Saturday, November 28, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Coming this week on Wednesday, December 2, I have a special guest post with the two Kelly's - that's Kelly Meding (Three Days to Dead) and Kelly Gay (The Better Part of Darkness) who will both be here to talk about their post-debut release experience.

This past week it has been my pleasure to interview Kathryn Smith and Lilith Saintcrow. Find out more about their latest releases and future projects. I have a giveaway for Kathryn Smith (both books from The Nightmare Chronicles) that ends Monday night and a giveaway of Betrayals, Lilith Saintcrow's newest YA release. Check the interviews for details.

Last week I spoke with Deborah Cooke/Claire Delacroix and the giveaway of a complete set of the Dragonfire series is still open until Monday night as well.

For Star Wars kiddies, the giveaway of five copies of Draw Star Wars®: The Clone Wars™ ends Monday night.

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


Virna De Paul has sold the first two books in a new paranormal romantic suspense series about a unique special ops team whose members include a shapeshifter.

Suzanne Johnson sold urban fantasy novels Royal Street and the sequel River Road to Tor as part of a two-book deal. Royal Street is scheduled to be published in fall 2011. Royal Street was a finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Award compeition. Publisher Marketplace had this [via Dark Faerie Tales] -
ROYAL STREET, in which a female wizard guards the border between Hurricane Katrina-beset NOLA and the Beyond, facing down a voodoo god and locating her missing mentor, and RIVER ROAD, in which she solves a series of cross-species murders as the River Styx bleeds into the Mississippi, and deals with a shapeshifting partner, undead Jean Lafitte, a newbie werewolf boyfriend, and a neighbor with a sinister agenda, for publication in 2010. 
Gena Showalter has started on the next Alien Huntress romance and is calling it Ecstasy in Darkness. Yasmine Galenorn is working on Blood Wyne the ninth book in the Otherworld series which is Menolly's third book. It would appear from her blog that third Vampire Memories book by Barb Hendee will be called Memories of Envy.

Gail Carriger says the date for the third Parasol Protectorate book Blameless has been moved up to September 2010.

Betrayals, the second in the Strange Angels series by Lilith Saintcrow will debut at #5 on the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for Dec. 6th. Shadowland by Alyson Noel has landed me at #17 on the USA Today Bestsellers list.

In my interview with Lilith Saintcrow this week I asked about Flesh Circus and the future of the Jill Kismet series and here is what Lilith had to say -
Flesh Circus came from a conversation with my writing partner Mel Stirling, about why circuses are creepy. It's kind of a deep breath before we take the plunge into Heaven's Spite and Angel Town, which are the last planned books in the Kismet series. The last two books are really what I've spent all this time in Kismet's world gearing up for. We've seen a lot of hellbreed, and Jill suspects that the "other side" is not as opposed to Hell as we might assume.
In my interview with Kathryn Smith this week she revealed that like many urban fantasy/paranormal writers she is joining the young adult writing fraternity -
I am currently working on a Young Adult series for Harlequin Teen under the name Kady Cross. It’s a steampunk superhero book and so far has been a lot of fun!


  • Stumbling Over Chaos has a great giveaway of four signed copies of Soul of the Wildcat by Devyn Quinn, a new shapeshifter romance. Open until 7 pm CST, Friday, December 4.
  • Amberkatze's Book Blog has a terrific contest with Jennifer Rardin including two autographed copies of Bite Marks, one autographed copy each of Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Another One Bites the Dust and Biting the Bullet. Ends tomorrow so enter quickly.
  • Pat's Fantasy Hotlist has a blockbuster Del Rey/Bantam Spectra giveaway including -
- A signed copy of China Mieville’s The City and the City
- A signed copy of John Birmingham’s Without Warning
- A signed copy of Naomi Novik’s In His Majesty's Service
- Robert V.S. Redick’s The Red Wolf Conspiracy
- Peter V. Brett’s The Warded Man
- Terry Brooks’s A Princess of Landover
- Harry Connolly’s Child of Fire
- Jackie Kessler and Caitlin Kittredge’s Black and White
- Alan Deniro’s Total Oblivion More or Less
- Catherynne Valente’s Palimpsest
- An Advance Reading Copy of Kim Stanley Robinson’s Galileo's Dream
Suburban Vampire has a giveaway of How to Date a Vampire by Sophie Collins


