Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Guest Author - Jaime Rush (Out of the Darkness) | Giveaway

It is with great pleasure that I welcome Jaime Rush (aka Tina Wainscott) to SciFiGuy.ca. Jaime's paranormal thriller series The Offspring launched this past February with A Perfect Darkness and the second book Out of the Darkness hit book stores yesterday.

You can find out more about Jaime Rush and the series at www.jaimerush.com.  Jaime has also written eighteen books under the name Tina Wainscott, visit www.tinawainscott.com.

I have a copy of A Perfect Darkness and Out of the Darkness for giveaway. Details at the end of the post.

Welcome Jaime!

Um, what is it that I write again?

When people ask me what kind of books I write, I tend to toss out different answers: paranormal romantic suspense; paranormal romantic thrillers; psychic romantic suspense; urban fantasy romance. It really embodies all of that. Paranormal, yes. My characters possess psychic abilities. But when I call it paranormal, some readers think vampires, werewolves, or other creatures. I call it psychic suspense, but it's not like Medium where a mystery is solved because a character "sees" the future. My characters do more than that. One has pyrokinesis (setting fires), one gets storms of images that tear his brain apart, one has telekinesis (moving things), one can see ten seconds into the future…you get the idea. The easier part is the thriller or suspense tag, because either works.

By definition, paranormal means beyond normal, and that certainly describes my books, as well as my interests since I was a kid. I love ghost stories, unusual phenomena, unexplained mysteries. My favorite show was Unsolved Mysteries. I was never so much into creatures (Chupacabra romance, anyone?) but I ate up X-Files, Highlander, and Roswell (a not as well known but cult fave about three teens who are aliens).

My earlier books (written as Tina Wainscott) played with themes such as body switching, near death experiences, twin connections, cellular memory, and psychic connections. I love that it could be real. It's on the edge, accessible to all of us. Who hasn't had a whoo-whoo experience? A knowing? If you haven't, someone you know has, I'll bet. Just recently a man I met, upon hearing what I write about, recounted an out of body experience he'd had. I believe we all have the ability to expand past our five senses. What could be more fascinating, more mysterious, than the human brain? Our soul? We are amazing creatures. If we don't get in our own way, think of the things we can accomplish.

I often meet people who are amazed at the writer's mind. To be honest, so am I, and I've been doing it since I was a kid. That people, scenarios, worlds come out of that mysterious place in our brain (or is it our soul?), is like magic. Artists of all kinds do the same thing. We create so that we can share our magic with you. We honor you with our words, our pictures.

I have another way to honor you, reader, writer, bookseller… everyone. I'm giving you the opportunity to be in a book. Yes, you can have your name in a nationally-published book! All you have to do is fill in your name and email address in the form at my site. There is no contest, no "lucky" winner. You're all winners to me. Tell your friends! Post it on your blog! Names will be included in my third book of my Offspring series, TOUCHING DARKNESS, scheduled for July 2010. See www.jaimerush.com for details.

I also host my Kick Butt First Line contest for readers and writers. Shocking, suspenseful…make us want more! Cash prizes! Contest runs from September 15 through November 1, 2009.

Uh…so what do I write? I probably should tell you about OUT OF THE DARKNESS, my second book in my Offspring series: In a flash, Zoe Stoker goes from tattoo artist to target of an assassin. All her life she's felt like a freak, and now the Offspring, people who also have remarkable psychic abilities, are her only hope. The enemy grows more dangerous…and so do her feelings for one sexy loner as she gains command of her powers and loses control of her heart.

The one consistent tagline I have used for my series is that it's X-Files meets Lost. Government conspiracies, a group of outcasts who band together, and the hope of finding what you've always been looking for: acceptance. That's what I write.


Thanks Jaime for introducing us to your series! Now time for the giveaway.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
  1. To enter, leave a comment or question for Jaime.
  2. Open to everyone - everywhere (well I don't ship off planet).
  3. Remember to leave a way to contact you.
  4. Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the guest spot for an extra entry.
  5. Giveaway ends Tuesday, October 6 at 11:59 PM EST.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Fire by Kristin Cashore - Getting to Know the Characters Tour (Giveaway)



I've always liked the number eleven. SciFiGuy.ca is the eleventh stop on the blog tour for Fire by Kristin Cashore. I recently finished listening to the audio book version of Graceling and was totally engrossed in the characters and the world. I am currently about half way through Fire which is a companion story and I am finding it equally compelling and entertaining. You won't want to miss either book, but more importantly you will find that you don't have to have read Graceling to enjoy Fire. We also have a signed hardcover edition of Fire to give away. Details at the end of the post. Fire is officially in stores October 5.
Book Description:
She is the last of her kind...
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her.

Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one person who plays a pivotal role in both books. You don’t need to have read Graceling to love Fire. But if you haven’t, you’ll be dying to read it next.
And my sneak preview character from Fire is - 
Tess, elderly but strong as an ox, is Hanna’s caretaker, and lives with her in the little green house on the castle grounds. What pretty, pale green eyes Tess has. But why do they look on Fire with such unfriendliness?

Read the Prologue and first two chapters of the book in this sampler preview.

 

The remaining tour stops this week are  -
The Book Smugglers (Tuesday, 9/29)
Fantasy Book Critic (Wednesday, 9/30)
Melissa's Bookshelf (Thursday, 10/1)
The Story Siren (Friday, 10/2)

Visit Kristin Cashore's blog for links to the earlier tour stops so that you can read the previews of all of the other characters.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
  1. To enter, leave a comment about which of the covers for Fire you like the best and why (shown below).
  2. Remember to leave a way to contact you.
  3. Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the blog tour for an extra entry. When tweeting use the hashtag #firetour. Or you can post the countdown widget.
  4. Giveaway ends Sunday night, October 4 at 11:59 PM EST.
  5. Winner will be announced Monday, Oct. 5 (release day!) 
US Cover                                             UK Cover

Sunday, September 27, 2009

YA Books Received


A number of wonderful and fascinating YA books arrived in the post this week from Simon & Schuster Canada and Scholatic Books Canada. Packaging, artwork, concepts all seem to suggest that YA and teen fiction is bursting with creativity. Here is a profile of this weeks titles.


