Saturday, October 31, 2009

Urban Fantasy Weekend Report

INTERVIEWS and EVENTS at SciFiGuy.ca: 

Contests:
Needless to say my Halloween Contest ends tonight. Three winners of five books each. Also you can win copies of signed copies of Dark Haven and The Blood King by Gail Z. Martin. Details in my interview with Gail. You have until Midnight Monday. I have just added a giveaway for Bound to Shadows by Keri Arthur. Details here.

Author Events:
  • November 2 - Romance author Susan Blexrud will be visiting to talk about her writing and her newest paranormal romance Real Men Have Fangs.
  • November 4 - Julie Kenner will be visiting to introduce her new urban fantasy series The Blood Lily Chronicles and the first book Tainted. We'll also be doing a giveaway of an an ARC of Torn and a signed copy of Carpe Demon. You can read my review of Tainted here.
Remember to check my Author Events and Interviews schedule posted on my left sidebar for the most recent updates.

AUTHOR and BOOK NEWS:

Marjorie Liu has joined the Clockwork Storybook group author blog and you can read her first post here. Other members include Mark Finn; Daryl Gregory; Paul Cornell; Chris Roberson; Mattew Sturges; Bill Williams and Bill Willingham

For fans of the Kitty Norville series, Carrie Vaughn answers the question "How many Kitty books will there be?"

And for fans of the Riley Jenson Guardians series, who ask the question " How many books will be in the Riley series?", Keri Arthur's FAQ says -
I have nine books planned in total. There will be an offshoot series, set in the same world and featuring Risa, Dia’s little girl. It’ll focus more on the Aedh and demons rather than vamps and werewolves.
Nalini Singh says she will have a story in a new anthology next year called Burning Up along with Angela Knight, Virginia Kantra and Meljean Brook.

Burned, the next House of Night book will be out May 27, 2010 according to P.C. Cast.

FREE READS:
INTERVIEWS:
Joe Nassise asks the question, "What do Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Golden, Del Howison, Ellen Datlow, Deborah LeBlanc, Scott Nicholson, David Wellington and I have in common?
We’re all part of a terrific interview author Jonathan Maberry did this month called “Still Scary After All These Years” that went live this morning over at his blog - and just in time for Halloween too! Jonathan asked the eight of us to examine such questions as “What defines a horror story?”, “What makes readers shy away from modern horror?” and “Who’s writing good horror today?”
Lynn Viehl The pitch for my third Kyndred book (title pending approval) has been accepted, and it will be a crossover Kyndred/Darkyn novel (and to avoid spoilers that's all I'm going to say about it for now), tentatively scheduled for release in late 2010.

This past week the Chicago Sun-Times ran a terrific profile of author Chloe Neill (Friday Night Bites).

League Novel #2 - Born of Fire by Sherrilyn Kenyon


Released October 27, Book trailer for Sins of the Flesh by Caridad Pineiro


Trailer for the new Hearts at Stake YA novel by Alyxandra Harvey coming December 22:



CONTESTS:
  • All Things Urban Fantasy is having a triple giveaway to celebrate hitting 50+ followers. Abigail is giving away Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs, Dark Time by Dakota Banks and Red-headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells. Contest ends Nov. 4. She also has a terrific round up of contests around the blogosphere here.
  • SciFiChick has autographed copies of Bite Marks, Once Bitten, Twice Shy, Another One Bites the Dust and Biting the Bullet by Jennifer Rardin. Contest ends November 20.
  • The Story Siren has a terrific contest for a copy of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, a copy of Fallen by Lauren Kate, and a double sided Hush, Hush poster. Deadline is December 8, 2009.
  • Jeri Ready-Smith has a copy of Temped by P.C. & Kristin Cast. Ends Nov. 5.
  • Fangs, Fur, and Fey is holding Happy 3-year FFF Anniversary contest with some incredible prizes. Ends Nov. 13. 
 If you participated in the Vamp Bash this past week, the winners of the contests have been posted.



MEDIA:

The Book Smugglers celebrate Halloween week with a review of The Films of John Carpenter plus a post by Meljean Brook on the film Silver Bullet.

Apparently the hit BBC show Being Human about three supernatural roommates (a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost) has been picked up by the SyFy Channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter [via Living True Blood in Dallas] -
The misfits from the hot British dramedy "Being Human" will face another challenge: being American. Syfy has handed out a 13-episode order to a U.S. version of the BBC show from RDF Media USA.
Because it's Halloween I had to include this trailer for the spoof Stan Helsing:


Anna Paquin (True Blood) Interview [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]
 

Here's the 2nd trailer for James Cameron's Avatar - sorry about the commercial up front.
 

Preview for next weeks Supernatural episode -


Preview for next weeks episode of The Vampire Diaries -


Catherine Karp at Suburban Vampire features a profile of writer/director/actor/musician Annalee Autumn. Autumn's short film "Blood Bound" was a part of this past weekend's Vampire Film Festival in New Orleans. Definitely worth a look. Read the interview.

PROMOTIONS:

Join debut Urban Fantasy authors Kelly Gay (The Better Part of Darkness) and Kelly Meding (Three Days to Dead) for a month-long release celebration.  Stop by their blogs on November 1st (http://kellygay.blogspot.com or http://chaostitan.blogspot.com ) for information on giveaways, interviews, and a quiz!  They'll be giving away several signed copies of their upcoming releases, as well as other prizes.

NOTE: I will be having both Kelly's here on December 2 for a joint guest interview. Don't miss it!


COVERS and ART:

Lurv a la Mode does a terrific profile of Young Adult releases over the next few months. My TBB is groaning already.

Richelle Mead has the French cover for Succubus Dreams.

Dark Faerie Tales has the cover for Glimmerglass by Jenna Black.

Here is a blurb created by Jeri Smith-Ready to go with the cover of Shade that was revealed last week -
16-year-old Aura can see ghosts. Then again, so can everyone around the world who was born after her. In fact, they have a word for the moment of her birth: the Shift. Aura suspects that the Shift might be connected to her missing mystery dad and an event that happened at Newgrange tomb in Ireland a year before her birth.

Ghosts can be annoying at their best. At their worst, as dark, powerful "shades," they can be deadly. So Aura's major goal in life is to undo the Shift and make the ghosts go away.

And then, her boyfriend dies and becomes a ghost.

