Saturday, December 12, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report


Chelsea Quinn Yarbro was here this past week for a blog tour celebrating the 23rd Saint-Germain vampire book Burning Shadows. You can read her guest post here where she discusses Researching Historical Horror. I also have two copies of Burning Shadows available as a giveaway as part of the tour.

Next Tuesday (Dec. 15) I have an interview with Canadian young adult author Alyxandra Harvey whose first book Hearts at Stake launches her new series The Drake Chronicles. Alyxandra will be giving away two signed copies of the book.

I am excited about the range of guests scheduled to kick off the new year. So far I have confirmed Melina Morel (Smolder),  Nancy Holzner (Deadtown), Helen Scott Taylor (The Phoenix Charm), Charlene Teglia (Claimed by the Wolf) and Jill Myles (Gentlemen Prefer Succubi ) for January. Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates and aditions.

Giveaways still open here at include a copy of Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon, the third book in The League series here until December 14 and five copies of the young adult graphic novel Malice by Chris Wooding here until December 21 and of course the previously mentioned Burning Shadows by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro here.  The SFR Holiday Blitz event has concluded with the winner announcement posted here.

I'm over at VampChix on Thursday, December 17th with a guest post as part of  Michelle Hauf's VampChix 12 Days of Christmas Event which starts  Monday. I'll also be guest posting at the fabulous Book Smugglers in their Smugglivus Event. My post is on December 24 where I'll talk about my favorite books of the year and do a look forward to 2010.

Wednesday, December 15, I am pleased to have guest reviewer Rebecca Baumann of Dirty Sexy Books here with her take on Indigo Springs by A.M. Dellamonica.



Exclusive Short, Short Story from Keri Arthur
Welcome to the Neighborhood
A Riley Jenson Guardian Story
(via the Spectra Pulse Newsletter)
I climbed out of Quinn's limo and stared up at the building in front of me. It was big and ugly, the brickwork so covered in grime that it looked black. It was in terrible repair, with fissures in the walls, a roofline that sagged alarmingly, and rusting strips of tin that covered the windows and that creaked like old bones in the gentle wind.
Not what I'd been expecting.
I glanced at Quinn as he walked around the rear of the car. "You weren't kidding when you said we were eating somewhere different tonight. If I'd known how different, I would have ditched the heels."
His grin was decidedly cheeky as he leaned down and kissed my nose. "The heels make your legs look even lovelier, and the building really isn't as bad as it looks."
"It isn't?" I eyed the wreck dubiously. It looked ready to fall down, so the inside had to be a whole lot better than the outside. "What, exactly, is this place?"
Diana Rowland (Mark of the Demon) had some pretty incredible news this week. A deal for SIX more books. Congratulations! Here is what Diana had to say on her blog -
DAW is buying three more Demon books–tentatively titled Secrets of the Demon, Sins of the Demon, and Touch of the Demon. (These titles are not set in stone, but so far they give a bit of a hint as to what the themes of the books are. This could change upon the writing! A few of you might be aware that the working title of book three used to be Promise of the Demon. I’m pretty far into that one right now, and realized that “Promise” didn’t work, hence the change to “Secrets.” At some point in the process it may well change to Frickin’ Pain In The Ass of the Demon.)

Okay, so on to the rest of the good news! See, while we were going through the contract stuff with Bantam, I was busy working on proposals for other projects (since I was being realistic and mature and all that crap and had accepted the uncomfortable truth that the series might not sell anywhere else which would then put me in a bit of a publishing limbo for a while.) One of the projects I decided to work on was an idea that I’d been noodling around with a while back, about a “white trash” girl who gets turned into a zombie, who then has to get a job as a morgue tech in order to have easy access to brains. (Yum! Heehee.) As I wrote the sample chapters and synopsis for it I got more and more excited about the project, and saw it as a really neat and fun–and oddly meaningful–coming-of-age story. As a zombie. I finished up the proposal and sent it to my agent, who replied that he loved it. (This was in sharp contrast to his reaction to a previous young adult/urban fantasy proposal that I’d sent him, wherein he said–far more nicely than I deserved–that it didn’t knock his socks off. He was being quite kind, because what he was probably thinking was, “Oh my god, this sucks ass.” Because, really, it did. I can see this now.)

