Saturday, December 19, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report

INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca: 

This past week I interviewed Canadian young adult author Alyxandra Harvey whose first book Hearts at Stake launches her new series The Drake Chronicles. The book officially releases Tuesday. Read the interview and enter the giveaway for two signed copies of the book.

Confirmed guests for January 2010 include Melina Morel (Smolder),  Nancy Holzner (Deadtown), Helen Scott Taylor (The Phoenix Charm), Charlene Teglia (Claimed by the Wolf) and Jill Myles (Gentlemen Prefer Succubi ). Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates and additions.

Giveaways still open here at SciFiGuy.ca include the young adult graphic novel Malice by Chris Wooding here until December 21 and Burning Shadows by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro here

I was over at VampChix on Thursday, December 17th with a guest post on Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan/Hollows series. I'll also be guest posting at the fabulous Book Smugglers in their Smugglivus Event on December 24 where I'll talk about my favorite books of the year and do a look forward to 2010.


AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:

FREE READS:
INTERVIEWS:
The "G" indicates there is a giveaway or contest associated with the interview.
The Knight Agency Blog Christmas Week Grand Finale Interview Featuring NYT Bestselling Authors Marjorie M. Liu, Nalini Singh, Rachel Caine and Christie Golden!

Looking forward to 2010 and beyond , Yasmine Galenorn has a very busy publishing schedule including the release of Bone Magic (1/2010) (Camille’s POV), Harvest Hunting (10/2010) (Delilah’s POV) and Blood Wyne (1/2011) (Menolly’s POV) in the Otherworld series; Night Myst (6/2010) and Night Veil (6/2011)  in the new Indigo Court series and two anthologies with Otherworld novella's - Inked (1/2010)  and Hexed (6/2011).

At an October Q&A and book signing session promoting the release of Dawnbreaker. Jocelynn DrakeI talks about the writing process, the series, and a few tidbits about Pray for Dawn and Wait for Dusk.


Tez at Tez Says has a list of 2010 YA releases and a list of 2010 Adult releases.

And in the vein (literally) of what will they think of next , we have Little Vampire Women  by Louisa May Alcott & Lynn Messina coming out in May 2010 -
“Amy, though the youngest, was the most bloodthirsty sister....”

A riotous twist on the beloved classic—now Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are little vampire women!

The March sisters are back, sweeter and more loving than ever. But they’ve grown up since you last read their tale. That’s right—they live on as vampires. Readers will be agog and aghast at the hilarity of the sisters’ transformation—especially now that they have (much) longer lives and (much) more ravenous appetites.

This uproarious retelling of a timeless American classic will leave teens craving the bloodthirsty drama on each and every page.
Larissa Ione has sold 4 more books to Grand Central Publishing. She says on the Writer Minded Blog -
The books will be set in the Demonica world as a spinoff. I can’t tell you the details yet, but as soon as I can, I will. The seeds for the spinoff are planted in book 4, Ecstasy Unveiled (Jan 26th) and will take root in book 5 (Oct.)
Lisa Hendrix reports on her blog that Berkley picked up two more books in her Immortal Brotherhood series - Immortal Champion (January 2011) and another as yet untitled in October 2011.

Marjorie Liu announced that her first Dirk and Steele novel Tiger Eye is being turned into romance themed video game. I love the book and the series, so let's hope they do it it justice. You can read more about it on Marjorie's blog, the Passionfruit Games site and Authorial, agently and personal ramblings and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.


Orbit Books announced its 2010 Spring and Summer releases. My TBB list is growing exponentially.

John Scalzi in one of his Big Idea posts talks about the steampunk anthology, The Shadow Conspiracy edited by Laura Anne Gilman. Scalzi says -
‘Tis the season for trying new things, and the group of writers behind the online publishing collective Book View Cafe are doing just that, releasing their first eBook anthology of original fiction: The Shadow Conspiracy, a collection of related tales taking place in an alternate, steampunk world. What does it take to build up a home-cooked anthology and give it the depth and quality that these authors, professional writers all, expect and demand of their work? The Shadow Conspiracy editor Laura Anne Gilman is here to show you all the gears in this steampunk world.
Meljean Brook illustrates the true nature of book pron over at The Oddshots. Hilarious.

Nancy Holzner has The Top Ten Reasons I Write Urban Fantasy over at the Deadline Dames. A most excellent list!


CONTESTS:

WORLDWIDE:
  • Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' Book Reviews is giving away two anthologies - Spells of the City edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg and Changing the World by Mercedes Lackey. Open until December 28.
  • Tynga's Urban Fantasy has a giveaway of the new omnibus edition of the Morganville Vampires with books  #1 and #2 - GLASS HOUSES and THE DEAD GIRLS’ DANCE. Ends January 1.
US Only:
  • The Story Siren is giving away a signed copy of Chloe Neill's young adult novel Firespell. Closes January 8.
CHECK FOR DETAILS:
  • Literary Escapism is giving away all three of Judi Fennell’s Mer trilogy – In Over Her Head, Wild Blue Under and an ARC of Catch of a Lifetime as well as the anthology Four Dukes and a Devil, Stray by Rachel Vincent and an ARC of Annette McCleave’s Drawn Into Darkness. Closes December 31.
  • Fantasy Dreamers Ramblings is giving away three copies of Three Days to Dead by Kelly Meding. Ends December 20.
  • Author Angie Fox has a copy of the anthology My Zombie Valentine for giveaway. Open until December 22.
  • Jaci Burton and the authors at the Writer Minded Blog have a big multi-book giveaway. Ends tomorrow.
  • Mondo Vampire has 5 copies of the vampire reference book Vampire Readings by Particia Altner (yes the Patricia of Patricia's Vampire Notes) to giveaway. Open until December 30.
Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy has an incredible List of 53 Urban Fantasy Giveaways,

Donna at Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings also has a nice long giveaways list and RKCharron has a good list. Check them twice.

