Saturday, November 7, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


If you missed them earlier in the week, I had interviews with the talented Susan Blexrud, whose newest vampire novella Real Men Have Fangs was just released and the very busy Julie Kenner, whose dark urban fantasy Tainted just hit shelves and in just a few weeks its' followup Torn will be there too. There is a giveaway of an ARC of Torn and a signed copy of Carpe Demon up for grabs. Check the interview for details.

I have pretty much filled out all of my planned author events for the remainder of the year and here are some of the exciting guests coming your way -
  • November 18 - The ever busy Lilith Saintcrow will be visiting to discuss not one, but two November releases - Betrayals the 2nd book in the Strange Angels YA series and Flesh Circus, the 4th Jill Kismet novel.
  • November 20 - My guest will be Claire Delacroix/Deborah Cooke with an interview about her two most recent releases - the futuristic urban fantasy Guardian and Winter Kiss, the fourth book in the Dragonfire paranormal romance series.
  • November 24 - Author Kathryn Smith will be here to talk about Dark Side of Dawn, the second book in her new urban fantasy series the Nightmare Chronicles.
  • December 2 - This is double debut day with guest authors Kelly Gay (The Better Part of Darkness) and Kelly Meding (Three Days to Dead) here with a very special combined guest post about the launch of their new urban fantasy novels. Check out there fab 2K Promotion Event celebrating the November 24th launch of their books.
  • December 10 - I am pretty excited about the blog tour for the release of Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's 23rd Saint-Germain Chronicles novel Burning Shadows. She will be stopping here with a guest post and I couldn't be more thrilled. My love of the Saint-Germain books goes back to the very first book Hotel Transylvania (1978).
  • December 15 - Canadian author Alyxandra Harvey will be here to talk about her debut YA trilogy The Drake Chronicles which launches with Hearts at Stake (also titled My Heart Lies Bleeding in Canada and UK).You can see the covers and a synopsis of the book further down the post in the PROFILE section.
I am starting to set up a schedule for the new year (Nancy Holzner and Helen Scott Taylor are confirmed) and look forward to interviewing lots of terrific guests next year. If you have any suggestions of authors you would like to see, please leave a comment and who knows - begging and bribing might get them here. If you are an urban fantasy or paranormal romance author or publicist and would like to consider SciFiGuy for a book launch, interview or guest post, please email me using the email address in my profile.

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


  • Nalini Singh has Chapter 1 of Archangel's Kiss posted.
  • Read the a huge excerpt from the forthcoming urban fantasy Spellbent by Lucy A. Snyder
  • Suvudu's Free Library has added A Kiss of Shadows by Laurell K. Hamilton, Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon and The Best of Robert E. Howard, Volume 1: Crimson Shadows by Robert E. Howard.
  • The Immortals After Dark series novella The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole is available for free download
  • The first two chapters of the forthcoming Bite Me by Chritopher Moore are available on his blog.
  • Rachel Caine has a Morganville Vampires short story "Grudge" posted about Shane as well as a sample chapter from the forthcoming Kiss of Death.
Publishers Weekly has named its selection of Best Books for 2009 including Soulless by Gail Carriger and Child of Fire by Harry Connolly in mass market fiction and in the science fiction and fantasy category named Lovecraft Unbound edited by Ellen Datlow, The Devil's Alphabet by Daryl Gregory, The City & the City by China Miéville and Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. In the young adult category there are lots of familiar names in genre categories including -
  • Going Bovine by Libba Bray
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor
Congrats to all the listed authors.

Kelling Meding (Three Days to Dead) advises that the second book in her Dreg City series is called As Lie the Dead, is listed at the Random House home page for pre-order. No cover art yet, but the release date is listed as July 27th.

Not sure if this has been mentioned anywhere yet, but Lilith Saintcrow's website indicates that the third book in the Strange Angels YA series is called Jealousy and  will be released in July 2010. You can read the synopisis here.

Keri Arthur's Bound to Shadows is #6 on the NYT list in its debut week.The Never After anthology released on the New York Times best seller list at #28.

Jackie (Morse) Kessler blogged that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Graphia Books has just bought the second book in her young adult sereis, which will be called Rage, to be published in spring 2011. The first book due fall of 2010 is called Hunger (Lisabeth Lewis is seventeen, anorexic... and the new Famine of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse).

At the World Fantasy Convention 2009 held in San Jose, California last weekend, the  winners were announced in the following categories -
  • Life Achievement - Ellen  Asher and Jane Yolen 
  • Novel (tie) - The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford  and Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan 
  • Novella - "If Angels Fight", Richard Bowes 
  • Short Story - "26 Monkeys, Also the  Abyss", Kij Johnson 
  • Anthology - Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Ekaterina Sedia, ed. 
  • Collection - The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford 
  • Artist - Shaun Tan 
  • Special Award—Professional - Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant 
  • Special  Award—Non-professional - Michael  J. Walsh (for Howard Waldrop collections from Old Earth Books)
Yasmine Galenorn reports in her newsletter that the 8th Otherworld novel will be out October 26, 2010 and will be called Harvest Hunting following Bone Magic that comes out Jan. 5, 2010. There is also an Otherworld novella featuring Iris that will appear in an anthology titled Hexed.