Malice by Chris Wooding 
(Hardcover - Oct 1, 2009)

I was particularly impressed with the design of Malice. The books front cover has a metal faceplate not unlike an embossed kids metal lunch box that is very tactile and  attention-grabbing. The book itself  is a blend of regular novel and graphic novel (see the image below). The Guardian does a nice review here. Visit Chris Wooding's website.
SYNOPSIS: Everyone's heard of Malice, but hardly anyone has actually seen it: a comic about a horrifying world of tricks and traps, overseen by the sinister master of ceremonies, Tall Jake. The story goes that the kids who go through Tall Jake’s deadly trials are real kids, who’ve disappeared from the real world and turned up in the comic. But it’s just an urban legend, right?

Seth and Kady think so. Until their friend Luke tells them that he’s found a copy of Malice, and the next day he disappears without trace. Seth and Kady investigate, and in doing so, they discover the awful truth. The legends are true. Malice is real. 


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
(Hardcover - Oct 13, 2009)

The cover alone makes me want to read this one. The author's website here with lots of great information.
SYNOPSIS: For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.

With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
(Hardcover - Sept. 22, 2009)

Rick Yancey has a terrific website setup to promote the book and in fact for a limited time (until Sept. 30) you can read the entire book online for free!
SYNOPSIS: These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me...and the one who cursed me. 

So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore Warthrop, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.

Critically acclaimed author Rick Yancey has written a gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does a man become the very thing he hunts?


Lips Touch by Laini Taylor
(Hardcover - Oct 1, 2009)

Lips Touch received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. You can visit artist and writer Laini Taylor's website here and her blog here. The book is filled with wonderful illustrations.
SYNOPSIS: Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers' souls: 
  1. Goblin Fruit: In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today's savvy girls?
  2. Spicy Little Curses: A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse. (NEXT->)
  3. Hatchling: Six days before Esme's fourteenth birthday, her left eye turns from brown to blue. She little suspects what the change heralds, but her small safe life begins to unravel at once. What does the beautiful, fanged man want with her, and how is her fate connected to a mysterious race of demons?
With pages of stunningly detailed illustrations by Jim Di Bartolo, these stories are populated with dreaded creatures, transformative beings and more than a dash of the supernatural.


The Vampire Is Just Not That Into You by Vlad Mezrich
(Paperback - Oct 1, 2009)

Ok you have to like an author who bills humself as Vlad when writing about vampires. This is a fun, tongue in cheek tenn guide to dating a vampire filled with charts, lists, quizzes and advice. Hours of entertainmnet. Love it!
SYNOPSIS: Are you in love with a vampire?  Are you worried that you might not be his (blood) type?  Do you wonder whether that cold stare means he isn’t interested . . . or if it’s because he’s been dead for three centuries (nothing personal)?  Have you tried to coax him out of his crypt with a flash of your neck or a near-death situation that requires him to save you at the very last possible moment?  Have you ever considered what it will be like to introduce him to your mother?

Even though your vampire’s skin is transfixingly translucent, he can still be very hard to read.  Sometimes he’s simply holding back his true feelings, resisting the urge to bite you in the chance that one day you will truly love him.  And other times . . . well, he’s just not that into you. 

How can you tell?  Undead dating specialist Vlad Mezrich has all the answers, utilizing quizzes, Top Ten lists, language analysis, real-life (and real-death) testimonials, and fancy charts to show you what you need to do in order to get your vampire and keep him forever.  Once you go vamp, you never decamp – so let this eternally rewarding book show you the way to the vampire of your dreams.

Crashed (Skinned Trilogy) by Robin Wasserman
(Hardcover - Sept. 8, 2009)

The sequel to last years's Skinned. Visit the author's website here and read an excerpt of Crashed here.
SYNOPSIS:
Before the accident, Lia Kahn was happy.
Before the accident, Lia Kahn was loved.
Before, Lia was a lot of things: Normal. Alive.
Human.

Lia no longer believes in before. Six months after the crash that killed her, six months after being reborn, Lia has finally accepted her new reality. She is a machine, a mech, and she belongs with her own kind. It’s a wild, carefree life, without rules and without fear. Because there’s nothing to fear when you have nothing left to lose.

But when a voice from her past cries out for revenge, everything changes. Lia is forced to choose between her old life and her new one. Between humans and mechs. Between sacrificing the girl she used to be and saving the boy she used to love.

Even if it means he’ll hate her forever.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report

INTERVIEWS, NEWS AND EVENTS AT SCIFIGUY.CA:

You still have time to enter the giveaway for five copies of Susan Kearney's Lucan. Contest ends Tuesday night at Midnight.

If  you missed the interview this past week with Jocelynn Drake, check it out here. Lots of great discussion about Dawnbreaker the third book in the Dark Days series. The book releases Tuesday. Can't wait. Jocelynn reveals a little about the origins of her character Danaus. You also have an opportunity to win one of three copies of Dawnbreaker.

The coming week here at SciFiGuy is a flurry of events beginning with a blog tour stop for Fire by Kristen Cashore on Monday. You will have a chance to win a signed copy of the book.

Other tour stops next week include The Book Smugglers (Tuesday, 9/29), Fantasy Book Critic (Wednesday, 9/30), Melissa's Bookshelf (Thursday, 10/1) and The Story Siren (Friday, 10/2).

Wednesday, author Jaime Rush (aka Tina Wainscott) will be here to talk about her paranormal thriller Out of the Darkness which is the second book in her Offspring series. Tina characterizes her series as "where X-Files meets Lost."

And finally on Thursday author Margaret Weis will be visiting to talk about her newest Dragonlance release, Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, Book 3 in the Lost Chronicles sequence. We'll also be giving away 5 copies of the new book. Also on Thursday I will be running a contest for 5 free e-copies of Release by Nicole Hadaway. Release is a vampire story set during World War II.

The month of October is also loaded with a lot of terrific guests including Chloe Neill (Friday NIght Bites), Erica Hayes (Shadowfae), R.A. Salvatore (The Ghost King), Roxanne Rhoads (Eternal Desire), Diana Pharaoh Francis (Bitter Night) and Gail Z. Martin (Dark Lady's Choice). Be sure to check out my Author Events & Interviews listing on the left sidebar for dates and any new additions.