Well, you’ve probably figured it out by now, but, yes, my agent also sent the new proposal on to the editor at DAW, and she made an offer for three of those books as well.

Six books sold! SIX. BOOKS. (Commence alternating between elation and terror. Holy shit, I sold six books! Holy shit, I have to write six more books! LOL)
Laurell K. Hamilton's redesigned website launched with a new clean and professional look this past week.

My First Sale by Denise Rossetti over at Dear Author.

The Demon in Me book trailer from Michelle Rowen.

Clay and Susan Griffith have just completed final edits to the first book in their new VAMPIRE EMPIRE trilogy -- The Greyfriar. The book will be published by PYR Books in late 2010. It is dark fantasy alternate history with steampunk elements as well as politics and action and romance.[via Pyr-o-mania]

Author Richelle Mead got married this past weekend. Congratulations!

Laurell K. Hamilton discusses the new Merry Gentry series novel Divine Misdemeanors.

For fans of the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning, Paranormal Romance has an interesting post with Moning discussing the development of the series.

Congratulations to Tracey O'Hara for making the short list of the Aurealis Awards for Night's Cold Kiss.

Angela at Dark Faerie Tales has this weeks announcements of new genre-related book deals from Publishers Marketplace. They all sound interesting.

Project Paranormal has a series of special Holiday Greeting videos.
Part 1 - What's On Your Wishlist?

Part 2 -  Holiday Greetings from Your Favorite Authors 

Part 3 -  Man on the Street

Part 4 -  Holiday Greetings from Your Favorite Authors (Part 2)

Part 5 - Happy Holidays Sneak Peak at 2010


  • SciFiChick has an ARC of the forthcoming Werewolf Smackdown by Mario Acevedo.
  • Stumbling Over Chaos has 5 copies of Caridad Piñeiro’s new paranormal romance, Sins of the Flesh, for giveaway. Open until December 15.
  • Rachel Vincent is giving away 2 copies of My Soul To Save for TEENS ONLY. Open until December 15. 
  • Suburban Vampire has a giveaway of How to Be a Vampire by Amy Gray. Open until December 15.
US Only:
Jeri Smith-Ready has an ARC of her forthcoming shade up for grabs. Closes December 15.
All Things Urban Fantasy has a giveaway of the YA anthology Immortal. Open until Dec. 19.

  • Last chance for entering Dear Author's ACE/ROC Giveaway and the Berkley Giveaway. Entries close tonight at 10 PM CST.
  • Enter for a Chance to Win an Advance Copy of Christopher Moore's New Novel, BITE ME, and a T-Shirt at the HarperCollins site.
  • has ten copies of Megan Crewe’s Give Up the Ghost to giveaway. Closes December 14.
More contest listings at RKCharron's Blog and Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings.

Author Michelle Rowen has a secret contest. Watch her Vlog to discover it.


Author and Blogger Reviews:
Nicole Hadaway waxes nostalgic over Lost Boys.
Paul McAuley talks Avatar at Pyr-o-mania

Came across this promo for a "yet-to-be-made" UK SF film with a potential top-notch cast. I'd go. Looks fun. [via Sci Fi Wire]
Slingers is set in the year 2960 A.D., following mankinds first interplanetary war. Humanity is now clustered into a finite, but still vast section of the universe known as Enclosed Space. Humanity won the war with an aggressive alien enemy, but at a cost. The way back to Earth is now cut off by an impassable barrier a side effect of the blast that finally pushed the enemy back. The show takes its name from a group of people thrown together on board an experimental spacecraft that is capable of Slinging itself to any point in space. In theory its the only craft capable of getting home. In reality the crew are using it to carry out a series of high tech heists and get even with those who are now exploiting their positions in the post war hierarchy.
What's the frightening thing about new UK scifi project Slingers? It aint the acting. Nope, with Sean Pertwee in the lead that's dead solid. And it isn't the effects, those look great. Not the writing or concept, either, both of which are very strong and put a fresh spin on things. No, the frightening thing is that this is just a sizzle reel for a show that has not even made it to the pilot stage, yet. Which means, first, that the finished product is going to look even better and, second, that this is all dependent on the people controlling the check book being clever enough to allow it to become a finished product. By Todd Brown, December 4, 2009.