Release date: May 18, 2010, from Simon Pulse

Chloe Neill has posted the cover copy for Twice Bitten, the third Chicagoland Vampires novel -
Merit, Chicago’s newest vampire, is learning how to play well with others. Other supernaturals, that is. Shapeshifters from across the country are convening in the Windy City, and as a gesture of peace, Master Vampire Ethan Sullivan has offered their leader a very special bodyguard: Merit. Merit is supposed to protect the Alpha, Gabriel Keene—and to spy for the vamps while she’s at it. Oh, and luckily Ethan’s offering some steamy, one-on-one combat training sessions to help her prepare for the mission.

Merit must accept the assignment, even though she knows that she’ll probably regret it. And she’s not wrong. Someone is gunning for Gabriel Keene, and Merit soon finds herself in the line of fire. She’ll need all the help she can get to track down the would-be assassin, but everywhere she turns, there are rising tensions between supernaturals—not least between her and a certain green-eyed, centuries old master vampire.
More cover silliness over at Odd Shots. Meljean Brook's Demon Forged is again the victim.

Abigail at All Things Urban Fantasy asks the question How Much Do UF Covers Influence your Purchases?

Watch this terrific sci-fi painting by Donato Giancola called "The Mechanic" come to life. [via Irene Gallo]


Check out the Dan Dos Santos cover for Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs with out the lettering.

Cover art featured at SciFiGuy.ca this past week includes:

AROUND the BLOGOSPHERE:

I am in awe of the Book Smugglers who have been running a week long series of Halloween themed posts. Here is a sampling of some of the terrific posts -
Very short stories, courtesy of Wired. com. [via Lilith Saintcrow]

BABBLING ABOUT BOOKS, AND MORE! has a very finny Intercourse With A Vampire *Video Spoof*

Forbes Traveller Magazine profiles 10 fabulous vampire vacations [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]

Vamps invade BBC Radio in this 30-minute look at bloodsuckers in books, TV, and films. [via P.N. Elrod]

You have to love statistics like these [via Publishers Weekly] -
According to Forbes, the creator of Middle Earth is the 5th top-grossing dead celeb.
Jeaniene Frost points us to this halloween video of urban fantasy / paranormal romance authors Jill Myles, Ilona Andrews, Meljean Brook, Nalini Singh, and Patrice Michelle, as you've never seen them before.

Fantasy Dreamer's Ramblings has a great post with Author News, Interesting Tidbits and More for 10-28-09

QUOTABLE QUOTES:

As long as I’ve been working on it, I thought I would feel miserable to end my story. I really expected that typing “forever” would have me busting out in tears. Instead, I felt a moment of overwhelming satisfaction – the kind you can’t fake – and then a sense of peace.
- Lynn Viehl commenting on concluding her StarDoc Series.

CANDID CAMERA:

Carrie Vaughn Goes Steampunk


Nancy Holder at the Finger Lakes


Tracey O'Hara at her first book store signing for Night's Cold Kiss


Charlaine Harris with dogs Oscar (dachshund), Rocky (boxer-spaniel crossbreed), and Scrunch (terrier). [via Loving True Blood in Dallas]




Friday, October 30, 2009

Cover Art - "The Devil in Me" by Michelle Rowen

Michelle Rowen unveiled the cover for The Devil in Me, the first book in her new paranormal romance series Living in Eden. Michelle also has a short excerpt of Chapter 2 on her blog. The book releases in May 2010. I spy some more of those demon tats that seem to be appearing everywhere.

Hell hath no fury…

Fate has led Eden Riley to become a “psychic consultant” to the police, even though her abilities are unreliable at best. Those paranormal powers are about to get her into a jam she couldn’t have predicted. After her hunky police detective partner guns down a serial killer in front of her, Eden realizes that she’s quite literally no longer alone. A voice in her head introduces himself as Darrak. He’s a demon. But not in a bad way!

…like a woman possessed.

Darrak lost his original body 300 years ago thanks to a witch’s curse. This is the first time he’s ever been able to speak directly to a host, plus there’s a bonus. Eden’s psychic energy helps him to take form during daylight hours. He wants to use this chance to find a way to break his curse — finally. Otherwise, Eden’s going to have to learn to live with this sexy demon…like it or not.

And she thinks she might like it.

Giveaway - "Bound to Shadows" by Keri Arthur

Thanks to the fine folks at Moss Media Relations I have a copy of Bound To Shadows by Keri Arthur which just released October 27 in North America (November in the UK and Australia). This is the eighth book in the Riley Jenson Guardian series.

If you would like an opportunity to win the book just leave a comment naming another character in the series (check the comments - no duplicates), tell us about your favourite Riley book or something about Keri Arthur's writing. You can find her website here if you need to go fact-finding.

Giveaway is open until Wednesday, November 4 at Midnight. Leave a way to get hold of you in the comments and if you would like an extra entry blog, tweet or post about the giveaway and leave a mention.

You can also read my review here.

Review - "Bound to Shadows" by Keri Arthur

Synopsis
In the darkness, demons come out to play . . . and someone must bring their sins to light.

Part vampire, part werewolf, Riley Jenson knows what can happen when vamps don’t play well with others. But she’s never seen anything like this: a series of brutal murders surrounding the latest hot spot for vampire-human hookups—and the victims aren’t just killed, they’re beheaded. Now Riley is launching into action, toying with a seductive—and highly suspicious—club owner, and finding herself in the middle of another mystery: women being killed one by one, without a trace of violence.

For Riley, solving multiple cases—in a world going mad with human and vampire passions—would have been tough enough. Instead she has two jealous lovers on her hands: Kye Murphy, the amber-eyed werewolf who makes Riley’s wolf blood howl—and Quinn, the cool, elegant vamp who has over a thousand years’ experience at fulfilling women’s desires. While she’s busy juggling these two sexy beasts, Riley’s detective work takes a stunningly violent turn. Finding a murderer is now a matter of life and death. Especially since the killer has long since found her . . .
Bound to Shadows is the eighth Riley Jenson Guardians novel and they just keep getting better. As with the previous book, Deadly Desire, Bound to Shadows is solidly focused on Riley – her personal life and her career. Keri Arthur has created one of urban fantasy genre’s sexiest heroines. In this world werewolves are highly sensual and sexually driven creatures and especially Riley. The wolf component of her psyche and the guilt-free werewolf culture makes her liaisons refreshing and sizzling. But it also causes many problems for Riley. Her werewolf soul mate Kye is back in town and determined to conquer and control her. Riley has given her heart and mind to Quinn but her libido and bond also wants Kye.