AUTHOR AND BOOK NEWS:

Free Reads:
Interviews:
Sharon Ashwood is having a party for one and all -
Come chat on Tuesday September 29 at 9:00 pm EST (6:00 pm PST) with me, Annette McCleave, Jessa Slade, and Kim Lenox. We're at the Coffeetime Romance chat room We'll be posting excerpts from our books, giving away a heap of prizes (books, jewellery and other fab stuff), and answering all your questions!
Books Sold and Turned in News from Locus -
  • Nancy A. Collins sold three books in a new urban fantasy series to Danielle Stockley at Ace via Lori Perkins.
    [SciFiGuy note - here is an excerpt of an interview at Talking with Tim which references the series  - "I’ve just finished a book proposal for a contemporary dark fantasy series, this one aimed at adults, called Golgotham. It’s about the romance between a human artist and a witch. It’s set in an alternate universe, where magic not only exists, every major metropolitan area has a supernatural ghetto where creatures such as leprechauns, sprites, centaurs, etc. live in the open and trade with human society. The ghetto in New York City is located in the Lower East Side, and is called Golgotham."]
  • Caitlin Kittredge sold four books of urban fantasy — three more Black London novels and a mystery — to St. Martin's Press.
  • Adam-Troy Castro and Johnny Atomic sold "illustrated alphabetical guide to the world after the rise of the living dead" Z Is for Zombie and follow-up V Is for Vampire to Diana Gill at Eos via Eddie Schneider of the Jabberwocky Literary Agency.
  • Rachel Caine sold a new series beginning with Dead Sexy to Anne Sowards for Roc via Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.
    [SciFiGuy note: Rachel Caine's blog states - "The first book will be called DEAD SEXY, and it follows the story of a young mortician who discovers that her new funeral home employers have a disconcerting side business:  reviving the dead, for profit.  But it’s much bigger, and it involves one of the biggest pharmaceutical firms on the planet.  Who knew the death care industry could be so dangerous?"
  • Kim Harrison handed in Black Magic Sanction to Diana Gill at Eos.
  • Chris Marie Green's Deep in the Woods, the sixth Vampire Babylon novel, went to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace.
  • Julie Kenner handed in Torn and Turned, second and third in the Blood Lily Chronicles, to Ginjer Buchanan at Ace.
    [SciFiGuy note: you can read more about the Blood Lily Chronicles on Julie Kenner's website.]


Zombies, zombies and yet more zombies. Zombie publishing news via Locus -
  • Alan Goldsher sold Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion, about the Beatles as zom-bies, to Pocket via Jason Ashlock.
  • Robin Becker's Brains, "a zombie memoir," went to Gabe Robinson at Harper via Janet Reid of FinePrint Literary Manage¬ment.
  • Joshua Gaylord will write "literary zombie novel" The Reapers Are the Angels under a pseudonym to be named later for Marjorie Braman at Holt via Josh Getzler at Writers House.
Steampunk publishing news via Locus -
  • First novelist Lavie Tidhar sold steampunk adventure The Bookman and two more novels to Marc Gascoigne at Angry Robot via Zeno Literary Agency Ltd.
  • Jeff Vandermeer sold "the definitive Steampunk overview – text and images, all elements of the subculture from fashion to literature and beyond" to Abrams Books via Howard Morhaim. The book will be "a work of art in and of itself."
The Story Siren has an excellent weekly roundup of contests, author news and more in the Young Adult blogosphere.

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist has this week's New York Times Bestsellers (September 22nd)

BALLAD: An Animated Storyboard Trailer by Maggie Stiefvater

 



CONTESTS:
  • Tynga's Urban Fantasy Reviews is having her 3 month bloganivesary starting on September 28th and doing a special giveaway to thank everyone for sticking around! Check out her blog for details of the great prizes. Contest close on October 3rd at midnight EST.
  • Graeme's Fantasy Book Review has 3 copies of Bite Marks by Terence Taylor for giveaway. Run until September 27with winners announced on the 28th.
  • Literary Escapism has a giveaway for A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evans. End Sept. 29.,
  • Vampire Wire is giving away a copy of the soon-to-be-released Dracula The Un-dead by Dacre Stoker. Open until September 30.
  • The Deadline Dames  have a couple of giveaways happening but they end tonight so you better fly.
  • The Hiding Spot offers a chance to win a signed ARC of  Soulless by Gail Carriger. Contest is open until September 30th.
  • Rachel Vincent has a giveaway for the new YA Immortal anthology. Ends today so hurry over. 
  • Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has an extensive list of contests this week.

MEDIA:

A Time magazine interview with Robert J. Sawyer about FlashForward the new scif shopw adapted from his novel.




Stephenie Meyer's The Host Coming to the Big Screen according to Variety

In the "I didn`t know that category", apparently The Twilight Zone celebrates  its' 50th anniversary next week. Here is a compilation of clips that cover the entire 156 episodes that can be viewed in under 10 minutes. [via SciFi Wire]




AUTHORS ON VIDEO:

Diana Laurence, author of "How to Catch and Keep a Vampire" talks about her book, and offers tips on vampire romance and dating.



Procrastination is a very sad affair as Marjorie Liu demonstrates by making this video. LOL.





COVERS and ART:

Katie MacAlister has the UK covers and release information for the first three books in the Silver Dragon series Playing With Fire, Up in Smoke and Me and My Shadow.

Covers Featured this week at SciFiGuy.ca:




AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cover Art - "Death's Excellent Vacation" edited by Toni L.P. Kelner & Charlaine Harris

The cover for Death's Excellent Vacation, an anthology edited by Toni L.P. Kelner & Charlaine Harris has been released on Lilith Saintcrow's website. The book releases in August of 2010. The list o contributors includes Charlaine Harris, Toni L.P. Kelner, Jeff Abbott, L.A. Banks, Jeaniene Frost, Christoper Golden, Chris Grabenstein, Katie MacAlister, A. Lee Martinez, Sharan Newman, Lilith Saintcrow, Sarah Smith and Daniel Stashower.