Angry Robot Books has announced its 2010 schedule for the North American releases of its SF, F and WTF books (gotta love that last). A number of urban fantasy titles are included in there as well.


Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has a giveaway of Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis. Ends tomorrow.

Patricia's Vampire Notes has a giveaway for a copy of Vampire Taxonomy: Identifying and Interacting with the Modern-Day Bloodsucker by Meredith Woerner. Runs until November 16.

Tia at Debuts and Reviews is giving away a set of the Blood Lines books by Maria Lima. Ends Sunday.

Win 1 of 50 copies of Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon from St. Martins Press. Ends November 11.

Gena Showalter is running a limmerick contest for Deep Kiss of Winter. Just write a limmerick about Kresley Cole to win a signed vcopy of the book by both authors.

Check out Rachel Caine's home page for two contests - the People Magazine Contest for a Kindle and the  Fade Out contest for an Eee PC and more. Some incredible prizes.

Fang-tastic Books has a giveaway of  Vampire Taxonomy by Meredith Woener.

Vampire Wire also has a giveaway of Vampire Taxonomy by Meredith Woener.


Legend of the Seeker Season 2 Preview:

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Preview The Vampire Diaries Episode 9:


Alyxandra Harvey has the first book in a young adult paranormal trilogy coming out this December 22 in the US called Hearts at Stake. The book is also due for release in Canada and the UK in January under the title My Love Lies Bleeding. Alyxandra will be my guest December 15 so you can learn more about this series and another she is working on - a Victorian paranormal and faerie novel. You can visit Alyxandra at her website or blog.

On Solange's sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that's not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black - agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father's killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.

Luckily she has her own secret weapon - her human best friend Lucy - who is willing to defend Solange's right to a normal life, whether she's being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange's eternal life - Lucy and Solange's brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black - in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover's heart.

Even fans of the genre who've seen it all will find a fresh read with kick-butt characters and family dynamics that ring true for all brothers and sisters - vampire or otherwise.

Canada / UK Cover


Jenna Black discusses her newest cover Glimmerglass and the genesis of some of her earlier book cover designs at the Deadline Dames group blog.

Richelle Mead shows off a selection of foreign editions covers of her Vampire Academy and Succubus books here.

Mari Mancusi points us to the author Melissa Walkers blog where she discusses the makeover of her Blood Coven young adult series book covers. There is also a contest.

Charlene Teglia says Red Queen (sequel to Animal Attraction) will be released in spring 2010.

Lots of folks (Smexy Books, Wicked Little Pixie, Babbling About Books and more) picked up on the new J.R. Ward cover for Lover Mine (April 27, 2010), the 8th book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. So if you haven't already seen it - here it is.

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there's a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other - vampire warriors, defenders of their race... John Matthew has been through his vampire transition and taken to the life of the Brotherhood with a vengeance, but he still can't shake the nightmare of his past and is unsure of his future as a warrior hero. He's made a promise to honour the Brotherhood and their fight with the slayers at all costs, until the love of his life is kidnapped and he is forced to make a choice that could change his life and the Brotherhood's forever...
All Things Urban Fantasy has an updated U.S. cover for Unholy Ghosts by Stacia Kane which is different from what is shown on her website and revealed here back in March.

Cover removed at the request of the author.

Cover art featured here this past week at included:
I am not sure I would call it art, but there are some interesting Photoshop'd images of Hollywood stars and other celebrities depicted as vampires. I like the Jennifer Connolly image at right. [via SciFi Wire]

You can always count on Tez Says to uncover new and interesting debuts. This week Tez featured Blood Law by Jeannie Holmes a new urban fantasy book due for release June 22, 2010.

Alexandra Sabian, a vampire and Enforcer with the Federal Bureau of Preternatural Investigation, is haunted by a past filled with violence and the ghosts of her father's unsolved murder. She thought she left both behind her when she moved to Jefferson, Mississippi, but some ghosts refuse to remain silent.

Now someone is targeting vampires living in the small town. As Alex tracks the killer, she is unaware that he is also tracking her. When Crimson Swan, the town's only blood bar and the heart of the vampire community is destroyed, and Alex's brother is kidnapped, tensions mount and Alex is forced to turn to her former mentor and fiancée, Varik Baudelaire, for help.

In a town where family ties run deep and nothing is what it seems, a high-stakes, winner-take-all showdown between vampires and humans will prove once and for all that blood truly is thicker than water.
 There has been such a spate of these period zombie/urban fantasy reboots of classics, I just wanted to add one more. Here is Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat coming January 10, 2010. I am sure it has been covered elsewhere but I just love the cover.