Kye is the source of her greatest dilemma and deepest fears. He has the potential to poison her happiness and his destructive nature could even lead to her death. But she is virtually powerless to resist her attraction to him. It makes for an interesting parallel that her soul mate compulsion is not dissimilar to the addiction of the Blood Whores associated with the murdered vampires. Not only does Kye intrude into her personal life but she encounters him constantly around the fringes of both of the cases she is pursuing. As you would expect Riley doesn’t believe in coincidence.

The two unrelated cases slowly weave together and Riley herself becomes the prey instead of the hunter. Bound to Shadows showcases a more mature, confident Riley as she skilfully works the angles and clues to solve the central mysteries. There are an endless number of terrific scenes in this book and some of the best dialogue in the series to date. Riley exudes a playfulness and easy rapport with all of her colleagues, her brother and his lover and even in her interviews with witnesses and suspects. Riley’s experience shines through when she needs to visit the leader of the emo vampires and doesn’t hesitate for a second to include Quinn to ensure she gets not only what she wants but makes an indisputable display of who holds the power.

There are some pretty significant sacrifices made in this book which I won’t specify so that there are no spoilers, but regular followers of the series will be both shocked and pleased. Early on a request from her brother and his lover affects Riley in a visceral way and it resonates throughout the novel. Bound to Shadows puts a lot of cards on the table and motions in play and I felt there was a weightiness to the story that I really liked.

I think new readers to the series should be able to jump right in to Bound to Shadows without previous exposure to the series but I wouldn’t recommend missing out on all the earlier fun and adventure. This book builds to a very bittersweet conclusion that is setting the stage for the final book in the series coming next year called Moon Sworn. Keri Arthur has done her character proud and I am so glad I have been along for Riley’s journey. Bound to Shadows will definitely be on my list of favourite urban fantasies for 2009.



AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASE

Excerpt from Chapter 1.

Dell Publishing
Published: October 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 346
ISBN #: 9780440338765

Riley Jenson Guardian Series:
  1. Full Moon Rising (2006)
  2. Kissing Sin (2007)
  3. Tempting Evil (2007)
  4. Dangerous Games (2007)
  5. Embraced by Darkness (2007)
  6. The Darkest Kiss (2008)
  7. Deadly Desire (2009) - my review
  8. Bound to Shadows (Oct 2009)
  9. Moon Sworn (Summer 2010)

Review - Tainted by Julie Kenner

Synopsis
Lily Carlyle has never been a good girl. She's lied, cheated and stolen, but she did it all to protect her younger sister. To keep food on the table after their mother died. She'd made a promise, after all. A promise to take care of her sister. To keep the family together. And that's a promise she's determined to keep. Even to the death...

When her younger sister is brutally attacked, a vengeful Lily determines to exact her own justice on the monster responsible. She succeeds—at the cost of her own life. As she lies dying, she is given a second chance: though what she has done is evil, she can earn her way into Paradise by fighting for the forces of good. Lily agrees...

...and wakes in the body of Alice Purdue—a Boston barmaid who has more than a little familiarity with the battle raging between the Light and the Darkness. Each side is mustering their forces for all-out war—and Lily is going to become an assassin for the Light.

It's a job she believes she can really get into—but she doesn't realize that she may not be able to get out...
Tainted is the first book of a new urban fantasy series by Julie Kenner and it is a real page-turner. Right from the prologue our attention is grabbed when our heroine Lily Carlyle advises us with the opening line –
Can I just say that dying sucks?
Continuing for the better part of the novel, Lily is kept off balance as she awakens from her ‘death’ to find herself at the mercy of a hellish demon which she fights off and escapes only to be confronted by her not quite human ‘handler’ who explains her new situation to her. Oh and she finds herself in a new body – having to live that person’s life, and warned not to contact her sister or anyone from her old life.

Lily is informed she is to be given a chance at redemption – fighting for the Light and her task is to defeat the demons that are attempting to open the Ninth Gate of hell. Tainted is a strongly character-driven story. I loved everything about Lily – the fact that she had lived a less than admirable life, that she loved her sister to the point of committing murder to protect her, that she constantly struggles to do the right thing, that she’s compassionate and that she feels guilt over the life she thinks has been stolen from the body she inhabits. And especially her adaptability in facing her strange new circumstances.

Additional tension and edge is added to the story with Deacon, a man Lily feels attracted to but subsequently learns is a demon. But is he good or bad? What is the true nature of the affinity they share? Should she heed her handler’s advice to stay away or listen to her inner voice? In her new life she works at her uncle’s tavern which has a long history associated with supernatural events and the Dark Arts. She wonders and worries about a connection to her mission.

Lily’s task is supposed to be secret but she suffers demon attacks. How do they know who she is? What aren’t her handler and trainer telling her? This ratchets up the mystery and intrigue even further. There is plenty of action for every urban fantasy action fan, from Lily’s training sessions with her handlers to the battles with demons as she seeks out those that would open the gate, to destroy them before they can succeed. This action is nicely contrasted with scenes of seeming normalcy as Lily tries to fit in to the life of her new identity and surreptitious visits to observe her sister.

Just like the body of Alice Purdue that she has usurped, things in Tainted aren’t quite what they seem. Assumptions we make are challenged and there is a terrific twist near the end which will set a new course for the second act in the series.

Tainted is the first book in the Blood Lily Chronicles to be followed by Torn later in November and Turned at the end of the year. Julie Kenner exhibits a sure hand at delivering an urban fantasy adventure and characters that are sure to please. Like favourite comfort food, Tainted pushes all the right buttons and leaves you feeling satisfied and still wanting more. Thankfully it won’t be long to wait for Turned.



AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASE


Read an excerpt of Chapter 1.

Listen to Julie's podcast of the complete text of Tainted at Kenner-Cast.