What we know so far (some quotes courtesy of Dallas at Loving True Blood in Dallas) -

Jeff Abbott says -
"no never wrote a horror novel but I will have a supernatural story out in an anthology Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner are doing next year called Death's Excellent Vacation"
Jeaniene Frost says -
One For the Money, a Cat and Bones short story in the DEATH'S EXCELLENT VACATION anthology, comes out August 2010. The short story is set after the events of DFAEG. 
Chrstopher Golden says -
My story in DEV is...weird. It's called "Thin Walls" and resounds with sex and death. It starts with a lonely widower in a hotel room, forced to listen to the raucous sex going on in the room next door, and gets unsettling from there.
Chris Grabenstein says -
"I'm excited to report that my short story 'The Demon in the Dunes' will be in Death's Excellent Vacation anthology"
Toni L.P. Kelner says -
"This past couple of weeks I've been working on a short story for Death's Excellent Vacation, the next anthology Charlaine and I are editing. The anthology is all about supernatural beings on vacation, kind of an urban fantasy beach book. And even before we decided to do this anthology, I'd had this character in mind to write a short story about: "Pirate Dave." Read Toni's post on the writing of" Pirate Dave's Haunted Amusement Park"
Katie MacAlister has short story entitled:'The Perils of Effrijim' featuring the demon Jim from the Dragon books.

Sharan Newman says -
I'm one of the "and others" but the others are so accomplished that I"m happy to be among them.  It was fun to write fantasy again.  My story is about a group of American leprechans at a family reunion in Ireland.
 Lilith Saintcrow says -
My story, The Heart Is Always Right, focuses on a gargoyle who wants to visit Fiji.

Sarah Smith will also have a story about Superman and the Eight Immortals, "The Boys Go Fishing"

Profile - The League Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon's newest series, "The League", launches on September 29 with Born of Night. Fortunately for fans, this first book will be quickly followed by Born of Fire (November 3) and Born of Ice (December 1). A new Live the League website has been created for more information about the series. You can read the first nine chapters of Born of Night here.



Book 1

In the Ichidian Universe no one was safe people were dragged from their homes and killed in the streets. Victims of a ruthless tyrant who was bent on being the sole ruler. Those who opposed him formed an alliance called The League, which fell under the leadership of the Quorum.

The Quorum realized that the best way to keep trouble from starting was to cut it off at its knees. So a separate group of soldiers was needed, The League Assassins. Highly trained and highly valued, they are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption...

Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades was born and trained to slaughter. Refusing to be a pawn, he turned his back on the League and has been hunted by them ever since. Though many have tried, none can kill him. Now his assignment is to protect Kiara Zamir, a woman whose father's political alliance has made her a target. She wants nothing to do with politics, yet she is forced to submit to protection or die.

And as her world becomes even deadlier, Kiara must entrust her life to the same kind of beast who once killed her mother and left her for dead. Old enemies and new threaten them both and the only way they can survive is to overcome their suspicions and learn to trust in the very ones who threaten them most-- each other.
Book 2

In a universe where assassins make the law, everyone lives in fear- except for Syn. Born of an illicit scandal that once rocked a dynasty, he always knew how to survive on the bloodthirsty streets. But that was then, and the future is now.

He takes no prisoners...

Syn was raised as a tech-thief until his livelihood uncovered a truth that could end his life. He tried to destroy the evidence and has been on the run ever since. Now trained as an assassin, he allows no one to threaten him. Ever. He is the darkness that swallows his enemies whole.

She offers no escape...

Shahara Dagan is the best bounty hunter in the universe. When Syn comes back on the radar, she's the only one who can bring him to justice. There's only one problem: Syn is a close family friend who's helped out her brother countless times. Is Syn's protection worth the risk? The only hope Shahara has is to find the evidence he buried long ago.

Now it's kill or be killed- and they, the predators, have just become the hunted.
Book 3

In the Ichidian Universe, the League and its ruthless assassins continue to keep rule. But at what cost? Welcome back to the future- and a whole new world.

He is an outlaw who offers no quarter...

Devyn Kell spent his life in service to the League until he learned of the double dealing and backstabbing that was costing innocent people their lives. Refusing to play those politics, he became a Runner- someone who makes sure planets get the weapons, medicine and supplies they need to survive. May the gods have mercy on any who get in his way, because he definitely won't.

She is on the run from a past that could end her life...

Alix Garran is a woman on the run from a past she can't escape. Signing on to work for Devyn as a System's Engineer, she finds a cause she can fight for- and a man she can respect. But as Alix's past catches up to her, and Devyn's old enemies turn lethal, they have to fight together- or fall alone.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Cover Art - "Nice Girls Don't Live Forever" by Molly Harper

Molly Harper has posted the cover and copy for Nice Girls Don't Live Forever (Jane Jameson, Book 3) which releases Dec 29, 2009. If you haven't tried the series - you should, it really is quite hilarious. The earlier books are Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs and Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men both of which were released earlier this year.


Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson’s sexy sire, Gabriel, has always been unpredictable. But the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow — alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

Now the children’s-librarian-turned-vampire is reviving with plenty of Faux Type O, some TLC from her colorful friends and family, and her plans for a Brave New Jane. Step One: Get her newly-renovated occult bookstore off the ground. Step Two: Support her best friend, Zeb, and his werewolf bride as they prepare for the impending birth of their baby . . . or litter. Step Three: Figure out who’s been sending her threatening letters, and how her hostile pen pal is tied to Gabriel. Because for this nice girl, surviving a broken heart is becoming a matter of life and undeath...

Martian Morning Over Sydney

A colleague from Australia posted this the other day on Twitter and I had meant to share so here it is now. Apparently they had a severe dust storm and this is what it looked like in Sydney when everyone rose in the morning. Guess we know what it looks like to visit Mars now. Thanks for the pic Linda!



Giveaway Winner - "To Tempt the Wolf" by Terry Spear


The wolf pack has spoken and the winner of an autographed copy of To Tempt the Wolf by Terry Spear is -
  • Virginia who said...A great interview, and a sensational series! Each book sounds as tempting and tantalizing as the first one!   
Thank you Terry for sharing with us all and to everyone that left a comment. The question was asked what colour of wolf would you be if you could be a werewolf. - so here are the pack results. I have totalled up the suggestions but sometimes combined a colour. A half is for those that wanted to be one or another so I split the number. We have a few lone wolves I am afraid. LOL.