Nancy Holzner is having an extravaganza of a contest to celebrate the launch of her forthcoming urban fantasy Deadtown. She'll be giving away a prize a week right up to release day. Here’s what you can win:
December 8: A Deadtown coffee mug (retail value $12) and a signed copy of the book.
December 15: A Deadtown tote bag (retail value $14) and a signed copy.
December 22: A 0.6 liter Sigg water bottle sporting Deadtown’s cover (retail value $20), plus a signed copy.
December 29: The Big Day calls for a big prize, so I’m giving away a Flip Mino HD video camera! This small, slim, lightweight camera records up to 60 minutes of HD video and shows off Deadtown’s cover. Its retail value is $199. Plus, of course, a signed copy of the book.
The contest begins on November 24 and ends on December 28 at 11:59 P.M. Eastern standard time.

Check out the extensive Urban Fantasy Giveaways Roundup at All Things Urban Fantasy


Author and Blogger Reviews:
The Vampire Diaries is on hiatus until January 10.

I know the trailer for Bitch Slap has been out quite awhile but this past week they released an HD version. While they refer to the movie as a throwback to the B Movie/Exploitation films of the 1950s - 70s, it strikes me more as a Quentin Tarantino style spoof. And in the spirit of urban fantasy I think these are definitely some kick-ass ladies. The movie releases in January. If you are in to cheese this is sure to please.


KMont at Lurv à la Mode has a Cover Spotlight: Fantasy, Fabulous Fantasy including the next Jacqueline Carey cover.

Far from the land of her birth, Moirin sets out across Tatar territory to find Bao, the proud and virile Ch'in fighter who holds the missing half of her diadh-anam, the divine soul-spark of her mother's people. After a long ordeal, she not only succeeds, but surrenders to a passion the likes of which she's never known. But the lovers' happiness is short lived, for Bao is entangled in a complication that soon leads to their betrayal.
Tez Says has a preliminary cover for Wired by Robin Wasserman, the third book in her YA Crashed series and the Canadian/UK cover for Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong.

Kay at The Infinite Shelf has posted a series of painings featuring women reading title The Beauty of Reading

ImagineFX magazine contains a list of the 50 Best Living Artists, citing them as "the most innovative, influential and altogether mega fantasy and sci-fi artists alive today." They offer brief writeups of each artist named above as well as showcasing some of their awesome artwork. [via SF Signal]
Here's their list:
  1. Frank Frazetta
  2. Ralph McQuarrie
  3. Moebius
  4. Craig Mullins
  5. John Howe
  6. H.R. Giger
  7. Drew Struzan
  8. Syd Mead
  9. Andrew Jones
  10. Brom
  11. Boris Vallejo
  12. Linda Bergkvist
  13. Marta Dahlig
  14. Donato Giancola
  15. Dave Gibbons
  16. Rodney Matthews
  17. Dave McKean
  18. Jon Foster
  19. James Jean
  20. Bob Eggleton
  21. Todd Lockwood
  22. Yoshitaka Amano
  23. Brian Froud
  24. Frank Miller
  25. Greg Hildebrandt
  26. Bill Sienkiewicz
  27. Ryan Church
  28. Michael Whelan
  29. Simon Bisley
  30. Dan Dos Santos
  31. Melanie Delon
  32. Jason Chan
  33. Adam Hughes
  34. Jim Lee
  35. Roger Dean
  36. Stanley Lau
  37. Masamune Shirow
  38. Stephan Martiniere
  39. Justin "Coro" Kaufman
  40. Justin Sweet
  41. Mike Mignola
  42. Daniel Dociu
  43. Greg Manchess
  44. Katsuhiro Otomo
  45. Hayao Miyazuki
  46. Chris Foss
  47. Peter Andrew Jones
  48. J.S. Rossbach
  49. Tara McPherson
  50. Jason Manley
Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Vampire Spoof [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]