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)/Ace
Published: October 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN #: 9780441017843

A Selection of Series by Julie Kenner

Blood Lily Chronicles:
  1. Tainted (Oct. 2009)
  2. Torn (Nov. 2009)
  3. Turned (Dec. 2009)
Demon Hunting Soccer Mom:
  1. Carpe Demon
  2. California Demon
  3. Demons Are Forever
  4. Deja Demon
  5. Demon Ex Machina (Oct. 2009)
Codebreaker Trilogy:
  1. The Givenchy Code
  2. The Manolo Matrix
  3. The Prada Paradox
Superhero Central:
  1. Aphrodite’s Kiss
  2. Aphrodite’s Passion
  3. Aphrodite’s Secret
  4. Aphrodite’s Flame
  5. Seeking Single Superhero
  6. A Step In The Right Direction
Young Adult:
  1. The Good Ghouls Guide To Getting Even
  2. Good Ghouls Do
  3. Olivia’s Odyssey

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Bite Club Reminder - Tomorrow


Cover Art - "Through Stone and Sea" by Barb and J.C. Hendee

I came across the cover for Through Stone and Sea, the second book in the newest Noble Dead series by Barb and J.C. Hendee which will be out January 5, 2010. Too bad it releases a little late for the Christmas list. One of my favourite fantasy series; it features elves, fae and vampires combined with superlative world-building and a gripping story line. Apparently this particular series is planned as a trilogy completing eventually with Of Truth and Beasts.


Wynn journeys to the mountain stronghold of the dwarves in search of the "Stonewalkers," an unknown sect supposedly in possession of important ancient texts. But in her obsession to understand these writings, she will find more puzzles and questions buried in secrets old and new-along with an enemy she thought destroyed...

Cover Art - "Burning Up" Anthology

Both Meljean Brook and Nalini Singh featured the cover to the Burning Up anthology to which they are both contributors along with Angela Knight and Virginia Kantra. Meljean's story is an Iron Seas novella, “Here There Be Monsters”. Iron Seas is her newest series which launches next year. Nalini Singh's novella is  titled "Whisper of Sin". The anthology releases in August 2010. Seems to me that guys featured on UF and PNR covers lately have been getting better tats than the ladies. What do you think?


Cover Art - "Bewitched & Betrayed" by Lisa Shearin

Lisa Shearin unveiled Bewitched & Betrayed,the fourth book in her Raine Benares fantasy series. Its publication date is set for April 27, 2010. The look on her face is much more serious then on previous covers. I wonder what she and us are in for in this newest installment?


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Guest Author - Gail Z. Martin

I've been a fan of the fantasy writing of Gail Z. Martin since I first read The Summoner (2007) followed by The Blood King (2008) and most recently Dark Haven (Apr. 2009). The books are part of a series called The Chronicles of the Necromancer.When Gail approached me to be part of her 2009 Days of the Dead Tour to celebrate the forthcoming release of the next book in the series, Dark Lady's Chosen (Dec. 29, 2009 from Solaris books), I was anxious to participate.

In addition to answering my interview questions, Gail has also contributed  a special guest post titled "2009 Days of the Dead Cons,Tribes and Fantasy". I hope you enjoy Gail's stop on the tour and take the time to leave a comment or ask a question. Gail will be dropping by from time to time to respond.

Of course that is not all. We are also having a contest. Gail has generously contributed a signed ARC of The Blood King and a signed copy of Dark Haven to be won by one lucky winner. Contest Guidelines are at the end of the post.

If you would like to read my review of Dark Haven you can check it out here or if you would like to read an excerpt from the forthcoming Dark Lady's Chosen, you can read Chapter 1 here.

SFG: For those unfamiliar with the Chronicles of the Necromancer, can you give us a brief overview of the series and where Dark Lady’s Chosen fits in the scheme of things?

GAIL: The Chronicles of the Necromancer series includes four books so far: The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven and Dark Lady’s Chosen. The story begins when a young man’s family is murdered, and he discovers that he is heir to a very rare type of magic, the ability to intercede between the living and the dead. He needs to learn to control that magic before it destroys him in order to avenge his family. I’ve really written two two-book sets. The Summoner and The Blood King are one story arc, where the focus is on unseating Jared the Usurper and taking back the throne. Just because you solve one set of problems doesn’t mean that there aren’t bigger problems looming just over the horizon. Dark Haven and Dark Lady’s Chosen are a new story arc continuing on with the characters right after The Blood King and they carry the story forward with the aftermath.

SFG: The series includes the vayash moru (vampires) and vyrkin (shapeshifters). Can you tell us something about the origin of the names and how they are the same/different from other vampires and shapeshifters?

GAIL: I came up with the names because I wanted people to give a fresh look at vampires and shapeshifters without locking into the old expectations, and I think that’s easier to do when we call them something else. The names just sounded good to me. I liked the feeling they gave me. My vayash moru become vampires in the usual way. However, in the Winter Kingdoms, vayash moru are openly acknowledged as real, although they’re not always welcome. That sets up an interesting dynamic in that if vayash moru remain part of the extended family and part of the community, how does that change society? The same is true of the vyrkin. Now my vyrkin don’t have to change at the full moon. However, because mortals have heard the tales about the full moon, vyrkin have often been persecuted by the full moon, and for those who have experienced trauma at that time, a full moon can bring on an involuntary shift, sort of like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. With my vyrkin, you’re either born one or your not—you don’t become one by being bitten. Both the vayash moru and the vyrkin have a choice as to how they used their enhanced ability, so they’re not automatically monsters. They have the choice, just like mortals, whether to behave monstrously or not.

SFG: You feature strong relationships in the series with King Martris and Kiara, Jonmarc and Carina and others. How important is romance to your writing and what is your view on its application in fantasy?

GAIL: I think of my characters as real people, and real people fall in love. So I’m at a loss as to why romance wouldn’t be a natural part of a fantasy world when appropriate to the lives of the characters. One of my big complaints about some traditional fantasy and sci fi is how one-dimensional the characters can be (fight, fight, fight. Drink, drink. Fight some more. Yawn.) I wouldn’t find real people like that to be interesting, so I don’t want to read about them, either. For my books, I think it is entirely natural for Tris and Kiara, Jonmarc and Carina to fall in love and for that to complicate the story the way it tends to complicate real life. So if you’re going to write about “real” people, then they need to experience all the dimensions of real life.

SFG: What are your plans for the Chronicles beyond Dark Lady’s Chosen?

GAIL: I’ve just sold a new series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, to Orbit Books, and it will be set in the world of the Winter Kingdoms. Book One: The Sworn, picks up not long after Dark Lady’s Chosen with a whole new set of adventures. In the Fallen Kings, there’s a whole new focus as the world changes around the characters. So just as in real life, once you overcome one hurdle, there are several new ones to jump. The events in the first four books shape the future for my characters, but the Fallen Kings Cycle will take those characters forward into dealing with brand new threats as the whole fabric of society in the Winter Kingdoms begins to change.