Largest  Pack (6.5)


Grey (6)


Red (4)


Black (2.5)


OTHERS:
Brown (1)
Golden (1)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Interview - Jocelynn Drake (Dawnbreaker)

It is my particular pleasure to have Jocelynn Drake as my guest today. Dawnbreaker is the third book in the  Dark Days urban fantasy series and officially releases next Tuesday (Sept. 29). If you are like me, you have been eagerly awaiting the return of Mira and Danaus after the slam bang conclusion to Dayhunter (my review). For more information about the series you can visit Jocelynn at her website or blog. You can read an excerpt of the new book here.

I also have 3 copies of Dawnbreaker to give away to some lucky commenters thanks to the generous folks at HarperCollins/EOS. Details of the Giveaway can be found at the end of the post.

Jocelyn will drop in to answer questions, so if you have something you want to ask her about the new book, the series or her writing life in general, here's your chance.

A big warm welcome to Jocelynn Drake!


SFG: Dawnbreaker is the third book in the Dark Days series. Can you give us an overview of the theme of the series and hit a few highlights for new readers?

Dawnbreaker takes place a couple months after the conclusion of Dayhunter in Savannah where Mira is being hunted by the naturi. They are desperate to capture and destroy the vampire, as she and Danaus are the only ones that could potentially stop the naturi from freeing Aurora, Queen of the naturi, and the rest of the naturi people. While fighting the naturi, Mira is lucky enough to take a hostage that could help her turn the tables on the naturi when she and Danaus finally go to the final showdown at Machu Picchu, Peru. The dawn lies just over the horizon and Rowe is desperate to finally free his wife-queen. The time has come to face the past.

SFG: Mira and Danaus are incredibly engaging characters. How did you go about creating them and what do you have planned in their future?

Mira was the result of many short scenes that I wrote playing around with different character ideas. She changed from being a witch to a vampire to an elf. Her personality shifted as the scene needed it and her background dictated her actions for each event. I worked with her for close to two months before I finally started writing Nightwalker.

Danaus, on the other hand, came a little slower to me. I knew that I needed a vampire hunter that was very strong and very experienced. I needed someone who could go head-to-head with a 600-year-old vampire and survive. He danced around in my subconscious for a few months until inspiration finally struck. I was flipping through a video game magazine when I saw a picture that screamed to me: DANAUS! I ripped out the picture and ran back to my computer where I started writing. Once I had the image in my head, the rest of his character came pouring out of my brain. I still keep the picture on my wall next to my desk.[SciFiGuy Note - I snuck the photo at the left from Jocelynn's Gallery page - yep it's beside her desk - isn't the Internet a wonderful thing!]

What do I have planned for their future? Chaos and violence, my friend. Chaos and violence.

SFG: Your bio says you live in the Cincinnati area, yet you have set Nightwalker and Mira’s home in Savannah. Why Savannah and the south?

 I will admit that I originally planned for the series to be set in Cincinnati, since it was a town that I grew up in and knew intimately. Unfortunately, another author, who shall remain nameless, (*cough* Kim Harrison *cough*) beat me to Cincinnati. And since this author who shall not be named and I have the same editor, I couldn’t sneak by with Cincinnati. So, I needed to stay in a zone that I knew I would be comfortable writing in. In other words, I needed a modestly sized town in the south. West and north offered up a different mentality I didn’t feel that I could adequately replicate. However, I’ve lived my life in the south so it’s something I felt that I could be comfortable writing in.

Savannah sang to me because of her lengthy history, old tales, and great ghost stories. It’s a quiet piece of earth that offers up a fabulous setting for any book. Between visits and research, I’ve truly fallen in love with Savannah as much as Mira.

SFG: What kind of research did you do preparing Dayhunter? Did you travel to any of the locations featured in the novel?

I would have loved to travel to all the exotic location that Mira and Danaus get to see. Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t permit it. I do a lot of research when it comes to writing the Dark Days books. I have to know the locations, this style of the architecture, the composition of the streets (pavement vs. gravel vs. cobblestone), and I have to know local cultures and traditions. It generally involves many hours on the Internet and perusing my growing collection of travel journals and guides. For Dayhunter, I spent a lot of time learning the canals and travel times between the various islands. I learned the different building styles between the islands and tried to get a feel for which were the most crowded. For Crete, I also managed to grab a few travel TV shows along with my journals so I could get a clear feel for the island.

SFG: You also have a prequel novella (The Dead, The Damned, And the Forgotten) out in the Unbound anthology which just released. How does it fit into the story arc?

“The Dead, The Damned, And The Forgotten” is a novella that is set roughly a month before the beginning of Nightwalker, the first book in the series, and it offers readers a glimpse a Mira’s world before Danaus arrives and creates chaos. It gives readers a good look at Mira in her natural habit as Keeper of her domain. You get a clearer view of her sense of responsibility as well as her distance from her own kind. I think the novella is a great way to ease into the series if you haven’t picked it up yet. And if you have read the series, the novella will introduce you to some characters that will be making another appearance in both Dawnbreaker and Pray for Dawn, which is the fourth book in the series.

SFG: What can readers expect after Dawnbreaker? What are your series plans?

Dawnbreaker works to tie up some loose ends in regards to the naturi and, of course, make some new problems for Danaus. The goal of this book was to complete the initial story arc that was kicked off with Nightwalker, and that was accomplished for the most part. There are still two loose threads dangling in the wind for the naturi, which I hope to complete in an upcoming book. Dawnbreaker also raises some new questions about Danaus, which will be answered in Pray for Dawn.

Looking ahead, Pray for Dawn has been completed and I am putting the finishing touches on the rough draft for Wait for Dusk. Both are tentatively scheduled for release in summer 2010. I am currently contracted for a total of six books in the Dark Days series, but I am hoping to keep the series going well past that. I am looking to dig into Danaus’s past, Mira’s origins, as well as the Liege of the nightwalker nation and the Great Awakening. Many awesome things are still to come.

SFG: In your path to becoming a fiction writer what influences led you to write urban fantasy?

Before I started working on stories in the urban fantasy genre, I was reading books from Anne Rice, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Simon Green, and Christine Feehan. Going back even farther, I have been an avid fan of Raymond Feist, Neil Gaiman, and Terry Pratchett. I always knew that I would eventually find a home in fantasy, but I just never expected it to be in urban fantasy.

