Saturday, December 5, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Chelsea Quinn Yarbro will be here on blog tour this week promoting the 23rd Count Saint-Germain novel Burning Shadows. She has prepared a terrific special post entitled Researching Historical Horror. Saint-Germain is one of the longest running vampire series extant with the first book, Hotel Transylvania appearing in 1978.

The following week (December 15) I have an interview with Alyxandra Harvey about her debut young adult urban fantasy Hearts at Stake which just received a Romantic Times January Top Pick. I'll also have a couple of signed copies of the book as giveaways.

Giveaways/contests still open here at SciFiGuy include Betrayals by Lili St. Crow. Check my interview with Lilith for details. I also have a copy of Born of Ice, the third book in Sherrilyn Kenyon's new League series. Find out more about the League and the giveaway here. There are five copies of the amazing young adult graphic novel Malice by Chris Wooding. Find out more about this unique book here.

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

I'll be guest posting at VampChix on 12/17about some of my favourite vampire series. I'll also be participating in Smugglivus at The Book Smugglers and will announce the date when I have it.

Many thanks to TJ at Book Love Affair, Angela at Dark Faerie Tales and Wicked Lil Pixie for choosing SciFiGuy for a Kick-Ass Blog Award. You all rock! XOXOXOXO's to Patricia at Patricia's Vampire Notes for the lovely Heartfelt Award.


  • Stacia Kane has a snippet of Demon Possessed the third Megan Chase book posted.
  • Suvudu has Already Dead by Charlie Huston, the first book in his very noir Joe Pitt vampire series.
  • Melissa Marr has the Prologue and Chapter 1 excerpts for Radiant Shadows posted.
  • S.L. Wright has an excerpt from the forthcoming urban fantasy Confessions of a Demon.
  • Ilona Andrews has a snippet from Bayou Moon.
  • Belle Bridge Books has posted a sneak preview of Twice Dead by Kalayna Price, the 2nd book on her YA Haven series.
  • Faith Hunter has a new snippet of Blood Cross
  • Chapter 1 preview of Deadtown by Nancy Holzner
Patricia Bray says -
Why do people go to science fiction conventions? So they can meet up with like-minded souls and hang out in bars, discussing deep thoughts. Occasionally, these conversations result in book ideas, and for once we actually wrote down the idea, polished it up... and sold it to DAW.

I'm thrilled to announce that AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, will be published by DAW Books.

The first bar, created by the Sumerians after they were given the gift of beer by the gods, was known as the Ur-Bar. Although it has since been destroyed, its spirit lives on--in each age there is one bar that captures the essence of the original Ur-Bar, where drinks are mixed with magic and served with a dash of intrigue. Heroes, villains, poets and thieves may be found within its walls; when the gods visit Earth they stop by the Ur-Bar for a drink.

The anthology is by invitation only, and the first round of invitations has already been sent out. We're hoping to put together an eclectic mix of stories, designed to appeal to a wide range of tastes. The book is due next summer, and best guess for release date is sometime in 2011. Jackie Kessler has a story.
In an interview at Patricia's Vampire Notes, Sharon Ashwood says the third book in the Dark Forgotten series will be Unchained coming July 6, 2010

Larissa Ione says her fifth Demonica book will be titled Sins Undone. [via Smexy Books]

Jackie Kessler says -
“Hell’s Angel,” in the 28 DAYS OF HEART paranormal romance anthology (February 2010). This is a charity anthology from ARe, and all proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. As the novella title may suggest, my story is all about the angel called Angel from the HELL ON EARTH series. She’s horribly lonely, and outside the gates of Paradise she meets the one being who truly understands her pain. Yes, boys and girls…Angel pops her celestial cherry. Any guesses who the lucky lover is? [via The Book Smugglers]
Publishers Weekly says that the third untitled Hunger Games series book by Suzanne Collins will be released August 24, 2010.

If you want a laugh, read Ilona Andrews short humour post On Writing, The Silliness Of

For an interesting take, read Jaye Wells (Red-Headed Stepchild) article on the use of cultural references and vocabulary in stories in her Orbit guest post The Trouble with Tribbles.