I’m very excited about the idea of carrying the world and the characters forward into new stories. I think readers will see the characters change and mature, and they’ll also experience more of the Winter Kingdoms than they’ve seen before. And new readers can pick up the story with The Sworn and not feel left out.

SFG: Do you have other projects you’d like to tackle after the Chronicles concludes?

GAIL: Well, I’ve given my publisher about 20 new story arcs set in the Chronicles universe, so I don’t have any plans for it concluding any time soon. However, I am working on several totally new series that aren’t quite ready for prime time yet. And I have a new non-fiction series for writers with the first book coming out in January, 2010. The Thrifty Author’s Guide to Launching Your Book Without Losing Your Mind is the first in a series of books on book marketing that I’m writing for Comfort Publishing.

SFG: What genres/authors do you like to read when you have time? What are you reading now?

GAIL: I have a lot of favourite authors and a lot of friends in the business whose books I enjoy reading. I can tell you that this year, I have done a lot more escapist reading. Early in the year we lost both my mother and my mother-in-law (I was very close to both of them) and the entire family seemed to crawl into books to cope with it. So I’ve been plowing through Laurel K Hamilton, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris (the entire series for each of them), plus recently Revamped by JF Lewis, Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready, and others. I’ve actually made time to read more this year because of the whole stress thing. However, I’m still far behind the books-per-week read by everyone else in the family due to the commitments involved in writing.

SFG: If you could be a supernatural creature, which one would you be?

GAIL: Well, after three kids, I could say that I’m already a “mummy.” However, I’d probably say a ghost, preferably a poltergeist, just so I could keep everyone on their toes.



2009 Days of the Dead Cons,
Tribes and Fantasy


I really love going to sci fi conventions. That’s a good thing, because as an author, I attend 12 or more conventions each year. Some of the authors I know attend 30 or more. And I can’t help noticing that not only do I run into many of the same authors from con to con, but I also see a lot of the same readers/fans as well, even at cons separated by several hundred miles and multiple states.

There are few places where I feel as at home as at a convention—any convention. I was a Guest of Honour at this Fall, and I have to say it’s the first con in a while where I didn’t know a lot of people on sight. (I knew quite a few people from email, but that doesn’t help the first time you walk into the bar.) But it only took an hour or so to feel right at home.

Long ago, people defined themselves by their tribe or their village. Now, we move around too much for that. But we’ve developed other ways to find our tribal identity.

I was at DragonCon, which is a huge sci fi convention in Atlanta that draws over 40,000 people. It’s a big costuming con, so most of the people were in the most unbelievable costumes, many of which looked like they’d walked right off the movie set. But the same weekend as DragonCon, there was also a football game between University of Georgia and Virginia Tech and, you guessed it, some of the football people were also staying in the Marriott Marquis along with the DragonCon folks.

I watched a family that was all decked out in their Hokie colors as they moved through the lobby. They huddled together, glancing nervously at the “strange” people all around them who were wearing unusual clothing. Little did they know, we thought they were the ones who dressed funny!

I’m sure when they got to their game, they’d think nothing of people with painted faces or body paint in team colors, wild wigs, big foam #1 hands, and funny hats. It would make them feel at home and remind them that they were with their tribe.

It was funny to see our two “tribes” run into each other. But it also got me thinking about how our interests define who we are, and how that, in turn, defines who we know. Now I’m sure there were some football fans among the DragonCon folks, and maybe even some sci fi fans who turned out for the big game. Our modern tribes often let us have multiple memberships.

Then again, the tribes we join often say more about who we really are than the tribes we are born into. I know a lot of people who were born into tribes of particular religions, political viewpoints, even ethnic heritages who never felt like they really belonged and later found another tribe where they fit better. In talking with other authors and readers, I get the feeling that many of us in sci fi have had to journey some to find the tribes where we belong. One of the things I love the most about sci fi conventions is how welcoming they are, and how all kinds of people find a place where they belong. (I mentioned this fact once to a friend who is a member of the clergy, with the point that he might want to take notes.)

I’ve had the chance in my books to approach the idea of tribes with the dividing line of living and undead. Most of our real-world tribes split along less fundamental differences than heartbeat vs. flatline. It’s been interesting for me to think through identity and community from the point of view of my vayash moru (vampires) and vyrkin (shapeshifters) and how immortality could change those perspectives. It’s also always fascinating for me to imagine the outcasts from those tribes, the people who are caught between, or who don’t quite fit.

I’ll admit that I’m partial to the outcast, because I find it much more interesting when someone has to think through their identity (or recreate it after breaking from expectations) than when someone just accepts where they land by accident of birth. So several of my main characters have to decide where their identity lies and to which “tribes” they give their allegiance. Not fitting into one tribe is painful and awkward, but finding your true tribe feels wonderful.

So the next time you’re at a con, look me up! (I’ll be at Philcon Nov. 20 – 22) After all, we’re from the same tribe.

Check out my site at www.ChroniclesOfTheNecromancer.com, for all the downloads and more Days of the Dead stuff. Also, please find me on TwitterFacebook and MySpace as well.


Thank you Gail! That is exciting news about the new series and it is good to know we can expect lots more adventure in the Winter Kingdoms. And to the giveaway details to give our readers a chance to win some books and get a taste of this terrific series.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:
  1. Leave a comment/question for Gail or tell us which "tribe" you belong to or would like to belong to (the Cleveland Indians doesn't count).
  2. Open to everyone.
  3. Remember to leave a way to contact you.
  4. Blog, tweet, post, etc., about the guest spot and contest for an extra entry.
  5. Giveaway ends Monday, November 2 at 11:59 PM EST.
 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cover Art - Chimera by Rob Thurman

Rob Thurman shows the cover Chimera, a new contemporary thriller that readers of her Cal Leandros urban fantasy series are likely to enjoy. Coming June2010. Rob states on her blog -
Some of you may be UF readers and UF only. You  might not be into Sci Fi. This book is listed as a Sci Fi Thriller and the cover does look very Sci Fi. It's not. It's set now and the only difference is that genetic manipulation is more advanced... but only by the bad guys, and they always have more advanced goodies than the rest of the world anyway. This is the book I wrote when I couldn't sell Nightlife, yet I still wanted to write a book about brothers and the bond that goes with that. This is basically a Cal and Niko type book, but the monsters are human. No space ships. So don't freak out. Instead, imagine the fun of the darker, sarcastic brother having to be the older and responsible one and what hell he'd go through trying to be a role model (poor Stefan. Explaining the birds and the bees about broke him. Heh heh.)