SFG: How has being a popular and successful novelist affected your career as a financial analyst? Any interesting workplace anecdotes you can share with us?

Not as much as you might think. There isn’t a great deal of overlap between Wall Street and vampires. Most of the people that I work with in the industry are completely unaware that I lead a double life, which is kind of fun. It affords me a degree of anonymity, as well as gives me a chance to make a name for myself in the financial world. Most of the time when a fellow analyst or reporter discovers my other life, they kind of give a double take as if it’s too unbelievable for them to take in.

I don’t have much in the way of interesting anecdotes. Most days it’s just me and my computer as I look over the stock market digging for new trading ideas. The strangest interview I’ve had was with a reporter for a Los Angeles newspaper. As soon as I answered the phone, he asked if I was the Jocelynn Drake that wrote vampire novels. I inwardly cringed, afraid that people we going to start tracking me down at work to get information about my writing life. I said “yes.” He said he enjoyed my books and then proceeded to grill me about the stock market for the next 15 minutes. So sometimes, my writing life does leak onto Wall Street.

SFG: If you were a character in your own series and it was a Naturi, which of the five clans would you be from and why?

Oooo... hard question. Well, I guess since I’ve already got Mira in my back pocket as the Fire Starter, then my favourite naturi clan would be the wind clan. I love their wings and their different types of wings depending on .... well... I’ll get into that eventually in a book. I also love their ability to control the weather. I love it when Rowe stands with his hand reaching into the air as he calls down the lightning. What a rush that has to be to be so in tune with Mother Nature and her raw energy!


Thank you Jocelynn for spending some time with us. Here's wishing for every success for Dawnbreaker!

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
  1. To enter, leave a comment or question for Jocelynn.
  2. If you don't have a specific question for Jocelynn, visit Jocelynn's website and come back and tell us a fact or tidbit you learned about the series from the Dark Days History Page.
  3. Canadian or US residents only please.
  4. Remember to leave a way to contact you.
  5. Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the interview for an extra entry.
  6. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 29 at 11:59 PM EST.

Chloe Neill - Friday NIght Bites Contest

Chloe Neill will be guesting here on October 7 just after the launch of the next Chicagoland Vampires book Friday Night Bites. Chloe has started the lead up to the launch with two fun interviews over at A Great Read  and Amberkatze's Book Blog.  Be sure to check them out!  She is also running a cool contest.
 
She is giving away a CADOGAN HOUSE GIFT PACK to folks who complete this two-step commenting process:
  1. Head over to A Great Read or Amberkatze's Book Blog, check out the interviews, and leave a comment on one of THEIR interviews!
  2. When you've done that, head over to Chloe's The Daily Snark blog and leave a comment telling her what "secret" you hope is revealed in FRIDAY NIGHT BITES!
The CADOGAN HOUSE GIFT PACK includes:

1. A Cadogan House Visitor's Pass with lanyard



2. A Cadogan House Bar Coaster



3. A Chicagoland Vampires Pen

4. A European style "CH" bumper sticker

5. A signed Chicagoland Vampires bookplate

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Preview - "Sixty-One Nails" by Mike Shevdon

Mike Shevdon's urban fantasy Sixty-One Nails is available in UK AND Australia October 29, 2009 and in US/Canada in fall 2010. You can read more about Mike Shevdon at the Angry Robot website or visit him on his blog.


There is a secret war raging beneath the streets of London. A dark magic will be unleashed by the Untained… Unless a new hero can be found.

Neverwhere’s faster, smarter brother has arrived.

The immense SIXTY-ONE NAILS follows Niall Petersen, from a suspected heart attack on the London Underground, into the hidden world of the Feyre, an uncanny place of legend that lurks just beyond the surface of everyday life. The Untainted, the darkest of the Seven Courts, have made their play for power, and unless Niall can recreate the ritual of the Sixty-One Nails, their dark dominion will enslave all of the Feyre, and all of humankind too.

Steampunk Battlesuits in a Country Garden

Meljean Brook posted this today. What a hoot.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fabulously Funny "Soulless" Sample

The Orbit Books blog just announced an audio book sample for Gail Carriger's Soulless.-
Artistic Whispers Productions has staged a wonderful full-cast reading of chapter one of Gail Carriger’s forthcoming SOULLESS. Listen to it here.
I encourage everyone to give it a listen. It had me in complete stitches. I am looking forward to reading this even more now.

Giveaway - Lucan by Susan Kearney

Lucan by Susan Kearney has just been released this month. It is an unusual blend of science fiction, fantasy and romance and the first book in a new series called The Pendragon Legacy.  Courtesy of  the Hachette Book Group, I have 5 copies of Lucan to giveaway to some lucky commenters.

Two more books in the series Rion and Jordan are scheduled for release on November 24 and March 1 respectively, so there isn't a long wait between books. You can visit Susan Kearney at her website here to find out more. Also visit some of the other participating blogs listed at the end of this post, to access more interviews and Q&A's with Susan as well as more giveaways.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
  1. To enter leave a comment about a favourite Authurian or Camelot based book, story or movie.
  2. Canadian or US residents only please (no P.O. boxes).
  3. Remember to leave a way to contact you.
  4. Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the interview for an extra entry.
  5. Giveaway ends Tuesday, September 29 at 11:59 PM EST.

THEIR LOVE IS FORBIDDEN
Healer and high priestess of her people, Lady Cael is fated to life without a mate. But a mysterious explorer named Lucan Rourke doesn’t know her secrets, and his touch makes her crave a future that her extraordinary birthright has forbidden her...

BUT DANGER IS NO MATCH FOR DESIRE
Lucan has just one mission on Pendragon: to find the mythical Holy Grail, Earth’s only hope for survival. His powerful attraction to Cael is a distraction he can’t afford, unless he convinces her to join forces with him. Yet working so closely together only heightens their passion...even when the terrifying truth of Cael’s heritage threatens to shatter Lucan’s every belief—and the galaxy itself.


Here are some additional Participating Sites:

The Lighter Side of the Un-dead at VampChix


I'm doing my VampDude thing over at VampChix today where I have a post about some of my favourite light-hearted vampire series. Drop over and tell us about yours.