Over at The Magic District author group blog N.K. Jemisen has some interesting things to say about the future of SF&F including urban fantasy.

MaryJanice Davidson and husband Anthony Alongi report that they are on the home stretch with Rise of the Poison Moon, the fifth book in their Jennifer Scales young adult series about dragon shiifters.

Better TV has a video spotlight on the vampire series by authors Rachel Caine, Mari Mancusi and Melissa de la Cruz. [via the Authorial, agently and personal ramblings blog]

Mark Henry is worried about the future of his Amanda Feral urban fantasy series which includes Happy Hour of the Damned, Road Trip of the Living dead and the forthcoming Battle of the Network Zombies. These are uproarously hilarious zombie novels and are worth a look especially if you like things more naughty than nice.

In this book trailer cult author Jasper Bark explains why his new book Way of the Barefoot Zombie (Abaddon Books) will change your life. Beat those credit crunch blues by freeing your 'inner zombie'. [via Unbound]

Sharon Ashwood (Scorched) talks about her first sale at Dear Author.

For followers of Michelle Sagara's "Cast in" series, she talks about next years Cast In Chaos in this post.

Congratulations to Tracey O'Hara whose Night's Cold Kiss has been nominated for best novel in the Horror category for the Aurealis Awards. Full details here.


  • Richelle Mead has a Wedding Challenge contest with some. Prize is any book of Rchelle's and there is a runner up prize. Ends Dec. 8.
Donna at Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has the most comprehensive contest listing you can find anywhere for urban fantasy, paranormal and more. Anna at Anna's Book Blog is no slouch with the contest listings either.

Jackson Pearce has a contest for the forthcoming Sisters Red.


Author and Blogger Reviews:
Loving True Blood in Dallas has plenty of casting news for season three of True Blood here, here and here.

John Scalzi discusses The Worst (Major) Science Fiction Films of The Decade. My vote goes to any of the new George Lucas Star Wars films. Yours?

Catherine Karp at Suburban Vampire talks about Bite (a web-based vampire webisode series) and The Fixer, a new TV series based on the books by by Jon F. Merz. Here's the trailer for The Fixer.

Michele Hauf at VampChix talks about movie werewolves.


Irene Gallo at is going all Cthulhu with an art meme on Lovecraft inspired illustration. Contributors include Michael Whelan, John Jude Palencar, Mike Mignola, and Bob Eggleton.

Daniel Waters posted the cover for Passing Strange, the next book in the Generation Dead series. Release Date of June 2010.[via Wicked Lil Pixie]

Jocelyn Drake has some very slick looking covers from the German editions of Nightwalker and Dayhunter.

Chris from Stumbling Over Chaos has been running a series this week called Misadventures in Stock Photography highlighting romance novels that reuse the same stock photo over and over. Fun stuff. Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Wicked Lil Pixie unveiled the cover for My Way to Hell by Dakota Cassidy. She also has the blurb.

Catherine Karp at Suburban Vampire is runnng a Best Vampire Book Covers of 2009. She's looking for nominations and then she will conduct a poll. Drop on over with your suggestions.

If you are a Stephen King fan, a wonderful artbook called Knowing Darkness: Artists Inspired by Stephen King. Contributing artist John Picacio on the Missions Unknown blog had this to say -
It’s a gigantic art book published by Centipede Press, and it celebrates the full spectrum of visuals illustrating Stephen King’s books and media. Words can’t describe it, so I won’t even try. It’s not a cheap book, but it is one for the ages. Want one? Here are the details. I own one and I’m one of the artists featured in the book. This is my contribution — an original illustration inspired by King’s ‘SALEM’S LOT. Who else is featured? Michael Whelan, Bob Eggleton, Bernie Wrightson, Drew Struzan, Phil Hale, Dave McKean, John Jude Palencar, and so much more….it’s a tour-de-force. Trust me — if you ever have a chance to see this thing in person, or own one, you won’t regret it. The printing values are superior, and it’s just a masterpiece from beginning to end.

Have you voted for your favourite urban fantasy covers in All Things Urban Fantasy's 1st Annual Cover Awards? Click here to go vote. Abigail also has an update on some of the terrific prizes being offered.