Cover Art - "Twice Bitten" by Chloe Neill

"Whats a nice girl like you doing in an alley like that!"

Chloe Neill revealed the cover for her third Chicagoland Vampires novel Twice Bitten today. Release is set for July 6, 2010. Friday Night Bites (Book 2) hit the shelves earlier this month. Merit has definitely upgraded her wardrobe. Rowr.



Giveaway WInners - The Ghost King by R.A. Salvatore


The dice were rolled and five winners were selected to receive a shiny new hardcover copy of The Ghost King by R.A. Salvatore. Congratulations to all of the winners and a big thanks to Wizards of the Coast for sponsoring the event.
  • throuthehaze who said... I've never read any of these books but a group of people in my photography class in HS convinced me to play the game with them a few times.
  • Jim Haley who said... I used to play Dungeons and Dragons with my cousin when we were teenagers - and yet somehow I've never read any one of the novels from the series. I've read a few other Salvatore books, and would love to give this one a try.
  • Shawna who said... I love Drizzt the Dark Elf he just kicks A**!!! Thanks for this chance to win one of these amazing books from one of my favorite Authors.
  • cqueen2 who said... I used to play D & D online but never read any books
  • Razlover's Book Blog who said... My bro loves the Drizzt series and I would love to win this for him.
Winners please conatct me at scifiguy(at)scifiguy(dot)ca with your shipping information to claim your prize.

Gail Z. Martin - Days of the Dead Blog Tour



Gail Z. Martin will be here tomorrow for an interview and giveaway celebrating the release of her forthcoming Choronicles of the Necromancer book, Dark Lady's Chosen, the fourth in the series coming this December. Drop by and learn more about this wonderful series. You can read my review of the last book, Dark Haven here.

Other Tour stops include Patricia's Vampire Notes (Oct. 26), Solaris Books, Orbit Books, Double Dragon Ebooks, Midnight Syndicate, Bragelonne, Ghost In the Machine Podcast and Fantasy Book Spot.

Cover Art - "Ghosts & Echoes" by Lyn Benedict

Lyn Benedict (aka Lane Robins) unveiled the cover to Ghosts & Echoes, the second book in her Shadows Inquiries urban fantasy series. The book is due for release April 27, 2010. Lyn says -
How much do I love it?  Tons and tons and tons.  I've been insanely fortunate with the cover art for my books--from the gorgeous and lush Maledicte/Kings & Assassins, to the much grittier toned Sylvie books. Who knew pastels could be so moody or threatening? 


Giveaway Winner - Roxanne Rhoads Prize Pack




The winner of the Roxanne Rhoads prize pack including a Fang-tastic Desk Set and ebook copy of Eternal Desire is (drum roll please) -
  • ktshabatie who said "I love vampires because they're sexy and mysterious and dangerous!"
Congratulations and thank you to everyone that entered and answered Roxanne's question - "What you find so appealing about vampires?"

So in response to the query our readers had this to say -

The  Attraction of Vampires: 22 Reasons

  1. I think vampires represent sex, mystery, never getting old or sick, and the fulfillment of fantasy.
  2. The neck-nibbling, the compelling eyes, the powerful sensuality and the whole "Children of the night, what sweet music they make." aspect of the Vampire Psyche.
  3. The pain-filled pleasure of the neck bite of course. The fact that once bitten, you'd never age is also a plus.
  4. For me it's always been about the eyes. I'm already a sucker for light eyes. Add to that the whole glowing and hypnotizing thing and I'm as good as done.
  5. Definitely the mystery, sexuality, not aging or getting sick, that's the top of my list!
  6. I think what I love about vampires is the lure of immortality and their sensual appeal.
  7. I think Vampires are fascinating because of their eternal life. Parts would be hard, but can you imagine all the history they could experience first hand. They could gain knowledge beyond anyone imaginable.
  8. The fact that they have fangs, are super strong and also a dark and mysterious air around them makes them attractive. They're definitely a fantasy that I'm okay with coming alive.
  9. I think what I love about the vamps I've read about is their tortured souls and how the love of their life mends them. Also, the eternal life aspect just is so cool.
  10. I love vampires because they are so powerful - especially the psychic stuff. If I had the ability to scan minds, trust me, some of my weekly meetings would be a whole lot easier on everybody - plus just think how much easier salary negotiations could be.
  11. For me, vampires are the ultimate alpha males.
  12. I love the mystique of the vampire, the strength, the power and their knowledge. After all, they have lived for centuries so they know all about the world and people
  13. I love that vamps are so sexy!
  14. I think that what appeals me to vampires is their intensity!! I mean they are really old so they have a ton on knowledge and they are sexy. Plus the whole drinking blood thing seems like such an intimate moment between lovers!!
  15. Interesting how there's a definite link between 'bad' things and sex! Vampires are usually smooth, suave, beautiful beings, with years of experience at how to treat a lady, which is why I wouldn't mind having one as a boyfriend....!
  16. I love vampires because they're sexy and mysterious and dangerous!
  17. I think I love vampires because they are the ultimate bad boys. They exude sexiness but an inherent danger is always lurking just below the surface.
  18. Vampires have me seduced with the possibility of eternal love - and I really like to be bitten! My hubby thinks it's cute the way I wiggle & giggle with a nip here or there.
  19. What's so special about vampires?They live in a different world and have the possibility to explore most of the world and see it in different times...
  20. I think the vampires today are so sexy and I like the fact they never age.
  21. Vampires,what could be sexy and alluring? They are dark and mysterious, and the bite your neck. Who could resist that? LOL
  22. To me they represent lust, love, living forever, and having power. The kiss of the vampire is a very intense attraction.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Review - "Flesh and Fire" by Laura Anne Gilman

From the Book Jacket:
Once, all power in the Vin Lands was held by the prince-mages, who alone could craft spellwines, and selfishly used them to increase their own wealth and influence. But their abuse of power caused a demigod to break the Vine, shattering the power of the mages. Now, fourteen centuries later, it is the humble Vinearts who hold the secret of crafting spells from wines, the source of magic, and they are prohibited from holding power.