And don't forget to check out the launch of Bite Club where of course books with bite will be discussed.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Cover Art - "Love in the Time of Dragons" by Katie MacAlister

Katie MacAlister has posted the cover for Love in the Time of Dragons, the first book in her new Light Dragons series due for release May 4, 2010. Katie indicates the cover is preliminary especially as how they listed her name incorrectly (hint emphasis should be on the A). You can read a Q&A about the series on her blog.


SciFi Sunday - Stargate Universe

Here is the teaser trailer for Stargate Universe which premieres October 2 on the SyFy channel. The cast includes veteran actor Robert Carlyle. I'm really looking forward to this based on the trailer. Fingers crossed.


Edgier and younger in tone, SGU will take the franchise in a dynamic new direction, appealing to longtime Stargate fans and first-time viewers alike. The two-part premiere of Universe is being directed by Andy Mikita (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1) and lensed by Rohn Schmidt (The Shield, The Mist). The series is expected to premiere in October 2009. SGU follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians, who must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship, which is locked on an unknown course and unable to return to Earth. Faced with meeting the most basic needs of food, water and air, the group must unlock the secrets of the ship's Stargate to survive. The danger, adventure and hope they find on board the Destiny will reveal the heroes and villains among them.

Cover Art - "Mind Games" by Carolyn Crane

Carolyn Crane who many of you may be familiar with over at funny and eclectic The Thrillionth Page, has just revealed the cover for her debut urban fantasy novel Mind Games. Congratulations Carolyn! The book is due for release March 23, 2010.


Carolyn has this to say about the book and series-
But I'm sure it's fine to say that, in a nutshell, Mind Games is the first in an urban fantasy trilogy about a hypochondriac who joins a psychological hit squad. It takes place in a fantastical Milwaukee/Chicago. (Specifically, the Milwaukee/Chicago of my childhood imagination. I lived in suburbs of both cities as a young child.)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report

INTERVIEWS, NEWS and EVENTS at SCIFIGUY.CA:

As most of you know this past week was Book Bloggers Appreciation Week and book lovers and book bloggers everywhere were in heaven as they created and participated in a wealth of special events. Among those where the BBAW awards. SciFiGuy.ca was shortlisted along with some very special blogs - Bibliophile Stalker, Dribble of Ink, The Book Zombie and The Galaxy Express in the Best Speculative Fiction Blog category. I was thrilled yesterday morning when when the judges announced SciFiGuy.ca had received the award. I can only say that the award is really for all the wonderful readers, supporters, authors and others (you know who you are) that made it possible at all. Kudos go to the fantastic Amy of My Friend Amy and her tireless team that made the event so successful. Amy does a wonderful Closing Ceremonies wrapup of the 2009 BBAW.

Terry Spears was here this week with a great post on her werewolf romance series. You can read her interview here and there is still time to enter the giveaway for a signed copy of To Tempt the Wolf, the third book in the series. Open until Tuesday, September 22 at 11:59 PM EST.

September 23 - Jocelynn Drake will be visiting for an interview about Dawnbreaker, the highly anticipated third book in her Dark Days series.

September 28 -Young adult fantasy author Kristin Cashore's blog tour for the Graceling companion novel Fire will be visiting as part of its' 15 stop event.

September 30 - Author Jaime Rush (aka Tina Wainscott) will be visiting to talk about Out of the Darkness, the second book in her Offspring series.

October 1 - Author Margaret Weis will be visiting to talk about her newest Dragonlance release, Dragons of the Hourglass Mage, Book 3 in the Lost Chronicles sequence. We'll also be giving away 5 copies of the new book.

I also have more contests coming including one for Lucan by Susan Kearney and contest for Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series that I am pretty excited about. Stay tuned.


CONTESTS:

Julie Kagawa is having a contest on her blog  in which she is giving away hand-painted rocks with a character from her forthcoming book The Iron King. Open until October 1.

Patrica's Vampire Notes has a giveaway with 5 copies of Dark Hunger by Rita Herron. Contest runs until Oct. 5, 2009 11:59 PM Hawaii Time

Suburban Vampire is having a contest to win one of  five advance copies of the upcoming release of How To Catch and Keep a Vampire: A Step-by-Step Guide to Loving the Bad and the Beautiful by Diana Laurence. The deadline: Thursday, September 24, 8:00 AM Pacific Time.

 RR@H Novel Thoughts & Book Talk is having a giveaway of the first three Demonica books by Larissa Ione. Not sure what the closing date is.



AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:

FREE READS:
  • Erica Hayes has a free short story called Hellcursed featuring her succubus heroine from the forthcoming  Shadowfae.
  • Diana Pharaoh Francis has an excerpt of Bitter Night, her forthcoming urban fantasy up on Amazon.
  • Read an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon.
  • Rachel Vincent posted a short excerpt of Shift at the Deadline Dames here.  Read he disclaimer, then the excerpt.
  • Alysson Noel has posted the first three chapters of Shadowland.
  • Kresley Cole is offering a free download of The Warlord Wants Forever a novella in her Immortal After Dark series as well as 7 excerpts from the other novels. 
  • Jocelynn Drake has posted an excerpt of Chapter 1 for Dawnbreaker the third Dark Days novel.

INTERVIEWS:

You'll need flash player to listen to this audio


Cherie Priest has added a.Steampunk FAQ to her Clockwork Century website.

Jeri Smith-Ready syas that the third book in the WVMP Radio series, Bring on the Night, will be released on August 1, 2010.  The fourth book, tentatively titled Lust for Life, will be released six months later, in Spring 2011. Both will be mass market paperbacks. Jeri's first young adult novel, Shade, releases on May 18, 2010.

In Lara Adrian news she reports -
With Shades of Midnight in production and on the way for its December 29th release, I am currently writing Taken By Midnight, which is Brock's story and the 8th installment of the series! You'll see a bit more of Brock in Kade's book, however at the risk of spoiling anything, I'll refrain from saying much more than that for now. ;-)
Taken By Midnight is very tentatively scheduled for release next fall, but I'm crossing my fingers that we can get it out a little bit earlier than that. Stay tuned for cover art and more info!
Mini book trailer for Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick [via Simon's Urban Fantasy Blog].