A film by Michael Sizemore, 2007-2009.

Brad Pitt Teams With ‘Twilight’ Studio For New Vampire Film [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]

Book Spot Central provides an update on Peter Jackon's adaptation of the Temeraire dragon novels by Naomi Novik. They also have the scoop on the Disney optioning of Fallen by Lauren Kat.

2009 Romantic Times Awards:

The 2009 Romantic Times Book Review Awards nominees were released this past week and there a lot of familiar names. Congratulations to the nominees. Check here for a complete listing (Link via Smexy Books via .

Best Urban Fantasy Novels 2009

Urban Fantasy Novel
  • Dying Bites – DD Barant
  • Burn Me Deadly – Alex Bledsoe
  • Bone Crossed – Patricia Briggs
  • Bitter Night – Diana Pharaoh Francis
  • Destined For An Early Grave – Jeaniene Frost
  • Dead And Gone – Charlaine Harris
  • Magic In Blood – Devon Monk
Urban Fantasy Protagonist
  • Magic Strikes (Kate Daniels) – Ilona Andrews
  • Frostbitten (Elena Michaels) – Kelley Armstrong
  • Bound To Shadows (Riley Jenson) – Keri Arthur
  • Unfalled Dead (Connor Grey) – Mark Del Franco
  • Darkness Calls (Maxine Kiss) – Marjorie M. Liu
  • Angel’s Blood (Elena Deveraux) – Nalini Singh
Futuristic/Fantasy Romance
  • The Mage – Jean Johnson
  • Princess Of The Sword – Lynn Kurland
  • Tekgrrl – A.J. Menden
  • Echos In The Dark – Robin D. Owens
  • Hope’s Folly – Linnea Sinclair
  • Ghostland – Jory Strong
Vampire Romance
  • Veil Of Midnight – Lara Adrian
  • Scorched – Sharon Ashwood
  • Over My Dead Body – Michele Bardsley
  • Dark Slayer – Christine Feehan
  • Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs – Molly Harper
  • Tall, Dark & Fangsome – Michelle Rowen
Shapeshifter Romance
  • What A Dragon Should Know – G.A. Aiken
  • Eternal Craving – Nina Bangs
  • Winter Kiss – Deborah Cooke
  • The Fire King – Marjorie M. Liu
  • Me And My Shadow – Katie MacAlister
  • Passion Untamed – Pamela Palmer
Contemporary Paranormal Romance
  • On The Edge – Ilona Andrews
  • Kiss Of A Demon King – Kresley Cole
  • Atlantis Unleashed – Alyssa Day
  • Passion Unleashed – Larissa Ione
  • Dream Warrior – Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Blood Magic – Jennifer Lyon
Paranormal Action Adventure Romance
  • Magic’s Design – Cat Adams
  • Burning Alive – Shannon K. Butcher
  • Hidden Currents – Christine Feehan
  • Branded By Fire – Nalini Singh
Paranormal Fiction
  • Cold Moon Rising – C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp
  • The Thirteenth – L.A. Banks
  • Demon Forged – Meljean Brook
  • Hunter’s Need – Shiloh Walker
  • Kiss & Hell – Dakota Cassidy
  • Covet – J.R. Ward
Series Romance - Silhouette Nocturne