But now rumors come of a new darkness rising in the vineyards. Strange, terrifying creatures, sudden plagues, and mysterious disappearances threaten the land. Only one Vineart senses the danger, and he has only one weapon to use against it: a young slave. His name is Jerzy, and his origins are unknown, even to him. Yet his uncanny sense of the Vinearts' craft offers a hint of greater magics within -- magics that his Master, the Vineart Malech, must cultivate and grow. But time is running out. If Malech cannot teach his new apprentice the secrets of the spellwines, and if Jerzy cannot master his own untapped powers, the Vin Lands shall surely be destroyed.
Flesh and Fire is the first book in a new fantasy series from Laura Anne Gilman called the Vineart War. The tale is both a coming of age story and a quest. We view many of the events through the eyes of the teenage field slave Jerzy. Sensing his magical potential, his Master changes the course of Jerzy's life by making him his apprentice to become a Vineart - a maker of the specialized magical wines. As Jerzy is lessoned, we learn both the secrets, craft and nature of the making of spellwines and the larger role Vinearts and the magic play in the outside world - the world of power, politics and religion.

Flesh and Fire takes place during a crucial time in the Vin Lands. Something unknown is stirring that is upsetting long-held balances. Jerzy's Master becomes involved, investigating and probing, despite traditions that prohibit Vineart involvement in affairs of politics and power. Through alternate points of view, we learn that indeed sinister occurences are at play throughout the lands building suspense and laying the foundation for the greater mystery.

Jerzy is a likeable character as is Master Malech and Jerzy's companions once they are introduced. There is a tentativeness and a strength to Jerzy than combined makes him quite endearing. At the heart of the book is the concept of a magic system based on wines, the varieties of both the grapes and nature of the Vineart's skills determing the nature of the magic and its use; the fact that non-magical people can use the wine for specific purposes. There is considerable loving detail and carefully thought out magical mythos layed out over the course of the novel. Depending on what you like to take away from a book this may or may not be a deciding factor in your enjoyment of the story.

Flesh and Fire like many first books in a trilogy spends much of its time establishing the world, the essential plotting conflicts and introduces the key players. By the conluding scenes, the story has built considerable momentum; the band of intrepid companions has formed, intent on saving the Vin Lands and everyone's fate is placed in jeopardy. Needless to say I wanted the story to continue immediately because it was obvious we were just reaching the really good part. Now we will have to wait for the 2010 vintage to be decanted. Readers of original and intricate world-building and magic systems should enjoy Flesh and Fire. I did and very much look forward to the next book in the trilogy around the same time next year.

Here's Laura talking about Flesh and Fire.


AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASE


Read the first three chapters.

Simon and Schuster/Pocket Books
Published: October 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
ISBN #: 9781439101414

The Vineart War Trilogy:
  1. Flesh and Fire (Oct. 2009)
  2. Untitled Book 2 (Oct 2010)
  3. Untltled Book 3 (Oct 2011)
The Retreivers Series: (urban fantasy)
  1. Staying Dead (2004)
  2. Curse the Dark (2005)
  3. Bring It On (2006)
  4. Burning Bridges (2007)
  5. Free Fall (2008)
  6. Blood from Stone (2009)
Paranormal Scene Investigation Series: (urban fantasy)
Spin-off of Retrievers series.
  1. Hard Magic (forthcoming Spring 2010)
  2. Pack of Lies (forthcoming Spring 2011)
Grail Quest Series: (fantasy - young adult)
  1. The Camelot Spell (2006)
  2. Morgain's Revenge (2006)
  3. The Shadow Companion (2006)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Jacqueline Carey News - Santitos at Large

Jacqueline Carey on her website this month has some exciting news for fans of Santa Olivia. She says there will be a sequel, Santitos at Large.
Unfortunately, since my publisher didn't know I was already working on it, secretive writer that I can be, there isn't a slot available in the schedule until Spring/Summer 2011. I'll do my best to make it worth the wait!
Jacqueline also reported that she has a Kushiel novella in the works for the Star-Crossed Lovers anthology edited by Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin. The novella is titled "You, and You Alone,"
My novella chronicles the ill-fated love affair between Anafiel Delaunay and Rolande de la Courcel. Many readers have asked for this over the years, and now it's on its way.
Other contributors include Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Yasmine Galenorn, Diana Gabaldon ("A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows"), Jo Beverley, Carrie Vaughn, Peter S. Beagle as well as Jim Butcher with a Harry Dresden story called "Love Hurts". The anthology will release some time in 2010.

Books Received


Here are some of the speculative fiction titles I have received over the past week or so from H.B. Fenn, PYR SF and HarperCollins. PYR SF continues to blow me away with their fabulous cover art design. Here are some quick summaries and a few comments.

The Healing Wars, Book One: The Shifter (Healing Wars Series) by Janice Hardy.
Published: October 6, 2009

This is the debut novel from young adult writer Janice Hardy. I love the blurb for this one and look forward to revieing this. YOu can read more about the author and the series here.
Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker—with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers' League apprentices, Nya's skill is flawed: She can't push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden from forces occupying her city. If discovered, she'd be used as a human weapon against her own people.

Rumors of another war make Nya's life harder, forcing her to take desperate risks just to find work and food. She pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. At first Nya refuses, but when Tali and other League Healers mysteriously disappear, she's faced with some difficult choices. As her father used to say, principles are a bargain at any price; but how many will Nya have to sell to get Tali back alive?
This Crooked War by James Enge
Published: October 27, 2009

Releasing Tuesday This Crooked War is the followup to the well-received fantasy Blood of Ambrose. Find out more at his website.
Morlock Ambrosius returns! Travelling alone in the depths of winter, Morlock Ambrosius (bitterly dry drunk, master of all magical makers, wandering swordsman, and son of Merlin Ambrosius and Nimue Viviana) is attacked by an unknown enemy. To unmask his enemy and end the attacks he must travel a long crooked way through the world: past the soul-eating Boneless One, past a subtle and treacherous master of golems, past the dragon-taming Khroi, past the predatory cities of Sarkunden and Aflraun, past the demons and dark gnomes of the northern woods. Soon he will find that his enemy wears a familiar face, and that the duel he has stumbled into will threaten more lives than his own, leaving nations shattered in its chaotic wake. And at the end of his long road waits the death of a legend.
Noonshade  by James Barclay
Published: October 27, 2009

Noonhsade releases Tuesday and is the second book in Barclay's Chronicles of the Raven series following Dawnthief (Sept). The final book in the trilogy, Nightchild will hit shelves next month. This is the first North American publication of the series that first appeared in the UK in 1999. Read more about James Barclay here.
An apocalyptic spell has been cast, an ancient evil banished. Now the land of Balaia, still driven by war, must live with the consequences. The Dawnthief spell - designed to destroy the world, but cast to save it - has torn a hole in the sky, a pathway into the dragon dimension, and, through it, unfriendly eyes are turning to Balaia. With war already sweeping the land, there are no armies to send against the dragons. All that stands between Balaia and complete dominion by these tyrannous beasts is a tiny, but legendary band of mercenaries: The Raven. And if they fail, Balaia will fall beneath the wings of countless dragons.