MEDIA:

Stargate: Universe has been renewed for a second season. [via John Scalzi]

Loving True Blood in Dallas reports that the role of  Alcide Herveaux (werewolf) has been cast for season three of True Blood and it's Joe Manganiello. Here he is for the ladies.


Tis the season for cool movie trailers and here is the newest Iron Man 2 -


Irene Gallo at Tor reviews Avatar.

Christmas Eating Tips:

I snatched this from Chris Marie Green's blog. Now this is the holiday spirit!
  1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.
  2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare.. You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!
  3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
  4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
  5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
  6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
  7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.
  8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?
  9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards.
  10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember this motto to live by:
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate and wine in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"

COVERS and ART:

Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy had the cover art for The Demon’s Covenant (May 2010) by Sarah Rees Brennan and Lurv a la Mode does a final cover art wrap-up for 2009. I am intrigued by Hunted by the Others by Jess Haines and Naked Dragon by Annette Blair.


Mad Hatter's Bookshelf & Book Review revealed covers for two interesting anthologies due next year - Sympathy for the Devil and Wings of Fire.



Chris at Stumbling over Chaos has the third part of her "Misadventures in Stock Photography" series of articles.

Angela from Dark Faerie Tales interviews artist Chris McGrath one of the most talented and popular cover artists working today.

Lou Anders at the Tor website profiles the art book The Future of Fantasy Art. Have to add this one to my Christmas wishlist.

Diana McCabe from Paranormal Romance posted this cover and a profile for Blood Oath (May 2010) by Christopher Farnsworth about a vampire who has protected every U.S. president for the past 140 years. That has me hooked already.


Tez Miller at Tez Says has 10 new covers posted for a variety of international and domestic editions including Vicki Pettersson's fifth Zodiac novel Cheat the Grave and Jennifer Armintrout's Possession.

Cover art featured here this past week at SciFiGuy.ca included:

AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:

Carolyn Crane from The THRILLIONTH page tells us about Gifts you should NOT get for werewolves this holiday season and a companion article Gifts you should NOT get for vampires this holiday.

Heather Massey from The Galaxy Express discusses the need for a "cover code" to help brand SFR in her article The Science Fiction Romance That Harlequin Doesn’t Want You To Know About

Rebecca at Dirty Sexy Books has a wonderful collection of news, tidbits, links  and observations about a wide range of genre fiction areas.

Angela at Dark Faerie Tales profiles an interestiong new young adult series called Beautiful Dead by Eden McGurie. Check it out.


Patricia's Vampire Notes has a comprehensive November 2009 Vampire Books Releases

Check out Ellz Reads for a summary of this weeks 12 Blogs of Christmas Event for links to participating blogs and a boatload of giveaways.

Jackie at Literary Escapism has some interesting links and other urban fantasy news in this mid-week report.

"Best of" Lists:


CANDID CAMERA:

Winning entry from Kelley Armstrong caption contest.


13 comments:

  1. Doug-I am sure he has nothing on you, and you are still my favorite. But DAMN, that is a fine wolf. (grins)

    Thanks for the shout out!

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  2. Great roundup and thanks so much for the linkage!

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  3. LOL Elie I KNEW you would like it...

    Thanks Heather! We're going to have to talk about how we can add a bit of SFR news to the weekend report. But I need a roving SFR reporter (nudge nudge)

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  4. Hey, wow, this thing is going to keep me busy all week. Nice! And thanks so much for the shout, too!

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  5. Hey Doug!

    Great weekly roundup!! LOL Love the tips for holiday parties! One minor suggestion, don't plant yourself next to the plate of great cookies, just pick the damn thing up and eat to your heart's content. It prevents poachers from stealing your bounty.

    Dottie :)

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  6. Carolyn loved both the articles - very fun stuff.

    Hey Dottie that works for me. Poachers are always a hazard at this time of year :)

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  7. Thanks for the mention! :)

    So. Much. Going. On.

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  8. Glad to hear you like the cover to my book! Hope you'll like the content, too...

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  9. Chris .. my head is going to explode a la Scanners

    Hi Jess only just came across your title. Found your blog and am subscribing. Book is out in May. Maybe we can chat closer to your launch.

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  10. *ducks behind another commenter to avoid mess*

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  11. *whips out the Lysol pre-moistened, disposable towelettes*

    Thanks very much for the offer! If you'd like an ARC, I'm still trolling for reviewers. I've got about 10 left to find homes for. As soon as I get over my frantic "Ahhhhhh!!!"-capades with the novella, I'll be arranging a signed ARC / cover art / misc. storyline-related swag giveaway through Goodreads or my blog, too.

    Fun times, hehe.

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  12. Hi Jess, I sent you a note through your blog...

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  13. Can anyone help me where can I find more Frostbitten pics like that? Thanx

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