All Things Urban Fantasy posted the cover for Chaos Bites by Lori Handeland, the fourth Phoenix Chronicles book. Check Abigail's site for the blurb. Abigail also posted the cover for Twice Dead by Kalayna Price, the 2nd book in her Haven YA series.

Dark Faerie Tales unveiled a raft of covers this week including Rachel Hawkins debut Young Adult novel, Hex Hall. A lovely and intriguing cover. See Dark Faerie Tales for the blurb.

Michele Hauf at VampChix featured the cover for Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter coming in March next year from the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Check the VampChix site for the blurb.

The Book Design Review asked staff of independent bookstores to select Favorite Book Covers of 2009, Part One: WORD, Brooklyn, NY [via a Penguin tweet]

Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Jackie at Literary Escapism has her usual terrific Escapist Newsletter (Vol 3 Issue 12) with a huge recap of releases, news, covers and more.

Donna at Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has a Free Reads and Giveaways Roundup for 12/02/09

Remember to visit Mark Chitty' Walker of Worlds for all the SFF releases for December. I normally link from my post but it is late this month so there you go.

The huge Smugglivus Event has kicked off over at The Book Smugglers. Here is a recap of the weeks events.

Day 1 – Guest Author (and Giveaway): Joel Sutherland
Day 2 – Guest Author (and Giveaway): Jackie Kessler
Day 3 – Guest Author: Melissa Marr
Day 4 – A Chat With Alma Alexander (& Giveaway)
Day 5 – Guest Publisher (and Giveaway): Kathryn McKenna of S&S UK

Heather Massey of The Galaxy Express is guest blogging at SF Signal talking about SFR and Kristin Landon's trilogy which includes The Hidden Worlds (2007), The Cold Minds (2008), and The Dark Reaches (2009).

Barnes and Noble lists its Best Paranormal Fantasy Releases of 2009

The Wicked Lil Pixie blog celibrates the 13 Wicked Days of Christmas with a slew of guest authors starting December 14. I love her tagline of "because evil doesn't rest for the holidays".

Bite Club's December book is debut author Clare Willis's Once Bitten.

Congratulations to Chris at Stumbling Over Chaos for her 4th year, yes fourth! blogaversary. Stumbling is one of my regular reads and if you haven't visited be sure to give it a try.


Author Maggie Stiefvater in new office


  1. Between you and Angela (Dark Faerie Tales) there were tons of great cover reveals this week. And I'm thrilled Hunger Games 3 has a release date. Thanks again for the link love :)

  2. Congratulations on the awards -- you deserve them all. :)

    I picked up a copy of Confessions of a Demon today, looks to be a good read.

    Great roundup! Love and look forward to your roundups. Thanks for the mention. :)

  3. Thanks for posting the link to THE FIXER's teaser! Very much appreciated - let me know if you have any questions - you can find us out on Facebnook as well:

  4. Thanks for linking to my SFSignal post on Kristin Landon!

  5. Thanks for the shout out. I'm trying to get some e-ARCs out of Production for book bloggers. Got a minimal amount of paper ARCs this time. I'll let you know if I succeed.

  6. Thanks for the info on Cast in Chaos. I ran over there the second I read your comments on it, and read MSW' post. I loved where the series was left with Cast in Silence, and appreciate the behind the scenes insight from her.

    This is one of those series I love, but I don't think it often gets the attention it deserves!

    I've now got a ton of other links to follow and read, thanks to you! :-)

  7. Abigail I'm quite looking forward to the 3rd Games book and especially the movie!

    Thanks Donna and you are always welcome.

    Hey Jon I may do a followup with you once I check it all out in more detail.

    LOL Heather just part of spreading the word on the SFR community.

    Good luck with that Mark, if you have other promo ideas I'd be happy to feature them here. You're always welcome to do a guest post too.

    Renee I love that series too. I have Silence on my TBR stack but haven't gotten to it yet. I agree the series doesn't garner the attention it should. Wonderful characters and world-building.

  8. How you and Angela are keeping up with all the cover unveilings is amazing. Great roundup as usual!

  9. Always Tynga!

    Thanks Jackie. There has been so much news lately and the new books just keep flowing.


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