Saturday, November 14, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Posting this report a little later than usual today. It's been one of those weeks. Contests wrapping up here shortly include "The Gathering Storm for The Dame Sasha Giveaway" and the "Bitter Night" by Diana Pharaoh Francis giveaway. Both close at Midnight on Monday. And of course there is the Draw Star Wars®: The Clone Wars™ giveaway.

Guests coming this week include the ever busy Lilith Saintcrow who will be visiting November 18 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. On 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.

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


  • Chapter 1 of the forthcoming Merry Gentry book, Divine Misdeameanors by Laurell K. Hamilton.
  • Excerpt from Serpent Moon, the 8th Tales of the Sazi book from C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp. Coming March 2010.
  • Excerpts from Chapters 1 & 2 from Blood Song the first book in a new urban fantasy series by C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp
  • Nancy Holzner has a snippet from the forthcomiong Deadtown.
  • Carrie Vaughn has an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Kitty's House of Horrors.
  • Preview of the third book in the The Unbidden Magic young adult series by Marilee Brothers

Kelly Gay announced that the book following The Better Edge of Darkness will be called The Darkest Edge of Dawn (Aug. 31, 2010).

Bellebooks announced a new urban fantasy series called Skin Dancer.  The first book, Frost Moon, is set in Atlanta with werewolves, vamps, and a coveted tattoo artist who embues her designs with magical powers.

Marta Acosta is in the process of updating her blogs and website and also reports that the 4th Casa Dracula book will be released in October 2010.

Claire Delacroix/Deborah Cooke by Claire reports that Winter Kiss is on the Barnes and Noble romance mass market bestseller list at #18 and on the Borders romance mass market list at #20, for the week ending November 8.

Blaze of Memory by Nalini Singh debuts at #8 on the New York Times mass market bestseller list. Me and My Shadow by Katie MacAlister is #9 on the Publishers Weekly list. Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampires young adult novel Fade Out listed at #7 on the New York Times Children's Series bestseller list and #105 on the USA Today bestseller list.

On The Edge 2 book by Ilona Andrews now has a title - Bayou Moon. Great title! And Laurell K. Hamilton says the next Anita Blake novel will be titled Bullet (coming next June).

Larissa Ione says - "I'm THRILLED to announce that I've just signed a contract with Kensington to write a paranormal novella to be included in an anthology with Jacquelyn Frank for publication in 2011."

Lisa Shearin announced - "I have another two-book contract with Ace Books for Raine's 5th and 6th adventures."

Ann Aguirre says the final two titles in the Sirantha Jax series will be Aftermath and End Game.The series will wrap up in 2012.

New urban fantasy author Erin Kellison joins the Good Girls Bad Juju group author blog. Erin has a debut novel Shadow Bound coming out next July.
Harlequin announced the launch of a digital only publishing venture called Carina Press headed up by Angela James. More on this from Jaci Burton, Smart Bitches Trashy Books and Dear Author.

C.T. Adams and Cathy Clamp have the book blurb for Blood Song -
Book 1 of The Blood Singer

Bodyguard Celia Graves plies her trade in a world where vampires roam the alleys of Tinseltown and movie stars openly practice witchcraft., where streetcorner psychics have real powers and cops use memory enhancement spells on witnesses. Though she’s an ordinary human, Celia uses street smarts and charmed weapons to protect the rich and famous from mortal and supernatural threats.

She’s landed a plum job, protecting the Prince of a small but politically vital nation while he tours Los Angeles’s least savory hot spots. What should be a routine assignment goes badly wrong. Attacked by a master vampire, Celia knows she is about to die.

She’s startled to awaken on a cold metal table in a university lab. Celia Graves has become an Abomination, neither fully mortal nor fully vampire. Her “master” is hunting her, to destroy her or finish what his bite began. She’s accused of murder and the cops aren’t sure whether she should be locked up or staked. And then there’s the demon she glimpsed during the vampire attack . . . .

Struggling to cope with her new powers and trying not to terrify everyone she meets with a flash of fang, Celia reaches out for help from her once (and future?) lover, who is a powerful mage; his warrior-priest brother; a handsome werewolf who keeps his lupine nature concealed from the world; an elderly clairvoyant, and one trustworthy cop.

Celia Graves has three days to save the world, her sanity, and her soul.
J.R. Ward: Behind the Black Dagger Brotherhood at Project Paranormal
Dark Faerie Tales has the scoop that Ann Aguirre and Carrie Lofty are teaming up as 'Ellen Connor' to write a paranormal apocalyptic action series called The Dark Age Dawning. The first three books in the series are titled to be Nightfall, Midnight and Daybreak.