Sasha by Joel Shepherd
Published: October 27, 2009

Sasha by Joel Shepherd is the first book in a new fantasy series called A Trial of Blood and Steel. This one has really piqued my interest. Check back Tuesday (release day) when I will be having a giveaway for a copy of Sasha. Read more about Joel Shepherd here.
SASHA IS A FIGHTER, THE LIKE OF WHICH THE HIGHLAND COUNTRY OF LENAYIN HAS NEVER SEEN.
Spurning her royal heritage to be raised by the great warrior, Kessligh, her exquisite swordplay astonishes all who witness it. But Sasha is still young, untested in battle and often led by her rash temper. In the complex world of Lenayin loyalties, her defiant willfulness is attracting the wrong kind of attention. Lenayin is a land almost divided by its two faiths: the Verenthane of the ruling classes and the pagan Goeren-yai, amongst whom Sasha now lives. The Goeren-yai worship swordplay and honour and begin to see Sasha as the great spirit the Synnich who will unite them. But Sasha is still searching for what she believes and must choose her side carefully.When the Udalyn people -- the symbol of Goeren-yai pride and courage -- are attacked, Sasha will face her moment of testing. How will she act? Is she ready to lead? Can she be the saviour they need her to be? 
The Dame by R.A. Salvatore
Published: August 18, 2009

I featured The Dame by R.A. Salvatore a few months ago whe I first received an ARC and just received the shiny hardcover version of the book. Stay tuned for a giveaway of this third book in his Saga of the First King series. Read more about R.A. Salvatore here.
The vast road network of Honce, completed a decade before, had brought great optimism to the people of the land. Commerce could travel more freely and so could armies, and those armies, it was hoped, would rid the land at long last of the vicious, bloody cap dwarfs and goblins. For the first time, the many individual kingdoms, the holdings of Honce, would be brought closer together, perhaps even united.  For the last few years, those promises had become a nightmare to the folk, as two powerful lairds fought for supremacy of a hoped-for united kingdom.

Bransen Garibond, the Highwayman, held little real interest in that fight. To him the warring lairds were two sides of the same coin. Whichever side won, the outcome for the people of Honce would be the same, Bransen believed. A journey north, however, taught Bransen that his views were simplistic at best, and that some things--like honor and true friendship-- might truly matter. 

In The Dame, Bransen’s road becomes a quest for the truth, of Honce and of himself, a quest to put right over wrong. That path is fraught with confusion and fraud, and a purposeful blurring of morality by those who would seek to use the Highwayman’s extraordinary battle skills and popularity among the commonfolk for their own nefarious ends.
Ground Zero by F.Paul Wilson
Published: September 15, 2009

Ground Zero by F.Paul Wilson is the thirteenth novel-length book in his highly addictive Repairman Jack series. F.Paul Wilson describes Repairman Jack as "an anarchic urban mercenary with no identity"and plans to conclude the series with Book 15 sometime in 2011. Visit the Repairman Jack website here.
On September 11, 2001, a man drifts in a boat off lower Manhattan as the towers burn. He removes a small box from his pocket and presses a button. As he waits for the south tower to collapse, he thinks: The vast majority will blame the collapse on the crazy Arabs who hijacked the planes and the Islamic extremists who funded them—the obvious choice. A few will notice inconsistencies and point fingers elsewhere, blaming the government or Big Oil or some other powerful but faceless entity. No one—absolutely no one—will guess the truth behind the who and why of this day.

Years later, someone does. Repairman Jack’s childhood friend, Weezy Connell (the genius girl from the Tor Teen novel, Jack: Secret Histories), has started fitting together the pieces of the puzzle and anonymously posting her conclusions on the Web. But she can’t stay anonymous forever. Someone is after her. Jack becomes involved in her troubles and in the paranoid mazes of the 9/11 Truth Movement, where conspiracy theories point in every direction.

They’re all wrong. The truth is stranger, darker, and more evil than anyone can imagine. It involves the cosmic shadow war into which Jack has been drafted. And if the plot behind it--millennia in the planning--succeeds, it will forever change life on this Earth. 
The War After Armegeddon by Ralph Peters
Published: September 15, 2009
Shocking scenes of battle…unforgettable soldiers…heartbreaking betrayals….  In this stunning, fast-paced novel, a ruthless future war unfolds in a 21st century nightmare: Los Angeles is a radioactive ruin; Europe lies bleeding; and Israel has been destroyed…with millions slaughtered.  A furious America fights to reclaim the devastated Holy Land.

The Marines storm ashore; the U.S. Army does battle in a Biblical landscape.  Hi-tech weaponry is useless and primitive hatreds flare.  Lt. Gen. Gary “Flintlock” Harris and his courageous warriors struggle for America’s survival--with ruthless enemies to their front and treachery at their rear.  Islamist fanatics, crusading Christians, and unscrupulous politicians open the door to genocide.

The War After Armageddon thrusts the reader into a terrifying future in which all that remains is the horror of war--and the inspiration of individual heroism.  A master at bringing to life “the eternal soldier,” Ralph Peters tells a riveting tale that honors those Americans who fight and sacrifice all for a dream of freedom.
Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Published: September 15, 2009

Night Pleasures is the tenth anniversary re-release of the first Dark-Hunter novel in a classy hardcover edtion.Fans oif the series will undoubtedly want to get their hands on this one.
See how it all began...

Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be immortal? To journey through the night stalking the evil that preys on humans? To have unlimited wealth, unlimited power?

That is my existence, and it is dark and dangerous. I play hero to thousands, but am known to none. And I love every minute of it.

Or so I thought until one night when I woke up handcuffed to my worst nightmare: an accountant. She's smart, sexy, witty, and wants nothing to do with the paranormal.

My attraction to Amanda Devereaux goes against everything I stand for. Not to mention the last time I fell in love it cost me not only my human life, but also my very soul. Now I find myself wanting to believe that love and loyalty do exist.

Even more disturbing, I find myself wondering if there's any way a woman can love a man whose battle scars run deep, and whose heart was damaged by a betrayal so savage that he's not sure it will ever beat again.

Kyrian of Thrace