  • The Vampire's Quest - Vivi Anna (Apr.)
  • Time Raiders: The Avenger - P.C. Cast (Oct.)
  • Vanished - Maureen Child (Feb.)
  • The Devil to Pay - Michele Hauf (Jan.)
  • Fury Calls - Caridad Piñeiro (Mar.)
YA Paranormal/Fantasy Novel
  • The Awakening – Kelley Armstrong
  • Tempted – P.C. & Kristin Cast
  • The Maze Runner – James Dashner
  • Shadowland – Alyson Noel
  • Wings – Aprilynne Pike
Fantasy Novel
  • By The Mountain Bound – Elizabeth Bear
  • Elegy Beach – Steven R. Boyett
  • The Mystery of Grace – Charles de Lint
  • The Stepsister Scheme – Jim C. Hines
  • Cast In Silence – Michelle Sagara
  • Elfland – Freda Warrington
Epic Fantasy Novel
  • First Lord’s Fury – Jim Butcher
  • Fire – Kristin Cashore
  • Corambis – Sarah Monette
  • The Steel Remains – Richard K. Morgan
  • Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson


Seanan McGuire shows off the German cover for Rosemary and Rue and Nalini Singh also has German covers for Dorian's book, and the second Guild Hunter book. Lurv a la Mode has an extensive array of covers for 2010 YA releases along with descriptions. Some amazing things coming out next year. Richelle Mead posts a sweet gallery of some of her European covers for bothe VA and Succubus series. I particularly like the German Succubus Heat cover.

Kim Harrison talks about and shows a page from the graphic novel adaptation of the Hollows series. Not due until 2011 unfortunately. I'm in.

Author Meljean Brook discusses and illustrates historical cover trends.

Project Paranormal gives us a look at the cover for the 10th Sookie Stackhouse novel Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris.

C.E. Murphy posted the cover for Demon Hunts, the fifth Walker Papers novel. What a gorgeous cover.

You can read the book blurb on the cover flat. Just click the image.

Lynn Viehl posted cover art for Dreamveil, the second book in her Kyndred series. Due to hit shelves June 1, 2010.

Deidre Knight revealed the cover for Red Demon, the third book in her Gods of Midnight series due June 2010.

After assuming the power of life and death for the immortal Spartan brotherhood, Aristos Petrakos still hasn’t mastered his unpredictable, newfound abilities. And now a medium brings him a message from the other side—a romantic message Ari doesn’t want to hear…

A century ago, the love of Ari’s immortal life, Julianna Tiades, drowned herself in the Savannah River—after she learned about Ari’s shapeshifting abilities. Desperate to reveal the truth about her death, Julianna makes a bargain with a Djinn demon, who offers to give her physical form. But as Julianna and Ari are reunited in passion, the debt must be paid—in souls and spirits…
Cover art featured here this past week at included:


Mind Voyages is sponsoring a Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Challenge that runs from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. The event is hosted by Robin of My Two Blessings. There is a challenge suitable for everyone so if you hadn't thought of dipping into the SF genre here is easy and fun way to do so.

Jackie at Literary Escapism has lots of great urban fantasy news coverage here and here.

Best of Lists:


Faith Hunter and Kim Harrison (with Ms.T) at recent Book Rack signing

Kelly Gay's first book signing for The Better Part of Darkness

Not a Carrie Vaughn candid but a box full of Kitty's

Author Nancy Holzner reading her author's copy.


  1. Thanks for the mention!

    Your weekend updates are always amazing. :)

  2. As always, my favorite post of the week by any blogger. Even better when ATUF gets plugged. Looking forward to your interview lineup in January.

  3. Dude you are the wizard of all that's geekish - helluva huge awesome posting.

  4. Thanks for the mention. Enjoyed reading the Keri Arthur short. I've read Full Moon Rising and thoroughly enjoyed it. Now on to book2. Great post and many books to add to my every growing wish list. Plus links that will keep me busy the rest of the week. Thanks.

  5. Dang ... sorry everyone for missing comments on this.

    Appreciated Chris, it's a lot of work but I enjoy it.

    Thanks Abigail. ATUF always has cool content so it is a no brainer to find something every week to feature.

    Sean I bow to your accolades :)

    Hey Robin Riley Jensen is a personal fav of mine. I am sorry to see it ending. Always happy when someone adds to their wishlist :)


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