns and Monsters which features his story 'Lupercalia'... possibly set in the same New York as my Simon Canderous series. Editor Kerrie Hughes confirms that other contributors include Nancy Holder (of Buffy fame), Tanya Huff, Lilith Saintcrow, Jim Hines, Jeanne Stein, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and more.

Thanks to Rose Fox at Genreville for bringing the The Vampire Maker by Michael Schiefelbeinis to my attention.
Victor Decimus has been a vampire for over 2,000 years. Once a Roman Legionnaire, for millennia Victor has remained a step or two ahead of rivals, would-be executioners, and the mysterious Dark Kingdom, which sets the rules for vampires' existence. Having left New York and his lover Paul Lewis - the vampire he made then abandoned to escape the vengeance of the Dark Kingdom, Victor sets himself up again - with his thrall - in New Orleans. 

But in New Orleans, his thrall becomes the point of a new, larger conflict. On the one hand, a local priest seeks to break Victor's hold over the thrall; on the other, the Dark Kingdom fears that Victor is going to become a Vampire Maker - one who continually creates new vampires, while refusing to take his place on the next plain of existence and thus creating an imbalance in the powers of the universe. And between both walks Victor, determined to have his own way, exerts control and remains defiant to the end.


Melissa Marr does some Q and A about research, folklore and creature types.

Fellow urban fantasy blogger Tez Miller of Tez Says gets a quote mention in an Australian commercial for Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series. Congrats Tez!

Derek Tatum of Mondo Vampire talks about Vamp Pop Culture: Blame it on the 70s at VampChix.

Smexy Books has a recap of the J.R. Ward online chat from earlier in the week that took place at Barnes and Noble’s center stage. Apparently there are lots of interesting tidbits about forthcoming stories and characters. If you are a Black Dagger Brotherhood fan you should check it out.

Have a look at the worst and weirdest vampire merchandise. [via Harry Connolly's blog]

VampChix features Anthony Hogg, a self-proclaimed Vampirologist.  For more info on Anthony, and his study, check his website at:

Suburban Vampire has a comprehensive list of Vampire Festival events across the country over the next few weeks listed on her blog. Check it out for one near you.

It's still Steampunk month at and if you missed any of their daily posts this week be sure to check out their article summary here.


"Went out to investigate strange noise. Hundreds of birds in every tree on property. They know I saw The Birds way too young. They just know."
Kelley Armstrong on Twitter

I answered the phone, and Susan Rodriguez said, "They've taken our daughter."
Jim Butcher tweeting about the opening line for Changes


P.C. Cast, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole and fans on Deep Kiss of Winter tour.

Halloween preparation at Jaye Wells (Red-headed Stepchild)

Marianne Mancusi (My Zombie Valentine) dressed up as Zombie Bo Peep at DragonCon

Silly stringed Melissa Marr (Wicked Lovely) at sons 11th birthday party.

Book Stash - C.E. Murphy's closet with author's copies.

Laurell K. Hamilton dressed up for a family affair.

Maggie Stiefvater met with four teens who'd won a competition with Bliss Magazine on her recent UK tour for Shiver.


  1. Wow, this is a mammoth roundup. Thanks for the link to my contest, and all these goodies. Sheesh. I could spend all day here!!!

  2. Great weekend report SciFi. Thanks for the mention. I love the author shots. Good stuff!


  3. Great round up as usual. :)

    Now that's a BIG gun on the cover of A Girls Guide to Guns and Monsters.

    Thanks for mentions on the contests.

  4. Doug,

    Wonderful post, as always.



  5. I'd love to be in CE Murphy's closet! And holy round-up BatFiGuy!

    I came out of lurking ;)

  6. Thanks for the links Doug. Another great report.
    Also, I think you got the title wrong for Susan Blexrud's new book: Real Men Don't Have Fangs. Isn't it Real Men Have Fangs?

  7. Your round-ups are always so great! Thanks for the mention of my excerpt! :-)

  8. Heehee - thanks for pimping my claim to fame ;-)

  9. Hi Carolyn, yeah there seemed a lot more news this past week. Go figure. Always happy to help with the linkage.

    Elnice yeah I was surprised at how many fun candids I found this week.

    You're always welcome Donna. That anthology and Chicks Kick Ass edited by Kerrie Hughes sound like fun.

    Thanks Michelle!

    Hey Lil Pixie if I get to be BatFiGuy I dub thee The Incredible Lurk Thanks for dropping the invisibility cloak :)

    Harp eyes Abigail. That's been wrong on my sidebar for two weeks and you are the first to notice. How embarrassing. If you are reading this Susan SORRY! and I blame Molly Harper.

    You're welcome Kelly! You must be getting excited about the book. I haven't forgotten about the ARC review - coming soon :)

    Tez our TV star! Love that you got that.

  10. I love the sidewalk chalk book cover idea. So cool.

  11. Janicu I haven't an artistic bone in my body so when I see someone that can do something like this I am always in awe.

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