Strictly for readers of a robust disposition, here are some of the passages highlighted for particular attention by the judges of the Literary Review's 2009 bad sex in fiction prize [via The Guardian UK]

Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has Free Reads and Giveaways Roundup for 11/25/09 as well as late November releases with review links.

Mid-week urban fantasy news round-up at Literary Escapism

Derek Tatum of Mondo Vampire talks Goth over at VampChix.

RKCharron has a fun post collecting a wide range of author experiences with rejection letters.

Ellz Reads has a mid-week recap of Intervierws and other urban fantasy news

"Best of" Lists:
Over the next month or so I imagine we will be seeing quite a few postings of Best of the Year and Favourite Reads etc. Lists are a great way to find books you may have missed or simply a fun way to compare your own picks.


Comparing a reader full of e-books to a room full of paper books is like comparing a pocket shrine to a temple; we are still monkey-like enough to be awed by size and number, and a good library trips the same circuits in my brain as a house of worship. I thrill to books en masse. This is the one place where my environmentalism is overruled by my decadence. If I could, I would swim in my books like Scrooge McDuck in his pool full of coins.
 - Rose Fox in a post at SF Signal about the pros and cons of ebooks

Teen daughter bought Rocky Horror soundtrack then discovered true horror--realizing she now owns an album her mother knows all the words to.
  - Kelley Armstrong on Twitter


Marjorie Liu on her visit to the Forbidden City

Kristin Cashore with some of her favourite things.

OK this isn't Seanan McGuire but her cat with an ARC.


  1. Great weekend report SciFi. You are da man. lol

    Thanks for the mention. I am not sure if I am going to continue that post, I don't think many people read it.


  2. I love that quote from Kelley Armstrong about the RHPS! Hee hee.

    Thanks for the mention!

  3. Great roundup!

    Love the Vampire Spoof, hilarious. And the list of SF artist is a good one, Todd Lockwood is one of my all time favorites.

    Thanks for the mention. :)

  4. I'm seriously impressed that you managed to still post your Report over Thanksgiving weekend. Looking forward to the Kelly's double interview and Pat's Fantasy Hotlist is a new find for me :)

  5. Thanks Elie. Well I read it. I am sure there are lots reading, just not everyone is leaving a comment.

    No problem Chris. I find some of Kelley's tweets very funny.

    Donna Lockwood does great dragons and who doesn't like dragons :)

    LOL Abigail remember I am in the great white north. We had our thanksgiving a month ago. We get to sit up here smugly and watch you guys go turkey and shopping crazy.

  6. Woah, amazing report. You definitely had a more productive and likely enjoyable weekend than we did here in the states (black friday is always a scare). I think I missed a few things in the report but I'm excited about the interviews scheduled for next week!

    PS: Kristin has the best favorite things! I've been searching for an umbrella like that for ages, lol!

  7. The Armstrong Twitter quote was awesome.

    Great roundup as always Doug, and you've managed to feed my need for more artists as well. I love finding new artists and I've only come across about 1/4 of those.

    Elie - I read it, but I wouldn't go based on your comments. I do one at least three times a week and I really don't get that many comments either.

  8. Besides, my philosophy is if I want to know about it, I'm sure someone else there does to. :P

  9. chichaihana I would never have though people collected umbrellas :)

    Jackie I thought that was a great roundup of artists too. I'm thinking of creating a permanent page with Artist Links.

  10. I've collected a few artist websites (see my sidebar), but I haven't tried anything massive like my author website page yet. If you do one, I can't wait to see it.


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