It has been pretty thoroughly covered this week, but for those that missed it, Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely is going to the movies. On her blog Melissa reports -
Universal did an exclusive new release in VARIETY. The press release "Universal Makes Wicked Deal".

There is an MTV article "Wicked Lovely Adaptation Confirms Faeries as the Next Fantasy Trend" and bunches of places where the news has been re-released.
And exciting news for author Karen Mahoney who says -
After 10 months of tenacious work, my super-agent has sold my debut novel and the (as yet, unwritten) sequel!! I am so lucky and truly cannot wait to work with Flux - an imprint I love. So that means The Iron Witch is actually going to be a Real Book. And I'll get to write The Wood Queen under contract.
Recently Tate Hallaway announced that her Garnet Lacey series had not been renewed. She has been running a series of posts outlining the proposals for the books that were planned but now will not be written. They are Garnet Lacey #6 (DEAD AND MARRIED), Garnet Lacey #7 (LADY IN DEAD), and Garnet Lacey #8 (OVER MY DEAD BODY). Wouldn't it be grand if Tate could wite these by subscription. Something to think about. I wonder how many subscibers it would take to make it worth her while. I'd certainly pony up at least as much as a trade paperback for a subscription to each.

I love Gail Z. Martin's fantasy series Chronicles of the Necromancer so I was thrilled with this announcement from Orbit Books -
I’m pleased to announced that we will be publishing a new series from Gail Z. Martin! Set in the world of THE SUMMONER and THE BLOOD KING, this new series follows the fate of Summoner King Martris Drayke as he struggles to maintain the tenuous peace he has won for Margolan. Facing a new invasion from the north and tragedy at home, he must seek the aid of old friends and new allies, the guardians of an ancient power that watches the portals to the underworld, a nomadic fighting force known as The Sworn. Rumors have reached Tris’s ears that the dead The Sworn have vowed to protect are stirring uneasily in their burial mounds. The Dread are coming and Tris must do everything in his power to protect his home and his people.
We’re delighted to welcome Gail on board. THE CHRONICLES OF THE NECROMANCER has been a terrific series with the last installment coming out in December of this year—THE DARK LADY’S CHOSEN. Check it out at www.chroniclesofthenecromancer.com!
I'm including this picture of  Richelle Mead and koala friend on her Australian book tour because I need to boost my cute quotient in the weekend report.


Jackie Kessler has a new website and blog dedicated to the launch of her new young adult fiction.

In recent interviews Jocelynn Drake has revealed that the books four and five in her Dark Days series will be named Pray for Dawn and Wait for Dusk.

Lots of updates to Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments website. Check it out. 

Eternal Desire Book Video from Roxanne Rhoads. Roxanne's Blog Tour will be here at SciFiGuy on October 19.




MEDIA:

New Moon Trailer #3



Solomon Kane
Solomon Kane is a new film premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and is based on the character created by Robert E. Howard. Here is the blurb for one of the more recent editions of the Kane stories (followed by the movie trailer). I really like the look of this one. Hard to believe the lead actor (James Purefoy) is the same as headed up the recent TV series The Philanthropist. Very intense. Here is a link to a summary of all of the blogs running stories on the film for those interested.
With Conan the Cimmerian, Robert E. Howard created more than the greatest action hero of the twentieth century—he also launched a genre that came to be known as sword and sorcery. But Conan wasn’t the first archetypal
adventurer to spring from Howard’s fertile imagination.

“He was . . . a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan. . . . A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things. . . . Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane.”

Collected in this volume, lavishly illustrated by award-winning artist Gary Gianni, are all of the stories and poems that make up the thrilling saga of the dour and deadly Puritan, Solomon Kane. Together they constitute a sprawling epic of weird fantasy adventure that stretches from sixteenth-century England to remote African jungles where no white man has set foot. Here are shudder-inducing tales of vengeful ghosts and bloodthirsty demons, of dark sorceries wielded by evil men and women, all opposed by a grim avenger armed with a fanatic’s faith and a warrior’s savage heart.

This edition also features exclusive story fragments, a biography of Howard by scholar Rusty Burke, and “In Memoriam,” H. P. Lovecraft’s moving tribute to his friend and fellow literary genius.



AUTHORS ON VIDEO:








Here are some of the videos from the third episode of Penguin's Project Paranormal Screening Room where the spotlight is on the Romance Writers of America. You can also find them on their YouTube Channel.


Part 3 - Featuring Jim and Shannon Butcher, discussing their life together as a married couple who also writes professionally.
 

Part 4 - Featuring Jayne Castle, on her work, her pseudonyms, and why paranormal fiction is so popular.


Part 5 - Erica Colon, featuring discussions with convention-goers about their love of the genre.


Part 6 - Featuring J.R. Ward and Jessica Andersen, discussing how their differences help shape their partnership.





COVERS and ART:

The authors over at The Odd Shots blog are going wild. Meljean Brook takes on Jill Myles revealing "the cover" her debut release, GENTLEMEN PREFER SUCCUBI.

Smart Bitches Trashy Books ran a challenge this week to produce the best spoof cover of the current publishing craze to "Twilight-ize" everything. Here is the original post and covers that started the whole thing, here are the entry covers and here is the winner. Absoultely priceless.

Literary Escapism found the cover for Warriors with some great contributors. Jackie has more details on the anthology.

Tez Says  has cover art for Laurell K. Hamilton’s DIVINE MISDEMEANORS (AU), & Gayle Ann Williams’s TSUNAMI BLUE (US)

Covers Featured at SciFiGuy.ca this past week:




AROUND THE BLOGOSPHERE:

From Orbit Books -
Gail Carriger’s SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, so to help set the mood we’ve just launched the Soulless Victorian Dress-Up Doll, (the flash and illustration are by the very talented Sarah Vaughn.) SOULLESS will be in bookstores at the end of September. Enjoy the game!

Josh Jasper at Genreville points us to Harlan Ellison's Dramatic Reading of the Seussified "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script" which derives from the recent bruhaha over Josh Olson's Village Voice rant, "I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script." Harlan's reading is R-rated but funny as hell.

Why Paranormal Romance Is No Fad