RKCharron is running a fab contest for the limited edition version of Under the Dome by Stephen King. Only 25,000 copies printed with a value of $100. Contest is open until November 26.


The next phase of the the 2K Event with Kelly Meding and Kelly Gay is posted. Lots of prizes and fun. 


Authors Sound Off:
BABBLING ABOUT BOOKS, AND MORE! discusses New Moon Madness and *EW Cover Hotness*

Clash of the Titans Teaser Trailer:

International Trailer for The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold):

Thanks to Catherine Karp at Suburban Vampire for theheads up on Transylmania.


Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy is running the The 1st Annual Urban Fantasy Cover Art Awards 2009

Nominations will run until November 20th and voting will open up to the public beginning December 1st. Winners will be announced on December 30th.

You can take part in the nominating process if you are either a/an:
  • Author/Publisher
  • Blog/Site Owner
  • Professional in the industry
Nominated books must meet the following eligibility terms:
  1. Have been/will be released between January 1st and December 31st of 2009
  2. Categorized as Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Dark Fantasy, Paranormal YA, or contain paranormal elements
Please nominate one to three books (you may nominate your own work) in the following categories and include the Title and Author of each nominated book. If you know the name of the cover designer please include that as well. You do not need to nominate a book in every category.

Your Name:

Best Foreign (non US) Cover
Best Anthology Cover
Best Partial Body Cover
Best YA Cover
Best Chic-Lit Style Cover
Best Male Only Cover
Best Female Only Cover
Best Duo Cover
Best Male/Female with Animal Cover
Best Floating Head Cover
Most Unique Cover
Best Debut Cover (a new author, or a new series/standalone for an established author)
*Best Covers in a Series (Books published prior to 2009 may be nominated)
*Most Anticipated Cover for 2010 (published between Jan 1st and Dec 31st 2010)

For mor information you can email Abigail at


Artist Toni Mauro is interviewed at Nalini Singh's blog (he did her cover for Archangel's Kiss).

Caitlin Kittredge talks about authors and their influence on cover art.

Babbling About Books had an exclusive reveal of the cover for The Darkly Luminous Fight For Persephone Parker, the follow up to The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Percy Parker. The book will be released April 27, 2010

I just love this one. Christopher Moore suggested this just in time for Christmas release.

The snow is falling, the holidays are approaching and . . . It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! This delightfully depraved book of classic Zombie Christmas carols by Michael P. Spradlin is guaranteed to spread Yuletide cheer to all those good boys and ghouls who devoured the monster New York Times bestsellers Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and World War Z, as well as fans of 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead. With an introduction by the inimitable Christopher Moore-bestselling author of Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck, and the classic "heartwarming tale of Christmas terror" The Stupidest Angel-It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies is a great gift for stuffing into a Christmas stocking . . . provided you remove the bloody severed foot first!
Fresh brains roasting on an open fire . . .
Outside the temperature's dropping. The snow is falling, blanketing the world in white. Sleigh bells are jingling. Soon it will be that most wondrous time of the year!
That time of flesh-devouring zombie horror!
Yes, Christmas is on its way-and all the little boys and ghouls are dreaming of stockings filled with candied eyes and bleeding body parts. You'd better watch out! Santa Claws is coming to town-and he knows who's been naughty, who's been naughtier . . . and who'll taste best with a nice glass of Chianti!
In celebration of this merry macabre season, we present a peerless compendium of more than two dozen of the most soul-stirring, brain-boiling carols composed specifically for the decomposing. Holiday favorites such as "I Saw Mommy Chewing Santa Claus," "Deck the Halls with Parts of Wally," and "We Three Spleens" are guaranteed to lift the spirits of the lumbering,shuffling undead and their temporarily still breathing meals-to-be. So put down your gore-splattered baseball bats and raise your voices in song! And sing loudly-to drown out all the screaming.
The cover for the forthcoming (February 2010) Anita Blake novella Flirt started appearing here and there this week. I am completely underwhelmed.

Dark Faerie Tales featured covers for two authors new to me -  Smolder by Melina Morel and Don’t Kill The Messenger by Eileen Rendahl

Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Jackie at Literary Escapism has some more excellent urban fantasy and book cover news and Fantasy Dreamers Ramblings has Author News, Interesting Tidbits and More for November 11

The Story Siren has a terrific post with excellent advice for new bloggers about requesting ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). 

Wicked Lil Pixie has a helpful listing of urban fantasy/paranormal Authors on Twitter. Can you add to the list?