The novel takes you to the smoggy, cobbled streets of Victoria's vile and villainous Britain, but not as you know them ...A layer of horror will be seamlessly woven in to comedic effect. You'll meet Queen Victoria not as the bitter old widow forever draped in black, but transformed into an ass-kicking killer of evil creatures. It will be so scarily convincing that you'll be certain that in the dark days of Queen Victoria, it was more than just the pick-pockets you had to look out for.


John Ottinger at Grasping for the Wind has a freshly posted Inside the Blogosphere article where he ask some of the best book bloggers in sf/f/h a question about their reading choices, favorites, desires, or any old thing about the genre.The question - What are the best endings in science fiction/fantasy novels?

John Scalzi takes on the topic One Of Those Questions I Wish SF Geeks Would Simply Get Over and I think it applies equally to lovers of any particular genre.

Derek Tatum from Mondo Vampire talks about The Dead Grey Eye: My 20th Year Anniversary as a Vampire Fan

Jackie at Literary Escapism has the incredible comprehensive urban fantasy news summary for October posted - don't miss the Escapist Newsletter (Vol 3 Issue 11). Essential reading for everything from interviews to news, cover art and releases and more.

Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has an amzing number of contest listings this week in her Author News, Interesting Tidbits and More for 11-04-09

Some breathtaking pictures of the world's most beautiful libraries [via A Certain Bent Appeal]

For that special someone this holiday season -
Personalized teen vampire novel from A bright high school student has her life forever changed by a captivating stranger with a deadly secret. Our hero tries to hide his true nature, but his new love won't be denied. Will they find their way to happiness? Fans of Twilight and Vampire Diaries will love starring in their own immortal teen romance![via Michele Hauf at VampChix]

Also from VampChix (Michele Hauf is on a run) this very funny video - Twilight Sucks The Emo Vampire Song

The Bite Club selection for November is: Dark Stranger by Susan Sizemore. The next book club discussion: November 30th- December 1st.


Jeanne Stein posted this photo of Mario Acevedo from MileHiCon

Jennifer Rardin at a signing on her current book tour for Bite Marks.

World Fantasy Convention Winners (photo by John Picacio)

Kristin Cast Birthday snap - November 4

Gail Carriger & her characters (Professor Lyall, Ivy Hisselpenny, Tunstell) at Soulless launch party at WFC

Joey W. Hill with Sunny at Authors After Dark conference


  1. Another awesomely meaty report! And I'm not just talking Queen Victoria and her hunt for zombies. :-)

    Thanks, Doug!

  2. I am a wee bit excited for Lover Mine;)

    Thanks for the awesome round-up!

  3. Hey Doug,

    Love your weekend reports! By the way, was there a winner for the Gail Z. Martin contest? I never saw a post for it. I confess, I was really hoping to win that one. :)


  4. Thanks Annette. Bet you have snow down you way already. You know I have never seen a zombie in snow? Something to think about.

    Mandi I always look forward to the next BDB book as well.

    Leah THANK YOU THANK YOU! I took down the giveaway image and completely forgot to make the draw earlier in the week. I'll be making it shortly and posting the winner. Good luck!

  5. Awesome list!

    Thanks for posting the Vampire Diaries previews each week. The damn DVR always cuts off right before them so I miss them!

    The Emo Vampire song was awesome! :)

  6. Thanks for including BLOOD LAW in your report! I'm honored to be mentioned among such great talent. :-)

    Jeannie Holmes

  7. Hi Doug, Thank you for the links, but it turns out the Stacia Kane cover was not meant to be publicized yet (I had no idea). I've taken the post down from my site. Sorry about that.

  8. I have a suggestion about the give away list: could you perhaps consider marking those that are available to international participants? Perhaps put "international" after them or something?

    I've never even visited the North-American continent and the vast majority of these contests are US only or sometimes US and Canadian only. It's a bit frustrating sometimes.

  9. Thanks for the link! BTW, I always read these posts of yours and I especially appreciate your heads-up about new cover art that I've missed!

  10. Jessica I figure everything vampire is fair game and I am actually liking the direction of the series. The story moves forward briskly and although it is not canon per the books it is still a guilty pleasure. I thought the emo vid was a hoot too.

    Hi Jeannie I love to feature debut novels and talent. I read lots of debut stuff because that's where the next big thing may be.

    Abigail no problem. That sometimes happens if the source is a newsletter.

  11. Mervi that's a great suggestion. Where the information is available I will try to include it. When I sponsor a contest (i.e., I have the book and ship it) I always make it international, but where the publisher is providing the book and footing the bill it is usually limited to North Am.

    Always Bronwyn!

    Hey Kat thanks. I have to admit I am a cover art junkie.

  12. Jealousy is also up for preorder already on Amazon. At least it was a couple of weeks ago.

  13. Jackie I have no idea how you keep up with that type of info :) but thanks.

  14. Believe it or not, I completely came across that one on accident. :) I was finding a link for something and that one came up. Talk about a surprise.


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