Award-winning editor Ellen Datlow has posted her photographs from the recent World Fantasy Convention. She says -
October 28-November 4th mostly con photos with a few of friends seen in SF while there. There was a wonderful Steampunk party thrown by Gail Carriger to celebrate her book publication. Great costumes, food, and atmosphere.
A little dancing and good music from places around the world that reinforces that we are just one great global community. [via Kristin Cashore].

Tez Says covers some December 2009 Releases

Lynn Viehl gives us one of her usual hilarious writerly postings with Ten Things That Appear in Your Novel, and What They Tell Me


Marjorie Liu at the Beijing Dirt Market during her her trip abroad

Keri Arthur with dogs in her garden

Not exactly a candid, but here is Carolyn Crane's new author shot.

Scott Westerfeld, Cassandra Clare and Holly Black signing at St. Paul's Trinity Church in Toronto November 2009

Nicole Peeler and Jaye Wells at Shrevesport signing. 
Read the story of the Shrevesport Smackdown at Orbit.


  1. That LKH cover's a joke right?

    Also you say it's a novella and the cover mentions it's a novel? Are they trying to push a Micah on us again?

  2. Ok I checked on amazon and LKH blog. She (& her publisher) calls it a novel. At 192 pages, I call it a novella. Not only will it be released in HC but at full price, too. Thirty bloody dollars.

  3. Christine yep this is another Micah style novella. I hadn't checked to see about it being a hardcover or the price. Are you surprised? We should find out more about the cover art shortly. Apparently there is going to be an interview with the cover artist on the publishers blog soon.

  4. Lots of goodies this week. I'm looking forward to the Clash remake. And thanks for the mention about the awards. I guess its time to get the button out for everyone. I've been so busy sifting through the nominations :)

  5. I'm not one of her hard-core fans so while it does surprise me (30 bucks for 192 pages? I think it's even less than what we got with Micah), it doesn't bother me much as I will be waiting for the mmpb anyway. I have heard some good and some bad about Skin Trade, but I won't know for sure until next may. And then two Anita hardcover releases for LKH in 2010 means two mmpb in 2011. I'm not in a hurry to read AB's (sexual?) adventures anymore so... I just can't believe they will sell this (with the fugly cover) for 30 dollars and that people will actually buy it.

  6. I just wanted to say that I really appreciate your "Urban Fantasy Weekend Reports." I love being one of the first few people to know about upcoming books! Thank you for doing these every week. =]

  7. Hi Doug :)
    Thanks for the great post, links and videos. Thank you for including my contest. I enjoy the weekly roundup so I am up to date with authorial news.
    Thanks for sharing,

  8. Abigail hope I didn't mess anything up by covering the contest. I still have to send you my noms - big job.

    Christine I think what we see is typical once a writers "fandom" reaches a certain level. The author pretty much becomes bullet-proof regardless of the quality of the writing or the type of book put out by the publisher.

    K A K A R I I really appreciate your feedback. It is a lot of fun putting this together and I hope to continue to grow and improve it.

    Good luck with your contest Rob, that is a terrific prize (I am a closet King reader).

  9. Great collection as always Doug!

    I'm not a fan of the LKH cover either. I'm really hoping for a remake on it. I have no intention of buying the hardcover, but thank god I have the Kindle now. I may not buy Flirt if this is the cover and keep the electronic copy only. You're going to post the interview with the artist, right? I missed that announcement.

  10. Nope, not at all. Your site is significantly bigger than mine so anytime you mention ATUF is fantastic!

  11. Doug, I just love these particular posts. The trailer for The Lovely Bones is so damn haunting! It's not usually my kind of movie, or book, but I have to see it!

    And I do believe this is your best UF Weekend report to date. ;) YAY to the last Sirantha Jax titles and the next Edge one from Andrews! Really, just a lot of great info all around. OK, yes, I'm in love with your blog post. There, said it. Don't back away! Oh dear.

  12. Hi Jackie no Kindles here in Canada yet otherwise I might consider doing the same. A novella in my mind shouldn't exceed 10 bucks. Can't remember where I saw the mention of the upcoming LKH cover artist interview but I will be sure to list it when it gets posted.

    Abigail looking forward to seeing what kind of participation this gets.

    KMont I read the Sebold novel years ago on the recommendation of a friend. It was a heart breaker. I hope Peter Jackson gives it the care it deserves. Thanks for the vote of confidence on the UF report. No backing away here. I am a hound for attention. Music to my ears :)

  13. Great review! It's nice to see that there are such great stories in these books!

  14. LOL Warren shame shame. You didn't even read the post. You're just promoting your book. Whoever it is that you are listening to that suggest this is a good way to market well all I can say is BAD ADVICE.


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